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
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.
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.
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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.
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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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Quality - meh
I spent a lot of time choosing this particular guitar. I set a budget of $750, but based on the reviews I believed this was going to be the guitar I wanted even though...Read complete review
I spent a lot of time choosing this particular guitar. I set a budget of $750, but based on the reviews I believed this was going to be the guitar I wanted even though I had more money to spent. The guitar was a disappointment out of the box. The volume knob for the neck pickup literally fell out of the front of the guitar with the pod stem still in the knob. I pushed it back in and could control the volume but it would fall back out. I could not use the coil splitting feature. The other three knobs turn with ease, but either the pods are mounted crooked or the knobs are just poorly made. Each one is tight on the stem but wobbles as you turn it. The tone adjustment on both pickups seems to have very little effect. I have to listen quite closely to tell the difference between the settings from one end of the knob to the other. The tone knobs on my Ibanez electric bass really do sculpt the sound. This is my first electric guitar (have played acoustic for 45 years) so maybe that's just the way it is on electric guitars. Epiphone's description of this guitar says that it has locking strap buttons. It did not. I contacted Gibson and they were happy to send me a set free of charge. If someone forgot to put them on at the factory - and then this was also overlooked in the US where Epiphone says each guitar is examined and set up by a pro - what else was missed? The face of the body and headstock are very nicely finished, but the back of everything is a disappointment. I knew that it was a flat finish which is supposedly better because sweaty hands and clothes are less prone to stick. It looks like a short-cut using cheap flat black spray paint. The finish has grain pits all over it. The very top of the headstock is smooth on one side, and rough on the other. I do believe that this finish will be less prone to stick, but it could have been done well. A sanding job with fine sandpaper for finish sanding and in between coats would result in a nice finished look. I don't care for a flat finish on any guitar, but you are seeing this in more and more on acoustics. What I have seen has been well done - I have not seen anything look this bad even on a cheap acoustic. The guitar is going back and a replacement is on the way due to the volume pod. The second guitar will give me an idea if what I see in this guitar is an indication of poor quality control, or if just this one was a lemon. It played well, however needs a good setup, which I will have done to the replacement as long as all the parts stay fastened to the guitar.
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As with many reviews, I'm very happy with this guitar. The Desert Burst I received was a little darker than what I expected (I added my photo), but after a little getting used to I'm happy. Satin finish neck is my style. I had forgotten how comfy the Les Paul shape is--just sits on my thigh really nice. Came with a little too light strings for me, put on 9 to 46's. Plays great. Stays in tune. Oh, the neck pick is very "warm" as others have said while bridge is a little hotter and brighter. Crunch channel on DSL40 w/ these pups is a lot of fun. Can dial in break-up with volume controls on guitar. Good range of tones. The coil splitting is actually kinda fun, neck pickup split, while not exactly strat like, is crisp and serves a useful role.
I got the Black one! Real SWEET sound! I let Aaron set up the intonation and lower the strings. Wow!!!!
Although I have been playing for many years I still consider myself a bit of a hacker. I normally play my Strat when not playing my acoustic. I play blues/jazz and fell in love with the Les Paul style and sound when I was a kid but they were always a tic to pricey for me. So I walked into Guitar Center and tried the Epiphone Traditional Pro Les Paul one day and immediately loved it. The neck is comfortable the action perfect and the fret board on target with guitars costing much more. I have had it now for awhile and already know my Strat will be spending most of its time in the case(or being used by my son). For the price and feel you can't go wrong with the Epiphone Traditional Pro Les Paul. Epiphone has been around since the 50's and Gibson (who owns Epiphone)has managed to influence there sound into this company. Quality and craftsmanship are synonymous with this guitar and whether you are a professional or just a regular music lover you will love this guitar.
Ordered this guitar after much research. Unfortunately, the bridge pick-up was broken right out of the box. My local Guitar Center was kind enough to take it back, no questions asked, and ordered a new one shipped to my house. Otherwise, the guitar looks great, sounds amazing, everything I hoped for. Definitely notice the knobs not being dead center though.
This is a great starter guitar especially if you're not sure what type of music you're going to start playing. These humbuckers allow anything from blues to metal allowing you to get a ton of different sounds out of it. This coupled with the price point leads to a great value and is my favorite investment as a beginner to intermediate player. Because of the excellent body you can customize this guitar by simply changing out the pickups to amplify the type of sound you're looking for without having to spend a ludicrous amount of money. Overall great guitar and I recommend this to any guitar player.
I've read numerous reviews on these guitars and especially the ProBucker pickups. So I ended up buying one in wine red. I have been playing guitar for 40+ yrs and have had many high dollar items. This guitar from Epiphone is truly amazing in terms of sound quality and workmanship. The fit and finish was virtually perfect, setup was good - although I lowered the strings a bit to my liking. The back and neck on this Traditional is satin finish and plays superb, I can't hardly put this thing down. I play though various old school tube amps and these pickups are truly spectacular. I've had several "real" Lesters over the years - still have a "1960 Classic" from 2002, but this unit sounds as good or better. I am very impressed. This guitar was made in China. Epiphone got it right with this guitar and I couldn't be more pleased. My wife couldn't believe I bought something for less than a thousand bucks. Believe it !!
I had been making plans to buy a third guitar, and had essentially decided on a PRS Singlecut. That is, until I saw this guitar. Coil-tapping, strap-locks, grovers, and solid pups. The satin finish on the back is smooth and, in my opinion, increases the playability. One of the best bang-for-your-buck guitars, period. Epiphone provides great quality at an affordable price, and this guitar is no exception. I have never heard the sound of a Gibson LP (in person), but have been told by others that this guitar almost nails it. Last, but not least, Guitar Center's great service. You guys rock!
I recently used the 30 day return policy on my new Les Paul Studio to get this Les Paul Trad. Pro when I saw it in store. I just had to have it. Beautiful and it plays great. I played it for 3 days before I ever even plugged into my amp. Feels really well, neck is smooth unlpugged it sounds great. When I finally plugged it in to my amp I was equally pleased. Fat and warm just like I like it. My Studio played well but the Trad. Pro is just a bit better in feel, looks and sound. Couldnt be happier. No changes planned other than a strap and hard case.
This guitar is GREAT for its value. I tried several others before deciding on this one including the plus top pro and I have to say this one is equally as good if not better. The biggest differences being the neck, the finish on the back of this guitar is MUCH better then the plus top pro. It makes it feel like its maple though it's actually mahogany making for faster playing! Over all this guitar has great sound and rarely buzzes and if so not very much, and it stays in tune! Would definitely recommend this to a friend as a cheap good quality guitar.
Well, I got mine yesterday! First impression is that this is one gorgeous guitar (Ebony). Looking a little harder today without the glazed, new guitar eyes, I found multiple spots on the back and neck that didn't receive paint, they are in the grain of the wood but noticeable. Used a marker to cover them, now there are shiny dots all over the back. Does not in any way affect the playability of the guitar. A small detail that impressed me; there is a plastic film covering the pickguard, when I removed it I was impressed that the screws were not just screwed through it. Meaning, there were no little bits of torn film sticking up from around the screws. The strap locks are ok, they have very sharp edges and could easily scratch the guitar. I will not be using them because, sad to say, I don't always pay attention like I should and I couldn't bear the thought of scarring the face of the guitar. I realized that the pots rise and lower when you turn the knob! I don't think this is normal and it happens on all four pots. And one of the knobs is more oval than round. The setup is perfect right out of the box from Epiphone, intonation and action are perfect. The weight of the guitar... Let me say this, I had the guitar shipped to me in Saudi Arabia and when I picked up the box at the APO post office I was really upset. The box was so light that I thought I was a victim of the customs regulations or something about shipping instruments into Saudi Arabia. Well, got the box to my room and inside it was an Epiphone box, and inside that one was my gorgeously shiny black Les Paul Traditional Pro! It's only a tiny bit heavier than my friends Strat. All in all, it was a good deal for me to get this guitar sight unseen as an internet purchase. Thanks for reading my comment.
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