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Rating and Reviews: Epiphone LE Johnny A Custom

Built for renowned guitarist, Johnny A, this signature model features Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers, a Bigsby B70 vibrato and a beautiful flamed maple top.

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"Beautiful "Affordable" Guitar" submitted November 12, 2017

By Les F in CDA, ID
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Musical Background: Been playing guitar for 50 plus years, some as a professional musician.
Music Style: Rock & Roll, Folk, Country, Blues & Jazz
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Overall: Been lusting after a Johnny A since the Gibson model first came out and was ecstatic to see that they were going to produce a model from Epiphone that was affordable. I've always been "buy American" when it comes to guitars, but find that they are now producing some excellent instruments overseas and this Epihpone is no exception. Not only does it have the same pickups and Bigsby as the Gibson, but it looks identical to the expensive Gibson in every way. Love the light weight and size of this guitar. The finish is perfect and the body style (similar to the Trini Lopez and Barney Kessel) with the double Florentine cutaways is way cool. The neck is similar to my Les Paul's and plays well and the sound, even non-amplified, is sweet. For those of you like me who couldn't afford a Gibson Custom Shop Johnny A, this Epiphone Limited Edition for less than a fifth of the cost is a must have. Now if I could only play like Johnny A....
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"Great Guitar for the money" submitted October 26, 2017

By a customer from hotmail.com in astoria, NY
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Overall: with the american-made Gibson Humbuckers, the guitar sound great, had to setup the neck, with minor adjustment. However, the Bigsby vibrato mount with the the abr-1 bridge does not work well. The string angle over the bridge is too sharp. There is an aftermarket modification called Bigsby tuning stablizier available from Brigg'sBigfix. It greatly improves tuning and more stability by reducing the string angle. Fed Ex destroyed the box, but the guitar was intact.
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"Update" submitted January 6, 2018

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Overall: after playing the guitar and modifying the bigsby setup with the tuning stablizer and changing to slinky's 10's - the guitar plays great and stays in tune much better. Worthwhile purchase
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"Beautiful, but not perfect." submitted December 12, 2017

By Edward W in Campbellsport, WI
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Musical Background: 50 years as a hobbiest
Music Style: Rock, blues, metal
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Overall: These are well built and have a very full, rich tone, but the main problem area is the bridge/tremolo. The bridge uses the thin adjustment screws, and the Bigsby is so close to the bridge that the strings are at a too sharpe angle to the bridge causing all kinds of problems. I solved the problems by installing a roller bridge w/large adjustment screws, and then bypassed the Bigsby roller. Those two things made it stay in tune and play like butter.
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