I read this a lot about Epis here. Yet, my MIC '56 Epi LP goldtop lives in my music room along with a 49 year old SG LP, a couple of Carvins (which are great guitars) and a few others. And what do I find myself playing most (both there and at gigs)? My Epi. And the reason is the great resonance and tone transmission of the wood.
Like all too many Epis, it came needing some work, but it was obvious that the wood was contributing to tone about as much as wood can. A fret level, a couple of pups, a new bridge, and some electrical mods later, it sings.
Yet I read that some (or many) here have bought Epis with crappy wood, and I don't think anybody is lying. So I wonder if some models are more likely to have bad wood than others. And I also wonder if anybody else feels that their Epi has good musical wood.