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Legendary trademark flamed top at a pleasing price.The Epiphone Les Paul Standard with plus top may be the best electric guitar in its price range. Two Alnico Classic humbucking pickups deliver big sl... Click To Read More About This Product

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Legendary trademark flamed top at a pleasing price.The Epiphone Les Paul Standard with plus top may be the best electric guitar in its price range. Two Alnico Classic humbucking pickups deliver big slabs of the fat, warm tones, transcontinental sustain, and deep, soulful distortion that made this guitar famous. Crafted with a solid mahogany body and flamed maple veneer over carved top, set mahogany neck with a slim-tapered neck profile, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, cream body and fingerboard binding, and chrome hardware. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier.Limited lifetime warranty.Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • Solid mahogany body
  • Flamed maple veneer over carved top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Slim-tapered neck
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • Cream body and fretboard binding
  • Chrome hardware
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4.7

(based on 277 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Road Warrior

I bought this guitar about a year ago. At the time I was on the road playing about 4 to 5 times a week. I could have bought a much more expensive guitar but...Read complete review

I bought this guitar about a year ago. At the time I was on the road playing about 4 to 5 times a week. I could have bought a much more expensive guitar but (as I'm sure all road musicians know) they get fudged up on the road. Well this thing withstood everything from the salt water air on the beach in Destin to the humidity in Louisiana. Excellent sound and easy playability. No problems whatsoever. If you are a beginner or a serious working musician, this is a value buy. It delivers tone that I didn't think possible for its price range, if you want more simply put some les paul pickups in it to hot rod it and your on your way

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A fixer upper

I bought it but had no idea what I wanted. I just wanted a guitar. After playing a while and taking lessons, I was advised to get some new pickups. I got SD...Read complete review

I bought it but had no idea what I wanted. I just wanted a guitar. After playing a while and taking lessons, I was advised to get some new pickups. I got SD SH-11 Custom Custom and a 59' put in. That helped a lot. The intonation was terrible so I got it setup by a real pro and now it sounds as good as any $1,000 guitar.

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(558 of 609 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Jono

from Pittsburgh, PA

I went to Guitar Center to find a Les Paul, so I could upgrade from my squier strat. From the moment I plugged in, I knew this was my guitar. The neck is so smooth, and the finish is great. Pickups deliver a good variety of sounds. Also, some people think Epiphones don't stay in tune, well this one did! Overall, this guitar can be played by anyone, from begginers to pros. Way to go Epiphone!

(267 of 301 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Road Warrior

By RoadMaster

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar about a year ago. At the time I was on the road playing about 4 to 5 times a week. I could have bought a much more expensive guitar but (as I'm sure all road musicians know) they get fudged up on the road. Well this thing withstood everything from the salt water air on the beach in Destin to the humidity in Louisiana. Excellent sound and easy playability. No problems whatsoever. If you are a beginner or a serious working musician, this is a value buy. It delivers tone that I didn't think possible for its price range, if you want more simply put some les paul pickups in it to hot rod it and your on your way

(192 of 207 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Intermediate Guitar

By yeyeah37

from Naperville, IL

This guitar has done well for me. I really enjoy have complete control over the two pickups. If you think epiphones are just a cheap knock off of gibsons this guitar will prove you wrong. Most people when they hear my guitar think its a gibson because of the quality of the tone but its a epiphone. I would suggest this to any intermediate player who wants to step up from an begginer but can't afford to buy professional grade guitars.

(111 of 140 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots for the money

By Bluzman1954

from Forth Worth, TX

At 52 years young, and a player since I was 9, you can believe there aren't many brands and models I haven't had in my hands at one time or another. For the money, this one's hard to beat. Out of the box, it does require some set up, but a good tech can tweak it to your liking.

(33 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than the Fender Strat

By Rocker911

from Chandler, AZ

I own both: Epiphone Les Paul Standard and the Fender American Strat. The Epiphone gets more gigs then my Fender because of the rich warm sound that it has had since I bought it 4 years ago. I bought the Fender because it did sound better but in a few months it got crazy and didn't sound as good...i bought the same again and it sounded good until a few months later just like the first! Why Buy Fender, when you can buy Epiphone?

(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I'm Impressed

By JWN

from Metuchen, NJ

First off: I have both the Gibson and the Epiphone. The diffences are sound, electronics, wood, and finish. The Gibson is a single mahogany body with a book matched maple top, and the neck is a single mahogany. The Gibson pickups are legendary for sound quality. When you pick up the Gibson it feels like a solid guitar from end to end, and the string vibrations resonate through the entire guitar. The finish on the Gibson is much richer, deeper, overall great looking. The Gibson is made in America. The Epiphone is made of mahogany/alder, not one piece, but three. The neck is made of three pieces as well. As a correction to the review below, the finish is not a 'sticker,' it is a veneer, which is a thinly sliced piece of wood that gives the guitar the cosmetics that imitate the book matched piece of wood. The finish is polyurethane. The Epipone pickups are different, but also decent. The pickup rings on the Epiphone are not the best, but they do the job. The Epiphone tuners, however, are better than the ones that come standard on many Gibson Les Pauls. The Epiphone is made in a factory in China that is owned and operated by the Gibson company, so quality control is quite good. Nevertheless, the Epiphone is one great guitar. Mine plays flawlessly. Even though I don't 'feel' the note all the way through the guitar like the Gibson, the Epiphone still 'feels' good to me. I was able to get the action relatively low with minimul buzz. This is a very solid and well made guitar that I absolutely love. It's not like a Gibson; it's different. Still, it's a Les Paul through and through. I play it all the time. The Epi is my live guitar. The Gibson is for the studio. (Yet, even the Epi goes into the studio with me.) I would recommend this guitar to beginners who'd like a Les Paul feel and sound, to teens who are proficient and want the Les Paul sound at a good price, and to advanced players as a guitar to supplement a collection - for the fun of it. If you want to invest, however, get the Gibson. But if you want a terrific guitar at a reasonable price that won't let you down, get the Epiphone. I am quite impressed with this guitar.

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

incredible axe great value

By rtswood41

from las vegas, nv

I got my Epi Les Paul STD a few years ago...it has always been a great guitar and I have always been very happy with it...but I recently took it down to my local Guitar Center store and had it professionally set up. All I can say is...WOW! it was nice before....but now it screams and sings and I just don't want to put it down. For the money that you save buying this guitar and not a Gibson...you just can't ask for a better deal or guitar. I have been playing for 30+ years and you can not go wrong with this guitar....and I have owned many....strats...explorers...washburns...this is the best of the bunch

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Tom

from MA

I am an intermediate guitar player and I wanted a nice guitar. I knew that I wanted a Les Paul but the Gibsons were out of my price range. This guitars finish is incredible and stays looking great. The tone is so much better than I thought an epiphone could give. The neck is perfect and easy to play. I was skeptical at first because I had heard that it does not stay in tune. I was wrong because it stays in tune very well. This is a great guitar for a great price.

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, so good!

By JR

from Los Angeles

I read a lot of reviews of this baby before buying. Maybe I just got plain lucky. Mine showed up pretty much flawless. None of the problems with the finish that I'd read about. Solidly build. Decent setup right out of the box. Beautiful flame on top. Stays in tune like a champ. Best bang for the buck I've run across to date. Yes, you will eventually want to change out the pickups for something more to your liking, but otherwise a tremendous value.

(18 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Thorgod1976

By Rainsong1979

from Galesburg, Il

Overall Epi standards are ok guitars. The Sound is a quite good for the the price. They are light weight and durable. The only complaint I have is with keeping it in tune. Tends to go way flat when more than half step bends are used. This can be easily fixed with locking tunners.

(17 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sexy guitar for a beautiful price

By gretfulsawnD

from buena park, CA

I wanted a les paul for a long time. I did so much research on the darn thing that my computer key board had finger wears on the 'l'e's'p'a'u' keys. any wayz..I went to my local guitar shop almost every day to figure out if the gibson les paul was worth the money. Found out that the gibson and the epiphone les pauls sounded pretty much the same. The epi fell a bit short on the quality but not to the extent where it stopped me from buying it. Finally, I searched for the lowest pirce for the epiphone les paul standard and guitar center had it for couple bucks less than the others. why waste more words... If you want a great warm lespaul sound and dont care for the Gibson name,you found it.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE This Axe

By Jeff

from Columbus, Ohio

I bought this guitar as a Christmas present to myself after not having bought a new guitar for over 16 years. Let me just say.....WOW......what a difference having a quality instrument makes. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this guitar. It looks great in the Trans. Blue (I've gotten lots of compliments on its looks alone), and it has that signature Les Paul sound that I fell in love with oh so many years ago when I first picked up a guitar. I've had some minor problems with fret buzz, and have had to retune the strings several times (mostly because they're new), but I've been able to successfully fix those problems myself at home with just some slight adjustments. I bought it along with the Peavey Vypyr 30W amp, and when I found that Les Paul sound, I couldn't put it down. It might sound strange, but having a quality instrument actually has made me a better player. And the very subtle differences in sound between this guitar and the Gibson were more than offset by the huge difference in price. For people like me, who are Les Paul guys right down to the core, you'll love this instrument. Can't recommend it highly enough. It may be the last electric guitar I ever buy, and I mean that in a "can't get any better than this" kinda way.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just Shy of Perfection

By Friends call me Slash Jr.

from Hamilton, Ohio

I started playing guitar about a year ago and was (and still am)completely obsessed with Slash, Joe Perry, and Jimmy Page. So i Knew the les paul was for me, but my government bailout check was delayed so a gibson was out of the question. after some research i chose the epiphone les paul and it didn't dissapoint i actually prefer it over a gibson studio which costs about $400 more. The only things that keep it from getting a five is that the pick ups needed changed and over all it isn't a gibson but for the price what more can i say this guitar is E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a very fair deal

By sonny wolf

from Austin Texas

I own an Epi Les paul and a gibson les paul standard.Obviously the gibson is the real deal but it costs almost 5 times the price.For the money the epi is a fantastic deal.The workmanship is as good as the gibson,great playability.They did cut corners in the wood selection,my gibson is a one piece mahogany body with a thick maple cap whereas the epi has a cheaper grade mahogany body made up of about 7 pieces with a maple veneer.The weak point of the epi is the electronics and pickups.They are muddier sounding whereas the gibson is extremely defined from bass to treble frequencies.Despite that it still gets in the Les paul tone ballpark,you can always upgrade the pickups and electronics and get a serious tone happening.Overall though I find the epi to be a very charismatic guitar with a lot of soul and potential.The acoustic tone is great and that is where it all starts.If you are eventually interested upgrading then the epi is a great overall workhorse.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Viva la Les Paul!

By Michael Armitage

from Tacoma, WA

I just recently bought this Les Paul as the next step from my Squire Strat. I picked the Les Paul design mainly for the better sound quality and for the classic look. I am the lead Guitarist in a local Seattle-area rock band, and this is a good guitar for both rhythm and soloing necessary for what we play (in the style of groups like White Stripes, Greenday and FooFighters). This is the best Guitar for under $1,000 period. I am in love with this Guitar! (This is also the only Les Paul I'm aware of that comes in Blue).

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ah - flippin' - mazing!

By Mario Trevi��+/-o

from Waco, TX

Seriously, it had always been a dream of mine to play and own a Gibson Les Paul. Sadly, i don't have the money to buy one, so i thought an Epi would do me for now. I am definitely pleased with this guitar. She looks and plays like a beauty, the action is right where I like it, the sound is surprisingly close to a Gibson LP! Not exactly as hot, but pretty darn close! The pickups could be hotter, but for what I play (which is praise & worship, and rock), it suits me well!!! The wide tonal range is amazing!! I can get a raunchy distorted rock sound, or a nice clean blues sound. I have finally found the love of my life!!!

(11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally

By Pathend

from Mesa, AZ

I've been playing for years on shotty equipment because of my very limited budget. All I've ever heard from my peers is that I need a better guitar. Finally, after a five state move later, I came across approximately four hundred dollars to spare, and I made a beeline for my local Guitar Center. Originally I was looking for an Explorer, but the store didn't have one in my range. I was about to leave empty handed when I came across a beautiful black Les Paul. I was stunned, and pleased to find it was in my range. Needless to say, I've never been happier with my gear.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rocks Just Like the Real Thing

By Kevin McLaughlin

from Austin, Texas

I have been playing for a long time and have played lots of different guitars along the way. I started out on a Strat knock off, then moved on to an LP knock off. Managed to get my fingers around the real thing on both Fender Strat and Gibson LP. I decided that I just like the feel of the LP body, neck and sustain. If you get this far, then the decision is to invest in the Gibson LP or a knock off. I have been playing my Epi Cherry Sun Burst LP Standard for about 2 years now, and find it to be a very solid (no punn intended!)guitar. Most of the other reviews have captured the right things to say about this guitar. I would only add that some of the negatives regarding the tone quality are subtleties. There were some comments about string buzz that I have not experienced and may be due to a unique defect. The action, playability and sound are all very decent for the price. There is probably some subtle tone differences when a real Gibson LP and Epi are compared naked, and these will vary by the unique guitar. Once you run the Epi through any sort of effects or distort, you will have a hard time telling the difference. I haven't even bothered to change the pick ups, as I always run my sound through a Boss effects pedal, then into a Marshall amp. What I really like about the Epi is the sustain. If you are needing the extra umpf for the stage, upgrading your pickups will do the trick. The workmanship is very decent, and I have no complaints. As someone else mentioned, the tunning heads are all metal and are of much better quality than the plastic ones on the Giboson LP standard. I usually run it through a tunning sequence about every 2 days. Considering that I run Slinky .08 strings, that's not bad at all. The body finish looks great, and for the working musician, you won't worry about banging it up for the price you paid. Anyway, if I was a road warrior, this would be my road axe. Leave the Gibson safe at home.

(9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What happend?

By Binderker

from Cleveland, Ohio

This is my third Epiphone guitar, and the first ive bought brand new. After finding one wihtout a warpped neck (1 out of 3)i had to spend more money to get it set up. It was not even close to a quality set up,i do not know how it passed. Now it is a great back up guitar. I suggest buying this in person cause you have know idea what you may recieve.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Tyler callahan

from sheldon,IL

When i first got this guitar i was blown away about how well it played.... and i still am the action is amazing for this kind of guitar... it doesnt matter what kind of music you play if you have the right distorition pedal you can play anything this guitar handles it pretty well..... clean strumming is just amazing like everyting else..if you have the chance buy it.... just do IT!!!!

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