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Les Paul 100, LP-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone belonging to the Les Paul 100 model.


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Prices starting at $299 average price: $299

Epiphone Les Paul 100 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Epiphone
  • Model:Les Paul 100
  • Category:LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/26/2011

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Epiphone Les Paul 100 user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 25 reviews )
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S2D09/09/2014

S2D's review"Poor man's Gibson but still worth a look"

Epiphone Les Paul 100
The Epiphone Les Paul i bought from Guitar Guitar back in 2011 was made in Epiphone land - also known as China. It has the classic Les Paul setup with 2 volume and 2 tone pots (one for each channel) along with a 3 way pickup selector switch for the Neck, Middle and Bridge positions. It comes with an ebony wood neck, 2 humbucker pickups and 22 frets.

UTILIZATION

Admittedly, the top frets can be a pain to reach, it is easier sitting down but when standing with a guitar strap that has strap locks on it it can be quite awkward so lead guitarists with small hands might be in trouble when it comes to this but then if you want to be like Slash or Jimmy Page and be a Les Paul guitar player then that is the price you will need to pay. With an Epiphone Les Paul, you are not going to get the exact same quality of tone as a Gibson, there is a reason that the price gap is so large, so anyone who tells you that you can is either - A. In denial - B. Inexperienced or C. Hasn't played both guitars. With that being said don't let it put you off, whether you are a new beginner guitarist looking for their first axe, or a more experienced player wanting to try out the Les Paul style of guitar without having to remortgage the house, then this Epiphone could be the ideal choice for you.

SOUNDS

Traditionally, the combination of a Les Paul guitar and a Marshall Amplifier has always been a successful combination, and today that still rings true, you simply can't argue with that setup. If you are a rock guitar player then i would recommend a Marshall amplifier. I personally use a Marshall AVT150 half stack with the Epiphone Les Paul on the OD1 channel. When distorted this guitar can sound decent, the bridge pickup has a little bit of bite to it but can also sound quite muddy, especially on a clean setting. The neck pickup is warm but undefined with no real character to the sound and can get lost in the mix in a loud setting, depending on what amp you are using it is definitely suggested that you dial in a lot of treble and presence if possible to give more life to the pickups.

The pickups that come standard are the main problem with the Epiphone Les Paul as they are usually low quality and can sound 'muddy' and 'boxy' which isn't really what a great guitar should sound like especially in rock. I would seriously recommend upgrading the pickups to something like a set of good seymour duncan pickups almost straight away if you can, it will improve the sound immensely straight away and also produce more output volume which is another noticeable difference between Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls. Another way to get round the lack of upper midrange response from the pickups is by getting a good EQ pedal such as the Boss GE-7, and boosting between 2-4khz until you notice the sound becoming clearer but not too much or else it will wander into piercing and irritating territory, also try taking some of the lower midrange out between 300-800hz as muddiness can be taken away from this area on the Les Paul and often sounds more natural than a lot of boosting. Some distortion pedals can also improve the sound better through some of their features such as the Boss DS-1 or the Metal Zone if you are looking for a more extreme/heavier and processed sound.

OVERALL OPINION

The best thing about this guitar are the looks and the price. As mentioned earlier, it is perfect for beginner guitar players and will suit their needs perfectly, most of my review is from an experienced guitar players point of view having used a Gibson guitar for years before purchasing the Epiphone Les Paul so don't be put off by it.

The default factory sound quality is average, although if you do have some more money to put towards it, i would recommend purchasing better pickups such as Seymour Duncans or even Gibson pickups, and also get a good pro setup done to the guitar as often the intonation on Epiphone's can be a little bit wayward which is bad especially for playing parts around the 12th fret or higher as it can sound out of tune and downright nasty.

All in all, this is the best priced and best quality for the price (in my experience) copy of a Gibson Les Paul on the market today that i am aware of, plus it looks the part as well. So whether you are dressing up as Slash for Halloween or just want the Les Paul experience, you can't go wrong with the Epiphone.
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tarrtime02/13/2013

tarrtime's review"Looks like a LP, sounds like a LP, must be a LP!"

Epiphone Les Paul 100
This Epiphone LP was made in Japan. It has a bridge and neck pick-up. These picks can be selected using the Rhythm/Treble Selector. Individual volume controls can be used to control volume of the pick-ups separately. The same is true for the Tone knobs that apply a variable low-pass filter.
The guitar uses a standard 1/4" output jack. A standard LP bridge is used such that the strings can be easily changed without having to feed them through the body of the guitar.

UTILIZATION

This guitar is pretty heavy. It is the first thing you notice when you pick it up if you are used to Strats or Teles. It can take a little bit of getting used to if you haven't played LPs very much. However, this Epiphone LP isn't even as heavy as some of the Gibson LPs that have solid wood bodies. This Epiphone LP has some composite wood which makes it a little bit lighter.
The neck is very smooth and comfortable to play. It is not to thick, but not to thin.
I have had this guitar for ~15 years. The hardware is kind of cheap, and is probably a good idea to replace. I never got around to replacing it, just because this guitar was never my main guitar. I would also recommend replacing the pickups. It is not that the pickups sound bad, but you can purchase the pickups used in the top-of-the-line LPs and put them in an Epiphone for pretty cheap. It is a good way to upgrade the sound of the guitar for a small amount of money.

SOUNDS

This guitar is made for rock music. Put it in the treble (bridge) pick-up position and turn up the gain on your amp. The guitar has plenty of signal output to produce some very musical overdrive harmonics. Trying to do the same thing with single-coil pickups will just leave you unsatisfied.
The rhythm (bridge) pick up setting is also good for bluesy chords and lead. It cleans up nicely if you back off the volume knob, but can produce some very usable smooth sustainable lead parts.

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar is a satisfactory intermediate level guitar for anyone who has been playing the guitar for longer than a year and is ready to step up from the entry level $100 range. It doesn't compare with Gibson Les Paul models in either sound quality, woods/hardware, construction quality, etc. But is also doesn't compare in price, luckily. It sounds like a Les Paul. If you a guitarist that likes rock music, and like a lot of bands that play Les Pauls, then you will be happier buying this Epiphone LP than buying a comparable Fender Strat. It might not be the perfect, ideal guitar, but it is worth saving your money until you can really appreciate/justify a $4000 guitar.
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MGR/Austin01/27/2004

MGR/Austin's review"Epiphone Les Paul 100"

Epiphone Les Paul 100
I was looking around at musiciansfriend.com and checking out several different guitars, reading reviews, and weighing all of the different corrners of guitar buying. My intention was to get an axe to play jazz on and even some rock-oriented things. I saw it once as a referb item but didnt' know enough about it to make a purchase then. Since then, I've been able to get out and try the Paul.

Mabey it's partly because I'm a bit of a newbie to the guitar world, but I just love this guitar. It's capabilities are limitless. The humbuckers on this baby are kickin. They can do the soft dark tones of jazz and then some, and also to go the wailing shriekes of rock n' roll. The tuners are so easy to move. After a day, sure, the guitar may need some tuning, but it can stay tuned for a many sessions of playing.

I'm not realy sure that I can say that there is anything to not like about this guitar. Other than it's somewhat-possibly-mabey-on-the-heavy-side body, it's magnificent. It probably has more to do with my newness to guitar, but it's somewhat confusing to try and put the plug into the socket when the axe is on me. I might also add that it would be quite important to get either a locking strap or a terribly hard leather strap to keep the guitar on. I have a tendency of bringing up the neck to my ear to hear a pitch directly from the string and have the strap fall through and drop the guitar. Thankfully I can catch it.

This seems to have some nice build to it. All except for the gulty fact that it's made in China, it's a fine guitar.

I'd say that this guitar is wonderful for beginner guitarests or even intermediate guitarists. Its tone is lovely and versatile and it feels wonderful in my hands. So in other words, BUY THIS GUITAR!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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MGR/hendrix12/23/2003

MGR/hendrix's review"Epiphone LP100"

Epiphone Les Paul 100
I got it at a pawn shop for $280.

first,it is well built,bolt on neck,rosewood finger board.Its got the tune O matic and everything!Not far away from a gibson.

I wasn't so pleased with the tuning heads,and the switch is pretty cheap but otherwise its fine.

If you were to put a emg-81 in the bridge position and throw in a brass nut for a little extra tone it would be very exeptional

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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