Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Flametop Reviews
$350 from the local pawn shop, dead mint.
First of all it's a les paul. Has a nice
vintage sunburst flametop that is plum spiffy. It is also well balanced and
assembled nicely, the action is great
and it has unreal sustain, It is a
hard to beat guitar for the money and
it is very comparable to my gibson!
Here's where the big price difference comes
in:pickups,tuners,and electronics. The pickups just really suck compared to gibsons,emgs,or duncans. They get horribly
muddy if you detune which makes alot of
notes undefined. A friend of mine has the
EMG Zakk Wylde setup in the same guitar
as what I have, sounds like a $2000 axe.
You'll probably think the stock pickups sound ok, but wait till you hear what this
guitar sounds like with other pickups in it!
It is worth the investment! Ok other than that you should change the vol.and tone pots, the ones in the guitar are not really 500K and the dimarzio or CTS ones will sound much better. If you get emg's they come with the pots. Over time if you run big strings like I do the tuners often
tend to break like match sticks. So put
some gibson les paul tuners on it or go
with grover all the way, the best tuners you can buy period! You may gripe about
how heavy it is if you stand up playing
for a while but no biggie....
These seem to be constructed as well and some play as good or better than the higher gibson models, A good guitar for the $$$.
With the right mods this guitar will handle
I got this guitar after I played a friends
and was impressed with it. Also I didnt want to gig out with my gibson explorer
or my gibson les paul. If this epi gets
stolen I can replace it, so keep this in mind. The gibsons are great but very pricey,
So my advice to you working class musicians
is to grab one of these change the electronics and tuners and you will have a
reliable gig worthy les paul for 1/10
the price of a gibson model. Dont forget
to change the 3 way toggle either, these are bad for messing up. Either way you cant
beat this for the $$, a 3.5 to 4 average but
modified Id give this guitar a 5 and a little over, the thing to do is to buy one
of these cheap and modify the crap out of it
so you'll have a great sounding one of a kind axe with little cash outlay!!Gothgibsonguy
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