Used Epi LP 1960 Tribute Plus vs New Limited Edition Studio Deluxe

Dan18

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Opinions appreciated... although I expect many experienced players to say no comparison. The new studio (wine color) is awesome looking and gets great reviews. Of course it’s all China parts but only $350. The tribute is an early 2000s model and has a lot of Gibson USA hardware including the pups. Also came with case. Tribute is couple hundred more and of course almost two decades older but in excellent shape. Should I be afraid of the age? First year player, adding an electric to my acoustic.
 

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Not at all Epis are nice guitars enjoy -i have 2 LPS one Gibson and an Epi the Gibson has ore range but the Epi sounds just great after after a clean and string change .Have fun.
 

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self-explaining.....
EpiWeb_Tribute800x620.jpg
 

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The tribute is an early 2000s model

they did not make any Epi Tribute LPs before 2009

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F-Serial used on LP Std'59/'60 models and Tribute/Plus models
This newest serial number system used by Epiphone is not yet completely deciphered.

'F' doesn't refer to 'Fine, Korea' - nor to 'Fuji-gen, Japan' - New "F" models are made in China.

This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all.

  • Beginning with F300000 in late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models
  • Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models
  • Continued around F305000 in 2011
  • Continued around F310000 in 2012
  • Continued around F317000 in 2013
  • Continued around F324000 in 2014
  • Continued around F330000 in 2015
  • Continued around F340000 in 2018
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In my mind, no comparison.

New Studio Deluxe: $350. Add case $100+/- = $450+/-.

Tribute Plus: $550 (?). Includes case, Gibson P’ups, Switchcraft, Mallory, long tenon. (Age not a concern if all looks well)

$550 - $450+/- = $100+/-

If you CAN’T swing the extra $100, used Studio Deluxe: $279.99+/-.
 

Dan18

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Thx. I plan to look at it today. Now that I know it can’t really be that old, price seems better. I suspect the store tried to apply typical serial number conventions when they told me age. I’ll use the guidance on serial number from here to figure it out. If it’s mint, it’s prob mine today.
 

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Same ring over here. I don't know about the Studio, but I can tell you the Tribute Pus is a whole lot of guitar for the price. It's basically a Gibson with a different headstock.
 

CB91710

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I love that wine red.
My first electric was a no-name Korean plywood bolt-on that my parents bought for $100 in '77 or '78.
It was wine red, though it had black plastics (but was single-bound, my friend had a similar "Custom")

The Tribute is very nice. When the newness wears off, upgrade the nut and bridge, check the frets for level.
 

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Matches mine!! Nice score. I am very happy with mine and try to play it every day. Hopefully you enjoy your Tribute as much as I enjoy mine.
 

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