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Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 1 Electric Guitar

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This Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul Electric Guitar from Epiphone offers you an affordable re-creation of the treasured 1960 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Cherry finish and 195... Click To Read More About This Product

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This Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul Electric Guitar from Epiphone offers you an affordable re-creation of the treasured 1960 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Cherry finish and 1950s rounded D neck profile. You get all the benefits of a new guitar, with all the mojo of a vintage Les Paul. Each guitar comes with a stamped serial number, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and an Epiphone hardshell case.

The 1960 Gibson Les Paul has achieved such heights on the collector's market that it is unattainable to all but the most affluent investors. The Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul harks back to 1960, with its carved maple top with flamed maple veneer, powerful Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbuckers, Mallory 150 tone capacitors, Switchcraft toggle, and nickel hardware.

The body is carved from solid mahogany with a carved cap and grade-AAA flame maple veneer. The maple-mahogany wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor that couples warmth and definition, while also producing a classic look and a sturdy instrument. The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's body woods present a tonal marriage made in heaven, offering a combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, with punchy mids and warm lows, all of which are elements that are found in the classic Les Paul Standard tone.

Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker humbuckers. BurstBuckers replicate the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups‚ÄĚthe pickups that gave the '59-'60 Les Paul Standards their legendary sound. Made like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, they include variations in pickup output and tone thanks to magical inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s.

Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. The neck pickup is a BurstBucker-1 and is slightly under-wound for a "medium" vintage output. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-2 that is wound in the range of a slightly hotter vintage PAF, and which works well in combination with the BB-1 in the neck.

The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard carries Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. This legendary bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. The LockTone upgrade of this classic piece of hardware now stays in place with all strings removed, and provides and even tighter coupling between bridge and posts. This Tune-O-Matic is nickel plated to echo the look of an original late-'50s Les Paul Standard. Bridge Tailpiece
Every Tune-O-Matic bridge is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that's designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's carries a nickel-plated LockTone stopbar, which provides a firm coupling between the tailpiece and its studs.


  • Carved hard maple cap with AAA flamed maple veneer
  • Non-chambered mahogany body
  • Creme binding
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Deep-set neck joint
  • Rosewood fretboard with creme binding
  • 1950s rounded D neck profile
  • Nickel hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
  • Gibson U.S.A. Burstbucker 1 neck humbucker with Alnico II magnets
  • Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker 2 bridge humbucker with Alnico II magnets
  • Volume/Volume/Tone/Tone controls
  • Gold top hat knobs
  • Vintage-style tulip tuners
  • Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
  • Mallory-150 tone capacitors
  • Stamped serial number
  • Includes vintage hardshell case and certificate of authenticity
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 12" radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 1-11/16" nut width
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Finally- An Epiphone Worth Its Weight In Gold

By DetroitBlues

from Detroit, Michigan

When I first purchased my Epiphone LP Standard three years ago, the first thing I had to do was replace the stock pickups with Gibson' BB Pro's. Add some strap locks, then shell out some more coin just for a decent hardshell case. Now Epiphone has included those professional grade features in a Les Paul that doesn't need to be modified. The extra cost of this guitar versus the "typical" standard are well worth the extra few hundred dollars. You're ready for a Gig right out of the box. Awesome!

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