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Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar  

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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 resonanc... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 230 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (9)
  • School bands (8)
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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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5.0

Better than the less expensive Gibson Les Paul Models

By Robert

from Spanish Fork, Utah

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Perfect Neck Profile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

      Having played guitar for years, I've reached the point where I do extensive research before making a purchasing decision. I spent a while looking at Gibson Les Pauls in my price range (500-1000) and they had a great selection but nothing that stood out enough for me. Then I looked at the Epiphones, specifically the Les Paul Standard (not the Studio or Specials) and couldn't believe the rave reviews. Upon further reading, I found that they are built to the same specs as Gibson's Standard Les Paul. This means that the same tonewood is being used for the body, neck and fretboard and the tuners and basic hardware are the same. Long story short, I got the Epiphone and haven't looked back. So if you're looking for a quality guitar, this would be a very wise choice. For further help, I've listed the slight differences between Gibson builds and Epiphone and why the Gibson costs more.

      GIBSON

      -Made in USA, which increases the cost of making the guitar.
      -Tonewoods are hand-picked and usually of the highest quality.
      -Pickups are clearer and arguably better sounding
      -Quality control is generally more reliable due to the expected Gibson standard
      -The guitars are finished with Nitrocellulose lacquer. This allows the tonewood to breathe and resonate better. *To me, this is the biggest factor. I ultimately bought a Gibson J15 acoustic over the solid-wood Epi due to the breathability of the lacquer vs polyurethane. But keep in mind that an electric guitar doesn't need as much resonance as an acoustic*.

      EPIPHONE

      -Made overseas to the cost of building is cheaper.
      -Tonewoods are the same but may or may not be as quality as Gibson's. Top wood on the Gibson Les Paul's is maple where the Epiphone usually has alder or a maple/alder glued veneer.
      -Pickups are Alnico and they are very, very good but some may say they're not as clear or don't hold up against Gibson. This, of course, is personal preference.
      -Quality Control is not guaranteed to be as reliable as Gibson's
      -Poly finish

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sizzle for Your Dime

      By RickJames

      from Canada Eh

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

      Bang for your buck? Not quite, but great sizzle for your dimes. This is not a $2000 axe so don't expect it to sound just like one, bit they can still sound wicked. The build quality is really spotty, but the odd time you can find a gem. After playing a few that sounded muddy, I found one with that clear throaty sound and I couldn't be happier with it. It's a great intermediate guitar at an entry price, I would've killed for this as my first guitar

       
      5.0

      Buyer Beware!!

      By RoosterCockburn

      from Your local bar

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

      These guitars can be great, but... Make sure you test them out thoroughly! I'm on my 3rd after factory defects in the first two.

      After loose inputs, scratchy tone knobs, and muddy pickups, finally, I played multiple Les Pauls at the same store and picked the best one and it is AMAZING!

      I wouldn't consider a Gibson over one of these unless you have cash burning a whole on your pocket. These things are as close as it gets for a fraction of the price.

      But compare a couple in store or be prepared to send back if you order online!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very nice for the price. Beautiful guitar.

      By Greatfull Fred

      from Watkinsville ,GA.

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

        Use to practice. Great tone tru my acoustic amp. Set up was pretty good out of box. Red color is darker than pictures . To me this is not a negative. Experienced players say it's a nice guitar. Guitar Center guys in Watkinsville,Ga. are great.Gave me a lot feedback and demonstrated several guitars before we ordered it.

         
        5.0

        Absolute beauty

        By Javier

        from Wynnewood, PA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          Despite the fact that has awesome looks it also sounds great and it's very comfortable to play.

           
          5.0

          Great guitar!!!!!!

          By J

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          Awesome guitar!!

           
          3.0

          Good for the money!

          By 88kyes

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          Its a good guitar for the money, i have one made in Korea i found used, rumor has it the Korean ones have better quality control! the bridge pick up was weak and sounded muffled, so i replaced it, there is always the question if its as good or nearly as good as a Gibson, No its not, but it gets the job done, you can always change out the electronics and pick ups, sound and feel is all that matters in the long run, if you can afford a Gibson find one used, there all over the place!, ive had Gibson, I like them, I would rather own an Epi which I do than and entry level satin finished Gibson, Gibson are grossly over priced and not worth the thousands you lay out, buy one used and save a ton of money over a new one!

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          '56 Gold Top Epiphone Les Paul in Ebony

          By WillieB

          from Tampa

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

            I have played guitar since the 70's. Mostly acoustic mind you ie 1969 Epiphone 12 string, 1958 Gibson LG-1. I own strats and teles. Love the Epiphone Les Paul '56 Gold Top. Bought from GC, used. 2010. P-90 pickups. Classic guitar, no pretense but very forgiving. A good friend indeed.

            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            sent back

            By Ernest Legato

            from Riverside, ca

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

            cheaply made. Not able to set up action as desired.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a guitar!

            By Austin W.

            from Kalamazoo, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

              This guitar looks fantastic, feels great to play, but man... the tone is just something else. Humbuckers on a Les Paul are God's gift to rock music, and this guitar has a real bluesy crunch to it built in. It handles effects extremely well too - you can run this guitar through pedal after pedal and it'll come singing through.

              Pro tip: Use the knobs! Pedals will only get you so far!

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