Review: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Epiphone aka The Epiphone Company, is a manufacturer of musical gear and began way back in the late 1800’s. Aside from making guitars, they also produced bass guitars, banjo’s and other stringed instruments. Gibson acquired Epiphone in 1957.

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Guitar looks much like the Gibson aside from the headstock

Off The Rack

My first impression of the Epiphone Les Paul Standard was a pleasant one. There has always been controversy between the Gibson Lea Paul and Les Paul copies. Now there will never be a guitar that is an exact twin of the legendary Gibson Les Paul even within their own factory, every guitar is slightly different. The Epiphone comes very close and for half the price of some models. Unless you are a guitar junkie, you probably won’t notice the difference. Off the rack they look the part and for the most part feel the part.

The Epiphone Les Paul’s are lighter and use different materials or variations of the same materials. When I first put it on, the Epiphone was comfortable and conformed to the body nicely. The string action was a bit high for my taste but that is easily adjusted. The guitar stayed in tune very well and had a great classic sound. Like all Les Paul style guitars, after a decent amount of playing time, they can get heavy and make your neck tired… but that’s a small price to pay for great tone!

Specs

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard guitar has a solid mahogany body with a flamed maple veneer top.  The Epiphone Standard comes with a set 24 ¾” mahogany neck and a rosewood fretboard. The standard has 22 medium frets for added comfort and ease of play. The set neck comes with a 1-11/16” nut and a Locktone Tune-O-matic Bridge and stopbar tailpiece for added sustain. The chrome hardware compliments the beautiful finish. The Epiphone Les Paul standard comes with two alnico Classic Humbuckers that give that rock and roll sound you have been looking for.

The Low Down

After playing various color schemes of the Epiphone Standard, my conclusion is that this guitar is very close to a mid level Gibson Leas Paul in that the guitar tone was similar and felt very much like a Gibson model. The Epiphone Les Paul has a great sound played through most combo and half stack amps. Very crunchy sound almost muddy which puts this guitar in the classic rock category. Think Jimmy Page tone. After playing more then five guitars of the same model, I found that most of them were consistent in the way they were set up. Only two of them had different string heights. All in all, the Epiphone felt great and sounded great for an affordable price. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard would be a great starter guitar as well as a great addition to your collection.

Pros: Lighter then a Gibson, Low Price tag, Multiple color schemes, great tone off the rack. MSRP-$399.00-$549.00

Cons: Volume pot doesn’t have a smooth scale range. Medium frets can cause string buzz when tuning lower.

Till next week thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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