Les Paul Standard Plus review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (441 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Standard Plus
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Price paid: $ 457.5

Sound — 7
Overall the sound is very good. A wide range of sounds can be made from blues to metal. This guitar is good for playing Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith, where a lot of lead work is needed. What makes it a good lead guitar is that it can easily be made to scream and hold notes for a long time. My only improvement for the pickups would be that they are not and toneful as they could be, and can sometimes sound a little thin and hollow. This is especially noticable when the overdrive is turn up. The pickup selector can also be a little noisy. Playing power chords on the classic can also sound muddy, especially when playing fast riffs.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is and excellent guitar and would recommend buying one if you are a serious player and cannot afford a real Gibson les paul (I cannot for one). I would also always choose a les paul over a Stratocaster when performing lead work as well, simply because it sounds better and looks cooler and is more comfortable. However I would replace the pickups with some emgs and maybe replace some o the hardware. I believe by making these changes you could be owning a Gibson at half the price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar could easily withstand a live event. It is very solid and the pickups (though not the best) are very reliable. The strings wear quickly and need to be be replaced often but this is only expected if you are a serious player and play for hours on end. I would also always use a backup guitar on stage, even if I owned a real Gibson anyway. The only thing I can warn you about this guitar is that a locking guitar strap should be used. You may find occaisonally that a normal strap will slip of, especially when pretending to be Slash.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action on this guitar manages to get higher if continually played and often needs adjusting. This makes playing solos on this model a lot slower than it could be. Even so, this is a mighty fast guitar. The only other thing I could critisize about this guitar is that playing near the headstock becomes increasing difficult, as the strings become almost unbendable. The finish is beautiful on this guitar and the neck is very smooth. The chrome hardware generally performs well and is very adjustable.

Features — 10
This guitars features open coil pick ups, a decent set of grover tuners and mahogany solid body. The neck alos has 21 frets. I have to say I am very impressed with all the features. The mahogony body gives it added tone and the tuners keep the guitar in tune well and can be adjusted very finely. The angled shape of the neck is more comfortable and easier to play then a Stratocaster stlye body.

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    Jonbagga
    buhda wrote: these reveiws are useless theres no way and epiphone les paul could get a 10 out of 10 it may be an ok guitar but its not great i wouldnt give my dads 1975 gibson les paul 10 out of 10 most of you have never played anyother guitars what have you got to compare to no guitar gets 10 out of 10 especially a epiphone
    such hatred....
    Psyco_X
    this thing is pretty kick ass i have it in vintage sunburst its a very beautiful guitar although sadly enough i have never played a gibson les paul but i know that it pales in comparison to my Jackson since i completely need 24 frets
    peterocker
    TobiasFn wrote: these reveiws are useless theres no way and epiphone les paul could get a 10 out of 10 it may be an ok guitar but its not great i wouldnt give my dads 1975 gibson les paul 10 out of 10 most of you have never played anyother guitars what have you got to compare to no guitar gets 10 out of 10 especially a epiphone you are so right.....
    i've tried gibson les paul strats etc... and i like the epi more than others, not that the other are bad, or that Gibosn is WorST, no no. i dont see any differneces in feel, sound etc.. but yes there are diffienreces in electronics, the tone pots arent as good as they have to be and the toggle switch need to be changed but all in all its great, i got grover tuners, and it keeps the guitar in tune very well. nice finish(i have Cheery Sunburst) looks are great, good pickups for me though. i would recommend it to intermediate players, wel even for beginners and thats a keeper.
    realic
    buhda wrote: these reveiws are useless theres no way and epiphone les paul could get a 10 out of 10 it may be an ok guitar but its not great i wouldnt give my dads 1975 gibson les paul 10 out of 10 most of you have never played anyother guitars what have you got to compare to no guitar gets 10 out of 10 especially a epiphone
    sound is a subjective item...if ppl feel its a 10 then its a 10...if u dont then just deal...that is why there are such huge debates on "my guitar is better than yours", sound is subjective to the indiviual...theres nothing u can do to change that... personally i like epis...90% the guitar for 25% the price of their counterparts (although the long term investor/ gibson enthused, will say otherwise)
    Hammetisgod47
    buhda wrote: these reveiws are useless theres no way and epiphone les paul could get a 10 out of 10 it may be an ok guitar but its not great i wouldnt give my dads 1975 gibson les paul 10 out of 10 most of you have never played anyother guitars what have you got to compare to no guitar gets 10 out of 10 especially a epiphone I agree 100%