Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Review

manufacturer: Epiphone date: 09/20/2016 category: Electric Guitars
Epiphone: Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro is a cool evolutionary stage for Epiphone's Les Pauls.
 Sound: 7.6
 Overall Impression: 8.3
 Reliability & Durability: 8.1
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.3
 Features: 8.1
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overall: 7.6
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: KorYi, on february 11, 2013
5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 365

Purchased from: thomann.de

Features: Made in 2012 in Indonesia, it has 22 jumbo frets and 24.75" scale. The body is mahogany with AAA flame maple veneer on the top, neck is mahogany with rosewood fretboard and 60s Slimtaper "D" profile, all encased in trans blue finish. It also features tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar and grover non-locking tuners. Pickups are the Epiphone Pro-Bucker-2 (bridge) and Pro-Bucker-3 (neck), both passive and coil-splittable. Controls are fairly standard, two push-pull volume knobs (to split the pickups), two tone knobs and a 3-way switch. The only accessory that comes with it is the wrench to adjust the truss rod. // 8

Sound: I sounds (surprisingly) like an LP. It has a very nice full tone (bit brighter than I expected though). I mostly play blues/rock and metal, I usually play it through my HD500 directly into headphones (ATH-M50) and occasionally through my Roland MicorCube RX. And it sounds brilliant(well for stock pups anyway). It's very easy to get really nice blues or rock tone out of it. Especially when paired up with Marshall(ish) sounding amp, this guitar just sings. And with the coil split, you can add a bit of twang to the sound as well and also get some nice ringing cleans. You can also get some reasonable metal tones out of it, but is clearly not what it's made for. It feels like it's bit too bright for that. Especially the rhythm parts feel bit thin and missing some of the bottom end. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar was set up pretty well, everything seems fine so far. Even the intonation was spot-on (which is quite surprising). I've spent some time with the guitar now and I haven't noticed anything wrong about the way it's set up and finished so far. Even the frets and neck sides seem to be very nicely finished, no sharp edges. Everything feels pretty solid. The only 'flaw' it has (one that all of the trans-blue ones have) is the weird color combination. Firstly, on all promo pictures it looks like blue guitar with white hardware. All the plastic parts are in fact sort of creamy color. It looks OK, but it can be bit surprising if you're expecting a white parts. Also the yellow (gold?) knobs are quite ugly on the blue (so you'll probably need to spend a few bucks to get different ones). // 7

Reliability & Durability: All around, this guitar feels pretty solid and I'm sure it'll withstand live playing and can take some bashing. The finish feels pretty thick and shouldn't wear down easily. The hardware seems nice and solid too, except for the pick-guard, which is suspended and held down by only 3 screws (but I guess that's fine, since it's kinda standard LP feature). I really like the strap buttons. They seems way bigger than on my other guitars and feel way safer too. All in all, it looks like a pretty well made guitar. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, I'm really happy with it. The neck feels really great, it's kinda thick, in a very good and comfortable way and my hand wraps around nicely. The upper fret access is bit worse, but that's to be expected with this kind of guitar. The bad things: The gold knobs look pretty bad (why gold? -.-). The guitar is really heavy and sometimes bit uncomfortable to play while standing up. The body is really thick and completely lacks any ergonomic carving, which makes it awesome looking, but it does take some time getting used to it (especially if your other guitar is something like LTD M-series, which is pretty much complete opposite) I bought this guitar mostly because I couldn't decide. I wanted new guitar, but the more gear I tried, the less I knew what I want. I just picked this, because I always wanted to have and LP (also got some recommendations) and it has a shorter scale, which I wasn't sure about. Also looks bada-s in the trans blue. I ended up loving it. // 8

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overall: 6.2
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: SkinnyMusicTV, on january 04, 2013
2 of 23 people found this review helpful

Features: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro is an electric guitar. I've had a few very interesting discussions regarding Epiphone in recent days and their Les Pauls are always a provocative topic. Musicians, gear-heads, egg-heads, animals, vegetables and minerals all have an opinion on Epiphone. It isn't even necessarily whether or not they are good guitars. I've heard full blown brawls develop over which Epiphone would make for the best companion, if one were stranded on a desert island and had to befriend an inanimate object for the sake of some semblance of faux companionship. All kidding aside; are Epiphones a decent value and what about these Les Paul imitations? Furthermore, what is this Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro? // 6

Sound: The history of the Les Paul and of Epiphone could fill a book... as it has. Believe it or not, the company dates back to 1873 when Greek founder, Anastasios Stathopoulos, started making his own fiddles and lutes. Since then, they have evolved rather substantially... HAHA! Now, this ham-handed segue back to the present day may seem dramatic to you, but it is important for the sake of sheer length. My point is that Gibson and Epiphone have been duking it out for a long time. Even though Gibson bought out their main rival in 1957, the argument over how Epiphones stack up rages on. // 5

Action, Fit & Finish: I will spare you all another discussion on how Ephiphone Les Pauls compare to Gibson Les Pauls... Except for that Gibson readily declares that they are totally different instruments. I will agree with that. // 7

Reliability & Durability: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro is a cool evolutionary stage for Epiphone's Les Pauls. The pickups, the ProBucker 2′s and 3′s are a notable improvement over some of their predecessors. The AAA flame maple top is a decent feature as well. Honestly, It sounds good in comparison to its peers. The tone is fairly rich with a very faint dash of classic and the hand-set, mahogany neck makes for good playability. So, for $500.00, you are getting a solid all-around guitar. Is it worth $500.00? Well, the obvious answer is: If people are willing to pay it, then it is. // 7

Overall Impression: This is one of those rare reviews where I won't really inflict my personal opinion. That is because I truly believe that it depends on the person and I'm a little torn on Epiphone... to be quite frank. I don't think that it is a complete rip-off. Also, the opportunity for creative modifications is endless and Epiphones are ripe for this sort of tinkering. As a quick side note, I will say that I hate the push/pull coil-tapping. This feature allows you to switch from humbucker to single coil but never perfectly achieves either, in my opinion. Despite this, the pickups sound okay. All in all, I would say that the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro is a bit on the expensive side and that you would definitely benefit from exploring the used route with regards to Epiphones in general. But, while it doesn't sound like a Gibson Les Paul, it is certainly a provocative offering. So, check one out for yourself and let us know what you think. By Josh Hiken // 6

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overall: 8
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: jens.a.jacobsso, on may 22, 2013
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 355

Purchased from: 4Sound Sweden

Features: It's made in Indonesia December 2012 and bought by me in may 2013. 22 medium jumbo frets and 24, 75" scale length. AAA flame maple top. Hand-set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. Locking Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece. Neck pickup is a ProBucker-2 and bridge ProBucker-2. Honyburst color. Neck and bridge pickup volume controls with coil tapping. 3 Way pickup selector. And 2 x tone controls. Grover 14:1 machine heads. Bought it without any hardcase or such, already had a nice gigbag. // 8

Sound: I'm a self-learned beginner and used to play on a Schecter Omen 6, still have it around. I find that the Les Paul has a lot more sustain and "ompf" than the Schecter. The pickups are quite HOT and feels like a big improvement compared to the Schecter. I play mostly Hard rock and Metal (from Zeppelin to Maiden and other NWOBHM). The coil tapping feature is somewhat dependent on the amp. I usually run the guitar through Guitar Rig and found that some amp configurations hide the coil tapping feature completely while others bring it forth very clearly. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: The finish was better than I've expected. Gorgeous honeyburst finish without any scratches or imperfections. The only marks was on the pickguard that had some sort of black scratch marks on its edges. As I dont like the pickguard it was taken off so it was not a big deal for me. The frets was quite raw so I changed strings immediately (Elixir 10-42) and gave the frets a polish. It came out great. The neck was very straight and could need some relief. I have a tiny buzz on the wound E-string, not much but its there. I will check the neck when the guitar has settled in a bit. Except the pickguard I cant find anything to complain about. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Can't really answer this as I don't play live. Everything feels very solid and well made so I would guess that using it live would not be a problem at all. The strap buttons feel sturdy and big enough. The Groover tuners are nice to work with and feels very solid. After first tuning it has kept its tuning very well, partly due to Elixir strings that I have found work very well for me. It is a heavy guitar so if I had to stand all day playing I would perhaps look for something a bit lighter. Dont know if the Gibson versions are lighter. // 8

Overall Impression: The overall impression is that it was a definite upgrade from the old Schechter. Both sound and finish is superior. I have only played for a couple of years and is self-learned (thank you YouTube!) so my experience is limited to say the least. I have tested plenty of guitars in my local guitar shop and I must say that there is many guitars that have a much higher price tag but don't come near this in both quality and sound. If it was stolen I would definitely buy another one. For 355 this is a great buy! My rating for this guitar is 8. The reason it's not 9 or 10 is that I have such limited experience so I feel I must leave room for things I have not discovered yet. // 8

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overall: 9
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: lanciottijoey, on may 12, 2014
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 419

Purchased from: ebay

Features: It is a 2013 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro, made in Indonesia. 22 medium jumbo frets on a rose wood fingerboard. Cherry sunburst AAA flamed maple top on a mahogany body and a mahogany set neck. Locking tune-o-matic bridge and a stopbar tailpiece. Epiphone Probucker humbucker pickups and full sized pots with coil taping. 3 way pickup selector. Grover 14:1 non locking tuners. 24.75" scale neck, 12" fretboard radius and 1.68" nut width. No accessories. did not come with a gig bag or case. It only came with an Epiphone cardboard box and owners manual. // 9

Sound: I play a lot of different styles of music from blues to metal. It works great for both. For clean, both bridge and neck have a nice tone. Bridge is punchy and crisp, the neck is full/warm sounding, If you roll down the tone knob a little bit, you can get a very nice tone for blues etc. In high gain setting the bridge pickup is articulate and cuts pretty good. The neck pickups is a bit muddy with heavy distortion but still good. Both pickups have great harmonics. Barely any pickup hum (a bit more in the neck). I play a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60 combo amp and this guitar sounds great through it. I don't think there is any need to switch pickups, at least not now. this guitar sounds great. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: When I received it the action was a bit high, but a couple turns of a screw driver and it now plays like a dream. The neck was straight, so I have not had to adjust that. The pickup height was a TINY bit too high IMO (I lowered them and raised pole pieces very little). I also raised the tail pies on the high E side a half turn to lower string tension a bit, because it was a little stiff. Intonation was almost fine out of the box. The neck is nice and smooth, not too thick and not too thin. It was marked 2nd because of a very small imperfection on the fretboard binding at the 5th fret but it doesn't affect playability. Other than that it is perfect. The inlays are a nice deep pearloid. AAA Flamed maple looks very good even thought I've read it just a thin veneer (I don't care it looks and sounds great). I've had it for about 6 months and it still plays looks and sounds perfect. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I don't play live, I just jam in my room and at my buddy's house. I think it would do fine for live playing though. The hardware is solid, including strap button. The two tone knobs are solid and turn nice and tight. The two volume knobs (also the coilsplit) turn a little loosely, but so far are still working just as good as when I got it. Input jack is solid. Pickup selector is solid, no play. Electronics look pretty high quality, thick wiring and good soldering. Finish is nice and thick so it will be dent and scratch resilient. Iv had this guitar for 6 months or so and its still plays perfect. I believe this guitar will last a long time. // 9

Overall Impression: I bought it about 6 months ago off eBay (labeled 2nd). Cherry sunburst. It was made in Indonesia. When I received the guitar it everything was perfect, but the action was a little high. Neck was straight so I just lowered it a bit and it plays great now. No buzz. Pickups (Probuckers) sound very good. The pickups are full and warm sounding, especially the neck. VERY good harmonics. The tone and volume controls work good. The coil split is cool, sounds a little weak, but it's always good to have more tones. The nuts was a little snug and was causing some tuning issues, but I rubbed a pencil in the slots and it was fine. Stays in tune now even after some extreme bends. IMO this guitar looks, sounds and plays great. This guitar is great for all types of music. // 9

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overall: 8.2
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: lucasstrickla, on october 06, 2014
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: C$ 579

Purchased from: Long and McQuade

Features: Bought this guitar new from Long and McQuade for $579 in 2013. It is a Chinese made Epiphone. Don't get the wrong idea, for a Chinese made guitar this thing is solid! Mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, flamed maple top. Comes with Epiphone's Alnico Classic humbuckers, which are not the best I've ever heard but they're not bad. Very versatile guitar as it has push/pull volume pots which coil tap the pickups, essentially making them single coils. You can get pretty much any sound you would want from this guitar, with the right setup of course. // 9

Sound: I play mostly rock music, some metal, country, blues, and punk. This guitar suits all of these styles very well. The coil tapping is a great feature for country and blues, but the full on humbucker is where it really excels for rock music. Currently I am using it with the guitar rig software(which can make any old guitar sound good IMO) but when I play live I run it through a Marshall. Self explanatory really, classic LP and Marshall sound. The maple top gives it a relatively brighter sound, but still warm and full. Great guitar for anyone who wants the classic Les Paul sound without the price tag. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: Since I bought the guitar at Long & McQuade it came already set up. For those who have bought anything from L& M you know they do really good work. Perfect action, intonation, pick up height, etc. I would assume it didn't come from the factory like this. With regards to finish and hardware, It came absolutely mint. No flaws in the finish, or on the hardware. Everything working properly, no issues. Actually surprised with the quality since it is Chinese made. I guess the recent advances in technology have improved the quality of products coming from the far east, or at least I think so anyway // 9

Reliability & Durability: Now, here is the only section where this guitar will take a little hit. After having it for about a year, I noticed when changing from the bridge pickup to the neck pickup, its like the neck pickup "dies." Very faint sound which cuts in and out and I have to flick the pickup selector a few times to get it to "cut in." Not exactly sure what the cause is, but most likely has something to do with the wiring. Another flaw with this guitar is the strap button. I picked up the guitar a couple days ago and when I put the strap over my head, the button came off and it almost hit the floor but I caught it just in time. The hole where the screw is got stripped somehow and it worked loose.  

Not all bad can be said about the reliability though. Just like my other Epiphones, this guitar is tough and it can take a hit. Its been knocked over a couple of times, bumped, the usual... and it comes back for more. So, cant complain about the built quality I guess. On another note, most people usually have problems with keeping their Epiphones in tune, but I can honestly say I haven't had that problem yet. I can do all the bends I want, bump it, or whatever and it stays in tune. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall, this is a solid guitar. I use it at home, jams, gigs, and for recording and it has served me well so far (except for the couple things I mentioned earlier). The way I see things is you get what you pay for, and I have definitely got my 600 bucks worth. Minor issues such as wiring and the loose strap button are quick, easy fixes and hey, it's a Chinese made Epi, not a $2000 Gibson. IMO, excellent guitar for what you pay for it. 

Little Blurb about me: I have been playing guitar for about 7 years, I have a vast collection of guitars, amps, pedals, etc. I play everything from classic rock, to country, to metal. This guitar fits in with my playing style well, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a Les Paul on a budget. // 8

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overall: 8.8
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: pianodude11601, on march 02, 2015
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Purchased from: Ebay

Features: Not sure when the guitar was made, but its got a sticker that says its from Indonesia, and inspected in the USA. 22 medium-jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard, handset neck. AAA Flame maple top, body of mahogany, amazing sleek finish that feels great. Tune-o-matic bridge, two volumes and two tones, plus the coil-tapping. Two ProBucker pickups, and grover machine heads. It has a real nice variety in color for people that are more adventurous. I bought sunburst cherry, and it looks absolutely beauteous. // 9

Sound: I play mostly classic rock and some newer Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff, and this does all of it perfectly. Sounds pretty great on most settings, although when you turn on the coil-tapping, the volume decreases a bit, not dramatic, but noticeable. Huge variety on it, maybe not great for heavy metal, but can do most anything, from the cleanest jazz, to some real heavy rock. Gave it an eight because it isn't like super melt your face amazing sound, but still definitely worth having. On really clean sound, it almost sounds like a tele with the coil-tapping on, and it has a real fat sound to it. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: The action on it was simply amazing, everything was set up very well, the pickups were set in a way that the really was no reason to adjust them. Everything came nearly perfect, except for a slight finish issue below the bridge, but it is hardly noticeable. The guitar has a classic beauty to it, kinda like a Jimmy Page style Les Paul. It makes tapping, fast picking, squeals, anything at all extremely easy, with a real slim neck to it. Can't say I have played anything more comfortable than this guy. I don't know if everyone will find it as perfect as I did, but to me, it was meant to fit in my hands, I guess. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Had this guitar for a pretty long time, and it has been pretty reliable and durable. Everything is solid and pretty well made. Definitely would and have gigged with it with no backup. The finish is really really really nice, super sleek, and it has not lost any of its luster while I have had it. It has been real strong, and as far as I can tell, the guitar will last me a real long time. I use it real often because of its ease of use, and it has been pretty good to me. If anything goes wrong on it, I probably will try to fix it as well. // 9

Overall Impression: Does absolutely everything I need it to do. I have been playing for several years, and have some decent gear with it, and it sounds fantastic. Wish I knew that the coil-tapping causes a smidge of volume loss, but whatever, not a huge deal. It is a bit heavy on the shoulders, but not insane or anything. I definitely would replace this if stolen, or buy a similar model. I love pretty much everything about this guitar. Definitely recommend for anyone to buy this bada-s of a guitar. If you are curious at all whether or not to buy this, I give you my word you will enjoy this guitar. Just wish I could have a whammy bar on this, and then it would be complete. // 9

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overall: 7.6
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: dragonzrmetal, on march 22, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Purchased from: Nevada Music (Defunct)

Features: There are so many reviews of this guitar that I have to be careful not to make this one redundant, but it's such a great little thing that I owe it to all prospective buyers to spread the word, especially first-time buyers. My favorite specimen is a 2012 Tea Burst. It's a Chinese made, but take all the Chinese - vs - Korean opinions with a pinch of salt. I also happen to own a Korean Custom and this one wins out, as simply as that. I won't bore you with all the specs, you can find them on all the other reviews. You know what a Les Paul is.

The price has gone up since I bought mine to £420, but there's nothing stopping you from finding them cheaply on the used market for < £150, and I'd strongly suggest you do so. What Epiphone gives you here is one of the most solid builds you can get, for an excellent price. The £420 gets you the premier woods only Gibson has access to, and is therefore the best base for hardware modification that you can get. With some personalising and a lot of rough playing, you'll have a number 1 for life. They just sound better as the wood matures, like all good guitars. // 7

Sound: It's a Les Paul, and it sounds like a Les Paul. Creamy and rich, with a deep crunchy low end and a vintage-sounding high end. Mine plays through a Peavey 6505 with a Wylde Wah, Boss GE-7, Boss NS-2, Boss DD-3 and a BBE G Screamer. The signal is no more noisy than any other guitar at this price range, and painlessly fixed with a noise-gate, or by shielding the electronics. This is really a guitar to please everyone, rather unoffensive to all tastes. The voicing of the pickups is quite flat, so you can sculpt the sound however you best like. Medium output, but can be made to put up a long sustain with that heavy tune-o-matic bridge. The pickups are coil-tapped, so that you can get a more twangy, Fender sound, should you wish. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: The factory setups are fairly generic as one would expect, but the fretwork is perfect. I pulled the action down to maybe 1.5mm at one point. The binding edges aren't perfect where it meets the neck, but what do you expect for a £400 guitar? The finish is beautiful. The finishes are beautiful. It's a real Les Paul, not a knock-off with a weird shape, so it has all the charm, and you can have it in nearly whatever colour or finish takes your fancy. As a last aside, it has the feel of quality that only certain guitars do. It's heavy and well built. The Les Paul shape is very comfy to play. // 8

Reliability & Durability: The guitar is as solid as any. The neck (main point of breakage on any guitar) is far stronger than a Gibson due to the shallow headstock angle and smaller truss rod cavity. Gibsons are notorious for breaking at the headstock for this very reason, as you may or may not know. The strap buttons are fairly useless, this guitar took several dives before I put Schaller strap locks on it. Personally, I think this is irrelevant because you'd be mad to play any guitar without putting strap locks on it. PRS and Mayones are the only companies I know to fit strap locks as standard. The body is covered in thick poly, it's basically impossible to dent. The bottom line is that this is definitely the most solid guitar I own. Out of about 10. I repeat, it's a Les Paul. They've survived Guns N' Roses, so they'll survive anything you can throw at it. // 8

Overall Impression: As a metalhead at heart, you'll find me playing everything from goth rock to death metal. I often find myself wishing the frets were bigger, and if you're looking for a shred or metal guitar, you might want to consider this. I've thought about fitting XJ frets more than once. I've so far consoled myself by sanding back the neck for a faster feel, along with sleek Elixir strings. The electronics could be better, and as a heavy metal player I'd appreciate some higher output pups, but I don't expect them at this price range. This is a great base guitar that you can upgrade to your liking. Competing companies put out flashy colour guitars with better pickups at this range, but the quality just isn't there.

Having played some very high-end Gibsons, and as the lucky owner of a couple $$$$+ guitars, it's my opinion that this guitar punches far above its weight. There's some gems to be found in this range, and you're lucky in that most shops carry tens of these. Go through them all and you'll find the one for you very quickly. The full range caters for all tastes, the range of colours available is enormous, as-well as other models including the FX, fitted with a Floyd Rose.

I suggest in response to my prompts that this guitar would never be stolen or lost. I would kill anyone that glanced at it wrongly. It's still one of my favourite guitars years on, and with severe competition. The best advice I can give you is to go and play one, and don't bring cash unless you can afford to spend it. // 8

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overall: 9.2
Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro Reviewed by: jhaynes2, on september 20, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 475

Purchased from: Music Center


  • Manufactured in China in 2015
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24.75" scale mahogany neck, 1 5/8" nut
  • AAA flame maple veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Tune-o-matic locking bridge with stopbar (chrome)
  • Two volume, two tone knobs (gold top hat style)
  • Coil splitting push/pull controls
  • Probucker 2 & 3 humbucking pickups (chrome covers)
  • Three-way selector switch
  • Grover 14:1 tuners chrome
  • D'Addario 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46 strings
  • Hardcase is sold separately
  • Wine Red finish (also available in blue, cherry burst, honey burst and sun burst.)
// 9

Sound: For my purposes this is an incredible guitar. I am not a professional guitarist, more of a hobbyist, but I know what sounds good. For some "Only a Gibson Is Good Enough," but if you want something close for a fraction of the cost, this is a good alternative. I own a Vox VT20X hybrid modeling amp and I play mainly in my basement. I mostly use clean settings and it is very enjoyable to play and to listen to.

The Probucker pickups are Epiphones version of the Gibson Burstbucker PAF pickups, or so I understand. That is what gives this model the "PRO" moniker. There is a very noticeable difference in the "PRO" Epiphones. These upgraded pickups are definitely worth the extra dough.

The Push-Pull knobs let the player easily select a single-coil configuration on either or both the neck and bridge pickups, giving the user a much larger bank of tones to work with. The pots in this model are upgraded as well, but I'm not sure how much difference they make.

The fat strings can be bassy and the the skinny strings can be kind of glassy, but with the correct combination of tone settings, single-coil/humbucker selection, and amp configuration a savvy player can tame this fairly easily.

There is virtually no noise in humbucking mode, and only a little hum in single coil. Something I've noticed is that when I switch to single-coil the volume seems to drop, but I'm a hermit, so I can stop and adjust my volume as needed. I recommend you pay attention to this when test driving one to make sure it something you can live with. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: I picked this guitar off the rack in the guitar store and had no problems with the action or intonation. It was out of tune, but that's normal with a new guitar with new strings. I'm unsure about whether or not it got any attention from the guitar store staff before I put my hands on it. The frets were a little tarnished and scratchy when bending the strings for the first few times, but they have since cleaned up nicely and now the strings slide across the frets like... well, like something that slides really nicely.

This guitar is gorgeous. I decided on the Wine Red finish. The pictures on the internet do not do this finish justice. It is dead sexy. The cream colored pickguard, switch and pickup bevels really set it off. They perfectly match the bindings which you can find around the top of the body as well as the fingerboard. The edges of the frets are clean and have zero rough edges. The chrome hardware is not as gaudy as the gold you might find on the Les Paul Custom models (which are also very nice guitars with a bit more bling).

I am also a fan of the pearloid parallelogram fretboard inlays, which are a bit more sexy than than dots. The head stock has the Epiphone shape, but is smaller on the Les Paul models. There is a "Les Paul" signature on the head stock instead of decorative inlays like you will find on the Custom model.

The only problem with the appearance was the plastic gold top-hat pot knobs. They have a cheap look and had to go. I replaced them with cream colored speed knob I found on Amazon. They perfectly match the pickguard and bindings. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I have no idea whether this guitar is "gigable." You should ask a professional musician this question. I will say that it seems durable enough. The chrome hardware seems solid as does the roughly nine pounds of wood that it's attached to.

I have a warning for you though: Be very careful with the push-pull pots. Pulling on them too hard may cause catastrophic damage and you'll be standing there with the stem of the pot sticking out of the knob in your hand. During normal usage this shouldn't be a problem, but if you decide to get rid of the gold knobs you should be very careful. A savvy consumer can read about this online. // 9

Overall Impression: I typically play soft rock, country and blues. Never anything harder than AC/DC. It's a Les Paul. You can play any type of music on it. I've been playing seriously for around 6 months but goofed of with my old Kramer for about 30 years prior. I also own an Epiphone ES-335 Dot (another fine instrument), a 1988 Kramer XL3, an Epiphone "Inspired By" 1964 Texan electric-acoustic, and a 1946 Gibson Southern Jumbo Acoustic. This Les Paul is what I normally pick up when I want to play.

If I lost this instrument for some reason I would definitely replace it with something similar. My favorite feature about this guitar is the coil-splitting pickups. There are so many different flavors of music you can make with them. // 10

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Only "https" links are allowed for pictures,
otherwise they won't appear