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NGD: Edwards E-LP-92CD (Les Paul Custom copy)

Deaj

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Well, not really a 'new guitar' day. I picked it up used a few months ago for $450 (in near new condition, with Gibson 57 Classic pickups installed, and in a generic but high quality hard shell case). The price made this too good a deal to pass up.

Les Paul's aren't much my thing, something I've proven to myself several times over the decades. Still I keep trying to get along with them - and here's why:

The person most responsible for my interest in playing guitar was my uncle John. He's been playing semi-professionally for 50 years to date and he's still at it (currently the founding member and guitar/vocals/keys for a Newport, RI Beatles tribute band named Abbey Rhode - get it :D ). While he no longer owns it his primary guitar for all of my growing years was a black 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom. I now know that his sound, the sound I dug so much as a kid, was him and not the guitar (perhaps him and the sum of his entire rig).

I have owned several Gibson Les Paul's over the past 30+ years and each time I ended up selling them and deciding that it would be the last time. The first one was a 1974 cream LP Custom. I purchased it a few years after I started playing for $450 (those days are long gone). Well, having started out playing alder / maple/maple strats (HB bridge pickup) I found the Les Paul to be too... thick sounding I guess. I gave that first LP almost a year before selling it (and for a profit).

I tried again to get a LP to work for me but came to the same conclusion each time. It has almost certainly been nostalgia that drives me back to them. I bought the Edwards E-LP-92CD to flip but I've been dragging my feet on selling it. Though not a Gibson it is visually quite similar to my uncles 68 black Custom and so I've had it hanging from my wall for a few months. I like looking at it.

It came time to clean house and sell stuff not being used so I took the Edwards down and gave it a quick setup. Not pleased with the results I changed the strings to a 9-42ga set and tried to set it up again. Again I wasn't pleased with the results so I dropped it off at Mike Lull guitar works and had Mike set it up to play as well as possible by my preferences.

I picked the Edwards LP up this morning and was immediately surprised by how much I liked playing it AND how much I liked it's sound. I took it home and played it for a while. This guitar sounds fantastic!! I'm not quite used to the 12" radius fingerboard or the Tune-O-Matic type bridge but this will be easy enough to grow accustomed to in time. It stands no chance of becoming my primary guitar. I still very much prefer bolt-neck guitars (PRS CE24 & Hiland Sig, 25" scale length USACG 'homebrew' Strat will still get most of my play time) but I can definitely see putting the Edwards LP Custom to good use. BIG change from all of my prior LP experiences!

The Edwards could use an upgrade in pots, caps, and toggle switch (though not entirely necessary at this point - the original electronics function well enough for now). For the first time ever I'm finding I enjoy playing a Les Paul. NICE!!

Here's a stock pic of an Edwards E-LP-92CD as a placeholder for when I've had an opportunity to take a good picture of my guitar:

 

Jess 1971

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Hot guitar and a great price. I LOVE my Edwards LP so much I ditched my Gibson LP Standard. Congrats.
 

B Money

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I've got one just like it, although technically mine is an E-LP-85-CD. Same guitar though mine didn't come with a pickguard. Still has the original Seymour Duncan JB/59 pickups in it.

Mine has been through a lot, including a headstock break and a re-fret with SS frets. I love it, can't imagine ever getting rid of it. We've sort of "bonded" LOL
 

Deaj

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Thanks all! :)

A little time playing it today and it's definitely growing on me. Quite versatile!
 

Deaj

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I'm really beginning to get why these guitars (Edwards LP's) are generally well liked. I can't provide a direct comparison with Gibson Les Paul but I can say that the Edwards does the Les Paul thing convincingly well. Save for a particularly great sounding R9 that I demo'd last year this is the nicest sounding LP I've played.

I'm still getting used to the rather flat radius fingerboard but the neck profile is very comfortable. If I were not-picking I'd say that I'd prefer taller frets (and if it turns out to be a keeper I may well have taller fretwire installed.

Something else I'll need to familiarize myself with is the dual volume and dual tone controls - more precisely the interaction between the two sets when the toggle selector is set to its middle position.

The guitars overall playability and tone hit the Mark for me though. I own no other guitar that speaks with such authority. It sounds HUGE! It's a blast to play hard rock and metal on this thing and sings playing lead. Jazz, pop, rock, blues... it covers these bases nicely. Again - I can't see ever using a Les Paul as my main guitar but I'm definitely seeing how this LP would broaden my tonal palette.
 

Sancho

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Congrats on a very nice guitar.
I have the JS version of that model (John Sykes tribute).
Maybe it's my head playing tricks with me, but it feels like the Edwards is ever so slightly smaller than a Gibson. Like a 98% scale model or something. Weird, but not a deal breaker.
 

bob-i

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Nice. Edwards does not use substandard electronics, there's no reason to change them out. I swapped the PUs on mine but don't we all do that on every guitar ;)
 

Deaj

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Congrats on a very nice guitar.
I have the JS version of that model (John Sykes tribute).
Maybe it's my head playing tricks with me, but it feels like the Edwards is ever so slightly smaller than a Gibson. Like a 98% scale model or something. Weird, but not a deal breaker.
I think I remember reading that the neck angle is slightly higher affecting the height of the TOM bridge in relation to the guitars top. There may be other differences but I can't remember anything else from that article/post. Whatever the source was it was very thorough in its comparison of a Gibby and a like kind Edwards. I do remember that it too showed high regard for the Edwards LP. If I can find it I'll post the link here.

Just looked up the JS model. Very nice!


Nice. Edwards does not use substandard electronics, there's no reason to change them out. I swapped the PUs on mine but don't we all do that on every guitar ;)
Certainly no rush to do so then. The pots are quiet and the taper works well so there's no reason for me to create busy work for myself. ;)
I believe youre right. I don't think I know a single player who hasn't performed pickup swaps on most or all of their guitars.

In 35 years of playing there's only one guitar of mine that has not had the pickups or electronics altered or replaced - a PRS Johnny Hiland sig. I'm not one who gravitates toward signature models but, for my tastes, this guitar seemed to be ideally balanced in every way right from the factory. Aside from installing a bone nut (nope - can't leave anything well enough alone :D) this guitar is a will stay just the way it is now. Definitely a keeper too.
 

sandmannn69

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Congrats on a very nice guitar.
I have the JS version of that model (John Sykes tribute).
Maybe it's my head playing tricks with me, but it feels like the Edwards is ever so slightly smaller than a Gibson. Like a 98% scale model or something. Weird, but not a deal breaker.
Must be your head playing tricks. I have three Edwards LPs (Sykes, Pure Material, ALS/125) and they are all exactly the same size/dimensions as my Gibson R9. Just the neck angle is a bit greater on the Edwards and they are lighter weight. The weight probably throws you off.
 

kherman

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Congrats, and welcome to the Edwards Club.
I have the JS model as well. Great guitar.
I would love to try out the new "All Lacquer" series.
But, those cost closer to $1500 new.
 






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