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  • Best Knock-Off "Cheap" Les Pauls

    It's been awhile since I've been on this forum and I can't find the search...

    My son is looking at maybe buying a Les Paul knockoff and someone told him about Stellar guitars. They are pretty cheap and I can't really find any information on them. Does anyone have any experience or know anything about this brand and the quality.

    Or, any ideas on other cheaper Les Paul knock-offs. He has an Epiphone SG and I'm not impressed by the quality of that one.

    Thanks a lot!
    - Steve

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    I would probably shoot for a used Epiphone LP Standard which can be found all the time in the 250-300 range...
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    • #3
      If you didn't like the Epi which is authorized by Gibson then most of the knock offs will be even less impressive.
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      • #4
        The one in my sig for sale is actually very, very nice. Better neck than the Epi and actually, with the maple cap it is technically "better woods" ! But the Epi has "tone" - I must confess. But really, it's far nicer than you would think for less than $200
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        • #5
          Michael Kelly. Not exactly the same body style but damn good guitars.
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          • #6
            He has an Epiphone SG and I'm not impressed by the quality of that one.


            Don't judge all Epiphones by his current SG. Epiphone has sold several levels of quality in SG's as well as Les Paul's over the years. The low end is nothing exciting but the Standard line is nice stuff as is the G-400 SG.

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            • #7
              Agile, Micheal Kelly, Hagstrom.
              All have les paul ish guitars and are great quality.
              I am partial to Agiles myself.
              Originally Posted by Frets99


              All guitars cost $300.
              What you pay depends on the headstock.

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              • #8
                Agile 3000 or 3100.



                Or, for $180 less, Xaviere XV-500.


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                • #9
                  Thanks for the quick responses. True, Sheraton, his current Epi was only a $299 guitar. They have a good rep so I shouldn't just judge by just 1.

                  Thanks for the other suggestions. I have heard good things about Agile and I actually have an Xaviere myself (strat copy).

                  If anyone has any other brands that we should check out, it's very much appreciated!
                  - Steve

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                  Amps:Vox Valvetronix AD50VT 212, Behringer V-Amp 2

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                  • #10
                    I used to have on older Sammick Artist Series (not the new Greg Bennet stuff) And it was WAY better quality than my Epi was. They can be had for under 2 bills as well.
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                    • #11
                      If you can still find them, the set neck DeArmonds (the Les Paul models start with M, the SG models with S, but both lines also include bolt-on models), The set neck ones have GoldTone pickups, which are excellent.

                      Of the current options, I like the Michae Kellys.
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                      • #12
                        PRS Singlecut SE (any of um, Tremonti SE is especially nice).

                        All can be found, with effort, for under $500. Perhaps even less.

                        Very high quality budget guitars.
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                        • #13
                          Absolutely Agile. Get a 3000 or 3100 as the other poster suggested.

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                          • #14
                            PRS Singlecut SE (any of um, Tremonti SE is especially nice).

                            All can be found, with effort, for under $500. Perhaps even less.

                            Very high quality budget guitars.


                            This is really the best answer.

                            The kid doesn't need a boat anchor Agile LPish, although I grant they suita some people, but I'm sure that maybe dsome of the other single cut Agiles would be ok, eg the Junior and Melody Maker types
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                            • #15
                              Marc -- aka your friend and mine metalheadUK -- has about a zillion of 'em, as well as a couple of pukka Gibson LPs. We're both big fans of the Vintage Lemon Drop -- in fact, I'll be using mine alongside my Custom Shop Jeff Beck Strat at the Blast Furnace & The Heatwaves reunion gig on June 27.
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