The Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar recreates an early Gibson classic with all the looks, sound, and feel that made it one of the most loved guitars ever. Armed with dual Alnico... Read More
The Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar recreates an early Gibson classic with all the looks, sound, and feel that made it one of the most loved guitars ever. Armed with dual Alnico V P-90 single-coil pickups and a mahogany body and top, the guitar's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing a breeze. The LTD Edition 1956 Les Paul guitar will charm you the minute you start to play. Limited lifetime warranty.
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A boingy Les Paul
I have been searching for this tone for a long time. This is an articulate guitar in the middle position with both pickups and a nice boingy tone with the bridge pickup. The neck...Read complete review
I have been searching for this tone for a long time. This is an articulate guitar in the middle position with both pickups and a nice boingy tone with the bridge pickup. The neck pickup is sweet and still has a full sound without getting muddy. A humbucker can't do that on a 22 fret guitar. The pair of P90's on this guitar can do super clean twang to uncontrolled mayhem with some gain. This is a must play guitar in my collection. A Les Paul is usually associated with a 'fat' tone. It is so nice to have a guitar with the LP shape and balance that has a more aggressive tone. This is a must have if you need to fill the void that a humbucker equipped Les Paul leaves open. It is clean, articulate and nasty all in one statement. Just adjust the volume knob and you will see.
Most Liked Negative Review
Tone is the only really redeeming factor
I know you won't publish this review, because it's not a "glowing,gushing, 15 yr olds love note about his 1st guitar", but an honest critique by somebody thats played...Read complete review
I know you won't publish this review, because it's not a "glowing,gushing, 15 yr olds love note about his 1st guitar", but an honest critique by somebody thats played for 34 yrs. I was glad to get it, because its supposedly discontinued, BUT, I almost sent it straight back when I 1st unboxed it. The body and neck fit, and finish are both average, to good.......but I expect that from a company that turns out 12,000 guitars a month. The fretboard was only 1/2 stained (hideous) and I had to set 2 high frets before it would stop buzzing, because quality control thought it was easier to leave the action rediculously high, than to address the frets correctly. The Intonation was so bad that by the 9th fret, NO chord or scale sounded right. Epiphone should be ashamed for letting this guitar get past QC. After everything was corrected I plugged it in, and decided immediately to keep it, the P-90 pickups sound FANTASTIC ! And THAT, is its only redeeming feature........
Reviewed by 48 customers
this guitar is amazing depending on what style of music you play. i personally think this is a very good punk rock/classic rock guitar, the bassy tone of the P90's is great. it also sounds perfect on clean/twang, so this is also good for country and acoustic like players. it may need a setup.
I have had this guitar 7 years.The p 90's hum a little ..they should ...the finish is almost perfect the grover tunners stay in tune even under long sets.I play this guitar out in all kinds of conditions it is the most dependable guitar for this kind of money I have ever owned.The pickups sound pretty good to my ear.It is a blues monster.It handles classic rock with no problem.Sustain like a les paul should have.It feels like a les paul should.The neck is sleek and fast.I been wearing a guitar round my neck 35 years and have owned gibson les pauls and for the 2grand difference 3 for a 56 reissue this sounds pretty close.No its not as good as a gibson but when I take it out live it always gets compliments for it's looks and it's sound.you can't go wrong at this price.
having owned this for more than two years i must say it is a keeper.....i bought this when i was 63 yrs old and am on the downside......played guitar since 12 yrs old....bands, gigs and many hours at home...i dont have top end expensive gear any more because it should be used by someone who needs it....i have sold many guitars over the years....this guitar is a shocker....looks are decieving....this axe is 10's all the way.....young players look at those p-90's and say what is that........they never heard the growl and bite of a p-90, epiphone or gibson or any other brannd of p 90 pickup.......in my opinion this is a lead guitar all the way, you dont notice the hum when these babys are barking.sooner or later they will stop production of these ,i guess the demand is still strong or the price would drop or they would become non existant.........same thing happened to the (fsr copperburst tele). fit shape and finish is spot on..unless your playing central park, give this baby a try at least..highly endorsed by john fogarty, he has them all the time.....i must say at this time the first 56 lp arrived with a cracked head stock...no problem with the second....i am sure it happens to all brands if you ever seen fedex and parcel post deliver packages of this size........james laflin, north las vegas
I bought this guitar to put a Bigsby on it because I didn't want to alter my Gibson Les Paul. I was looking at the Gretch Electromatic series, but found too many things that I felt needed to be upgraded for my personal playing style. I was hesitant to buy an Epiphone due to some reviews - especially between the Korean (earlier) and Chinese (current) models, but I made a chance online Guitar Center purchase. Personally I think it is a geat guitar. I love the sound of the P-90's, and the fit and finish is great. I did have it set up thought due to the string tolerances and intonation being off, but I'm very impressed with the guitar as a whole and will be looking at a Sheraton model in the future. If your trying to compare the Gibson to the Epiphone - don't - because the Gibson is still an all around better guitar - especially with small detail areas. The sound, playability, and all around quality is their.
i bought this about 6 months ago and love it. The sweet sound of the p-90's through a tube amp is just delightful. You can really get the clean chords that you want and still get really overdriven crunchy chords aswell. definitely worth it.
This is a great guitar, however if youre a metal head and youre looking for something that screams, stay away. What this guitar is meant for is light distortion or clean. The reason for this is p-90s produce a ton of feedback with distortion turned up. I would recommend this guitar for someone looking to play jazz, punk, or classic rock.
All I can say is its a great low cost P90 guitar. That being said its trully different than the LP Special P90 in tone. The 56 has a bit more midrange bite or atleast mine did.It also has one of the best actions I have seen on an epi I have three. But whats also amazing is the finish for a chinese guitar. Plays well through all my amps and covers just about any musical style including Hendrix and Mountain.
I got this it sounds amazing clean and distorted. I have the gold top. The color is amazing. I would strongly suggest you get this guitar. It's worth every penny. Trust me it worth it!!!!!!!!!!!
I am 13 and got this for Christmas. I have played for along time. This guitar is great I recommend it to anyone. I also have a Epiphone Les paul standard plain top it is also great. This has a unique sound and feel. Great action. Its just all around nice. The P90's are great sounding. If your wanting a great Les Paul I recommend this one.
that packs this much quality and value into one package. Every guitar, particularly those ordered via mail, is going to need some setup. This one needed only a slightly lower action. Having run this guitar through its paces over the last year, I can safely say that it is by far the most versatile, comfortable and reliable axe in my quiver. Usually I will switch out stock pickups, but these P90s are distinctive and powerful with a lot of color and depth. I run it through a Bassman 4x10, a Blues Junior, or a Deluxe Reverb, and I continue to be knocked out by the character and grittiness of the tone. I play a lot of jazz standards mixed with open-jam styles, and had actually purchased a jazz hollowbody specifically for an upcoming gig. After wrangling with some warranty issues, I've decided screw it, I'm going to bring the Gold Top, because it can deliver the woody, hollowed old-school sound better than the arch top. But that is far from all it can do--it can shred with the greatest of them, overdrive, distort, and facemelt if that is your wish. My teacher picked it up one day, played a few bars, and said to me: "why would anyone purchase any other LP than this one?" Enough said!
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