Epiphone Les Paul Standard vs Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro

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  1. Donald Simmons

    Donald Simmons New Member

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    To all: I am a newcomer to this forum, and I would like to ask you for your thoughts / input. Does anyone know what the specific differences are in the body wood / construction of the Epiphone Les Paul Std. and the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro? I know the pickups are different, but I would like some insight to the differences in body construction and composition. Thanks very much!
     
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  2. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Hi,
    welcome here @ €piTalk
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    To my knowledge there is no difference in the body wood,
    both are made from asian mahogany, covered with a thin (real wood) maple veneer,
    even the plain colors like black/ebony have the veneer

    some higher level models like the 'tribute plus' have real carved maple caps, covered with a beautiful looking maple veneer
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I actually have a Tribute Plus, and even though I can tell the difference in tone with the maple cap, I am considering selling it. It sounds great, but I do not like the neck at all. It is just too thin for me. The Epiphone Standards, at least to my hands, have a much more comfortable feeling neck. What I am considering is maybe getting a Standard or perhaps even the Custom Pro, and upgrading the pick-ups to maybe the 57 Classics.
     
  4. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    The neck-shape should be the same,
    '60s slim taper' type
    differences might be the sanding skills of the employees...
     
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    If you are upgrading pickups anyway, I would find a standard that you like the neck/overall feel of. Save some $$$ that way.

    I've noticed that Epi varies quite a bit with their necks. Most that I play are thinner like an Ibanez with more shoulder, but then you get necks like mine that are somewhere between a 60's "C" shape and a 50's "D" shape. Whatever the OP chooses, it'll be important to play before purchasing if he is worried about the neck shape :cheers:
     
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    The Custom just looks way better.
     
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  7. MaineTim

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    +1 on this. I recently played three samples of the same model / same year, and one had a significantly thinner neck than the other two. Seems like QC considers a given profile to have a considerable range.
     
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    DPaulCustom Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the Tuesday 60s taper over the Monday 60s taper, but the Thursday 50s taper is just right:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Only if Mr. Qing from Dao had done the sanding:h5:
     
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  10. MaineTim

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    50's taper is ALWAYS just right... nonna them skinny girlie necks for a real guitar man... :jb:
     
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    You're all wrong. '70s taper is where it's at. My TV Pelham Blue Les Paul Custom SG has that neck and it's glorious.
     
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    50s baseball bat profile is my preferred :D
     
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    My 90s taper standard does it for me, my jr has the same neck basically. Both Samick 90s
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    [​IMG]

    talking about fat necks.....
     
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    well, there is the Les Paul Standard Pro now, It has the same pickups as the Custom Pro
     
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    I have both. Both are from Gibson Qingdao. Both made in 2015. As far as difference between my Les Paul Standard Pro and my 2015 Custom Pro : Standard's neck is larger, thinker, not as nice edge roll. The Cistom Pro neck is quite smaller / faster as well as feels better. Although both Les Pauls have the Pro Bucker sets, The Custom has more aggressive tones. The Standard is quite "woody" sounding in comparison . The Custom is heavier. eh, who knows on that. I have played many many epiphany les pauls over the years, many. This Les Paul Custom Pro is something different. It blows away my 1989 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Burst / Bill Lawrence pickups. It is really special for some reason View attachment 4890 View attachment 4891
     
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    yes there is the veneer, but the eli still has a plain normal maple cap under the veneer , Here is a Plustop of mine showing the top cap View attachment 4895
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    if it were a real maple cap, it would be called 'carved maple cap' by the marketing gurus from Epiphone....
    it might just be a lighter colored part of the same wood, that is used on the body
    Epi GQ LP-body.jpg

    Yes !
     
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    Carrion Trilevel New Member

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    Lets put this query to bed right now :) . Here is the Epi PlusTop (Lemon) showing the top veneer with the real maple cap under it. Don't let Gibby guys pull your wire haha

    This abuse was performed bt a 22 yr old at the bar. I have since replaced the neck

    View attachment 4902
     
  20. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    I am not a Gibby guy at all

    though you should tell it Epiphone upper management,
    I am sure they didn't know it by now.....

    I'm not tired enough for the bed
     
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