- Mar 4, 2019
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The $200-$300 Epi LPs with flat bodies can be pretty good. I have one which is 20 years old, and is still in great shape. The '57 Classic pup does help the sound quite a bit.No they are not.
Epiphones are guitars made overseas to "our specifications". Or in other words, 'company X' wants a cheap guitar, but of a certain quality, and makes a deal with the factory that can offer this quality at the lowest price. The bar that is set is quality.
Those fakes / copies are not made with a certain quality in mind. They are made with the goal to look as close as the real thing for as cheap as possible. Quality is of no concern to them, they are not a brand, you can't return your broken goods. Once the item is sold, the money is made, that's it.
I'd rather own the cheapest Epiphone than any of the chinese "fakes" I've seen on this forum.
Going to a large store with 10-20 to compare is the only way to be sure you are getting a good one. Replace the bridge pup with a $150 pup and upgrade the electronics, if needed, and you have a helluva player for under $500.
Or you can get an Epi Standard '50s or '60s. I have a '60s, as well as a $2.5K Gibson Standard '60s (CG Ltd. Ed.) and they both play very well.