Epiphone Les Paul 100 Review Excellent Les Paul For Beginners

Hey there! Back again with another entry-level guitar, this time we’ll be looking at Epiphone Les Paul 100 electric guitar. If you are into Les Paul type, single-cut guitars (like me!) and want to get started without busting your budget, you should always consider one from Epiphone brand.

As you might know, Epiphone is known for its long history in guitar manufacturing which goes back to 1873, and it was acquired by Gibson and considered to be in the Gibson family since then. Plus, it’s the only company that can license a Gibson design other than Gibson. 🙂 Every guitar player knows that if you can not afford a Gibson which is very understandable, you can always go for Epiphone models which have great product segmentation and excellent instruments.

All I remember about Epiphone during my service in musical instruments industry was that we always sold entry-levels like hotcakes and there were not really serious problems out of the factory which means the quality control is always top-notch. In this review, you’ll be hearing Epiphone Les Paul 100 electric guitar with different setups. I was able to find three videos that I played in. Let’s start with shorter ones first (in-video title says it’s a cherry burst, a small editing mistake!)

We used Marshall MG15C combo amp and it was just recorded with a Rode VideoMic Pro.

Let’s talk about the tech specs first;

Tech Specs

ConstructionBolt-on, Tapered Heel, 4 Bolt Recessed
Nut Width42.67mm
NeckMaple Neck
Frets22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups700T Humbucker (Bridge), 650R Humbucker (Neck)
BridgeTune-O-Matic Bridge
TunersDie-cast Tuners
FinishesEbony (EB), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Vintage Sunburst (VS)
StringsD’addario 10-46
Typical WeightAround 3.5 – 3.7kg

Before I talk about the specs, let’s hear it with another short video, this time using the bridge pickup only.

As for the specs, you’ll see some * mark that needs an explanation. I actually don’t remember that they would use okoume wood on the fretboard. I believe it’s a Post-CITES thing. But depending on which stock you are buying from, you might have a rosewood or okoume wood on the fretboard.

But for the level of this guitar, you don’t need to worry too much about these. If you want to hear the guitar in a longer, a detailed action which was recorded with Marshall JVM205C valve amp + Shure SM57 microphone and an “all controls are 12 o’clock all the time approach!“, please see below;

This was one of our first videos in the series, all the lighting were yellowish and I tried my best to play after a long break from playing. Hope you like it, it’s a non-biased approach as you see. No talks, just playing with the same amp settings and different pickup combinations + amp channels and modes to give you the most honest sounds.

As I mentioned, this is the go-to model if you are into Les Pauls but can not afford a real Gibson one. It’s 99.5% of the time ready to play out of the box. Actually, if you are OK with owning an Epiphone Les Paul guitar, you should definitely check other models of the brand.

Because their segmentation is perfect! If you ever tried a higher segmented Epiphone such as Pro, Standard, Custom Plus, Custom Pro…etc you would know that these are serious instruments, not just a clone as people say!

If you like to have a look at Epiphone models ranging from entry to pro levels, please go to Thomann.de here.

And lastly, if this price range is too high for you, we can just step back a little bit and consider an Epiphone Les Special II electric guitar.

Hope this review has been helpful for you and don’t hesitate to post your comments below 🙂


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