This affordable '60 Les Paul re-creation with a SlimTaper neck is the real deal.
This Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul Electric Guitar from Epiphone offers you an affordable re-creation of the treasured 1960 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Darkburst or Cherry Sunburst finish. You get all the benefits of a new guitar, with all the mojo of a vintage Les Paul. Each guitar comes with a stamped serial number, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and an Epiphone hardshell case.
The 1960 Gibson Les Paul has achieved such heights on the collector's market that it is unattainable to all but the most affluent investors. The Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul harks back to 1960, with its carved maple top, powerful PAF-style Gibson USA BurstBucker humbucking pickups, versatile Tune-O-Matic bridge, and super-comfortable, hyper-fast long tenon neck with SlimTaper '60s-style "D" profile.
The body is carved from solid mahogany with a carved cap and grade-AAA flame maple veneer. The maple-mahogany wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor that couples warmth and definition, while also producing a classic look and a sturdy instrument. The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's body woods present a tonal marriage made in heaven, offering a combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, with punchy mids and warm lows, all of which are elements that are found in the classic Les Paul Standard tone.
Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker™ humbuckers. BurstBuckers™ replicate the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups—the pickups that gave the '59-'60 Les Paul Standards their legendary sound. Made like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, they include variations in pickup output and tone thanks to magical inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s.
Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. The neck pickup is a BurstBucker-1 and is slightly under-wound for a "medium" vintage output. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-2 that is wound in the range of a slightly hotter vintage PAF, and which works well in combination with the BB-1 in the neck.
The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard carries Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. This legendary bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. The LockTone upgrade of this classic piece of hardware now stays in place with all strings removed, and provides and even tighter coupling between bridge and posts. This Tune-O-Matic is nickel plated to echo the look of an original late-'50s Les Paul Standard. Bridge Tailpiece
Every Tune-O-Matic bridge is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that's designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's carries a nickel-plated LockTone stopbar, which provides a firm coupling between the tailpiece and its studs.