Epiphone Les Paul FAQ

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Hi, I'm the newbie here from Rhode Island. I've been playing for 40 years and just recently made the switch from Strats to Les Pauls. I have a Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio which I love ,with the exception of the stock bridge which was giving me tuning nightmares. I took that off and replaced it with a brand ,new ,Graph-Tech NV-2 bridge which you can get from Musician's Friend for $75.00. After installing that, my guitar now stays in perfect tune and also has more tone and sustain as well.
 

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I read that The Peter Frampton LP has Three open-coil humbucking pickups, a 57 Classic in the neck position, a 57 Classic Plus in the middle, and a 500T in the bridge. You might want to try this combo.
The Gibson pickups are really nice, in general, in my opinion; but there is no reason why you can't get just as great results using Seymour Duncan's. I have both.

One thing that I really, really like are the Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro's. If this isn't history already, you could get a neck and bridge Alnico II Pro and put them in the neck and "middle" positions; then get a "bridge" Slash Alnico II Pro for the bridge. This would probably be an awesome set.

Otherwise just put the Alnico II Pro neck version in the neck and middle positions and the Alnico II Pro bridge one in the bridge. Either way this would be a very cool sounding guitar.

One more thing you could do is put a switch in to get a couple more pickup combinations, as in all three, bridge and neck, neck and middle, bridge and middle, etc. The stock switching is evidently a three way switch and you can only select one pickup at a time - doesn't make sense really, in my opinion.

I think this is a really cool guitar though and I would want to do some mods to address the pickups and switching, and possibly the wiring components where necessary.

It would be interesting to know what you decided on the pickups.
 

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I never really cared much for the "dressings" in guitars, but browsing the Epiphone website I noticed that the plus top standards now come in several patterns, such as trans amber, blue, honeyburst, desertburst...

I wonder if they still keep using actual maple veneer for the burst effect or if some standards have plastic photoflame tops...

Anybody ever remove the finish of a post 2007 standard?
Epi never used photoflame
 

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Easiest way to check for relief is to put a capo on the 1st fret, then fret on the fret one past the neck/body join (17th on an LP), there should be a gap of between 0.40mm and 0.50mm (0.016" and 0.020"), about the thickness of a business card, between the bottom of the string and the top of the fret at the half way point between these two fretted points (7th on an LP), check the low E, you can also check the high E to confirm, both E's should be the same.

Some use feeler gauges or a ruler to check, but you should be able to get it close by eye. If there's no gap, the neck is either dead straight or has a back bow.

To get more relief you loosen the truss-rod, which is counter clockwise as you look at it from the headstock end. Only do a 1/4 turn max each time you adjust and wait several hours for the neck to settle between adjustments.
 

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This is great information Sinmastah. Thank you so much for starting this thread. I am new here and keep on reading and re-reading all these wonderful discussions. People like you make the MLP a unique, fun, kind and learning place. By the way, I recently bought an Epi from a Forum Member and it was great and very pleasant experience :) Thank you again and take care
 

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If you go to the website under Specifications, it says "Body: mahogany, flame maple Top"

The one I have is listed as Out of Production:

It's a "Quilt top Pro."
Top AAA quilt maple veneer

So I see what you're saying.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Les-Paul-Standard-Quilt-Top-PRO.aspx

From the comments section below on that page:
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"PLUS TOP" means that the pretty veneer is on a SOLID maple cap, not a laminate maple cap. This is a very good thing. It's not solid quilt/flame all the way through the top, like on a Gibson, but that quilt/flame sheet is on a solid Maple dished cap on the solid body.
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I never really cared much for the "dressings" in guitars, but browsing the Epiphone website I noticed that the plus top standards now come in several patterns, such as trans amber, blue, honeyburst, desertburst...

I wonder if they still keep using actual maple veneer for the burst effect or if some standards have plastic photoflame tops...

Anybody ever remove the finish of a post 2007 standard?
 

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If you go to the website under Specifications, it says "Body: mahogany, flame maple Top"

The one I have is listed as Out of Production:

It's a "Quilt top Pro."
Top AAA quilt maple veneer

So I see what you're saying.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Quilt Top PRO
and this 'flamed maple top' actually is a thin (real wood) veneer...

and had been answered around a year ago....
 

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If you go to the website under Specifications, it says "Body: mahogany, flame maple Top"

The one I have is listed as Out of Production:

It's a "Quilt top Pro."
Top AAA quilt maple veneer

So I see what you're saying.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Quilt Top PRO

From the comments section below on that page:
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"PLUS TOP" means that the pretty veneer is on a SOLID maple cap, not a laminate maple cap. This is a very good thing. It's not solid quilt/flame all the way through the top, like on a Gibson, but that quilt/flame sheet is on a solid Maple dished cap on the solid body.
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The coments just are BS

neither a solid maple top, nor a laminated maple top

it is on a multiple piece asian mahogany bodied guitar !

 

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Sinmastah:
Thank you so much for posting this. I'm a novice and intend to do some mods to my Epi Les Paul Standard and this really opened my eyes to what needs to be done and gives me a starting place on where to begin. Appreciate it!
 

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Hi! I'm thinking about buying an epiphone sg g400 pro, but I've read something in another forum saying that it has wider neck compared to a les paul, is it true?
No,

and please read post #373 !

thanks
 

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I don't know if this was brought up, I didn't read all 13 pages, but the Epiphone Elite/Elitist Les Paul Plus is NOT a veneer. It's a solid book matched figured Maple cap. You might want to edit your OP.
 

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My 2015 plus top pro plays and sounds great, However... I'm certain its chambered or weight relieved as it is ALOT lighter than my 80 lp deluxe. Is this true ? And does anyone else's new Epi seem kinda "neck heavy". Thx GB
 

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My 2015 plus top pro plays and sounds great, However... I'm certain its chambered or weight relieved as it is ALOT lighter than my 80 lp deluxe. Is this true ? And does anyone else's new Epi seem kinda "neck heavy". Thx GB
Hi,
welcome here @ MLP
:wave:

Epi LPs are not chambered / swiss cheesed / weight relieved
except the Ultra series.....
 

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My 2015 Plustop pro seems a bit "neck heavy"
Anyone else finding this.
Otherwise love it....its just way lighter than my 80 les paul deluxe...
 

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What are the standard capacitors used in Epi LPs?

My 60s Trbibute Outfit doesn't have the Mallory capacitors (and the 2013 catalogue doesn't list the Mallories in the specs either) but I see some Outfits with the Mallories as listed in the Epiphone website. Is Epiphone inconsistent when it comes to electronics?
 

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CTS now makes short shaft metric pots. No boring. No need for new knobs.
 


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