I've constantly chosen the Les Paul Custom over the Standard for numerous factors.
The main reason is the smooth comfortable playability of its "fretless wonder" layout, which is among the reasons why shred-centric players like Al Di Meola, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, and several, several others gravitated to that variation of the Les Paul. Yes, there is still plenty of fret for those soulful/emotional bends we all like to emply. Bends are effortless and did not "fret out".
Another factor is that black finish and white finish Customs just look much more "cool" and has great stage presence compared to the often seen conventional goldtop as well as sunburst finishes. With the introduction of Epiphone's Les Paul Custom Pro, there's now one more need to consider the Personalized multiple tone configurations the pick-ups now allow the player to select..
ATTRIBUTES: On the surface the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro looks identical to the typical dual-humbucker Custom that was one of the few genuinely fantastic American guitars of the late Sixties and Seventies.
It has a mahogany solid body, maple top, and glued-in set mahogany neck with a 24 3/4-inch scale, 22 medium jumbo frets, as well as huge block inlays, as well as, like the Seventies variations, it's offered with either an Ebony or Alpine White surface and in a left-handed variation.
While it additionally includes a set of humbuckers with individual volume as well as tone controls as well as a three-position pick-up selector button, the pick-ups are an Epiphone ProBucker-2 at the neck and a ProBucker-3 at the bridge as well as the circuit is wired to offer coil splitting and out-of-phase tones in addition to humbucking sounds. The volume controls have a push-pull feature that engages coil splitting for the corresponding pick-up, as well as the neck pick-up tone control's push-pull function functions as a phase switch.
EFFICIENCY: If you've played a Les Paul Custom-made in the past and also discovered its tone a little woofy and also dark, you must try the Epiphone Les Paul Custom-made Pro for an educated second opinion. Each of its humbuckers is individually articulated, with the bridge pick-up providing throaty midrange drive as well as the neck pickup supplying round strong body with crisp percussive attack, treble clarity, and also dynamic bass.
The split coil settings create slightly thinner single-coil-style tones, yet the outcome continues to be solid and punchy. The out-of-phase setting is most prominent when both pickups are engaged, generating an obvious hollow midrange tone that is far more musically beneficial compared to the raucous treble generally created by most stage switches ( think Peter Green tone).
The neck's SlimTaper "D" profile is an additional notable upgrade. This is a very quick playing neck that, combined with the outstanding fretwork, makes the Pro one of the most comfy and natural Les Paul Guitars I've ever before played. Yes, the spped players will love this Guitar, however, so will Blues players of all persuasions ( I remember seeing Keith Richards playing what had to be a mid 50's black Paul Custom in the early days of the Stones in the 60's). At the suggested retail price, this Guitar looks and plays above it's price point. At street price this is one of the best "bang for buck" Blues Guitar deals available. Whether as your primary Guitar, or as a back up with Humbucker Girth to a single coil primary ax, this Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro is a killer working mans Blues Guitar at exceptional value pricing.
STICKER PRICE: $948.
SUPPLIER: Epiphone by Gibson
CHEAT SHEET: Push-pull coil splitting for every pick-up and a push-pull phase button make this Les Paul far more tonally flexible compared to a conventional Custom or Standard.
The pickups are independently voiced as well as include a ProBucker-2 at the neck as well as a ProBucker-3 at the bridge.
ALL-TIME LOW LINE: The Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro has the exact same loved look of a timeless Les Paul Custom, yet upgrades like coil splitting, a phase switch, as well as the SlimTaper "D" neck profile make it a lot more playable and also versatile compared to ever before.