Les Paul Standard review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (1,334 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Standard

Price paid: C$ 540

Purchased from: Long & McQuade

Sound — 9
Excellent tones for jazz, hard rock, metal, classic rock, etc. A very versatile guitar. With the neck pick-up on cleans you can achieve this very smooth almost glossy-like clean tone, excellent for light jazz chords, relaxed solos and more. With the neck and bridge pick-ups both engaged, you can achieve a very unique tone that is only achievable with the Les Paul; a very nice belly-like clean tone! On overdrive the Les Paul is hot! Raw biting overtones and high output! Excellent mids overall.

Overall Impression — 9
Definitely a must-have for any guitar-head out there. Excellent for cleans, recording, hard rock, classic rock, primarily most genres! This guitar looks beautiful, feels solid, and sounds excellent. A very good bang-for-your-buck.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar wails! It holds tune extremely well even after massive over-bends and hard chord chugs. I have already used the guitar once for a gig and it is definitely reliable. The finish is nice, it is not too thick and it also doesn't scratch easily. The one thing I would definitely suggest for any Les Paul owner/purchaser is to invest in strap-locks! For where one of the strap-button is located the strap tends to be put on an awkward angle where worn straps are very susceptible to letting go of the strap-buttons.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The instance I picked up the guitar it was almost perfectly set up. Action was perfect, I didn't have to make any adjustments to either pick-up heights, and the finish was absolutely flawless. Frets are smooth all along the edges of the neck/fretboard, cleanly done fret-inlays, all tone/volume knobs roll smoothly and firmly.

Features — 9
Mahogany body with hand-set mahogany neck. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, pearl fret in-lays and a 24.75" scale. My Les Paul Standard came in an ebony finish with cream accents (pick-up rings, pick-guard, toggle-switch). Silver Grover tuners, locking Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-bar. 3-way pick-up toggle-switch, Alnico neck pick-up, Alnico Classic bridge pick-up, and 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs.

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    I own both Gibson and Epiphone products, four Gibsons and seven Epis. Though you wouldn't know it from this thread, there are many players out there like me who play and collect both. Though their factories are far apart, these companies are quite connected, even if their respectiver fans are worlds apart. They share technology and methodology in many areas, as well as aesthetics. First off, yes, you can compare Epi products to Gibsons but not "$400 Standard vs. $2500 Standard," rather "$400 Standard vs. $800 Gibson USA Studio Faded." You only get black Epi Std. for $400 street BTW, woody tops are $500. Meanwhile, your $800 Faded Studios now come in satin black and blue as well as cherry and brown. Epi Standards are all mahogany as WERE the Gibson fadeds, but now fadeds have a maple cap just like a $3500 Custom, which is smooth and beautiful, dark and smoky, almost burl-like. Mine is in Brown and wow! plus $800 US Gibsons now come with burstbucker pickups, so creamy yet clear, fuzz without fuzziness,ridiculous to swap them out, you buy the guitar for these pups. Put your emgs in something pointy and leave this baby alone. The $400 epi, on the other hand, looks you in the eye and says put Gibson USA pups in me and you'll have a Gibson look and sound for two gs less. OK, say you do that...but by then you're up to $700 and you could have got the lowend Gibson for another Ben. But if you like the sound of Epiphone's alnico classic humbuckers (which I do), and you need that shiny, bound, fancy LP look (which I don't), the guitar is totally worth four bills as is. Epis have a 14 degree headstock tilt while Gibsons have a 17 degree. That can make the Gibson more prone to cracking in certain situations, while epis may crack from the lesser quality wood used. Either way, you have to be wayyy more careful with Gibson/Epi than with maple ballbat Fender/Squiers, thats just the way it is. If you throw your guitars around, buy Fenders, plenty of good humbucker models and easy to mod. Aside from sound, Epi LPs feel and play more like Gibsons than unrelated set-neck knockoffs, like Xavierre and Crate Electra lesser pauls, which I also own. They're both pretty decent and fatsounding. But so is the epi and ol' man Les Paul's famous signature is a nice touch. (Tho repeating it on the truss rod cover looks stupid, I always swap out all my truss rod covers for $3 covers that say GIBSON, like epis used to) Quality control on all of my recent epi purchases has been excellent, including the Explorer GT (INdonesian made) which was dissed by a previous poster. Of two recent Gibson les Paul purchases, the aforementioned faded was perfect but a worn white studio 60s tribute with P-90s felt stiff and poorly setup. With regard to resale value, almost noone advertises their epi standards used and in good shape for less than three hundred, so if you score a new one for under $400 and rock it for a year you hardly lost anything. Used Gibsons faded drop in value about $150...so percentage-wise its about the same until you get to really expensive Gibsons. Personally, I like epiphone for their work with SGs...the gloss cherry SG-400 with Grovers looks almost exactly like a $3,000 Gibson '61 reissue and epi alnicos sound great on that sexy little body for only $350 street or $300 at the right time with the right coupon code. That's the same price as the epi studio, which doesn't give you block fret inlays. Get one of those but then save up for a faded Gibson les paul, with the maple cap (and block inlays unlike the faded all-mahogany Gibson SG) its the best humbucking american guitar deal there is! Gibson & Epiphone ROCK!
    in regards to your strap issue, i had the same problem with my guitar, but found an easy solution Just take out the strap hook, and go and find a chopstick from a chinese takeout shop. sand down the size of the stick until it fits nicely into the whole, then take it back out, cover it in PVA glue and then shove it back in. let it dry for a few days, and then cut off the top part then all you have to do is drill a small starter hole for your strap's screw and it's fixed worked like a dream for me