2021 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Ebony

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Ok, painted gold now.

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Great post - I usually am not into longer write-ups but yours is really exceptional. You made many great points. I also purchased the Gibson 2021 50s Standard and it’s just beautiful and so well made. However I also just bought a 2021 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Koa top and it’s everything my Gibson Standard is at a fraction of the price. Epiphone has sure come a long ways it seems. Back when I started playing in the late 80s there was nothing close to any Gibson USA Les Paul. Things have sure changed. I will post some pics of my Epiphone Custom Koa - I made some changes to the tuners and some of the plastics just for taste.

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Thank you Kevin, I think a lot of us go through that same kind of thinking when it comes to our Guitars and Equipment. I am looking forward to seeing your guitars, this Guitar Hobby/Life is fun, educational, rewarding and of course experimental. Haha
 

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Ok, I took an hour at my lunch break and did the changeover. I took everything off, put on the new tuners, oiled the fretboard and put some new strings on. I just love locking tuners; it only took me around 5 minutes to put the new strings on. The paint I purchased did not match exactly the gold tuners, but close enough and a lot better than the nickel color. OMG, Keystone/Tulip Tuners look so much better than Kidney Tuners.

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That is not a mark below on the back of the headstock under the tuner, it was just a piece of lint.
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The tuners look good! The difference in color in the plates don't bother me much... that little booger under the d string kinda does though haha :laugh2:

Beautiful guitar you got there. So the algorithm also recommended a video of Matt Heafy trying out his Fishman pickups and he plays one of these too (other than the pickups, all stock as well!!)
 

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Thank you Kevin, I think a lot of us go through that same kind of thinking when it comes to our Guitars and Equipment. I am looking forward to seeing your guitars, this Guitar Hobby/Life is fun, educational, rewarding and of course experimental. Haha
Thank you - yes I have enjoyed this hobby for many many years. I posted a new thread showing the changes I made to my Les Paul Custom Koa. It’s been a beautiful guitar.
 

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Weird that the tuner washers would go over the binding. Strangely, that is a clue for a fake Epiphone :)

Oh yeah! Never noticed that until now. Went back and checked and indeed the washer on my GIbby doesn't touch the binding, but the Epi does. Seems like it was that way for the Custom Pro before they went with the new headstock too.
 
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Anyone know if they changed the neck profile at all on these? I tried one of the first ones out at NAMM 2020 and was really disappointed in the feel of the neck, it didn't feel like a proper slim taper c to me - harder shoulders and a flat back. I've only seen one other review mentioning this (Agufish) so wondering whether it's an early run thing using up old necks from the previous Custom Pro line which felt similar to me.

I'd love one of these if they fixed it, a "proper" LPC has been my dream guitar for a while! I had an older Epiphone which I should have held on to..
 

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I'm new here so I'm sorry if this is off topic. But can someone please help me! I'm trying to buy this gibson les paul but I want to make sure it's authentic.
Serial # 133990272
Model # LPVA19JJB3
Can anyone decode the model #? I can't find this guitar anywhere!!
 

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I'm new here so I'm sorry if this is off topic. But can someone please help me! I'm trying to buy this gibson les paul but I want to make sure it's authentic.
Serial # 133990272
Model # LPVA19JJB3
Can anyone decode the model #? I can't find this guitar anywhere!!
You're aware that you are posting in the Epiphone Les Paul section of the forum and we don't know crap about Gibson fakes apart from the fact that they exist and come from the Orient.
 

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Anyone know if they changed the neck profile at all on these? I tried one of the first ones out at NAMM 2020 and was really disappointed in the feel of the neck, it didn't feel like a proper slim taper c to me - harder shoulders and a flat back. I've only seen one other review mentioning this (Agufish) so wondering whether it's an early run thing using up old necks from the previous Custom Pro line which felt similar to me.

I'd love one of these if they fixed it, a "proper" LPC has been my dream guitar for a while! I had an older Epiphone which I should have held on to..
I have a ‘21 Epi LPC and the neck is slim, fairly flat on the back, with hard shoulders. Definitely not a C shape. It was odd at first but didn’t take long to bond with it. I prefer the fat C shaped neck on my Bonamassa black beauty but have no problem switching between the two.
 

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You're aware that you are posting in the Epiphone Les Paul section of the forum and we don't know crap about Gibson fakes apart from the fact that they exist and come from the Orient.
And are u aware that I did say that...I'm new here. Just thought maybe out of the shit ton of websites and questions that there might be 1 nice person that could help me out. Sorry..not sorry.
 

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And are u aware that I did say that...I'm new here. Just thought maybe out of the shit ton of websites and questions that there might be 1 nice person that could help me out. Sorry..not sorry.

There's definitely people on these forums that are very knowledgeable that can help you. However, new or not, these boards aren't that hard to navigate. Perhaps go into the Gibson Les Paul forum and ask there as a starting point? Some of those users may not come into this section at all (as noted, this is the Epiphone section after all...)
 

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I'm new here so I'm sorry if this is off topic. But can someone please help me! I'm trying to buy this gibson les paul but I want to make sure it's authentic.
Serial # 133990272
Model # LPVA19JJB3
Can anyone decode the model #? I can't find this guitar anywhere!!
Ask Gibson.
 

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Anyone know if they changed the neck profile at all on these? I tried one of the first ones out at NAMM 2020 and was really disappointed in the feel of the neck, it didn't feel like a proper slim taper c to me - harder shoulders and a flat back. I've only seen one other review mentioning this (Agufish) so wondering whether it's an early run thing using up old necks from the previous Custom Pro line which felt similar to me.

I'd love one of these if they fixed it, a "proper" LPC has been my dream guitar for a while! I had an older Epiphone which I should have held on to..
I can't speak to variances within the model, but mine was made in October 2020 (or at least that's what the serial number decoder says). The neck profile is not quite the same as a Classic slim tapered neck.

Compared with my LP Classic Custom:
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Nut (Width and Depth):
Epi - W 1.699" D 0.860"
Gib - W 1.690" D 0.836"

7th Fret
Epi - W 1.946" D 0.926"
Gib - W 1.975" D 0.869"

12th Fret
Epi - W 2.075" D 1.007"
Gib - W 2.105" D 0.888"

You can see width is fairly close, but depth the Epiphone gradually a bit chunkier - still feels very flat though. Here are the neck profiles at the respective locations (nut, 7th and 12th).

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Super imposed:
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Hope that helps!
 
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I think mine was made in 2019 of november so it was an early run or one of the first batches cause it has the new headstock and all the same specs as the 2020. Anyways my neck profile is diff from my 2020 classic too it's a tad bit bigger than my classic. I think my custom has more shoulder than my classic does. I honestly wish it had a bigger profile...
 

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Anyone know if they changed the neck profile at all on these? I tried one of the first ones out at NAMM 2020 and was really disappointed in the feel of the neck, it didn't feel like a proper slim taper c to me - harder shoulders and a flat back. I've only seen one other review mentioning this (Agufish) so wondering whether it's an early run thing using up old necks from the previous Custom Pro line which felt similar to me.

I'd love one of these if they fixed it, a "proper" LPC has been my dream guitar for a while! I had an older Epiphone which I should have held on to..
The Epiphone Les Paul Custom has a Slim Taper D neck profile, very Slim and fast to play on.
 

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