Classic Les Paul Sound and Style Les Paul Tribute™ Plus
Les Paul Tribute™ Plus
Epiphone's long friendship with innovator Les Paul dates back to the late '30s and early '40s when Les and fellow guitarists such as Charlie Christian and George Barnes were at the forefront of jazz guitar. Epi Stathopoulos and Les were good friends and Epi would let Les use the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City at night after hours to experiment on guitar and pickup designs. This also was the era when Les, inspired by the stinging sustain heard in electric steel guitars, began dreaming of making a solidbody guitar. He built his first, the legendary "Log," at the Epi factory in 1941. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone luthiers, reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions. Now, the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus honors our friendship with Les by combining his classic design features with legendary Epiphone quality and value with the added power of Gibson® USA '57 Classic humbuckers.
The Heart and Soul of a True Les Paul
The Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus features a solid mahogany back with a solid, carved hard maple cap with single ply-cream binding for the ultimate combination of warmth and bite. The solid mahogany neck is hand-set into the body using a deep-set, glued-in joint which extends into the pickup cavity, creating maximum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The result is a tribute to Les's timeless guitar design and the original Kalamazoo factory's historic Les Pauls, which today are the most sought-after vintage guitars in the world. The bound mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, a 14" radius, a 1.68" nut and mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays. Color finishes include Black Cherry, Faded Cherry, Midnight Ebony, Midnight Sapphire and Vintage Sunburst.
Your Choice of Neck Profiles
Depending upon your taste, you have the choice of either a traditional 1960s SlimTaper™ neck profile or an asymmetrical neck profile. The 1960s SlimTaper™ is a comfortable "D"-shaped neck used on many '60s-era Kalamazoo-made guitars from Gibson and Epiphone. The newer asymmetrical neck has multiple radii and combines a more rounded "D" shape on the bass side of the neck with a flatter "C" shape on the treble side. Both profiles are available on the Tribute Plus series.
The Tone of Rock and Roll
The Les Paul is known as the king of solidbody guitars thanks to its powerful humbucker pickups and our Les Paul Tribute Plus features the best humbuckers you can find without building your own time machine—a Gibson USA '57 Classic™ in the neck position and a Gibson '57 Classic Plus™ at the bridge. The '57 Classic™ and '57 Classic Plus™ humbuckers are faithful replicas of the legendary Gibson PAF humbuckers invented in the mid-'50s by Seth Lover—down to the "Patent Applied For" decal on the base plate. The '57 Classic™ gives you the warm tone and subtle response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic Gibson humbucker crunch! The '57 Classic Plus™ is the perfect bridge pickup for lead work and mimics humbuckers from that era that were handwound and often received a few extra turns of wire. This treatment gives the pickup a slightly higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Classic humbuckers overdrive tube preamps to a smooth level of saturation without becoming overpowering. Both '57s feature Gibson's special Alnico II magnets, vintage enamel coated wire, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and vintage-style, braided wiring.
But this guitar is not just about recreating the "old," it's also about looking ahead, just as Les himself continued to do throughout his lifetime. Using 4-conductor pickup wiring, Epiphone has added two push/pull tone pots to allow for series/parallel pickup switching. The result is a Les Paul with all the standard sounds plus a huge palette of tonal possibilities at your fingertips.
Hardware Built to Last a Lifetime
The Les Paul Tribute Plus features Epiphone's famous built-to-last hardware and electronics including a U.S. Switchcraft™ 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, 16:1 ratio premium Grover® locking tuners, and a premium hard case.
Best Warranty in the Business
Like every Epiphone, the Les Paul Tribute Plus features our Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson's world famous 24/7/365 day Customer Service. This guitar is not only a tribute to Les Paul, it's a tribute to just how good a guitar can be...TODAY!