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post #1 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Guitar Players- Gibson vs. Epiphone

Concerning Les Pauls... does the difference between Gibson and Epiphone justify the price of a Gibson? I've not owned either but I've heard both arguments. Many people tell me to get an Epi and switch out the pickups, and I'll have basically the same thing for about half the price. I'm not a professional musician yet, but at any rate I will probably be picking up a no-bling studio model. I need an electric for songwriting.
I currently play a Martin D-15.

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I have played both brands of guitars, I am know expert by any means, but I can tell the difference. My friend has a 70 something SG and that thing is sweet as apple butter.
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yep... the two brands use totally different woods which has a huge impact on the resonance. yeah the epiphone also has cheaper electronics and hardware, so swapping the pickups won't solve the problem... not that there is a problem, there is nothing wrong with epiphone and for the price I would recommend it. But there is a reason for the price diff
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So I would save money in the long run by just saving up and going with a Gibson Studio LP I guess.
I don't like buying things twice.... that's the reason I got the Martin for my accoustic.

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I've worked at a music store for a few summers and haveplayed both. I have an epi custom and a PRS custom 22. There is a difference between the epi and gibson for sure. You can tell a lot more quality out of a gibson just in the feel and sound. But if you just need an electric for every now and then, I'd suggest buying a little nicer epiphone than a studio and saving your money. The pickups aren't that bad, you could replace them if you like. But I'd just save the money. If you needed an electric for full time playing I'd suggest a nicer guitar but for just an addition to your acoustic playing, go epi.
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I would stop into the guitar shop every so often just to brouse around and always wanting a Les Paul I'd sit down and play one while I was there and then I'd go play the epiphone model. Any difference I noticed was probably in my head but I eventually broke down and bought a studio LP anyway. I've played the epiphone model at the store after owning my LP for a little while and now I notice a difference. Better tone, better feel and on top of all that, it's a Les Paul

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on everything said so far. Also make sure you play the one you are going to buy, not one like it, cause there is variance from one guitar to the next.


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Typically the Epiphone is foreign made and a higher profit item for the guitar shop. If you're a beginner or hacker, it's really all that you would need.

As far as the Gibson LesPaul, I think you gotta be careful there too. I mean, the quality through the years has really been hit or miss with Gibson. My first guitar was an 82 model and it wasn't until a few years later that I realized it had never been setup properly.

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I honestly have not played those rigs. Play what you feel is best.

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