Anybody Else Prefer Epiphones to Gibsons?

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

  1. Sirloin

    Sirloin Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2010
  2. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Well then well done. Because I’m 100% confident you’re in a small minority. Like many folks, there are many times when I’ve modded cheaper guitars rather than buying more expensive guitars. But unless you upgrade using second hand pickups, I can’t think of another single time when I recovered the cost of the modification when I sold the guitar. It’s incredibly rare to do so - so you’ve done extremely well.
  3. monty

    monty Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    parts unknown
    Not really, have and had both. Prefer Gibson.
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  4. GibSG

    GibSG Member

    Oct 28, 2014
  5. lizardking

    lizardking Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2009
    There really is no right answer when it comes to "preference" (thus, like you know, why it's a preference), but this is TGP so whatever costs more must be better, lol.
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  6. maestro007

    maestro007 Member

    Aug 20, 2009
    Collingswood, NJ
    More of a strat guy but I own Gibson Lps and I bought a couple epis and feel the opposite. For me Gibson’s feel more natural and has a sweeter tone and epis feel uncomfortable and I never touch them. I own one I never even plugged in because I couldn’t stand the epi in comparison. To be fair though I do not believe I’ve purchased the highest end epi. I think I played a high end one and still felt a lower end led Paul was just better. I really like the Gibson tributes like the 50s (although some think the necks are baseball bats) and the 60s tribute really flies.... and any 70s Gibson les Paul always feels nice out of the ones I’ve played.

    never played an epi I personally felt like I could groove with as well as a Gibson. But to each their own. I do know or heard originally Les Paul’s were going to be epis first. not sure if that’s true something I read somewhere.
    Prefer Gibson’s out of what I’ve owned. My two go to guitars are less expensive than my others guitars. Like my favorite strat is a mij 80s e series modded slightly and came with the active emg pups. I think they are probably early or the same as Gilmore pups. And my favorite Les Paul I own is my 60s tribute. I love playing that. So much fun. Now I’ve played a 70s and missed out on it...and that felt really sweet. I have an epi I never even plugged in. I just didn’t like the feel of it..or the natural tone. Just felt less impressive. But that’s my opinion.

    And with that being’s all subjective. I mean why do I love my old mij strat work in than my USAs that cost 4 times or more? I couldn’t tell you other than it’s what I feel at home with. Same as the 60s tribute lps. Wow they just feel great. Some things about all LPs bother me and that’s the heel when desiring to play further up the neck but other than that I dig Gibson’s by miles.... way better and feels so much more tone abilities. But I’ve never played every epi Lp so that’s not fair. Just well everyone I did play and still own of the epis I can’t stand. Gibson’s are better to me personally. Sorry. Just my opinion.

    personally don’t like epis at all. The Gibson’s I own and played all beat every epi. To me personally. but hey I wish I liked epi better because they are cheap!! Lol.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
  7. 70' s Tone

    70' s Tone Member

    May 30, 2017
    Very nice Elitist ES335. ;)
    The Elitist line is amazing.
    Here's my 2011 Elitist Casino. Love it.
    b80 likes this.
  8. olslowhand

    olslowhand Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Bedford, NH
    The only Epiphone's I have ever played that equal to a Gibson are ones that were built in the Gibson factory (think 1960's - 1970's) or the Japanese domestic only version (complete with Gibson headstock). BTW... you can find these on reverb or ebay.

    Don't get me wrong... Epi's are not bad guitars, but the materials are not the same, and on a good day... the Gibson factory does a much better build job.

    That being said... For me the only new Gibson or Epiphone worth buying is a '59 Historic Custom Shop... but only because I like a '59 neck carve. ;-)
  9. woof*

    woof* Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    What’s next?
    Ford Focus verses Ferrari?
  10. SoPhx

    SoPhx Member

    Feb 23, 2019
    Ditto. I got one that had been upgraded with CTS/Switchcraft electronics and a set of Sprague Black Beautys I had laying around. Previous owner had also stuffed a set of ThroBak A2 P90s in it. This Epi has replaced my 2001 R6 Goldtop as my main gig guitar. It's lighter, it sounds better, and it sustains like crazy. It also cost me 1/4 of what the Gibson cost. And YES---it does sound better.
    secretsoundz likes this.
  11. xmd5a

    xmd5a Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    It's nonsensical analogies like this that give overpriced American guitar products another ten year lease on life.
  12. Bodeanicus

    Bodeanicus Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    A better conversation piece, definitely.

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