Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Bonamassa LTD

Electric Guitar

  • Limited edition
  • Joe Bonamassa Signature model
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: AA flamed maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Indian Laurel
  • Pearloid trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: '60s slim taper
  • Long neck tenon
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Pickup: Probucker #2 and #3 humbuckers
  • Mallory 150 .022 µF capacitors
  • 2 Volume knobs and 2 tone knobs
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • LockTone ABR bridge and stopbar
  • Deluxe Tulip Key machine heads
  • Nickel hardware
  • Colour: Heritage Cherry Norm Burst
  • Includes Lifton-Style case and hand-signed certificate

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No

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radoi4yk, 14.02.2020
I'm playing at home mostly rock and prog, but I own couple of great guitars, so i know my way around the topic (my best ones are a Maybach Lester 59 Honey Pie, Music Man JP6 and an original Ibanez Universe from the 90ies).

In short you get what you pay for and with a bit more luck a good and usable guitar, that actually stays in tune and plays well.
It's a good guitar for the money as Bonamassa said, but the quality on mine was a bit on the lower side.
That said, Thomann has a great Customer service (Thank you Tina and Timo!). They made me an offer to reduce the price or return the guitar.
I decided to keep it.

So in short the pros:
+ Pickups are good 8.5/10, this is maybe the main reason I decided to keep it, in combination with the Mallory caps and the wiring it produces a great low output and very clear tone, you hear more the guitar and what you play. My favorite sound and the reason why I decided to keep it - neck pickup on a crunch channel and it stays clear, when you dig in hard it gets more distorted and it has a snap that feels old school, it even kind of reminds of a P90. The sound is brighter than most modern LPs, which is reminiscent of the original old Les Pauls. Surprised to be honest.
+ Caps, wiring and pots - works like it should for a Les Paul you can play with the volume and the tone knobs and get many usable sounds, the pots really work all the way from 10 to 0. I found that when you set it on 9-9,5 for both the tone and volume on the bridge it clears very nicely some of the unwanted mud from a more gainy channel, perfect for rock tone.

+ Playability - 8.5/10 plays really well, neck is thinner than my 59, I don't own a 60s LP so cannot say how close it is to an original, but is very nice and much easier compared to the 59. Compared to an Ibanez Wizard which is more D shaped this one is more C shaped, quite nice and confy, people with small hands will feel at home. It is a bit narrower than the 59 I feel, but you get used to it quickly and is no drawback at all.
+ Case - it comes with a hard case, which is actually good. Padding is less than a higher end case, but it does the job.
+ Tuning Machines - they keep the guitar in tune as they should, this is very very very important, as many low end guitars are just bad in that regard, for example I had to replace the machines on my Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster with original Klusons in order to get it to stay in tune, which was a huge pain .... since the holes are smaller than the Kluson pegs.
+ Frets and Intonation - I had some concerns, but it came properly intonated - chords ring out true, there are no dead spots, frets are very well installed, not ideal fret job, but again for what you pay is very good job. Comparing to a Classic Vibe Telecaster its similar quality, of course it is not as good as my MusicMan, but the guitar is good. I saw a tour of the Epiphone factory in China, and I'm not surprised, since they use laser guided and automated robots to put in the frets.
+ Paint job is OK.
+ Graphtech Nut - yes, it is good and more consistent than bone.

Sound: If you expect to get a guitar that sounds like a famous 60s Burst, you might be disappointed - it is a good guitar, has good sustain and notes ring out well, but it will not blow your mind. Be aware that each one has its own voice. I like mine, that's why I kept it and to be honest I love the tones I get out of it.

Now the Cons:
- Neck pickup mounting on my guitar was terrible - neck pickup ring is malformed due to improper installation (screws over tight or slightly misaligned). Pickup was slanted and not horizontal to the body. I have to check how to fix it.
- Pickup selector is not the best quality - it wobbles and needs a bit of lubrication so it switches better. Also not installed in the very best manner, the direction for switching is not exactly vertical. In general not happy with it.
- Input jack - was not tighten up correctly, this is how you break input jacks. After correcting it, works well.
- Neck pickup volume knob - it had scratch and also on the top there was a plastic defect that looked like molten plastic or dirt, that didn't come off. Is not the best thing, maybe will replace the knobs.
- Neck - there was a ding on the neck. Also binding was a bit sloppy on one spot.
- Tuning Machines are placed a bit sloppy, but since they work well, just mentioning it.
- Strings need to be replaced ASAP after you get the guitar, otherwise your fingers will become black, those are cheap strings that are made out of bronze and covered with nickel or something similar, that comes off - not good.
- Nut - this and the bridge are generally the most important places on a guitar with regards to sustain. The nut on this one was put in sloppy, but only cosmetic issues with it, so just mentioning it.
- Case smells terrible - probably the glue they use, but prepare to have the dead plastic smell every time you open the case, it will take time until you get rid of it. Also the high string tuning machines touch the case side, which is not ideal, maybe playing a bit with the foam neck rest will help.
- There are some frets high up the neck that are not perfectly polished.
- Neck had some black markings next to the pickup.

Overall: Good with some exceptions.

Will I recommend: Yes, but make sure you inspect it and if not happy with your particular one, contact Thomman, they will help you out.
What is it good for: Home recording and small gig work for Rock, Blues, and Metal, not very suitable for jazz. Very versatile guitar. Good for beginners and advanced players or professionals that don't want to break the bank to get a descent guitar if they got on the Les Paul train.

What is it not good for: High end professional work. It is lacking in some aspects. You can be better served with a high end guitar and if you can you should invest the money.
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