There is something so mesmerizing about the very sight of the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Be it the attractive colors and maple veneer with an almost regal finish, the elegant plain-top, single cutaway body or the familiar trapezoid in-lays on the finger-board that we’ve associated with all our favorite rock stars for ages, there is an absolute and undeniable ‘wow’ factor for sure. Classic, timeless and legendary is how the global musical giant Epiphone describes its own marvelous creation, and we certainly agree!
Apart from the signature Les Paul solid mahogany body and hand-set mahogany neck, the key defining features of this marvelous electric guitar are the pair of Alnico Classic Humbuckers, renowned for warm, robust sound, beautifully sustained by the specialized wax vacuuming technique that saturates and seals the entire body with wax twice, for ensuring zero bass response. Aided by the premium quality Grover Machine Heads and a user-friendly Tune-o-matic bridge, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard can certainly be deemed as a legendary, mid-priced electric guitar model which is a class apart from many similar-priced competitors. In fact, the very reason for Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitars continuing to reign the market of premium guitars despite having been around for more than 50 years, is their sheer class, elegance and unmatched quality.
- Alnico Classic(TM) Humbucker pickups
- Rosewood fretboard, 24.75 scale
- Mahogany body and Maple top
Review and Experience
Hearing rave reviews about a popular guitar is one thing, but looking at it from a critical point of view is quite another ballgame. Especially in case of the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, which has been considered as the flagship model of this age-old company, dating all the way back to 1873! Don’t get me wrong, this guitar was introduced much later and was hugely inspired by the enormous musical frenzy and fan following of guitar icons like Jimmy Page, Ace Frehly, Zakk Wylde and so on. When the Les Paul Standard was initially launched, it came in two variants of plain maple top and plus/flame maple top. Over the years, the former has taken the centre-stage. Other than this variation, the classic features like Alnico Classic Humbuckers, Stop-Tail Bridge Piece and Grover Machine Heads have essentially remained the same.
As my shipment arrived three days prior to the estimated date of delivery (thanks Amazon!), I was glad to observe that the guitar was very carefully packed, and not a single scratch could be seen on the buttery-smooth body. Just so you know, I ordered the Ebony color and trust me, it is a sheer beauty. In fact, this guitar looks so enticing and stylish in itself, that it motivated you to get started right away. So the mere aesthetics enhance its playability! With a scale length of 24.75”, the string tension is less and conducive for beginners who aspire to become seasoned professional players in the long run. Another great factor that improves the playability is that despite being a solid body guitar, it weighs only 8 pounds and has a very ergonomic, slim design to nicely fit in your arms and around your fingers. With such high comfort levels to begin with, it is imperative that you catch up really fast on your lessons.
The next big review criteria would be sound, and let me tell you that the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a hallmark for warm and deep tones. If you’ve been wondering all along, why you should pay so much for a beginner’s guitar, then the biggest reason crops up here- the double wax vacuuming system. Any hum from an electric guitar, no matter how low, is a sheer deterrent to the sound quality, and the full-fledged percolation of wax in the already solid body, ensures amazingly pristine sound. Despite years of usage, you’ll be surprised at the consistency and richness of tones, absolutely perfect for grunge, punk, thrash, swing, metal, jazz, rock and the likes.
Next in line is the craftsmanship and build, and I should tell you that this is amongst the few ‘under $500 electric guitars’ that actually employs the crème-de-la-crème of construction material with great finesse, for each and every part of the guitar. Take the Humbucker Pickups for instance. You will find a whole lot of really cheap, mass-produced single, dual even triple Humbucker Electric Guitars in the market. But the use of premium Alnico magnets, ABS Plastic Bobbins, pole screws and cold rolled steel pole shoes, makes this Les Paul Standard really create a milestone as far as construction is concerned. Lastly before I forget, a word of appreciation is due for the impressive neck and body binding, several leagues ahead of cheap bolt-on necks. That’s an extra point for durability, and you anyways don’t have to worry because the Epiphone Lifetime Warranty is always there to save your back!
A very stylish, sleek and ethereal-sounding guitar that is built to last, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard offers much more value vis-à-vis the price you pay. If you are beginning your professional journey as a guitarist or you are looking for an upgrade from a dirt-cheap beginner’s guitar to a classier and bankable instrument to fine tune your already-acquired basic skills, this Epiphone Les Paul model is best suited for your needs. At the end of the day, Epiphone is a name you can implicitly trust and for a reasonably flexible budget, you get a premium electric guitar on the lines of your favorite guitar idols!