Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Custom - Ebony
Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Custom - Ebony

Guitare de forme LP appartenant au modèle Elitist Les Paul Custom

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Izzy11 13/03/2011

L'avis de Izzy11 "Très bonne guitare moyenne gamme"

5
Il s'agit donc d'une Les Paul fabriquée pour Epiphone au Japon en 1999, par l'usine reconnue de Fujigen (Fender Japan, Orville, etc...).
Tête open book, ce n'est pas de la série Elitist.
Chevalet ABR-1 assez précis.
Manche en acajou 1 pièce, verni poly, assez fin et agréable à jouer, plus mince qu'un 50's. Je n'ai jamais jouer de 60's slim tapper, je ne peux pas dire si c'est celui-là.
22 frettes sur un manche collé avec long tenon, touche palissandre.
Corps acajou africain en 2 parties.
Table massive en érable bombée, 2 parties.
Double binding, sillet os.
Micros d'origine 60ST et 50SR made in USA, franchement bien malgré les critiques dont ils font l'objet régulièrement. C'est incomparable avec les micros Epiphone chinois ou même Coréen, infiniment au dessus. C'est plutôt à faible sortie, typé 490T et 490R Gibson.
Personnellement, étant fan de Slash, je les ai changés pour des Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash signature.
Par contre, si j'ai changé tout l'accastillage gold qui, au bout de 12 ans, avait vieilli, j'ai conservé les mécas d'origine, qui sont irréprochables sur la tenue de l'accord.

UTILISATION

L'ergonomie ? Toujours pareil, c'est une Les Paul, donc c'est lourd (3,9 kg, ce qui est même assez léger pour une LP) et l'accès aux aigus est tordu.
Par contre, c'est un son de folie, le sustain est largement plus long que sur les modèles coréens et/ou chinois, et le son qui en sort, même avec ses micros d'origine, est infiniment meilleur que les récentes séries de haut de gamme d'Epiphone, les 1960's Tribute, pourtant équipées de Gibson Classic 57 et 57+.
L'électronique est moyenne, meilleure que sur les Coréennes et Chinoises, c'est sûr pour ce qui est du sélecteur. Mais j'ai tout recâblé en haut de gamme avec des potards CTS log, avec des soudures propres et un sélecteur switchcraft.

SONORITÉS

Pour jouer ce que je joue (Guns / Slash, Led Zep, Bonamassa, AC/DC, Aerosmith, un peu de Queen), c'est ce que mon médecin m'a prescrit en accord avec mon portefeuille ;)
Je branche ça actuellement dans une tête Blackheart Handsome Devil 15W, je l'ai aussi branchée dans un Blackstar HT-5, et c'est vraiment bluffant pour se rapprocher de ces artistes. Après, ce sont les doigts qui font la différence. Le changement de micros et d'électronique que j'ai faits y ont contribué, mais la base est bonne.
Amateurs de son springy aux aigus stridents ou de death metal avec micros à hauts niveaux de sortie, allez voir ailleurs ! Ici, tout n'est que velouté crémeux en micro grave et rythmique tranchante en micro chevalet.

AVIS GLOBAL

La lune de miel est passée, je l'ai depuis presque 1 an. Je l'ai payée chère, certes, 800 € mais les MIJ se font rares et commencent à se vendre à des prix au-dessus de leurs valeurs musicales réelles. Ceci dit, si vous en trouvez à leur prix "logique ", soit 600-700 € pour une Epiphone MIJ Custom, c'est un meilleur rapport qualité prix qu'une Gibson LP Studio (manche long tenon, qualité de fabrication sur les collages, lutherie & bois utilisés...). C'est -à mon avis- également un bien meilleur investissement qu'un haut de gamme Epiphone & consorts en neuf.
J'ai testé de l'Epiphone coréen et chinois, du Bacchus Les Paul (MIJ également, mais là c'est encore la classe au dessus), et pour ceux qui rêvent du son Gibson avec une tête open book, mais sans en avoir le budget, c'est un excellent investissement. La classe au-dessus n'est pas la Gibson Studio, c'est bien la Gibson Trad ou Standard, ou alors Edwards E-LP-130, ou Tokai LS150/160.
Pas la meilleure LP, mais avec ce rapport qualité prix et après les upgrades qu'on peut faire pour l'arranger à son goût à soi (micros, électronique, accastillage), le rapport qualité-prix est difficilement battable dans cette gamme.
BoZo-KilleR 06/05/2006

L'avis de BoZo-KilleR

5
Epiphone les paul custom Elistist.
24 cases, 4 boutons (2 volumes 2 tones), chevalet fixe comme beaucoup de lespaul. Finitions dorées, corps noir vernis, micros d'origines très satisfaisant pour une Epiphone, sonorité très proche de gibson. Manche moulé, selecteur treble/medium/rythme.

UTILISATION

Manche vernis très agreable à jouer mais peut etre encore une gros par rapport aux SG du même prix, son pour les solos succulent, accords disto lisses et puissants, clean assez classique mais modulable. Moins lourde que les lespaul qui aurait pu sortir auparevant la guitare est plus supportable à porter lontemps. Beaucoup de reglages diverses avec les tones et les selecteur c'est un regal.

SONORITÉS

Convient à tous style, guitare très polyvalente du moment que l'ampli suit. Je n'ai pu la tester que sur marshall et c'est vraiment très bon...je pense que les amoureux de mesa, vox ou fender seront comblés aussi.

AVIS GLOBAL

J'utilise cette guitare depuis 1 an et les bons points sont citées auparavant ainsi que les inconvénients (poids, manche epais).
Pour une epiphone le prix est correct surtout si l'on cherche un son gibson et un look mais que l'on a pas les 1000€ en poche! tres bonne guitare.
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Hatsubai 08/07/2011

L'avis de Hatsubai (contenu en anglais) "Rivals a real Custom"

4
The Epiphone Les Paul Custom is, without a doubt, the most popular guitars that Epiphone has in their lineup. The guitar features a mahogany body with a mahogany neck, gold hardware, 24.75'' scale length, carved maple top, optional pickguard, ebony fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge, binding, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

This is one of the very few Epiphones out there that is a true Custom copy. This one actually has an ebony fretboard, and that really does change the sound and feel of this instrument for the better. The nut wasn't too bad on this, thankfully. However, the frets were a bit iffy. They weren't perfectly level, and you could tell that once you start lowering the action. They could have been crowned a bit better. Upper fret access sucks, just like every other Les Paul out there, but you learn to deal with it.

SOUNDS

This one had some EMGs swapped in it, so I'll be going by those in this review. The guitar had an EMG 81 in the bridge, and it ripped. However, the guitar itself was fairly bright, and I think the 81 wasn't a great match in the bridge. Considering that it's an all mahogany body, that's a bit surprising, but it happens sometimes. There are just certain woods that sound brighter than others, and this was one of them. The EMG 85 in the neck was just about perfect, however. It was warm and fat, but it also had some slight cut going on thanks to the naturally bright sounding mahogany going on.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a Custom but don't want to pay the price, check out these. They can be somewhat hard to find, but they sound pretty good, have some decent QC going on and are actually true Custom clones. In fact, these things can actually rival other copies such as Edwards and the such.
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tjon901 07/07/2011

L'avis de tjon901 (contenu en anglais) "Crimson Epiphone Les Paul Custom"

4
Gibson is one of the biggest guitar makers in the world. They make many super high end and custom guitars for professional guitar players and collectors. They also make many guitars for beginners and working class guitar players. Many of these guitars are sold under Gibsons Epiphone brand. Epiphone is Gibsons foreign made line of guitars. They are built to much of the same specifications as a real Gibson but have much lower costs due to the overseas production. This is the Epiphone Les Paul Custom in Wine Red. It pretty much has all the same features as a real Les Paul Custom apart from the ebony fretboard. The Custom is bascially a dressed up Les Paul standard. It has more binding on the body neck and headstock and has larger block inlays. I think the large block inlays give the guitar a classy look. The guitar has s 22 fret rosewood fretboard with the large block inlays. The headstock is fully bound. The body is solid mahogany. Customs do not have the maple top on the body. The color is a lovely wine red with gold hardware to give it class. It reminds me of the cherry color you see on many SG's It has dual humbucking Epiphone pickups in the standard Les Paul configuration. There is a volume knob and tone knob for each pickup and a 3 way switch to switch among them. The bridge is your standard tune o matic and stop tail like you would find on most every Les Paul.

UTILIZATION

Which the specs being much of the same as a Gibson Les Paul Custom it shares all the quirks you would get on the real Gibson. Gibsons traditionally have larger necks than other guitars. In the 50s the necks on Gibson guitars were huge. They were commonly referred to as baseball bat necks. In the 60s Gibson switched to a slimmer profile. This slimmer 60s profile is the most popular neck profile on Gibsons and it is found on most Gibsons and Epiphones today. The upper fret access on this guitar is typical for every Les Paul. Since the body joins the neck at the 17th fret you will have to reach around the body of the guitar to get to frets higher than this. This strong joint helps with tone and sustain but limits upper fret playability greatly. The neck binding on this guitar and generally helps to limit the amount of sharp fret ends you feel when playing. The gold hardware will tarnish with playing but this happens on just about any guitar with gold hardware.

SOUNDS

The guitar itself has a good innate tone built in but it is let down by the low quality pickups. This is a common problem with lower end guitars that come with no name pickups. You do not get much attack with these pickups. Since these pickups do not have much definition the neck position can get really muddy. With a high gain amp the sound might get muddy due to the lack of definition. With some types of music these pickups are great. If you want a bluesy sound these pickups will do really good and you will be able to get a smooth tone out of them. With a pickup swap this guitar can sound great so I would recommend to anyone who has one of these Epiphones to try it out with some after market pickups. A set of Seymour Duncans would liven this guitar up greatly for rock and hard rock. If you are looking to play metal a set of EMG pickups will work nicely. There are Epiphones that come with EMG pickups stock so if you are planning to do this swap you may want to check out an Epiphone that comes with them from the factory and save some money.

OVERALL OPINION

Its nice that Epiphone is making this Les Paul Custom in this rare and classy finish. It is different than the white and black Les Paul Customs that are so common. The quality on this guitar is good and I find the quality on the high end Epiphones better than the quality on the lower end faded Gibsons. There are a few smaller companies making much better quality guitars for the price of these Epiphones. A company like Agile will give you an ebony fretboard and Seymour Duncan pickups for the price of this Epiphone. If you want to stay loyal and support Gibson you can check out this Epiphone LPC in Wine Red.
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Hatsubai 23/06/2011

L'avis de Hatsubai (contenu en anglais) "Custom but without the ebony"

4
The Gibson Les Paul Custom is probably one of the most coveted guitars out there, so it was only natural that Epiphone would make their own version of it. This guitar features a mahogany body with a set mahogany neck, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, block inlays, a tune-o-matic bridge for tuning stability and maximum sustain, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

I'm a bit on the fence with this. While Epiphone calls it a Custom, it's really not. For one, it doesn't have an ebony fretboard. That's a big killer, in my opinion. The ebony fretboard is one of the number one reasons to buy a Les Paul Custom in the first place. That said, it still sounds nice. This actually sounds pretty close to a Gibson Studio, and considering the price, it's pretty much on par with the Gibson equivalent. Access to the upper frets is still very iffy considering the neck joint, and the guitars still tend to be body heavy, so sitting with them can be a pain.

SOUNDS

I'm not a fan of the stock pickups in this. To me, they sound weak and muddy. The bridge pickup in this can do some hard rock and whatnot, but I'm a metal guitarist. I like higher output pickups that can really drive the amp hard. This pickup wasn't able to give the amp the punch I like. The neck pickup was also muddy and undefined. On top of that, it had some annoying treble that I couldn't seem to dial out no matter how hard I tried, and I contribute that solely to the pickup as it didn't have that sound unplugged.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a Gibson Les Paul Custom rival, look into either getting an Edwards, a Burny or something else like that. You'll get a guitar that's a lot closer to the Custom than this one. That said, this is a pretty solid guitar, and I bet it would be totally killer if you replaced the pickups in this thing.