Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar  

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The Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Tribute honors Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul that dates back to the days when Les”working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York”crea... Read More

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The Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Tribute honors Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul that dates back to the days when Les”working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York”created the world's first solidbody electric guitar. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone by reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions. The Epiphone "Tribute" Les Paul Standard honors that relationship by combining "as good as it gets" performance and features with venerable Epiphone quality and value.

Solid woods, set-neck construction
At the heart of the Les Paul Tribute is construction that features a solid mahogany back with a solid, carved hard maple cap to create the ultimate combination of warmth and bite. Everyone knows that set-neck guitars provide the best rock tone and sustain and the Tributes Les Paul takes that to the next level featuring the original "deep set" neck joint. The solid mahogany neck with hand-fitted, glued-in joint extends well into the neck pickup cavity creating maximum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. Combined with the mahogany/maple body, the result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound that you can only get from a Les Paul.

Your choice of neck profiles
Depending upon your taste, you have the choice of either a traditional "1960s" SlimTaper neck profile or an Asymmetrical neck profile. The "1960's" SlimTaper is a comfortable "D" shaped neck that was used and made famous on many 1960s era, Kalamazoo-made guitars from Gibson and Epiphone. The newer Asymmetrical neck has multiple radiuses and combines a more rounded "D" shape on the bass side of the neck with a flatter "C" shape on the treble side. This leads to a very comfortable neck that more ergonomically contours to fit the hand of most players. Both profiles are available on the Tribute and the choice is yours!

Vintage humbucker sound
Quality construction, premium woods and neck profile choices are only part of the equation. Capturing all the power and nuances of the "Tribute" is a pair of authentic Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking pickups. With its "Patent Applied For" decal on the base plate, the '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus are faithful replicas of the famous Gibson humbuckers that helped define the music of the late 1950s. The '57 Classic gives you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that storied Gibson humbucker crunch! The '57 Classic Plus is the perfect bridge pickup and mimics humbuckers of that era that received a few extra turns of wire. This treatment gives the pickup slightly higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. In combination, this pair of humbuckers overdrives tube preamps to a smooth level of saturation without becoming overpowering. Both '57s feature Gibson's special Alnico II magnet, vintage enamel coated wire, nickel plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and vintage-style, braided wiring.

Series/parallel switching
This guitar is not just about recreating the "old", it's also about looking ahead”just as Les himself continued to do throughout his lifetime. Using 4-conductor pickup wiring, Epiphone has added two push/pull tone pots to allow for series/parallel pickup switching. The result is a Les Paul with all the standard sounds plus a huge palette of tonal possibilities at your fingertips.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other upgrades include a U.S. Switchcraft 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, 16:1 ratio premium Grover locking tuners and a premium hard case. Like every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved hard maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Neck options: 1960s SlimTaper (D profile) or Asymmetrical (combination D-profile bass side and C-profile treble side
  • Vintage "Deep-Set" glued-in neck joint
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 24.75" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic neck humbucker (4-wire)
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus bridge humbucker (4-wire)
  • Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector, Neck Pickup Volume, Bridge Pickup Volume, Neck Pickup Tone (push/pull - series/parallel), Bridge Pickup Tone (push/pull - series/parallel)
  • Mallory 150 capacitors
  • Fingerboard 1-ply binding (cream)
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Nickel machine heads Grover locking tuners
  • Straplocks
  • Epiphone lifetime warranty
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EpiphoneTribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
 
4.5

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A Gibson no doubt

I do a lot of comparison, I am in a Guitar Center a few times a week and am interested in differnt brands and differences within brands - I have a Fender Strat and...Read complete review

I do a lot of comparison, I am in a Guitar Center a few times a week and am interested in differnt brands and differences within brands - I have a Fender Strat and an Ibanez Artist 100 (among others)both sound like they should - I have played Epiphone Les Pauls several times and I have played Gibson Les Pauls, the Gibsons sound is unique, Full,Clear with much longer sustain. This particular Epiphone sounds exactly like the Gibsons, it does use the same elecronics and the "Deep" set neck - the Coil Tap feature produces some interesting tones and Asymmetrical Neck adds a Solid feeling without restricting Fretboard reach. I ordered this on line and it did have two pretty good dings in the finish - Overall the Fit and Finish is very good but not perfect (My Artist 100 was perfect)However the Set Up was really good, no Sting Buzz, smooth easy action, I know this is repeating myself but the Sound is just like a Gibson at less then Half the Price. I am very Happy with this, unless you are looking for a perfect fit and finish I don't see how you could go wrong.

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Epiphone Tribute Les Paul

The guitar looks good and has great electronics, but the neck was not set in properly causing the frets to be too high at the body, requiring massive fret filing and adjustment.

The guitar looks good and has great electronics, but the neck was not set in properly causing the frets to be too high at the body, requiring massive fret filing and adjustment.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

more than i expected

By w. jones

from north carolina

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

it's everything anyone can expect, or even more from les paul, i was a true fender die hard, until i played my les paul tribute, it blew me away, compared to the fender, i will accept the tribute over a fender any day, even on my worse day. i actually fell in love with this guitar from day one. it is probably the best guitar to a gibson that you can get, without the name gibson on it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Trib is a Beaut!

By The Z-mannator

from Wake Forest NC

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I recvd her yesterday. Open'd the box, then the case and Wow. She is more beautiful than the web photos can illustrate. The Epi claims are True. Solid one piece mahogany body - incredible. The top is so beautiful I almost cried. I love the asymmetric neck. Very different instrument compared to my Ibanez RG. The sound is wonderful and diverse. Set-up and QC inspection was performed in the USA, and while I like the action very low She actually played great right out of the box. Next comes due diligence - I have possessed the guitar for less than 24hrs & played it for about 3 hrs. Over the next few days I'll really get to know her and I'll post my impressions. But for now I'm gonna say, "Thank you, to Mr. Stathopoula and his son Eparninodas!" My Epi Tribute Les Paul is a fine tribute and fantastic instrument that will help me in my musical journey. Also a special shout out & thank you to Matt Lebron & Brad Seelig at GC Raleigh for all their help knowledge and patience.

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(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's not a Gibson!

By Les Paul Dude

from Atlanta

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I tried many Epiphone knock off Les Pauls before owning a real Gibson Les Paul Standard. I know, the Les Paul is expensive, and this is a decent compromise if you can't afford the real thing. However, there are some things you should know. The neck on the Epiphone doesn't play or feel anywhere close to a real Les Paul. It feels like a 2x4 with frets. Also, the workmanship definitely feels cheaper. Overall it's a decent guitar, but for 800 bucks, I think you could get a much better axe than this. Save the extra money and get a REAL GIBSON LES PAUL. There is a difference, don't listen to the people saying there isn't, they don't know what there talking about.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Sound at an Epiphone Price!

By Don Alejandro

from Daytona Beach, FL

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar for myself and, so far, have not been disappointed. Out of the box, the fit and finish on my guitar was superb, the setup was good, and all electronics were fully functional and performed as expected. I'm still exploring the wide range of tones obtainable from this guitar so won't comment on tone other than to say I'm well satisfied at this point. It sounds like other Gibson Les Pauls I've played - at an enormous savings.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Guitar I always wanted, but couldn't find....

By Jack Duncan

from Lakeland, FL

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I've always wanted a Les Paul, but the Gibson's are just out of my price range. The lowest cost Gibson, the Studio, was just too stripped down to suit me. I actually bought the Epiphone Prophesy EX first, and it's a nice guitar, but I just wasn't really happy with it. I was going to put Gibson '57 Classics in it because I always wanted a guitar with that classic sound, but then I found this one! The Les Paul Tribute has everything that I really wanted - great looks, playability, the classic sound - at a reasonable price. I bought this from GC and had it shipped to my local store since they didn't have one. Had it setup by the tech, who just had to lower the action a bit. Fit & finish, intonation, etc. were perfect out of the box. The guitar is beautiful! THe finish just looks black unless you are close or the light shines on it the right way,, then you see the grain. The bindings look aged just right for a 60s guitar. You really must see to appreciate. The 60s slim neck is comfortable for my smallish hands and the Tribute is a dream to play. It's heavy, but comfortable with a wide strap and the strap-locks hold it secure. The tone and sustain are as good as any Gibson. The locking tuners are a real plus to keep it in tune. Changed the strings right away to Slinky 10s. Besides the great looks, the sound from the 57 Classics is amazing and being able to switch to the single coil sound makes it versatile. Mesmerizing through my Valve Junior tube amp. If I could keep only one of my guitars, this would be IT. The case is lush and holds it securely. Really would put this guitar up against anything for twice the price I paid. Perfect for classic rock, blues, funk, jazz and even metal!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome guitar !!

By Mike K

from Buffalo NY

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

This is an awesome guitar !! I ordered mine with the 1960 slimtaper neck, trans black. It looks amazing, and plays fantastic right out of the box. I have smaller hands than most so i wanted to try the thin neck. The neck is very thin but very sturdy and comfortable. I can work my way right down it quickly and easily. The tone from the classic 57's is great !! and with the push/pull pots, there's a very wide range of tones. I've had it for 6 weeks now and can't put it down. This is a very nice guitar of higher quality than i expected. I am very pleased with my purchase.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amazing Epiphone

By Miles

from Greensburg, Kansas

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I currently have an eighty-eight dollar Fender Starcaster. It's a great starter guitar for sure, but I wanted something more. I love Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith. Joe Perry and Slash are unmatched. Because I feel this way, I wanted a Les Paul. After months of looking around, I went to a guitar store and tried this guitar out. It's certainly an amazing guitar. It has all the elements I've been looking for: A slim 60's neck, Gibson pickups, it's under 1,000 dollars, and, of course, it looks stunning. To be honest, I hate the picture of this guitar in Sunburst on here. The pictures make it look like it has the shine of a peach. In reality, it shines as much as a flamed top. Though it doesn't have a flamed top, it's certainly a beautiful guitar. The pickups make all the sounds I need. From lightning fast tones in the lead pickup, to soulful distortion in the rhythm pickup. If you're a GN'R fan, you'll definitely be happy with this guitar. It, like all Les Paul's, is on the heavy side. I estimate it's around 10 to 12 pounds. That's not a big deal to me though, since I don't mind weight. It helps define what tones in can make. The only thing I don't like about this guitar is that the back of the neck near the body has a block of wood there it seems. You can get by it, and it's obvious why it's there, but I would've preferred it if it was a little easier to get to the most upper frets. All in all, an amazing guitar. If you're a guitarist with a budget, and you want the Les Paul sound without the Les Paul price, this is definitely the guitar for you.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute

By Steve S

from Brandon, Mississippi

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

Great guitar! Trans black with 60's neck. Nice case included, not a blemish or scratch on the guitar. Made slight adjustment to truss rod & installed D'Addarrio Jazz/Rock strings. Stock strings sucked (low E was DOA)Intonation was a little off but easily tuned. Sound is incredible thru a Peavey Rage 258 or Bandit 112 with trans tube and Digitech pedal. Neck and fret work is exceptional. I can't find a single flaw with this guitar other than I can't put it down.

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(44 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Gibson no doubt

By Darrell Parsons

from Gilbert, Az

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

I do a lot of comparison, I am in a Guitar Center a few times a week and am interested in differnt brands and differences within brands - I have a Fender Strat and an Ibanez Artist 100 (among others)both sound like they should - I have played Epiphone Les Pauls several times and I have played Gibson Les Pauls, the Gibsons sound is unique, Full,Clear with much longer sustain. This particular Epiphone sounds exactly like the Gibsons, it does use the same elecronics and the "Deep" set neck - the Coil Tap feature produces some interesting tones and Asymmetrical Neck adds a Solid feeling without restricting Fretboard reach. I ordered this on line and it did have two pretty good dings in the finish - Overall the Fit and Finish is very good but not perfect (My Artist 100 was perfect)However the Set Up was really good, no Sting Buzz, smooth easy action, I know this is repeating myself but the Sound is just like a Gibson at less then Half the Price. I am very Happy with this, unless you are looking for a perfect fit and finish I don't see how you could go wrong.

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(13 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Epiphone Tribute Les Paul

By A. C. Rock

from Okc, Ok

Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

The guitar looks good and has great electronics, but the neck was not set in properly causing the frets to be too high at the body, requiring massive fret filing and adjustment.

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