Buy a low end Gibson or high end Epiphone?

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by Rock Star, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. LoKi

    LoKi V.I.P. Member

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    Those Elitist and Masterbuilt Epiphones are super high quality guitars.

    I'm not so sure about the Korean made standard models lately... But you never know. The thing I like most about buying a Gibson is knowing it was made in North America and they will back their product if you have any issues with it.
     
  2. diceman

    diceman V.I.P. Member

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    If by "high end" Epi, we're talking MIJ Elitists - then HANDS DOWN I would go for the Elitist over the Gibson (as thats what I did when I was in that position myself, and I'm very satisfied!)
     
  3. lifele55

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    Man MIJ's are it! Love the open books on them..
     
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    They should be good, they cost as much as a Gibson Les Paul studio
    the new ones dont have that Gibson headstock though
     
  5. tonepot

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    i'd say .. at least as good as my recent '92 standard model ... only domestic models were made with gibson headstock ... btw. mine was much cheaper than new studio model ... it was "used" but in mint ... :)
     
  6. coldsteal2

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    Well that would make a difference for sure.

    I love the Gibson style heads on the older Elitist ones, the new Elitist headstocks
    are shaped really strange, is like the headstock was done upside down?
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  7. lifele55

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    Yeah. Rather the older Elitist or the Epi Japans. Don't really dig that tombstone headstocks on the Elitists now.
     
  8. diceman

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    I wouldn't want my Elitist to have an open book headstock - I don't want it to look like a Gibson "knock off." Not saying that they couldn't have done better though.

    I'm definitely proud to be playing an Elitist, if I wanted a Gibson, I would have bought one for the same money!
     
  9. lifele55

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    True.. in my case, I'd prefer having an Epiphone with an open book headstock even if I could get a Gibby. Its always been a gas to have an Epi with the open book.

    Wierd but yeah.. :hippie:

    Hey diceman, any pics of your Elitist?? Would love to see her!
     
  10. tonepot

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    :applause: ... i've got that same 'open book' fetish too ... :naughty:


    :rofl:
     
  11. lifele55

    lifele55 Senior Member

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    At least I know I'm not alone! :D

    :thumb:
     
  12. diceman

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    Yeah, my above post came off all wrong... I do prefer not having the open book, just so that it is "different" than the Gibson, "knock off" was a bad word to put in there, because of the connotation. I just like the total "uniqueness" that my Elitist has.

    Either way, Elitist over low end Gibson any day of the week.
     
  13. lp59aholicDon

    lp59aholicDon V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    I think going brand instead pick, instead of individual checks of guitars might be a mistake I have run across Fuji Gen made Epi's that were sound and construction better than alot of LP Standards . had a Jap Squire Strat that was far more than equal any Am Std Fender recently made that I have tried Search with an open and honest mind Good Luck
     
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    the electronics on the gibson might be better but id switch anyways i want wb pickups on everything:thumb:
     
  15. LoKi

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    Japanese Ep's are great. Almost every Japanese guitar I've ever owned or played has been more than comparable to their USA counterparts.
     
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    was it that bad? :( :confused: :(
     
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    Yeah I agree with that, guitars often are individual, you'll find duds and jems.
     
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    I have found that goes for Wives also :rofl:
     
  19. LoKi

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    Bad enough that you couldn't let go of the neck without the thing potentially swinging and banging the headstock on the floor. *happened once.*

    Was a great player, and with EMG's in it, sounded smokin', but the lack of balance between body and neck is why I sold it, and wont buy another. I was looking for a cheapo Les Paul type guitar so I wouldn't be banging my favorite 79 Custom off everything, but the Epiphone Standard Plus didn't do it for me. Was pretty to look at though.

    I still use my Custom for everything, even though I own 3 Gibsons in total, and 7 other guitars. Nothing sounds as good. :D
     

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