Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top - Guitar Review
When I was buying this instrument a few years ago, I just wanted to
try a different type of solid body guitar and the 'Epiphone Les Paul
Standard Plus Top' looked very appealing, especially the sophisticated
carved top body, the beautiful flame maple finish, and the chrome arched
The only thing I personally didn't like was the
white plastic pick guard located just under the pickups, but hopefully
it could be easily removed.
I plugged it into the amp in the store and the first thing I noticed
was the impressively long sustain
and pleasant profound tone this guitar was producing. I didn't hesitate
and picked the one with the 'Horney Burst' color that I liked, asked to
remove the plastic pick guard and bought it.
At home I had enough time to scrutinize it. So first things first:
The guitar body and neck are thick and heavy, and when holding it the
'Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top' feels like the real thing.
The build quality of this instrument is amazingly good, nothing is shaky,
the tuners, knobs and the toggle switch were secure when I bought this guitar
and remain secure now after a few years of playing.
The tone is where the 'Epiphone Standard' shines the most and despite
of its looks fits to play music in almost any genre from Jazz to
Alt-Rock, Nu Metal and anything in between.
The neck pickup produces a mellow, well-favoured tone that sounds very well with the delay effect.
The bridge pickup sounds very bright and more biting, it's where it becomes useful to play heavier stuff.
Of course you can combine signals from both pickups together to get
some extra sounds like with any other similar guitar, but with the
Epiphone Std. it goes a bit farther:
because the neck and bridge pickup have their own independent volume and
tone control, you can choose how much each pickup will contribute to the
The bottom line
Although the 'Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top' is considered as a
budget practice electric guitar oriented mostly towards the
beginners, because of its high built quality, great durability, and rich
tone there's no reason not to use it as a relatively inexpensive pro
guitar as well, in my opinion.
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