Epiphones - thoughts and experiences

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Ant_McEwan, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. Treynor

    Treynor Squier-holic Platinum Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    Dallas, Texas
    I currently have three Epiphones, all Les Paul models...two of them from the "Inspired by" 2020 lineup. All three are great playing and sounding. I realized while reading this thread I had not posted the 2020 LP Modern I got last summer. In my opinion this is the best of the already great 2020's. With stock features...Grover locking tuners, an Ebony fretboard, great pickups with some nice, useable switching features and quality wiring and pots, this one needed absolutely no mods to be a killer axe.

  2. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Nut

    Feb 25, 2017
    Rhode Island USA
    Had a 60's tribute plus. Great guitar for someone else. I don't get along with the slim D necks.
    Now if I could get 1 with a slim c I'd be all over it 1607544712696.jpg
  3. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    I'd consider that model down the road. Nice guitar, hows it play sound etc?
  4. beagle

    beagle Squier-holic

    Nov 19, 2017
    Plays great, no problems at all, no surprises, sounds good to me. Big neck though, if that puts you off.

    Not the kind of stuff I usually play, but

  5. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    Cool, I'm not a fan of thick necks. In general I heard the Les Paul 60s necks were slimmer.
  6. beagle

    beagle Squier-holic

    Nov 19, 2017
    That's why I went for the 50s. To me it doesn't feel big, this is my main squeeze

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  7. Dinomikesr

    Dinomikesr Squier-Meister

    Nov 25, 2019
    $65 and worth every penny.
  8. Ant_McEwan

    Ant_McEwan Squier Talker

    Jan 1, 2021
    The Black Isle
    That's a beaut!
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  9. Ahnlaashock

    Ahnlaashock Squier-holic

    Sep 21, 2014
    St. Louis Area
    I swapped a Michael Kelly strat for a first model Epiphone Traditional Pro.
    How good is it? I don't have GAS anymore, and I have been giving all the others away or selling them pretty much ever since.
    It is a made in China model, and it says handcrafted on the sticker. It certainly is not perfect and has the appearance of at least some hand work.
    The tuners are good, the neck just right for me, and the pickups are okay. The Gibson pickups have more spank and sparkle, but the factory pups are really pretty good. They play well with different amps also.
    I have seen cleaner finishes on guitars in the same price range, and I have seen flashier guitars, but i traded one of them away to get the Epiphone, and I have never regretted it. I seldom pick up another guitar unless there is a reason.
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  10. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Same here didn't like the flat Slim Taper D on my 2012, yuck ...
    Apart from that, the 60's Tribute is basically a Gibson. I luckily got this one for ... 200 CAD !

    2012 Epiphone LP 60s Tribute Plus 01-.jpg
  11. Zman

    Zman Squier-Meister

    Jan 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I have owned several Epis. I still have a LH G400 that came with Gibson 57s. The original owner had them installed before he took ownership when he bought it New. I also owned several LP s . I own a Japanese built Elistist Custom in wine red. Probably as good as any Gibson I have owned. I have owned 3 Sheraton II and currently have a sammick built 2001 in Natural finish, and a brand new vintage burst . The new Vintage burst has the coil tap and both are amazing playing guitars. Having owned a Gibson 335 I really feel the Sheraton is a better playing guitar. As a previous poster mentioned the Agile is a great way to go. I have a 3025 chambered bodied model and it is also a great player right out of the box. The beauty of the Agile LP is that it comes with a lot of "upgrades" as stock. Tusk nut, stringsaver saddles , an ebony board and a great set up. One of the few I have not had to adjust.
    So I would say the Epiphone is one of my favourite brands. Now they are basically he closest thing to a real Gibson.
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  12. GunnyPlaysLoud

    GunnyPlaysLoud Squier-Meister

    Mar 13, 2020
    I really like the feel of the neck on my 2020 Special. One of the thickest necks I’ve come across on an electric. And the P90’s are pretty impressive, good cleans but still plenty of balls.

    I’m sad to say my CV Tele I picked up at the beginning of 2020 is getting zero playing time lately because of my Epi.
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  13. Imagine

    Imagine Squier Talker

    Dec 10, 2020
    I own two Epi's, a Humming bird acoustic with Grovers and a rosewood fretboard, plays really nice and I just added a Seymour Duncan pup so I can play it through my amp if I want to. It's the natural wood, not the cherry sunburst and I've had it for the past 10 years.
    My second Epi is one I purchased in 2017, it's a Korean made Johnny A model and it is one sweet axe! It sounds awesome as it came with '57 Classic pups, Grovers and an ebony fretboard. The quality and workmanship are superb and it came with a hard shell case.
    Never owned an Epi LP, but had a Gibson LP Smartwood that I sold to my younger brother last year. The Epi's now days are just as good as Gibsons (IMO) and I would not hesitate to buy another Epi if I find one that I am really gassin' for.
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  14. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Squier-Meister

    I never got to play any of the original Epiphone Casino or Sheraton models. My only personal previous Epiphone experience was an 89 dollar (new) Epi Bully sg shaped object years ago. Should have tried it in the store first. Single pickup. Didn't work the first time I plugged it in. Cold solder joint to the volume pot. It took longer to warm up my soldering iron than to fix it and put the cover back on. I used it strictly for slide. It was about as good a guitar as 89 dollars would get, and that's being generous with praise :D

    Summer 2020 - looking at Epiphone with mahogany bodies and ebony fingerboard, Probucker pickups and those (IMHO) lovely reshaped headstock. decided to throw the dice. I am floored by how nice it is. Days after it came in, the Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty is out. I jumped and got the last one MF had. It, too, is a stunning guitar.

    Will I sell my Custom Shop Gibsons? Not likely. But quite honestly, for 1/8th the price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy an Epiphone.
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  15. DougMen

    DougMen Dr. Squier

    Jun 8, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    The new Epi line is awesome, and even better than before IMO. The new Riviera, Crestwood, Wilshire, and Coronet are very cool
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  16. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic Double Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2015
    South Oceanside, CA
    My 1996 Epi Sorrento blows me away. At one time, I thought of listing it for sale/trade, but I soon realized this was a truly spectacular guitar. Made in the Peerless factory in Korea, it rivals anything Gibson made. The P-90 pickups are amazing and the fit and finish are outstanding. Only a fool would let this guitar escape his collection.



  17. driver8

    driver8 Squier-Meister

    Jun 19, 2020
    That's a beautiful instrument! If you ever DO want to sell it, send me a message ;-)

    I have 4 Korean Epis: a Joe Pass Emperor II (that I'm converting into an Epi Swingster), a black Sheraton II that's just unbelievably good, a Dot Deluxe that's probably my #1 guitar, and a Zephyr Regent that I put a P90 in and sounds amazing for jazz. The Korean builders really knew what they were doing! :cool:
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  18. Ant_McEwan

    Ant_McEwan Squier Talker

    Jan 1, 2021
    The Black Isle
    That is a work of art! :)
  19. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    I could have warned you if I had known you had that Tele :)

    It's the same with it's cheaper sibbling, the LP Special 1 with P90. Most everybody that bought one said the same thing, it stole serious playing time to any other guitar they had at the moment.

    I have two of them. The TV Yellow one in the studio still get daily play amongst more expensive ones. The second one is the only one at the summer cottage where I spend 2 months a year.

  20. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-holic

    I have 3 Epi's, all fine guitars. Have a '99 AJ18 acoustic that my wife bought me - sounds good to me, don't play acoustic much, it's held up even after a dog stomping riot that scarred the top kinda bad, but it still plays fine. Have a '07 LP, perfectly fine guitar.....ordered a plaintop, MF sent me a plustop - was told to just keep it, not worth it to them to have me return it and them send me another, was cool with that......it's aging nicely, the honeyburst is becoming darker brown over time, it looks sweet, plays well. And I have a '13 Wildkat...fun guitar, but seems more like work to play than my others, perhaps because of the Bigsby....it's a rocker. Epiphone churns out some great affordable stuff, same as Squier. Man, when I was a kid, you either had to pony up the bucks for a Gib or Fender, or play substandard stuff.....this is a great time to be a guitarist on a budget, for sure
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