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Epiphone's long friendship with innovator Les Paul dates back to the late '30s and early '40s when Les and fellow guitarists such as Charlie Christian and George Barnes were at the forefront of jazz guitar. Epi Stathopoulos and Les were good friends and Epi would let Les use the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City at night after hours to experiment on guitar and pickup designs. This also was the era when Les, inspired by the stinging sustain heard in electric steel guitars, began dreaming of making a solidbody guitar. He built his first, the legendary "Log," at the Epi factory in 1941. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone luthiers, reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions.

Now, the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus honors Epiphone's friendship with Les by combining his classic design features with legendary Epiphone quality and value with the added power of Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckers. But 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. The Les Paul Tribute Plus also features Epiphone's famous built-to-last hardware and electronics including a U.S. Switchcraft 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, 16:1 ratio premium Grover locking tuners, and a premium hardshell case.

Features
  • Resonant mahogany body with Classic Les paul design
  • Upgraded hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckings with series/parallel switching
  • Grover locking tuning machines
  • Hardshell case included
Specifications
  • Mahogany body
    Hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
    24.75" Scale mahogany set-in neck
    Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius and 22 medium-jumbo frets
    Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking neck pickup (4-wire)
    Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus humbucking bridge pickup (4-wire)
    Individual volume and push/pull tone controls
    Locktone tune-o-matic bridge
    Locktone stopbar tailpiece
    Grover locking tuning machines
    Hardshell case included
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EpiphoneLes Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (80)
  • Good feel (76)
  • Good pick up (73)
  • Fun to play (70)
  • Solid electronics (70)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (10)
  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (74)
  • Jamming (69)
  • Recording (52)
  • Small venues (49)
  • Rock concerts (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (63), Novice (16), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar at a Great Price. Quality!

I wanted a Les Paul model guitar, but can't afford a Gibsonn. I did some research on the Epi Les Paul Tribute and liked what I read. Let's get right to it, starting...Read complete review

I wanted a Les Paul model guitar, but can't afford a Gibsonn. I did some research on the Epi Les Paul Tribute and liked what I read. Let's get right to it, starting at the top: It has Grover locking tuners and so far I have not had any tuning problems. It has a cool truss rod plate that reads "Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus". The only thing I didn't like was the thickness of the finish on the back of the head stock that prevented me from deciphering the serial number that is stamped into the wood. Luckily the serial number was on the shipping box in two places. The neck is the "C" shape thin neck and is easy to play. I have small hands and it fits me perfectly. The strings are .10 - .46. The body is real mahaogany and is not chambered. The top cap is real carved maple, not a laminate. I got the midnight ebony color and it is a tranparent finish to showcase the flamed maple finish of the wood. The only problem with the finish is it appears to have two small sand marks made before the finish was applied. Not very noticeable and it makes my guitar different from anyone else's. The pickups are USA Gibson 1957 humbuckers. I play through two amps - a Fender Twin Reverb reissue and a Fender Frontman 25. The sound from the humbuckers are amazing. I get the full, mellow sound through the clean channel which is what I was looking for. The tone pots are push/pull to take the humbuckers out of parallel to make it sound like single coil pickups. The knobs are black speed style knobs and look great with the black finish. I put the guitar on an electronis scale and it registered 8.6 pounds. The only thing I don't care for is cosmetic in nature. I don't care for the creme pickup rings and the creme selector switch plate. That is a personal preference and nothing to do with the fit, finish or performance. For all intents and purposes this guitar is a Gibson with an Epiphone headstock. I am really pleased with the effort Epiphone went to for this guitar. I play it every day. This one is a keeper.

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Had problems

Looked beautiful when I unpacked. Then found the high E string was underneath several of the frets and pulled up the frets. I pushed the frets down with my fingers but it did not...Read complete review

Looked beautiful when I unpacked. Then found the high E string was underneath several of the frets and pulled up the frets. I pushed the frets down with my fingers but it did not lower the frets enough to use the first 5 frets of the High E string. Also both of the tone pots were scratchy. No amount of usage fixed the noisy pots. I have returned it MF. Not going to get a replacement

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5.0

Gibson 57 pickups! Cmon!!!

By Archie1709

from Clarksburg, MD

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    It's the biggest Epiphone/Gibson secrets of all for a Les Paul. The Epiphone humbuckers were cartoony sounding. This one has immaculate sound. You don't need to replace the pickups because they're machined well and electronics done well. Some people don't like the weight and would prefer the weight relief system of Gibson. I actually enjoy the feel of this Epiphone's weight. For the price (and if you look around well it's even less money), this guitar is worth every penny. Just get it recalibrated by a luthier at Guitar Center store near you for free(tip them well!). Or else, it'll never tune right, and will have harmonics all over the place off the shelf

     
    5.0

    This is one great feeling and sounding guitar!!!

    By Blkeddie

    from Bronx, New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      I had become accustomed to guitars with a Tele or Strat style neck because the necks seemed to be faster and more comfortable for me. I saw this guitar on sale and the reviews alone just blew me away. I ordered this baby and when it came I was totally amazed. It had a pretty decent setup right out of the box so I played it through some of my gear with the factory strings on it and I was quite pleased. After about a week I changed the strings to my favorite set and I was sold for good. This guitar has a great feel to it, excellent weight and balancwe, solid electronics, professional grade tuners, the guitar was perfect, no flaws in its workmanship anywhere, and I looked very closely. The push/pull tone knobs in both pickups gives you a good variety of tonal options. It was all that I was looking for and more. I felt comfortable enough to take it out on gigs and it has yet to let me down. I highly recommend this guitar to any player. You can't beat the amount of guitar for the price.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for the money.

      By joe50

      from Paden City, WV

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

        The one thing I was worried about when ordering this guitar was the feel of the neck. I couldn't be more satisfied..

         
        5.0

        Fantastic value!

        By TrueReviewMan

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          I know some other reviews reflect poor craftsmanship and fret issues, but mine has NO issues at all! The build quality, playability and tone are spot on. The Gibson pickups sound great...better than the burstbuckers by far IMO. Locking Grovers and push/pull pots make for a great Les Paul w/out the hefty price tag. Overall, a really nice guitar for the price!

           
          5.0

          Excellent purchase

          By Robert

          from undisclosed

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            Beautiful finish and better sound

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Finish, Good Essemtial Hardware, Sloppy Build Quality

            By LUNK

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • AAA Matched Flame Top Halves
            • Decent Fret Work
            • Decent Pups
            • Excellent Case
            • Forever Sustain
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Body/Neck Binding
            • Good Feel
            • Good Headstock and Nut
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Tuners, OK Bridge/Tail
            • Incredible Finish
            • Straplocks OK

            Cons

            • Cheap Bridge and Stop-Bar Screws
            • Minor Fret Buzz
            • Slopped-Up Pots and Knobs
            • Sloppy 3-Way Toggle

            Best Uses

            • Functions Like An LP Studio Deluxe/EX
            • Great Ax For Practice, To Beat Up, Build Base
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            I was blown away by the wicked AAA matched-top black cherry finish and the guitar's essential qualities (PUPs, Tuners, Finish, Neck, Set-Up), and somewhat disgusted with some of the hardware and electronics (bridge and stop -bar screws, stripped cover plate holes, all pots slopped and hats off or loose, toggle switch slop in set screw top). What can I say? I took a risk after getting 3 satisfying Gibson Studios and 1 SGJ, and bought my first bound LP with an Epi. While Gibson doesn't seem to be free of quality control issues in its American-made lower-end axes, this guitar was too sloppy a build even for a Condition Level 2 price, which is what I got. Still, aside from the fact that I have to take it to my luthier over the pots, and will upgrade them to better ones while bothering to repair them, I wish they could get the whole ax right the first time around. It's still a keeper, but it's just annoying to have to fix easy original-build quality control issues. I mean, they got everything HARD right and messed up the EASY stuff like finishing a long tedious project drunkenly or something.......ugh. Probably will give this one some TLC because it's worth it for what I paid. Also will not buy another one any time soon. I will buy a Standard next, but not by this maker. It's just too bad they could not get the whole thing right! Just did not make sense to me after all they did that was outstanding crafting. That's why it got four stars, not five. I could have been mean and given it three, and still been fair. However, it is beautiful cosmetically, and mostly built right.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Had problems

            By BEE

            from Idaho

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            Looked beautiful when I unpacked. Then found the high E string was underneath several of the frets and pulled up the frets. I pushed the frets down with my fingers but it did not lower the frets enough to use the first 5 frets of the High E string. Also both of the tone pots were scratchy. No amount of usage fixed the noisy pots. I have returned it MF. Not going to get a replacement

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            6 Months of Research--I Bought One of These--No Regrets

            By Steve

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                I've been playing guitar for about 15 years, mostly acoustic or classical and was asked to play electric guitar at my church. I had a MIM Strat that I liked, but I wanted a guitar with dual humbuckers so I researched electric guitars for 6 months. When I say research, I mean that I went to several stores to try out different models and spent hours pouring over forums and talking to other musicians (I'm a school band teacher as well). The Epiphone Tribute Plus kept coming up as a great guitar with a low price tag. I was fortunate enough that someone had a used one close to a gig I was playing and when I tried it I was hooked. The person I bought from purchased it about 6 months prior and then decided after a few hours of playing on it that he liked his Strat better due to the fact that the Epi is indeed heavy. I find it to be heavy, but comfortable and one of the most solid instruments I've played. The fit and finish were flawless, the guitar is beautiful but also a workhorse. I tried Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, Schecter and a bunch of others but I liked this better. The electronics are second to none, the Grover tuners, smooth and solidly keeps tune, the Gibson pickups sound amazing and give me all the tones I can ask for. I wanted a reasonably priced Jack of All Trades for worship music, classic rock, blues, jazz, country and a bit of metal and this does what I need to do. For the price you get a solid guitar with upgraded pickups and electronics, a hard case, grover tuners and all the bells and whistles is more than reasonable.

                After trying out dozens of instruments and doing the research for 6 months, I'm very happy with this guitar. Solid, amazing tone and feel for a price that is hard to beat.

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wish I had purchased as first electric guitar

                By Realtor Ann

                from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to play for beginners
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • longer learning curve compared to a strat

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                I was trying to decide between a Les Paul and a telecaster when I happened upon this particular guitar. I never purchase anything without taking the time to read reviews and such - because I hate to have to box it all up and return it.

                I was drawn to purchasing it because it got great reviews from people who already owned a Gibson Les Paul. The videos on YouTube showcasing it being played by other buyers sealed the deal for me. Even though you cant' always judge sound and tones online with videos, I knew if it sounded that good on there, it MUST be spectacular in true listening and playing range.

                All I can say is ....Wow! I have been playing for a little over a year...self taught on both acoustic and electric. My first electric is a Fender strat; and I know have added this to my arsenal.

                Since I am a novice, I really cant speak to the guitar tech talk that other can. But what I can say is it is much easier on the fingers to play than my strat. As a woman, this is a good thing, and I have to mention that this guitar is heavy, so if you have a bad back, this might not be a good choice for you.

                The challenge for me, and its in no way a negative thing, but more a novice thing, is learning how to get the tones from the different knobs. Its been a real fun journey learning them and I am super excited for when I can really fully understand and play this gorgeous instrument.

                I have added it to my collection of 4 guitars, and its fast becoming my favorite. You wont disappointed with the purchase.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar for the price

                By Skip

                from Nashville

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Perfect Weight And Reel
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Hard To Read Serial No

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                My only problem with this guitar is that it is almost impossible to read the serial number. Unfortunately I destroyed the packaging and The Guitar Center does not keep track of serial numbers. Having difficulty registering the guitar with Epiphone

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