gnomefry, about what you wrote:
There is an Epiphone jr. only $100. I got it about 3 years ago but changed the Humbucker.I do suggest Gibson. They are way better. I played a few epiphones in my music store, the junior included. The sound was great, and it was the cheapest guitar.
And JAYGORDON you write the truth. Most of us are GIBSON lovers or FENDER lovers.
I can give you only one CRITIC. = If you see the prices of LOW PRICED Gibsons, like 350$ to 900$, there profit must be huge. I think GIBSON had to do something, loosing customers buying a schecter, a fender..., and NO epiphones.
If you perform live on stage, even at home (I live in the center of my village, on a parking plot, with only 2 houses.) So I am able to turn the volume very high, you would have difficulties to hear the difference, even more using all kind of effects. Put a sticker on the name but show the typical custom headstock, and play in front of 100 people, who judge the GUITAR (NOT THE PLAYER), tone, sound...you would be surprised counting the votes. Same with a FENDER MIM, and a FENDER MIA.
Epiphone is a damned good brand. WITHOUT changing the humbuckers.
ABOUT COMPARING A LES PAUL CUSTOM, EPIPHONE OR GIBSON, go to youtube and compare, this gives you a pretty good idea. In my physical condition, (getting worse, month after month) it is sometimes difficult to go to a store and play + compare. 10 days ago I had the opportunity to play on a PRS DRAGON (90% is not allowed to play on this guitar, too expensive.) and finally I didn't play due to the pain.
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