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Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar recreates an early Gibson classic with all the looks, sound, and feel that made it one of the most loved guitars ever. Armed with dual Alnico V P-90 single-coil pickups and a mahogany body and top, the guitar's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make str...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Electric Guitar recreates an early Gibson classic with all the looks, sound, and feel that made it one of the most loved guitars ever. Armed with dual Alnico V P-90 single-coil pickups and a mahogany body and top, the guitar's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing a breeze. The LTD Edition 1956 Les Paul guitar will charm you the minute you start to play. Limited lifetime warranty.

Features

Mahogany body and top
Mahogany neck (24.75" scale)
Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoidal inlays
Body and neck binding
2 Alnico V P-90 single-coil pickups
LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
Chrome hardware
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4.8

(based on 48 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A boingy Les Paul

I have been searching for this tone for a long time. This is an articulate guitar in the middle position with both pickups and a nice boingy tone with the bridge pickup. The neck...Read complete review

I have been searching for this tone for a long time. This is an articulate guitar in the middle position with both pickups and a nice boingy tone with the bridge pickup. The neck pickup is sweet and still has a full sound without getting muddy. A humbucker can't do that on a 22 fret guitar. The pair of P90's on this guitar can do super clean twang to uncontrolled mayhem with some gain. This is a must play guitar in my collection. A Les Paul is usually associated with a 'fat' tone. It is so nice to have a guitar with the LP shape and balance that has a more aggressive tone. This is a must have if you need to fill the void that a humbucker equipped Les Paul leaves open. It is clean, articulate and nasty all in one statement. Just adjust the volume knob and you will see.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tone is the only really redeeming factor

I know you won't publish this review, because it's not a "glowing,gushing, 15 yr olds love note about his 1st guitar", but an honest critique by somebody thats played...Read complete review

I know you won't publish this review, because it's not a "glowing,gushing, 15 yr olds love note about his 1st guitar", but an honest critique by somebody thats played for 34 yrs. I was glad to get it, because its supposedly discontinued, BUT, I almost sent it straight back when I 1st unboxed it. The body and neck fit, and finish are both average, to good.......but I expect that from a company that turns out 12,000 guitars a month. The fretboard was only 1/2 stained (hideous) and I had to set 2 high frets before it would stop buzzing, because quality control thought it was easier to leave the action rediculously high, than to address the frets correctly. The Intonation was so bad that by the 9th fret, NO chord or scale sounded right. Epiphone should be ashamed for letting this guitar get past QC. After everything was corrected I plugged it in, and decided immediately to keep it, the P-90 pickups sound FANTASTIC ! And THAT, is its only redeeming feature........

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(55 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A boingy Les Paul

By anaxaplaysia

from Undisclosed

I have been searching for this tone for a long time. This is an articulate guitar in the middle position with both pickups and a nice boingy tone with the bridge pickup. The neck pickup is sweet and still has a full sound without getting muddy. A humbucker can't do that on a 22 fret guitar. The pair of P90's on this guitar can do super clean twang to uncontrolled mayhem with some gain. This is a must play guitar in my collection. A Les Paul is usually associated with a 'fat' tone. It is so nice to have a guitar with the LP shape and balance that has a more aggressive tone. This is a must have if you need to fill the void that a humbucker equipped Les Paul leaves open. It is clean, articulate and nasty all in one statement. Just adjust the volume knob and you will see.

(38 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOLDTOP RULES!!!

By X Jeff X Alk3 X

from Ma.

The epiphone les paul 1956 goldtop is one of the best guitars i have used, i might not know everything about guitars, but i do kno that this guitar has a great sound, and is affordable. i love this guitar.

(24 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

rockon

By ronnie

from phoenix, az.

This guitar rocks, i have a gibson standard also and this guitar is the perfect companion. the p-90s sound great! The only thing is that the pick guard color does not match the pickup's, and i like the gibson tuning keys better as far as looks go, but this guitar is tops in my book!!

(23 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

epiphone '56 Goldtop

By Metalhead

from AB, Canada

This is a very good guitar for the money.I've had it for about a year.The p-90's sound great, but alot of noise if played through a high-gain amp, once you start playing though you dont notice it ,sounds much better than I expected for metal.Overall it's a great buy and I deffinately reccomend it for any style.

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

epipphone 56 gold top

By TH3GH0ST

from NEW YORK

This guitar I bought 1 month ago and let me tell you it was worth every penny. The p-90s are amazing the action is great and very nice finish. The gold to me looks sick. The thing that really made me fall in love with this guitar is the neck. First of all bravo to Epiphone. The neck fits perfect in the palm of my hand it has that really 56 feel and it is smooth so you feel have no problem sliding up and down it for chords. All in all this guitar is amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is either a beginner or to highly experienced. One more thing about this guitar is it is really strong and durable and nothing has been chipping or breaking for me.

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Guitar!

By Jacob Baker

from Cleveland, OH

This guitar has a great sound and the P90's are great. It plays good. I have played Gibson Les Pauls before and to me this guitar plays just as good as them. To me the only difference between a real Gibson and this guitar is the name. This guitar has good weight to it and pretty good looks. My dream for a while was to own a real 1956 Gibson Les Paul. So i went to try this guitar and I loved it. I plan on keeping it for a long time. I also have another Les Paul and a Fender Stratocaster. I still think this guitar is my favorite out of all three. This is a good guitar for anyone. Beginners or experts. It's a great guitar and it's at a good price for how great it really is.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Axe!!!

By ~!(RIFFmaster73)!~

from Jackson, Mississippi

I got this for a for a surprise graduation gift and nearly fainted when I saw it. I mean this goldtop was glistening in the light. The mahogany bottom is the money-maker. However, for you who are new to guitar, the tune-o-matic bridge, doesn't mean you don't have to tune it(ha). I plugged this sucker in and was blown away. I tried riffs like Highway to Hell, Dirty Deeds(Done Dirt Cheap), TNT, Johnny B. Goode, and Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (I'm an ACDC Fan)and Unlike my recent guitar, I could clearly hear every note and chord. If you have a gig bag, you might want to get a hardshell case because the curved neck will let the headstock tear the inside covering. I was playing Sunshine of Your Love and I broke the e string (last string). However, I went to Mississippi Music Co. and purchased some Ernie Ball Regular SLinky Custom Guage Nickel Wound Strings( 10-13-17-26-36-46) and they sound awesome and are easy to play. Get this guitar!!!!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's Legendary...

By Bill

from St. Louis, MO

I've had my eye on one of these for a while. When it came back in stock, I knew it was time. No telling how much longer they'll make them, since Epiphone shows they've been discontinued. It arrived safely in it's free epi hard shell case. Set up was fine out of the box. All it needed was a good polishing and fret board cleaning. The volume and tone knobs work perfectly. Nice gradual changes in tone and volume and you turn them. The pickups are so much more defined than the humbuckers on my Std. LP. They're legendary - well almost. The only adjustment I made was to file down the truss rod cover where it meets the nut. It was bowed a little bit, because it was a tad too long. And I cleaned up the nut with some 400 grit sandpaper to remove the debris from the edges of the slots. All guitars need a little tweaking. All in all, it is a perfect example of the excellent quality that goes into how Epiphone builds these. The other interestiing thing is, this '09 Goldtop was built in Korea. It has a sticker on the back of the headstock that say's "Made in Korea". The factory code in the serial number confirms that. If you long for the good old days of Korean made Goldtops, now's your chance - before they really do discontinue them.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By ROCKMAN

from Raleigh, NC

I love this guitar! People talk about epiphones being made in a factory and that they are no where near a gibson's quality... well some other epiphones aren't but I would say this goldtop is equal to a gibson. I keep my goldtop in its case whenever I'm not playing it and it stays in tune, if not close to, for 3 to 4 days. Also I'm a huge fan of the band BOSTON. Tom Scholz is the band's maker and writes their music; and he has two Gibson Les Paul 1956 goldtops. I have a chorus rockman (which basically "creates" the BOSTON sound) and if you plug this goldtop in it, it sounds just like BOSTON. I can play More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind, Feelin' Satisfied, and Don't Look Back; and sound just like the album! If you like rock, classic rock, or jazz/blues, this guitar is for you.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tone is the only really redeeming factor

By Blue

from Anniston Al.

I know you won't publish this review, because it's not a "glowing,gushing, 15 yr olds love note about his 1st guitar", but an honest critique by somebody thats played for 34 yrs. I was glad to get it, because its supposedly discontinued, BUT, I almost sent it straight back when I 1st unboxed it. The body and neck fit, and finish are both average, to good.......but I expect that from a company that turns out 12,000 guitars a month. The fretboard was only 1/2 stained (hideous) and I had to set 2 high frets before it would stop buzzing, because quality control thought it was easier to leave the action rediculously high, than to address the frets correctly. The Intonation was so bad that by the 9th fret, NO chord or scale sounded right. Epiphone should be ashamed for letting this guitar get past QC. After everything was corrected I plugged it in, and decided immediately to keep it, the P-90 pickups sound FANTASTIC ! And THAT, is its only redeeming feature........

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epi '56 les paul reissue

By Eric Wyler

from Oconomowoc, WI

This is a great axe, especially for the price it's selling at. the only things i would change about this guitar are the tuners and the nut. i'd put in a Graphtec black nut to prevent binding, and Schaller tuners so that the tuning is steadier. the neck feels great, and isn't too big. the pickups aren't the quietest p90s, but they're certainly not the noisiest. the guitar is suitably heavy, and is comfortable to play. if you're looking for a good instrument, and you have a budget, i'd recommend one of these

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul Goldtop

By Aaron

from Scottsdale,AZ

i love this guitar ive had it for 3 months and have played every other day and everytime i do i just get lost in what im playing because this guitar sounds great not a fan of the p-90 look but since they r oldschool they r pretty sick i love this guitar and would reccomend it to anyone beginner or pro

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

On par what to expect for the price

By Doug

from seattle wa

Looks, feels and plays great. for the money you cant beat it. So far im happy with my purchase. Btw.. the action was a little high from the factory and the strings were not the best. I suggest paying the extra dough to get the guitar setup up properly with good strings.

(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS IS AWESOME!

By MCsocr101

from Miami, Florida

THIS GUITAR IS THE BEST EVER. I love the goldtop! Its great for any type of playing. I highly recommend the guitar to anyone!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GET.IT.

By luckypick

from Stratford, NJ

I bought this guitar as an Xmas/Birthday present to myself a couple of years ago. I liked it because I was on a budget, and I love goldtops. I've played Gibsons, Schecters, Ibanez, basically everything, and this ranks RIGHT up there with top of the line as far as its performance. If you like Classic Rock, Hard Rock, or Punk, this is an amazing guitar for you. I also use it in some blues and metal work. Admittedly, P90s are not the most versatile pickups, but they're still quite serviceable. The only problem it has is that getting a clean sound out of it is hard, but its still doable by turning volume and tone down. It maintains its tuning well, and nothing's gone wrong with it yet. The one warning I'd give is that it's a lot heavier than it looks, so be prepared for some strain if you're playing it for long periods at a time.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Sam

from San Francisco, CA

I got this guitar for christmas and it is incredible. I've been looking for a great guitar with P90's and a great price for a long time and I stumbled across this guitar and knew I had to get one. Overall it's great, it has incredible tone and sustain, feel, and appearance.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By LesPaulfan07

from New York

When I walked into the guitar Center the other day I did not think I was going to end up buying this guitar. After a half hour of lokking through the store I spotted this beutiful instrument. The Epiphone 56 goldtop is just stunning. From looks to sounds it has it all. The P 90's sound perfect for almost evry type of music you can think of. The paint job on it is made to perfection. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. It definatley was a perfect choice.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding guitar

By Josh

from Murrieta, C.A.

I've had this guitar for over 2 years and i love it. The hardware hasn't worn at all and the p-90's still sound great. The only problem is that the fretboard needs cleaning every few months to keep it from losing it's color and playability. Over all this guitar is worth every penny.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes!

By crazyman400

from massachussets

This guitar is one of the best. I have tried others ( strats, teles, by both fender an squier) and they just don't feel as natural as this guitar. I was first attracted to It by the name, people I knew had praised les pauls very highly and now I see why. two words GET IT.

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not that great

By Cameron Summerford

from Huntsville, Alabama

I got this guitar brand new from a guitar store in my town about a year ago and it played great. BUT after the first two months of me having it the neck pick-up completely stopped working for no apparent reason. Then, i still played it and started getting it broke in and the tuning just got awful. I did everything to try and make it stay in tune better and i always tune up to a note but it still was terrible. Now i can't even bend a note without that string going way out of tune. Honestly, i would save your money and get a Gibson. thats just me though.

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