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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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Overview

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 40 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

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

This is one great feeling and sounding guitar!!!

By Blkeddie

from Bronx, New York

About Me Professional Musician

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 Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    I had become accustomed to guitars with a Tele or Strat style neck because the necks seemed to be faster and more comfortable for me. I saw this guitar on sale and the reviews alone just blew me away. I ordered this baby and when it came I was totally amazed. It had a pretty decent setup right out of the box so I played it through some of my gear with the factory strings on it and I was quite pleased. After about a week I changed the strings to my favorite set and I was sold for good. This guitar has a great feel to it, excellent weight and balancwe, solid electronics, professional grade tuners, the guitar was perfect, no flaws in its workmanship anywhere, and I looked very closely. The push/pull tone knobs in both pickups gives you a good variety of tonal options. It was all that I was looking for and more. I felt comfortable enough to take it out on gigs and it has yet to let me down. I highly recommend this guitar to any player. You can't beat the amount of guitar for the price.

     
    5.0

    Excellent purchase

    By Robert

    from Fort Worth Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      Beautiful finish and better sound

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wish I had purchased as first electric guitar

      By Realtor Ann

      from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to play for beginners
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • longer learning curve compared to a strat

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      I was trying to decide between a Les Paul and a telecaster when I happened upon this particular guitar. I never purchase anything without taking the time to read reviews and such - because I hate to have to box it all up and return it.

      I was drawn to purchasing it because it got great reviews from people who already owned a Gibson Les Paul. The videos on YouTube showcasing it being played by other buyers sealed the deal for me. Even though you cant' always judge sound and tones online with videos, I knew if it sounded that good on there, it MUST be spectacular in true listening and playing range.

      All I can say is ....Wow! I have been playing for a little over a year...self taught on both acoustic and electric. My first electric is a Fender strat; and I know have added this to my arsenal.

      Since I am a novice, I really cant speak to the guitar tech talk that other can. But what I can say is it is much easier on the fingers to play than my strat. As a woman, this is a good thing, and I have to mention that this guitar is heavy, so if you have a bad back, this might not be a good choice for you.

      The challenge for me, and its in no way a negative thing, but more a novice thing, is learning how to get the tones from the different knobs. Its been a real fun journey learning them and I am super excited for when I can really fully understand and play this gorgeous instrument.

      I have added it to my collection of 4 guitars, and its fast becoming my favorite. You wont disappointed with the purchase.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for the price

      By Skip

      from Nashville

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      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

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By DG313

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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 $$$.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Do not think twice !!

      By Jones Marciano

      from Brazil

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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 !!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this guitar

          By DG313

          from Detroit, MI

          About Me Experienced

          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.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great guitar

              By John

              from Oregon

              Site Member

              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!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Almost perfect

              By Owen

              from Detroit, MI

              Site Member

              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.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By david

              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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