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Anybody Else Prefer Epiphones to Gibsons?

johnh

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Yes and Yes
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.
 

GibSG

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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?
LOL
 

lizardking

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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.
 

maestro007

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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?
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 said....it’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.
 
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olslowhand

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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. ;-)
 

SoPhx

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I love my Epi '55 Les Paul Custom. Comes stock with Gibson P-90's. Excellent guitar for the money.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Les-Paul/Ltd-Ed-Inspired-by-1955-LP-Custom-Outfit.aspx
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.
 




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