Epiphone and Trivium's Matt Heafy have teamed up to create the Limited Edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, a totally killer original take on the world-famous Les Paul. Designed in clos... Read More
Epiphone and Trivium's Matt Heafy have teamed up to create the Limited Edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, a totally killer original take on the world-famous Les Paul. Designed in close collaboration with Matt Heafy, each Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom reflects his distinctive approach to guitar, which has earned him and Trivium scores of dedicated fans around the world. Each of Trivium's albums has sold over half a million copies worldwide. Check out a Trivium performance and you'll see why. The rule books on how-to-play a Les Paul go right out the window when Heafy plugs in and his revolutionary use of an LP Custom seven-string is a breakthrough in contemporary metal and hard rock. Now, Matt Heafy joins an illustrious group of Epiphone artists with the introduction of this signature model.
The Limited Edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom features an all blacked-out ebony gloss finish that's especially striking on the sleek profile of an LP Custom. Like all great Les Pauls, it features a mahogany body with a plain maple veneer top, a time-tested combination that has gone virtually unchanged since the '50s. The mahogany neck has a fast 1960's SlimTaper ‘D' profile with a glued-in deep set-neck joint with an "Axcess" heel for a smooth and easy reach to the upper frets. The scale length is 24.75" and the ebony fingerboard has a 12" radius and 22 medium jumbo frets and features pearloid block inlays, which seem to practically glow in the dark against the Ebony finish. The nut, which is also black is 1-11/16". The classic clipped dovewing headstock features the historic pearloid "split-diamond" Les Paul Custom inlay and a vintage style "Epiphone" logo in white. The bell-shaped truss rod cover is black with a shadow of white binding and MKH Les Paul Custom in white silk screen. Each guitar features beautiful 7-ply white and black binding on the top and 5-ply binding on the headstock. The fingerboard features single ply white binding.
This Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom features an EMG-85 in the neck position and an EMG-81 in the bridge position. The EMG-81 is one of the most popular metal pickups ever and has been at the center of a sound revolution since it was first introduced. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the EMG-81 is designed for detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut, and fluid sustain. The EMG-85 features Alnico-V magnets and has a slightly more rounded tone. The classic combination of an EMG 81 with an EMG 85 in a Les Paul Custom offers metal guitarists an incredible array of extreme possibilities.
The Limited Edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom features Epiphone's no-compromise electronics including a 1/4" non-rotating output jack and volume and tone controls with Black Speed Knobs that are powered by full-size 500KΩ potentiometers. The pickup switch is Epiphone's all-metal 3-way pickup selector with a black toggle cap. Epiphone Rock Solid Hardware: Like all Epiphones, it includes Epiphone's made-to-last heavy-duty hardware including Epiphone StrapLocks, including a black LockTone tune-o-matic/StopBar on this special axe. It also features deluxe die-cast machine heads with metal "tulip buttons" with a 14:1 tuning ratio. Case sold separately.
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First of all I've been playing for many years now. I own several Gibsons (3 LP's) and Epiphones (335 & this Custom). I've always loved the Les Paul Custom but could never justify spending the high price for the Gibson model. I've waited for Epi to release a normal looking custom WITH EBONY FRETBOARD as far as I can remember. Yea you can find some rare early 89/90 jap spec Epi or first runs of Epi customs that come wtih Ebony FB but its really hard to find. (trust me I've been looking) I just recently got one of these at my local GC store. I love it! Stays in tune and the deep set neck really adds a nice sound flow from the neck and the body. I'm not a big metal fan so I've decided to remove all the black hardware and EMGs. Replaced with Nickle hardware, a 50 wirings, bubble bee caps, and Seth Lover PAF Pickups.. can we say Les Paul Custom? Not only is this guitar spec'd to Matts Gibson LP Custom but it has the same weight and feel. The 60's neck is a blast and to be honest its one of a kind for a Custom. Its a beautiful guitar and even more so now to me as I've been wanting a low budget genuine custom for some time now. I was lucky enough to try out the Epi Custom Pro, Epi BBB (3 pickup) and 2, 6 string Matt Heafy Les Pauls. The build quality, the feel and playability was night and day..So the trade off was the axcess heal and no rear binding for an Ebony FB and 60s neck. WAY worth it, THIS THING ROCKS! Its not made in China either.
This beast arrived at my house set up, and ready to rock, Matt and Epiphone really put their all into this guitar. It sounds amazing, the neck is smooth, the the access heel really helps to get to those higher frets. If you have the money this is a MUST buy for anyone
Ok, so I've had this new Matt Heafy Ltd Edition Les Paul a little over a month now and I absolutely love it. I had returned one due to damage and they shipped out a replacement right away, had it in four days. It's perfect. I love the Ebony fretboard, the axcess heel, everything. It's one piece construction was very important in my deciding to buy it. It stays in tune very easily. It's really a fine instrument. One thing I really like is the feel of the neck and the frets aren't Jumbo. They are medium Jumbo. Why anybody would want large jumbo frets I dunno. My BCRich has large jumbo frets and I'm glad my new Les Paul doesn't. Another cool aspect is that if you buy the guitar you can take a picture of yourself with it and tweet the pic to Matt Heafy and he responds and retweets it and follows you. It's cool I guess. Seriously though, this is my favorite guitar. I use it for everything that doesn't need a tremolo bar. Buy it. You'll love it just like I do.
Not really a regular "review" because I only had the guitar for an hour. The Matt Heafy signature limited edition Les Paul custom I ordered over 2 months ago arrived today damaged in the box. Neck was cracked at the nut looking like I could pull on the head stock and break it right off. Of course I fully understand that guitar center neither makes nor ships these guitars when they leave the Epiphone factory. Guitar Center did however make returning the damaged guitar as easy as pie and are sending a replacement to my doorstep right away (luckily they had 4 left in Kansas City from their last shipment, if not for that I would have to wait until mid August, or pick a different model, or they offered a full refund) For the hour I had it I was pleased with everything except the cracked neck. It's a good looking model with great pickups and a cool access heel for way less than a Gibson Les Paul. Hopefully in 4-6 days I'll have one without a cracked neck and not have to return it.
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