The whole “inspired by” 2020 line????

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I’m a big fan of the ‘59 guys. I like what you’re getting.

Do you think the entire “inspired by” 2020 line is also a significant step up from prior years as well?

The internet should would like you to think so. I’ve read several who like my custom better than a custom pro. I can’t say one way or the other. The moderns sound impressive (but not really my deal).
The 50’s and 60’s get high praise as well.

How good do you think the rest of em are?

The 59 sounds like the plan with the finish, the pups and the case, but just guitar vs guitar, how close are the 50’s & 60’s to it?

A legitimate step up from the old plus top pro we all know and love or just marketing?
 

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Not including the 59' mess going on, i think it was a well planned sorta re establishment of the brand. A very clever marketing campaign, but that usually will only work if the product backs it up. And I think the new line does that for the most part. But how could things not go sideways in the midst of your rollout running head on into a global pandemic. Its a shame because I think the guitars are a step up, as far as what Ive either looked into or held. Thats really only the standard 50s/60s for the most part. I was oretty happy with my 50s goldtop when it showed up, no major issues a lil set up couldnt fix. Cant remember if i got it the end of may or early june, something like that. I expected it to take longer really, in light of current event. As far as the moderns and stuff, i already have a 339 pro i never use the coil splits on now, so I had no interest besides think a few colours were nice. But I was after a goldtop, and wanted a bigger neck profile anyway. SO the 50s was conveniently just what i was looking for.
altho putting those probuckers in my 2002 really upped that MIK's game
 

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The main things I see as a step up as far as the LPs Standards and Classics are: maple cap, CT pots, new headstock shape. Plus it's been confirmed that at least the 50's Standard has mallory caps. Some people may care about this stuff, some may not.. Overall I still think my 2015 60's Tribute is the better playing and sounding guitar when compared to my 50's Standard. But, I think my 50's Standard is the better playing and sounding guitar compared to the Plustop Pro I dumped.

I was going to get a 60's Standard but I may try the Les Paul Classic in honey burst instead.
 

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I’m a big fan of the ‘59 guys. I like what you’re getting.

Do you think the entire “inspired by” 2020 line is also a significant step up from prior years as well?

The internet should would like you to think so. I’ve read several who like my custom better than a custom pro. I can’t say one way or the other. The moderns sound impressive (but not really my deal).
The 50’s and 60’s get high praise as well.

How good do you think the rest of em are?

The 59 sounds like the plan with the finish, the pups and the case, but just guitar vs guitar, how close are the 50’s & 60’s to it?

A legitimate step up from the old plus top pro we all know and love or just marketing?
I came home with a 60s Standard and as far as i can tell it plays really close to a Gibson LP this is probably the nicest electric guitar i ever purchased as for all Epiphone LPs inspired by Gibson? i say not all are good the LP Pro Translucent Blue had more fret buzz from a twisted neck it went back sunday and came home with my mew named Leroy Lady Killer and im impressed
 

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i own two of the said guitars. i have the custom lp in ebony and the clasic in blk .. i very much like the pick ups in the custom and the frets are really nice and smooth . the clasic has all the coil taps and outa phase stuff going on. this guitar as most you know was damaged before i got the thing but it's a player. i havent done anything to but change the string height . so i think that this is a positive direction for epiphone. i totally love the revamp on the head stock!!!
 

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I think that the "step up" actually started around 2018. That was when I went shopping for my Custom. Just as the guitar came from the factory it was as "Gibson" as you could want. All hardware, including Grover tuners, was perfectly finished and as solid as anything I've ever encountered on any of my Gibsons. In fact, the fretwwwork and binding are actually finished better than my 2015 Traditional.
Epi can do whatever they want with the headstock as long as the rest of the guitar gets the attention to detail that my Custom has.
 

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I think that the "step up" actually started around 2018. That was when I went shopping for my Custom. Just as the guitar came from the factory it was as "Gibson" as you could want. All hardware, including Grover tuners, was perfectly finished and as solid as anything I've ever encountered on any of my Gibsons. In fact, the fretwwwork and binding are actually finished better than my 2015 Traditional.
Epi can do whatever they want with the headstock as long as the rest of the guitar gets the attention to detail that my Custom has.
I agree. My 2019 Custom Pro is a great guitar and if I didn't have aftermarket pickups and harnesses laying around I wouldn't have bothered taking out what was in there.
 

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Epiphone really improved since they came out with the probucker and alnico pro pickups in the plustop pro line up. The LP tribute was also a great guitar for its price.

The quality i see out of the chinese factory is impressive considering the cost. They really put the early 2000s korean LPs to shame (except some of their nice finishes and flames).

The new line up is another notch up the quality scale. The 59 is the icing on the cake and I dont know why I haven’t ordered one yet...GASing so hard.

You can really see the enthusiasm in this forum for Epiphone’s work lately.
 

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I'm curious how the new Les Pauls compare to a PRS SE 245 quality wise.
i had a bernie marsden prs se. thats the closest SE you can get to an LP, its the only one with a bound neck. Quality is very good imo, compares to an epi lp pretty well in specs and fit and finish. really comes down to how it feels in your hands And sounds to your ears.
 

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I'm curious how the new Les Pauls compare to a PRS SE 245 quality wise.
I recently bought a Zach Myers SE signature model and it played ok but compared to my epi my honest opinion the epi hands down. i wound up sending the PRS to my nephew in Florida ...
 

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I recently bought one of the TV Yellow Specials and its P90s are very, very close to the Gibson versions. And the fit & finish is truly outstanding! Epis have always been good, but IMO these new ones have stepped up the game nicely. The finishes in particular on all the various “Inspired by” models that I’ve played/handled don’t look or feel nearly as “plasticy” as they used too. And the new headstock is a very nice aesthetic upgrade.
 


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