Epiphone Les Paul Express Short Scale - Vintage Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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A Travel-sized Les Paul

Capturing the look, sound, and feel of its full-sized namesake, the Les Paul Express solidbody electric guitar comes in a package so small a three-year-old could play it. Also the perfect size for travel, you'll find that the Les Paul Express' 22-inch scale length is remarkably comfortable to play, especially for players with small hands. Sporting a mahogany body and hard maple neck, the Les Paul Express' modest high-end bite offsets its looser string tension. Topped off with two crunchy humbuckers, you'll love the tone of the Epiphone Les Paul Express electric guitar! Sweetwater Sales Engineers are highly-trained guitar experts, so if you're thinking about buying your first guitar, call us - we'll be happy to help you on your musical journey!

Epiphone Les Paul Express Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Unique design features ensure big tone in a pint-sized package
  • Smaller size is perfect for beginners
  • Who plays Les Pauls?
Unique design features ensure big tone in a pint-sized package

Fitting classic Les Paul tone into a mighty-mouse guitar isn't easy, so Epiphone has incorporated some unique design features into the Les Paul Express. Like its forebear, the Les Paul Express' body is made of resonant mahogany. The Express' neck, however, is composed of hard maple, rather than mahogany. The maple's brighter tone serves to offset the slightly looser string tension inherent in the smaller guitar's shorter scale length. The Les Paul Express also features a fixed bridge in order to ensure that the smaller instrument has adequate sustain.

Smaller size is perfect for beginners

Beginning guitarists will love the Les Paul Express' compact design. It's got a just-right feel when sitting down, and isn't too heavy when played standing. And whether you're buying your first electric guitar or helping someone else start their musical journey, why would you want to "just get something to play on for six months, then get a good one?"

Who plays Les Pauls?

The list of famous artists that choose Les Pauls is epic: Jimmy Page, Slash, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, Alex Lifeson, Zakk Wylde, and on and on. Now think about how different all of those guitarists' signature tones are. The Les Paul won over the world with its ability to conjure a seemingly endless variety of sounds, mojo, and texture. Not matter what style of music you play, you can't go wrong with the Epiphone Les Paul Express.

Epiphone Les Paul Express Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Mahogany body, along with a hard maple neck, provides a balanced tone
  • Smaller scale length is comfortable to play, especially for small hands
  • Dual humbuckers deliver authentic Les Paul tone
  • Premium 14:1 die-cast tuners provide excellent tuning accuracy and stability
The Epiphone Les Paul Express is an electric guitar small enough to carry anywhere!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul Express
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Color Vintage Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Slimtaper
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21 Medium/Jumbo
Scale Length 22"
Nut Width 1.69"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece Epiphone FB-601 fully adjustable
Tuners 14:1 Ratio Diecast Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Epiphone 650R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Epiphone 700T Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way pickup selector
Manufacturer Part Number ENL2VSCH4

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Epi Les Paul Express

Real nice little electric. Fit and finish is more inline with more expensive units. Clean, smooth fretboard with accurate alignment. I, personally, prefer P-90's for pickups, but I guess you can't have everything. Might swap out the humbuckers later on down the line. I spent a few bucks and replaced the black plastic pickup bezels and the volume and tone knobs with chrome dress just for aesthetics. My little Epi Express is now even prettier.

The Les Paul Express

The Les Paul ExpressI have a growing fascination with ¾ sized guitars, it would seem. I purchased a Squier Mini some months ago, and I was impressed by the tones I can get out of it... it in no way sounds 'mini' to me. So with that relatively positive experience under my belt, I was excited by the prospect of owning the Epiphone Les Paul Express. I bought mine at the Fort Wayne campus, along with a Digitech JamMan looper, at the beginning of May 2015. After putting on a fresh set of d'Darrio .10 gauge strings, I proceeded with the setup... first thing I noticed is that the nut is NOT properly cut out of the box... totally acceptable for the price. This is just part of the price you pay for buying a diamond in the rough like this little guy. It wasn't hard to deepen the grooves with a very sharp knife, to the same depth as the nut on my Wildkat, and after an application of Chapstick, the nut performs as well as it probably can for now. Eventually I intend to replace it with something better like graphite or Tusq... that being said about the nut, I found that the tuners work quite adequately, holding tune, and working smoothly. These tuners are a quantum leap in quality compared to the Squier Mini, and a strong reason to choose the Express over the Mini, if you are in the position of having to choose. I am glad to have both however.The saddles on both guitars are string through designs, identical in setup and operation. I found that on two saddles on the Express (the low E, and the G string), the adjustment screw is so long that it deforms the string when you set the intonation. So far this hasn't resulted in a broken string, but it seems to me that this should have been noticed and corrected quite easily with shorter screws. I find these type of saddles to be adequate, if a bit fiddly, for their purpose, compared to a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar, but I see no reason to change them, unless it is to get saddles that more closely resemble the Mini's saddles, which can intonate properly without deforming the strings. Now, the neck. I think that this is probably the nicest feature on the Express. It is as wide as the normal Epiphone necks are, and makes playing far nicer than the toothpick of a neck that the Mini has. That being said, the Mini plays quite nicely as well, but for someone already accustomed to playing Epiphones or Gibsons, this neck will feel really good in your hand.The pickups sound amazing, particularly for a guitar at this price. While I plan to eventually upgrade these, it is at the bottom of that list. I think a new nut will come first, and then new tuners (14:1 is adequate, but I think I would prefer at least 16:1 Grovers like on my Wildkats), then new saddles. I would actually like to put some P90s in eventually. In summary, this guitar far exceeds my expectations, which were fairly high, as I am something of an Epiphone fanboy, lol... but I know that despite Epiphone's somewhat (undeserved) sketchy reputation, that the build quality would be high enough to be worthy of at the very least the basic modifications that I am considering. If you do plan on buying this guitar, however, plan on a good pro setup, unless you are willing and able to do so yourself. Half the fun for me is taking underrated gems like these and making them into players... And, as always, working with Sweetwater, specifically Greg Baum, is worth the added expense I have of paying taxes in the state of Indiana. Just being able to roam their beautiful (and currently, vastly expanding) Fort Wayne facility is worth being a loyal customer, let alone as for their world class customer service.
Music background: Rabid enthusiast
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Solidbody Guitars