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  • Does a real Gibson really smoke a Epiphone by a mile?

    I bought a 2003, Korean, Set neck Epiphone Les Paul Custom the other day off Craigslist.

    I bought it dirt cheap (in 9.5 out of 10 condition easily).

    The guy had 2 new in box pickups for it as well.... A Dean Dimebag for the neck, and a Dean Lesile West for the bridge.... so I install those, set this thing up...and man (I'm a tried & true strat man) ....but this thing absolutely smokes.

    So my question.... can a real Gibson LP custom be 5 or 7 times better?
    Maybe they are?

  • #2
    well, the Gibson logo gives it mystic and priceless mojo ya' knowoke:
    GUITARS:
    Fender MIM Standard Strat
    Hand Made SG Replica
    Epiphone DOT Studio
    Westbury Standard
    Cort X-5
    New Dawn Signature Prototype
    Frankentele "The Buddy Caster"
    Home Made LP copy "The Swamp Ass"
    AMPS:
    Crate VC3112
    Fender Mustang II

    Proud Rose Pickups and Rose Petal Effects user

    My Good Deals

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    • #3
      NO. /thread
      Information is not knowledge
      Knowledge is not wisdom
      Wisdom is not truth
      Truth is not beauty
      Beauty is not love
      Love is not music.
      Music Is The Best.

      - Frank Zappa

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      • #4
        well, the Gibson logo gives it mystic a priceless mojo ya' knowoke:


        naw...$15 bucks on ebay lol
        I puked last night after eating a volcano taco and drinking vodka. I felt like a ****************ing dragon.









        Originally Posted by arrowhen


        I figure I've only got about $200 worth of talent, so anything I spend over that is just wasted beer money.









        Originally Posted by RaVenCAD


        I think the most interesting facet of this entire topic is that more people seem to like Ed Roman than BG76.. Out dickheading Ed Roman - man, that takes some serious skill..

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        • #5
          Uh oh.

          But seriously, it's all subjective. If you're happy with an Epi, then good for you! If you're happier with a Gibson, buy one. We all win!

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          • #6
            No, a Gibson is not 5x to 7x better than an Epiphone. But I used to have an Epi Dot, and I've played a bunch, and none could hold a candle to my 335 I have now or the 1960 345 I used to have.
            Please visit my website www.treeguitarworks.com

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            • #7
              NO. /thread


              play a few, and then go back to your epiphone and see which one you prefer.

              too many people love to bash gibson on here, based off of some experience they had at a guitar center... or something...

              and this isn't a bash on epiphone, i have 2 that i enjoy a lot, but i don't try to convince myself that they're just as good as a gibson.
              Gibson Les Paul Jr. / Rockinbetter 330, Rickenbacker 360
              Fender '59 Bassman RI / Sovtek mig100h / VHT lead 40
              Russian Big Muff / DIY FY-2 "companion fuzz"







              Originally Posted by donnie_combat


              G&L's are the most un creative stupid pieces of crap on the planet. if you want something decent and real go for fender~

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              • #8
                While going through a modeling processor I doubt few could tell the difference.plugged straight into a good amp would be telling.

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                • #9
                  "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans..."
                  - John Lennon
                  Videos of me playing guitar!

                  My original music


                  Stupid, meaningless HC clubs I'm a PROUD member of:
                  Epiphone Empire
                  F-Holes (Semi-Hollow and Hollowbody owners)
                  Marshall Circle of Tone
                  SG ARMY

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                  • #10
                    How would one go about quantifying how one guitar is 5-7x "better" than another guitar?

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                    • #11
                      How would one go about quantifying how one guitar is 5-7x "better" than another guitar?



                      how does one go about convincing them self that one guitar is "really" $1000's better than another... it all boils down to preference, i've only played a handful of high end guitars, my two favorites being the Gibson "56 RI Gold Top and the PRS Custom 24(my dream guitar). and while all of them were great, i personally cannot justify the price in any way, shape, or form
                      GUITARS:
                      Fender MIM Standard Strat
                      Hand Made SG Replica
                      Epiphone DOT Studio
                      Westbury Standard
                      Cort X-5
                      New Dawn Signature Prototype
                      Frankentele "The Buddy Caster"
                      Home Made LP copy "The Swamp Ass"
                      AMPS:
                      Crate VC3112
                      Fender Mustang II

                      Proud Rose Pickups and Rose Petal Effects user

                      My Good Deals

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                      • #12
                        ... However, as with anything you do have to take into account the economic law of diminishing returns, and if it's really that important to you or not.
                        Information is not knowledge
                        Knowledge is not wisdom
                        Wisdom is not truth
                        Truth is not beauty
                        Beauty is not love
                        Love is not music.
                        Music Is The Best.

                        - Frank Zappa

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                        • #13
                          I'd say that with both guitars stock, the Gibby wipes the floor with the EPI but with a few mods, things even up real quick.

                          Yeah, you'll get better wood with the Gibby, the nitro, better electronics as well, not to mention the all powerful and "magical" name on the headstock... and let's not forget the eternal resale value argument. You'll also pay a **************** load more money for the Gibson than the EPI. Personally, I can't hear the improvement in tone the nitro is supposed to bring and I sure as hell can't hear the wood breathing.

                          In my opinion at least and I know many here don't agree with it, if you have a nice EPI to start off with and do a few mods that still won't bring you close to the price of the Gibson, you'll get really, really close in feel and sound... just don't look at the name on the headstock. I think the only significant difference would be the pride of ownership, snob appeal or whatever you want to call it.

                          If you don't want to mess with it and play it straight out of the box after a basic setup, although a lot of guys mod theirs Gibsons as well, just get the Gibby. If you have a nice EPI though, drop a set of 57s in and hang on.

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                          • #14
                            I have seen some very good musicians playing a 300 dollar fernandes, squier affinity, esp ltds. I wouldn't buy one for a dream guitar, but I have an old squier and its fine to play..

                            You can get a Gibson for cheap still, though, mine is a '96 Gibson "The Paul 2" and it cost me $550 out the door (has a sweet acoustic sound).
                            2004 Fender Lite Ash Strat (w/voodoo '57)
                            2012 Gibson Firebird V 2010
                            Mesa Boogie Mark 1 reissue 1-12 combo
                            'old' Fender medium and Herco Flex 75 picks
                            2-12 cab sapele/maple

                            Trees harboring termites are just as bad as the termites
                            Newspaper article fame is an Ironic form of game.
                            All that's necessary for evil to exist is for good people to play the Gee-tar!!!

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                            • #15
                              ... However, as with anything you do have to take into account the economic law of diminishing returns, and if it's really that important to you or not.


                              ...and where you are with your playing, how seriously you take your hobby/passion/career, what your economic situation is, what your priorities are, etc.

                              To say any guitar "smokes" another guitar is silly. There's always going to be something a little nicer than what you have. Take what you have and make it work for you. If you want something better, figure out a way to get it.

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