Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker E1 Electric Guitar

Who says affordable guitars have to be boring? A set of ceramic single-coil pickups bring the rock, while its bright finishes add a splash of style anywhere.


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Overall User Ratings (based on 1 ratings)
  • Overall:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Manufacturer Support:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    2 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Submitted January 12, 2024 by a customer from gmail.com

"It's actually not bad"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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I don't know why I bought this. A lot about this guitar design bothered me. A les Paul with 2 single coil pickups for less than 200 should be awful. Does it sound like a Les Paul. Most definitely not. It's kind of unique sounding. It's extremely lightweight. It's not completely hideous, though I am sure Les Paul purists will hate the design.
I find the pickups to be kind of thin-sounding. That's not to say you can't get good tones out of it. I actually played it for a few songs, playing death metal and I thought it chugged quite nicely. The clean tones, for me, lack character.
It's hard to get in the weeds over things like components quality on a bargain guitar. Everything works as it should. The neck is very playable. It actually reminds me of an SG neck a little bit. Wide and flat.
Ease of Use
It's a good first guitar but I would say you might be better off with a squire. It's very playable and takes effects well.
It doesn't have a protective gloss or anything. It's just a painted guitar body. I could see the paint getting chipped away and it looking worn down a little faster. I've had this guy for a year now and it still looks ok.
If you want a cheap guitar that's kind of weird, this definitely fits the bill.
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