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ENS-EBCH1 Epiphone Les Paul STANDARD Electric Guitar, Ebony
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- Alnico Classic(TM) Humbucker pickups
- Nut width 1.68 inch.Rosewood fretboard, 24.75 scale
- Mahogany body and Maple top
- Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups
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|Body Material Type||Mahogany||solid-wood||Alder||Solid||Poplar||Mahogany|
|Color||Ebony||honey burst||Old Violin Sunburst||Starlight Blue||—||Cherry Sunburst|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||Maple||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tune-O-Matic||Hardtail||tremolo||adjustable||Hard Tail||Tune-O-Matic|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||humbucker||combination||humbucker||INF (H) neck pickup, INFS (S) mid pickup, INF (H) bridge pickup||2h||humbucker|
|Item Dimensions||17 x 45 x 7 in||5 x 42 x 15 in||17.91 x 47.84 x 4.13 in||17.25 x 41.5 x 3.5 in||2.4 x 12.99 x 39.29 in||17 x 7 x 44 in|
|Neck Material Type||Mahogany||Maple||Maple||3 Piece Maple||Maple||Mahogany|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
This plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard is an electric guitar that delivers all the signature sound of a Gibson Les Paul at a fraction of the cost. The mahogany body provides superb resonance while the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver loads of warmth. The set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile and rosewood fretboard give you the familiar feel and fast action that Les Paul players love so dearly. Neck and body binding and trapezoid inlays produce the classic look seen on stages around the world for decades. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and string changing easier.
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So I went through the internal debate of Stratocaster versus Les Paul. There are tons of great guitars out there, but again from my beginner perspective, these both seemed to be logical choices to begin with. Many Youtube clips later, I finally chase the Les Paul (and to be perfectly honest, I liked the look of this particular Ebony model, so sadly it came down to appearance for me ... hey like I said, I'm as far from a guitar expert as you can get).
I pulled the trigger and ordered from Amazon. The guitar arrived in perfect shape and was completely strung (and very close to being in tune) and ready to play. I have read some horror stories about damaged guitars, but mine was well packed in two layers of boxes and did not have a single flaw. Let me tell you, this guitar is just stunning to look at. The black finish is glossy and looks like a very expensive layered automotive paint job. The inlaid pieces on the neck between the frets are gorgeous. The white pick shield / accent color is more of a warm ivory color (instead of cheapie bright white). At a glance, the three words I would use to describe the appearance of the guitar would be "quality", "expensive", and "professional". The guitar is surprisingly heavy, but is very comfortable to play while sitting.
Coupled with a Fender Mustang 2 amp I ordered (with lots of nifty electronic "style" settings available), this thing rocks. Right off the bat I was able to play the main riff from the Stone's "Satisfaction." (By the way, that riff is about as hard as playing Mary Had a Little Lamb). With my amp on "60's" setting and a few adjustments later, it sounded almost identical to the real song. I butchered a few other lame attempts to play other songs and gained a healthy respect for real pros, but could not have been happier. While I want to use the guitar to add in some accents to my mostly electronic music, I am thrilled just sitting around and playing with this thing. It can emulate almost any style of electric guitar that I have heard (although again, it helps to have an amp or effects to further tweak the sound).
My ONLY gripe is that the knobs were not put on completely straight. They twist just fine, but if you look carefully, they resemble what I would call "clown car wheels" and wobble. They are on there firmly and nobody would ever notice, but it just seems like this instrument was crafted with care by the finest musical artisans in the world, only to have Mrs Smith's 2nd grade art class finish off the gluing of the knobs. But again, at a glance nobody would notice unless they are actually turning the nobs.
Do I regret not getting the "real" Gibson Les Paul? Not in the least. This Epiphone version is completely fine. I won't be touring or playing on a stage, so for the hobbyist like me just playing in the spare bedroom (or "home studio" ha ha), I have no doubt I will be happy with this instrument for as long as I'm able to play. If spending a couple of grand got me much better professional sound, I wouldn't have hesitated to spend the cash, but you are getting an instrument that is going to give you 95% (or probably more like 99%) of the sound for FAR less money, this is a steal in my opinion.
In summary, VERY highly recommended. Thanks for reading!
Finish and aesthetics - (I have it in ebony) Immaculate finish, looks great. Plastic covers and pick guard are nice. The inlays are pearloid, which I'm not a huge fan of, but on a $400 guitar it's to be expected. Amber tone and volume knobs don't match well to me, so I switched them out and the guitar looks seriously better.
Hardware - Grover tuners - absolutely great, some of the best tuners I've ever used. Switch seems sturdy and well made. Pickups are solid. Pickup tone is so subjective i'm not gonna say much about it. With a good amp and pedals you can get any sound you want out of it.Nut is plastic but seems decently cut, not like some of the abominations I've seen come out of china.
My only real qualm with the guitar is there are some unlevel frets. Nothing out of control but you'd have to level the frets to get your action as low as possible. Still pretty good action without it though.
Conclusion - It's very well made but not perfectly crafted. Sounds good, plays pretty well. I'll probably wind up selling it and putting it towards something else, not in love with the all black color in the end.
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