Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Custom - Ebony user reviews
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- The Epiphone Les Paul Custom is, without a doubt, the most popular guitars that Epiphone has in their lineup. The guitar features a mahogany body with a mahogany neck, gold hardware, 24.75'' scale length, carved maple top, optional pickguard, ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge, binding, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.
- This is one of the very few Epiphones out there that is a true Custom copy. This one actually has an ebony fretboard, and that really does change the sound and feel of this instrument for the better. The nut wasn't too bad on this, thankfully. However, the frets were a bit iffy. They weren't perfectly level, and you could tell that once you start lowering the action. They could have been crowned a bit better. Upper fret access sucks, just like every other Les Paul out there, but you learn to deal with it.
- This one had some EMGs swapped in it, so I'll be going by those in this review. The guitar had an EMG 81 in the bridge, and it ripped. However, the guitar itself was fairly bright, and I think the 81 wasn't a great match in the bridge. Considering that it's an all mahogany body, that's a bit surprising, but it happens sometimes. There are just certain woods that sound brighter than others, and this was one of them. The EMG 85 in the neck was just about perfect, however. It was warm and fat, but it also had some slight cut going on thanks to the naturally bright sounding mahogany going on.
- Overall Opinion
- If you're looking for a Custom but don't want to pay the price, check out these. They can be somewhat hard to find, but they sound pretty good, have some decent QC going on and are actually true Custom clones. In fact, these things can actually rival other copies such as Edwards and the such.
- The Gibson Les Paul Custom is probably one of the most coveted guitars out there, so it was only natural that Epiphone would make their own version of it. This guitar features a mahogany body with a set mahogany neck, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, block inlays, a tune-o-matic bridge for tuning stability and maximum sustain, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.
- I'm a bit on the fence with this. While Epiphone calls it a Custom, it's really not. For one, it doesn't have an ebony fretboard. That's a big killer, in my opinion. The ebony fretboard is one of the number one reasons to buy a Les Paul Custom in the first place. That said, it still sounds nice. This actually sounds pretty close to a Gibson Studio, and considering the price, it's pretty much on par with the Gibson equivalent. Access to the upper frets is still very iffy considering the neck joint, and the guitars still tend to be body heavy, so sitting with them can be a pain.
- I'm not a fan of the stock pickups in this. To me, they sound weak and muddy. The bridge pickup in this can do some hard rock and whatnot, but I'm a metal guitarist. I like higher output pickups that can really drive the amp hard. This pickup wasn't able to give the amp the punch I like. The neck pickup was also muddy and undefined. On top of that, it had some annoying treble that I couldn't seem to dial out no matter how hard I tried, and I contribute that solely to the pickup as it didn't have that sound unplugged.
- Overall Opinion
- If you're looking for a Gibson Les Paul Custom rival, look into either getting an Edwards, a Burny or something else like that. You'll get a guitar that's a lot closer to the Custom than this one. That said, this is a pretty solid guitar, and I bet it would be totally killer if you replaced the pickups in this thing.
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- It is therefore an Epiphone Les Paul made for Japan in 1999, recognized by the factory Fujigen (Fender Japan, Orville, etc. ...).
Head open book, not the Elitist series.
ABR-1 bridge fairly accurate.
1 piece mahogany neck, painted poly, rather fine and enjoyable to play, thinner than 50's. I never play 60's slim tapper, I can not say if this is it.
22 frets on a set neck with long tenon, rosewood fingerboard.
African mahogany body in 2 parts.
Solid maple table curved, 2 parts.
Double binding, bone nut.
Pickups 50SR and 60ST original made in USA, really well despite the criticism that they are subject to regular review. Is incomparable with the Epiphone pickups Chinese or even Korean, infinitely above. It is rather low output, Gibson 490R and 490T typed.
Personally, being a fan of Slash, I've changed for Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash signature.
on the other hand, if I changed all the gold hardware which, after 12 years, had grown old, I kept the original Mecas, which are held blameless on the agreement.
- Ergonomics? Always the same, it's a Les Paul, so it's heavy (3.9 kg, which is even light enough for a LP) and access to acute is twisted.
on the other hand, it sounds crazy, is broadly sustain longer than the Korean models and / or Chinese, and the sound coming out, even with its original pickups, is infinitely better than the recent series of high-end Epiphone, the 1960's Tribute, yet equipped with Gibson Classic 57 and 57 +.
The electronics is average, better than the Koreans and Chinese, for sure in terms of the selector. I rewired everything but the top range with knobs CTS log, with clean welds and a selector switchcraft.
- To play what I play (Guns / Slash, Led Zep, Bonamassa, AC / DC, Aerosmith, Queen for a bit) is what my doctor prescribed me according to my portfolio;)
I plug it into being a head Blackheart Handsome Devil 15W, I also plugged in a Blackstar HT-5, and it's really stunning to be closer to those artists. After that, it is the fingers that make the difference. The change in pickups and electronics that I have made have helped, but the base is good.
Enthusiasts for its springy strident treble or death metal with microphones high output levels, look elsewhere! Here, everything is smooth and creamy serious micro-sharp rhythmic bridge pickup.
- Overall Opinion
- The honeymoon is over, I've had almost a year. I paid dear, yes, 800 € MIJ but are rare and are starting to sell at prices above their real musical values. That said, if you find their price "logic" is € 600-700 for a MIJ Epiphone Custom is a better value than a Gibson LP Studio (neck tenon long, quality workmanship in the collages , violin & used wood ...). That is also my opinion, a much better investment than a high end Epiphone & Co. in nine.
I tested the Epiphone Korean and Chinese, Bacchus Les Paul (MIJ as well, but there is still the class above), and for those who dream of a head with his Gibson open book, but without having the budget is an excellent investment. The class above is not the Gibson Studio, it is the Gibson Trad or Standard, or when Edwards E-LP-130, or Tokai LS150/160.
Not the best LP, but with that value for money and after the upgrades you can do to fix it to his own taste (microphones, electronics, hardware), the value is easily beatable in this range.
- Epiphone Les Paul Custom Elistist.
24 cases, 4 buttons (2 volumes 2 tones), fixed bridge like many lespaul. Dores finishes, black body coating, microphones origins satisfactory for Epiphone trs, trs sound close to gibson. Channel selector molded treble / medium / pace.
- Channel trs varnish can be pleasant, but still play a big compared to the SG of the same price for its delicious solos, chords disto smooth and powerful, clean but fairly standard modular. Lighter than the Les Paul that could leave auparevant the guitar is more bearable to wear lontemps. Many settings with different tones and the selector is a treat.
- Fits all style, versatile guitar trs long as the amp follows. I could not test it on marshall and it's really good trs ... I think the love mesa, vox or fender will be delighted too.
- Overall Opinion
- I use this guitar for 1 year and the good points are cited earlier and the inconvnients (weight, thick neck).
Epiphone for the price is right especially if one is looking for a gibson sound and look, but that was not 1000 in your pocket! very good guitar.