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    Default Gibson LP Studio vs. Epiphone LP Custom

    I am in the market for a les paul but I need to know from gear experts if the main differences are that one is made in Nashville and the other in China. I beleive the Gibson LP Studio is more of a mass produced machine built Gibson and very little crafting is involved as compared to the higher end Gibson LPs. I am leaning toward the Gibson since it will hold/increase in value as compared to the Epi. Both are priced around the same. What is the recommendation and playablility differences?

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    Get a studio. Better hardware and craftsmanship. They are cheaper due to the lack of an expensive top as they come in basic colors and finished. The best part is that that they have 490 and 498 Gibson pickups in them. those pickups absolutely scream. In my opinion the best Gibson pickups on the market.

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    +1 for the Gibson Studio.

    No fancy top, no fancy inlays, and no binding but MUCH better electronics, craftsmanship, and it is more likely to retain it's value.

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    Can never go wrong with a Studio. I've had two. Wish I still had em! Had to thin the herd tho!
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    I have to respectively disagree. I have a epiphone les paul custom, and it's the best guitar i've ever owned. And owned PRS, Fender, Gibson Les Paul, Wolfgang, SG, Explorer.

    I absolutely love mine. Maybe I got a 1 in a 100 guitar but, just because It says gibson on the headstock, doesn't make it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie's Littler Monster View Post
    I have to respectively disagree. I have a epiphone les paul custom, and it's the best guitar i've ever owned. And owned PRS, Fender, Gibson Les Paul, Wolfgang, SG, Explorer.

    I absolutely love mine. Maybe I got a 1 in a 100 guitar but, just because It says gibson on the headstock, doesn't make it better.

    I wouldn't suggested the Studio simply because it says "Gibson" on the headstock.

    I think the Epi Customs are nice guitars ... I have one and it plays great!
    But the stock electronics aren't as good in the Epi as they are in the Gibson and ... that's a fact. Overall craftsmanship will vary from one guitar to the next, regardless of manufacture, so it's always best to test drive a few until you find one you like. Generally speaking though ... I think Gibson has an edge over Epiphone. Finally, resale value ... doesn't mean squat if you know that you will keep the guitar forever, but should you ever want or need to sell the guitar, I would bet that the Gibson would be more likely to retain it's value.

    I'm just say'n

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    absolutely agree that it saying Gibson on the headstock does not mean a better guitar every time out.

    If you gave me the money to buy myself something, I'd get a studio. The agressive price drop on them makes them too good to say no to.
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    The Epi Custom plays nice but didn't sound good to me. I would avoid the faded LP studios, the red & brown ones anyway, I had one of those SGs wasn't very happy with it.

    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...sku=580200#new

    I traded the SG for one of these. Seriously, don't buy an Epi before you play one. It still doesn't sound exactly like an LP, but to me it sounded much better than the Epi.

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    being as i'm the resident links Les Paul hater i thought i might throw you another option (just to confuse matters) have a look at the Michael Kelly 'patriot' range...premium parts at very good prices, you may be able to pick up a guitar thats on par with a Les Paul for the cost of an Epi..
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    Also check out the Edwards Les Paul's on Evilbay. There made by ESP japan ive only heard great reviews about them. Cant order from anywhere here in the US only direct from japan or evilbay. If i ever get a Paul again it's goin to be a Edwards. I had both a Studio and a Epi custom cherry burst and they where both average at best, but the Epi felt and looked better but the studio had a better tone. The problem i had with the Studio was, it came with sharp fret ends and needed a fret level,The Epi custom seemed to have almost perfect frets/fret ends but the finish had bleed marks on the binding in places and the tone was pretty lifeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanhammersly View Post
    I am in the market for a les paul but I need to know from gear experts if the main differences are that one is made in Nashville and the other in China. I beleive the Gibson LP Studio is more of a mass produced machine built Gibson and very little crafting is involved as compared to the higher end Gibson LPs. I am leaning toward the Gibson since it will hold/increase in value as compared to the Epi. Both are priced around the same. What is the recommendation and playablility differences?

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    Actually, the LP Studio is one of the better values, as it just lacks such things as bindings and a pearloid Gibson logo. Big whoop.

    I would argue that there is quite a bit more craftsmanship in a Gibson than in an Epi. It doesn't mean that the Epi is a crap guitar; however, it is not quite as nice as a Gibson. I have had Epis that were exceptional, and I have had Gibsons that needed quite quite a bit of setup work.

    If it were me, I would get a Faded, as it is just a nice workhorse guitar, priced very nicely, and it won't break your heart when you scratch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    absolutely agree that it saying Gibson on the headstock does not mean a better guitar every time out.

    If you gave me the money to buy myself something, I'd get a studio. The agressive price drop on them makes them too good to say no to.
    As a sidebar to this, I was reading an article by a guy online who is apparently a whos who of guitar builders. (Maybe Jimi sugested the guy to me? ) anyway, on his site he had pics and a fairly detailed account of building Slash's "Vintage Gibson Les Pauls". I had heard rumours that Slashes main Pauls were fakes and that he even posed in a Gibson ad with a fake, but did'nt believe it until I read this guys articles. Basically he is so good at forgeries aside from deep investigation of the serial, you'd be hard pressed to tell, but basically he takes a good guitar design and build incredible versions. Sorry i can't remember the guys name at the moment, and I'm on a quick break at work, but just google Luthier and Slashes Les Pauls, and something should come up. It's quite a read.
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    Slash mentions in his autobiography that a guy named Jim Foot from Redondo Beach, CA built his original Les Paul...it apparently was a '59 replica...not sure if this is the guy you're thinking of...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Slash mentions in his autobiography that a guy named Jim Foot from Redondo Beach, CA built his original Les Paul...it apparently was a '59 replica...not sure if this is the guy you're thinking of...
    Just did a little digging, and it was actually a partnership of two guys. Their names are actually Chris Derrig (deceased) and Peter "Max" Baranet. It's unclear which of the gentlemen actually built the guitars for Slash but Chris Derrig apparently was a master with the spray gun and the perfect hand rubbed finish. at any rate, apparently Slash's main guitar for Appetite; his '59 was what they reffered to as the "Derrig Burst". I'm not the biggest Slash or G&R fan, but I always dug his "vintage Pauls". No matter their volume of requests for instruments, they only put out about 12 per year. I found a pic on one of the sites tonight that shows Peter working on Eddie's Frankenstein. Unfortunately, I could not save the pic or link it. It pops up broken when I submit but it's a scanned pic of the Frankie on his bench. It had the red added at the time of the pic being taken though. No idea what he is doing to it or why he had it in the first place, but it's not a fake. I'll dig around and see if I can find this pic elsewhere.
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    So the reason I can't post the pic is because the site KrisGerrig.com is no more, but still shown on Google images. If you wanna see the pic of the Frankie, go to mylespaul.com. Type in "Baranet working on Van Halen's guitar". it tries to hotlink you to the Krisgerrig.com site, but there's just domain advertising there now. You'll at least get the smaller sample image. If your resolution is good enough, you should be able to blow it up a bit. No luck so far trying to find another site with a full size image, but hey, I'm persistant.
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