Les Paul Custom Plus review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (296 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Custom Plus
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Price paid: $ 1058.4

Purchased from: La Centrale, Paris

Sound — 8
I play alot of stuff, from jazz to metal, through to funk, blues and rock. The African mahogany body makes for excellent resonance, and ace sustain, even unplugged. I mainly use this LP through my Line 6 PODXT into a Peavey Bandit 112 poweramp. The stock pickups are okay, but needless to say that they don't stand up to any Gibson pickups, and a switch change for some Duncans or even DiMarzios will get you a better sound.

Overall Impression — 9
Well set up, this guitar is effortless to play and offers great tone from the generous mahogany body, ideal for any styles ranging from BB King to Satch. You will want to replace the pickups, however, to get the most out of this guitar. I'm putting in a Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz in the neck and an SH-4 "JB" in the bridge. To make it perfect, you'll want to 'clean up' the electronics (redo the wiring and clean the switches), and maybe change the nut as the case may be.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is solid and built to last. The hardware stands up to that. I've had it for nealy two years now and there is absolutely not sign of wear, except from the pick-guard as you would expect.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The finish on this guitar is impeccable for this price range: the flamed chery-sunburst maple top is spotless, the bindings on the body headstock and headstock as well as the neck inlays make this one ace-looking guitar. The stock setup needed a little tweaking for action and intonation, as did the pickup height, but there's nothing wrong with that. The neck is so straight you can get the action pretty-much as low as you feel comfortable with: again, something you're not always entitled to expect from a guitar in this price-range.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    guitar135
    Quintin wrote: yeah i have a s.g epiphone it plays wonderful
    i played one at guitar center and it almost fell of my leg the neck was so heavy
    eblood21
    "the difference isnt worth the difference" the difference between a gibson and an epiphone is not worth the price differential.
    CustomCustom
    Im gettin an Epi Classic quilt top or a Kramer Custom lp or possibly a PRS singlecut SE, gotta play one to decide.
    rhcpfan118
    i own an Epi LP custom in black and it's very very nice, i'd change the pickups but they have nice stock ones. and Epi is actually owned by Gibson USA so they're licensed to rip off all of Gibson's models, they just change the names here and there to protect the innocent... definitely worth the price.
    guitar_lvr
    i own an epi les paul standard, its sounds awesome. every guitar player (whos not rollin in the benjamins) should consider buying one.
    henza_x
    no no no dont get an epiphone anymore, they arent made in korea anymore, their made in china, so are some ibanez, big deal right? well the thing is its a new factory, and right now, what epiphone produces is cheap "tester" guitars, for now switch to esps
    realic
    henza_x wrote: no no no dont get an epiphone anymore, they arent made in korea anymore, their made in china, so are some ibanez, big deal right? well the thing is its a new factory, and right now, what epiphone produces is cheap "tester" guitars, for now switch to esps
    u are totally wrong....these new ones coming out of china kick the shizar outa the koreans...they are heavier for one...bringing them closer to that gibby sustain...(mine reads 10lbs) equiped with grovers...i unlike many have no problems with the so called defective pup switch and havent had to replace pups...personally i think u just heard this info from someone and hav never played one to tell if it is "cheap"....btw...i am not one to get defensive over my guitars...i think gibsons are better quality instraments for the most part...though i have to say this new chinese production seems well...oh yeah and pal they make epiphones all over asia now...they still make them at the korean samick and other korean factories along with several chinese locations and the elitists in japan...get facts straight man...and tester guitars???please...its not like epi doesnt know their specs...its all a matter of workmanship...and the tiny hands of the chinese child labour gets right in there and is great for detail...
    emokiller17
    i tried out a limited edition epiphone les paul custom with Alnico pickups (meant to be better than what they normally put in the customs) and i have to say, it kicks the shit out of my squier stratocaster, its great for all of the music i play (trivium, metallica, foo fighters)
    laparsons
    it kicks the shit out of my squier stratocaster,
    .....are you surprised by this? :S