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 Post subject: Epiphone Les Paul SL
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:02 am 
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Apparently this guitar will retail in the US for around 100$. Anyone know much about it?

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:28 pm 
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I bought an Epiphone LP special 1 when musicians friend sent me a "click bait" email
I didn't have any P90 guitar so I took a flyer and bought one for $99 US
All I can say is you get what you pay for
Out of the box it's pretty crummy
I changed the bridge so it would intonate correctly which was a challenge with the fixed bridge it came with
The tuners are crap but if you tighten them up they stay in tune ok

The good side is that the P90's sound pretty good
They aren't like high end Lollar pickups but they aren't bad
I'm glad I bought it
It sounds good through a tube amp with a bit of break up
But it is what it is


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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:56 pm 
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Thanks for that. $99 seems a crazy price for any guitar!

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:52 pm 
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RMD wrote:
Thanks for that. $99 seems a crazy price for any guitar!


It is.
I have expensive guitars and cheap guitars.
I've found that often I develop a peculiar affection for some of the cheap ones.
They offer an opportunity to make them your own and consequently they have idiosyncrasies.
I'm thinking at some point I'll put a Lollar P90 in the bridge position of that Epi.
It is nicely playable. Low action and it's super light weight.
I'd recommend it as long as one doesn't expect too much out of box.

Maybe next I'll go for one of the Bill Nelson signature Eastwoods.
http://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/1012/s ... ture/48123
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKBa6-jcCE8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iTubQAMTOk


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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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I've never owned an expensive guitar, but do have a very cheap Tele, so I know what you mean about liking and enjoying such a thing!

It's a Harrier Mistral, which cost £39.99 from ebay. Although this guitar isn't perfect by any means, what it has done has made me appreciate the Tele as a guitar - very simple design, comfortable to play and some great tones too!

I have fitted a Trev Wilkinson bridge and tuners and (with help!) done a fair bit of work on the neck and frets. At first I thought it would need a replacement neck, but things seemed to have settled down and I'm reasonably happy with it now. As the guitar was £40 (they usually sell for about £100), with the bridge and tuners coming in at about £35, even with a new sets of strings I'm still well under £100! I'd still like a decent Tele, but I see the Harrier as a "project" guitar which I would like to get to a reasonable standard and then keep for a few years (I've had it over 6 already!). At some stage I might look at different pick ups, although I don't think there's anything wrong with the weedy (and probably original sounding) ones it came with, particularly in this age of guitar processors.

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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Whilst you do pay extra for the 'badge of honour' (Gibson, Fender etc) I think, in general, cheap guitars are cheap for a reason. And by the time you have upgraded the tuners, pick ups, nut, bridge, fret levelled etc you might as well have paid the extra.

That said I bought a Yamaha RS320 a few months back, cost about £250 new. Bright yellow, very nice looking and had got some very good reviews. I bought it solely as a back up for live work. Sounds so good I often use it instead of the more expensive ones. And it is much lighter than my Les Pauls which is an added bonus!

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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I just took a quick look, they go from $99 - $149 depending on where you go.

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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RMD wrote:
I've never owned an expensive guitar, but do have a very cheap Tele, so I know what you mean about liking and enjoying such a thing!

It's a Harrier Mistral, which cost £39.99 from ebay. Although this guitar isn't perfect by any means, what it has done has made me appreciate the Tele as a guitar - very simple design, comfortable to play and some great tones too!

I have fitted a Trev Wilkinson bridge and tuners and (with help!) done a fair bit of work on the neck and frets. At first I thought it would need a replacement neck, but things seemed to have settled down and I'm reasonably happy with it now. As the guitar was £40 (they usually sell for about £100), with the bridge and tuners coming in at about £35, even with a new sets of strings I'm still well under £100! I'd still like a decent Tele, but I see the Harrier as a "project" guitar which I would like to get to a reasonable standard and then keep for a few years (I've had it over 6 already!). At some stage I might look at different pick ups, although I don't think there's anything wrong with the weedy (and probably original sounding) ones it came with, particularly in this age of guitar processors.


It's a lesson I've learned over time.
Inexpensive doesn't always mean bad.
The oldest guitar that I own is an old Memphis (brand name) from around 1980.
I was inexpensive then. And there is nothing that sounds or plays like it for certain things.
It has old Demarzio pu's in it. The super distortions. I had no clue back then what that even was.
A bronze nut. And the neck is a baseball bat in size. Through body.
I don't think I could replace it with anything else and get the same sound and playability.
And I'm used to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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I spotted this new offering from Ibanez today. Looks good (comes in green, blue or deep red), two twin and one single pick-up, tremolo arm - £159:
https://www.dawsons.co.uk/ibanez-grx70q ... wgQAvD_BwE

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 Post subject: Re: Epiphone Les Paul SL
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Make that £145:
https://www.musik-produktiv.co.uk/ibane ... a-tbb.html

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