Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic 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. Mr. Les Paul himself wanted to convey to audiences that the solid body electric guitar was not a fad but a... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Mr. Les Paul himself wanted to convey to audiences that the solid body electric guitar was not a fad but a superb and challenging instrument and that his signature axe, the Les Paul, was the king of all electric solid body guitars. So, Les requested a Les Paul with a custom color finish in solid black and solid white with gold hardware that would blend well with a tuxedo.

The result was the Les Paul Custom, or the "tuxedo" Les Paul, as it became known among fans. The Les Paul Custom quickly became one of the most recognized guitars in the world and Les himself used his Les Paul Custom in concert, on his weekly television show with wife Mary Ford and on his album covers, including his famous duet with pal Chet Atkins, Chester and Lester.

Now with Gibson USA 490R and 498T open-coil pickups with the Custom's classic gold hardware, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and pearloid trapezoid inlays, you'll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO is "dressed to kill."

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Great Tonewoods, Classic Les Paul Sound
While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom distinguished itself from the Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Goldtop with a solid mahogany body. The Les Paul Custom PRO carries on that tradition but with the added twist of a maple veneer top, which adds a subtle "bite" to the Les Paul Custom's legendary tone. Just like Les' personal Custom, the Les Paul Custom PRO has a solid mahogany neck with a 24.75" scale that's hand-fitted with a glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact, which allows the Les Paul Custom PRO to resonate as one solid piece of wood. The rosewood fingerboard features pearloid block inlays and has a 12" radius, a 1.68" nut and 22 medium-jumbo frets.

The mahogany neck has a very comfortable and super fast SlimTaper "D" profile, the most-popular profile found on today's Les Pauls. The Custom PRO also features beautiful 5-ply (white/black) binding around the maple veneer top and the back along with single-ply cream binding around the body. The classic rosewood fingerboard is bound in white and the clipped dovewing headstock features 5-ply (white/black) binding along with a '50s era/Custom-style "split diamond" pearloid inlay and, of course, a vintage "Epiphone" logo in pearloid. The Kalamazoo-era bell-shaped truss rod cover features "Les Paul Custom PRO" in white silkscreen in tribute to Les' timeless design.

Features
  • Top: maple veneer
  • Body: mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
  • Neck Joint: glued-in
  • Truss Rod: adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard: ebony with pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson USA 490R; Open-Coil
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA 498T; Open-Coil
  • Controls: Epiphone all-metal 3-way pickup selector
  • -neck pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping
  • -bridge pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping
  • -neck pickup tone
  • -bridge pickup tone
  • Binding:
  • Body Top (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Body Back (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Fingerboard (1-ply white), antiqued
  • Headstock (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Machine Heads: Deluxe Tuners, 14:1
  • Guitar Weight: 6.5-7 lb.
  • Pickguard: Black; 3-layer, unattached included with guitar
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a classic

By Alan Lee S

from Buffalo Twp, Pa.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

What can I say. Just got it a couple weeks ago. Ordered it thru GC during some kind of 20% sale. The guitar is a beauty. This is my 5th Epi. I have a Les Paul 1960 tribute plus top that has Gibson 57's, a Sheraton that I highly modified with 57's, CTS, Swithcraft, bone nut and a Gotoh bridge, a Lucille, and a Limited Edition 3 PU SG W/ a Maestro trem. So, I wanted something with a little different sound and the Gibson 490/498 PU's delivered. Sounds great! To my ears they seem a little hotter and thicker (lowered them a bit)than the 57's although the 1960 tribute has a thick maple cap and the Sheraton is a semi-hollow in maple which I'm sure plays a major roll in the sound difference. This custom classic was fairly playable out of the box. The action was a little high for my preference. So, I lowered the bridge a bit and tweaked the truss rod about a quarter turn to get my neck relief just under .010. No fret buzz. Who would have ever thunk it? Plays real nice now. The frets are smooth and nicely dressed so they don't bind up when string bending and no sharp fret edges. The tuners seem to be fairly stable. The overall build quality is very good although I did find an extremely tiny ding in the neck binding and there is a little black paint on the neck binding where the neck is inset into the body. Not a show stopper. This one was built in January of 15. The fret-board seemed a little dry so I oiled her up. Looks great now. Nice and dark with a tight grain. I'm not seeing any noticeable filler material around the inlays, so that's good. Haven't changed the strings yet but the Epiphone site says this comes with D'Addario's. But, I figure a fresh set will only make it sound better so I'll do that real soon. I'm very happy with my purchase. No regrets! If you like the look, give one a try.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best Epi Les Paul's I've played

By MaccaWannabe

from salt lake

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    I picked this up recently when it went on sale as I was intrigued that it had GIBSON pickups in it vs. epiphone pu's. First off-its a gorgeous guitar....black & gold with ivory binding-just beautiful. The action was set up nice and low when I got it and I love the slim tapered neck. It just plays like butter.....
    The USA Gibson 490 pickups do give this a richer tone. The bridge pickup seems to have a bit more grit/edge and brightness in it which I really like. I have owned many epi les paul's and have regularly swapped out the pickups for Gibson probuckers....but this sounds really good stock.
    My only disappointment is the headstock inlay....why didn't you guys put the les paul custom 'split diamond' logo inlay on this one??? I know I'm just whining about the bling factor but it did bug me. Bottom line this feels great, plays great and sounds great. I love it.

    (0 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny

    By Cliff Niesen

    from Miami FL

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    Pros

    • A Dollar Smart
    • A Gibsone Because
    • awesome
    • Bright Powerful And Fast
    • Brown With A Polished
    • But This Is Like Having
    • I Love Its
    • I Own Many Gibsons Studio
    • I Sold My Classic Warn
    • It Sound Like The Gibson
    • Maple Cap
    • The 98t Bridge Is
    • The Bridge Pickup Is Awes

    Cons

    • Chineses Products
    • Headstock
    • I Don't Like Epiphones
    • It Looks Wierd Compared
    • Really I Just Don't Trust
    • To Gibson

    Best Uses

    • But Make The Head Not Lo
    • Epiphone's It Don't Have
    • Is In The Correct Dirrec
    • Like A Deformed Head
    • Look At Esp Es Ltd Was
    • Made Them Look Exactly Th
    • Make The Head Stoke Small
    • Making Epiphone But They
    • Same
    • To Look Like Gibson
    • You Can Not Find Them I

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    They have finally become a dollar smart! I am buying an empiphone

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING VALUE, BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT!

    By Murray

    from Brenham, TX

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    I went to Guitar Center in College Station a few weeks back, thinking I was looking for an SG, hopefully a Gibson but maybe an Epiphone if I found one I could live with. I'm a real traditionalist when it comes to guitars, and all my other guitars are "real" Gibsons, Fenders, and an Epiphone Casino from 1966. So when I look at the headstock, etc., I'm bugged if it's not authentic. The first thing that caught my eye on this one was the binding, which is aged looking. I picked it up and thought about playing it but there was a kid whanging away real loud on another guitar, so I blew it off. Still, the guitar haunted me. A couple of weeks later, after pretty much CONSTANT whining on my part, my wife picked me up from chemo in College Station and we went to Guitar Center, "just to look," as she said. The guitar, which had been on the bottom row a few weeks back, was now hanging on the top row. A very professional GC salesman whose nametag read "Blake Shelton" (didn't have the guts to ask if that was his real name!) got a ladder and got the guitar down for me. I said, "Well, it WOULD be on the top row," and he replied, "Hey,that's where the most FUN ones are!" He let me play it a while through any amp I wanted, but I chose a little Fender with effects, gain, etc., all of which I turned off because I wanted to hear the GUITAR and not a bunch of amp models, etc. It was love at first pick, and my wife saw it in my face. She bought me the guitar on the spot. I love her! My only complaint is that at this price, I think a hardshell case should be included, as you want to protect this baby a long time! I'd recommend this guitar to anyone, amateur or professional, It looks FANTASTIC, plays GREAT, and sounds WONDERFUL. The coil-tapping feature is one I may not use that much, but it doesn't hurt to have it available. I just hope everyone doesn't rush out and buy one, as I've not seen any reviews in the usual guitar mags yet and I kinda like feeling like not many people have one!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING VALUE, BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT!

    By Murray

    from Brenham, TX

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    I went to Guitar Center in College Station a few weeks back, thinking I was looking for an SG, hopefully a Gibson but maybe an Epiphone if I found one I could live with. I'm a real traditionalist when it comes to guitars, and all my other guitars are ""real"" Gibsons, Fenders, and an Epiphone Casino from 1966. So when I look at the headstock, etc., I'm bugged if it's not authentic. The first thing that caught my eye on this one was the binding, which is aged looking. I picked it up and thought about playing it but there was a kid whanging away real loud on another guitar, so I blew it off. Still, the guitar haunted me. A couple of weeks later, after pretty much CONSTANT whining on my part, my wife picked me up from chemo in College Station and we went to Guitar Center, ""just to look,"" as she said. The guitar, which had been on the bottom row a few weeks back, was now hanging on the top row. A very professional GC salesman whose nametag read ""Blake Shelton"" (didn't have the guts to ask if that was his real name!) got a ladder and got the guitar down for me. I said, ""Well, it WOULD be on the top row,"" and he replied, ""Hey,that's where the most FUN ones are!"" He let me play it a while through any amp I wanted, but I chose a little Fender with effects, gain, etc., all of which I turned off because I wanted to hear the GUITAR and not a bunch of amp models, etc. It was love at first pick, and my wife saw it in my face. She bought me the guitar on the spot. I love her! My only complaint is that at this price, I think a hardshell case should be included, as you want to protect this baby a long time! I'd recommend this guitar to anyone, amateur or professional, It looks FANTASTIC, plays GREAT, and sounds WONDERFUL. The coil-tapping feature is one I may not use that much, but it doesn't hurt to have it available. I just hope everyone doesn't rush out and buy one, as I've not seen any reviews in the usual guitar mags yet and I kinda like feeling like not many people have one!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar

    By mike

    from ATL. GA

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    I am just starting to play again after many years, I did a lot of research between Gibson and Epiphone every thing I read lead me to just get a Epiphone but I went in and played different guitars and this custom Les Paul just felt the best. I have a long ways to go but I believe this is the guitar to help me get there. I did play a lower priced Gibson with zero nut and that also felt great but all said and done this guitar just seemed to call my name and fits like a good pair of boots. The only thing I can say besides I love it is it is a little heavy but with the pickups and all being made in the U.S it just beats anything else I tried. This guitar looks and feels great has a great sound. I have yet to find any flaws so I believe it to be a winner. I will update this if I find anything other to say.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No regrets, Amazing Guitar

    By Geyzer

    from Shreveport, LA

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    I started out looking for a Gibson and walked out with this epiphone. The finish and color combinations used on this guitar are beutifull and unique. It plays and sounds amazing. You will not regret this purchase.

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