Les Paul 100 review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (2,209 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul 100

Price paid: £ 140

Sound — 10
I have to say it definitely fits my style of music, as I normally play rock music, and a bit of metal (I only started about 8 months ago, so I'm pretty new to styles). The songs I play sound amazing on it, and the humbuckers give it a full sound, even with the pretty rubbish amp I have. Whether I'm playing power chords or notes, the guitar offers a sweet, welcoming, heart warming sound. The sound quality (even with the blehh amp) is like satin, and it doesn't buzz and is easy to tune - even the drop tunings. This thing can give blues, rock, pop, metal, thrash, whatever floats your boat, if you give a tiny moment to fiddle around with the pickups to find the right tune

Overall Impression — 10
I LOVE THIS GUITAR! I've been playing for 8 months, and it definitely offers a more welcoming tune to my Yamaha Pacifica 012, which I enjoy playing, but I'm not really that comfortable playing on. Also, it gives a better sound than my Yamaha does through my Kustom KGA30 amp, which I don't really like, but am now more comfortable with. I think I've asked all I needed to ask before buying it, and if I lost it, I'd be utterly depressed, and I would definitely save up for another model, or maybe a better one, or even a Vintage (I'd like a Gibson, but that's a bit of a long shot). I wouldn't really stray from the Les paul design - theyre the first design I look for. Although i do like a whammy bar, it would spoil the les paul look, and on top of costing 100 approx to fit in, a whammy on a les paul looks quite pathetic, so I'm sticking with fixed bridge on a les paul. It may be the basic model, but I love it, and it sounds like a gibson, at about one twentieth of the price. I would definitely recommend this guitar, or any of the les paul models made by epiphone, Vintage or gibson.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can deifinitely withstand gigs (excluding if you totally smash it by your own accord), and it can definitely outlive me (and I'm in my midteens, so thats saying something), and I wouldn't worry about the finish, it's as strong as the body itself. Of course, it may be prone to chips, but seriously, it isn't a worry. Tha top strap button does rotate and spin, and I'm not sure if it's meant to do that, but installing the strap was relatively easy, and the positioning is comfortable. I wouldn't really have to worry about a backup while on stage (though I haven't performed a gig yet - all in good time). This guitar's definitely going to live long enough to see flying cars, and it would run through the generations without a care.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
As stated, the guitar looked brand new when I looked at it, course it needs a good dusting but apart from that it's in tip top condition. There is however a small gap where the neck bolts on to the body, but it hasn't hindered the sound in the slightest. As it was preowned the pickups and tuning were correct, and there is the tiniest bit of rust on the pickups, but it is unnoticeable unless you are really looking for it. It is two years old after all. There is a chip on the headstock, but again it is tiny. The tone and volume knobs can be pulled off, but its not much of a problem, and it is easier if you want to replace them with better versions. Overall, I have to say it is a masterpiece, and the minor problems aren't much of a problem at all

Features — 9
Well I don't know when it was made, or where, as I got it second hand from a schoolmate; he got it for 200 new from the Music Shop, and has played it for two years. It has 22 frets, mahogany neck, jumbo I think. Bolt in neck, cherry finish, traditional les paul body, neck and headstock, individual pickups for treble and rhythm, 3 way selector switch. When I got the guitar it didn't seem like it was two years old - it looked new and it felt new as well. Sure, it needs a polish and dusting, but overall its young at great to look at.

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    the les paul is a great guitar if you are playing classic rock and more bluesey types of music me personally i am a blues player and i love the les paul but if you want a good metal distortion on the pickups i would go with the stagg hope this helps
    ei newbie here, if i buy this guitar , for how long will i expect it to last? considering i take good care of it..
    Just wondering: Is this the kind of guitar you can take on stage with you? (I'm thinking of 'hot-rodding' this thing and giving it some expenso pickups). And is this a good all-round kind of guitar? (starting to get into some heavier stuff with the band... ) Also can it handle numerous genre's with a thick rich tone for the intermediate-pro guitar player? Or should I be looking at more expensive models or generally a different guitar altogether... Sorry for all the questions but any help would be greatly appreciated
    if you are beginning or starting to improve at guitar this guitar will fill all your needs but if your doing gigs all the time i would try to get an upper model the pickups in this guitar are good for the price of the guitar but in all honesty they need better pick ups and i think it would outshine most guitars at its price range all tho this guitar is great people gotta learn to review properly.. for the quality to the value it would be a 9 or 10 because this guitar outshines the rest.. but in reality it is a 500$ guitar and well there is a lot better guitars out there they just cost more if you have thoughts of buying the guitar i say go try it, most people will love with it but some wont.. so if possible visit your local epiphone dealer and try one