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Dressed to kill with antique ivory finish and gold hardware.

The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom has often been referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Paul. And with it's gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and mother-of-pearl inlays the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill."

Added Vintage-Vibe
Often, the original finish over Alpine White guitars aged over time and turned the true white color to an off-white, yellow. Epiphone reproduced this look on the Custom Blackback with it's subtle Antique Ivory color giving you the look of a vintage guitar, today. Also - during the 1970's some LP Customs were painting with contrasting black backs.

Classic humbuckers
Epiphone equips the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback with classic "open-top" humbuckers featuring authentic Alnico II magnets. Patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics, these pickups combine Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch! The bridge pickup is slightly over-wound to give you a little more "crunch" when you need it while still maintaining great clarity and warmth. The combination is a unique, limited edition guitar that sounds great and is sure to attract the attention of both guitarists and collectors.

Tonewoods
At the heart of every Les Paul Custom is great tone woods. While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom differed from the Les Paul Standard in that it's body was solid mahogany without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body giving it a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, attached to the body is a solid mahogany neck with a hand-fitted, glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast SlimTaper neck profile that has become the most popular profile found on Les Pauls today. The result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul guitar.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, a 5-layer bound headstock and a comfortable single-layer bound rosewood fingerboard. And, as with every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world-famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar Features:

  • Mahogany body
    Set mahogany neck
    SlimTaper D-profile
    24-3/4" scale
    Rosewood fingerboard
    1-11/16" nut width
    12" radius
    Grover tuners
    Alnico Classic Open-Top neck humbucker
    Alnico Classic Plus Open-Top bridge humbucker
    2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
    3-way pickup toggle
    LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/LockTone stopbar tailpiece
    Epiphone-exclusive non-rotating, heavy-duty output jack
    Black knobs with metal "witch hats" inserts
    7-layer front and back body binding
    Gold hardware
    5-layer headstock binding
    1-layer fretboard binding




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  • Great guitar... once I got a good one

    As reviewed by David Harper on 5/16/2012

    I ordered 2 of these for my son and I and we are very pleased with the final outcome. They have a great classic rock tone to them and are not near as muddy sounding as some of my other Epiphone's. Reasons for only giving 4 stars: 1. No matter what is listed in the specifications, the fretboard is not rosewood anymore! I'm not exactly sure what it is... it has a smooth sort of plastic feel, there are rumors that with Gibson's wood issues that they are using Richlite on some of their guitars. So it could very well be that... whatever it is, IT IS NOT ROSEWOOD. This is not something I am happy about but it sounds fine, i just hope it lasts and doesn't discolor. There are also other concerns I have about future refretting, etc... 2. When I received my initial order both guitars were damaged. One had the toggle switch broken off. I'm not sure where the broken tip was as it wasn't in the case. This tells me that it was like when it was put into the case and shipped. The other guitar also had a problem with the toggle switch, it wasn't correctly switching between pickups. When the bridge pickup was selected there was still power to both volume knobs. Working the switch back and forth about 100 times corrected this and it started switching correctly. The guitar that had the toggle switch broken off was returned to Guitar Center for replacement (which they gladly exchanged) but when the replacement arrived it had horrible fret buzz at the first fret and open D string which required a truss rod adjustment to correct right out of the box. This was with the action set to Gibson specification which is way too high for many players. After making the adjustment, all buzz was eliminated and i was able to lower the action to my desired height. 3. There are minor finish imperfections in these guitars. After this process, i have now seen 3 of them and all of them have imperfections mostly dealing with the finish, bad masking during painting, what appeared to be glue that "oozed" when the glued the binding in, slight sagging in the clear coat on spots, etc. These are not huge imperfections but these types of mistakes are there.

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  • GREAT GUITAR

    As reviewed by JOHN BROUSSARD on 12/4/2011

    THE LES PAUL CUSTM BLACK BACK IS A BEAUTIFUL GUITAR.ARRIVED ON TIME AS PROMISED. NO PROBLEMS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. HAD TO HAVE THE ACTION LOWERED AS FACTORY SETTINGS DID NOT SUIT MY STYLE OF PLAYING. THIS GUITAR HAS A BRILLIANT SOUND AND ENOUGH BOTTOM END FOR THAT ADDED PUNCH. TRULY A JOY TO PLAY.I RUN IT THROUGH A FENDER PRINCETON AND SOMETIMES A LINE 6 AMP AND ITS SOUND IS GREAT THROUGH EITHER.SINCE I CAN'T AFFORD A GIBSON LES PAUL THIS IS THE CLOSEST THING TO THE GIBSON I'VE PLAYED. OVERALL A 9 OUT OF TEN.

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  • Well worth it.

    As reviewed by Robert Dean on 5/5/2011

    I have been playing my new Epi for a couple of weeks now and it is sweet. Set up was good and the tone & finish are great. I am sure the grovers will hold up just fine. Was surprised the fretboard was rosewood and in the specs it says ebony but all the same the guitar is just fine.

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