Les Paul Classic review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.9 (270 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Classic

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 7
I play todays rock for the most part and this guitar does it's job by tenfold. I'm running it into a 74 Fender Bassman 70 (all-tube head) and Marshall 1960A cab. I'm not really into much effects. I do use a crybaby and DigiTech Grunge pedal. When I got the guitar I noticed some hum when I would remove my hands from the strings. I figured nothing a ground job can't fix. As for the stock pickups they were decent. I really enjoyed the neck pickup. It woulds really warm and smooth. The bridge pickup was ok, but not the crunch I knew a les paul to have. I replaced the Pickups with matching Gibson 57's and what a difference! I would give the sound a 9 with new pickups but I'm just going to review this as stock.

Overall Impression — 8
This guitar works for me amazingly! I've been playing for about 6 years. The neck on this thing would prolly be my favorite feature. I think this guitar is as good if not better than any Gibson Les Paul Classic/Standard on the market today (after modifications). The guitar plays great and sounds great! You can prolly get this same quality from Gibson for thousands more. I spend about a total of 900 bucks and I could never be happier. If it were to be lost or stolen I'd most deff get another. I rate this a 9.5 overall after modifications but I'm rating it as stock! Watch out Gibson, Epi is comin back in a big way.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I've played many shows with this as my only guitar.It has taken the abuse of the road. As for the finish it's very nice. This is the only difference I see that seperates a Gibson from an Epi. The finish is a little thin. I would advise a hardshell case, but that's a no brainer with any kind of finished guitar you buy. The strap buttons are great but I prefer strap locks. The stock bridge and tail piece are cheap, I would break strings on a every day basis. I replaced them with Graphtec replacement parts. It helped the sustain even more and I never break a string now. After the strap locks and bridge/tail piece replacement I give it a solid 9 but I'm rating as stock.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action when I first got it was really not bad at all. I like a low profile setting and low action. I lent the guitar to my friend to be set up he's a guitar tech for a local band out here in Pa. Got the thing back and it play as good as a Gibson. On to the tuners prolly the worst part about this guitar! It would not hold tune for it's life. I would play one song and it would be flat by the end of it. I replaced them with Gibson modern tuners. It has yet to go out of tune. I only have to tune like every 3 days now. After the setup and new tuners I would give this a 10 but once again I'm rating it as stock.

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    Chad11491 wrote: there's nothing wrong with epiphones, the people saying it sucks are the ones that either A) are stupid teens who can't afford it and so therefore it sucks, B) think that since their guitar says gibson on the headstock that it is now godly and pwns all other guitars or C) just stupid and tonedeaf or trying it through a marshall MG, i mean come on, there is nothing wrong with an epi, take this classic or the custom and put in seymour duncans or even gibson humbuckers, just as good as any gibson
    I agree totally :] Your buying into the gibson name before you ever play it.
    i can't stand how people dis this guitar. everyone always compares it to the gibson les paul...oh the epiphone sucks compared to the gibson...well for one the gibson is more than double the price so it better damn well be better for that price that's like comparing cake to a banana...both are great, but one's more expensive and a bit nicer my personal opinion on how guitars sound depends on the actual guitar player. yes, quality of the guitar helps, but without talent or desire, the guitar isn't going to sound good
    i have a les paul and my strap button came completly out screw and all and i tried a longer screw and that ended up falling out too any advice?
    OMG! i hav this guitar in tobacco sunburst (i think) and they kick ass. u r wrong about epiphone being crap, they rule! they probably just say they're crap cus they've got a gibson and they just want 2 be snobbish and better than every1 else. =P