Owned both.I kept the Edwards E-LP-98LTS. Had it about a year.Ended my gassing for a Lester. The Epi is a nice guitar and may be the one for you each to their own etc.IMHO the Edwards plays better sounds better and didn`t require any fret or nut work.Workmanship was very high out of the box.With all the Edwards hype lately I think one thing has not been mentioned.They are very stable,stay in tune for ever and intonation once set is stable.I would take either over a non VOS Gibson. Just my .02 cents worth. Good Luck!
Never played an Edwards, but I can tell you the Elitists are awesome!! I don't mean awesome for the money, but awesome!! I have own a Les Paul and an SG. Sold my Casino, but that one played like butta'.