NAMM Summer 2017 and the $99 Epiphone

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by irocdave12, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. irocdave12

    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    I've been stalking the internet coverage and had a friend there specifically scope out the Epi's for me. The verdict is in and believe it or not the mass majority of people are saying these $99 street price LP's are pretty amazing for the price. The only complaint is no surprise in that the tuners are dog crap and un useable in real life. But that's clearly where you get this price point from. That's the only place they cut a corner apparently. Otherwise same old Epiphones, but the entry level guitar steals the show. I'm buying one just for my three year old son to wail on do some relic work
     
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    You get what you pay for. I assure you the tuners are the least of your concerns.
     
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    irocdave12 Senior Member

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    I dunno about that, I'm a Gibson guy for the most part with thousands invested in their guitars and I got a 2015 white LP Jr. on clearance and used a coupon too and paid a grand total of $86.00 for it new from MF It was intended for my newly born son as a toy basically. That changed when I saw it. It's immaculate in fit n finish. Unbelievable quality for even its retail price of nearly $200. Hands down it has a rosewood board that puts to shame most of my Gibsons. Because of this guitar I have since purchased 2 additional Epiphones that were equal quality with the Indonesia made Hinds V being the best with jaw dropping build quality. Epiphone has figured it out and are making incredible guitars in the last few years. Right now best value in guitars in the new market bar none.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    How's that neck gonna be in a couple of years? How much fretwork will need to be done in a short period of time? IMO, cheap guitars should not be evaluated when new, but after a bit of time to settle. A few years ago, I ordered a class set of the DR100, their entry-level acoustic. All of them had to be sent back with serious neck warping within a month. Cheap is cheap.
     
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    Not really, or at least it's not 1+1=2.

    I've a 20 years old Eko, paid average 120$ for it (new), and it's still in great shape. Never had to adjust the truss-rod. And I use it quite a lot, when I want to strum few chords on the fly without picking more expensive guitars.
     
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    I'll pass. Fool me once with 30 of them, shame on them. Fool me twice, then what the hell was I thinking? I'm done with cheap Epiphone. If I want value on the low end, give me Yamaha, any day.
     
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    Yup, or squier, jackson, or ibanez. I've had 4 epiphones in my life.

    '56 Goldtop LP P90 - no complaints, great guitar

    Casino - tuning issues and sounded a bit choked out, but a pretty good guitar

    LP standard (1995?) - pickups were garbage, inlays were plastic, and the neck was so soft you could do tuning drops by simply pushing on the back of the headstock lightly

    Finally, the king turd was an LP special - the worst pickups I've ever played in my life, would not stay in tune for more than a minute of play time, the neck was awkward at best and the frets looked like they were hand finished with 50 grit sandpaper. I have NEVER played a worse guitar in my life.

    I'm no snob, I love a cheap guitar, but I hold a very special and specific dislike for cheap epiphones. There's only so many corners you can cut.
     
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    Sweetwater's price on these is $119. Haven't found them for sale anywhere else. Even Sweetwater doesn't have them in stock yet.

    I don't like to comment on any guitar I haven't played, so won't comment on these except for the tuners. A friend had me do some work on his early 70s Asian made LP look alike, that was really a cheapo! Body was hollow with (probably) masonite top and back all painted black. By some miracle I got the thing to play and sound pretty good -- except the tuners were slipping badly. They were the exact tuners that are on this new cheap Epi. Went to the local music store to see if I could find replacements that I could put in without too much work. That store had the exact same tuners in stock --- at $30 per set.
     

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