Epiphone Les Paul
From entry level models to the iconic Les Paul Custom, there is an Epiphone Les Paul model to suit all budgets and requirements.
Epiphone Les Paul
The Epiphone Les Paul range puts iconic styling and legendary Les Paul tone into the hands of everybody. There are many Epiphone Les Paul variations available with options for all budgets and requirement, so we have put together a guide to help you select the right guitar for your needs.
The Epiphone Les Paul Junior is where the Les Paul kicks off. Featuring a mahogany slab body, bolt-on mahogany neck and a single humbucking pickup, the Les Paul Junior offers incredible value, and yet still delivers a range of classic Les Paul tones from warm clean tones to full-on rock and metal.
Available in a range of eye-catching finishes, the Epiphone Les Paul Junior is a simple guitar that delivers where it counts.
Epiphone’s biggest selling model, the Les Paul Special II, takes the Les Paul Junior’s design and adds to it. An extra pickup in the neck position, along with the addition of a three way selector switch, makes the Les Paul Special II a versatile and extremely useable instrument.
Favoured by guitarists seeking a ‘no frills’ approach to playing, the Les Paul Special II delivers a huge range of beefy Les Paul tones appealing to beginners and more advanced players alike.
With the Epiphone Les Paul 100, the slab body of the Les Paul Junior and Special II is out. In its place is a carved, Maple capped, Mahogany body reminiscent of more expensive models and helping to deliver a sound that cuts through any mix.
Featuring the same pickups as the Special II, the Les Paul 100 has the addition of separate volume and tone controls for each humbuckers. These, coupled with the three way selector, give access to a huge selection of classic Les Paul tones.
Epiphone Les Paul Studio / Epiphone Les Paul Studio Worn
The Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Epiphone Les Paul Studio Worn are the first in Epiphone’s range to feature the traditional set-neck Les Paul design, as originally used by Gibson in 1952, and found on all high-end models to date.
This glued-in neck join allows the guitar to deliver a greater amount of sustain. This, along with the Les Paul Studio’s thicker Mahogany body and Maple cap, deliver a winning combination of killer Les Paul sounds at an incredible price
Epiphone Les Paul Standard /
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is Epiphone’s latest incarnation of their take on the legendary Gibson Les Paul Standard.
With such features as a bound Maple capped, Mahogany body, set neck, twin covered humbucking pickups and high gloss finish, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is every inch the legendary guitar from which it gets its name.
Add to this a flamed Maple top and the ability to coil-tap the humbuckers, giving a range of single coil and humbucking tones, the Les Paul Standard becomes the Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro and makes for a very versatile, giggable instrument.
Sitting at the top of Epiphone’s Les Paul range, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro is a quality instrument that lends itself to any style of playing. Featuring the same build as the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, it features coil taps on each humbuckers allowing both single coil and humbucking tones to be used to deliver everything from sparkling cleans to gutsy powerchords at the flick of a switch.
Cosmetically, the Les Paul Custom Pro really stands out. Looking stunning in either its Glossy Ebony or Alpine White finish, it features gold hardware, multi-ply edge binding and the traditional diamond headstock inlay.
Originally described by Les Paul himself as a guitar wearing a tuxedo, the Les Paul Custom is not only the smartest in Epiphone’s line up, but also one of the most versatile.
Whilst this is far from an exhaustive list of Epiphone’s Les Pauls, this hopefully will give you an idea of the main differences between some of the main models and help you to choose the guitar that is right for you.
By Rob West
Posted on 18th June 2013
18th June 2013