Anybody Else Prefer Epiphones to Gibsons?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by RustyNails, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. RustyNails

    RustyNails Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Las Vegas
    Every Gibson guitar I've played or owned felt extremely heavy and I didn't care for the neck shapes.

    I've never played an Epiphone with a neck I didn't love. Especially the SlimTaper D. Something about it just feels right to me. I was never a fan of chonky necks. Plus Epi's tend to be much lighter.

    I think I just prefer Epiphones to Gibsons. Plus you can upgrade your Epi to sound really good if not better than a stock Gibson of the same model. And I don't feel like I'm spending a fortune.

    I've had Les Pauls, Explorers, SG's of both Gibson and Epiphone over the years and I just prefer the Epiphones.

    Is there something I'm missing? Any real reason to ever play another Gibson if I generally prefer the Epiphones?

    I feel like if I spent the money I would spend on a Gibson on an Epiphone in upgrades and labor I would get a better guitar. For me at least.

    Anybody else feel this way?

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  2. babbyb

    babbyb Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    with Daryl Jr. and Mr. Belt
    If you prefer the Epis, no reason to switch. The peace of mind of slinging around a $300 set neck guitar rather than a $2k one is big, too. With that said, I've never found an Epi SG that was as good as my Gibson SG Classics (and those are $700 Gibsons!).
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  3. Jim234

    Jim234 Member

    Aug 4, 2015
    If you dig EPI then thats great, you get a lot of bang for buck. I think you have to be picky though. Although the tone wood are the correct species, some of the one's I have played have too much density and make the tone a little dull. I think the quality of the wood is where the biggest difference is between Epi and Gibson.
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  4. GiorgioV

    GiorgioV Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    You do you. I personally find D shaped necks a dealbreaker.
  5. Jayyj

    Jayyj Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    Manchester, UK
    Gibson have made pretty much every neck profile and every body weight conceivable, so saying you don't like the necks on Gibsons or you find them all too heavy suggests you maybe need to play a larger sample before jumping to conclusions.

    However, from a players point of view if you find what you like in Epiphone, that's all you need - just play what you enjoy playing.
  6. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    I’ve owned several of both. I’m much happier with my Gibsons than I was with my Epiphones. My Gibsons are not heavier than the Epis I owned, and I chose ones with necks I like.

    The big problem for me is that I can sell my Gibsons for the same or more than I paid for them. But if I sink a lot of money into Epi upgrades, I rarely get that money back.
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  7. DewieCox

    DewieCox Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
  8. T Dizz

    T Dizz Member

    Jan 20, 2015
    Erotic City MN
    I don't know if I prefer Epiphones, they do outnumber my Gibsons about 6 to 1. They are more in my price range which is why I buy them. That said, I have a a few that are among my faves, a Custom and a Dot. My #1 is still a Gibson.
  9. Chicago Slim

    Chicago Slim Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Bowling Green, KY
    I had previously owned 4 '60's Gibsons. In 2002, I started shopping for an ES335. I wasn't finding any that I liked, so I bought an Epiphone Sheraton II while I took my time shopping. By 2004, I found a Heritage H535 that I liked. I gave up on the 335, and sold the Heritage to a friend after a couple of years. Over all of that time and beyond, I kept and played the Epiphone Sheraton.

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  10. Cam1936

    Cam1936 Member

    Mar 10, 2019
    Naw. Nothing beats the right Gibson.
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  11. fjrabon

    fjrabon Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Nothing wrong with preferring epiphones to gibsons. But... Gibson makes a lot of slim taper necks and the lightest gibsons are much lighter than the lightest epiphones. So... I don’t know if your stated reasons really get at it.
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  12. misterg71

    misterg71 Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
  13. Papanate

    Papanate Member

    Jan 3, 2013
    North Carolina
    I don't have a specific brand preference over another - I have a great guitar preference. The name on the headstock is not relevant to my decision to buy a guitar.
    The only Epiphone Les Pauls I felt were as good or better than my Gibsons were the Elitist Custom and the Retro 'Inspired By 55' which can rival any Gibson.

    Like @babbyb noted - I haven't found an Epiphone SG that came within miles of a Gibson SG.

    However OTOH - The Explorers are much the same - The Zephyr Blues Deluxe is almost a Switchmaster and Gibson doesn't have a Wilshire.
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  14. makeitstop

    makeitstop Member

    Jul 25, 2019
    Somewhere in New York
    I've owned both. Right now I own 5 Gibsons, no Epiphones. So I think Gibson wins this one in my house.
  15. brobar

    brobar Member

    May 20, 2019
    Never owned any Gibson’s. I’ve wanted to find one I like. I’ve wanted to own one. But after starting my search years back, trying dozens upon dozens and never really connecting with one... I “settled” on an Epi Plus Top Pro LP and absolutely loved it. Still wanting that “higher quality” Gibson LP my search continued and still nothing ever really connected. Then I recently found a Japanese-built LP-inspired guitar (I don’t think we are allowed to mention the brand/model or post pics but the company rhymes with TheGuy and the model is 4 less than 200). Now THAT was the LP I had searched for all these years. That is the one I connected with and it is perfect in every way except for the name on the headstock but the name is like the least important thing unless you plan on selling it. I’d rather play better than play authentic. If you connect with Epiphones more than Gibsons... there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s your money. Don’t let logo or brand-envy entice you into purchasing a guitar that isn’t right for you. You do you.
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  16. jdogric12

    jdogric12 Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I'm with you, OP. I'm no Gibson basher, just not particulary interested. I started on electric guitar loving the Beatles, so the Casino and its cousins rate highly in my opinion (Sorrento, Regent, Wildkat, Broadway, Riviera, I even have a Supernova at the moment). I love that Peerless 90's era especially. I don't follow their modern offerings closely but they seem to have gotten pretty good from what I read.
  17. time2kill

    time2kill Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I own an Epiphone es-339. Last spring, I purchased a new Gibson es-335 from Sweetwater. Besides a bad nut, there was a problem with the pickup switch. Sweetwater was great. They offered to send another (out of stock) 335. They offered to repair the guitar. They offered me to have it repaired and reimburse the cost. They offered to refund the purchase price. I returned the guitar.

    I didn't sound as good as the Epiphone.
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  18. CjRuckus

    CjRuckus Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    I've played good and bad in both brands. However if I had to pick between the two i'd probably always throw down for the Gibson because headstock name matters to me. That's what I want.
  19. Flogger59

    Flogger59 Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    From 58 to 69 I'd put them on an equal footing. Since then, nope.
  20. prsjcm

    prsjcm Member

    Jul 23, 2016
    No. Never.
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