Epiphone Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar  

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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 Les Paul Custom follows t... Read More

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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 Les Paul Custom 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. Based on the original Les Paul design that, since 1954, has been shaping rock history with its powerful tone and prolonged sustain, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar has 2 Alnico Classic humbuckers, set mahogany neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with block inlays.

At the heart of the Les Paul Custom is a pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic humbucking pickups. 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 neck pickup is an Alnico Classic while the bridge pickup is an Alnico Classic Plus. The "Plus" is slightly over wound to give it a little bit higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Other time-honored Custom features include gold hardware and body, neck, and headstock binding. A classic solidbody at a working guitarist's price. Get an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar and add your own chapter to the story of rock guitar.
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Features
  • Mahogany body and top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper D-profile neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • 7-Layer body front and back binding, 5-layer headstock binding, 1-layer fingerboard binding
  • 2 Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • 3-way pickup switch
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • Grover 16:1 ratio tuners
  • Epiphone exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack
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4.8

(based on 120 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Sound. Even Compared to Gibson

I went into Guitar Center ready to spend up to $2000 to buy myself a Gibson Les Paul. I setup into a Tube Amp (Marshall I think) and Had they Guy pull out...Read complete review

I went into Guitar Center ready to spend up to $2000 to buy myself a Gibson Les Paul. I setup into a Tube Amp (Marshall I think) and Had they Guy pull out just about every Les Paul in the Store. I went Clean to Distorted, Rhythm Pickup to Lead. Back and Forth. I settled on a couple models and the Epiphone Standard and Custom were both in the Mix with a couple of Gibson also Standard and Custom. After several back and forth swapping between the 4 models I decided that the Epiphone Sounded just as good as the Gibson. So I bought this Model in Black. It has been 1 Year that I have owned it now and it is My Favorite Guitar over my $700 Ibanez, over my $1300 ESP, over my $1200 Jackson. I gave the Quality a 4 because I do have to Retune more often than I did on my other guitars, but I am not sure if this is Normal since this is my First Non-Floyd Rose Locking Guitar. Also, I do a lot of Heavy Picking and some Pretty serious String Bending during Leads and I use 10s so I don't know if that contributes. It is not wildly out of tune but during a 6 hour Jam session, I usually end up re-tweaking a string or two but they are only off slightly. I enjoy this Guitar so Much that I am now thinking of Picking up one of the Epiphone Les Paul Standards in another Color.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

At this price point look sideways or up...

Basic 3 way switch, 2 pick-up, 2 volume, 2 tone pots les paul shaped solid mahogany body 50�ۡ���s style chunky set neck with rosewood...Read complete review

Basic 3 way switch, 2 pick-up, 2 volume, 2 tone pots les paul shaped solid mahogany body 50�ۡ���s style chunky set neck with rosewood fret board guitar. At this new guitar price point you should consider an actual Gibson Les Paul Studio or used LP Standard. I own this model Epiphone LP Custom. Everything on mine was factory stock except some previous owner re-wired the control cavity to use .068 Sprague oil paper capacitors. I had two noticeable factory issues. The Grover G&D string tuner machine thread holes were drilled even to the nut that holds tuning gears to the headstock making tuning and restringing awful. They absolutely required replacing, which I did, and only made me wonder the discount the original purchaser must�ۡ���ve gotten for accepting the new guitar in this condition. The second issue is that big hunk of PLASTIC they call a nut. I replaced that with a graphite nut. These two fixes made the guitar playable with intonation and tuning stability. It sounded at this point like an in tune copy of a les paul. I re-wired entire guitar from switch to jack. I copper tape shielded the switch and control cavity, installed 4 push pull pots, got genuine Gibson 490R/T 4 wire pick-ups, wired the control cavity with Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom wiring for coil taps, series and phase wiring and now by golly we�ۡ���re home for tone. Electronics quality is enhanced by the inherent quality of the Epiphone LP Custom�ۡ���s solid mahogany body and set neck. Sounds like the real deal now. Having done all those things, I still couldn�ۡ���t stand and gig with this guitar because it is neck heavy. I spend as much time holding the neck up as playing. The continual sliding of the guitar and strap to the neck side is annoying. Sitting down this is not much of an issue but still exists, just not well balanced. Hard shell case not included, add another hundred for a case and that puts you closer to a real Gibson LP Studio at least, which will come with a case. Even considering all the modifications I did, this guitar will have no resale value. Find them all day long for 400 at the high end used/new condition. Motivated sellers or a mom and dad providing their former rock star wanna be almost give them away for 300 or less with a practice amp and sometimes a HSC too. For 600, start looking at real Gibson Les Paul Studios or a mexi strat. You are not going to keep it forever, they will never stop making them and therefore it will never be a collector item. Such is the reality of any 600 dollar guitar. As for mine, the next rock star wannabe grand kid I see, gets it!

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5.0

Excellent Guitar

By David Shepherd

from Raleigh, NC

I have owned the Alpine White version of this guitar for over six years and I am very happy with it. I am not a professional player, but I play every day. The tone is very good - beefy lows and full bodied chords. I have had minor issues with the pickup switch, but that is the only issue I have experienced with it. I cannot imagine spending an additional $3,000 on the Gibson version to get a guitar that sounds, plays, looks and feels exactly the same as this one. The only complaint with this guitar is that is is heavy. The guitar is stunning to look at, fun to play, and IMO sounds as good as any LP I've ever played, Gibsons included. I highly recommend it. Great Guitar!!

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5.0

Great Guitar for the price!

By Barret Simpson

from Charlotte, NC

I got this guitar about a month ago and it is great! It feels really good, and I got mine with active EMGs which makes it all the better. Great Christmas present. 5/5

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3.0

At this price point look sideways or up...

By OttoMatick

from Seattle, WA

Basic 3 way switch, 2 pick-up, 2 volume, 2 tone pots les paul shaped solid mahogany body 50�ۡ���s style chunky set neck with rosewood fret board guitar. At this new guitar price point you should consider an actual Gibson Les Paul Studio or used LP Standard. I own this model Epiphone LP Custom. Everything on mine was factory stock except some previous owner re-wired the control cavity to use .068 Sprague oil paper capacitors. I had two noticeable factory issues. The Grover G&D string tuner machine thread holes were drilled even to the nut that holds tuning gears to the headstock making tuning and restringing awful. They absolutely required replacing, which I did, and only made me wonder the discount the original purchaser must�ۡ���ve gotten for accepting the new guitar in this condition. The second issue is that big hunk of PLASTIC they call a nut. I replaced that with a graphite nut. These two fixes made the guitar playable with intonation and tuning stability. It sounded at this point like an in tune copy of a les paul. I re-wired entire guitar from switch to jack. I copper tape shielded the switch and control cavity, installed 4 push pull pots, got genuine Gibson 490R/T 4 wire pick-ups, wired the control cavity with Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom wiring for coil taps, series and phase wiring and now by golly we�ۡ���re home for tone. Electronics quality is enhanced by the inherent quality of the Epiphone LP Custom�ۡ���s solid mahogany body and set neck. Sounds like the real deal now. Having done all those things, I still couldn�ۡ���t stand and gig with this guitar because it is neck heavy. I spend as much time holding the neck up as playing. The continual sliding of the guitar and strap to the neck side is annoying. Sitting down this is not much of an issue but still exists, just not well balanced. Hard shell case not included, add another hundred for a case and that puts you closer to a real Gibson LP Studio at least, which will come with a case. Even considering all the modifications I did, this guitar will have no resale value. Find them all day long for 400 at the high end used/new condition. Motivated sellers or a mom and dad providing their former rock star wanna be almost give them away for 300 or less with a practice amp and sometimes a HSC too. For 600, start looking at real Gibson Les Paul Studios or a mexi strat. You are not going to keep it forever, they will never stop making them and therefore it will never be a collector item. Such is the reality of any 600 dollar guitar. As for mine, the next rock star wannabe grand kid I see, gets it!

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4.0

More than you would ever expect!

By Mark Stevens

from Culver, IN

I have owned for 2 weeks now, and can't put it down! I have played off and on for 20 yrs., I own a PRS(Paul Allender), and a Cort SJ-10 elec/acoust. I have also owned a Fender Strat. and many other quality guitars, but this one just simply outplays anything I have ever played before! Its finish is flawless, was set-up perfect, right out of the box, no adjustments needed. Slim-Taper neck, Grover tuners, Tune-o Matic, and the pickups are better than average. By better than average, I mean, they have the mellow blues, sharp cleans, and can squeal like a banshee, so unlike 75% of people who change them out, these are staying put! I may have got lucky, but I would put it up against everything but maybe a custom-shop Gibson, or PRS. You can buy 6, yes 6 of these for the price of a "real" Custom, I just do not get it, even if you change the pickups, all electronics, you could still buy 5 more. Epiphone have stepped it up, they are putting in great electronics, and pickups, some the same as Gibson. So if you just want to say you own a Gibson, it's going to cost you, or you can shop around, and find something 5 or 6 times cheaper, sounding as good, if not better, and feeling. A Nitro finish is not worth it to me. Back to my baby, it came with push/pull(Coil-Tapping), which is not on all, but can get some good sounding single-coil tones. Before you buy, play as many as you can, all brands, all types, and buy with your ears, and heart, not your ego. I would never have thought after playing this long, that an Epiphone would be the best guitar I have ever owned, but just goes to show you can't just a guitar by the name on the headstock! As you can tell, I highly recommend this to anyone just starting out, or someone looking for a workhorse, to go gigging with. Give it a shot!

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5.0

As good as Gibson!

By Rockin Ronnie

from St Charles, Mo

I have 2 Epiphone Les Pauls and an Epi ES-335 Dot, but I also have a Fender American Deluxe Strat and an American Deluxe Tele. I also have a 1972 Gibson SG-Deluxe and a 1986 Gibson Les Paul Std. Now I own this Custom and I love it. I have been playing for 40 years and have played and owned countless guitars and brand names. I have always been an Epi fan since the day I started playing guitars. I have owned over 25 Epi's thru the years and have not had a bad one yet. If you set them up properly or have a tech do it for you, they will give you no troubles. You also need to play a few of them and pick out one that has good fit and finish. I also do several things to all my guitars, no matter what brand or quality. You need a good nut on all stock Epi's. That is the first thing I change out. The 3-way switch is next. Then depending on the pickups, I usually put either SD's or recently the Stew-Mac Golden Age pups. They are by far the best I have found yet for that 50's, 60's sound. Better than most Gibson stock pups in the last 40 years. They rock! Another little trick I have done with std Epi pickups is the ones with nickel or gold covers, take the covers off and make them open coils. When you do this you will find they are wax potted to the max. So much wax that you could not leave them like this. So what I do is take a hair dryer with real good high heat and melt all the wax off the pups. This makes them old school original issue Alnico 5 magnet pups for that early 50's type sound. Lots better than the std sounding Epi's but no cost incured to make them sound more open and less muddy. It is the best thing you can do for std Epi pickups to get rid of the brittleness and muddiness. Try it! Bottom line is Epihpone makes as good a playing guitar as Gibson or any other guitar maker, the electronics and pups are the basic pitfalls of lesser makers. Anyway I did everything I said in this review to my latest Epi, this Custom, and it sounds and plays like a Gibson now. It is a Gibson with the Epiphone logo on the headstock.

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5.0

You are missing out

By JFS

from NC

If you are one of the many "name purists" out there that won't give this guitar the time of day because of the name, shame on you. This guitar has some serious tone and sustain and I would put it up against anyone's top dollar guitar. If you feel that you just have to shell out over 2 grand to get great tone go right on ahead. I bought this guitar off of the showroom floor and I have yet to have one single problem. It stays in tune and still looks brand new. A buddy of mine spent the money for the better "name" model and is already having problems like the finish coming off and the hardware fading. Don't be snob, save your money, and get over yourself. Try this guitar! If you have to spend a lot of money, buy 2 of them!

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5.0

Blew Me Away!

By John Palasek

from Yaphank, NY

I sometimes call this guitar the best kept secret since the Manhattan Project. This, to me, is a Les Paul Custom that just happens to have the Epiphone name on it rather than the other way 'round. I am not a full-time player, but I know when a guitar sounds good and this sounds GREAT! Yes, it's a shade thin on the pickups, but other than that, it sounds as good or better than many "real" LP Customs. I've shown this guitar to real players - guys who've been playing and gigging for decades and every one of them simply can't believe the sound, the sustain and the overall look and feel of this guitar. The action is low (which I love) and the playability is fabulous. I enjoy playing Blues and whether it's chords or solos, this guitar doesn't disappoint and the action allows me to move quickly when playing Latin or Jazz. I currently play it through a solid state amp (yeah, I know...) but I HAVE plugged it in to everything from Marshall half-stacks to Fender Hot Rods and this thing screams! The guitar is all Mahogany from the neck to the body with no special "top" wood and the fretboard is Rosewood. Some people say that the wood is different than a "real" LP Custom, but most (if not all) genuine LP Customs were made the same way; with a Mahogany neck and body and a Rosewood fretboard, so to me, other than the pickups (which are stock Alnico's) and the name on the headstock, this guitar is a Les Paul Custom in every way!

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5.0

A Guitar Build For Any Genre

By Ryan

from Allen Park, MI

If you can't afford the Gibson Les Paul Custom, this guitar is basically the same thing. I got the Alpine White version about a week ago and all I can say it WOW. It comes with a case, so you don't need to search for one. It has Grover tuners, which stay in tune no matter what. The block mother-of-pearl inlays make the neck look longer. The Alnico neck pickup dishes out a nice sharp attack for soloing. The more rounded Alnico Bridge pickup gives a warm, more cleaner sound. Like most Gibsons and Epiphones, it has a volume and tone knob for each pickup, which you can use seperatly, or combine the tone of each with the flip of a switch. It has a set neck, which keeps the sustain going. The gorgeous binding along the body, neck, and headstock complete the look. All around, this the perfect guitar for any genre of music.

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5.0

Awsome Guitar

By John

from Fredericksburg, VA

I bought this guitar back in November of '09. I was looking to get a new electric and like the look and feel of lp style guitars. I played a few at my local GC and finally decided on this beauty. The only problem I had with it was that the low E buzzed on the 3rd-5th fret. A simple set-up by the guy at GC and was playing and soundin perfect. I would recommend this guitar to anyone as it is way more bang for the buck.

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5.0

wow!

By bob

from churchville md

i got this guitar used and nobody played it. all i have to say is that its amazing and get it

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