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This plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard is an electric guitar that delivers all the signature sound of a Gibson Les Paul at a fraction of the cost. The mahogany body provides superb resonance while... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

This plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard is an electric guitar that delivers all the signature sound of a Gibson Les Paul at a fraction of the cost. The mahogany body provides superb resonance while the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver loads of warmth. The set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile and rosewood fretboard give you the familiar feel and fast action that Les Paul players love so dearly. Neck and body binding and trapezoid inlays produce the classic look seen on stages around the world for decades. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and string changing easier.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Alnico Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Alnico Classic
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
SPECIFICATIONS
Mahogany body 
Maple veneer over carved top
Alnico Classic humbuckers
Chrome hardware
Grover tuners
24-3/4" scale
1-11/16" nut width
Set mahogany neck
Slim-tapered neck profile
Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
Body/neck binding
LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
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EpiphoneLes Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (204)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (26)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Jamming (20)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (17)
  • School bands (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So so sweet...

I just got my Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Cherry Burst at my local GC. The one they had in stock had some damage from a control knob set too low that was scratching...Read complete review

I just got my Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Cherry Burst at my local GC. The one they had in stock had some damage from a control knob set too low that was scratching the finish. They ordered me a new one and said that I could take the slightly messed up one in the meantime. I brought it home yesterday and plugged it into a Line 6 Spider III 15w amp that I got along with the guitar. Needless to say, this setup rocked. The guitar screams, the action is fast (which I need because I have small hands), it looks beautiful, and in all honesty, i feel like it make me play better. I have played the electric guitar on and off since I was 8. When I went to college i switched almost exclusively to acoustic because college chicks dig acoustic guitars. Now that I'm out on my own and have my own place and a paycheck I figured it was time to upgrade from my Squier Affinity sitting on the floor of my bedroom in Jersey to a new electric. I am so impressed and stoked out on this rig. Also, GC is the best music store around... so accomodating. The sustain on the guitar is amazing, the pickups can create some hot licks as well as soulful goooves. Before I got this guitar I was looking for the magic product - cheap and feature filled... after much deliberation this was the one for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a good guitar - FOR THE MONEY

Bear in mind that Epiphones are good beginner or intermediate level instruments. Some have commented here that they are "just as good as a Gibson for less money". Not exactly -...Read complete review

Bear in mind that Epiphones are good beginner or intermediate level instruments. Some have commented here that they are "just as good as a Gibson for less money". Not exactly - the quality is nowhere as good as that of a Gibson. Gibsons are handmade by experts in America (Nashville, to be exact). Epiphones are made by machines in Asian countries and the difference in quality is obvious. The "sunburst" and similar finishes on the Gibsons are hand-sprayed on the guitar. On the Epiphones, the "sunburst finish" is actually a wood-grained sticker applied to the maple top below the poly coating. It LOOKS great, but it's not real. That said, once you are aware of the shortcomings, Epiphones are a great value and appear to be solid instruments. I had 5 Gibsons (3 Les Pauls and 2 SGs) over the years. I sold them all (still kicking myself...) and not having the kind of $$$ I used to have, I recently purchased an Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Ebony. Ebony is a safe choice - no fake veneer top with a fancy "wood grain" here. The Epiphone can certainly handle stage use. Through a distorted amp I cannot distinguish between it and my Gibsons. If you spend $450, you're going to get a $450 guitar - nothing more, nothing less. Of course, the prices Gibson is charging for their Les Pauls these days is atrocious. They're better, but not $3,000 better. I have been playing for about 20 years, and I see nothing wrong with the Epiphones. But please stop saying that they're "every bit a good as a Gibson", because that's completely inaccurate. And please don't compare the Epiphone to a Fender Strat - they're two completely different animals and all but newbies should know this.

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(592 of 655 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just got it. LOVE IT!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

After wanting a Les Paul for about fifteen years, I finally said "what the heck". I couldn't be happier. It is the most solid and smooth felling guitar I have ever owned. I'm an experienced player & own a couple of Strats, but this thing (even though it's "only an Epiphone")has the warmest tone, sweetest action, & the most stunning looks of all my guitars. As I said the overall feel is just amazing; as is the construction quality. The Epiphone Plain Top Les Paul is hands down the best guitar on the market in it's price range(and a few other price ranges). Perfect for all styles. Perfect for all experience levels. Totally recomend it.

(196 of 271 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Don't Pay for the Sticker On Top

By Les Paul Lover

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

This is indeed a great guitar, however, Epiphone uses a wood-grain sticker instead of real wood under the finish on plain tops, flame tops, and quilt top Epi's. A guitar shop told me that and I called Gibson CS to verify. They said that is absolutely true other than for some of the expenseive Elitist models. Features and sound being the same, buy the ebony LP and save yourself $20-30. Don't get me wrong, I love my LP, but I'm glad I bought the Ebony. At least its real paint according to Gibson. I've had mine for 6 months and absolutely love it.

(133 of 153 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So so sweet...

By Dexie

from Chevy Chase, MD by way of New Jersey

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I just got my Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Cherry Burst at my local GC. The one they had in stock had some damage from a control knob set too low that was scratching the finish. They ordered me a new one and said that I could take the slightly messed up one in the meantime. I brought it home yesterday and plugged it into a Line 6 Spider III 15w amp that I got along with the guitar. Needless to say, this setup rocked. The guitar screams, the action is fast (which I need because I have small hands), it looks beautiful, and in all honesty, i feel like it make me play better. I have played the electric guitar on and off since I was 8. When I went to college i switched almost exclusively to acoustic because college chicks dig acoustic guitars. Now that I'm out on my own and have my own place and a paycheck I figured it was time to upgrade from my Squier Affinity sitting on the floor of my bedroom in Jersey to a new electric. I am so impressed and stoked out on this rig. Also, GC is the best music store around... so accomodating. The sustain on the guitar is amazing, the pickups can create some hot licks as well as soulful goooves. Before I got this guitar I was looking for the magic product - cheap and feature filled... after much deliberation this was the one for me.

(113 of 131 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

really good

By chemicalsoul16000

from NJ, Teaneck

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

like what the other guy said, if you don't have the money to buy a gibson, get an epiphone. for a $400 guitar, this is your best choice. it really feels like a gibson. when i play this guitar, sometimes i forget that this is an epiphone. the pictures don't do justice on this standard plain top. they actually look much better in person. so if you want a gibson feel without the price tag, get an epi. p.s. "i compared this with the ibanez rg series (the one for 449.99) and the ibanez just couldn't compare to this guitar."

(45 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A real rockin' guitar!

By Joey

from Michigan

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

First off let me just say this guitar is amazing, when I play it the sounds are just incredible, the slides are great, the pickups are spectacular, and the best thing is the price, its not too expensive, so even if your a full-time rocker, or just learning your scales this guitar is perfect for everyone.

(35 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best electric guitar in its price range

By lespaul224

from Youngsville, Louisiana

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a few months now(vintage sunburst finish)and i was suprised by how good it sounded, especially the clean tone.I played this through a peavey tube amp at guitar center and it was amazing so i bought it.When i brought it home i was worried about how it would sound through my peavey solid state.But it sounded great!The rythm pickup is great for smooth leads.And the treble pickup (back pickup)is really good for metal rythm playing, and a classic rock lead sound.(like Aerosmith or Ac/Dc.)I was worried the clean sound would be muddy, but it is very clear, even on the front pickup.It stays in tune pretty good but i would get it set up.Good for any style of music.Best overall value in an electric guitar in its price range.

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Awesome

By Zac

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I have one of these in black that I slapped a Bigsby B7 on and man does this thing sound amazing. My is from 1990 and I can't even find a Gibson Les Paul that plays as nice as mine. The stock pickups are awesome. I can play anything from Cream to Metallica and it sounds brilliant. I'll never change them. Really the only thing I would suggest is to get a professional setup to get the guitar playing to your preference and some strap locks if you intend to play it live, which I do. Its been my go to guitar for 4 years and has yet to disappoint.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Good Guitar!

By Justin

from Bay Shore,New York

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I've been playing a Fender Strat my whole life (other than my acoustic).I have been dreaming of getting a Gibson Les Paul- And this is the closest thing to it! I just bought the Heritage Cherry Sunburst at my local Guitar Center. It has just a beautiful finish and is just a gorgeous guitar. I took it home and started playing it and it sounded awesome!! The problem was that the strings had an annoying buzzing sound. I got that fixed and now it is just amazing. It is different than a strat. It sounds different and feels different in my hands. It feels weird at first, but you get used to it. It is good to use to play beatles music, i love to play their music. Not too heavy, not too light, but the guitar has a heavy sound, and also a heavy weight. But, it is all worth it.

(19 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's a good guitar - FOR THE MONEY

By Mike

from Winchester, VA

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

Bear in mind that Epiphones are good beginner or intermediate level instruments. Some have commented here that they are "just as good as a Gibson for less money". Not exactly - the quality is nowhere as good as that of a Gibson. Gibsons are handmade by experts in America (Nashville, to be exact). Epiphones are made by machines in Asian countries and the difference in quality is obvious. The "sunburst" and similar finishes on the Gibsons are hand-sprayed on the guitar. On the Epiphones, the "sunburst finish" is actually a wood-grained sticker applied to the maple top below the poly coating. It LOOKS great, but it's not real. That said, once you are aware of the shortcomings, Epiphones are a great value and appear to be solid instruments. I had 5 Gibsons (3 Les Pauls and 2 SGs) over the years. I sold them all (still kicking myself...) and not having the kind of $$$ I used to have, I recently purchased an Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Ebony. Ebony is a safe choice - no fake veneer top with a fancy "wood grain" here. The Epiphone can certainly handle stage use. Through a distorted amp I cannot distinguish between it and my Gibsons. If you spend $450, you're going to get a $450 guitar - nothing more, nothing less. Of course, the prices Gibson is charging for their Les Pauls these days is atrocious. They're better, but not $3,000 better. I have been playing for about 20 years, and I see nothing wrong with the Epiphones. But please stop saying that they're "every bit a good as a Gibson", because that's completely inaccurate. And please don't compare the Epiphone to a Fender Strat - they're two completely different animals and all but newbies should know this.

(18 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a good guitar

By Guitar Player 554

from Seattle, Wa

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I bought it about a month ago and it has a great sound with pretty good pickups its a good learning guitar and has a great look. one complaint is if u dont have a good strap this guitar will bust your shoulder

(15 of 101 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DONT BUY AN EPIPHONE

By Felipe

from tampa, florida

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

i went to guitarcenter and tried out this guitar and i liked it plus it was in my price range so i got it........BIG MISTAKE to my demise shortly after i started playing it it went out of tune, okay no big deal,tuned it up did some bends,instantly it was horribly out of tune,u cant even finish playing a lick without it going out of tune i returned it same day, i saved up money and bought a gibson and it was a massive difference,it made the epi look and seem like a pole with rubber bands tied on it as strings DONT BUY AN EPIPHONE

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Metalhead

from Virginia

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

This is an amazing guitar for the price. The finish is stunning. The humbuckers are very nice, they are best for clean sound but can play metal. The toggle switch feature is a lot of fun. I woul defenetly recomend this guitar.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar!

By Grayson

from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

What can I say other than this thing is amazing! I've had it for about six months and let me tell you, its never let me down once. This baby has great sustain through my Line 6 Spider IV, and really gets that beefy sound when you throw in some power cords. For the price, you can't go wrong with this guitar. The only thing that is starting to turn bad is the pickup selector. Somtimes when I switch to the bass pickup it will go out and I have to switch it back and forth until it comes on, but this isn't too big of a problem. Gibson makes replacements :). Anyways, if you want the awesome feel of a Les Paul without the price tag of a Gibson, get this. You won't be disappointed.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar!!!

By Brendon

from Chicago, Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

This guitar is plain, straight up (and down) amazing! I got it 3 months ago and it looks and feels just as new as it did when I first picked it up at the store! It has great tone, and you can get a lot of different sounds out of it. You can switch it to Treble, turn up the gain on your amp and get a nice crunch, or you can switch it on Rhythm and get a nice low tones. The Grover tuners hold your strings in tune for a long time and through a lot of playing. All around it is great!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Melodious Masterpiece

By Zack Spreitzer

from Morris, Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I could not stop playing this. I popped some elixir nanoweb strings on here because it sat in a box for awhile, plugged this bad boy in an amp, and jammed for NINE HOURS STRAIGHT! My fingers were bleeding, but I could care less. I grabbed my brother's Gibson LP Std and compared. They sound the same. This is a GREAT bargain. This LP has a warm rich tone and sounds great with distorted sounds. This is my 3rd guitar. I have a Fender Stratocaster and a handcrafted Acoustic. This is the best thing I have ever played. I'm not the best on guitar, but this thing got me more serious than I ever was. GREAT DEAL! The dual humbucker pickups give a great tone.

(11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

only one problem

By Chris

from Plano, TX

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

This guitar is great. Everything about it you have to love, it looks great and plays any type of music. I have had it for one year and i noticed when i hit certain notes the guitar makes a buzzing rumbling noise. And if it hold it up and tap the neck something inside shakes. I am guessing the trust rod is lose. Other than that it is a dream guitar.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Les Paul

By Liam Rockin' Reeves

from Ft. Washington, PA

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

This was my second guitar and i absolutely love it. In my opinion the ebony is the best looking. It sounds just like a Gibson but for way less. From the second i got it in my hands, i knew i was playing something special. Don't buy for the cheap sticker on the head. This is a great Les Paul

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Never Again

By Adam

from Davie, FL

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

I made the mistake of exchanging my recently bought Epiphone LP for a Fender Strat. I regretted it the moment I took it home and plugged it in my amp. The sound was nowhere near the amazingness I had found with my LP. I went back to my local GC and exchanged my exchange. This is the guitar for me. I was lucky enough that they had one in the back still in the box... nothing like a fresh guitar.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

truely amazing

By kwon

from raleigh, nc

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

Ok. Theres lots of lespauls out there with good prices and features. But compared to these, I really can't see where you can go wrong. It's like the closest thing you can get to a gibson les paul. The only difference I notice when I play mine, is the weight, which doesn't bother me one bit, and the action, which is a bit higher than that of a gibson. But besides those small things, this is the best purchase I've ever done in guitar center.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!

By Will A,

from London, Ohio

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

Picked up one of these babys for my 16th birthday. I was torn on what to get, but ultimately i purchased this in ebony. Great guitar. Fast bridge, great tone. Compared to my Washburn X10, well lets just say, once I got home, I was doing things I had no idea I was able to do. Reccommend to anyone who can afford it. Worth every penny.

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