Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio

Goth Les Paul Studio, LP-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the Les Paul series.

nickname009 09/01/2011

Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio : nickname009's user review


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I can't remember where this was made. I bought this guitar when the goth series first came out. I thought it was pretty badass! I think they were made in Korea at the time, but they may now have them produced in China.

Anyway, the features:

Mahogany body and neck, set neck with rosewood board.

No inlays except the awesome roman numeral XII.

Alnico pickups, 2 volume and 2 tones with a 3 way switch.

Satin black finish, with a tune-0-matic bridge.

Decent tuners.


Pretty much an LP all the way around. Set neck and the big huge bulge there so you can't really reach up unless you have gorilla hands, which I don't.

There are no contours as far as I remember, it was pretty traditional shape-wise, nothing fancy. The fretwork was quite good when I got this, didn't have to do anything. Setup was ok too and it stayed in tune since it's not a floyd!!

So it's average.


Sounds huh? Well let's just say the first few days I got this, I changed the pickups right away to EMGs and made this guitar a real workable guitar afterwards.

I just couldn't stand the pickups, they were too shrill and fizzy sounding. There was no soul, no clarity, no definition. Just complete noise and the cleans were completely sterile and lifeless as well. For such a big and warm sounding guitar you'd expect some better sounds, but I guess this is where they sort of 'cut corners' on this guitar.

I hated the pickups, period. They were never good.


Overall, my korean LP was awesome. Finish was fine, setup was good, frets were good. Guitar looked great overall, super metal look! Great aesthetic! The pickups were horrible so you need to change them if you want it to sound any good. Though I as is, it's horrible sounding in my opinion and needs to be upgraded!

I actually prefer this goth LP version to the gibson one, not only for the price point but there's no creepy old guy pictures of gibson himself (i think) on the back of the headstock on these like there is on the gibson version.

Also it's a traditional LP shape. So if you're used to playing these types of guitars and love'em for how they are then this wouldn't disappoint you in any way.

So it's decent. It's a working man's guitar that needs upgrades.