Gibson or another Epiphone?

angeldeville

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There are some occasions where “Only an Epiphone is good enough”

I’m not too big on the Epiphone versions of Gibsons, but an Epiphone original is the beez kneez.

and my #1 treble guitar. The Crestwood.

 

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It’s just my opinion
Ive sold both while working in music retail and the new ones are just better
 

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Beautiful guitar, man!! Congrats!!
I love those tea burst types!
How are you liking it so far and how does it compare to your Epi?
 

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Thanks. Yah, I have to say, it plays and sounds nicer than my Epi. Epi is a great guitar at that price point but it’s just not a Gibson.
The action on the Gibson is so smooth and easy. The tone is fantastic. I always found the low E string on my Epi was kind of dead sounding or not quite as clear as the other strings, even after a good setup. This Gibson on the other hand is just absolutely perfect. Just really happy with it and so glad I pulled the trigger on it.
 

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Maybe step away from forums and go try them out. Gibson probably makes 800 - 1,000 total guitars per day. A few are bound to not be perfect but the vast majority will be.
I think they should chop up or burn the ones with tiny finish blemishes.... and that goes for the case as well, everything should be flawless like my PRS !!
 

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how about something different like that gorgeous Lee Malia Epi Lp? great guitar and appreciating due to its rarity.My 62 tribute plus is a gem, as is the Firebird VII...mini humbuckers,etc. Brand name means less and less these days.
open your minds, its more the player than the instrument.
 

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So I have a bit of cash coming and I would love to get one of the newer Les Paul Standard 50’s to go with my Epiphone LP Tribute Plus.
The thing holding me back is there still seems to be a lot of quality issues, at least what I’m reading here.
Is it a lot of nit picking or is there really still a ton of bad product coming out of Gibson.
I really love my Epiphone, plays great, no issues with quality, should I be safe and get another one of those instead? It’s one third the price of a Gibson and I think it’s a great guitar. But I would really love that 50’s Standard.

How do you all see the quality level these days?
I'd get a 2nd hand Gibby.
 

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Get an Epi. The new ones are supposed to be great. A Gibson will probably need a fret level ( my latest two did!) , new pickups and new bridge... same upgrades I made to my epis I had to make to my Gibsons... my new casino plays better than my new les Paul and sg and my 73 SG plays better than them both too... Gibsons are massively overpriced in my experience, but they do look nice...
 

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This is so true. For whatever reason, people online just love to beat up on Gibson. Funny thing is, I've been gigging with Gibsons for 20 years and I've never had anyone lay criticism of my axes to my face. On the contrary, I usually receive quite a few compliments on looks and sound. But introduce the anonymity of a forum handle and avatar...and it's time to flame away! :laugh2:
Well if I met you and took you to the luthier with new Gibsons for a fret level then I’d sure tell you. Great guitars, but lacking quality...
 

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No one here can see inside your head and know what’s right for you. Will you sit looking at an epiphone and think wistfully that you could have had a Gibson or will you sit looking at a Gibson and feel that an Epiphone would have been fine?

I bought a Gibson and am still besotted. I always found that if I bought cheap I bought twice.

But it’s your money and your heart. Which one you follow is up to you and you alone.
 

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So I have a bit of cash coming and I would love to get one of the newer Les Paul Standard 50’s to go with my Epiphone LP Tribute Plus.
The thing holding me back is there still seems to be a lot of quality issues, at least what I’m reading here.
Is it a lot of nit picking or is there really still a ton of bad product coming out of Gibson.
I really love my Epiphone, plays great, no issues with quality, should I be safe and get another one of those instead? It’s one third the price of a Gibson and I think it’s a great guitar. But I would really love that 50’s Standard.

How do you all see the quality level these days?
Why would you buy an epi when you can buy a Gibson? Go play one, pick the one you want. If you’re worried about comments than your not serious.
 
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Go to the stores and play them all. Gibson will hold its resale value more. Keep searching till you find that one that is like an old T-Shirt. Travel to nearest big city to go to the stores.
 

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I don't know but I'm not 4 deep in the 2020 Epiphones, 2 Modern LPs, 1 '61 SG and a worn LP that I sort of kit-bashed into an 80s rock thing. These are good instruments and priced well enough that I can instead have several that are set up for different tunings and strings.

Fair to point out that I'm very good with fretwork which a couple of these definitely benefit from, but I don't have any reservations doing that where I would on a new Gibson or Gretsch. But I consider setups to include nut work and a bit a leveling par for the course on intermediate-priced guitars. Not all "need" it but very rarely do I see one that can't be made to play at least a little better than out of the box.
 

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So I have a bit of cash coming and I would love to get one of the newer Les Paul Standard 50’s to go with my Epiphone LP Tribute Plus.
The thing holding me back is there still seems to be a lot of quality issues, at least what I’m reading here.
Is it a lot of nit picking or is there really still a ton of bad product coming out of Gibson.
I really love my Epiphone, plays great, no issues with quality, should I be safe and get another one of those instead? It’s one third the price of a Gibson and I think it’s a great guitar. But I would really love that 50’s Standard.

How do you all see the quality level these days?
I have bad experience with 2 Gibson guitars in 2019. One of them Standard 50s. Dont buy over the internet if you can avoid. I finally got one from a fysical store and im very pleased with it. But 1 out of 3 is not good QC. Also Imo the Tribure and Studio are the best buy. You get the real deal for half the "normal" price. And i dossent hurt the same if there is a minor cosmetic issue. I also like the pickups better on those.
 

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So many great replies so quickly. Thanks people.
I am waiting for my Long & McQuade to open up again. I would like to get in and play a few in the week it takes the government to shut it down again (damn COVID-19)

Your replies kind of echo my thoughts as I’m sure it’s more of the complaints that get aired and not so much the praise.

For sure I would be happy with another Epi but like it was mentioned up there:
A Gibson is a Gibson is a Gibson.
Im sure I will end up pulling the trigger on that 50’s Standard. Once I have saved screen grabs of anything I’m interested in, it’s usually only a matter of time.
Get the Gibson !!! You will love it. The quality control issues are overblown and you do get one with issues just return it !!!
 

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I would recommend selling ur other les Paul first. Then walk into ur local Gibson dealer try out everything until u like. Cause the epiphone will have no use after u get a Gibson. And u might want a cheaper strat instead of a les Paul. To have something that sound different lying around
 


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