Epiphone Les Paul Standard
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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 )
 31 reviews46 %
 27 reviews40 %
 7 reviews10 %
 2 reviews3 %
Audience: Beginners
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Steve_Boudreaux08/01/2011

Steve_Boudreaux's review"Replace The Pickups, And This Guitar Is As Good As A Les Paul Gets- Bar NONE"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Don't believe those who say the Epiphone Les Paul is not top-notch, or nearly so- the only thing that disappoints are the pickups, and even they are decent. I upgraded the pups to Gibson Burstbucker Pro's- nothing else was needed. I upgraded the tuners, but only because I had a set of Gibson bell-knob tuners that looked cooler- the original Grover tuners (branded, not copies) were as good as the ones I put on. I decided to wait to see how the pots, switch, caps and wiring, and the nut, performed, and now, three years later, with considerable play, they are all working just fine.

Don't let anyone tell you Agile, SX, or anybody else's LP is better- it just is not so. If these were not made in Indonesia, they would be perfect.

UTILIZATION

Exact copy of the Gibson Les Paul in body and neck shape- easy to play, if a bit heavy.

SOUNDS

Works fine with any amp I have played it with.

OVERALL OPINION

Black, ivory and chrome color scheme avoids glitch and flash. This is what a Les Paul should look like.
tjon90106/07/2011

tjon901's review"Official Les Paul copy"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Epiphone is Gibsons lower price line of guitar. They have pretty much the same specs as the Gibson models. The electronics are not as good but they are made from the species of wood but the wood may not be the best quality. The Les Paul standard guitar was introduced in 1958. They came with the first PAF pickups and when people talk about the Gibson tone they are talking about these. They have the standard Les Paul setup with mahogany body with a maple top and a mahogany neck with a 22 fret rosewood fretboard. Two humbucking Alnico Classic pickups with dual volume and tone controls with a 3 way toggle switch pickup selector. The up position on the switch selects the neck pickup. The middle position on the pickup selector selects both pickups. And the down position on the pickup selector selects the bridge pickup. It has a tune-o-matic bridge and stop tail piece.

UTILIZATION

The Epiphone Les Paul standard has all of the same advantages and disadvantages in playability that every Les Paul has. If you are use to modern guitars with thin necks the Les Paul neck will be very big for you. Because of the set neck design there is a large neck tenon and joint. This can make the upper frets hard for some people to reach because the body essentially joins the neck at the 17th fret. After the 17th fret you are reaching around the body to get to the frets. The tuning stability is good because there is no tremolo. The quality of hardware Epiphone uses is not that great. I have had problems with the input jack unscrewing itself and things like that.

SOUNDS

The pickups Epiphone uses are not that great. They are pretty muddy and dead. You do not get much attack with these pickups. Since these pickups do not have much definition the neck position can get really muddy. These guitars are chambered like the Gibson Les Paul standard guitars. This takes away some of the thickness from the tone. With a high gain amp the sound might get muddy due to the lack of definition. With some types of music these pickups are great. If you want a bluesy sound these pickups will do really good and you will be able to get a smooth tone out of them. With a pickup swap this guitar can sound great so I would recommend to anyone who has one of these Epiphones to try it out with some after market pickups.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are looking for a cheap Gibson Les Paul alternative there are better guitars out there. Epiphone makes the only official Les Paul copies but there are some other copies that are of a lot better quality. I would recommend looking at an Agile Les Paul copy. You can get a guitar half the price of the Epiphone but with better quality, and for the price you pay for this Epiphone you can get an Agile with an ebony fretboard and Gibson quality hardware.
moosers11/03/2010

moosers's review

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a nice take on the classic LP guitar, under the Epiphone name and aimed at those who might not be able to afford a Gibson Les Paul. It’s got all of the same features and make up that you’ll find on a Gibson Les Paul Standard, but it’s made of lesser parts and I don’t believe it’s made in America. The guitar has dual humbucker pick ups, each with their own independent volume and tone controls and a three way selector switch for choosing between the pick ups or blending the two of them together. This is a pretty standard electric guitar configuration, which the Les Paul has impacted no doubt. I don’t really know what kinds of woods this guitar is made out of, but it doesn’t feel incredibly cheap unless you compare it directly to a Gibson LP.


UTILIZATION

Playing the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is no trouble at all. The neck is pretty round as you’ll find with most Les Pauls, although I can’t say that this one feels as fluid as a Gibson Les Paul in my opinion. Controlling your sound with the pick ups is really easy, as anyone who has ever had an electric guitar should be able to use this no problem. I don’t think that a manual is necessary for this guitar, although I haven’t seen one myself.



SOUNDS

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard absolutely has the sound of a true Les Paul. I haven’t had a chance to shoot out this guitar and a Gibson Les Paul, as it’s been a while since I’ve played this guitar. A friend of mine that I grew up playing up with has this guitar, so it was always around and I was always playing it, but never really did any recording with it. It’s certainly going to give you that creamy Les Paul sound, which anyone who has ever used one before will tell you works incredibly well for both rhythm and lead parts. I’d be curious to see how the sound of this stacked up against a Gibson Les Paul Standard, but from what I can tell it’s going to be closer than you think.


OVERALL OPINION

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a great way for beginning and intermediate guitar players to get a great axe at a great price. If you’ve only been playing a short while and are looking for a guitar to bring you up a notch without having to spend the money it would take to get a full on Gibson, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is the perfect guitar. While some will say that this is cheaply made and all that, which I guess it is compared to the Gibson version, this is no doubt a bona fide electric guitar.
MGR/Voxguitarist3012/14/2001

MGR/Voxguitarist30's review"Epiphone Les Paul Standard Quilted Top"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
I love my Epiphone Les Paul Standard Quilted Top, its looks will shred you before the sound will!I got the Epi because it would fit in my small budget and still give me that phat, deep sound i wanted. Bought it at Mars Music for $400.

I absolutely love my epi. No guitar is perfect, but this one isn't that far behind. The finish I chose was a dark red quilt, almost blood red in colour. The body is solidas a brick (a good 10+pounder) and the sound is very good for "Gibson-Designed" humbuckers. The fact that it is a Limited Edition also urged me to get this guitar.

Above I did mention the pickups were good, but i think that i can do better with some custom pickups I'll get in the near future. Im considering a set of open coil PRS specials or maybe some Emg's. Aside from tune ups, every small probelm I have had has been under warrantee. When I first purchase the guitar I had a bad pot for the 3 way switch, so i had it replaced with a Gibson one from Mars; no charge. Along with the new pot the guy at Mars also fixed the setup, lowered the action by a hair, and waxed the guitar. More recently, (i have had it for about 6 months) I had a spur on the bridge fixed; it was also free at Mars. From my experience there, I'd recommend Mars to any musician for their excellent service and quality.

I think the above statement said alot about this, but anyway the overall quality was good. You get what you pay for, so I am not surprised by a few glitches. As far as construction goes, the quilted top looks very deep and not at all like a spary on paint. The body and neck have a cream binding that looks great againt the dark red finish. All the hardware is black from tuners to stopbar and the pickups are open coiled. The neck it strait as you could ask for and the trapezoid inlays are perfect. A True Rock Guitar!!!

The rating for this quitar is not really fair the way i see it. For what you pay, you get the an extreme quality axe. But when problems come, don't be surprised. I know if i didn't have a place like Mars to get it fixed, the review would not be as good. All in all, if i had the money, i would be reviewing a Gibson right now, but Epiphone is far from sub standard. If this guitar is in you're price range check it out!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Doherty's05/07/2013

Doherty's's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" toutoute first time!"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
korea, samick factory, factory outlet in March 1996
bolt-on neck, mahogany, rosewood fingerboard 22
medium jumbo fret
back and eclipse mahogany maple
Original Sam-Sung microphones
tailpiece tune o matic
standard model studio sunburst but I've never found one that had a name like that.
coda bought in Paris and it does not look like a studio, and has slight difference with a standard, I email epiphone for more info

UTILIZATION

the neck is super thin slim as the Paul slim neck today, often in the 90's guy who tested my guitar made me praise my sleeve
it is a heavy Paul the accessibility is very good
sound pickups and pots condo block is not terrible, but the time has come to make a small change with gibson knobs 59, bubble bee capacitors and DiMarzio paf 36 th anniversary, I think not take risk to say it 'll waltz in the cottages!
brief the violin is of very good quality and 16 years of age sustain very good unplugged

SOUNDS

these people it my Swiss Army knife in all styles accompanied by multi, effects caught up with her super versatile microphones, vintage daneletro on my nifty fifty, and goes all over my Marshall, it also had a fender stage185 sounded good and clean, well crystalline saturated the marshall heavy fat has its wish
After mod as mentioned I will complete article

OVERALL OPINION

I use these since November 96 my first electric guitar and for anything I divide them, she stayed in the closet a few years, for the favors of the other guitars and these I discovered it was Point the violin was good because I play a lot and believe me unplug it has nothing to envy to the model of American big brother standard model

tested and approved by several scratch! and myself once holder of the gibson epiphone the hawk my surpassed them on all points except the pickups and electronics
tarz200tdi03/05/2013

tarz200tdi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A quality instrument, a good base for upgrades"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Characteristics Epiphone Les Paul Standard ...
A one detail: mine was not a Korean, but part of this series, branded "limited edition" behind the head (not made in Korea), built in czechoslovakia with European woods, and finished Nashville.

A Standard Cherry Red like no other what ..

UTILIZATION

It has a side "real Les Paul" considerable weight, perfect finish, a round handle enough for me but very comfortable, and sustain madness ... even empty! I was impressed by the ability of the guitar to transmit the vibrations of the strings, and lonnnnnnnnnngtemps after playing the note.
Access to acute is that of a Les Paul what ...

small defect, but present in all the shovels that I have had in my possession: a hard nut to cut, so a holding agreement not always terrible ... Again, no need to change the original mechanical KLUSON are very good: a shot of lime in the luthier, a little pencil in the grooves fat recut the nut, and roll!

SOUNDS

This guitar can do everything with his very, very far, thanks to the violin, and "despite" the pickups Epiphone ... These were the black point of the guitar drafts, microphone sometimes ...
Nevertheless saw the sound already obtained from jazz to metal through blues and rock stuff, it would have been perfect with a pair of microphones gibby ... And it was well worth ii

OVERALL OPINION

Used as guitar No. 1 from 1999 to 2008

Actually I regret a little, and I would not back against a model of the same series, which is well above the Epiphone Les Paul standard.

If you come across one, to the coast, do not miss!
HardBlues07/11/2012

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

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Mine dates back to 2000 and was made in Samick in Korea.

The characteristics are that of a Les Paul ...
I have completely redone the electronics:
- Gibson Pickups Classic 57 and 57 +
- CTS knobs
- Switch Switchcraft jack and
- Condos oiled paper
- Cabling 50's

UTILIZATION

The handle is comfortable and is also a 1959 Slim.
Approximately 3.5 kg of maple and mahogany can feel it but it's not annoying,
Side ergonomics is not a Les Paul Strat has the defects of his qualities ...
The original sound is not bad, the microphone is even more serious good treble a bit garish in contrast. They lack a little precision but do the job.
With proper wiring it gains enormously in character for a very reasonable sum. I think it's really to make the upgrade, after determining the type of sound to which you want to go (vintage or modern).
The change in micro helped me refine the grain and make a little more precision and finesse.

SOUNDS

Perfect for me, you get sounds from Blues bodied (Albert King), at the old Hard (AC / DC) via the Rock and Pop couillue trend ... (ZZ-Top, Oasis ...)
I currently play in a Tech21 Blonde, between the two with a Proco Rat (sometimes) or a Maxon OD808 (often).
Turning down the volume are also obtained beautiful clean tones that are used to address registers coolest.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 12 years, and whether for sentimental reasons, it is a gift, or I do not see any objective model could replace it. Except maybe a Gibson Reissue, but one is more in the same rates, besides considering my level of play that would be wasted ...

Please note that notice, like that of Obiwan76, for older models made in Korea, it seems that the current Chinese model quality is not really comparable.
vicinity2706/09/2011

vicinity27's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not even afraid of Gibson!"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
thick handle for good grip, at least it feels like the guitar.
Micro Alnico (yes the original).
Asian manufacturing but not présicée.

UTILIZATION

Weight impec you can play with for hours.
Perfect position, the extension of the body.

SOUNDS

In his clear is almost as good as the gibson ... but must say that I'm using a Marshall JCM900 that should help lol
In short my solliste a gibson and sometimes it's hard to make a difference to who plays what lol
In disto's okay nothing fantastic, she throws for 300 euros!

OVERALL OPINION

Overall I have long had the Gibson complex but since I made "peace" with Epiphone I'm really happy
Over time I'll end up letting go for a gibson which costs eight times more expensive anyway ... and its not an 8 times, but hey "Only Gibson Is Good Enough"

But I will keep in decor so it is nice to look at and occasionally I will be right over
sam6612/16/2010

sam66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Epiphone Les Paul model? the right choice!"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
manufacture in korea (!) u very comfortable handle a little off but its okay
22 frets frets with a few small flaws finishes but nothing serious (it's still not a gibson!)
cons by the weight of good shall be identical shoulders!
microphones origins whistled tt therefore change trains for DiMarzio Evo II
mechanics are correct after 15 years they have not moved! crachotent the knobs a bit, but it manages with a bomb blows! the rest not care very nice run

UTILIZATION

varnishes do not hang your hand and are quite resistant to the sun ....
weight form is an acute lespaul therefore access to a fair bit but know where you're going with this kind of guitars!
after changing the microphone sound is to go and found the benefits of a heavy body that has good sustain with nice overtones a good balance of all frequencies are in!

SOUNDS

Good with these micro jazz is not good on the other hand rock blues hard rock neo metal is plenty to do! I play on marshall jvm 410 and finally I can get a clear sound, with a transistor amp was too powerful microphones and sound saturated Desuite! there with no problem beautiful lamps found the personality of the guitar in tt modes clean distortion crunch and more!
Perfect for rock style Deep Purple Led Zeppelin AC / DC etc. by microphones that are my top is versatile but in some areas the not amuse myself by playing country music with the microphone on it (it's on !).

OVERALL OPINION

2 years ago I wanted after a large flow of money to pay me a real lespaul made and I was disappointed by the prices and the models they offered tt (try more than 8 lespaul different landforms of 1959 to 2008 models!) certainly sounds typical varnish the wood were all very well but at the end of it with my Epiphone a15 years I really have a good instrument that cost me much much cheaper and with two three modif tt is made to my expectation this would be a shame to buy a guitar at 2000 € and change the pickups Desuite as possible and there's not kill the budget! value for money is excellent for me and if it was to do again I would do this purchase the difference is not obvious with the "true" to the final!
I like the least? not much except the pickups origins but be a bad little series that know .....
and the shield that I turned Desuite!
guiaumguiaum10/25/2010

guiaumguiaum's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Trs good guitar for rock"

Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Sunburst Standard handle Made in al kora

UTILIZATION

handle end and lacquer painting, pleasant

SOUNDS

I had the bad luck that the microphone m ds ttaient make feedback that would put the gain of the distortion, even the kids.
I did not notice when I bought it for testing on an amp that I do not know.

The guitar has a `very very good sustain

I replaced the microphone by EMG 60 and 81.

Now she has a pure sound, but you must love the sound of heavy distortion EMG.

I will have more buying di Marzio versatile, but I do not regret my purchase because I now availing oneself of a good guitar with a typical sound.

OVERALL OPINION

Good guitar overall, except for the bug microphones origins