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  1. chuckusa

    chuckusa Member

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    Hi happy new years :) I had some questions. I am in the market to buy a used Epiphone Les Paul... One of the three models I am considering is:

    #1 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro
    #2 Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro
    #3 Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro II

    My question is, besides the plus top pro having the probucker 2 in the neck and the traditional pro and traditional pro II having an alnico classic in the neck, and the traditional pro II having the 10db boost, are these three guitars really all that different? I mean wood tone wise and build quality and material quality? Whats the honest word on these three guitars?

    I wanted to hear what you guys thought. I know the epiphone website says the parts and material are the same, but how "the same" are they? Lol.... Reason I ask is I only get one shot this year to get me one of them models... I want to make the best choice as this will be one of my life-long guitars to own.

    I just had it in my head that the Standard Plus Top Pro was a better model then the traditional pro or traditional pro II... I just assume the standard plus top pro is made of better wood.. Im not sure why lol...
     
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    Other than what you've just stated, you'll find the flamed veneer on the PTP, which can be quite stunning. Also, the covered pickups. I own a PTP (and a Custom) and will personally vouch for the ProBucker pickups.

    As far as which has better wood, it's fair to say that even in the same model you'll find some have better woods.

    So considering the cosmetics and the features you've already mentioned, it's probably best to go touch a few of each before laying down the money.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    When it comes to axes, I go by the feeling it gives me. If a guitar "speaks" to me, it feels right in the hands, and inspires me to make it mine.

    Everything else can be changed out with a bit of cash and some skill, but you can't change that spark.
     
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    Thanks for the replys. I tried out a couple of Traditional Pro II's last week and today I tried out a Plus Top Pro. I have to say I fell more in love with the PTP. The feel of it, them pickups sounded sweet. I feel I may go with the Plus Top Pro. :jb::fingersx:
     
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    Doesn't the Trad Pro II have a thicker C section neck, compared to most other Epi's Silm Taper D ? That is what would attrack me, everything else is pretty much different bling or pups that can be exchanged.
     
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    Welcome to you Chuckusa if I haven't already greeted you! Your situation seems a perfect use for GCs generous return policy. Buy all 3, bring them home for a month and do some cherry pickn. And now with a little experience behind me, I can see that early on in my discovery I bought several pricey units before I had any real idea of what I really liked. But, they were all Epiphones!
     
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    Yep the trad pro II has a thick C neck, the Plus Top Pro has a slim D taper.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome :)
     
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    Oh yeah, looks great ! How does it play ?
    What is the battery for ? Boost ?
     
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    Well the thing is I ordered it from Central Chicago, I live in California. So I didn't get to try it out yet. But I got a feeling its going to be a winner. Yes that battery is for the 10db boost when you pull up on the neck tone pot. What color would you call that?
     
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    BGood Well-Known Member

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    A nice color ?
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    100_0345.JPG Looks like honey burst. That's what mine is.
     
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    That's a nice picture John. How about show casing the Blue in that light?
     
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    +1 Although, I'm going to say Tobacco burst. It appears too brown for Tea or Honey.
     
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    Thanks for the replies..
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    :cheers:
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    I think you may be right Raiyn, it does look a bit darker than mine.
     
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    Could be, then again, whatever you call it - it's still a nice axe. Hopefully it inspires upon delivery.
     
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    Congrats. Definitely looks more iced tea than tobacco.
     
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