Les Paul 100 review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (2,209 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul 100
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Purchased from: Norwegian store in norway

Sound — 9
I play thrash metal from clean to leads with a tint of rock. This guitar is very raw. It gives you loads of low end and doesn't fail you in the hights either. But the pickups are a tad bit dirty/muddy. My guitar came with a earth link fault which made a lot of noise. Now, it sounds so raw and sweet for bands like Metallica, that I can't resist using it on a daily basis. The sound is rich, but might lack some definiton in a few areas. The cleans are sweet and smooth, only expensive pickups will offer you the same sized cleans as theese will. I play it through a Marshall DSL100 amp with CV30 loaded cabs. I would not use this guitar live as it takes signals from anything. This basicly means that the feedback is a living hell. To sum it up: very raw and sweet pickups that sound great in any tuning, but feedback issue is a problem.

Overall Impression — 8
This was my first guitar. It has been through a lot of playing and I understand that something would break sooner or later. With new tuners and good adjustments (You could get any guitar-shop dude to adjust it for a few bucks) it's awesome! The problems I had might be exclusive, I'm not saying all LP100 are like this. So. Based on the GREAT raw sound for my metal playing combined with the Poor construction and "unlucky" choise of tuners by Epiphone.

Reliability & Durability — 9
As said, I wouldn't use it live due to its feedback issues. But for clean songs I would use it. It has a very fat and smooth clean sound. The hardware will last if the soldering is good from scratch. I never gig without a backup, so I'm not afraid of that.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
This guitar has been a living hell for me. The g-string was not fully adjusted. The issue was the nut which needed to be filed down. The tuners are bad. They break and loose tuning very easily and needs replacements. The pickups came with a free earth link issue which made a lot of noise. This was fixed by re-soldering the cables in the guitar. The neck is weak, but this is common in cheap guitars. But I've noticed that this affects the tuning. This was my first guitar, so these things did not bother me. The tuner's and neck pickup broke after 1.5 year, so I do not consider this Epiphone's fault. But I blame the bad soldering work, bad adjustment and weak tuners on Epiphone. Shame on thee!

Features — 10
Made in China, mahogany body and neck. Finish is vintage sunburst which looks great. Four basic Les Paul knobs (2 volume, 2 tone) passive Epiphone custom H/H pickups. Tuners are basic non-named tuners. No included accessories in my guitar. Just a basic cheap Les Paul.

23 comments sorted by best / new / date

    KenG
    Igor86 wrote: im getting ready to buy a new guitar, but i dont know what to get, a fender strat, Ibanez, Schecter, or epiphone les paul? i currently have a tele and i can only spend up to $300-$350.
    I've seen Ibanez & Fenders in the 300-350 prices range and they are beginner guitars. The Ibanez my friend owned had such a wow in the neck it was beyond the ability of a truss rod to remedy. Look at it this way, once you subtract the cost of basic tuners, pickups, toggles switch, pots & finish, (which can easily exceed 150.00) you aren't left with much money for wood selection and manufacturing cost (not to mention profit!!!). This is why it's often better to wait and save a little more to get a "better" guitar. Beginner models are for those who are just starting out and don't know if they want to continue. If you've already got a beginner model consider selling it and adding that money to what you've saved to go that extra step. The better quality models will play better, sound better,last much longer,hold their value better and give you more overall enjoyment.
    randyvanhalen1
    its better too just pay the difference and get a studio or another higher end model, studio and up got set necks for increased sustain and etter tone and hotter pickups for better sound and look way better. the lp-100 isnt that great
    KenG
    slashgnr86 wrote: I'm thinking of buying a LP 100, but i'm not sure whether to get a LP 100 or save up a bit more and buy a LP standard... Are they much different in quality?
    Hell yes! The LP 100 has a bolt-on neck and thinner body. The LP Standard is much closer in design to the real thing. TRy comparing the two at your music store and you'll soon see the difference.
    slashgnr86
    I'm thinking of buying a LP 100, but i'm not sure whether to get a LP 100 or save up a bit more and buy a LP standard... Are they much different in quality?
    orsonwlor
    I have an opportunity to get a SC G-400 custom for 250 dollars that would be better than this guitar for sure right?
    uvq
    People like the first reviewer rated this guitar 10 for everything... dude, ive got to say you're dreaming, this guitar is an EPIPHONE not a gibson...
    WishfulShredder
    guys guys get a standard compare both in a guitar shop and you'll see that the 100 is bout an inch thinner plus its a les paul with a bolt on =fail
    Lasyk
    OH MY GOD THAT FIRST ONE WAS BOUGHT AT A STORE BY MY HOUSE!!!!! i want an epi LP
    Igor86
    im getting ready to buy a new guitar, but i dont know what to get, a fender strat, Ibanez, Schecter, or epiphone les paul? i currently have a tele and i can only spend up to $300-$350.
    MattA7Xfan4Life
    andy_h04 wrote: hooligan07 wrote: i am a noob and am wondering...what is a better guitar for the price,the lp-100 or the g-400? i listen to mostly british and american punk/oi! and also social distortion,rancid etc... Personally i think a les paul would be better then the g-400 because the g-400 is used alot more for cleaner sounds then the les paul. And also i have the les paul 100 and it is a brilliant sounding guitar!
    ok so, the g 400 is definitely not used more for clean sounds.... they both are used condsiderably in ounk so just take ur pick. the g 400 is more expensive and is probably going to have better features just remember that.
    Opethfan1
    i have had this guitar for 12 years now. it was my first guitar and i never could get around to get rid of it when i started to get better and update my gear. it just sounds amazing. for the price its a steel
    rhcpfan118
    probably the biggest diff and the reason the price is so different is the set neck... why did everyone overlook this? idiots. no offense though... set neck = better sustain.
    bokuho
    Sod even that - a Standard is the minimum you should bother with, even the Studio is very sub-par quality. Get a Standard if you can't spring for much money, but try to get a Custom, really. The 100/Studio/Special-II/Junior should certainly be left well alone.
    oneblackened
    [quote=ISM]If you have the money go for a Studio or Standard; thru neck and better pickups. (and less chance for alder mix[/quote] thru neck? no. set neck? yes. Less alder in standard or studio? definitely.
    ISM
    If you have the money go for a Studio or Standard; thru neck and better pickups. (and less chance for alder mix) MVL.
    jasonkan
    MattA7Xfan4Life wrote: andy_h04 wrote: hooligan07 wrote: i am a noob and am wondering...what is a better guitar for the price,the lp-100 or the g-400? i listen to mostly british and american punk/oi! and also social distortion,rancid etc... Personally i think a les paul would be better then the g-400 because the g-400 is used alot more for cleaner sounds then the les paul. And also i have the les paul 100 and it is a brilliant sounding guitar! ok so, the g 400 is definitely not used more for clean sounds.... they both are used condsiderably in ounk so just take ur pick. the g 400 is more expensive and is probably going to have better features just remember that.
    yeah agreed its like saying piezo guitars are more for distortion than clean.. plus les pauls are much heavier (in weight). all in all i personally prefer the g-400.
    joshjebl
    I
    andy_h04 wrote: hooligan07 wrote: i am a noob and am wondering...what is a better guitar for the price,the lp-100 or the g-400? i listen to mostly british and american punk/oi! and also social distortion,rancid etc... Personally i think a les paul would be better then the g-400 because the g-400 is used alot more for cleaner sounds then the les paul. And also i have the les paul 100 and it is a brilliant sounding guitar!
    what? SG for cleaner sounds..... no not true
    METAL MILITIA1
    acdc28 wrote: I have an Ibanez which cost about 350 Aussie dollars and i want to know if a epi les paul 100 will be better than my guitar
    no not really save up and get something better
    clayton0693
    Im about to win a hockey pool, and this is the guitar im buying with the money. I havent one yet soo i hope i dont jinx myself