Epiphone Les Paul 100 Review

The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is an affordable version of the classic Les Paul guitar. It is overall slimmer and easier to play for beginners. It also keeps the same high standards for the clean tone that has made Les Paul such a recognizable name.

First produced in 1989, it is probably the closest anyone has come to reproducing the Les Paul tone by paying tribute to the classic design. Still a top seller today, this model puts together interesting features that make it desirable to a wide range of musicians.

Some of you might find this less interesting than others, but the Epiphone Les Paul 100 is made in the USA. Unlike other guitar makers that choose to outsource their work overseas, Epiphone is making this particular guitar right at home. With so many poor quality guitar choices out there, we feel like this detail already sets it apart.

Features

Build

An all-mahogany body and a maple top are combined together to create a very light guitar. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 can be a good choice if you’re in a band that has regular gigs in bars and at social events. The neck has the same length as the classic Les Paul, 24.75” yet it is more comfortable to play for long sessions.

The rosewood fretboard (24 frets) is smooth enough to accommodate lead and backing. The dot markers make it very easy to play up and down the neck, especially for beginner and intermediate players. The mahogany neck is held in place by a bolt-on system that everyone should be more than familiar with. It can handle a few hits or drops, should that ever happen.

Metal-only hardware is used so that this guitar can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. The output jack and the bridge are top of the line. As you would expect, all the metal pieces come in chrome so that the end result can be as refined as possible.

Tone

When most people hear Les Paul, they immediately think of that unique guitar tone that many try to match yet never succeed. If you’re in this category, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Epiphone Les Paul 100. The company managed to get as close as humanly possible to the classic tone.

Unless you have close to perfect pitch or are a true Les Paul buff, chances are you won’t be able to tell the difference between this model and the older ones. Now, because the Epiphone Les Paul 100 is modeled after the classic models of the 50’s, you shouldn’t expect it to handle aggressive distortion.

Another key feature that makes this guitar stand out is the Tune-O-Matic bridge. This patented system will let you stay tuned for longer than your average jam session. It works best in standard and D tuning, but then again, there’s no reason to go lower with this model.

Pickups

The Epiphone Les Paul 100 uses 700T Humbucker pickups. You have volume control and tone control for each of them. The knobs are placed close to each other, similarly to the classic Gibson models.

This is how such a close tone to the classic Les Paul is possible. The combination of good pickups and the Tune-O-Matic bridge keep the guitar sounds just right for a longer time. They may not be the most powerful pickups on the market, but they are the best fit for this model.

Musical range

If you’re into blues, jazz, country, or maybe even the occasional alternative genre, then this can be a good fit. The guitar excels at outputting just enough power for you to work with, while maintaining a very clean sound. You can even turn up the gain quite a bit before noticing a decline in quality.

Joe Bonamassa can be seen frequently jamming on stage on the Epiphone Les Paul 100 model, and he is a self-proclaimed Gibson fan. We’re sure you can appreciate his vote of confidence in this guitar. Bands like Trivium and Heart have also used this model for live shows.

Although some have used it successfully in the heavy metal genre, there are others guitars better suited for that job. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 can work best for you if you’re playing blues or jazz. Anything that doesn’t require frequent use of distortion and high amount of gain will bring out the best in this model.

Studio and live performing

As we’ve stated before, this guitar can output just enough for you to work with. This means that live gigs are no problem at all. As long as you pair it with quality amplifiers, it will keep your sound clear. Keep in mind that some have used it to play at stadiums.

Because this guitar has an average price tag for an American-made product, it can be a good choice for a studio recording instrument, too. If you need more power on stage or a more aggressive sound, that’s fine. However, the Epiphone Les Paul 100 can offer you an impeccable and clean studio sound.

Few guitars can do everything and when one of them excels at something, it is worth taking notice. While you won’t record Iron Maiden covers in the studio with this one, that classic Les Paul tone will surely allow you to take on any blues or jazz challenge.

Final words

The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a durable, well-built guitar. We feel that due to its awesome tone, very similar to that of the ’52 Gibson model, this instrument can be used by just about anyone. The price is also competitive enough to allow this.

Because it is lighter than a Gibson and still has the same features, beginners will have an easier time learning on this model. Intermediate and expert musicians can also benefit, as it is less tiresome to hold for long gigs.

The well-balanced clean tone can help open up new avenues of compositions. Blues, jazz, and country music rely heavily on clear and expressive sounds. If you plan to express your feeling with the guitar, the Epiphone Les Paul 100 might help you do just that.

Resources:

https://www.guitarfella.com/epiphone-lp100-review/

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Les-Paul-100.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphone_Les_Paul_100