Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus - Midnight Sapphire

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Carved Hard Maple Top, and 2 Gibson USA Humbucking Pickups - Midnight Sapphire
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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 and 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 sports 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
  • Midnight sapphire 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 Midnight Sapphire
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 ENTPMSNH1

Customer Reviews

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First off, shout out to Cliff Hackleman. Had my eyes on this beauty for a few months before purchasing and I finally bit the bullet. Originally ordered the Black Cherry as this one was showing out of stock at the time of purchase. Long story short there was one available. Cliff called me at 9 AM the next morning to tell me he had the Midnight Sapphire ready to go with Next Day shipping (no extra charge) an return slip for the Black Cherry. I was blown away. I had heard nothing but great things about Sweetwater and I can now confidently say they are truly amazing at what they do. Having a great experience purchasing it felt as if the guitar itself was just an added bonus through the. The finish on this thing is stunning! Pictures could never compare. As many others have stated this is a Gibson minus the price-tag. With a blind fold on you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The attention to detail it flawless. If you are thinking about getting one, stop thinking and BUY! You will not be disappointed.

Awesome Guitar

This it's my first Les Paul and I now wonder why I waited so long to get one. I tried this guitar in a store along with a$1500 and $2000 Gibson. This guitar actually felt more comfortable than the Gibson's. This having the maple top and Gibson '57 classic pickups, it sounds great. After playing this guitar almost daily for two and a half weeks, the only problem I have with it is that the G string does not stay in tune. Hopefully a set of ELIXIR Nanoweb strings will solve this problem. Overall, I do not regret getting this guitar.
Music background: weekend musician


I had never bought anything from Sweetwater before this guitar. I was impressed with the personalization of service provided. I received a call within 1 hour of placing my order to confirm deliver location and ensure order details. I received this grad within 2 days and I had ordered it on a holiday. Awesome experience!
Music background: Hobbyist


i bought my midnight sapphire from sweetwaters, blown away,Will at sweetwaters hand picked my guitar, a big special thanx to Will, your awesome just like the eppy you sold me. sweetwaters to me is the best in the business hands down. for all u musicians who havent ordered from sweetwaters well then u don't know what ur missin. back to the guitar luv luv luv this guitar every square inch of it. the sound of the 57 hummies is awesome plays like a dream, my next purchase is going to be a eppy 500 dnc masterbuild and it will be soon. so a shout it to u guys at sweetwaters luv u guys keep doin what ur doing because ur simply the BEST. thanks and happy new year to u all.

Update on previous review.

In my previous review, I made the remark that the potentiometers could be better because I had an issue with one of the volume pots. I turns out that the pot was not damaged, it was just installed wrong. The pots are full sized Alpha's, by the way. I have had this guitar for several months now, so I have had time to look everything over with the utmost scrutiny. The fit and finish on this guitar is outstanding! I cannot find any flaws in the construction, or the finish. It is one beautiful guitar. It plays fantastic, partially due to the 60's tapered neck. It sounds wonderful through every amp I've tried it through. The Gibson 57 PUPs have become my favorite pick-ups, and I am considering installing them in all of my humbucker equipped guitars. They handle cleans brilliantly, and distort to a smooth, creamy, vintage crunch that I remember from the classic rock of my childhood. The push-pull tone pots do not split the coils, rather they change the coils relationship to each other from series to parallel. This gives it tones something similar to a single-coil pick-up, without the associated noise. I have compared this guitar with several Gibson Studio LP models, and this is a better sounding, better feeling, better sustaining instrument. I can't find anything wrong with this guitar. One reviewer stated that the neck on his guitar was not sanded smooth with the body. This caused me to look closer at mine, again. The neck on my guitar is sanded smooth with the body, and looks to be a perfect fit. The only thing that might be a negative to some, would be the weight of this instrument. However, it's the weight (plus the build) that gives this guitar it's sustain, which is as good as I have encountered. I highly recommend this guitar. If you are considering one of these, but you're not sure about getting an Epiphone, go ahead and order one of these. You will not regret it!
Music background: Hobbyist, Play in Church.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Solidbody Guitars