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12-20-2005, 09:49 AM
I'm thinking on buying an Epiphone Les Paul and I've read In lots of places that are some good Epiphones ans some horrible Epiphones so I was wondering if you guys can help me on telling how I must test the Epiphone before buy it.
Thanx in advance :)
12-21-2005, 02:23 AM
dude, just play it and see how it feels and sounds...also look out for rough fret edges (tho those can be fixed easily)...there is quite a bit you could watch for, but most of it will be covered by playing the guitar first.
12-21-2005, 02:37 AM
even though it's a solid body, check for its reverberation characteristics, i.e. does the thing sound and feel lively and good?
wait till the clerk isn't looking; hold the body on either side of the neck joint and support it on your knee and give it a bit of a shake; any creaks?
are the frets sanded down on the sides? if not then it'll hurt you when you're playing.
12-25-2005, 11:12 PM
I have two Epi Les Pauls: a 2003 Classic, Korean made, and a 2005 Standard, Chinese made.
Both guitars are excellent.....but.....do yourself a favor and test drive a number of Epis. I have done this with each purchase I have made....every one is different in some way. With me, usually there is some kind of fit/finish issue that steers me away from a guitar. For the money, the Epiphone Les Paul is outstanding, even though some guitarists bash them. They are made of good woods...maybe not the highest quality. They have Grover tuners...the Aisian made ones, but if you string it right and set the strings right, they are entirely do-able. The pickups are bashed frequently, which I don't understand. Where I see Epi cutting the corners on quality is in the electronics. I recently had the pots on my Classic go out on me. I had all the pots, switch, jack, and wiring replaced, which has made a remarkable difference in the sound. The pickups- not bad from day one- even sound better.
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