Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar Antique Ivory

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The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom has often been referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Paul. And with it's gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and mother-of-pearl inlays the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill."

Added Vintage-Vibe
Often, the original finish over Alpine White guitars aged over time and turned the true white color to an off-white, yellow. Epiphone reproduced this look on the Custom Blackback with it's subtle Antique Ivory color giving you the look of a vintage guitar, today. Also - during the 1970's some LP Customs were painting with contrasting black backs.

Classic humbuckers
Epiphone equips the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback with classic "open-top" humbuckers featuring authentic Alnico II magnets. Patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics, these pickups combine Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch! The bridge pickup is slightly over-wound to give you a little more "crunch" when you need it while still maintaining great clarity and warmth. The combination is a unique, limited edition guitar that sounds great and is sure to attract the attention of both guitarists and collectors.

Tonewoods
At the heart of every Les Paul Custom is great tone woods. While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom differed from the Les Paul Standard in that it's body was solid mahogany without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body giving it a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, attached to the body is a solid mahogany neck with a hand-fitted, glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast SlimTaper neck profile that has become the most popular profile found on Les Pauls today. The result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul guitar.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, a 5-layer bound headstock and a comfortable single-layer bound rosewood fingerboard. And, as with every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world-famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper D-profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 12" radius
  • Grover tuners
  • Alnico Classic Open-Top neck humbucker
  • Alnico Classic Plus Open-Top bridge humbucker
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Epiphone-exclusive non-rotating, heavy-duty output jack
  • Black knobs with metal "witch hats" inserts
  • 7-layer front and back body binding
  • Gold hardware
  • 5-layer headstock binding
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nicely constructed, great playability...

I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability...Read complete review

I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability feel and sounding quality of the electronics, It plays and sounds as good as any Les Paul that I have played over the years.
I've been playing this guitar for nearly one month and found it to be of good quality build. Other than a minor adjustment to the intonation of the low E, no fault in the finish or functions could be found. I'm very impressed with the appearance that is certainly not shown in the web photos.
I believe Epiphone has hit a home run with the introduction of this instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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I have 2 Gibson's and 2 Epi's. I've always been an Epiphone fan because of the great quality and value. I've been scoping this guitar on gibson.com for a month. I just received...Read complete review

I have 2 Gibson's and 2 Epi's. I've always been an Epiphone fan because of the great quality and value. I've been scoping this guitar on gibson.com for a month. I just received my Blackback today. After much anticipation...wow...what a letdown. Yes, it's going back...fast! Gibson's website shows (and states) this guitar has an EBONY fretboard which it does not. In fact I called Gibson's CS to verify all the specs. The fretboard is rosewood NOT ebony (and mine came scratched up). The action out of the box is terrible, almost unplayable. And. unlike the picture, the color is a dull yellow (with gold hardware?...really?). I don't GC for this 'false info', this is a Gibson/Epiphone issue. But hey - the case is very nice!

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5.0

great guitar

By xena warrior princess

from minneapolis, mn

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

Mine has no fret buzz and it fits the Epiphone case perfectly. It is a joy to play. I've never played a Gibson Les Paul, so I don't know how it compares, but I suggest trying out this Epiphone at your local store and seeing if you don't think it's one of the best guitars you ever touched.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Beautiful guitar--but a bit disappointed

By drcrutch

from arizona

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful Color Scheme
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Top Hat Knobs Not Level

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

My background: I am an amateur player. I've been playing for years--but consider myself an average player. Because of this, I am going to comment only on the cosmetics of the guitar, shipping, and a bit on the craftsmanship.

I like to order from Music123 because you can always count on superb packaging. I ordered this guitar along with a Les Paul Epiphone case. Both arrived in pristine condition...well packaged...padded...and the Epiphone cardboard box was packaged inside another cardboard box. No issues. It arrived in excellent condition.

The case "fit" is very tight. Much different than my Gibson Les Paul case and another LP epiphone guitar I have. At first, I actually didn't think it would fit! With some pressure, the guitar fit. I think it is just "new". I'll edit this review in a month or so to update you.

The guitar was tuned, plugged in, and immediately there was fret buzz on the high "e" string, first fret. The tone and volume knobs are crooked. They are not flush, flat, or parallel with the surface of the guitar--not even close. When they are turned, it is like watching a flat tire rotate on the rim. So, in addition to a professional set-up to fix the fret buzz, the knobs and/or pots will need repaired or replaced. I'm hoping they can save the knobs and don't break them because Epiphone original replacement parts, on the internet, are difficult to find.

Can't comment on the quality of sound yet--because of the fret buzz, but I'll update the review after the set-up is done professionally.

Bottom Line: It's only an Epiphone...and it's only a $600 guitar. BUT, until it is set-up, I can't recommend this guitar to a friend. I'll update you later.

 
4.0

Excellent for the price.

By Rebel Son Rise

from Orono, ME

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Wobbly Volume Knob

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I love everything about this guitar except for the one wobbly witch hat volume knob. That's what you get when you go for the less expensive stuff, though.

 
4.0

My best looking guitar.

By MuzikMann

from Bemidji, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

    Ive owned this over a year now and have had plenty of time with it. I will be replacing the pickups with Parsons Street pickups from StewMac, just because the sounds don't even come close to my Epiphone traditional. Overall the fit and finnish it perfect on it.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Goodness!

    By Cannot specify

    from Boston/Providence

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

      Pay attention please...The guitar is as sound as any twice the price and more, guitar out there..I don't care who you are or where you've been because I've been there too!..I am a 56 year old lifelong player and tech who has owned and still own a few Gibson Les Pauls as well as other Gibson and other premium guitars!..I've toured our world from the 70's on into the early 2000's..I think I know a little bit of what I'm talking about!..Not because I'm smart, but because I've done it so long..Especially with the guitars..This is one of the best deals on the planet!..YES.Set up.YES One out of one hundred will be a bit weird..(send it back and get another one!..It won't happen twice, and MF pays for all of it!)..Listen, with all the features offered with this guitar, along with it's great playability, you just cannot go wrong..Period!..I would prefer not to have the Gold hardware as this plating does wear off rather quickly!..however, in it's defence..Just go with it'..When that happens it gives it a nice patina..Bottom line is, There is nothing to dislike about this guitar and everything to be extremely pleased about!..JUST DO IT..You will not be disappointed..and if you are, then just send it back and buy something else!..I bet you don't!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best epi LP I've played

      By GinAndPentatonic

      from Nova Scotia, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

        The set-up was spot on out of the box, which is surprising because I bought it used here at Musicians friend (someone tinker'd with it... and did a good job).

        The finish was a bit rough at the cutaway (paint went too far over the binding), and the binding on the headstock had some tiny gaps (but wasn't loose, it was 'acceptable'). In other words its not finished like a 3k Les Paul. But it doesn't look "cheap" by any means. I find myself being more careful with it than I had originally planed...

        That said, the construction is SOLID; the neck is true, the body is not weight relieved, it feels solid. The pickups give out the correct sounds (but that's the only downfall with this model: unlike the prophecy LP Custom model it does not have Gibson pickups... they would have to be 57s, and those aren't cheap). It's a good enough guitar that one could just upgrade the pickups to duncans or Gibsons (its dying to have 57s) and have a pretty awesome rig. It's good enough 'as is' though.

        In terms of the wood: keep in mind that it is made of only Mahogany, as opposed to the the now popular mahogany/maple combo of modern Les Paul's. They do this on the Gibson 2013 LPJ's so I assume it's just cheaper. But it gives it a really warm sound, and not being weight relieved it's actually quite phenomenal feel and tone. I use it for Blues and Jazz and its warmer than the sun's core. Did I say this guitar was warm? Ok... one more, its like an electric blanket in the midst of a Canadian winter.

        It would be a perfect primary guitar for beginners and novices and a great secondary guitar or workhorse for musicians of any caliber. I can't say this enough, IT DOES NOT FEEL LIKE THOSE CHEAP EPI LP STUDIOS. The neck feels right, not cheap. Very impressed with it! If you grab one used you just bought the most guitar possible for the money on this site IMO.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great guitar

        By sticksandstones

        from memphis, mo

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is amazing for the money. I have played Gibson les Pauls before, but this guitar plays just as well. Its great for blues rock and any other kind of rock for that matter. I would recommend this guitar to anyone. The body is beautiful, gold hardware, classic humbuckers , etc. The only thing was my toggle switch for the pickups broke after a year and a half of use. But to me it was a non issue. I just bought a new switch and now its good as new.It was a very minor issue. I cpild not be more pleased with this amazing guitar.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar... once I got a good one

          By David Harper

          from Beckley WV

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

          I ordered 2 of these for my son and I and we are very pleased with the final outcome. They have a great classic rock tone to them and are not near as muddy sounding as some of my other Epiphone's. Reasons for only giving 4 stars: 1. No matter what is listed in the specifications, the fretboard is not rosewood anymore! I'm not exactly sure what it is... it has a smooth sort of plastic feel, there are rumors that with Gibson's wood issues that they are using Richlite on some of their guitars. So it could very well be that... whatever it is, IT IS NOT ROSEWOOD. This is not something I am happy about but it sounds fine, i just hope it lasts and doesn't discolor. There are also other concerns I have about future refretting, etc... 2. When I received my initial order both guitars were damaged. One had the toggle switch broken off. I'm not sure where the broken tip was as it wasn't in the case. This tells me that it was like when it was put into the case and shipped. The other guitar also had a problem with the toggle switch, it wasn't correctly switching between pickups. When the bridge pickup was selected there was still power to both volume knobs. Working the switch back and forth about 100 times corrected this and it started switching correctly. The guitar that had the toggle switch broken off was returned to Guitar Center for replacement (which they gladly exchanged) but when the replacement arrived it had horrible fret buzz at the first fret and open D string which required a truss rod adjustment to correct right out of the box. This was with the action set to Gibson specification which is way too high for many players. After making the adjustment, all buzz was eliminated and i was able to lower the action to my desired height. 3. There are minor finish imperfections in these guitars. After this process, i have now seen 3 of them and all of them have imperfections mostly dealing with the finish, bad masking during painting, what appeared to be glue that "oozed" when the glued the binding in, slight sagging in the clear coat on spots, etc. These are not huge imperfections but these types of mistakes are there.

          (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By Joshua West

          from Jackson OH

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

          Back in 2010 I had to sale my Gibson Les Paul Studio due to economic times. Since then I really missed having a Les Paul. I decided that I would try an Epiphone because I did not feel right spending the money on another Gibson. I love this guitar. If you can get the chance to get one of these babies, you should!!!
          This guitar has everything you would expect from a Les Paul. I usually play Blues and classic rock and this girl can do it all. The tone and volume knobs responed well and the tuners hold the tuning without any problems.
          Even though it is not a Gibson and not built in the USA, the guitar is really well built. I checked the workmanship and the paint job and it is all flawless. I had a Gibson Les Paul Studio and this guitar is a lot heavier (not hollow in the middle.) I am guessing the guitar weights around 13-15 pounds. I like the pick-ups and with them being the "classic" series, it has a nice blusey sound for me.
          I honestly feel that this guitar is better and more beautiful then my Gibson Les Paul Studio was for half the price. This guitar is is a limited Custom so it has all the beauity with the diamond headstock, and a pretty fretboard. When I went on the Gibson website, they mentioned that only 500 of these would be made.

          (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nicely constructed, great playability...

          By m fox

          from Indiana

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

          I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
          All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability feel and sounding quality of the electronics, It plays and sounds as good as any Les Paul that I have played over the years.
          I've been playing this guitar for nearly one month and found it to be of good quality build. Other than a minor adjustment to the intonation of the low E, no fault in the finish or functions could be found. I'm very impressed with the appearance that is certainly not shown in the web photos.
          I believe Epiphone has hit a home run with the introduction of this instrument.

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