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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.
Includes Epiphone hardshell case.

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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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(180 of 205 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Sound. Even Compared to Gibson

By Kruegmeister

from St Clair Shores, MI

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.

(79 of 96 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nearly Perfect.

By Whatsername31

from Michigan

I have been searching for a new guitar for about a year, and as all experienced guitar players know, finding that perfect guitar can be difficult. I found mine. This guitar has a comfortable shape and a beautiful sound. It has that "warm" Les Paul sound to it. It is also a little bit heavy, but you can't beat the price. If you don't keep it safely stored, it tends to go out of tune easily but with proper storage, it stays in tune just fine. I noticed also that the craftsman ship could have been a little better but you could only notice those flaws when you are searching for them. This guitar is great, but the price is even better. I highly recommend purchasing this guitar.

(38 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Impressed

By Joseph

from North Carolina

I have been a guitar player since 1986, so I have been around the block a few times. This is one of the finest guitars I have ever played or owned. I have been playing a Peavey EVH Wolfgang for almost 10 years, but I wanted something a little more classic. The first time I played it, my wife (who is not musically inclined) said: "That makes your other guitar sound like cardboard." The tone that comes out of this guitar is very meaty yet smooth. I don't care about the comparisons with the Gibson model. First off, the Gibson version should sound better since it is almost $2500. It should also come with it's own tech and groupie for that price. For the price I paid for this version ($599) the tone is more than acceptable. Besides, I actually like the Epiphone headstock better. It's more elegant looking.

(35 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Frosty_Legacy

from Undisclosed

I just picked this one up in alpine white at my local guitar center for $60 cheaper (thank you The List sale!). The finish is beautiful, gold hardware matches really well with the white. Plugged it into my marshall amp and it sounds wonderful. The humbuckers give it a really good sound. For its price, especially at the sale price i got it at, its a great guitar for a great price. Buy this guitar!!

(30 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best Epi's available

By gibsonrr180

from Salinas, CA

I bought this from the Gilroy, California store earlier this year. The associates there were very helpful in picking out the best guitar with the most value for your money. I have had only the best of luck with Epiphones and this one has to be my favorite. The tone is probably the closest to a Gibson that you can get. It is simply amazing for the price. I would, however, reccomend getting the factory strings replaced with something along the Gibson line. Maybe you don't want to, but that's just one of the little things I like to do to improve my guitar. The overall appearance of this guitar (I got mine in Alpine whtie) is beautiful. The headstock is great. I'm also a fan of the inlay this guitar has. So basically, if you are looking for an Epiphone, this one will give you the best value for your money!

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By Greenday O'mattic

from Chicago

It sounds better than it looks and thats saying something. I purchased it about a month ago and the only problem i think is, it's to full of awsomeness for me. The box fretboard is so beautiful. And the gold humbuckers look dazziling. Don't be negative just because it has the epiphone name because the only difference is the wood and name.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By EpIpHoNePlAyA313

from Trenton, MI

WOW!! this guitar is great. I have owned it for almost a whole month now and dont have a complaint. I have owned over the past year or two at least 10 guitars..this one is probably the best one i have played yet. You can call it an epiphone, but it plays exactly like a gibson, this guitars amazing

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile

By Rock on

from Minneapolis MN

I purchased this guitar not to long ago and I love it. I love my generation roots of music like Nirvana, Weezer, Oasis, Hum, Bush, etc... I also love anything from Avenged Seven Fold to Counting Crows. I wanted a guitar that could cover just about everything and this certainly does. It is though a hair heavy on the neck, but not bad. I've been playing for 15 years and this is a great guitar for my skill level. I can play anything from warm rhythm to lead roles and sound great. Added a Line 6 Amp with lots of different effects and I can come up with any sound. Have played on stage for 5 years with more expensive guitars, but I would play this one over those any day. Epiphone has come along ways in quality for this price range for years now. Save some money and buy this guitar.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's Decent

By ReviewMan

from Undisclosed

It's a great guitar, it looks great ( especially in the ebony finish ). I thought the guitar sounded great in a little marshall amp. The one I picked up had high action but that could be fixed, so its not any big deal. Get the Epiphone les paul custom today.

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