Review of: Epiphone Les Paul 100 Guitar
by Brian Lamacraft
- The guitar features the classic Les Paul look so it is an extended version of that iconic guitar
- Twin humbucking pickups for rock, blues, metal, and other music that most people want to play
- Toggle switch for the pickups in full range of tone and volume controls for a wide range of sounds
- Angled pickguard to help protect the finish against pick scratches
- Lacks the full and professional tones that a full-range Les Paul does
- Could come in more color variations
- Finish is not as good as it could be
If it wasn’t for the Epiphone logo on the Les Paul 100 and the different shaped headstock you would I think this was a real Les Paul. This is an excellent looking guitar with that famous “Paul” shape, twin humbucking pickups, and the angled pickguard that we have all come to love with the Gibson Les Paul. This Epiphone version gives you everything that you need to start rocking out without having to break your bank account.
Full Detailed Epiphone Les Paul 100 Review
There is nothing in rock and roll history than the Gibson Les Paul. Gibson makes many different Les Paul guitars but these guitars cost several thousand dollars.
Epiphone is the lower-cost Gibson brand and they have produced many different Gibson style Les Paul guitars at various price ranges.
If you’ve always wanted a Les Paul but don’t have the money to buy the authentic version you should try one of the many different brands from Epiphone.
To make it easier for you to find a great Les Paul style guitar, let’s have a look at my Epiphone Les Paul 100 review to see if this is a guitar that you’re going to want to buy.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Tones
Les Paul is well-known for its rock-oriented sounds.
Players like Slash, Jimmy Page, and other rock guitar players have used these instruments exclusively.
The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is like the baby brother to the Les Paul and you will find that this instrument produces great tones which are suited to rock-oriented style music and even heavy metal.
I was impressed by the wide range of sounds I was able to get out of this lower-cost Les Paul style guitar.
This instrument will work best if paired with a good amplifier and you shouldn’t have any problem creating vintage as well as modern sounds with this Epiphone.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Playability
The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a very easy instrument to play.
It features a nice cutaway so you can reach the upper access of the 22 Frets with relative ease.
The neck on this guitar is smooth and responsive and it’s perfect for both rhythm as well as lead guitar playing.
If you love playing scales and soloing, this guitar is going to help you with that type of music because it’s an exceptional guitar for doing that sort of work.
It’s also very easy to angle your picking hand with this guitar because it comes with the famous Gibson pickguard which helps keep your hand stable as you play notes on the instrument.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Hardware
Many lower-cost Les Paul style guitars are disappointing because they don’t have a wide range of Hardware. Many of them only come with one tone and one volume knob which simply doesn’t offer you a wide range of sounds. This guitar has both two tone controls and two volume controls which is exactly the same that the Les Paul does.
You also get the famous toggle switch at the top of the body near the neck of the guitar for switching the pickups from the bridge to the neck position.
You also get a Tune-o-Matic bridge which helps keep the tuning of the instruments table and it also has exceptional tuning machines to help with the tuning of the guitar.
You get a 700T humbucker in the bridge position and a 650R in the neck is capable of producing a wide range of sounds
All in all this guitar has a lot of nice hardware in a lower-priced Les Paul style guitar.
This Epiphone has great value in terms of its hardware and I really can’t fault it in any area because it has everything that the Les Paul does.
Naturally, the hardware is a little bit lower than the Gibson Les Paul but you still get great value.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Value
In this Epiphone Les Paul 100 Review, I give this instrument almost full value rating. The reason for this is that has all of the hardware that the normal Gibson Les Paul does.
The hardware and sound aren’t quite as good what you’ll find I’m one of those high-cost instruments, but the fact that all of this included is an excellent value.
You also get two decent pickups with this guitar and it also has a nice playable neck.
Other extras include the “Les Paul” logo on the headstock and it also has two strap buttons for your guitar strap.
There is not a lot of downside to this instrument and it’s the perfect alternative to a regular Gibson Les Paul.
Who is the Epiphone Les Paul 100 Suited For?
This is a perfect instrument for anyone that likes the Gibson Les Paul brand but doesn’t want to spend a whole lot of money.
It’s perfect for both beginners as well as intermediate players that are looking for that classic Gibson style in their guitar.
For more experienced players you’re Are they going to want to go with a full Les Paul guitar but this Epiphone is an excellent option for most players.
You get everything that you need to get those classic Les Paul tones without spending a fortune.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Review: Build and Finish
This instrument comes in three color options including ebony, heritage cherry sunburst, and vintage sunburst so you have several colors to suit your individual style.
The instrument itself is well finished and it looks professional.
I didn’t see any blemishes or other marks with this instrument that would cause a problem. The guitar is well put together and I like the fact that it has a bolt-on neck because of something happens to the neck you can simply replace it.
A regular Les Paul is a neck through the body style which is very difficult to fix if something happens to go wrong with it.
Epiphone Les Paul 100: Feel and Action
The feel of this guitar is quite nice for the price that you pay.
The neck is smooth and fast for all types of guitar playing and especially lead guitar.
You shouldn’t have any problems flying up and down the neck as you play the guitar and the frets were smooth and rounded without any bumps or places where the frets stick which tends to be the case with many lower-priced instruments.
The action on the instrument is also quite good but you can always a lower or raise it at the bridge if you prefer because we all have different needs when it comes to guitar action.
Epiphone Les Paul 100: Overall Sound
The sound that this Epiphone Les Paul 100 produces it’s very good for its price range.
You can expect to get a wide range of tones out of it which are well-suited to rock, blues, metal, country, and other guitar styles.
The humbucking pickups in this instrument will produce many different sounds and you’ll have a lot of fun with them.
You can further enhance the sound with the toggle switch just like an authentic Gibson Les Paul. Epiphone has produced a quality “Les Paul” style guitar with this 100 model.
Check out Epiphone Les Paul 100 sound test from Anthony Manalo:
Epiphone Les Paul 100 VS. Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Set up
Now are Epiphone Les Paul 100 review is over. As you can see, this is an exceptional a Les Paul style guitar that you’re going to love to play.
It’s well-suited to both beginners and intermediate players who are looking for that classic style guitar but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money.
You’ll get great value out of this instrument and you’ll be able to produce a whole range of different sounds with it that you simply can’t get with other lower-cost instruments.
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