Epiphone Les Paul Classic
Electric Guitar Review
Epiphone Les Paul Classic
At some time, every hot guitarist was a novice, and every rich man was poor unless they were born with the famed “silver spoon” in which case they probably aren’t reading up on buying an Epiphone.
For those of us with spoons of stainless steel, there are electric guitars that look and sound very much like their more expensive counterparts at a fraction of the cost.
These are the guitars that launch us into fame, because until that fame comes, they are likely the instruments that fit in our meager artists’ budgets.
The starving artist phrase applies to musicians, too.
Anyway, the Epiphone is actually a pretty good guitar, and it sounds great.
Gibson owns Epiphone, so they are held up to some pretty high standards, even though their instruments are mass-produced overseas with slightly inferior materials.
By inferior, I don’t mean crappy…just lesser quality than the premium materials of the guitars made in the States by Gibson.
The most notable difference between the “real thing” and the Epiphone is in the neck…which is made of a single piece of rosewood in the Gibson version, and pieced together of more common rosewood in the Epiphone version.
No matter, though, it still sports a skinny, fast neck that is totally playable.
The body of the Epiphone is made of three pieces of maple, with a veneered finish.
They come with a classic and classy sunburst paint job that’s not too shabby for an import.
You might very occasionally find a speck of red out of place, but who’s gonna see that when you’re rocking the house?
The control knobs are still the dark gold that is so loved on the original Classic.
One of the many features of the Epiphone guitar is the missing pickup guards.
This isn’t an oversight, it was done in respect to the hundreds of rockers in the past that took theirs off and threw them out to improve tone.
Besides, the look is rough and tumble rock and roll at its best.
There’s something raw and rebel-cool about the inner workings of…well, anything (hot rod with exposed engine, anyone?).
There is no doubt that the Gibson guitars are better, but for someone with limited funds and rent to pay, the Epiphone instruments aren’t too shabby.
You still get to play a cool guitar while you pay your rock and roll dues.
The Epiphone Les Paul Classic is an affordable guitar that’s worth checking out.
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