There are a lot of mahogany-like species. Hard to know what they use. Good chance it is African mahogany, since it is plentiful and has a lot of similar characteristics as Honduran, except that it is a bit lighter.
i think it's a cheaper asian wood. there's alot of stuff the can technically call mahogany. luan, agathis, nato, etc.
fwiw i love mine tho. and yes, i have owned gibson LP's, 2 of them. i'd get the gibson first, but the epi is great too.
And this.Sometimes with the Epiphones, I don't think that even Gibson knows what wood they are using.
They weigh a little less because they do not have a full Maple top. Just a veneer.
Regardless of how pretty your veneer top may look, it has little to do with the properties of the mahogany being discussed.They used some good wood on these...
You can see the type of wood on the edges as there is no veneer there.