Staff Pick Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Plus

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  1. rmfroyd

    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    First pics before I get run off the forum....

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    Again,special thanks to @manco53 for pointing this one out. Got it from Guitar Center Used, although I am not sure how much use it ever got. The serial number puts the Born on Date at February 2004, and it looks nothing like a 11 year old guitar. No nicks, scratches, dings or dents. I am tempted to pop the pickups out when I do a string change just to see if they are the originals, because there is zero tarnish on them whatsover.

    On to the specs:

    • Book-matched African Mahogany body
    • Book-matched flame maple top
    • Non-chambered
    Neck:

    • 1-piece set mahogany neck with dovetail neckjoint
    • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
    • Tombstone headstock with gold "Les Paul" script
    • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Elitist" engraving
    • Bone nut
    • 24.75" scale
    • 1.68" nut width
    Binding:

    • Single-ply body & neck
    Electronics:

    • USA 50SR & 60ST pickups
    • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
    • 3-way selector switch
    • No fancy shmancy push pull, boost, circuit board bullshit.
    Hardware:

    • Nickel hardware
    • Die-cast Grover tuners, Non robotic.
    • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    • Raised white pickguard
    • Gold speed knobs
    Weight--8 lbs, 15oz
    Neck Profile-- Towards the 60's end of the 50's to 60's spectrum.

    I haven't got a chance to really really crank it yet, hopefully when the kids get done napping I will get a chance. Played it through the Kemper quite a bit, but not at a significant enough volume to weigh in on the pickups.

    They made these from 2002 to 2008, if you can find one you at least owe to yourself to try one out. You won't be disappointed.

    The Japanese really have their stuff together when it comes to making quality guitars. This is right up there with the Edwards as far as quality is concerned(it's just prettier).

    This one blows my LP Standard out of the water quality and looks wise. I would be pretty sick to my stomach if I had've paid full retail for the Standard.

    The LP studio deluxe 2 also has a few nagging quality issues compared to this one as well.

    This guitar, the Elitist 335and the Edwards are 3 of the nicest guitars that I have owned or laid my hands on. If you have or have had your doubts about Japanese made guitars....DON'T.
     
  2. uwmcscott

    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    That is a mighty fine looking guitar by any standard, congrats!

    Is the neck a rounded/C or flatter/D profile?
     
  3. rmfroyd

    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Thanks. It doesn't really scream either one, but I guess it is closer to C. It's kinda right in the middle of the 2.

    Sent from my SPH-L720T using Tapatalk
     

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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    so beautiful. May the taxman NEVER separate it from your hands
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    I especially like the dark/tobacco burst top with the light back. Most tobacco's have really dark backs.
     
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    mighty_duck Well-Known Member

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    That's one of the nicest tops I've seen in a long time. You did good!
    HNGD
     
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    Mark W Well-Known Member

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    That is a beautiful top on that git. Makes gibson standards look rather lackluster. For all of $800.
    Why would anyone buy a gibson? Seriously it's an insult charging what they do when you can get gits like that.
    How dare you Gibson. How dare you.
     
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    Beautiful! Top to bottom, front to back - Beautiful! HNGD!
     
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    NICE! (y)
     
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  10. RedLesPaul

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    That is STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats! HNTSBD!
     
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  11. Frankenfretter

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    Damn, that top....amazeballs.

    Yeah, I am jealous. But seriously, congratulations Ryan. That is a beauty.
     
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    That's a great top! Congrats on a beauty!
     
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    Mother of all things warm and fuzzy!! Very nice Epi.
     
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    Remember that flick, Indecent Proposal? If Robert Redford turned up at my door with that in his hand for a night with the missus I'd probably go for it - or at least begin some serious negotiations.

    Many congrats. That's a hell of a score and an all-around gorgeous guitar.
     
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    Smoking guitar! Mind me asking how much? Their used section has great deals if you know what you're looking for
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    $916 with shipping and Tax, and I feel like I ripped them off.:grinning:
     
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    I don't feel so bad now :) that is MUCH nicer than mine, but mine was only $230 shipped :)
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    I'd take a $230 guitar and be in a Rock and Roll band vs a $916 guitar and sitting in my garage!
     
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    Congrats! That is one beautiful guitar!
     
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    When you're in a band you will definitely want that $916 guitar back :)
    I actually think I wouldn't be such a gear hound if i wasn't in a band.
     
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