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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
Specifications
  • 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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EpiphoneLes Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 37 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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 for the price

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from Nashville

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Perfect Weight And Reel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hard To Read Serial No

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

My only problem with this guitar is that it is almost impossible to read the serial number. Unfortunately I destroyed the packaging and The Guitar Center does not keep track of serial numbers. Having difficulty registering the guitar with Epiphone

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5.0

Love it!

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from Detroit, MI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Genuine Gibson 57 Pickups
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Upgraded Electronics
  • Upgraded Hardware

Cons

  • The Guy Playing

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Noodling
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar.
Epiphone really did a terrific job on this package. I really like the genuine Gibson 57 pickups, with the push/pull tone knobs gives you a very wide spectrum of tones. I can get Telecaster twangy sounds, classic early "Beatley" sounds all the way to classic Les Paul growl and everything in between. The 60s neck feels great to me. The construction is great. The construction and finish is flawless. Sounds beautiful, plays beautiful and looks beautiful. It's not only a great tool for a musician, but also a beautiful work of art (at least I think it's beautiful).
I think this is as close you can get to a real Gibson Les Paul from Gibson's sister company without paying Gibson $$$.

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5.0

Do not think twice !!

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from Brazil

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      I bought and my God !! The guitar is a dream. Incredible sustain, very comfortable, perfect, balanced arm. Oh, and Gibson 57 classic talk too loud, warm, slightly rebellious. And other important information: I bought one in restocking ... Absolutely new condition, without any details. Thank Guitar Center !!

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      5.0

      Love this guitar

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      from Detroit, MI

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          Love this guitar.
          Excellent construction and workmanship.
          Mine was flawless out of the box.
          The tech at the store ran through it and gave it a nice quick setup and it plays very very nice.
          Love the tones you can get from the Gibson 57s. Deep full tones, lowdown growl, bright, crisp. With the push/pull, you really can run the full spectrum of tones.
          The Grover locking tuners work great. With the combo of the tuners and Locktone bridge and tailpiece, stays in tune great.
          60s neck is my personal preference - so love how it feels.
          Very nice case included in the package.
          In my opinion, you get a terrific package for well under $1000. I listed "Not made in USA" as one of my Cons. But, if it were made in Nashville this would probably be in the $2000 range? Because it's an Epi and made in China, it's affordable. This is as close as you can get to a Gibson Les Paul with an Epiphone price tag.
          I suppose Epiphone's may not hold their value, or appreciate in value over time. That may be another area the Gibson has over the Epiphone. But, if you're looking for a top notch player, top notch construction, top notch equipment, top notch beauty, this is definitely one you should look at.
          I couldn't be happier with mine.

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          5.0

          great guitar

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          from Oregon

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          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this guitar to replace a Epi LP studio. I purchased this same guitar from Amazon. I received the first one damaged. It was returned. I received a second guitar, also damaged. After returning the second guitar to Amazon, I called GC. A few days later, I had my new Tribute Plus in perfect condition. Mine is Vintage sunburst. The finish and the wood are beautiful. Sound/tone is great, much better than the Studio. Very good sustain. Very, very nice guitar. I don't know how the Amazon guitars were damaged. It was either by Amazon, UPS or both. The outside of both boxes looked badly beaten up. The GC guitar arrived in perfect shape. Thanks GC!

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          5.0

          Almost perfect

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          from Detroit, MI

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          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          Obviously, it's an Epiphone, so it's not going to be perfect, but for the price, it's really close. The neck feels great, and that is a rarity for me to say with my long fingers. All I needed to do was polish the frets a bit and oil the fretboard to get it up to spec with Gibson's that I've played on. Over all, if you want a reasonably priced Les Paul, Get this one.

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          5.0

          Great Guitar

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          from Scottsdale, Arizona

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          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!!!

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          from Southside, AL

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          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!

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          from Chesterfield, MI

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          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

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          from Austin, TX

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          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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