Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany/Alder Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Three Humbucking Pickups - Ebony
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Weight: 8lbs 14oz
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A Les Paul Black Beauty with Something Extra!The Epiphone Black Beauty Les Paul Custom features a middle pickup for tonal variation not found on any other Les Paul model. Does it look even cooler with the third humbucker? We think so - and the sound! The classic tuxedo look and world famous features that have made the Les Paul Custom a hit since 1954 are now available in a great price range with the Epiphone Les Paul Custom. Multiple bound body with arched top and gold hardware, a quick mahogany neck for great action and feel and a solid, glued neck joint for stability and a great sustain all come together to make this guitar one of the best values on the market today.
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
This Beauty Re-ignited My Passion That Has Been Long Dead
by Mark L. from Grayson, GAFirst of all, let me confess that I have been a life-long fan of the Gibson Les Paul in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. I started playing guitar in my mid-teens. I had a Made in Japan Gibson Les Paul 'knock... read more [+]-off' back in the late 70s - early 80s which I eventually sold for financial reasons. I stopped playing as I went through college, career and family. Wanting to re-ignite my passion, I purchased 3 guitars (2 Strat-style and 1 acoustic) in the early 2000s but my interest proved to be short-lived. Last January 2013, on my 51st birthday, I decided to buy an Epiphone Les Paul as a gift for myself. I went for this one - the Black Beauty 3. I remember screaming in excitement when I saw this thing of beauty for the very first time! The impeccable craftmanship that went to this guitar is unbelievable. The glossy piano-black finish. The all-around multi-layer binding. The gold hardware. This particular guitar was Made in Korea. The guitar looks a lot more expensive than its selling price. Believe me. It looks really classy and elegant. This guitar makes me want to wear a tuxedo when playing it. The neck and fretboard is just right for me. Reminiscent of the guitar that I mentioned earlier. I realized my fingers were very much at ease with a Les Paul fingerboard. My fingers somehow remembered the riffs that I played 3 decades ago on this guitar. The neck is fast and smooth. The sustain on this 3-pick up guitar is insane! The middle pick-up adds versatility to this guitar. I am not changing anything on this guitar. Even if the shimmer on the gold hardware wears off. One very minor concern. The control knobs on the photo of the LP BB3 on some websites is not the same on the actual guitar. Apparently, Epiphone's own website also shows the LP BB3 with the vintage amber tophat knobs. The knobs that came with my LPBB3 are black speed knobs as all the rest. Trust me, I googled them. But, the seller was nice enough to send me a pack of 4 original Gibson Vintage Amber Tophat knobs and an original Gibson Truss Rod cover. Another thing, this guitar is relatively heavier than most Les Pauls. Again reminiscent of my said MIJ Gibson 'knock-off'. This particular Custom model weighs 10 lbs more or less. Probably owing to its solid Mahogany body through and through as opposed to standard LPs with Mahogany body but with a carved Maple cap. So, I bought me a real nice padded 3" Levy's tooled leather guitar strap. Epiphone Les Pauls are a great way to own 'real' Les Paul guitars without spending a fortune. Although, I can afford a Gibson, why should I? I am perfectly happy with my Epiphones. I actually bought another Epiphone Les Paul in less than 2 weeks - a Standard Plustop PRO in Honeyburst. Now that one deserves a separate review! I think my 'craving' to own a Gibson Les Paul in Heritage Cherry Sunburst has just been satisfied. For now. Stay tuned. close [-]
February 20, 2013
Music Background: Re-Born Musical Amateur
A Really Great Guitar for the Price
by Randy Stanton from Centennial, COThis is a really impressive guitar on many levels. It really sounds "as good as" a Custom Gibson Les Paul costing 4 or 5 times as much. Having said that, there is a little wood tone difference (prob... read more [+]ably because of the "plastic like" finish) and the pickups are not as hot as the Gibsons. The thing that I love about this guitar is the center 3rd pick up has its own sound. It has almost a strat/tele "punka" attack but with a Gibson sustained finish. Very cool.
February 5, 2008
Music Background: Worship Leader, Home Recording Studio, Song Writer
I was hesitant to buy it just because it was a Epiphone and that meant "junk" in my 1980s thinking. My Sweetwater sales person assured me that they are much higher quality instruments now and that Sweetwater will refuse to send me a lemon.
I took it down to a local luthier for a set-up and he freaked out. When I told him I bought it from the internet he was going to simply show me why I should send it back. After inspecting it and adjusting it he said that it was "perfect." He said the neck was "exact" and he measured each fret and could only find 1 slight discrepency (a slight rocking with his tool) between 2 frets. He set the action very low and explained that only really fine guitars can get this kind of action. He pointed out that one of the pickups had a awkward angle - not a problem for me.
I replaced the low quality "Quacky" sounding Epiphone strings with Elixer strings and then I knew I had a great guitar. It has a heavy/solid Les Paul feel. The neck is solid and tight. It is both bright and warm. I have been complimented on its looks as well.
This has really become my go to guitar for my studio recordings. I play it through a Fender NOS Blues Jr. Tweed/Jenson and it is amazing. My recordings are noticably better because of this guitar.
On the negative side, the finish is almost a little too plastic/shiny which is one place Epi saves $. Don't get the Epiphone case unless you want to pick carpet strands off of the black finish (I sent mine back and got a Gator Case). I really love this guitar and am extremely happy with it! close [-]
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