Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus - Faded Cherry Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Carved Hard Maple Top, and 2 Gibson USA Humbucking Pickups - Faded Cherry Sunburst
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This Les Paul Will Exceed Your Expectations

The Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus solidbody electric guitar honors the years Les Paul spent with Epiphone in the late '30s and early '40s. The LP Tribute Plus takes the classic design of the Les Paul into the modern era with premium components not normally found on a guitar this affordable. The traditional mahogany body is capped with a carved hard maple top for exceptional note definition and clarity. And for classic Epiphone playability, the mahogany neck sports the 1960s SlimTaper D-profile, regarded as the just-right feel by many players. Factor in two Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking pickups, and you have an incredible performer at an amazing price with the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus solidbody electric guitar.

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Exceptional craftsmanship at a great price
  • Premium components
  • Push/pull tone controls
Exceptional craftsmanship at a great price

Epiphone takes affordable quality to the next level with the Les Paul Tribute Plus. The solid mahogany body is pure Les Paul tradition, but the carved hard maple top is a feature normally found on more expensive models - and the combination creates tones with warmth, depth, clarity, and definition. Another fine touch is the hand-fitted neck joint that extends to the neck pickup cavity for maximum transfer of string energy - we're talking sustain for days with a fast and lively response to your playing.

Premium components

As you can already tell from the choice tonewoods used, the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus packs premium components for a value-packed experience. On top of the quality wood and craftsmanship, the LP Tribute Plus packs two Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckers - you read that right, Gibson USA pickups on an Epiphone! The '57 Classics are known for their wide tonal range and hot output, letting you go from smooth and clean to growling and mean. Plug into your favorite tube amplifier and get ready to conjure the essential tones for almost any musical style.

Push/pull tone controls

While the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus packs the looks and feel of a classic Les Paul, the modern electronics give you more tonal options than you'd expect. The '57 Classic humbuckers use 4-conductor pickup wiring, giving you access to series/parallel pickup switching with the push/pull tone pots. This additional tone-shaping capability makes the Les Paul Tribute Plus an incredibly versatile performer.

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic Les Paul feel, versatile tone, and incredible craftsmanship at a value-packed price
  • Faded cherry sunburst color
  • Mahogany body with a carved hard maple top for rich tone with clarity and definition
  • Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking pickups - normally found on much more expensive guitars
  • Push/pull tone pots let you switch between series/parallel pickup configurations for extra tonal options
  • Grover locking tuners for dependable tuning stability
Command an amazingly versatile array of classic tones with the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Carved Maple
Color Cherry Sunburst
Neck Material Mahogany, Set-in
Neck Shape '60s SlimTaper D Profile
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl Trapezoid Inlays
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.68"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece Locktone Tune-o-matic Bridge, Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuners Grover Locking Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Gibson USA '57 Classic Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone with Push/Pull Series/Parallel Switching, 3-way Pickup Selectors
Strings (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number ENTPFCNH1

Customer Reviews

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Amazed, did not expect how awesome this is!

So, I was in a music store and messing around with the Paul Reed Smiths, and trying to figure if paying the extra money for the 10 top was worth it. Then I saw one of these, and it was so pretty, I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did, I left the store thinking about this guitar, not the Custom 24 I was playing. A week later I came back for it, and I adore it. To my wife's amazement, I didn't take out the loan I thought I needed for the PRS to get this.I admit I have become pretty gear snobby, but wow, this guitar is outstanding. It feels great and sounds wonderful. I play through a Mesa F30 Combo, a Mark 5 25 into a 1x12 Mesa Recto cab, and a MG100HDX into an old VS412 (Marshall Valvestate 412 back when they were still made in England) and its great.
Music background: Playing off and on for 20 years

This is a Les Paul

I’ve been chasing tone for the last 35 years and have always wanted to add a Les Paul to my ownership history. After reading and watching several glowing reviews on the Epiphone Tribute Plus I ventured out to my local big box store to see if I could try one out. I went all over the Kansas City area and no one had this model in stock. I was able to play an Epiphone Standard Les Paul side by side with a Gibson LPM and Les Paul Studio through a Blackstar HT 40 Club amp. They were all very nice guitars that played and sounded beautifully. However, I was honestly not hearing a huge different in sound or a finding a vast difference in playability unless I plugged into the Gibson’s that were priced well into the 2k range. The Epiphone’s were that good. I thought that if the Standards were that nice how much better are the Tributes? I decided to sell an old amp and guitar and take a chance on one in faded Cherry. I contacted my sales associate, Andrew Plassman who as I have come to expect over the last 4 years, did a fantastic job – It is always a pleasure to work with Andrew and his attention to detail and commitment to service keeps me a loyal customer. The guitar arrived in perfect condition and I have barely been able to put it down. With the excellent build quality in addition to the Gibson pickups and hardware it is an instrument on par with one costing thousands more. I have not been this pleased with a guitar since I took a chance on a CV 50’s Telecaster a couple years ago (from Sweetwater of course!), which became my go to guitar. With the addition of the Les Paul Tribute Plus, my Stratocaster is getting very lonely.
Music background: Long time musician/hobbyist



The Les Paul That I Have Always Wanted - An Epiphone With Gibson Components

I have always wanted a Gibson Les Paul in Cherry Sunburst. Having been raised in a developing country (others call it 3rd world), owning a Gibson or any electric guitar for that matter was like close to impossible. So imagine my excitement when as a teen my parents bought me a 'knock-off' Les Paul guitar. While I fantasized about being a rockstar, just like most teen age boys, my parents wanted a different path for me. And besides, I realized that my guitar playing skills were not all that good. So, I sold that guitar and forgot everything about guitars, as I went through college, career, family and life itself. Three decades and 2 continents later, on my 51st birthday, as I was doing an inventory of my life, I thought about this once dearly loved passion - guitars. That was when I thought about getting myself a Les Paul. My 2 college buddies (and former bandmates who live overseas) suggested an Ebony Les Paul. So I got the (Made in Korea) Epiphone Black Beauty 3. My positive experience with that thing of beauty got me hooked again. In 2 weeks time, I bought another one - (Made In China) Standard PlusTop PRO in Honeyburst. Seriously, I cannot get these guitars off my eyes and hands. Everyday, I would visit Sweetwater's website and check out its Guitar Gallery - Epiphone section - just admiring the pictures of the gorgeous Les Pauls that are on display knowing that one day, I will own a Cherry Sunburst. And that day just came! And I could not be happier. The Les Paul Cherry Sunburst that I have always wanted came in the form of the Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus. Dave Brow, my very knowledgeable sales engineer (he's a professional audio engineer) let me choose from 10 models. I simply chose the one with the most intense and even flame top. Epiphone really outdid themselves in this guitar. The big headliner was the couple of authentic Gibson USA '57 Classic PUPs (Classic Plus for the bridge). Not only that - Grover locking tuners, vintage-set 1960's neck, hard maple cap with AAA flame veneer, SwitchCraft toggle switch and output jack, series/parallel tone switching, gold knobs with pointers, Epiphone straplocks and flawless craftmanship. And it safely arrived double-boxed inside a premium hardshell case (just like a Gibson guitar!) I have not had the privilege of owning a Gibson Les Paul, maybe someday I will. But, for now I am very (make that extremely) happy with my 3 Epiphone Les Pauls. And it has only been less than 3 months since I bought my very first Epiphone. I actually have one Epiphone LP hardshell case that is empty. Hmmm. Time to check out the Guitar Gallery.
Music background: Hobbyist

What Else Could You Really Want?

This is an absolutely fantastic guitar and above all a tremendous value! If you simply do the math-Gibson 57 Classic Humbuckers will cost you about $300 a pair as replacement parts. An Epiphone case is $90. The Switchcraft hardware and Mallory electronics are Gibson USA spec and all this for $599. My only mod has been to change out the bridge and tailpiece for Gotohs. The guitar sounded great before but the higher end bridge and tailpiece round out a great package. Sustain for days! It is really hard to believe that Epiphone only charges a $100-$150 premium for this model over their standard Les Paul models. This guitar is easily worth hundreds more, based on the electronics spec alone. But don't think they skimp on the quality of the actual guitar. The build quality is first rate and as perfect as it can be. Bottom line is this is all the Les Paul I could ever ask for and I really think Gibson is doing themselves a disservice (and us a favor) by making such a great guitar in this price range. My Les Paul itch has been scratched and I don't find myself pining for a Gibson, at least for a while. Sweetwater did a great job and I could not be happier with this guitar.
Music background: Worship Player
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Solidbody Guitars