- Dec 13, 2011
- Reaction score
- Seattle, Washington
This just kinda randomly fell in my lap and I have to say it was LONG overdue.
2010 Epiphone Custom Shop Limited Edition Les Paul Studio in Natural Walnut finish.
I'd say about a year ago I saw a Les Paul Studio in the same natural finish and I have to say I love the look of a naked Les Paul. It gave me a little obsession to track one down eventually, I knew I wanted to get a Les Paul in my arsenal and I have matured enough to know not to settle. I've stumbled across quite a few really nice LPs and for great prices but non had this natural finish. Even the few times I was determined to pull the trigger on one I just couldn't find the right deal on this finish. I tried to convince myself to settle on a tobacco burst but I knew the natural wood finish was truly what I wanted and if I was going to add ANOTHER guitar to my "collection" it better be the exact one I want.... I found this on my daily Craigslist scan and noticed the seller was open to trades, coincidentally I was about to post my Roger Mayer Classic Fuzz up for sale so I figured why not try to trade? He agreed, I was out the door and drove the 45 minutes to his location. I had my expectations fairly reserved, I've heard so many good things about Epiphone but I still wasn't convinced, it's "made in China" after all. Soon as he opened the case it was like the glow from Marcellus Wallace's briefcase... It looked stunning, pictures just can't capture the depth and detail in the finish. It was a done deal after a thorough inspection, besides a few dings it was fantastic for being 14 years old.
I took her for a spin soon as I got home, wow.... I wanted to savor the moment and to bond some more with it so I did my ritual cleaning, polish frets, clean and oil the rosewood, clean all the metal, buffed and polished and finally brand new fresh strings.... This. Guitar. Wails... The quality and craftsmanship is outstanding and is by far probably one of if not THE nicest guitar I've ever handled let alone owned. The neck is FAT, the fattest neck I've ever felt even compared to other LPs I've picked up, up around the 12th fret it's a baseball bat. It has the "Epiphone Custom Shop" on the back of the headstock, I've read it's not a real custom shop like Gibson or Fender but this guitar is special. It is followed by a sticker "Hand Crafted in China" and a "QC" sticker, in my eyes Epiphone's statement that "Hey we take this serious". The bridge pickup is stinging hot and is contrasted by a smooth, mellow neck pick up, almost chimey, I am really impressed by this contrast of the two. I imagine being an Epiphone it has rather generic pickupa and electronics but I honestly love the way this sounds, they aren't microphonic so they are atleast potted. I have no desire to replace them. The volume controls are very smooth, no noise. The tone control are extremely liner, usable and effective, going from some treble rolled off to almost a cocked wah.
The. Sustain. My goodness! 9.4 lbs of SUSTAIN! Notes ring out for what feels like an eternity, hot, searing, stinging, cutting and lethal Les Paul tone... I have to admit I'm thinking I should have been at home on a Les Paul long ago. I love, love, loove the tone of Strats but I always find myself way more comfortable on the Gibson scale length. As slight as it may be, it makes a noticble difference to me and my ease of playing...This guitar just feels right, feels like MINE.
Any ways I could go on and on, I am blown away that this is an Epiphone. I will confidently say it is definitely on par with every Gibson I've ever played. I highly suggest anyone looking for a Les Paul, do not take these for granted, these are quality guitars.