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Thread #45808   Message #721642
Posted By: Mooh
02-Jun-02 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Ever played a Les Paul guitar?
Subject: RE: Ever played a Les Paul?
Several of my students have Epiphone Les Pauls which all sound nice, play great, and have the worst component parts I've seen in any guitar including the cheapo import Fenders.

The chrome plating doesn't hold up, the 3 position switches fail, the mock Kluson tuning machines rattle and slip, even the strap buttons will pull out. But with a decent set-up and replacement of the trouble parts the buyer would still have spent considerably less than a Gibson Les Paul. Some of these Epiphones even have flame maple body caps and nice sounding pickups.

However, many players will sell or trade an instrument like this rather than repair it properly, and thereafter be disallusioned about Les Pauls in general. Too bad, because the real deal is a great guitar.

I think the newer double cutaway LP is lighter and better balanced.

Peace, Mooh.