Epi Les Paul Jr. - Worth the money?

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  1. Wagster

    Wagster Senior Member

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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Junior-Electric/dp/B004ISLGKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343187574&sr=8-1&keywords=les+paul+jr"]Amazon.com: Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar, TV Yellow: Musical Instruments[/ame]

    What's the general opinion on this guitar? All the on-site reviews are good but I'm still not convinced I need one of these. It does look like a fun guitar and for the price, I wouldn't worry about it when I passed out drunk and left it laying out in the yard overnight....

    On the other hand, I don't want something that never gets played and just ends up taking up space in my "guitar closet".
     
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    straybeat Senior Member

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    These are cool little basic guitars that give a hint of the Les Paul sound for cheap. I bought my daughter the SG version because she's a little 5 foot shit and needed something smaller for her size. I play the damn thing all the time. :D
     
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    davies Banned/Not Banned V.I.P. Member

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    With comments like that, I'm not sure you should be allowed to own a guitar at all mate!

    Seriously though, never played one and I'm not sure I could - I'm a fully signed-up member of the trapezoid club. (I'm sure it's a damn fine guitar for the money though.)
     
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  4. straybeat

    straybeat Senior Member

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    Guitar Center has used ones for $49 to $99 if you just wanna spend a couple of bucks to try one out without killing the wallet?

    at Guitar Center.| Search Results

    If you call the store where it's at the guys will tell you if it's beat to death and not to waste your money.



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    Malikon dis_function(); V.I.P. Member

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    Preach it brother man. :applause:
     
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    As with all cheapo guitars, there are good ones and bad ones. I had good luck with my first Junior (2010 Indonesian-made, 60s-style neck, solid body that wasn't plywood, straight neck, good frets) but played a few before I bought it. I found that the Chinese-made Juniors were pretty crappy, but the Indos were decent. Slapped some new tuners, a new nut, a Mean-90 pickup, and new tone cap on it, and it became my main guitar. I've also got a 2002 black Junior as my stage backup, with a 50s-style neck and a Dream-90 pickup in it, that, although it's plywood, is also a decent, fun guitar, especially for slide playing.

    Play a few, and grab one that feels and plays right. Do some mods to it (especially the tuners; they suck horribly) and you'll have a decent, go-to guitar that's fun to play. Best of all, you're out less than a couple hundred bucks after all of the mods.

    These are my Juniors. The first pic is from before I changed the tuners and knobs. It has amber knobs and GFS tuners now...

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    battra Senior Member

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    You get them on Ebay all day long for cheaper than that.

    epiphone les paul junior | eBay

    I'm also a member of the trapezoid club...and four knobs...and two pups...and a switch!

    I'd imagine though it'd a great little beater guitar.
     
  8. Wagster

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    Yea, I've seen some cheaper ones to be sure, but it was the TV Yellow that caught my eye.

    I have plenty of guitars that have the full compliment of switches, knobs, pickups AND traps. ANYBODY (Slash) can sound good playing those guitars.... I was looking for a challenge! :naughty:

    I went ahead and ordered one. If I get a good one I'll keep it. If it's a dog I'll send it back to the pound. One thing for sure, I'll be the first one on my block to have one!

    Already I'm wondering what a Bill Lawrence L90 would sound like installed in it?
     
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    I have one and love it it's just a fun guitar very basic. With a few basic mods it becomes very cool for not much money.
     

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    Heres the thing. I just don't like single pup guitars, and especially when that pup is in the bridge position. Also, I'm not into bolt on necks on LPs. Doesn't Epi have a low cost "studio model" or something with two pups and a set neck? That might well be the ticket for the OP
     
  11. Wagster

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    Rats. I was buying this guitar to give to you as a xmas present, Dole. Guess I'll swap it for a tie instead... :hmm:


    Here's the thing. I really appreciate your concern here, but it was this specific model I was interested in. I'm not looking for a Les Paul Sr. Just thought this might be a fun guitar to have around. I'll break out my Gibson when things turn serious!

    BTW, nice hat. (In case you were looking for something to get me for xmas)
     
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    I saw yours, before and after, on Gibson's Epi forum, and it was one of the mods that inspired me to do mine. Nice guitar!
     
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    OK, if you want a guitar with a single pup in the bridge position (and I actually have one) you may need a capacitor upgrade to get rid of the "ice pick" treble. Maybe not. Just be aware of this possibility.

    And Wagster: Thanks for thinking about me at Christmas, but I already have all the guitars I need. And my hat? It is a genuine hat from OZ. I thought it looked like Neil Young's hat. I wear it for gigs. It conveys Neil's message: "I may miss some notes and I may sing off key, but I don't care and neither should you".
     
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    LMAO - That's awesome. I've always wanted a guitar that requires shampoo and conditioner. I wonder if it comes in yellow? I would just worry that one of my dogs may try to hump it! :laugh2:

    Really though, if I was looking for a top quality Jr. I'd be shopping the Gibson market. That's not what I want. The only reason I considered this guitar was BECAUSE it was so cheap. But, I just don't want to buy a piece of junk. And judging by the pics I've seen in this thread there are some nice Epi Jr's out there in spite of the low price. I must admit though, that 57 reissue is a purdy guitar. You should not have posted that link!


    Good call. I do have a few spares laying around. What value would be a good starting point? .22?

    If this ends up being a player, I am serious about trying a Bill Lawrence L90 in it. I just love his pickups...


    :laugh2: I definitely need one of those hats! You, me and Neil seem to have alot in common!
     
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    Bill Lawrence pickups, fo' shizzle my nizzle!
     
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    I thought you'd like the fuzzy one? You could play ZZ Top on it! :D The problem is getting your hand stuck in the fur trying to change the tone.

    I just through the set neck out there because someone above mentioned it.

    My daughter's SG could be a player with pots and pup change. Don't see any reason why not? The action is good, has a nice tone as is with the cheap crap in it. I couldn't imagine how cool it would be fixed up?
     
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    I was stunned and amazed myself, but there is a slew of them running $480 to $525. I couldn't believe it after just passing on nice Standards for $400. My guess is one bozo started it, then everyone else followed suit? :hmm:
     
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    I like Epiphones well enough,..but that's just crazy.
     

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