Goth Les Paul Studio review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (898 votes)
Epiphone: Goth Les Paul Studio

Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 8
Anyone that has read my reviews knows that I generally play metal most of the time. What you get with this Les Paul is a great metal look, and the ability to play great metal, rock or blues. The sound is deep and full, with a fair amount of weight behind it to give it a nice sustain. Now with that said, you can over distort this guitar. When you do, the overall sound quality goes out the window. Depending on your style this may or may not work for you. I wouldn't say that Grindcore is going to be ideal for this guitar, unless you have very good quality effects/amps.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is a great guitar for the money. If you're into metal obviously the look is going to be there. However don't let the dark looks fool you, this is not an over powering Goth look. Anyone can easily fit this into the rotation at a show, or at home. If you have the money, sure get a higher level Les Paul but you wont get more bang for the buck there. You'll get prettier colors, and probably some slightly better pickups. Now for the real question. Would I replace this if lost/stolen/burned down in a house fire? Hell yes I would, in fact it would be near the top of my list of things to replace right away!

Reliability & Durability — 9
This is certainly an axe that you can play a gig with, or record with and not worry about it breaking down on you. The paint does chip fairly easily in my experience, but that again is not going to hinder your play. I will not say that this finish will wear easily, but again it does seem to chip far easier then my other guitars.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
By default the stings in the upper areas of the neck are far far to high. You can bring them down with the Tune-O-Matic bridge, but the tolerance for error is small in regards to fret buzz. If you work with it (assuming you do not change the nut) you can find something that will work for you, however that is a matter of patience and time.

Features — 9
Made in 2006, and purchased that same year. This monster has 22 frets, on a Rosewood neck. Body is made of Maple, with a set neck and completely blacked out. As with almost all Les Pauls you get a Standard Tune-0-Matic bridge, and dual humbuckers. No big frills here, just pure Standard Les Paul styling. The only complaint is actually the paint job on them. While it looks great, it also is very hard to keep looking that way. Scratches show quickly, and you're never going to keep it looking clean. Though thankfully that doesn't stop it from playing and sounding good.

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    im gonna buy this one next week cant get enough of even seeing it lol! cant wait!!
    Avenged.InFlame...i just bought one of these second hand for 100 (in UK). definately has floyd rose trem! Sounds flippin amazing too. My love is back for guitar!
    Presentboy wrote: Hey i bought this guitar and its great. the pick ups are hot and its awesome. but it wont stay in tune. what should i do?
    yeah i have one myself and am having the same problem especially my third string won't hold its tune for more than a day
    mrjustinguy wrote: i hate to burst evryones bubble but i had one of these, until today at least, and the piece that holds the strap on stripped out and it hit the floor and busted intwo and then when i looked at the neck the wood was like paper
    and thats why you always put straplocks on your guitar. learned that lesson the hard way, didnt we? do yourself a favor and go buy a set a schaller straplocks for the next guitar you buy.