Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard

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

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 67 reviews )
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King Loudness05/06/2011

King Loudness's review"A reasonable LP facsimile "

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard was made to act as a lower budget version of the classic Gibson Les Paul Standard. It features all of the classic appointments of the LP, such as a mahogany body and neck, flamed maple top, dual humbuckers, and a tuneomatic bridge and stop tailpiece. The full list of specs is as follows:

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar Features:
Mahogany body
Maple veneer over carved top
Alnico Classic humbuckers
Chrome hardware
Grover tuners
24-3/4" scale
1-11/16" nut width
Set mahogany neck
Slim-tapered neck profile
Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
Body/neck binding
LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece

Basically, it's designed to be a classic Les Paul, but at about 1/4 the price... does it live up to the hype? We'll see...


Design wise, the Les Paul was never the most ergonomic guitar on the planet, and this Epiphone model is no exception. The Epiphone model, like the 2008 model Gibson LP Standard, features chambered construction so it's lighter than your average LP, but as I stated in my LP Standard review, the cost of a lighter wait is a thinner/un LP like tone in my opinion. The upper fret access on Les Pauls is decent enough, though the neck heel can get in the way on occasion.

Getting a decent tone out of this guitar is not difficult. Like nearly every Epiphone guitar I've tried, it's plagued with muddy, cheap sounding pickups that lack note definition, so the tones as stock are not even close to my Gibson LP that is loaded with '57 Classics. However, I have tried models that have had replaced pickups, and it does greatly improve the tone of the guitar plugged in.


I've tried these guitars through various Marshall and Mesa Boogie amplifiers, both in stock and modified form. I would say the tones are reasonable enough when you consider the price they sell for new. O

The clean tones are fair enough when set up correctly. The pickups lack a lot of the punch of some higher quality models from Gibson, DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan, but even considering that, the cleans have a decent low end and midrange tone that's excellent for jazzy and bluesy tones.

The overdrive tones are nice for the guitar for sure. It seems to excel at seventies/eighties arena type hard rock. The guitar isn't quite as dynamic as my Gibson LP, so using the volume and tone controls really don't do quite as much as I might like.

All in all, the stock tones really are average at best. It improves greatly if you upgrade the pickups, but that's an additional expense to consider when buying...


All in all I figure the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a decent lower budget guitar for someone who really wants to be the next Jimmy Page or Slash, but is on a budget. The construction of the guitar is fine and it plays fairly well... but the electronics are simply just not up to par. Personally, if I was spending $600 on a flamed top Epiphone LP Standard and then an additional $150 or $200 on pickups/electronics... I would simply put my money into a second hand Gibson Les Paul Studio or Studio Faded, which to me is a far superior instrument and will hold its value far better than an Epiphone.

killerkgprime's review

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
The Epi standard is made in Korea. The 2 vol and 2 tone controls allow for easy tone variation at your fingertips.

Mahogany body with a thick maple cap
thick mahogany neck
rosewood board with 22 meduim jumbo frets
stoptail/tune-o-matic bridge


I'm more of a strat guy, so LP's have never had the best upper fret acess for me. The coupling of a beefy neck defineily hinders speed on an LP neck, but that doesn't mean it can't be done, just look at John Sykes!

The lack of comfort cuts might bother players more comfortable with strats, but that's also part of an LP's charm, that large mass of wood.

Although I've played many LP's that didn't sound or play that great, one thing that you can be sure of is that an LP will sound big, and have a low mid emphasis, just because of the wood mass and body/neck construction.

My Epi is about 9 lbs. Pretty hefty!


I go for a Marshally, Modded Plexi type tone with most of my guitars, but I find that my Epi performs better under lower gain settings, where the fat LP tone can take over.

The pickups are OK. Nothing spectacular about them, but at the same time, they aren't horrible. The bridge delivers on 70s hard rock ala Thin lizzy, but it get's muddy under high gain applications. The neck is a bit better for that, but it still tends to have too much lows. Cleans are quite warm, if a bit characterless, and safe.


An Epi LP is a good introduction to Les Pauls, if you're on a budget. With a good setup, and new pickups, you can definetly find keepers, unfortuantely mine was not one of them. One of the best LP's I've ever played was a Zakk Wyled sig, though, so it can be done at a lower price point.
blind Boy07/26/2014

blind Boy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I had a dream ..."

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Electric guitar Mahogany body, Maple top, bolt-on mahogany, rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, neck and bridge humbucker. Scale: 628mm, Width at nut: 42mm, chrome hardware, Colour: Cherryburst.


Good handle, well balanced, acceptable weight but with a wide strap. Good access to acute, we get the sound you seek without problems, that is if we know what are the knobs ...


It was my first guitar, so she agreed to all styles of music ...
the clean a little warm, bluesy, well hairy imitation Slash, unfortunately I only played on a 15W amp Park. I tried to approach the sound of the gun's or AC / DC at the time, there are already 20 years ...


I used it for 3 years every day, then enter working life that I touched no longer so only intermittently. I also did two years with stage and this is where its limits were found. I finally worked on a self-produced album with, or combined with the effects of 4-track recorder, I got something coherent ... in the words of the guy who completely mastering my tracks.
This guitar, I also loved for its aesthetics, and despite the overall quality of all a bit cheap, I spent hours with pure pleasure. I said low end in terms of what is installed on the imitated, THE Gibson Les Paul style! It is a beautiful gift we m'à is there all the same, and the same means, I will be also paid me a copy rather than the original.

fabc14's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good surprise"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
- Type: solid body electric guitar
- Series: Les Paul Special Run
- Provenance: Asia
- Body: Mahogany
- Table: Carved Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany, '50s Rounded profile '
- Rosewood
- Frets: 22 Medium Type
- Scale: 24.75 "
- Radius: 14 "
- Pickups: 2 Alnico Classic humbucker Epiphone More
- Controls: 1 volume by micro, 1 tone micro, / 3-position selector
- Bridge: Epiphone Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Epiphone Stopbar
- Tuners: Grover Modern oil bath
- Hardware: chrome
- Cosmetics:
- Color: Worn Cherry
- Verni: polyurethane satin
- Ref. : ENSWCCH4


The handle is nice to play with strings 10/46, I set the action low and I only have a few small boxes frizz, inaudible on my Laney LC15 or records. This does not impact the game or sound, I left the setting as this. The finish is successful, only the rosewood is a bit dull, but it must be arranged. After, bah it's seen and ratavu, access to acute rather lame, bridge and tailpiece classic.


The clean sounds are correct, but hey, if you want pure sound of madness, you buy a strat and then you stop tinkering.
The Les Paul is made for big sound and that's why we love him.
In My Laney LC15 she is doing very honestly I must say. I did not expect to find a sound like that. By the gain of the amp and the guitar volume way down (just), we timidly approach the myth and the ridiculous price of this used guitar, hat Epiphone.
The bridge pickup is the most successful, it enters all large distortion effects and keeping a good definition. on the other hand, it can not be said of the neck pickup. we quickly right with porridge when he asks too much.


I'm addicted to my stratocaster, but now, forced to confessed that Epiphone has something. I'll change the neck pickup to be sure, buy him a pickguard and buttons more to my liking, and then we will be faced with a very fine specimen that will give me that "vintage noiseless" my strat does not have namely a big sound very fat. The whole is coherent for a quality / hard to beat, at least on this model money, and yes I would do this choice.

syl2412's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
In which country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)

What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?

What kind of stick?
Glued rather round.

How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?
22 frets. Originally, they are Seymour Duncan pickups copy. Duncans but I installed it. A SH1 (59) in Chevalt and SH2 (Jazz) in neck.

What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)?
Les Paul configuration:
-2 Humbuckers not splitted
Switch-3 position, bridge - bridge + neck and neck
-2 Volumes and 2 tones independent for each microphone.
Not what is most versatile.


The handle is it nice?
It is not flat, rather designed to fit into the palm of the hand and chords. I have big hands, it does not suit me wrong.

Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
It is a rather heavy guitar. The body is large for an electric, but there must have cavities inside because it is lighter than my Fame Forum IV. The interface is not as good as on a range of guitars of more recent design. It's hardly her strong point.

Access to acute (last string) Is it easy?
No, it is not very easy. Again, the conception date and it is not made for shred.

Do you get a good sound easy?
Why yes, the original pickups are good clean or crunchy, but quickly becomes vague and mushy in saturation. That's why I've changed. Since the sound suits me much better.


Are they suitable for your style of music?
Yes, for all that is jazz, blues, rock, hard rock. Not for what is metal and funk.

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)?
Ben rather fat and round (especially neck). It's a Les Paul, not a Stratocaster.

With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 Combo TSC, Wahwah Dunlop, Whammy 4, Rocktron Hush, Rocktron Silver Dragon.

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I do not hate the tone. It is pretty well what is in his jurisdiction. It's not a Gibson either.


For how long have you been using it?
For 5 or 6 years.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Some of which an Epiphone SG, an Epiphone Explorer, a Mexican Start, a Cort, a Gibson Les Paul, a WSL, a Dean Dime ... And I had an Ibanez JEM 555

What thing do you like most/least about it?
The +: its roots rock side
The -: lack of versatility and ergonomics

What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
No. I found a Fame Forum IV for 799 euros. If I count my Les Paul 525 of the 200 + and dust for the 2 humbuckers, I'm almost at the same price. And in manufacturing quality, versatility (2 humbuckers and split a piezo bridge), sound, sustain, ergonomic handle, ... it easily outperforms Epiphone.
dimmebag cobain09/09/2010

dimmebag cobain's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad at all"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Standard piphone nothing to say more
except that the microphones are zero !!! or correct for a beginner!


It is heavy like all Les Paul!
if the handle is pleasant
I think the finish is frankly not bad for price


I did not test with an amp because I have no desire to listen to the original pickups!
empty but I compar with my violin and guitar sounds quite frankly its vacuum !!
so I put 8 because it was empty sounds really pretty and gossips who do not like to say that as brands want but honestly for the price I think there's potential with better microphones


well if you like trains paul and you do not want to ruin you ben made pt! Just pay attention to the ears warned the microphones are not exceptional !!
otherwise it is a nice guitar I do not hsiterai was up on stage when the microphones are changbr /> small BMOL is that there's more or less good series So fluke or not !!
a wise

red-wind's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
See below


A Les Paul, with the comfort and less, the quality varnished less.
Poor violin and a solidity more than average. It is very far from a Gibson.


The sound is not bad, rather versatile. But still, it was better for less.
The guitar is suitable for a lot of styles: blues, rock, hard rock, pop, ...
I found this not particularly good for the Mtal (except stone-rock styles or green-day), but since I do not play nearly as not to pose too many problems.

The sound is fat enough, not bad, but it was obviously not the grain of a Gibson.


To be clear, this guitar is not bad at all, it is really worth.
It is rather versatile and simply if it is used with the proper hardware.

However, a standard complaint I find it quite chre in the sense o my Ibanez cot which offers 100 less than the Superior his Epiphone, and also a better finish.

Obviously Gibson Epiphone is more in the mind, even though now that I have a real Gibson SG, I realize that the sound of the Epiphone years Enlightenment.
I do not think I would do this choice. I would opt for Ibanez or Yamaha I think. But even when the guitar is not bad for purists seeking Gibson reasonable price.