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Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul dates way back to the days when Les, working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York, created the world's first electric guitar. Over the years... Read More

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Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul dates way back to the days when Les, working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York, created the world's first electric guitar. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone by reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions. The Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro electric guitar combines the best of Les Paul's original design with new features that set this Epiphone guitar apart.

Professional Electronics.
The Les Paul Traditional Pro uses Epiphone's 4-wire, nickel/silver base humbuckers with newly tooled, USA-style bobbins. In the neck position is the Alnico Classic Pro humbucker with Alnico-II warm, thick vintage tone and open zebra coils. It's uniquely paired with Epiphone's ProBucker-3 humbucker. An inspired by version of Gibson's BurstBucker-3, the Les Paul guitar features unevenly wound coils and Alnico-II magnets that replicate that "Patent Applied for" airy tone. You'll love the way they sound! To top it all off, both volume controls feature push/pull potentiometers allowing you to coil-split each pickup for single-coil sounds. Combined with the 3-way toggle, you get 6 unique sounds from one great Les Paul guitar.

Tone Woods with Great Feel!
The Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro guitar has a solid mahogany back with a carved top and a solid mahogany neck that's hand-fitted and glued into the body for excellent neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The guitar neck features a SlimTaper D profile with a smooth and fast "worn" type finish on the back of the neck and body.

Loaded with premium add-ons!
Other features on the Epiphone Les Paul included quality Grover tuners, a traditional cream-colored pickguard, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar, and Epiphone's own StrapLocks. Like every Epiphone, the electric guitar features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: D standard
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 14 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.68 in. (42.67 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Alnico Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: ProBucker 3
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull coil taps
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 143 reviews)

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    (120)

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    (13)

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    (9)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Good tone (42)
  • Good feel (41)
  • Good pick up (38)
  • Solid electronics (38)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (37)
  • Recording (22)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Rock concerts (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (19), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High end guitar with a low end price

I do a lot of research before I buy an instrument. I spent about two months studying before I settled on this guitar. It came down to either a Schecter Solo6 custom or the...Read complete review

I do a lot of research before I buy an instrument. I spent about two months studying before I settled on this guitar. It came down to either a Schecter Solo6 custom or the Epiphone trad pro. I also played the Gibson counterpart for a fair comparison. In my mind the only real difference in the Gibson model and Epiphone model is from top of the nut up and the $$$$. I'm pretty much a nit picker also but I don't have a problem paying the bucks to get what I'm looking for. This was a no brainer. I can't say how consistent quality is from one guitar to another but I can tell you what I got. My Epiphone trad pro came from Guitar Center in Avondale, AZ. This ax doesn't have a single flaw in it. The neck set up was near perfect. The intonation on three strings was slightly sharp. The neck is a little fat but comfortable and fast. The binding, inlay work and detail is superb. All the electronics are first rate. The pups are just what you should expect. The neck pup has that rich creamy sound you would expect from quality buckers. It has plenty of mid range crunch and it shreds preamp tubes beautifully. The coil split feature won't disappoint you either. I would describe the sound as a cross between a tele and a strat depending on what amp you play through. I like the sound better than my 1970 Fender tele. I bought the ebony model and it is gorgeous. I had to warm up to the satin finish on the back but I'm OK with that now too. I've had this ax for about two months now and the more I play this guitar, the more I like it. It doesn't seem all that heavy to me either. It has become my hands on favorite and I have three others. I'm so taken with what I got that I'm tempted to go back to GC and buy the Epiphone solid walnut SG. If you are looking for quality at good price you owe it to yourself to check this guitar out. Remember that an Epiphone Les Paul is not a copy or a clone. It's a model authorized by Gibson and this one without a doubt has my endorsement.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A les paul sounding guitar for the non pretentious

It's a fairly decent guitar and sounds good. Although you can tell it's not an expensive guitar, the details aren't too bad. I bought by mistake the pitch black (thought it was a...Read complete review

It's a fairly decent guitar and sounds good. Although you can tell it's not an expensive guitar, the details aren't too bad. I bought by mistake the pitch black (thought it was a regular black) but it's pretty cool, different at least. It's probably more delicate than the regular ones, since you are in direct contact with the wood, and it's a thin layer. The back and the neck are satin but a bit rough. After some days the satin neck gets glossy with the use. The neck is chunky but comfortable. The electronics work good and it's shielded with paint, so it's fairly noiseless. The knobs came all misaligned, but with patience and care you can take them off and place them back correctly. Be careful with the tap coil knobs! I broke one of the pots and it was a headache getting a standard replacement to work properly. The pickup selector is not as silent as I would like it to be, but works fine. One thing I find as a disadvantage, is the frets. They are too tall for my taste. If you press hard on the strings they will get out tune, because you are stretching them a lot. You have to play gently. Also they came without polishing. Very harsh. I polished them myself with kitchen stainless steel wool (protecting the fretboard with tape) and they improved a lot. Another thing I'm experiencing, is that when you hit hard on the string on chords it may sound out of tune. Specially the low E string. I replaced the plastic nut with a tusq, but it didn't change that. Maybe it's the bridge. Tuners work fine and feel solid. The bridge may buzz a bit, depending on the strings you use and the adjustment of the screws. Nothing crazy anyway. Not sure, but the woods in the body seem maple, with a thick layer of mahogany in the back and a thin layer of pitch black maple on top. It's lighter than a regular les Paul, but heavier than a strat. The neck is a two piece wood, joined in the headstock. If it's done correctly it supposed to be stronger than a single piece but cheaper. Mine is well done. It has a good sustain and sounds good at high volume. I haven't use it live yet, but I'm pretty confident about it. I'm using it with a tone bender style fuzz and sounds very good.
I would recommend this guitar to someone who's starting and has the money or someone who just has the money but it's a bit experienced. Not the pro, of course.

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5.0

Blown away!

By Hank

from HENDERSON NEVADA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

    Seldom do you find a product that exceeds all your expectations but this Epi Traditional pro not only did but I'm just blown away.
    I purchased the heritage cherry burst and it is just gorgeous! It looks like it should cost 5 times the price.
    I bought it from the guitar center in Las Vegas and,Cody, the sales guy, couldn't have been more helpful!
    The pickup combination is kind of unique.
    You get an alnico pro pickup in the neck position (similar to a Gibson "57") and probucker in the the bridge (similar to a Gibson burstbucker.)
    Actually, similar is way weak a word.I have heard the Gibson pickups and now the Epi's and I can't hear any difference!
    You can get everything from shimmering clean bell tones to that classic Les Paul growl for blues rock and insane over driven tones for metal and, if you roll back the tone knobs you can even get a decent jazz tone. And i haven't even gone into the coil splitting that can give you sounds close to a strat or tele.
    The intonation and the setup were perfect and needed no adjustments at all and the Grover tuning machines keep this "Paul" in perfect tune.
    This is --not-- an entry level guitar! It's just priced like one.

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    3.0

    Decent guitar, why is the chrome pitted and strings rusty?

    By claytrell

    from Rockies

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Lame finish on neck and back

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

      So far so good. Was set up well and I can't find any defects in workmanship. Good tone and electronics seem all right for the price. Gibson should know that these aren't coil taps but coil splits, however. Not a big fan of the splits anyway and I bought it intending to install Pearly Gates. Minus one star because the finish on the back and neck looks and feels like plastic and is lame. Minus another star because all the chrome on the tuners, saddle and bridge is pitted like it sat in a wharehouse on the ocean for a year. It might go back because of this... I'm kind of wishing I hadn't of had a hard on for the silverburst and had just got something with a better finish. In fairness the silverburst finish on the top is stellar.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar

      By TONAN

      from TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

        I have been playing for over 30 years. It is not very often that I get excited about " another guitar "
        I have a Gibson Studio this guitar sounds better, the action is smoother. The Grover tuners are great the frets are smooth no sharp edges. The satin finish on the neck IMO really helps with hand speed when your hands start to sweat. I prefer the sound of these pickups to the 59 Humbuckers. I play late 70s to late 90s rock. G n R, Scorpians, AC-DC and some hair bands LOL... This guitar does it all. It has such a variety of tone available with out external effects. I bought mine in red wine and love the color and quality of the finish. The push pull pots are smooth and look great.

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        4.0

        I would buy it again...it is a very good $400 - $500 guitar.

        By Scotty

        from Youngstown, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

        It is a good bargain, a workhorse and an extremely versatile guitar.
        One guitar covers a multitude of sounds...the single coil features
        weren't even a selling point for me. I wanted a thick sounding Les Paul.
        And that it is. However, I have discovered I can leave one guitar on, switch
        the pick up sound and play a twangier Black Keys song directly after playing
        a ballsy Collective Soul song, for example.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Guitar Center is great

        By Mulciber's Hammer

        from pasadena Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar - but had a lot of fret buzz - A & D string buzzed all the way up the fret board . . . it was VERY DIFFICULT for me but, i returned the guitar for a refund. OUCH. guitar center was very cool about the return - no hassles - guitar center is a great store, and i highly recommend this store.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gives the real Gibsons a run for the money!

        By Ke1@MileHigh

        from Parker, Colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Paint shielding in cavity was sloppy

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

        I've had this for about a month and a half now. I was skeptical, as I couldn't resist the Deal Of the Day for the Gold one, but after it was oversold with to ETA I paid extra for the Wine Red one.
        It played really well out of the box. The pickups are voiced well, and sound killer. The flat finish on the back and back of the neck is awesome! (This was a selling feature for me as I don't care for Glossy necks)
        I did have an issue where it was cutting out so I had to take it to GC locally and the tech found the conducive paint in the cavity around the input jack was sloppy and was the reason for the connection interference. He fixed it in minutes and then ensured the action was proper!
        I decided to replace the amber knobs with Gibson gold top hat knobs (same ones just different color), and I think it looks more complete now. This thing sustains for days, and I honestly believe it gives the real Gibson Les Paul's a run for the money.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this again!!

        By Pat

        from Brandon, MS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

          Bought this in Wine Red, my first Les Paul model guitar, and first neck through body, usually play strat style guitars. This guitar is a dream to play, great feel and tone. The stock pickups are really good had thought about switching to Duncans, but the more I play it keeping the stock pickups in. Push pull split coils to give that single coil sound is a plus. Stays in tune really well with the Grover tuners, just an overall great guitar more the money if you're on a budget like most guitarists are. Will one day trade up to a real Gibson, but for now this one will definitely do. Of all my guitars this is my favorite. Planning on buying another in ebony.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar for the price

          By Andrew

          from San Francisco

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

          I've been a bass player for 30 years and always just played around with guitars. Well, I finally bought one and I love it. This Les Paul is everything you'd expect a more expensive guitar to be. I love the matte finish on the back of the neck and the playability is amazing from the start. A little bit of fret buzz, but I can adjust that. And, I swapped the stock strongs with D'Addario NYXLs. Plugged it into the new Marshall Code 50 and I can play for hours with any sound I like. Looks great, plays great, buy one!

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'd do it again

          By william

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

          Seem less purchase. I did my research and there were no surprises.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm pleased.

          By Steven

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar:

          Great guitar for the money. As always, unbelievable fast shipping!

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