Guitar Players- Gibson vs. Epiphone - Kawasaki
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
GP Rider
casey's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Yancey County, NC
Posts: 1,399
Posting Frequency
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.

Thanks for the input

Proper lubrication is the solution to 90% of life's problems.
casey is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 08:34 PM
GP Star
bonz's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,166
Posting Frequency
Images: 1
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.
bonz is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 08:41 PM
Track Day Rider
yelozx10r's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Joburg, South Africa
Posts: 235
Posting Frequency
Images: 15
Send a message via MSN to yelozx10r
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
yelozx10r is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
GP Rider
casey's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Yancey County, NC
Posts: 1,399
Posting Frequency
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.

Proper lubrication is the solution to 90% of life's problems.
casey is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 09:16 PM
GP Star
axo250's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Titusville, FL.
Posts: 2,128
Posting Frequency
Images: 2
Send a message via AIM to axo250
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.
axo250 is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 10:19 PM
Track Day Rider
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ca
Posts: 152
Posting Frequency
Images: 8
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

Good luck on your choice
kawazeppelin is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 10:27 PM
LE Post Whore
Ara's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 6,275
Posting Frequency
Images: 2
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.

Ara is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 10:31 PM
Champion Rider
Speedyj's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 409
Posting Frequency
Images: 4
Rickenbacker !!

1995 RGV250
1997 ZX7R
1999 YZFR1
2001 KTM 250 EXC
2006 BLK 10R
2012 KTM 250 SXF
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
Speedyj is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 10-05-2006, 10:59 PM
GP Rider
circusnuts's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Fairfax City, VA
Posts: 1,405
Posting Frequency
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.

Anywho, best of luck to you!

Dress for the slide & not the ride

Last edited by circusnuts; 10-05-2006 at 11:03 PM.
circusnuts is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 10-06-2006, 12:20 AM
GP Star
Dragone's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: NV
Posts: 2,427
Posting Frequency
Images: 11
I honestly have not played those rigs. Play what you feel is best. with style will bring life back into focus
Dragone is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Guitar Plyr unplugged... hillcountry10r Pictures and Videos 5 07-28-2006 05:09 PM
Xbox Live Moto GP -- Players Wanted Wolfe The Out House 16 05-30-2006 09:10 PM
PING guitar playing hippy! 10 speed The Out House 1 05-25-2006 08:03 PM
Learning to play guitar....where to start??? jrsjkd The Out House 6 01-08-2006 05:50 PM
Question for guitar players.. The Duke The Out House 26 10-16-2005 03:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome