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Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar Metallic Gold

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another Home Run from Epiphone

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)...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar, but good bye Guitar center, hello Musician's F

This is not indicative the guitar- rather the purchasing experience. This guitar was listed online as a "Clearance" item. What I got was open box/ demo. It came in a...Read complete review

This is not indicative the guitar- rather the purchasing experience. This guitar was listed online as a "Clearance" item. What I got was open box/ demo. It came in a Fender box wrapped in bubble wrap. I called the national number (twice) and was told I'd have to deal with the store that shipped it (Austin TX)...I called Austin and a rep explained that ALL of their clearance was open box. I pointed out that on the GC website there are guitars listed as both clearance and open box and the open box are typically discounted deeper- due to 1) being used (mine had a scratch on the back- not the end of the world- but not new, and 2) not having a limited lifetime warranty like new Epiphones. He said he would talk to a manger the next day and call me back- two weeks and still waiting.

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5.0

My New Favorite

By Jeff

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

      I never write reviews but felt compelled to do so for the Epi 56 Les Paul Pro because it unexpectedly stole my heart. I love it. I've not been a big fan of playing Les Pauls until this guitar. I bought the ebony one on clearance about 3 or 4 weeks ago sort of on a whim to see if I liked the P90s and was blown away when I got it home. I love the sound of the P90s. Works very well with my Princeton and a little dirt from the Archer Icon. I am surprised too how well I like the fatter neck on the 56. I have always preferred a Strat or Tele neck so it's been so different for me to enjoy the feel of a neck this fat. Overall the guitar has a real solid, full tone. I've played in worship bands at church for over 10 years- I've used this guitar live in service several times and it has preformed admirably. I didn't even have to tune it once during set this morning. There are a couple of cons I can mention: If you've never used P90's before they can get noisy especially if there are a lot of stage lights and other electronics around. But I asked the guys in the sound booth and they said it wasn't noticeable durning normal band play. Another thing is mine has a slightly high 8th fret. Of course I did drop the action so it probably passed inspection with the factory set-up. But it's not really noticeable when playing through the amp, so I haven't messed with it. Neck was almost straight as an arrow from factory, which I like, so I didn't have to adjust that. Bottom line, a really cool guitar (especially for the price) Don't let the name on the headstock sway you. I have USA Fenders, and sold a USA Gibson Les Paul not long ago. This guitar holds its own against any of them.

       
      1.0

      Great guitar, but good bye Guitar center, hello Musician's F

      By bryan

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

      This is not indicative the guitar- rather the purchasing experience. This guitar was listed online as a "Clearance" item. What I got was open box/ demo. It came in a Fender box wrapped in bubble wrap. I called the national number (twice) and was told I'd have to deal with the store that shipped it (Austin TX)...I called Austin and a rep explained that ALL of their clearance was open box. I pointed out that on the GC website there are guitars listed as both clearance and open box and the open box are typically discounted deeper- due to 1) being used (mine had a scratch on the back- not the end of the world- but not new, and 2) not having a limited lifetime warranty like new Epiphones. He said he would talk to a manger the next day and call me back- two weeks and still waiting.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent...

      By Rid

      from Montgomery, Tx

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar and value. The P90's sound excellent

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love my new Epi..!

        By Rid

        from Montgomery, Tx

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar and value. Sounds great with the P90's. The Gold finish is nice and bright. Highly Recommend.

        (2 of 2 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

          See all my reviews

          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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Les Paul Meets Single Coil

              By Goldy

              from Los Angeles, CA

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              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.

                  (3 of 3 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.

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