Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar  

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The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a new and classy finish that would go well with a tu... Read More

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Overview

The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a new and classy finish that would go well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom Blackback was referred to as the "white tuxedo" Les Paul. And with its gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and pearloid inlays, you'll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill." Case sold separately.

Great Tonewoods
While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom Blackback differed from the Les Paul Standard with a solid mahogany body but without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body for a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is fitted with a solid mahogany neck that is hand-fitted with a glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact, which allows the body and neck to act like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast "SlimTaper "D" profile that has become the most popular profile found on today's Les Pauls. 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.

Added Vintage-Vibe
Epiphone has reproduced the beautiful faded look of vintage Les Paul Customs with an œAntique Ivory finish that looks just like a well-preserved vintage Les Paul Custom. Plus, Epiphone has also reproduced the œBlackback, a common feature in '70s-era Les Paul Customs. Finally, Epiphone equips this Limited. Edition LP Custom with classic "open-window" ProBuckers, each voiced for maximum response for lead, rhythm or any combo you choose. The Limited Edition 1970's Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO sounds like the real thing because it is the real thing! And at fraction for what youd pay for a vintage original.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar combination bridge 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.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • 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: Pearl block
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ProBucker-2 with open-window
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: ProBucker-3 with open-window
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • 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: Grover
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body binding
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
  • Customer Reviews
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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Choice

By mike fuentes

from monterrey mx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    Excelent product beutiful guitar great sound

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect choice

    By mike fuentes

    from monterrey mx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Nothing

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    Nice guitar awesome sound and nice finish

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good, affordable Les Paul guitar with classic 70's look

    By Morg

    from Jacksonville, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    Bought this guitar from GC online and received it a few weeks ago. Packaging was great with triple boxes protecting it during shipping.

    Right out of the box the guitar was setup pretty good. The action on the strings was low but no buzzing frets and the pickups were at the perfect height to pick up all the nuances of picking hard and soft. It is very easy to play with minimal pressure needed to fret the strings for both chords and leads.

    It's solid mahogany with the Epiphone Probucker (PAF-like) humbuckers that can coilsplit into single coils. The pickups are classic, low output humbuckers but are very sweet sounding. Each note can be heard, the cleans shimmer, and the chords ring true. Because of the mahogany body and neck it does have a very dark, yet crisp, sound to it.

    Playing this guitar through Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier with 2x12 closed back Rectifier cabinet and it was very dark sounding. I had to dial the bass down just a little as it had too much "woof" to it. It wasn't muddy, it was just deep and dark. The crispness was still there though.

    Switching to a Mesa Boogie mini Rectifier with a 1x12 open back Thiele cabinet and this guitar suddenly turned into a gem! It really shines with an open back cabinet with a good speaker. It matches the sound of the woods and the pickups perfectly. It didn't matter if I played clean, pushed, vintage gain, or modern gain the guitar loved all of them and the open back brought the mids out on it to give it a great tonal balance.

    This guitar is great for playing anything from jazz, to blues, to rock. It could play some metal, but maybe early metal like NWOBHM Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, early Ozzy. It's not going to play Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Cattle Decapitation, etc. and sound good doing it. But if you like to play U2, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, etc. this guitar is built for it top to bottom.

    My only gripes are: 1) the poor Quality Control at Epiphone's China factories. It says it was inspected in the US at Ephiphone's Nashville Factory, but I somehow doubt that. The witch-hat knobs are all mounted crooked. A small fix, but fixing it still runs the risk of damaging the finish if you don't know how. And 2) the gold plating pickup rings very, very quickly started turning silver. I rest my right hand little finger on the bottom of the bridge humbucker when playing and it turned the bottom of the gold open pickup shield silver in no time.

    Bottom line: An affordable classic Les Paul guitar that looks good, plays easy, and sounds fantastic for rock.

     
    5.0

    awesome starter guitar

    By Matt

    from Baldwin,WI

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar about a month ago and i love it i plan to add on to it with a gold bigsby b70 vibrato bar and have a lot more fun playing it

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The special one

    By Gomez

    from austin

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    As a guitarist you'll face the dilemma one day: do you buy an epi or a Gibson? Some people will tell you to buy a Gibson studio instead and most of the time they'd be right. This guitar however, is the exception. Excellent finish, excellent pickups and a comfortable neck make this one of the best sub $1000 guitar. This is the type that, on a blind test could pass for a Gibson.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Love This Guitar!

    By Sheldon

    from Pensacola, FL

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    I have owned one for over ten years, and it is bullet proof. It sounds great on both the high and low ends, it's finish is still awesome, and all around a very sturdy piece of equipment. If you like a Les Paul on a budget, this can do the trick.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Antique Ivory

    By Victor

    from Michigan

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    I wish they had real pictures of the Guitar. The color is not exactly what I expected. The tone knobs were put on cockeyed. When they are adjusted they look like a flying saucer wobbling coming in for a crash landing. The fret board looks great. The action was way off. For a guitar that listed for $999.00 it should be better. The gold pickup trims are already tarnished.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    QC Improvement

    By Tim

    from Estero Fla.

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    I have tried many variations of the Epi Les Paul model. The first standard I bought had a 50's style neck and the old muddy humbuckers. This model has neither. The neck is a slim-taper D shape and the pups are now Burstbucker Pros. IMO, an improvement. The #1 problem I have experienced with Epi Les Paul's is the neck/frets/action. There was always one string that buzzed and no matter what I did, it was still there. Of course you could raise the action to remove it, but I prefer low action. This guitar has low action and zero fret buzz. Maybe I finally got lucky? I think it's more attributable to better QC in China. Yet, one needs to try a few before finding one that feels right. The finish is impeccable and the binding has been attached perfectly. Poly finish is ok, lacquer is better but you're not going to get lacquer at this price point. Gold trim seems to be improved through the years. I had a Sheraton seven yrs ago. Cleaned the body and trim (without chemicals)and the gold immediately came off the metal parts. The weight is not as heavy as past models I've played. Epi's specs state a full mahogany body, without a maple cap. Excellent sustain, even in this price point. Fretboard is very dark, looks more like ebony than rosewood. Inlays are nicely finished and smooth within the fretboard. Frets are nicely dressed. I also own a Gibson Les Paul Spc. with an F Hole. Although a different beast, this Epi can hold its own against the Gibson. I also own an Epi IBJL Casino and a 1962 Sheraton Reissue. Excellent QC on both. Bottom line: Color scheme may not be for everyone. PUPS are good, not great but that's an easy fix. Nice low end, mids and highs. Coil splitting is a nice touch. I would have purchased the instrument even if it didn't have this feature. Rate: *****

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