Epiphone Les Paul-100 Electric Guitar, Heritage Cherry Sunburst
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- 700T Humbucker pickups
- Rosewood fretboard
- Mahogany body and Maple top
- 24.75" inch scale
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The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is the electric guitar you want, If you're starting to get serious about your music. The mahogany body with maple top delivers classic solid, heavy tone, while the bolt-on mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard are easy to play. Features 700T/650R open-coil humbucker pickups and chrome hardware. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 guitar features classic Les Paul design and tone.
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This is my second six-string and is the one I play the most. It has an attractive tan and black sunburst. The knobs and pickup selector switch are in the correct places for the classic Les Paul look. There are lower-priced Epiphone Les Pauls available. I chose to spend a bit more on this guitar because the less expensive guitars had two knobs with the pickup selector between them, rather than the four-knob "diamond" arrangement with the pickup switch above the neck. It's my opinion that the lower-priced guitars don't look right, almost as if parts were forgotten to be added and the selector put in the wrong place. The discussion of how the guitar looks may be irrelevant to some, but the look was a factor in my decision to go with this one.
A disclaimer is in order before I continue with how the guitar plays and sounds. I'm not a professional guitarist. I'm an enthusiastic novice Metal God. I'm not good at playing guitar yet. I have tons of fun playing in my room, learning new chords, and mangling old rock-n-roll songs. My enthusiasm and lack of experience and skill destroys what little objectivity or credibility I have. It's best to disregard what follows as the ravings of a wannabe, talent-free hack.
This guitar plays and sounds AWESOME! It has a much fuller sound than my Squire Strat. It's a heavy instrument, but I think that adds to the sound. There was a little bit of fret rattle when I first got the guitar, but that was fixed without a truss rod adjustment by raising the bridge with a flathead screwdriver. The guitar comes with an instruction book that explains how to adjust the bridge. Clean or distorted, this guitar sounds great. It's also easier for me to play, as the neck is a bit wider than my Strat. Despite its weight, it's a very comfortable guitar. It feels really good to play it.
It came with a sticker. The word "Epiphone" is printed in white script on a black background. It's a rectangular 11.5 in. x 3 in. (29 cm x 7.6 cm). All four corners are slightly rounded. The backing paper was easily removed from the sticker prior to installation on my guitar case. As of writing, the sticker has remained attached to the outside of the case, with no peeling and no noticeable movement on the case. Be advised that only visual inspections were made. No instruments or measurements were used to determine whether or not the sticker has moved. Five out of five stars for the sticker.
The most burning question about this guitar has not been answered yet. That question is "What is the quality of the evil produced by this instrument of demonic possession?" The answer: top quality evil. Bust out with some old-school Heavy Metal through this bad boy and a distinct, undeniable portent of doom will instantly cover the general vicinity. Rodents may or may not die. Trees will shiver.
I really like this guitar. It's first-rate for what I need it for. It's a good upgrade from the guitars that typically come with guitar/amp starter sets that are often the first step in a guitarist's career. I gave it four stars because of the buzzy fret, but other than that it's a fine instrument. Treat it well and you'll have lots of fun. Evil, too. Lots of evil.
I like the look of the Les Paul body, and since the closest Gibson dealer is 2 hours away, I decided to look at the local shops first. They sold lots of Fenders (liked the Cabronita Telecaster $500) and Peavey (liked the SC2 Vintage $250). But I didn't know the brands as well. Since I wanted to stay under $300 and figured the Les Paul model would be a good bet for a few bucks more on Amazon, I put in my order.
Overall, I love that Amazon got me a deal on a gorgeous guitar. However, I am learning that with sometimes there's a reason for the deals.
- The LP100 is loaded with some nice features. I'm still learning the nuances of the tone controls. The pick-up selector is not in the way.
- The Vintage Sunburst looks great. The colors shift depending on the light - deep amber to gold. Gorgeous with the dark fingerboard.
- It is a step above the $80-$100 instruments that they sell at the big box stores. The price is right for a serious starter guitar.
- It arrived safely in good packaging. No chips, knicks, or marks that I could detect.
- The Les Paul size is very manageable. It just feels good to play.
- Stays tuned. Initially it didn't, but when I got the fret fixed and the trussrod adjusted, it fixed that issue.
- No extras come with this guitar. To set yourself up you're looking at a lot more money. (see equipment ideas below)
- Shipping the guitar will put it under some stress. Expect some tuning and possible trussrod adjustments. Epiphone recommends having a licensed guitar tech handle trussrod adjustments. If you mess with it yourself you are at your own risk - over adjustment can seriously damage your guitar.
- My guitar arrived out of tune (expected). However, even after tuning it, it wasn't playing right...G# instead of G on E-string at 3rd fret and buzzing on first 3 strings on 3rd fret. Took it to the guitar shop that sold the Peaveys. Two days and about $35 later, he'd fixed the trussrod AND a high fret (something I definitely wouldn't have messed with).
- If you order a guitar online, you really should expect to take it to a local shop where a licensed guitar tech can make sure it is set up correctly. Be prepared for that awkward moment when he asks why you didn't buy one from him.
Equipment Ideas (regardless of which electric guitar you start with)
Since the guitar is all you get, you'll probably want to buy a few extra things. Here are some to consider as part of your start-up cost.
- The cheap stuff (around $110 bucks)
---- Picks...$5 for an assortment
---- Strap...$5 for a basic nylon one
---- Chromatic tuner....$20-$30
---- Guitar stand....$15-$20
---- Gig bag (when traveling)...$30
---- Guide/Song book...$20
---- Ibuprofen - your fingers are gonna be sore until those calluses build up
- The not-so-cheap stuff
---- Amp and cable...$150. You don't need an amp starting out, but when you're not doing Rocksmith, you're going to want one. You bought an electric to be LOUD, right?
---- Rocksmith software with cable...$60
---- Hard case...$100 Alternative to the gig bag after you get better and decide to start playing in front of folks.
---- Lessons with a pro - $15-$25 in my area of the Midwest. Assuming 6 months of lessons - every week - $315- $525. A pro will teach you things like proper posture, hand positions, where to hammer the fret, whether or not the pick is your friend, and whether you might be better off playing tambourine. Committing to lessons will also likely get you to practice more - cuz you really don't want to play the tambourine, right?
- If you have a Gibson dealer in your area, they may carry this very guitar, I seriously suggest visiting them and seeing if they can sell you the same thing. They may even match Amazon's price. If not, remember that a good dealer should provide free setup and guarantee the guitar is ready to go home. You may be able to work out a package deal on extras if you buy everything from them.
- Altogether this little adventure has cost me more than I originally thought it would. I'm glad my guitar is playing correctly now and should last me awhile.