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Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/tailpiece for maximum edge and sustain. Case sold se... Read More

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Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/tailpiece for maximum edge and sustain. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • P-90R neck pickup
  • P-90T bridge pickup
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone control
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Wraparound bridge/tailpiece
  • Case sold separately
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4.8

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Great Sound with these P-90's and great feel all around,

I saw this being on sale during GC's Christmas TV ad and when I saw the price I just said, "Even I know that a No Brainier". So I was lucky...Read complete review

I saw this being on sale during GC's Christmas TV ad and when I saw the price I just said, "Even I know that a No Brainier". So I was lucky enough to even pick the color of my choice which was the old style Gibson TV Yellow finish. Needless to say it was right on the money as you can still see the grain of the mahogany wood body thru the nice satin finish. The neck on this is just comfortable as any other nice flat rosewood or ebony neck on any guitar brand. I believe that it's here where the Epiphone by Gibson gets a total thumbs up as I know the neck is bolted onto the body and yet it just feels like it's an actual set in neck just like the real Gibson model would be. The ease of use is just fab when you hear the hot sound or mellow sound or clean sound these 2 single coil P90 pickups can put out. The pickups alone are worth the price of what I paid for the entire guitar. Don't walk by these on your way into a store by thinking you have to spend more money an a certain other guitar. Sit down and play one of these and you'll be amazed that this isn't just some beginners guitar, especially if you are a seasoned player like myself. These are wicked nice and I am sure that the Epiphone Special II model that comes with a tuneomatic bridge and humbuckers are also nice. However I was looking for that certain gritty sound that I knew these P90's should have and in fact that they do. However it's still such a great guitar. Fear not the machine heads either as they really aren't bad at all as they still have a 14:1 gear ratio and work very smoothly for keeping this guitar in perfect tune or concert pitch. Great job to the people at the Epiphone plant in Nashville,TN for making sure that these guitars are quality checked before being sent out. I have many guitars in my collection that I've used over the decades of playing but this is without a doubt one of my most best purchases dollars for guitar that one could ever expect to get these days. Rock on good people !!!

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Just OK

I ordered this guitar online, and picked it up a few days ago. It is worth the money but there are some problems. The finish is very thin, and the foam rubber of...Read complete review

I ordered this guitar online, and picked it up a few days ago. It is worth the money but there are some problems. The finish is very thin, and the foam rubber of a guitar stand will rub through it. The bridge is one solid piece, so you can't adjust the string heights individually. The neck is rather thick and wide. But it has a nice tone and the pickups are good. It is a playable guitar for a low price. I also own a Squier Bullet Strat HH, which is in the same price range and is a much, much better guitar. I recommend it over the Epiphone.

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4.0

Patience is the key

By LeRoy

from Caledonia, Illinois

Well I've had mine for about a week now give or take. First I will explain the title. It took my all time favorite GC employee, Mr. Doug Witt at the Rockford store, to find me one that didn't have issues with areas of fret buzz, but once he found it and I took it home, I was more than pleased with it. I normally play all the lines of classic rock up to classic metal, which this baby can handle with the right effects, but almost every time I pick mine up I get this weird itch to go acoustic. This thing is one of the best sounding guitars that I've had the opportunity and inspiration to play acoustically! Like I said, patience is the key with this low of a level of LP, but well worth the time to get such a good quality, low end guitar. That's why I gave it 4 stars!

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5.0

Perfect with some bugs

By Luc

from Pittsburgh, PA

This is the ultimate practice in front of your mom guitar. Seriously this thing is an amazing guitar for being $129. First off it is LOUD! It is not quiet and it is insane when plugged into an amp (15 watt) and it is SUPER Light weight for being an Epiphone. All of the frets are a good size and well its wonderful. The only issue I have is just the neck size. It is quite small for the (small up bends on the "E" String not e it can only go so high which is 1/4 centimeter) but overall who actually needs to bend that up? I really love it and its so comfortable.

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4.0

Not a "great" guitar, but a great value!

By Syd

from Lancaster, PA

Let me say, right off the bat, I own Vital Musical Instrument Repair, LLC in Lancaster, PA. I have been repairing guitars and other instruments for almost 30 years. Over the years I have collected many, many guitars but I don't have an abundance of them with P-90 type pickups. During the GC Labor Day sale, I decided to give this one a whirl. (I paid a ridiculously low price of $95-including tax). It is made in China--no big surprise. So the components ARE "cheap". The guitar definitely needed tweaked out of the box. The neck was very bowed and once the truss rod was adjusted properly, there was a small "hump" in the neck between frets 8-12. If it was more severe, I would return the guitar but it is not horrible and it wasn't bad enough that I considered doing massive fretwork to get the action down. I'd also like to say that even if the guitar had come through perfectly set up, I would have restrung & changed the setup. (I hate .009s--especially on an LP style guitar.) I put a set of .010s on and set it up. The frets took a little polishing--but for what I paid--I assumed they would. Once that was done, the guitar really lost a lot of it's "cheap" feel. I was very pleasantly surprised with the pickups--they have a really nice level of output & pretty good tone. Tuners are a bit rough but with a little work on the nut, tuning isn't an issue. I never liked the fixed bridge/tailpiece setup because you compromise on everything (intonation, individual string height, etc). That being said, the string height and intonation were both pretty acceptable once set. All in all-I'm very happy with my little $95 LP with P-90s. I originally planned on buying it to keep something cheap at the beach for when I spend time there. I think I may keep it here so I have constant access to it and I'll choose another one to leave at the beach.

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4.0

Surprised because I LIKE it!

By David

from Albemarle, NC

Firstly, good packaging. Epi and GC combined to make it UPS proof. Once I finally got through three boxes and the plastic to the instrument and tuned it up I didn't have to adjust ANYTHING to immediately start playing it. I played it for 10 mins, re-tuned and checked intonation and remarkably intonation is pretty good up to about 14th fret right out of the box. I played it for about an hour before I could put it down. Even the stock strings seem OK so I'm leaving them on for now even though I got some GHS Boomer 10's to put on it that are the same gauge as the stock strings because I didn't want to mess with intonation much at string change. The way this bridge is setup I think I'd better stick to 10's. After 5 days with it I'm sure this guitar is a good buy in an entry level electric, especially if you catch it on sale. I'm primarily an electric bassist gigging as such since 1969, but fool around for my own amusement with ukulele and Spanish guitar at home for a change of pace. I was getting bored with the instruments on hand and this was on special for Labor Day cheaper than dinner out and a movie. Ordered the Epiphone gig bag too and it is just fine too. You'll need a case or gig bag of some sort since one isn't included. I admit that I had a very negative opinion of Epiphone from experiences years ago but Epiphone is now making their instruments in China. The Chinese are making some good guitars now and right here is the evidence of it. The quality, fit and finish on this one is amazing for the money. Lots of people complain about the tuners and the one piece bridge but for just banging on it for fun at home it will be perfect as is. The pickups sound really good and you can get a surprising variety of tones from them. I don't like the position of the pickup switch, but that is a very minor thing. For someone starting out on electric guitar or looking for a different sound than a Fender this seems a very worthy option even at the regular price. If you can catch it on sale you need to get one! I know these pickups can't possibly be as good as the Gibson USA ones, but I had an old Gibson Les Paul Junior with a single P90 years ago and I'm thinking these Chinese pickups sound stellar for the money. They seem to have more solid lows to me than I recall on my old Gibson Junior, but maybe it is just that amps are better today than back then. The finish on my worn cherry one is more of a brownish red than the shiny wet looking chrome red in the website photos. It is a more natural looking mahogany color with a soft looking satin top coat. It isn't shiny but it looks richer than the price. I hate thick plastic finishes. The finish is also on the back of the neck and the headstock treatment is well done. I have the typical large fingers most bassists have but I can make most chords on this thing OK but I'm working to get used to it and even learning some new stuff so it is inspiring me to play more and hopefully better. I like the neck and the frets seem at least as well finished as a Squier or a Mexican Fender. All in all I'm very happy with it for the money and it is a pleasing change of pace from the Fenders I've always played before. It plays way better than my Alvarez or Yamaha flattops. The only Fender I've had that played this good was an old short scale Duo-Sonic. This new Epi is surprisingly heavy to me since I am used to Fenders and this body is way smaller than a Strat. It is maybe a pound or more heavier than my MIM Strat. It is heavier than most Fender electric guitars I've had and almost as heavy as some of my P-Basses. It is a nice chunk of mahogany and there will be no neck dive issues with it for sure. Checked all the screws and they are all snug. Wrenches are included for bridge and truss rod adjustments which is good to have. Lots of documentation is in the box I haven't even read yet and it has a good warranty too. There's a lot to like here for very little money. It plays better, sounds better and looks better than I expected. I'm floored. This isn't the best guitar in the world, which is why I gave it four stars, but it is a five star value and one of the best buys in the price range. You can't beat it for the money. Maybe I just got lucky, but I really like it.

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5.0

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By CHUCK

from Chesterfield, MI

Changed the tuners a while back to Kluson Classic Tulips. Not only do they upgrade the look on the TV Yellow one I bought, they really stay in tune. Cost, $50. Now this guitar is complete. Will keep it forever! P 90's still sound great on this "cheap" guitar

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5.0

epiphone

By geraldine

from prosoect pa

I've been playing guitar since 1976 im 55 now. I've played all kinds of different guitars. some very expensive some not so. this guitar plays great a lot of people complain about the bridge but I see no prob with it. I got the worn cherry I like this axe so much i'm gonna buy the black one too. anybody who's just starting out or if your a seasoned player I recommend this guitar to everyone.

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5.0

OH YEAH!!!

By jabe

from fairplay co

I purchased this guitar on sale from GC for $89. 4 days later it sowed up at my door. The fit and finish were spot on and my fussy bass player could not help say how cool it looked in black. I swapped out the strings for D'Adarrio 10s and dropped the action. The truss bolt was so loose I thought it was stripped. I adjusted it by just getting the neck dead straight and tuned her up. Not only was it very easy , the intonation was dead on at the end of the set up. The p90s absolutely wail and the tone knob offers a wide tonal palate. I bought this guitar as a spare for when we host open mic nights. Now I don't want to let it go. I have the Gibson les paul tribute w P90s and this guitar is a great clone. BUY IT NOW !!!!

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5.0

Amazing Deal

By Gene

from Central PA

This is my kind of tone, thick, full and throaty. More versatile than many would have you believe. Drop the volume for a cleaner sound or roll off the highs for sweet softer jazz tones. But full throttle is amazing in tone in all three pickup positions. The guitar was set to go out of the box although I did my own set-up to my preferences. The OEM strings that Epiphone installs have a strange bright steel wrap as though there is no nickel wrap. They don't sound bad though. The neck is 50s rounded. I prefer the 60s slimmer neck profile but I got used to this pretty quickly. I like the soap bar P-90s better than the dog-ears on a Casino I bought. I don't know if the difference is totally in the body style. I had this great tone on a Epiphone SG 50th Anniversary guitar that came with the black soap bars. OK, I feel I stole this at the price. The workmanship was a nice bonus at this ultra low price point. Epiphone has stepped up its game. The frets weren't even scratchy!

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5.0

Amazing

By Jacke

from Shelby Ohio

This guitar rocks, I've played fender Mexi standard and i would take this guitar all day. Now i no that sounds a little extreme but I mean this is one of my all time favorite guitars. It hard not to love this guitar it is solid, well built, good electronics, no buzz and comes stock with good strings. I originally got this guitar to hot rod by putting some killer pickups on it or something but i was so amazed with the sound it had out of the box i have no intention to do anything to this guitar other than play it.

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3.0

Just OK

By Dwain

from Texas

I ordered this guitar online, and picked it up a few days ago. It is worth the money but there are some problems. The finish is very thin, and the foam rubber of a guitar stand will rub through it. The bridge is one solid piece, so you can't adjust the string heights individually. The neck is rather thick and wide. But it has a nice tone and the pickups are good. It is a playable guitar for a low price. I also own a Squier Bullet Strat HH, which is in the same price range and is a much, much better guitar. I recommend it over the Epiphone.

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