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I'm not sure why this Les Paul Studio model didn't last long, but after a few tweaks and upgrades, I'm enjoying this one. Just fabulous tone, great pickups and a terrific neck profile. Thanks for a good one, Epiphone. But, you really should have kept this model going...I just might have picked-up a couple more.

 

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I'm not sure why this Les Paul Studio model didn't last long, but after a few tweaks and upgrades, I'm enjoying this one. Just fabulous tone, great pickups and a terrific neck profile. Thanks for a good one, Epiphone. But, you really should have kept this model going...I just might have picked-up a couple more.

 

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No Kidding they should have kept that going. That's beautiful. Do you know when they made those? What does it sound like, compared to the Mahogany? I'm going to check into that. Great finish. Would you mind posting more pictures if you can?

 

That's a keeper.

 

Edit: I was thinking that this model was solid maple. Come to think of it, perhaps this isn't the case? Maple top/cap on mahogany with a finish that shows off that beautiful maple. Again, I assume that this is the case.

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Epiphone does occasionally make some models in Walnut as limited editions (limited, I guess, by how much of the wood they can score).

 

A few months ago I picked up a '66 G400 Ltd Ed in walnut with slightly upgraded pickups as compared to the Standard . A very striking finish, and as I remarked when I got it, none of the "muddyness" that I've heard regarding G400 pups. I can't really say if the wood actually makes a difference in the tone ... I'm not exactly a "true believer" when it come to all that apocrypha about "tone woods" on an electric guitar. All I know is that it sounds and plays great!

 

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No Kidding they should have kept that going. That's beautiful. Do you know when they made those? What does it sound like, compared to the Mahogany? I'm going to check into that. Great finish. Would you mind posting more pictures if you can?

 

That's a keeper.

 

Edit: I was thinking that this model was solid maple. Come to think of it, perhaps this isn't the case? Maple top/cap on mahogany with a finish that shows off that beautiful maple. Again, I assume that this is the case.

 

If you go to Guitar Center's website and search "Epiphone Studio" it looks like they'll still get one to the store of your choice. I haven't tried it, but I might grab another one of these and try some different pickups in it. Not that the stock units are lacking in any way - they sound terrific. Here you can see the bone nut I added - I had some issues with the stock nut. And, I had a set of Grover Tulip-Key Tuners around so, they found their way on to the Studio, as well. A bone nut makes a big difference in tone and tuning stability. I am liking this Les Paul immensely. BTW....GC wants $399 for this model. Worth it, a few times over. It does a lot of things I can't get out my Telecasters. Especially for slide-stuff.

 

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It does a lot of things I can't get out my Telecasters. Especially for slide-stuff.

 

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It's interesting you should say that. In the past before I started playing again in the past few weeks, I played Teles. I have to admit that the Teles are not anywhere as versitile as the Les Pauls. I'm really excited about the sound I get from the Standard Plain top I recently purchased for my wife. I'm sold on these Epi's. A huge bang for the buck. I honestly can't see paying the prices they are asking for Gibson's. Anyway, I don't see myself going back to a Tele, unless some kind soul gives me one [biggrin] .

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If you go to Guitar Center's website and search "Epiphone Studio" it looks like they'll still get one to the store of your choice. img]http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc200/pgazzara/HPIM1769.jpg[/img]

 

I went to their website and pulled it up. I've been looking around on it alot before deciding on the Plain Top, but I honestly don't remember seeing it until now. I hope my local GC gets one in sometime. Love to see it.

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I'd been Jonesin' for a Gibson Swamp Ash model, but the 2 college tuitions keep me out of the grand-plus range thesedays. When I saw the Walnut carved-top Les Paul, I thought I could tweak it a little and perhaps changeout the pickups. But, the stock pickups are fabulous. I've been playing Teles for 40 years, since I was 15 and they're great for just about anything you can throw at them. But, they really can't do that quiet but jangly middle-stop tone a Les Paul can, nor give you that bridge pickup overdriven slide tone that slide-players are after. Granted, Sonny Landreth and Bonnie Raitt do just fine with Strats, but a good slide-tone isn't something I've ever been able to coax out of my Teles or Strats. So, I appreciate Epiphone offering this model - I did have one of their '56 GoldTops years ago, but the P-90s were all too similar to the single-coils in my other guitars. A couple of hummers in this Walnut plank do the trick quite nicely. I think Epiphone might be missing a boat with their Les Paul product planning. I'd rather see them do more of this type of Les Paul than tricked-up USB-jacks and pretty veneers. It's all about the tone, for me anyway. And, this one sounds just terrific.

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Midi-Man.....that's a very nice example of the Walnut SG. I've seen a couple with some funky grain and wood-joins, but yours looks terrific. Be sure to keep that one. They don't get any nicer than that - to look at anyway. I might have to find one of those, but they're pretty scarce. Not sure why Epiphone doesn't make these models regularly, over the faded red and brown models. These would certainly be in higher demand - at least from my POV.

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