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Epiphone Les Paul Standard

 
Solid Mahogany Body/Maple Top: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard features a Solid Mahogany Body and Maple Top that deliver the classic tone and sustain that can only come from a "real" Les Paul. - - 14 Degree Headstock: Like all Epiphone Les Paul's... and unlike less costly designs... the Epiphone Les Paul Standard features a 14 degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut for more sustain with less tuning hang-ups caused by "string-tree" gadgets. - - Rosewood Fingerboard & Medium-Jumbo Frets: A Rosewood fingerboard with Trapezoid inlays complete the classic Les Paul Standard look and feel... and the set-neck delivers outstanding string-to-body resonance. Medium-Jumbo frets add to the smooth and sustained tone. - - Alnico Classic Humbuckers: A pair of Alnico Classic Humbucker Pickups deliver a vintage vibe with rich, warm tone that can only come from a real Les Paul. Epiphone utilizes a double vacuum waxing process that ensures quiet operation, free from microphonic hum. The pickup is first placed in the specialized wax vacuuming system before the cover is placed on the unit to ensure that the wax fully penetrates to the very center of the pickup and solidifies all parts. After the cover is placed on, it is again given a second vacuum wax bath until the unit is completely saturated with wax. Epiphone uses only the highest quality parts for its pickups. ABS plastic bobbins, 1010 Cold Rolled Steel pole shoes and pole screws, Alnico magnets and the finest magnet wire available. - - Locking Tune-o-matic/Stopbar: Fully adjustable, the Tune-o-matic remains a classic after 50 years. And now our updated, patent pending design AUTO-LOCKS the bridge and tailpiece in place with no tools needed! This also results in improved sustain. - - Full-Size Potentiometers: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard uses 1" diameter potentiometers for better "throw", longer life and reliable service. - - All-Metal Toggle Switch: Proven for years to be the most reliable, our all-metal toggle switches use rugged spring-steel contacts to ensure years of reliable service and performance. - - Output Jack: To increase reliability and ensure consistent performance, our proprietary output jack feature an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel. - - Grover Machine Heads: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard features premium, precision tuners from industry leading Grover for ease of use, excellent tuning stability and long life.


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Sound This review is for a 2005 LP Standard Black. I know that the Epi LP's have changed specs from time to time. This guitar is equipped with alnico classic humbuckers. I actually like them a lot for stock pups. Harmonics are easy all over the fretboard. They are not super hot, but still have enough for hard rock, and not too gainy metal. Once the gain gets too high, they get a little noisy. I still like them a lot though, and plan to keep them in the guitar. I do like the neck pickup for cleans too. The only thing that could be changed the caps on the pots. Apparently it makes the volume pot decrease a bit smoother, instead of basically given you unsuitable sounds when rolling it back. I would also say that this guitar is a bit more mellow, with not as much high end as my other guitars- I actually do like this better at times though. I believe at the moment I am using DR 10's on this guitar.


Action, Fit, & Finish I bought this guitar from guitar center in cherry hill. I didn't love the setup from stock, so I requested that it would be setup in shop if the sale were to be made. The tech at guitar center cherry hill is very good and knows his stuff. (I've had a bunch of other stuff go to him as well) Once the guitar came out the action was beautiful, probably lower than any other of my guitars, and played perfect. One minor but interesting flaw is you can see red paint near the heel..I am lead to believe that possibly a flawed sunburst maybe hiding under this guitar? This isn't a B-stock Epi either, so it is very interesting. Adds some mystery to the guitar:] Besides that everything was all good to go when I bought it. It does have grover tuners as well, I believe the lower level of them, but still they work well and I feel no need to replace them. The bridge is also a locking bridge on the studs, but seems to be made out of just average metal, as there is some decay on it. I plan to replace with a gotoh bridge/tailpiece at some point.


Reliability & Durability This guitar is 100% reliable. I would bring it to a gig with no sweat at all.If anything failed on it, it would probably be the 3 way switch which seems to happen on epiphones after having them for awhile. Really I am 100% faithful in this guitar not failing.


Liked about it 1-The Finish/Inlays/Binding- All of these were extremely nice for a not too expensive guitar. It definitely gives you the impression of playing a higher end guitar, for a low cost
2-The Weight- The weight was up there like a Gibson LP. It is a pretty heavy guitar, and gives it the LP tone that is famous.
3-The Cost- This guitar can hold up with its Gibson friends for way less money. I've played Gibson LP Studios, and LP Standards. The Epiphone doesn't sound as articulate as it's Gibson counterparts but for the cost puts it right by them. If you're good at eqing it can be right next too them. Also my Epiphone was setup way better than the Gibson LP's. In all as long as your not obsessed about having Gibson on the headstock, and those other details(metric parts, polyurethane finish,less of an angle on the headstock)you can have a really good playing LP for cheap.


Didn't like The bridge wasn't the best, but that's alright. Its an easy swap.


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By mgk321
Apr 08, 2011
 
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