Best Les Paul Under $500

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  1. GeLoFi

    GeLoFi Supporting Member

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    What's the bang for my buck for a Les Paul style guitar under $500? There are tons of options out there, are Epiphones any good (I've never owned one)? What other brands should I consider.
     
  2. XKnight

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    You might be able to pick up an import Reverend for that price. I'd look at some used guitars. A beater Gibson LP Studio can probably be found if you look hard enough.
     
  3. Noah

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    Man, this question gets asked at least once a month! I'd try to find a used Agile with the "lawsuit" headstock. I've owned three now and they are cheap, but great playing guitars.
     
  4. stratman89

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    I picked up a '92 Studio for $525, it's a great guitar. This era also came with a nice ebony fretboard.

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  5. jrm

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    try to find a used Studio Vintage Mahogany!
     
  6. Peeb

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    I'm personally not seeing any Gibby studios for $500. Just me?
     
  7. sleepingtiger

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    I haven't seen a studio for bills for a few years, but if you're patient, it's possibleyou might find a "player". If nothing else, you might have saved up a few more dollars by then.

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  8. captainchair

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    His original question was under 500 dollars and in that case I've heard that some of the imports are the way to go, check ebay for used Greco/Tokai/Edwards and I even go as far to say that some of the Epiphones are pretty nice (my main axe is one lol :worried). And if its double cut you seek I hear the import Hamer Sunburst is a pretty good guitar for the money as well. This is all speaking under $500 that is and as some up there have mentioned you could get an actual gibson for a few hundred.
     
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    Best Les Paul Under $500 is the '56 Goldtop you find at some old woman's garage sale.:D
     
  10. bluesjuke

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    Most likely your best bet in that price range.
     
  11. novawind

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    And in this fantastic dream, I'm also married to Cameron Diaz right?? :D

    As to the OP, Epiphones are bang or bust on quality. Korean ones in general are good, Chinese ones are less-so. Always exceptions too. For a consistant, decent playing LP I'd suggest what others have said- check for a Tokai or Edwards or even a Hamer import if possible.
     
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    Have you looked on ebay lately? They are not going for that cheap!

    Maybe it might show up on there that cheap if lightning strikes, but it would be as rare. And the problem for something that says Gibson les paul studio on it, would be it would go up near the end of the auction...even IF it was that cheap during the auction.....it sure would not be at the end!

    His best bet is to go with tokai, or some of the others that are made outside the US.
     
  13. TheLemon

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    Looks very nice! Do you know if they made Ebony fretboards on '93s too?

     
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    See if you can get an Epiphone Elitist for that price, used. If not, look for the 70's/80's Ibanez AR-50. Both are on par with any Les Paul.

    Jack
     
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    My Main gigging guitar is an Ep[ Les Paul Custom with 3 pups, I had a Pro setup done on it, and installed 3 Peter Florance 59 Voodoo pups, The same pickups Mark Ford used in the Black Crows on his real 59 LP.

    Its a killer guitar and the sound is that 59 PAF vintage sound.

    The key is a pro set up and intonation. I think I paid $450 for the Guitar new and another $100 to get the set up. Later when I was ready I paid $450 for the 3 pups (theres a pair in the emporium now for $220)

    A lot of people go this route. The Custom and the Elitist Epiphones come with Gibson USA Alnico Pick ups and after the set ups play very well.

    Below I've got an Epi LPCustom SG for sale in the emporium
     
  16. Lex Luthier

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    Those MIK flametop Dean EVO's have a chunky Les Paul-ish sound and can be found really cheap. I've seen them used for under 2 bills, which leaves you with some extra $$ for a setup and better pickups.
     
  17. GeLoFi

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    Yea, the goal here is to find the best les paul "style" guitar, doesn't have to be gibson. Thanks for the advice so far, I will look into some of these options
     
  18. frank62

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    Epi is the only guitar that is a Les Paul besides the Gibson. Go thru a few and you will find a good one. I have been using one for the last several years. Used with case all the time around 300. Nothing better at that price.
     
  19. guitarfish

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    I had this Epi LP for about a year, it was my first LP and was a very nice axe. It was MIC, and was very high quality. I eventually sold it and got a Gibson LP Standard. The EPi's a very respectable instruments to be sure.

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    Grabbed this on the 'bay for <$350, w/case+shipping...
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    Vintage brand Icon series.

    Arrived with horrid setup, and acoustic strings (from a pawnshop in Toronto, no less.)
    Weight's nice, great neck. Shown after set-up, and a set of Alnico IIs ,
    Got a set of Sheps on the way-great Les tone...
     

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