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The Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar is an incredible reincarnation of the guitar heard ˜round the world. When it was released in 1952, original advertisements for the Goldtop Les Paul read ... Read More

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Overview

The Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar is an incredible reincarnation of the guitar heard ˜round the world. When it was released in 1952, original advertisements for the Goldtop Les Paul read "designed by Les Paul and enthusiastically approved by top guitarists everywhere." Time has proven that to be an understatement.

The Les Paul Goldtop was a radical design for its time. Even Gibson was so unsure of the model that at first, they hesitated putting the company name on the headstock. Whenever Les visited Epiphone, he always got a kick out of telling that story, especially since the hard work and sweat that went into his design was originally done under the roof of Epiphone in New York City.

Case sold separately.

Classic Styling for the Ages
The ultra classic 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar starts with the iconic Les Paul shape, still cut from the same legendary tooling specs as it was in the early days with a mahogany body and hand-set mahogany 24.75" scale neck. Like the original, the 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar features a rosewood fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, a 1.68" nut, 22 jumbo medium frets, and Les' iconic signature on the headstock and truss rod cover.

The Roar of the Original P-90
Over the years, Les Paul enthusiasts have become so obsessed with the ˜Burst they often forget that many players first fell for the Goldtop during the guitar's P-90 era. Just like the original, the 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar features two cream soapbar P-90 Classic pickups that when combined with the mahogany body, give the Les Paul a familiar yet still totally unique timbre.

Epiphone Hardware Can't Be Beat
Epiphone always uses all-metal hardware including a 3-way toggle switch, a nickel LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece, full function volume and tone knobs using full-size 500Kohm potentiometers, and premium die-cast 18:1 tuners.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C rounded
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90 PRO
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90 PRO
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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Epiphone1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the one!

By Blue waters

from Minneapolis

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

    I am floored at the quality of this instrument! I've played Gibson 56 Les Pauls, never tried their reissue. This guitar has the most beautiful neck that I could hope for. It's chunky and reminds me of the original 56 Gibson Goldtop. The pickups are fantastic. I checked the wiring out and it's thick, not the small gauge that so many guitars come with today. I can't find a flaw in this wonderful instrument. Get one while you have the chance. You won't be sorry!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gorgeous!

    By Dung

    from CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

        A Les Paul Goldtop with P90s is kind of an icon that I've always dreamed of having, but can't afford/don't want to pay the price for a genuine Gibson Goldtop. This guitar came set up quite well and was intonated perfectly. It feels and sounds great.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Les Paul Meets Single Coil

        By Goldy

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

          P-90's are a refreshing change from LP Humbuckers. Classic chimey, single-coil tone, that's beefier than a Strat. I find myself channeling Dickey Betts occasionally. The neck seems a little short, and for me that's a good thing. Since the body is thicker, the neck feels closer than a Strat. The trapezoid inlays are easy to see and neck is comfortable.

          The specs say medium-jumbo frets, but I see vintage. I wanted vintage, so that's also a good thing. I find myself playing 50's songs I never tried on my Strat. Weight is manageable.

          Came with D'Addario 10's, and I believe they were nickel, given the gray smudges on my fingers. Setup and intonation out of the box seems fine. It's probably as good as a genuine '56 or the Gibson version. No need to change anything that I can see. The rest is up to you!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          young again

          By daddio

          from everett ma

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

            close your eyes us old guys and you become young again when playing this axe. check out the royal teens and Freddie connon on youtube.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent guitar

            By Jamminoldman

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fit and finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Playability
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

              I've been playing for 37 years and this is by far the best guitar I've owned. I like it better than my 2006 Gibson LP Standard. The look, the sound of the P90s and the fat neck really gets me fired up to play.
              All I had to do was some slight adjustments to suit me as is to be expected on any new instrument. The guys at Guitar Center in Lexington KY are great to work with. This is my third guitar bought from there.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar

              By Poobah61

              from Dallas, Tx

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                Hobbiest with many different types of guitars. Love this guitar, especially because it is a fraction of what the Gibson would have cost. Wish the neck was a tad thinner, but understood due to replica of this LP year/model. Great sound, especially with slide. Love those P90s.

                (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Another Home Run from Epiphone

                By neil

                from Evergreen, CO

                Site Member

                Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                Just got my '56 Goldtop yesterday. WOW! I've been searching for a Les Paul with a comfortable neck profile. Started out with an Epiphone Ultra II. Great guitar (and very light) but the neck didn't agree with me. Cramped my (average sized) hand. Next was the Epiphone 1960 Tribute Plus Les Paul. Wonderful instrument with a 60's slim profile neck. Liked it much better than the Ultra. Doesn't cramp my hand and the Gibson Classic '57 pups just scream. I was in GC and happened to see the '56 Goldtop. When I played it I knew right away that this was what I had been looking for. The neck profile is much fuller...more like the neck on my vintage Martin D-18. Not a chunky baseball bat, but a nice hand filling D profile that any Martin enthusiast (like me) is accustomed to. The Gold finish is beautiful and not too sparkly or gaudy. The mahogany back is stunning. The binding, pickguard, and P-90's are all the same shade of cream (or parchment) and the fit and finish are absolutely flawless. No sharp frets, tuners seem to work just fine, and the 3 way switch works great. The action is a bit high from the factory and I will probably make it lower. The P-90's are...well..."creamy" sounding in the neck and middle position with more crispness in bridge position. They are growly with a little distortion dialed in on the amp. Perfect for classic rock and blues. The guitar is the heaviest of the Epiphone Les Paul's I've tried. It weighs in at 8lbs 13oz on my postal scale. Not as heavy as the '86 Gibson LP Standard I used to own and not unmanageable. This is another really impressive Epiphone. I've owned an Epi '61 Re-issue SG, and Epi ES-339, an Epi Ultra II LP, two different 1960 Tribute Plus LP's, and now this Goldtop. All of them had flawless fit and finish and played great with no issues. Epiphone continues to offer superb guitars at amazingly affordable (dare I say "no brainer") prices. Gibsons are great but there is no way I'd pay literally 10 times the price for the Gibson version of my Epiphone Les Pauls. Get over the name on the headstock and buy this guitar!

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Another Home Run from Epiphone

                By neil

                from Evergreen, CO

                Site Member

                Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                Just got my '56 Goldtop yesterday. WOW! I've been searching for a Les Paul with a comfortable neck profile. Started out with an Epiphone Ultra II. Great guitar (and very light) but the neck didn't agree with me. Cramped my (average sized) hand. Next was the Epiphone 1960 Tribute Plus Les Paul. Wonderful instrument with a 60's slim profile neck. Liked it much better than the Ultra. Doesn't cramp my hand and the Gibson Classic '57 pups just scream. I was in GC and happened to see the '56 Goldtop. When I played it I knew right away that this was what I had been looking for. The neck profile is much fuller...more like the neck on my vintage Martin D-18. Not a chunky baseball bat, but a nice hand filling D profile that any Martin enthusiast (like me) is accustomed to. The Gold finish is beautiful and not too sparkly or gaudy. The mahogany back is stunning. The binding, pickguard, and P-90's are all the same shade of cream (or parchment) and the fit and finish are absolutely flawless. No sharp frets, tuners seem to work just fine, and the 3 way switch works great. The action is a bit high from the factory and I will probably make it lower. The P-90's are...well...""creamy"" sounding in the neck and middle position with more crispness in bridge position. They are growly with a little distortion dialed in on the amp. Perfect for classic rock and blues. The guitar is the heaviest of the Epiphone Les Paul's I've tried. It weighs in at 8lbs 13oz on my postal scale. Not as heavy as the '86 Gibson LP Standard I used to own and not unmanageable. This is another really impressive Epiphone. I've owned an Epi '61 Re-issue SG, and Epi ES-339, an Epi Ultra II LP, two different 1960 Tribute Plus LP's, and now this Goldtop. All of them had flawless fit and finish and played great with no issues. Epiphone continues to offer superb guitars at amazingly affordable (dare I say ""no brainer"") prices. Gibsons are great but there is no way I'd pay literally 10 times the price for the Gibson version of my Epiphone Les Pauls. Get over the name on the headstock and buy this guitar!

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