Best Les Paul "Knock off"

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Post by rocker » January 11th, 2006, 5:50 pm

epiphonies? u2bono, what do you play?
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Post by U2Bono269 » January 11th, 2006, 5:58 pm

hahaha i meant to say "epiphone is the way to go" and i forgot a space so it came out epiphoneis. sounds like a nasty disease.

and for a serious answer of what i play....Ibanez, Squier, Fender, Martin...and a cheap ukulele

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Post by rocker » January 11th, 2006, 6:01 pm

i have a cheap ukulele to :lol: , no matter what brand of guitar you play, you gotta have a cheap ukulele 8)
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Post by JosephLefty » January 11th, 2006, 6:19 pm

Samick Avion 3. :D
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Post by gnease » January 12th, 2006, 3:48 pm

U2Bono269 wrote:if you're looking for a nearly-exact copy, i'd say that Epiphoneis the way to go, seeing as they are a Gibson company and whatnot. the Yamahas and the PRS guitars and Ibanez guitars are kinda like LP "inspired" guitars. i dont consider them real knockoffs. for it to be a knockoff, it's gotta like strikingly similar to the real thing.
Then the better/best bets are the various Epi LP Elitists and the Tokai Love Rock, none of which are really inexpensive, but are cheaper than Gibby ... and probably of higher average quality than G.

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Post by Wes Inman » January 12th, 2006, 4:04 pm

I'd go with an ESP like this:

ESP LTD Deluxe EC 1000

Half the price and a great guitar. Go with the EMG 81 pickups.

Or the Eclipse

ESP Standard Series Eclipse II

Wow.
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Post by Bish » January 12th, 2006, 4:45 pm

Wes, shame on you. You're going to start a GAS attack and I'm going to be the first victim. :cry:


The store where I shop for guitars carry's them, also. The pictures don't do them justice. They are very nice guitars. I played on an SG version and you wouldn't be disappointed with one of them or the LP. They have great sustain and playability. I wasn't able to plug it in so can't talk about the sounds but just playing it unplugged was a treat.


Shame on you, Wes.....Ah, who am I kidding?!?! MORE PICS!!! :D
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Post by OneWingedAngel » January 12th, 2006, 4:47 pm

I would have to go with the ESP's too. Though I'm more interested in the LTD AX series.

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Post by Wes Inman » January 12th, 2006, 5:18 pm

bish

You know you hit it right on the head. One of the best ways to truly judge an electric guitar is to play it unplugged. If it has great tone unplugged, it is probably going to sound fantastic amplified. And if it sounds dead unplugged, it is probably going to sound even worse amplified.

That is a good way to check an electric guitar. :wink:
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Post by Sin City Sid » January 12th, 2006, 5:21 pm

Every guitar I have ever bought was played unplugged to decide if I wanted it or not. I only plug them in to check the electronics.

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Post by Crank-N-Jam » January 12th, 2006, 5:34 pm

My vote goes for Epiphone as well.

*Looks to my avatar*

But I'm a bit biased. :)

Great guitars for a good price. If you want really good, look at some Epi Elitist's. I made the mistake of picking one up at my local store and it was wonderful. Seemed every bit as good as the Gibby's sitting next to it. Almost as expensive though!

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Post by rocker » January 12th, 2006, 5:40 pm

crank,

my black beauty was pretty expensive, after the pup change, i have over 1,000
in it, but this guitar totally rocks 8)
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Post by Crank-N-Jam » January 12th, 2006, 5:53 pm

rocker, I hear ya. My Epi is going to eventually end up with a '57 in the neck and an Angus Young in the bridge. That'll put mine at over $820 at that point. I'll probably upgrade all of the electronics at that point too (though that's not very expensive).

I think they are great guitars and we are lucky to have such great "knock-offs" today.

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Post by rocker » January 12th, 2006, 6:57 pm

jason,

god bless you my man, finally someone that likes epi's, i thought i was the only one
they are great guitars, even without modifications :D
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Post by Crank-N-Jam » January 12th, 2006, 8:16 pm

We can't be the only ones. I think it's just "gear snobs" that frown on them. Just about every musician I know either owns one or has in the past.

And sometimes, I just want to tell people to shutup and play. Who gives a crap what name is on the headstock?

But on the same token, I'm not one of those people who claim my Epi is as good or better than a Gibby either. I mean, come on now. That's apple to oranges for the most part.

Anyway, sorry to hijack the thread. Um, yeah, so Epiphone LP would be my vote. :)

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