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Epiphone's long friendship with innovator Les Paul dates back to the late '30s and early '40s when Les and fellow guitarists such as Charlie Christian and George Barnes were at the forefront of jazz g... Read More

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Epiphone's long friendship with innovator Les Paul dates back to the late '30s and early '40s when Les and fellow guitarists such as Charlie Christian and George Barnes were at the forefront of jazz guitar. Epi Stathopoulos and Les were good friends and Epi would let Les use the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City at night after hours to experiment on guitar and pickup designs. This also was the era when Les, inspired by the stinging sustain heard in electric steel guitars, began dreaming of making a solidbody guitar. He built his first, the legendary "Log," at the Epi factory in 1941. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone luthiers, reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions.

Now, the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus honors Epiphone's friendship with Les by combining his classic design features with legendary Epiphone quality and value with the added power of Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckers. But this guitar is not just about recreating the "old," it's also about looking ahead, just as Les himself continued to do throughout his lifetime. Using 4-conductor pickup wiring, Epiphone has added two push/pull tone pots to allow for series/parallel pickup switching. The result is a Les Paul with all the standard sounds plus a huge palette of tonal possibilities at your fingertips. The Les Paul Tribute Plus also features Epiphone's famous built-to-last hardware and electronics including a U.S. Switchcraft 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, 16:1 ratio premium Grover locking tuners, and a premium hardshell case.

Features
  • Resonant mahogany body with Classic Les paul design
  • Upgraded hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckings with series/parallel switching
  • Grover locking tuning machines
  • Hardshell case included
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  • Mahogany body
  • Hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
  • 24.75" Scale mahogany set-in neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius and 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking neck pickup (4-wire)
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus humbucking bridge pickup (4-wire)
  • Individual volume and push/pull tone controls
  • Locktone tune-o-matic bridge
  • Locktone stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover locking tuning machines
  • Hardshell case included
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4.8

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Gibson Studio vs. Epiphone

So I have been playing with my friends Gibson Studio, love it. Has Burstbuckles,60's neck, cherry faded ect, and I decided I need my own Les Paul. I finally got...Read complete review

So I have been playing with my friends Gibson Studio, love it. Has Burstbuckles,60's neck, cherry faded ect, and I decided I need my own Les Paul. I finally got enough Money together to get my own Les Paul, and I came to the choice we all have to face... Gibson Studio or Epiphone? So I have been playing around with differant models and this one just spoke to me. It's the best of both worlds, Gibson Pick ups and eletronics, and Epiphone's Best wood/Finish It sounds awesome, feels right, plus its not wieght releaved so it feels solid. The finsih Is brillient, I love the colors of the finish. It tunes easy, and stays in tune, Grover knows what their doing. I was playing over at my friends, and saw his Studio next to my tribute, and it all hit me... I love my Guitar, I glad I bought my Epiphone, love the feel, love the looks, love the sound. No regrets, no buyers remorse Don't buy your Guitar based on the name, buy your guitar based on what feels right,the sound,ect. Epiphone makes a great guitar

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I was very disappointed: Sound wise, this is NOT a Gibson

I had ordered this guitar as a 65th birthday present to myself, having done my research and checked every review I could find. I could not play one first as there were none in...Read complete review

I had ordered this guitar as a 65th birthday present to myself, having done my research and checked every review I could find. I could not play one first as there were none in any of the AZ based GC stores. So I took the chance. My bad. Very disappointing. I have a fender stat, Am deluxe that I love but it only gives out the stat sound, not the deeper Gibson LP sound. Last year at this time, I bought the wine red Gibson studio with the 50's neck. I love the sound of that guitar...just love it. But, after trying for a year, I just could not really get used to the larger 50's neck. just too much of a chunk for my smaller hands. That is why I was hoping for the 60's thin neck in this new guitar to do the trick. The 60's neck is really great, I must admit. it feels and plays much easier and smoother at least for me. No complaints there. However, there is the issue of tone and sound. This guitar just does not live up to what I can get from the higher end Gibson studio, no matter how I tweak the settings on the guitar and my amp. it is good, dont get me wrong, but it just does not have that smoothness, bite when you want it, and emotional depth of tone that the Gibson has. My plan was to sell the studio and keep the Epiphone and be happy forever. That plan will not work. My fault though as I went against my better judgment and bought a guitar sight and play unseen. Now, I am headed for the GC store in Phoenix next week to return the Ephiphone for a refund and to look at Gibson's that have the 60's neck and that great tonal sound that I am looking for. The regular Gibson studios with the 60's neck didnt do it for me last year; they just did not have the tone that the higher end wine red studio had. I am now thinking I will have to get my refund, trade in my studio to GC, bite the bullet and get a Gibson Traditional with 60's neck if they have one I can demo and like. Hopefully, I will now find what I am looking for after all this trial and error. If you are looking for a sounds pretty good guitar and do not have the extra $ for a Gibson, then this would be a wonderful guitar for you. I am just too old, particular, and fussy to settle for anything that does not sound and play right to me.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By david

from Scottsdale, Arizona

This guitar plays like a dream. I installed an Earvana compensated nut and had the guitar professionally set up. The sound is incredible. The action is low and easy. The Sustain lasts f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I couldn't be happier.

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5.0

Perfect Guitar!!!

By Andrew Morris

from Southside, AL

Looks amazing, sounds amazing, and all in all it's pretty amazing! The finish is beautiful (i got the midnight sapphire)! The pickups are very clear, and the coil tap gives you a ton of tone options. Also has very nice, sturdy hardware (I especially love the tuners). You absolutely can't beat this guitar!

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5.0

This is a Gibson made in China!

By CHUCK MIRISCOTTI

from Chesterfield, MI

Waited until the full 30 days before writing this. Traded in my very nice 07 Epi Les Paul Plustop for the 1960 Tribute Plus after playing a used one and going over the basic Gibson Les Paul build and hardware on it. This is basically a Gibson Les Paul Standard made in China! I put a Gibson 57 Plus in my 07 Epi Standard but it NEVER sounded this good. The faded cherry I bought has some slight bleed on the binding as some have mentioned but it does not impact the overall look of this guitar. But don't look at it, play it. This really does make the 57 Classics ring and sustain. This is nothing like the standard Epi Les Paul's. Had some doubt about the Grover Locking Tuners but since changing strings this week, I can say that they work good and keep the guitar in tune once you figure out how to get the string in the hole. The neck seems a cut above the standard Epi's and it plays really well. The action is just fine out of the box but certainly can be adjusted as you need it. The push pull taps for series/parallel operation was not impressive until I had a thorough time with the guitar. I really like this feature now. The hard maple cap is I think the secret ingredient here. The PUP's have more bite, more ring and sustain, and still can sound creamy smooth. Would I still like a Gibson? Yeah sure but now I don't want one as much. For the price of this guitar with the case, you will not find a better Les Paul value. Problem is it is hard to find one in a store. It is worth looking into though.

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5.0

Top of the List

By Thomas Ennis

from Austin, TX

For the money and of all the 30 plus guitars I have owned this guitar totally rocks. The electronics and body and neck and fretwork are second to none. It sounds amazing. Best thing about it is the price. Having owned Gibsons such as Studios, Standards, and several variations of the SG including the 61 reissue. This Epiphone is better at sustain and tone than all of them. I cannot believe this is on the market for the price. With the only difference a polyurethane finish and a veneer top...who cares really. I had to make a list of all the guitars I've owned...when I played this one. Only certain ones I will keep over time. This is one of them. Nicely done Epiphone. You get American electronics, quality woods, and workmanship at a fabulous price. This sucker is heavy!!! Probably why it sustains so well. Shipped nicely, too.

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4.0

Really nice

By Mark Buchanan

from Colorado

I read reviews and it seemed like this was a great guitar and was a good quality instrument. I must say the price was reasonable and very hard to beat with a coupon. I had the guitar shipped to local store so that I could inspect it there and have the eye of an expert also. That was a waste, they basically took it out of the box, strummed it, kind of tuned it and said good to go. I noticed some slight scratches on the bridge and they said that was normal. I still am within my 30 days so I am undecided on returning it because of the scuffed bridge. On to the positives. I really did not fall in love with the guitar as I expected to when I got it home and played it, but it is growing on me every day. It has great sound, just what I wanted when I started learning the guitar two years ago. It looks great. I really like playing it, but again for some reason I don't love it, but I really, really like it and definitely would purchase it again. The variety of tones that can be created are a real plus. Seems to be built very well and the finish is very nice. I can find no blemishes except the bridge scuffs. It looks to be a guitar that can be a very blue collar, working, gigging guitar that looks great. I expect to own this for a long time.

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5.0

The best bang for your buck by far!

By ANDREW LINN

from Cedar City, UT

This guitar is the Shiz!!! I am a experienced guitar player, but by no means a pro. With that said, I am blown away by this guitar! Out of the box it needed a few minor adjustments to get it set up really nice, but nothing too major at all. I have been playing for almost 20 years now and I never really wanted a Les Paul because I always felt they were fairly one dimensional. You had a rock/blues guitar and that was pretty much it. This really kills that ignorant theory away. Put aside the coil splitting technology and it still doesn't hold true. These Gibson 57's have amazing power and tone! There is so much personality with this set up it's crazy. Add in the coil tapping and you have a guitar that I would argue is almost more diverse than any that come to mind. Epiphone is really leading the way with that coil splitting too. Go to any guitar store and you will find that most Gibson's don't have that feature for whatever silly reason. That really made this the guitar for me. The action is great once properly adjusted. The finish on this thing kills! I have gotten tons of comments on it already and I have only had it a couple weeks. I love the Grover 18:1 ratio tuners as well. Most Les Pauls use the 14:1 ratio so it is really nice to have that little extra fine tuning capability for sure. I did'n't give it a 5 star because it isn't "perfect". But 5 stars definition reads "It doesn't get any better than this" and I couldn't honestly put that down. To top things off, it comes with the factory hardshell case. I have seen a few negative remarks about the case and just want to say I think it's a really nice case to be perfectly honest. No, it's not the best case in the world, but the inside has a really beautiful soft feel and the construction is very good. Someone on another site said he uses some other super strong case because you can drop it from 20 feet and there will be no damage to the guitar. What kind of moron drops a guitar from 20 feet anyway? Stay away from being an idiot and this case will never fail you. No buyers remorse here. Pick this thing up if you're in the market. You can't go wrong, I promise!

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5.0

Very pleased and you will be too

By Todd Dionne

from Lockhart, TX

I bought this guitar in the sapphire blue in Feb '13. I have been playing this guitar now for 8 months in live settings. Typically, I buy much more expensive guitars and even custom built guitars but felt I no longer needed to be a boutique snob and save some cash too. This guitar, after setting it up to personal taste, plays well. The variety of sounds and styles it can cover makes it worth the money. The flamed woods are not matched but the guitar looks nice with the carved top. Epi's / Les Paul's tend to be on the heavy side so it is not the most comfortable guitar to play during long sets. The neck pickup is ideal for warm rhythm and lead tones. It is actually much hotter and louder than the bridge pickup. That is the only "problem" I have with this guitar is that I wish the bridge pick up was hotter and brighter so there would be more distinction between the pickups. Overall, it was a good buy and I am glad I purchased it. It has met a musical niche that I couldn't quite get out of my other guitar - Carvin AE185. And since I didn't spend thousands on a guitar I had the money to pick up another electric recently. When you can buy a quality guitar to meets your musical needs there is no real point in spending thousands except to say that you did!

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5.0

Les Paul would be approve!

By CHRIS KOONCE

from Ft. Worth, Texas

Great guitar for the price!!! Flawless finish, Deep set neck, Gibson 57 Classic Pickups, 60's slim D profile neck, Grover Locking tuners, Mallory-150 capacitors, Switch craft 3 way toggle, locking straps, plush guitar case, Plus push-pull tone pots! What else could you ask for at $510 on sale??? Plays like a dream. I played this side by side over two hours a day comparing it to a Gibson Traditional that had the same pick ups and could not tell a difference. Went back as second day and compared again just to be sure. Lets get the facts straight, Les Paul worked at Epiphone and created the Les Paul while at Epiphone then Gibson bought out the competition and raised the price. Les Paul would put his stamp of approval on this axe. The only thing it is missing is the nitrocellulose finish and hand carved wood made in the USA along with the extra 2k price tag. This solid body Guitar will hold it's own against MOST Gibson brand Chambered Les Paul's. There will always be better Gibson Les Paul's but for the money it's as close as you can get to a Gibson! Amazing guitar for the money!

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5.0

exceptional epiphone

By nick varie

from miami, fl

Tone quality and construction is just like gibson- i have had other epiphones and this one stands out. the build quality is much better than the epiphone ex and ultra III which i also had.

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3.0

I was very disappointed: Sound wise, this is NOT a Gibson

By Russell Wagner

from Prescott, AZ

I had ordered this guitar as a 65th birthday present to myself, having done my research and checked every review I could find. I could not play one first as there were none in any of the AZ based GC stores. So I took the chance. My bad. Very disappointing. I have a fender stat, Am deluxe that I love but it only gives out the stat sound, not the deeper Gibson LP sound. Last year at this time, I bought the wine red Gibson studio with the 50's neck. I love the sound of that guitar...just love it. But, after trying for a year, I just could not really get used to the larger 50's neck. just too much of a chunk for my smaller hands. That is why I was hoping for the 60's thin neck in this new guitar to do the trick. The 60's neck is really great, I must admit. it feels and plays much easier and smoother at least for me. No complaints there. However, there is the issue of tone and sound. This guitar just does not live up to what I can get from the higher end Gibson studio, no matter how I tweak the settings on the guitar and my amp. it is good, dont get me wrong, but it just does not have that smoothness, bite when you want it, and emotional depth of tone that the Gibson has. My plan was to sell the studio and keep the Epiphone and be happy forever. That plan will not work. My fault though as I went against my better judgment and bought a guitar sight and play unseen. Now, I am headed for the GC store in Phoenix next week to return the Ephiphone for a refund and to look at Gibson's that have the 60's neck and that great tonal sound that I am looking for. The regular Gibson studios with the 60's neck didnt do it for me last year; they just did not have the tone that the higher end wine red studio had. I am now thinking I will have to get my refund, trade in my studio to GC, bite the bullet and get a Gibson Traditional with 60's neck if they have one I can demo and like. Hopefully, I will now find what I am looking for after all this trial and error. If you are looking for a sounds pretty good guitar and do not have the extra $ for a Gibson, then this would be a wonderful guitar for you. I am just too old, particular, and fussy to settle for anything that does not sound and play right to me.

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