Epiphone Les Paul Standard Sparkle Flake
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Sparkle Flake

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

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drkorey 08/17/2011

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Sparkle Flake : drkorey's user review

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This guitar was an early 2000's Epiphone Les Paul in silver flake finish. Made in Korea and has the typical Les Paul controls and features.
It has a thicker (maybe 50's neck profile), mahogany body and neck, rosewood finger board, Tune-O-Matic stop tail and a flashy silver sparkle finish, Grover sealed tunning pegs and 3-way toggle.

Only draw back's the pick up's are a little weak and this is lighter then the late 90's model. // 8


Access to the upper frets is somewhat hindered by the neck joint and cramped/small lower horn cutaway. It is not too bad, but not the easiest I've played on - typical for a Les Paul styled guitar.
I found the guitar to be a little heavy in weight, which some prefer and think it makes a guitar sound better and it had pretty good balance.
It is easy to get a variety of nice sounds with the two humbuckers anr 3-way switch.
I found the fat neck was not easy to use for lead work and I did not get along with it too well.
The tuning pegs, nut or something on this guitar were terrible. I usually needed to tune almost after every song I used it on. That was a real pain at a live show!


I used this guitar with a solidstate Marshall 3100 series amp and stock Marshall cab for a two week fly in set of shows with my old classic rock cover band.
I was looking to get and did get the classic rock sounds from rock to pop like: the Police, ZZ Top, Steppenwolf and VH - it did ok at covering this material.
I found the pickups to be pretty stale and hard to work with when doing clean tones.
It did a good/ok job with the classic rock songs we did.


I hated the fact that it would not stay in tune - and I did quite a few tricks to see if I could help it, but nothing worked. I did not like the neck on this guitar and it was kind of heavy.
It did just an ok job of getting the tones I needed because of the weak pickups - and it looked cool under stage lights and unfortunately that was the best thing about it.
I have heard some people swear by these - but I think like any Gibson product there are some good ones and quite a few bad ones. This wasn't a very good one.

I borrowed this guitar for two weeks, from the other guitar player, who bought it new for $600 or so. I used his because I didn't want to fly with my expensive guitars. I don't think it was a good guitar for the price.
I would never buy it if given the chance.
I have owned many guitars and had a number of years where I would buy, try and flip, which enabled me to have many guitars around to try out.
This one wasn't worth it!