Hey, my name is Derek and I’ve been asked to write a guest review on the Epiphone Les Paul Standard for my friends here at mymusiciansparadise.com.
I’ve been playing guitar for over 15 years and I have owned many different guitars including a few Les Pauls, both from Gibson and Epiphone.
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is basically your typical Les Paul. Mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard with ebony inlays, pickguard, tune-o-matic bridge and of course the dual hum-bucking pickups.
Typical finish for the Les Paul is a ‘burst’ style in a few different colors but you can also get them solid as well as translucent. Chrome hardware is the norm but you will occasionally see gold and sometimes black (my favorite).
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I’ve been asked quite a few different questions about my Les Paul’s over the years. Especially the Epiphone because everyone wants to compare to a true Gibson! Here are a few of the most common questions I’ve been asked and my honest answers:
“How does it compare to the Gibson Les Paul?”
Ok, this is definitely the most common question I’ve heard from people looking to buy and Epiphone Les Paul. The fact of the matter is, if you drop a few thousand bucks on a Gibson as opposed to an Epi, you’re going to end up with a nicer guitar. There is just no getting around it!
However, if you’re on a budget, or you are just looking for a really nice guitar that won’t completely break the bank then the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is as close as you’re going to get to a real Gibson and at what? 1/4 the price?
“How Does It Sound?”
This guitar sounds exactly like a Les Paul should. For those of you who haven’t played a Les Paul before, they have a totally unique sound and character that has made them a legend and has also made them among some of the most commonly played guitars on the planet.
While it’s hard to describe the feel/sound of a Les Paul in words, the first thing you should do is think totally opposite of the Fender Stratocaster. Where the Fender Strat is usually described as “bright” and “twangy” the Les Paul could be described as “Dark” and “Punchy”.
With beautiful crunchy rhythm tones from the bridge pick-up and a creamy singing lead sound from the neck pick-up the Epiphone Les Paul Standard definitely lives up to the Les Paul name. And the beauty of this guitar is that it is so well constructed, if you aren’t completely satisfied with the stock pickups, swap them out for some original Gibson PAFs and you have a guitar that is nearly identical to a true Gibson at a fraction of the cost!
“How about the fit and finish?”
My Epiphone Les Paul Standard played great out of the box, intonation was great, frets nicely dressed, and no cosmetic flaws that I could detect at all! Epiphone really seem to have done their homework in this area and they are offering a very nice product for the money.
Like I said earlier it really is hard to tell the difference between this guitar and my original Gibson Les Paul standard, aside from maybe the overall weight. (Keep in mind that Les Pauls are HEAVY guitars and the Epiphone is no different!).
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Overall if you’re in the market for a Les Paul than I would highly recommend an Epiphone. If you have lots of extra cash, by all means, grab a Gibson, but for anyone else this is a great guitar to both play and admire! I hope you found this review useful and please don’t hesitate to use the link above and start shopping for a new Epiphone Les Paul Standard!