Submitted July 22, 2020 by Brad Walsh in Middlesex, NJ
"The Epiphone Les Paul Custom just went to a NEW LEVEL"
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Received this guitar yesterday and OH MY GOD. I have had numerous versions of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom, but the 2020 takes the cake and puts them all to shame. The CTS pots, pickups, improved hardware, and EBONY fretboard really make this guitar a pleasure to play. It also has a lot more weight and thickness to it more like a Gibson Les Paul. Out of the box I was able to play this guitar with ease. The setup is decent, but as we all know, you have to set your guitar up to your specifications so you really can't let factory set up effect your opinion. I mean, it comes all the way from China lol the setup might just change a bit in transport. Still not a bad setup out of the box. Once I set it up and put my 10-52 Dunlop's on there, BANG! As I do with all my guitars, I will switch out the electronics for EMG's, but if you didn't, you will still be happy with the thick chunky sound this guitar produces. I'm also happy that the neck is more rounded. I like more of a rounded and semi beefy neck profile on my Paul's and this one has it. I have numerous top notch Gibson Les Paul's and I'll tell ya, this Epiphone 2020 LP Custom rides right with them. She's a keeper alright. For me, this was a great purchase.
The guitar sounds stellar. The pickups are hard hitting yet clear and the notes are definitely defined. I'm a rock/metal guy and it suits all my shenanigans.
The components are top notch and it stays in tune like a champ. Like all Les Paul's you have to have a properly filed and lubed nut, but once you get that going it stays in tune rock solid.
Ease of Use
It's super easy to get a great sound with this guitar. I plugged right into my EVH 5150 III 50w and BOOM. Monster sound.
Just got it yesterday, but I've been playing for a long long time and I can tell this guitar will last and hold up for years to come.
This guitar is worth more than it's selling price. I don't care what people say about Epiphone. If you think Epiphone is terrible you're just being a snob. Sure, 25-30 years ago they weren't fantastic and had struggles, but they've come a long way. Overseas guitars are getting tough to beat nowadays.
I have dealt with Epiphone in the past and it's always been easy.
The Wow Factor
I have a lot of guitars for sure. Numerous Les Paul's Gibson and Epiphone, Flying V's, Wolfgangs, Ibanez...ect....I have problems lol. Even tho I don't need to have this guitar, I am happy to have it.
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