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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro

LeftyMeister
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Dec 15th, 2012 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been hesitant to order another Epiphone after my bad experience a few years ago with a Dot. Also, reports of spotty quality have kept me on the fence. But I couldn't pass up the great deal on this guitar ($492 with case, regularly $615 without case).

The guitar was setup very well right out of the box. My only adjustment was to lower the low E slightly for personal taste. The fit and finish are stellar. The ProBucker pups are exceptional. They are literally Burstbucker Pros assembled overseas. They're the identical materials and specs. This guitar sounds exactly like a Les Paul is supposed to sound IMO.

My wife commented that this guitar has a different tone than any of my other guitars. She said it's sweeter and richer. The coil tap feature is actually very useful and makes the guitar very versatile for playing in church services with a variety of styles.

The clean tones are clear and bell-like. The gain tones, especially on the bridge pup, are chunky without being raspy or brittle. These pups have a lot of body.

I've been wanting to add another humbucker guitar for quite a few years. I'm glad I waited for this guitar.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-custom-pro-left-handed-electric-guitar

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 10:48 AM, Dec 15th, 2012)

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Dec 16th, 2012 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My only complaint about Epi LP Customs is they should have used ebony for the fingerboard. It does look like it has excellent pickups. I like the coil switching. (I added that to every Gibson that was in our bands since the mid 70's, including several Customs.) Great features. It should be a great guitar.

LeftyMeister
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Dec 16th, 2012 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My last LP-style guitar (Agile) had an ebony fretboard and I wished it would've had rosewood. Ebony can feel stiff and be more bright. I prefer the smoothness and sponginess of rosewood in a humbucker guitar.

Steve Dallman
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Dec 17th, 2012 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two Strat partscasters, using identical bodies. One neck is a Squier with a rosewood fingerboard, the other is a Warmouth with ebony. I could switch the necks and the guitars would sound the same. I owned a Custom and a Standard, and with the same pickups, they sound the same. Both have mahogony bodies with maple tops. The Custom was marginally heavier.

I built a Strat for one of my students. Originally it had a Squier neck with a rosewood fingerboard, but the student wanted a maple fingerboard, so I replaced the neck with a maple one. The guitar sounded the same with either neck. I don't find fingerboard material to make much of a difference in tone, but if the frets are low enough to actually feel the fingerboards, the finished feel of the maple is a bit different than unfinished rosewood.

LeftyMeister
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Dec 17th, 2012 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I notice a sharper pick attack; almost a chirpyness, with ebony fingerboards. My Carvin Bolt (strat) has ebony and it also has the chirp, which is okay by me on a strat.

Steve Dallman
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Dec 20th, 2012 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My guitars have different types of truss rods. Some have dual expanding, others standard types. I would guess the type of truss rod makes at least as much difference in tone as fingerboard material. Many necks use carbon fiber rods which may also change response, not to mention mass of the tuners. The locking tuners on my Warmouth ebony finger board neck Strat are quite heavy. The tuners on my other rosewood fingerboard Squier neck Strat are very light.

LeftyMeister
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Dec 20th, 2012 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That makes sense.

LeftyMeister
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Jan 7th, 2013 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played this guitar at church Sunday morning and at least a half dozen people sought me out to tell me how good it sounded. Half of them were not guitar players. lol! I had a long solo (a full verse) and my wife said that I shined. Having been together for 25 years, she rarely says stuff like that anymore.

The pickups have great complexity and they're very versatile. The guitar just has that Les Paul sound. The bridge pup is not thin at all; even when played clean. I played a chicka-chicka clean rhythm in the middle position and it sounded great.

The construction and playability of this guitar makes me smile. It's definitely a keeper. However, I will be changing the stock 9 strings since they're hard to keep in tune.

telegib

Canada

Feb 28th, 2013 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have acouple of recent Epi purchaes...a Casino and a LP Ultra III. Both guitars are very well built with straight necks and no note choking when bending. In fact they have less problems with the latter than my Gibson's.

I am a big fan of the Pro Buckers too. I am really liking the clarity of these pups. The top end has that glassy sweeter twang to them which I don't get out of the Gibson pups. I haven't tried Gibson's Burstbuckers but if they are like these Epi's they would be my choice. I have no intention of changing out these Epi pups. They sound great.

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May 7th, 2013 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lefty, that is a striking looking guitar! Newer Epi's have Alnico pickups that sound really good. Is it Heavy?

LeftyMeister
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May 7th, 2013 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope! 8.5 lbs. :o)

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Pouts better

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May 11th, 2013 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How's the honeymoon going? Sounds like you got a really good one there.

LeftyMeister
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May 11th, 2013 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So far so good. It needs a slight setup after the spring humidity change. Also, I bought some 11's but haven't put them on yet. The tone is still killer.

Peegoo
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Pouts better

than Yngwie
May 11th, 2013 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Outstanding. I've read all good stuff about these.

telegib

Canada

May 14th, 2013 04:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Epi Tribute Plus too. Great guitar. Pretty much all US parts except for where it's made and a poly finish instead of Nitro.

Really liking that guitar. Also great single coil like tones without the hum or volume loss. Check 'em out.

RDR
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Nov 17th, 2013 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi. You have ignited some GAS. Lefty, are your frets medium jumbo, or 'fretless wonder' height? The description at Sweetwater is vague. I'm looking at the Pelham Blue version.

(This message was last edited by RDR at 06:09 PM, Nov 17th, 2013)

LeftyMeister
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Nov 18th, 2013 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm really not sure. I'm not familiar with fretless wonder.

RDR
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Nov 19th, 2013 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweetwater confirmed they are medium jumbo. You would know if you had a fretless wonder, the frets are really low. Too low for bending IMO.

LeftyMeister
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Dec 9th, 2013 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love this guitar more each time I play it. The tones are excellent and the coil taps make it extremely versatile.

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