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The Les Paul Express is the little Les Paul that roared. The Express captures the look, sound, and feel of a full size Les Paul but in a smaller package that's perfect for younger players and for trav... Read More

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Overview

The Les Paul Express is the little Les Paul that roared. The Express captures the look, sound, and feel of a full size Les Paul but in a smaller package that's perfect for younger players and for travel.

Great Design Features
While the new LP-Express is still a true Les Paul at heart, Epiphone incorporated some unique design features to ensure that the guitar performs well for beginners as well as professionals looking for a travel guitar. While the body is made from mahogany like most classic Les Pauls, the neck on the Express is Hard maple as opposed to a traditional mahogany neck. This gives the guitar a little more high-end "bite" or brighter tone which effectively offsets the slightly looser string tension due to the shorter scale length. Additionally, the combination of the fully-adjustable "fixed" bridge with a string-through body design fits perfectly on the smaller sized body while adding sustain and making string changes a breeze. Finally, the neck is bolted in place securely using four recessed bolts set into a tapered heel making upper fret access easy and comfortable.

Classic Les Paul Sound
The Les Paul Express features an Epiphone 650R humbucker in the neck position and an Epiphone 700T in the bridge position. Both pickups share the same qualities as Seth Lover's original PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and feature Alnico pickups that give you an infinite variety of tone colors and sounds.

Premium Additions
With the slightly looser string tension, its even more important to have great machine heads. Epiphone designed the new Express with premium, 14:1 ratio die-cast machine heads to give you excellent tuning accuracy and stability.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Classic Les Paul style in a smaller package
  • Great for young players or travel
  • Mahogany body with bolt-on hard maple neck
  • Full-size 22" scale-length neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Equipped with Epiphone 650R(neck) and 700T (bridge) ceramic humbucking pickups
  • Flush-mounted, 1-piece fully adjustable bridge/tailpiece combination
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Body Material: mahogany
    Neck: Hard maple
    Neck Shape: SlimTaper
    Neck Joint: Bolt-on, Tapered Heel, 4-bold recessed
    Scale length: 22.0"
    Fingerboard: rosewood with dot inlays
    Fingerboard: Radius 12"
    Neck Pickup: Epiphone 650R Humbucker
    Bridge Pickup: Epiphone 700T Humbucker
    Controls: 1- Master volume, 1-Master tone
    Frets 21: Medium jumbo
    Bridge: Epiphone FB-601 full adjustable
    Nut width: 1.69"
    Hardware: nickel
    Machine heads: premium die-cast

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EpiphoneLes Paul Express Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar for people with small hands

I've had this guitar a couple of weeks. First of all, you get what you pay for - and in this case you get a little more. When you pay a little over...Read complete review

I've had this guitar a couple of weeks. First of all, you get what you pay for - and in this case you get a little more. When you pay a little over $100 for a guitar you know its not the greatest. BUT, I do REALLY like this guitar, because although I have been playing off and on for 40 years (mostly for my own enjoyment, and occasionally to accompany a vocalist at church) I struggle to reach some notes as I am short and have short fingers. I will say this is the most fun and easiest playing guitar I have ever had. I put some better strings on it and that helped keep it in tune better. I think if I change the tuning machines this will be a great little guitar that is easy to hold and play for long sessions. I have a Fender Mustang II that I use and I have a great time experimenting with all the different sounds, So, all in all, I love my little ebony Express.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For the price, it's what you'd expect.

I got this guitar for myself. I am not a beginner.

I got it because I'm interested in short-scale guitars and it was just over $100. I know what I was...Read complete review

I got this guitar for myself. I am not a beginner.

I got it because I'm interested in short-scale guitars and it was just over $100. I know what I was getting, and I wasn't surprised at all.

The pickups are utter garbage. They make me miss an old Rogue I absolutely loathed.

The tuners are incredibly shoddy; almost unbelievably so. They do not hold a tuning well at all and you barely bump then and they go flying.

The bridge isn't the worst, but the saddles are a bit easy to slide.

And the strings that come on it are more suited to a toy.

It came set up with a fair amount of fret buzz, but after raising the saddles - it needed no truss rod adjustment, even - and changing the strings, it played very well. It just feels good; easy. It sounds good unplugged too - though plug it in and that stops fast.

My plan, however, was to have to replace many things. So I put in some cheap but nice pickups from a Fender Blacktop and shielded the controls properly in it and it sounded great. I'll be replacing the tuners with some locking tuners, which is splurging a bit, but you could just go for cheap aftermarket ones and be fine.

So with a little work to fix its problems, this guitar is a roughly $250-$300 instrument that plays and sounds great, has a scale length you really can't get otherwise, and I don't mind beating up a bit (in fact, I think I'll relic the finish just because).

Thus, if you're comfortable modding it, it's not a bad purchase at all, and I'm quite happy.

If you're getting it for a young child picking up guitar, it's better than most alternatives at the price point.

If you have the money and don't want to mod, go for the short scale Fender Modern Player Strat or Tele instead.

If you're not a total beginner and don't want to mod it, don't bother at all. It's garbage for your purposes.

I would recommend it to a friend in theory. Just not one who takes their guitar in to a tech for every little thing.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar for people with small hands

By penny

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar a couple of weeks. First of all, you get what you pay for - and in this case you get a little more. When you pay a little over $100 for a guitar you know its not the greatest. BUT, I do REALLY like this guitar, because although I have been playing off and on for 40 years (mostly for my own enjoyment, and occasionally to accompany a vocalist at church) I struggle to reach some notes as I am short and have short fingers. I will say this is the most fun and easiest playing guitar I have ever had. I put some better strings on it and that helped keep it in tune better. I think if I change the tuning machines this will be a great little guitar that is easy to hold and play for long sessions. I have a Fender Mustang II that I use and I have a great time experimenting with all the different sounds, So, all in all, I love my little ebony Express.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I highly recommend this guitar

By DayTripper

from NYC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sounds absolutely clean and brilliant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is built well, has a great neck to it and basically can kick butt! The sound quality is beautiful! I have 3 other Epiphones and I am always happy with each of them...I would recommend this guitar to anyone

    (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice but too small

    By Laura

    from Hollywood FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

        I am trying to contact the Guitar Center to return this item.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent workmanship

        By Old Rocker

        from Fort Lauderdale, FL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

          I use this guitar to practice at home and record when I travel. Great tone and craftsmanship.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By DayTripper

          from NYC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

            Great sounding guitar! Epiphone did it again!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By DayTripper

            from NYC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar, fits like a glove, awesome sound, nice slim neck. I'm glad I bought it!

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              For the price, it's what you'd expect.

              By Bismuth

              from Bay Area, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • School Bands

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              I got this guitar for myself. I am not a beginner.

              I got it because I'm interested in short-scale guitars and it was just over $100. I know what I was getting, and I wasn't surprised at all.

              The pickups are utter garbage. They make me miss an old Rogue I absolutely loathed.

              The tuners are incredibly shoddy; almost unbelievably so. They do not hold a tuning well at all and you barely bump then and they go flying.

              The bridge isn't the worst, but the saddles are a bit easy to slide.

              And the strings that come on it are more suited to a toy.

              It came set up with a fair amount of fret buzz, but after raising the saddles - it needed no truss rod adjustment, even - and changing the strings, it played very well. It just feels good; easy. It sounds good unplugged too - though plug it in and that stops fast.

              My plan, however, was to have to replace many things. So I put in some cheap but nice pickups from a Fender Blacktop and shielded the controls properly in it and it sounded great. I'll be replacing the tuners with some locking tuners, which is splurging a bit, but you could just go for cheap aftermarket ones and be fine.

              So with a little work to fix its problems, this guitar is a roughly $250-$300 instrument that plays and sounds great, has a scale length you really can't get otherwise, and I don't mind beating up a bit (in fact, I think I'll relic the finish just because).

              Thus, if you're comfortable modding it, it's not a bad purchase at all, and I'm quite happy.

              If you're getting it for a young child picking up guitar, it's better than most alternatives at the price point.

              If you have the money and don't want to mod, go for the short scale Fender Modern Player Strat or Tele instead.

              If you're not a total beginner and don't want to mod it, don't bother at all. It's garbage for your purposes.

              I would recommend it to a friend in theory. Just not one who takes their guitar in to a tech for every little thing.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great miniature guitar!

              By Bruce

              from Richmond, CA

              Site Member

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              This is a great miniature guitar, at this price everybody should have one at hand. String it with Extra Slinky's and tune it A to A, and with a minimum of bridge and/or neck adjustment, the set up and string tension will feel like a well set up full size electric. The entry-level hardware and electronics operate well enough for pro use, and it's got those rich 1970's Jeff Beck and Allman Bros Les Paul tones. Sounds great with another guitarist in standard E to E tuning because you're playing different inversions. There's a full size out there with an almost identical model name, so double-check that you're ordering the 22" scale guitar.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great miniature guitar!

              By Bruce

              from Richmond, CA

              Site Member

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              This is a great miniature guitar, at this price everybody should have one at hand. String it with Extra Slinky's and tune it A to A, and with a minimum of bridge and/or neck adjustment, the set up and string tension will feel like a well set up full size electric. The entry-level hardware and electronics operate well enough for pro use, and it's got those rich 1970's Jeff Beck and Allman Bros Les Paul tones. Sounds great with another guitarist in standard E to E tuning because you're playing different inversions. There's a full size out there with an almost identical model name, so double-check that you're ordering the 22"" scale guitar.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              disappointed

              By mike

              from Boynton beach fl

              Site Member

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              My Express arrived today. It is a nice little guitar. I am just disappointed that the strings are not through the body as advertised, and shown in picture, but at a fixed bridge.

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