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GC is not gonna sell counterfeits, it looks fine. Is there something to believe its not?

Just wanted to check - due diligence and all. I'm not so familiar with Standards, and I know that some guys out there can look at them and be like "oh the script on the truss cover is slight off so this one probably is not legit," and it seems to me that the standard is one of the more commonly "cloned" LP's out there (from what I have seen online).
 

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Just wanted to check - due diligence and all. I'm not so familiar with Standards, and I know that some guys out there can look at them and be like "oh the script on the truss cover is slight off so this one probably is not legit," and it seems to me that the standard is one of the more commonly "cloned" LP's out there (from what I have seen online).
Its super clean and has a Slash pickup upgrade, if thats your thing go for it!
 

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Do many Epi's have big beefy 50's necks? That's one of the concerns I have about buying one - most of the Epiphones I've played have had the slim taper neck and I really don't like those.
 

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Go to your local GC and try one.
The middle listing is for a '59 neck profile. I have a studio with a '59 neck profile and I like it.
The top listing is a used Epi Elite Les Paul. Made in Japan I think. The bottom is the custom. should be close to a Gibson. Try it you might like it. If it's just a travel guitar you won't have to sweat damage to your #1. Just a thought. The Gibson you picked out in the above post is nice but if you are concerned about damage $1500 is a big price compare to $500-$800. Less if you buy used. GC has used ones too. You could always take a little road trip to Sweetwater Music.
There appears to be an Epi Les Paul Custom at the Crestwood store in your area.
 
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Go to your local GC and try one.
The middle listing is for a '59 neck profile. I have a studio with a '59 neck profile and I like it.
The top listing is a used Epi Elite Les Paul. Made in Japan I think. The bottom is the custom. should be close to a Gibson. Try it you might like it. If it's just a travel guitar you won't have to sweat damage to your #1. Just a thought. The Gibson you picked out in the above post is nice but if you are concerned about damage $1500 is a big pice compare to $500-$800. Less if you buy used. GC has used ones too. You could always take a little road trip to Sweetwater Music.
There appears to be an Epi Les Paul Custom at the Crestwood store in your area.

That '59 looks like it fits the bill!
 

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I didn't - I think I'm going to take the suggestions here and go with that Epi '59. That looks like a super nice axe for the money.


the EPI brand just keeps improving yr after yr.
few yrs back i walked into a guitar store. just killing time.
seen a lp in the corner that i couldnt keep my eyes off of.
went to go looksee. it had been sanded down completely.
unplugged it rang like a bell. played amazing.
te guitat tech come out of the back and sees me and tells me
its not for sell but im welcome to keep playing it with a smile.
i asked whos it was and he said mine as-in his.
i asked him why in thee hell he sanded it down. he said the name
meant nothing to him but asked what i thought of it.
i told him the damn thing played amazing and sounded like heaven.
he thanked me and let me know it was a EPI that he had redone.
i was floored. in worst case i thought maybe a Gibson traditional.
nope it was a EPI. from that moment on i check the all out now lol.
 

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the EPI brand just keeps improving yr after yr.
few yrs back i walked into a guitar store. just killing time.
seen a lp in the corner that i couldnt keep my eyes off of.
went to go looksee. it had been sanded down completely.
unplugged it rang like a bell. played amazing.
te guitat tech come out of the back and sees me and tells me
its not for sell but im welcome to keep playing it with a smile.
i asked whos it was and he said mine as-in his.
i asked him why in thee hell he sanded it down. he said the name
meant nothing to him but asked what i thought of it.
i told him the damn thing played amazing and sounded like heaven.
he thanked me and let me know it was a EPI that he had redone.
i was floored. in worst case i thought maybe a Gibson traditional.
nope it was a EPI. from that moment on i check the all out now lol.
Did i have the EPI style headstock ? Different from the moustache top of the Gibson headstock ? EPI is owned by Gibson, and built in South Korea I believe ?
 

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Did i have the EPI style headstock ? Different from the moustache top of the Gibson headstock ? EPI is owned by Gibson, and built in South Korea I believe ?

ya know, i dont really remember. we are talking probably 10 yrs ago im thinking lol.
 

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ya know, i dont really remember. we are talking probably 10 yrs ago im thinking lol.
If I had to venture a guess why EPI is built in South Korea would better quality control versus the other place not far from there . As it's still morning here I have my upstairs working once it gets to this afternoon I will go into power save mode and only think about powering up my 2 box of knobs half stacks and having some fun this weekend . I even juiced the volume a bit last weekend as when ever I don't like my tone I instantly reach for both the output and master volumes . Most of the time this works , but other times I have to back it off as it's all about the size of the room and not getting to mushy with the sound as that can turn to mud .
 

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What did you end up getting?



Nothing yet! I have a local shop that I like doing business with and I called them to see if they could get it, and I haven't heard back. I've been pretty busy the past week and haven't really had the energy to do other shopping. I was wanting to buy it in person so I could trade some gear, but if I've got to buy online I'm wanting to go through Sweetwater and then I gotta deal with selling stuff on Reverb...
 

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If I had to venture a guess why EPI is built in South Korea would better quality control versus the other place not far from there . As it's still morning here I have my upstairs working once it gets to this afternoon I will go into power save mode and only think about powering up my 2 box of knobs half stacks and having some fun this weekend . I even juiced the volume a bit last weekend as when ever I don't like my tone I instantly reach for both the output and master volumes . Most of the time this works , but other times I have to back it off as it's all about the size of the room and not getting to mushy with the sound as that can turn to mud .

Epi used to be made in South Korea. Subcontracted out to various factories like Samick and Unsung. There was no Epi factory.

10~15 years ago Gibson built a huge factory in Quingdao China. Since then most Epi's have been built there.

For the Japanese market, Gibson has also contracted Japanese factories and had them put the Epiphone name on guitars. Those get the actual Gibson headstocks. (For a few years Gibson had some of those exported to the US as Epiphone Elite/Elitist -- those got modified headstocks so as not to compete too directly with Gibson USA models.)
 

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