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Open Box Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar Metallic Gold

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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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Overview

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
 
4.7

(based on 148 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (123)

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    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (46)
  • Good feel (46)
  • Good tone (44)
  • Good pick up (41)
  • Solid electronics (41)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (42)
  • Recording (23)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Rock concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Novice (22), 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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4.0

Would Buy Again - Good Guitar For The Money

By Up_North_Dad_Of_Future_Rock_Star

from Up Nort' Wisconsin

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • Neck had to be adjusted to correct note accuracy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

I bought this for my son after he had played a Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS for about a year. This was a real step up in quality for an entry level electric guitar. It sounds cleaner than the Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS. HSS might as well stand for *Hiss* The HSS always had a hum or hiss or both except when played with only the humbucker on. The Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO creates no buzz, hum or hiss when played clean. When played 'dirty' (distorted), the distortion is 'clean' too. The neck Alnico Classic and bridge ProBucker 3 pickups are quality pickups. My son selected the metallic gold-top model and was pleased that it resembled a Gibson Les Paul he had seen Dave Amato of REO Speedwagon playing the previous summer except that Amato's had chrome pickup covers and my son's are the zebra colored sort. The 2 push/pull coil tap knobs were also a plus and gives him a range of sound options.

My only complaint, and it wasn't noticeable right away was the neck had to be readjusted shortly after we bought it. After about the 10th fret, the sound would go off progressively each note further away. So we spent $15 having that done, but now it sounds perfect!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I would not buy this guitar,tunning problem.

By Kode

from Nicholson Pa

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    Play with others and I like that its lighter.I think for the money save it for a Gibson.If I could get my money back I would up grade.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perhaps the Most Impressive Axe Recently Tried

    By Rocket Fool

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Best Finish I've Seen in Years
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stellar pickups
    • Superior tone throughout all settings

    Cons

    • It's Heavy: Yeah, So What?

    Best Uses

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

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

    I feel compelled to write something about this totally satisfying, yes, professional-level guitar. A GC sales person recommended the Trad Pro, albeit used, so I did and INSTANTLY fell in love with it (and plan to buy one by Spring next year. I'm a tone ho--I own reasonably-priced guitars that all sound tremendous, often due to p/up upgrades--so I rarely "gush" over a mass-produced instrument: here is the exception. I play jazz, hard rock, C/W, and rockabilly, and this axe can handle 'em all...especially surprised at how well it produces jazz 'n blues tones.

     
    5.0

    As advertised

    By Dave

    from Florida

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    Feels great to play

     
    5.0

    Great little diddy

    By Mom2hoff

    from Pittsburg Ca

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Lesson
      • Practicing

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

      Got for my daughter for her birthday. Upgraded from a junior guitar. She loves it as its the next step for her. Her guitar teacher was pleased with the purchase and has now been able to really move forward with songs

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

         
        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.

          (3 of 3 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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            (2 of 6 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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