Submitted February 25, 2021 by Lenny S in Essex, MD
"'59 Les Paul Standard"
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I've had this guitar for a few months now and I feel like I can offer a fair opinion:Overall: I gave this guitar 5 stars overall. I am very, very impressed. Features: 5 stars. This "outfit" comes with a period correct case that's really, really cool. Pink "velvet" with what appears to be brushed nickel latches. Can be locked, natch. The guitar comes with Switchcraft switch and jack. Gibson Burstbucker pickups, which sound sooooooo good. A 2 in the neck and a 3 in the bridge. CTS pots and period correct wiring. Really, really nice. It comes with the long neck tenon, which improves the sustain of the instrument. I found out that since the originals came out all those years ago, not too many Gibson Les Pauls have the long neck tenon. So, it's kind of special. The finish is kind of satin. I think they were going for a vintage nitro effect. I like it myself. The flame veneer is beautiful. They did a great job on it. Time will tell with the Epiphone Deluxe tuners, which look to be copies of Klusons.Quality: 4 1/2 stars. I think that, for the most part, Epiphone hit this one out of the park. So, I'll describe here what I didn't care for. The frets, which are vintage correct narrow tall, are very gritty and there was a little glue that was still soft that came out on the fretboard. It was easily wiped away but I am going to get the frets polished. I would pay to have them plekked if my guitar guy were to recommend it. In addition, I had to make an adjustment to the bridge, which was very high on the low E side.Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to call, but I can't see messing up the score because of that.Sound: 5 stars. Man, this thing sure sounds good. I can't believe the tones I'm getting. Too many to mention here. This is the real deal.Ease of Use. 4 1/2 stars. See quality. Other than that, it's been fantastic.Value: 5 stars. I feel like I stole this. $800 bucks for a gibson quality guitar AND A HARD CASE. Are you kidding me?The Wow Factor: 5 stars. This thing blew me away visually and then sonically. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you don't order one, you will regret it. This is going to be like the Joe Perry "Boneyard" guitar from years ago or the Gary Clark Jr. Casino more recently. You can hardly find these guitars on the used market and this one is going to be like that.
I'm sixty-three. Rediscovering guitar, bass, and drums after putting it away for many years.
Blues, rock, r & b, prog rock, Motown, Jazz, Funk.
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