Les Paul Copies, what's good, what's sucks?

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  1. p.snail

    p.snail Member

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    I'm just curious if any of you guys are using Non Gibson Les Pauls and what kind are they? I'm interested in a LP, but not the obscene prices Gibson asks for one. They aren't worth it. I know Tokai makes a decent one, but who else?
     
  2. buckwild

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    Edwards are very nice and Burny's from the 80's early 90's rock. Go to tokaiforum.com fore lots of MIJ info.
     
  3. Bad Habit

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    I own an early 80's Burny LP Custom and a real '90 Gibson Les Paul Custom. The Burny wins the quality and craftsmanship hands down. They are identical in every conceivable way, except the name. And the Burny only cost me about $600. I also own a mid 80's Greco that is almost just as nice. Tokai, Edwards, and the high end Agile's are great guitars too, without breaking the bank.
     
  4. CjRuckus

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    You can check out Agile.
    I hear great things about their guitars. Made in Korea, and better quality than the Epiphones hands down. There is actually one for sale on the forum. Best thing to, they are under $400.
     
  5. groove_king

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    +1 on Edwards.

    I have an Edwards Gold Top. It plays like butter and sounds awesome.
     
  6. yannis

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    I have a 2003 Tokai MIJ LP, and it is excellent, along with any other Tokai i have played in A/B tests versus non-custom shop Gibsons.

    As others said, Edwards seems to be a very good bet!
     
  7. gkoelling

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    Take a look at Tradition Guitars. Their S2000 model is a great LP style guitar made in Korea.

    02Singlecut has one for sale in the Emporium now.


    Good Luck
     
  8. TS808

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    I've heard alot of good things about the Agile 3000's and 3500's but have never tried one. I do have an SX LP copy (which is kind of like the Squier line of Agile) that I got as a gift, and I'm actually quite surprised how decent the guitar is for the money. I swapped out the pickups and put on better hardware, and it plays very well. Pretty solid too for the price.
     
  9. Disco Scottie

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    Edwards Edwards Edwards!!! :D
     
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    New? Edwards. Old? Burny.
     
  11. 02Singlecut

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    I've played em all. My 80 Silverburst LP Custom was ripped off in 02. I went looking high and low for a replacement.I played dam near everything out there and a friend that owns a music store here in Seattle said before you go spend 2K on a Gibson, let me get you a guitar from a friend. I went home with the Tradition........ 6 months later...... my Silverburst shows up in a pawn shop..... otherwise I wouldn't be selling the Tradition.:)
     
  12. Mudder

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    I have an Agile AL-3000, pretty dang good guitar as far as finish work and playability. I would recommend replacing all the electronics; pickups, pots, jack, and switches. Even after all that you'd still be into it for less than $600 (unless you get some spendy pickups).
     
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    another vote for AGILE

    100% best money i have ever spent, got mine for under 400 and out of box they sound nice w/an acceptable setup.

    It kills some of the newer gibbys i have been looking at, while they are alot more
     
  14. Rock Johnson

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    I've just learned about Tradition guitars... what's your overall take on them?
     
  15. VanStone

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    +1 on Japanese Edwards. Incredible for the price.

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  16. Grap

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    I'll vote for Epiphone Japan. Either their Japan Limited series or their version of the Elitists, both come with Gibson style headstocks.
     
  17. Miles

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    A friend of mine has a Tokai Love Rock that plays smoother than most real Gibbo's, sounds more soulful, and was much cheaper for the same elegance and a wierd name.
     
  18. karmadave

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    Japanese-made Tokai's absolutely rock!
     
  19. LaXu

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    Fenix (MIK, I have one and love it..they did have some not so great models though)
     
  20. Bullhonky Deluxe

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    Try Wolfe Guitars in FL, he's usually got some of the better stuff that leaves the factory.
     

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