There are few names that garner the respect and admiration in the guitar world as Les Paul.
A master player, builder, inventor, and performer, the guitar world just wouldn’t be the same without the Wizard of Waukesha at the center of its history.
To celebrate Les’ 100th anniversary, Epiphone has released a limited edition Les Paul guitar and commemorative package that fans of Les’ playing and building will enjoy.
This anniversary package comes with a limited edition case, retro guitar strap, picks, and certificate of authentication, along with the Les Paul guitar itself, and is a fitting tribute to the man who helped shape the 20th century guitar landscape.
Though this is a limited run, if you’re in the market for a new Les Paul, one with high quality but a reasonable price tag, then head down to your local dealer and check out this anniversary edition guitar.
You won’t be disappointed.
Epiphone Les Paul 100th Anniversary Overview
After opening the case and first tuning the guitar, the look of this Les Paul caught my eye, I couldn’t help but notice the shape, color, and contour all coming together to produce a beautiful instrument.
Picking it up, the typical heavy weight that I’d expect from a Les Paul was there, but the balance isn’t bad and the guitar sat nicely on my thigh as I began jamming on a few tunes.
I first played a blues, seemed appropriate for a Les Paul test drive, and the tone was fat, as you’d expect, with a nice balance across the strings.
It’s not a traditional jazz tone, it won’t replace your ES-175, but because I prefer a more versatile guitar with a variety of tones, from jazz to blues to fusion and rock, I had fun trying out the different tones and options this Les Paul had to offer.
With the pickups on the treble setting you can get a twangy, Bill Frisell style tone from his country days.
Then, the middle pickup delivers more of a Scofield sound, and the rhythm setting gets more into a quasi-fat jazz tone, the one many jazzers would be looking for.
As well, the guitar was easy to play, I didn’t have to fight with it or struggle to run bass lines, single notes, or chord soloing lines, everything felt comfortable and easy to access on the fretboard.
I don’t think this Les Paul would be my number one guitar, but as a special purchase, or as a guitar that I went to when I was looking for a change in sonic scenery, I’d be happy with having this guitar in my collection.
Epiphone Les Paul 100th Anniversary Specs
Because guitarists love to know exactly what you’re getting when you buy a new guitar, here are all the detailed specs direct from the Epiphone website so that you can see every details about how the 100th Anniversary Les Paul is built.
|Top Material||Cherry (Mahogany Veneer); Natural (AAA Flame Maple Veneer)|
|Neck Shape||“1960’s” SlimTaper™; D-profile|
|Neck Joint||Glued-In; Mortise and Tenon|
|Headstock||Traditional Epiphone “Sloped Dovewing”|
|Headstock Inlay||Traditional Epiphone “Vine” inlay; Pearloid Vintage “Epiphone” logo with Zirconium Gemstone dotting the “I”|
|Back of Headstock||“The Legacy of Les Paul: 1915 – 2015” commemorative decal|
|Truss Rod Cover||24K Gold plated metal with “Les Paul 100th Anniversary” engraved|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Traditional Epiphone “Block & Triangle”; Abalone and Pearloid|
|Bridge Pickup||Epiphone ProBucker-3™|
|Neck Pickup||Epiphone ProBucker-2™|
|Controls||Bridge Volume with coil-splitting; Neck Volume with coil-splitting; Bridge Tone; Neck Tone; Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle|
|Knobs||Cherry = Amber “Top Hats” with metal pointers; Natural = Black “Speed Knobs” with metal pointers|
|Binding||Body = 5-layer (Cream/Black); Top & Back; Headstock = 5-layer (Cream/Black); Fingerboard = 1-layer (Cream)|
|Machine Heads||Grover™ 18:1 ratio; With stepped “Imperial” buttons|
|Output Jack||Epiphone Heavy-Duty; Non-rotating|
|Warranty||Epiphone Limited Lifetime|
Not necessarily a jazz guitar, the 100th Anniversary Les Paul is a versatile axe that players of multiple styles will welcome to their collection.
Too often the price tag for a medium range guitar such as this reaches the upper end of the spectrum, but Epiphone has done a good job of keeping the price down while producing a high-quality Les Paul.
The commemorative package is also a nice touch for Les Paul fans, the guitarist and the instrument, as it goes beyond a typical guitar/case purchase, which one would expect from a limited edition guitar such as this.
As with any Les Paul, the 100th Anniversary model is a heavy guitar that some players will enjoy, while others will find uncomfortable.
If you’re in the market for a new Les Paul, or have always wanted to add one to your collection and don’t want to break the bank in the process, then check out the 100th Anniversary model.
It’s a solid guitar, easy to play, comes with a commemorative package, and provides the tone and quality that you’d expect from any guitar that features Les Paul’s name and legacy.