Excellent Les Paul Tone for Less $$
I can't complain about this guitar at all really. It arrived in great shape except for a small piece of the finish missing near the nut on the treble side of the neck. It's just the lacquer not the wood, and I repaired it myself rather than return the guitar. This one has a very nice flamed top that I really like so didn't take the chance on getting a lesser one in exchange. The chip is only about 3/4 inch long... easily fixed and does not affect the sound in any way. The overall fit and finish is very good. The sound? I'm very happy. I play mostly around the house/garage through Blackheart amps, and it compares very close to my 1997 Gibson LP Standard. I actually looks nicer than the Standard. The Gibson is little "easier" to play but the Epi is very close. If I replace the 0.010 strings wit 0.009's I'll bet they are nearly the same. I think the pickups come close to the desired classic PAF, rock sound we look for in a Les Paul for that style of music. Metal tones can be had but, it really is not intended for that genre. I don't fool with the tone knobs much but they function as they should. Some say the responsiveness is lacking but, I OK with it. The coil tapping isn't what you're looking for if you expect it to sound like a Strat or Tele but, it's not one of those anyway is it? The single coil sound from it chimes nicely nevertheless. Many different combinations of tone can be had by fiddling with the knobs and selector. Grover tuners keep it in tune quite well. I don't know what else I can say. It looks like a Les Pal, feels like a Les Paul, and sounds like a Les Paul. Don't look at the headstock and you probably couldn't tell. But hey... Gibson owns Epiphone anyway don't they? It must be a Les Paul! One other thing I'll say is that these higher quality models of Epi's (like the plustops, and tributes) will always be better, and closer to the Gibsons than the less models of Epi LP's. So, if you want a good quality Les Paul guitar at a great price... look seriously at these Epiphones.