Epiphone Les Paul 100
Epiphone Les Paul 100

Les Paul 100, LP-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the Les Paul series.

heads on fire 01/30/2012

Epiphone Les Paul 100 : heads on fire's user review

« Nope. »

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Body mahogany
Top maple
Neck mahogany
Neck Joint Bolt-on; Tapered Heel; 4 bolt recessed
Scale 24.75
Nut Width 1.68”
Fingerboard rosewood with Dot Inlays
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Pickups 700T Humbucker (bridge) 650R (neck)
Controls 2-Volume, 2-Tone
Tailpiece LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Hardware Nickel
Color ebony (EB), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Vintage Sunburst (VS) (Left-handed HS)


This is a Les Paul in name only. I remember Les Paul being furious with Gibson for changing his signature model to the SG shape starting in 1960-61. He was so mad that he told them to take his name off of the guitar. With a guitar as nice as the SG, if Les Paul wanted his name off of it, why would he stand for it being put on something like this cheapo from Epiphone? The Les Paul 100 is a bit of a junker, to be blunt. It is hard to get a great setup on, meaning beginners will have to press harder, and for many of them this is discouraging. The body looks neat, until viewed up close - the guitar I tried had some small but noticeable finish imperfections in it. The fact that it is a bolt on does not help.


Here's the real stinger - the pickups sound awful. They function, so it's not like the guitar does nothing. But the sounds it does make are extremely thin, with no definition, especially at high-gain scenarios. The pickups just have this dull blandness I couldn't shake, no matter how I set up the controls on the guitar or amp.


This is just a throwaway guitar, honestly. It would be a decent prop for a music video, as long as the camera wasn't HD or zoomed in too close. It really is that bad - if I were on a super tight budget, I'd try to look elsewhere, like an Ibanez. If the classic styling is that important to you, just save up for an Epiphone Les Paul Standard - you'll thank me.