Best bang for a cheap LP

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  1. chrisjnyc

    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Might have to move for a few weeks... not sure if I have room to bring my Gibson Trad Pro. What would be a decent LP copy? I was looking at a 2020 Epi LP classic worn, or a Firefly... what else is in the under $300 range
     
  2. BadAssBill

    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    The regular epis have come a very long way. Bang for the buck they can't be beat. Here is one I owned...completely stock, straight into the amp...no pedals with a tiled room. Paid 300 for it used.
     
  3. Surgeon

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    Used LTDs are amazing as far as value goes. Great single cut guitars with nice features. Play and sound great too. New as well but you’ll obviously get more for your money used.
     
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    Agreed with the LTDs. They’re really solid for their price.
     
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    In that price range I'd go right to a Harley Benton single cut. I don't think anything else under $300 will come close. I don't have one of their single cuts, but my CST-24T was about $200 and it's as nice or nicer than any of my $400-600 guitars. I sold my Schecter C1 Standard because the Harley Benton did everything the Schecter did, but did it all better.

    It's theorized (mostly because of body shape I assume) that the single cut Harley Bentons are made in the same place as the Vintage V100 guitars. My V100 is my favorite guitar, and I got rid of my Epi LP because the Vintage was much better in all regards. If the Harley Bentons are similar to the V100s, then they're going to be a great guitar for the money.
     
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    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    My LTD EC1000 is one of my main gigging guitars. It gets gigged way more than any of my four Gibson Les Pauls.
    If you get one of these as a backup you may find yourself using it more than your Gibson.

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    David Garner Gold Supporting Member

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    Nothing at all wrong with an Epi. The other guitar player in one of my bands plays a PRS, a Strat and an 80s SG, but he had this Epiphone LP lying around that he never played because the pickups squealed. I replaced them with a Slash set for him. That guitar smokes. And it plays really nice too.
     
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  8. chrisjnyc

    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Looks like a sweet guitar, but the LTD EC1000 is $1000... not really in my price range
     
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  9. chrisjnyc

    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Yea, I was thinking of HB, as they are about $100 new. Is Thomann still shipping right away? I see they closed the Germany store 2 weeks ago. Also, they raised the shipping to $49
     
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    Agile, you could go new. They are hard to beat even at way over $300.00. All the rest, you would have to go used. I would take a look at Reverb. Put in a price or $200.00-400.00 and see what you can come up with. I say $400.00 as tops because you can make a lower offer than what is asked.
     
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    chrisjnyc Supporting Member

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    Yea, my friend replaced the tuners, pots, and pickups on his EPI... and it sounds great, but I would prefer not gut a brand new Epi
     
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    Wasn't aware of the new price. I bought mine for $525 (still over your budget) but I've seen them for $400 & less on the used market.

    Good luck on your search.
     
  13. redgold

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    I like the Vintage Icon series. Good hardware and decent pickups.
     
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    Sounds great !!
     
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    If you don't have room to bring it with you, why wouldn't you just ship it to your new location? Gonna be cheaper than taking a beating selling it in the current market and then buying a new, lower-budget version. They both take up the same space once you're there, right?
     
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    I'd figure out a way to bring that baby with me.
     
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    I wasn't aware that they raised their shipping cost. That's unfortunate, but if you buy a ton of crap, it's still a deal! When I bought my CST-24T, I also bought one of their 1x12 cabinets.

    As for the guitars, the ones I would look at are the SC-450s and the SC-550s. That 550 Paradise Amber flame... :eeks
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  19. Jim85IROC

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    Definitely, if the OP can find one in his price range. My V100PGM is an outstanding guitar. I kicked my Epi LP to the curb when I bought my V100, and the Epi had been my previous favorite guitar.

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  20. babadethkat

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    Ltd ec256 (Even better a 400 series) or Vintage V100 for the win
     
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