Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • Mahogany body and top
  • Mahogany neck (24.75" scale)
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoidal inlays
  • Body and neck binding
  • 2 Alnico V P-90 single-coil pickups
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
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4.8

(based on 248 reviews)

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    (31)

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    (5)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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.

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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........

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5.0

super guitar

By Superdave

from upnorth

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    The picks make this guitar

     
    4.0

    amazing

    By Henry Sherman

    from fairfax, va

    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.

     
    5.0

    get one

    By butch hart

    from Cleveland Ga

    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.

     
    5.0

    more than you would expect

    By james laflin

    from las vegas nv.

    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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Surprisingly a very good guitar

    By Brooklyn

    from Northern Cali

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      I"ve alway been a bit skeptical about buying items, i.e guitar on line without playing them. I'm also a bit skeptical about purchasing a guitar at this price. Over the years I've realized I rather own two or three GOOD guitars, than like many who owned several cheap/non-playable ones. So I took a chance with this one, and I'm glad I did, I love it, having owned several Good/expensive guitars over the years (30yrs), this one truly surprised me, I'll admit it needed a little TLC out the box, but that to me was to be expected, after the action was worked on (Inotation) was a bit off, but the fact that it could be currected without any other issues, made the guitar that much better. I love it, love playing it. Have had P90's in the past, and man I wanted that sound back, took a chance on this model, and I'm very happy I did. Being a child of the 70's, I love the Gold Top, it's easy on the eyes, beautiful guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      1956 Replica?

      By johnnycrookedfingers

      from Kentucky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          I have a 1999 '56 goldtop with period correct machine heads. You remember the slightly green pearloid buttons? What's up with the chrome hardware now? Hardly period correct. Anyway, I love my goldtop and I keep on rocking the freeworld with it!!!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Sustain & Tone BUT Cheap Hardware.

          By Adrian Webb

          from North East

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            I am more of a collector than a player and most of my guitars are USA & Japan made, and some very well made Korean Models too BUT the special sale price last year on this CHINESE made EPI LP W/ hard shell case was too good to pass up. The sustain is almost as good as my REAL Gib. LP. It just seems to go on forever, and the actual tone is that great classic P90 tone. I would also give high marks on the overall body finish. My main complaint or I should say disappointment is the poor quality of the Chinese metal hardware. The metal alloy they use dulls & tarnishes easily and overall has a cheap look & feel. Aside from that I like it as my practrice & banging around guitar.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very good value

            By ollie

            from south carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Very smooth, practically plays itself. Good buy for the money.

               
              5.0

              Epiphone 56 Limited Edition

              By Shaun Almond

              from New Bedford, MA

              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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Plays as good as it looks!

              By Citadel264

              from Chicago Area

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  I purchased this new guitar on impulse, first and foremost, for the looks and secondly, for a pretty attractive Holiday price (never hurts). Plus, I've always wanted a goldtop.

                  This guitar looks way better "live" than the photographs can ever do justice. Epi did a nice job on this model. Great playing neck, very good fret job, binding is right on target. Weight is also quite nice, a little lighter than I would have expected, which is a real plus. A very comfortable guitar to play, sitting or standing. The gold, chrome and creme colors all blend together quite well. The only initial change I made concerning the appearance was to switch-over to speed control knobs, just a personal preference.

                  The only issue I take with the guitar is the tone, other wise I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars, instead of only 4. Tone is not terrible, but it is not all that stellar. Not so much due to the tone pots, but rather, the pick-ups. These P-90s are not a big surprise that they are a bit bland, as I did not really figure on getting top of the line pups on this Epi. Also, they are both the same, so even in the middle position (both pups on) there is still the dreaded 60 cycle buzz. But, this is hardly a deal breaker and a lot of this is personal taste. Enjoy the guitar as it is (there is still a ton to enjoy) and when you have some spare coin, purchase a replacement bridge P-90 and over time perhaps a compatible neck version, as well. As I have a fair amount of P-90 equipped guitars already, I decided to buy some re-circulated Gibson Les Paul Deluxe mini-humbuckers (the ones with the adjustment screws) and creme pick-up rings, also made for a Les Paul Deluxe. I now have a great facsimile of a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe equipped gold-top guitar for a total cost of less than $600.00. I also tossed in a 5 position Tone Styler pot for the bridge pup and knocked-down the neck tone pot to 250K.

                  Everyone who plays this guitar can't believe the sound and the playability. You can buy any guitar and change items like the pups and the pots, but you first need to have a quality platform and this guitar delivers the goods! It's a ton of fun to play, even as is out of the box and with a little imagination regarding basic mods, even better.

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