Why pay more?
In 1992 I purchased a new LP Standard, cost about $1200... regrettably when the kids were young I had to sell it. Over the past 12 years I have missed having a Les Paul, I loved the guitar but just couldn't justify the price of new one, especially when compared to custom models for about the same price.
Enter the Epiphone LP Tribute Plus... I had never actually played one of these in a store, just read the reviews from multiple sites. My fantastic wife knew I had been wanting another LP for years so she ordered me one as an early father's day gift (yea pretty darn cool, right!?!). I wasn't sure what to expect, it had the same pickups as my old one and electronics but what would it really play like?
After spending about 12 hours playing it since Saturday I'm, as the 5 stars note, "Blown Away." The weight, the frets, the sound, the binding are everything I could have hoped for, it is easily as nice as my former guitar. What my other didn't have was a top that looked this nice nor locking tuners. Sustains like it was in Spinal Tap and just "feels" great, if you know what I mean.
Sweetwater was fantastic as always and my Rep, Josh, now "ours" I guess, took great care of my wife when she ordered.
Things to note when the guitar arrived. - Packed well, double boxed plus the case is really decent. The fretboard was quite dirty with shavings from the frets being cut/polished. Note it didn't "look" dirty, you could just tell when you played it. The frets were excellent, no jagged edges and quite smooth. Personally I would rather the frets be great... I can clean the neck. After playing about 30 minutes I set out to clean the fretboard and change the strings out. While cleaning I closely examined the inlays and I'm pleased to say that were perfectly cut. Seen many different guitars, some more some less, with filler to even things out, these were all very precise cuts (kudos Epi China - this one is from the China factory).
One reviewer noted it wouldn't stay in tune... I have no tuning problems, in fact, it stays in perfect tune after changing strings. What everyone needs to note is that when they string it at the factory they are stringing it like it didn't have locking tuners. I think my B string had about 8 to 10 winds on it when it came, that will definitely make it go out of tune easily and defeats the purpose of locking tuners. These Grovers don't need much, line them up and turn the tuning key and they will auto lock, my wound strings barley have a full turn on them. They are tricky at first, if you haven't used them before, however there are videos online about how they work.
After lowering the bridge just a little, intonation was correct from Sweetwater, I made a few minor adjustments and the strings are super low with no fret buzz. I don't care what guitar I get I'll always perform a setup when I get it - if nothing else just to check everything out. My point is that I really didn't have to do anything but clean the neck and that wasn't a must, just my personal preference. Truly this was gigable right out of the box which is saying a great deal for this price point.
Definitely check this guitar out (in any color you like). The sounds and playability are all Les Paul, regardless of what is on the headstock. If you want that classic LP sound, look no further, it's right here, no need to spend 7 times as much. That extra money could easily fund 2 more guitars and a nice tube amp :)