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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone ever played one of these? *I am not looking for a $3000 Les Paul, but they look kind of cool, and seem relatively affordable.
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I've played three at length because I too have thought of buying one from time to time. Here's what I think:

The coolest thing about the Epi Slash LP is the black hardware - it looks great. Unfortunately, the quality's no better than the Korean hardware on the rest of the Epi line, which places it squarely in the mediocre. The pups on these puppies date from before the introduction of the "USA Designed Alnico V" pickups Epiphone are putting in their LPs now, so they're basically appalling. The flame is a veneer, but it looks good. The snake on the body is a decal, and it looks cool from 5 or more feet away. The neck is exactly the same as every Epi LP Classic neck - a biggish (compared to a Wizard profile) "V" shape that's actually a little smaller than the average Gibson neck. Basically, these guitars are really just Epiphone Les Paul Classics with some cosmetic enhancements. The last time I was looking at one, I dragged the Epi LP Classic I owned at the time into the store with me to do a little comparison, and excepting the finish and decal, they were identical on all counts. The bottom line is that they have about as much in common with a real Les Paul as an RG 260 has with a Jem...

That being said, I'd encourage anyone interested in trying out the Les Paul thing to get an Epi to play with for a while - they give you an idea of what a real LP will feel and play like without the huge $$$ outlay a Gibo demands. I'm glad I didn't buy a Gibson, because in the end I much prefer my beautiful Alvarez Summit to any Gibson Les Paul I've played (and I've played a few, including Jimmy Page & Joe Perry models, and a 25/50). I wanted a Gibson LP for a long time, but I don't want one any more...
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See, I know it's an inferior guitar, but I think I may try one out. *I don't think I could go wrong for under $200!

Thanks for the info!
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Hey Kirk,

If you find one with a good resonating body when played acoustically then it's worth buying and modding it. However I would recommend to replace the electronics and the hardware completeley. But that makes still a good LP for about $500-550 which still costs very much less than the real thing and is damn' close to the real thing. Good luck!
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What is the problem with the hardware? *

Bad bridge? *Tuners?

I ususally wind up swapping the pickups out anyhow, so that isn't really an issue.
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The tunners are vintage crap. Gibson uses the same things on some of there models and charges like $60 bucks for them when they could put a set of grovers on for $20 less. Can anyone explain their logic? If plastic buttons really that important to the guitars looks the put the on a good set of tunners.
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Wouldn't the 7 string classic be more interesting. plus you can buy black hardware for it at wd music products.


The Slash Les paul always looked cheesy to me with that snake on it.
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I have owned an Epi-Les Paul for many years. It always was and still is a very nice playing guitar. Even after I broke the neck and had it repaired. :biggrin: I found that replacing the Pickups with something a bit more extravagant made a big difference. Even with the upgrade the price is real cheap.
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I'm back...

Ah... yes the tuners... right, they're crap. I mean of course you could fix the problem with graphite on the nut and winding the strings and so on, but the moment will come soon where you bend the string and the tuner gets loose too.

And the bridge... the strings break easily on some of them, because the saddles have realy sharp edges. Besides that they don't feel like the real thing metalwise. But, never mind the bridge has the last prio. The electronics and the tuning machines are definetley prio-1.

Good luck!
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Well, bidding went into a sniping war, and me with a 37k connection couldn't get more than two "shots" in at the guitar. *

I am going to take a leap of faith, I am buying a new one, and the price is great, so if I don't like it, I'll probably be able to off it without losing.

There seems to be a 50/50 split on this one, so I'll see what is up with it.

I personally like the cheesy snake sticker! *
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Good luck! I hope you'll like it...
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