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"As discussed earlier, Gibson acquired the Epiphone company through a merger that took place in the 50's. Right away, a guitar that was lower in quality than the standard Gibson was manufactured with the Epiphone name on it. Smart marketing and consumer research was behind this move, as the company wished to target customers who desired ...."



Through the years, Gibson Les Paul has had a solid reputation for producing some of the finest guitars on the market. Those in the music industry have for some time wondered what the difference between the Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul guitars were. The answer is not as hard as you may think. When you are making a decision between purchasing one or the other of these guitars, your overall skill level and budget both need to be taken into account. Gibsons are considerably more expensive than Epiphones. Nonetheless, both instruments are good brands to own.

At this point, it would be helpful to provide some background information on the Les Pauls. These guitars were named after the deceased jazz/pop guitarist who was also an inventor. Mr. Les Paul worked closely with Gibson guitars during the 50's to create one of the first electric guitars. Throughout the next fifty years, Les Pauls would become extremely popular. They are in fact played by many famous artists. Epiphone is a firm that has been owned by the Gibson company since the 50's. Epiphone Les Pauls are a less expensive version of their Gibson counterparts. There are numerous differences between the two different guitars.

As discussed earlier, Gibson acquired the Epiphone company through a merger that took place in the 50's. Right away, a guitar that was lower in quality than the standard Gibson was manufactured with the Epiphone name on it. Smart marketing and consumer research was behind this move, as the company wished to target customers who desired a Gibson guitar without the expensive price tag that came along with such an instrument. Epiphone produces various versions of Les Paul guitars. This includes the beginner level Les Paul II, which costs one hundred and eighty dollars.

From the Epiphone beginner model, the quality continues to improve. Nonetheless, none of the Epiphone guitars could match the quality of their Gibson counterparts. The most expensive Epiphones are the Les Paul Standard Plus and the Les Paul Black Beauty, which cost between six and eight hundred dollars each. These guitars are modeled after the Gibson Standard Plus and Black Beauty guitars respectively. It should be noted overall that the Epiphones have simpler wiring and less expensive wood than Gibsons. They are also mass produced to a greater extent. These elements all make the Epiphones much less costly than the Gibson guitars.

Regarding the Gibson Les Pauls, they are manufactured in the United States as opposed to the Epiphones, which are mass produced in China. The Gibsons are produced in much smaller quantities, within factories located in Memphis and Nashville, TN. Both factories schedule guided tours which show how the Les Pauls are put together.

The Les Pauls are created with the highest level of precision and care. They have solid mahogany bodies, wood tops carved out of maple, two superior quality pick ups, and necks that are measured carefully and adjusted well for the best sound possible. The Les Pauls have went through changes in technology throughout the years, but they are overall the same exact guitars that they were in the 50's. This in fact proves just how timeless these vintage guitars are.

Regarding costs, Epiphones' prices vary from two hundred to nine hundred dollars. Many in the music industry will say that it is better to own a top rate Epiphone than it is a bottom of the line Gibson guitar. This is all subjective, however. The Gibsons, on the other hand, are much more expensive than the Epiphones. They cost anywhere from nine hundred to twelve thousand dollars. They could cost as much as an astounding twenty five thousand dollars for a special edition guitar. Prices are as of 2009.

Whether you decide to purchase a Les Paul or a Epiphone, it is imperative that you take good care of your guitar. Your new guitar should be placed in a hardshell case and maintained properly. Proper maintenance includes polishing and tightening that will keep the instrument looking and sounding good for years to come. Given the expensive of the guitar and how much use you will get out of it, it is well worth it to treat the instrument with the utmost level of care.

In conclusion, Gibson Les Pauls and Epiphones are brands of guitars. Gibsons are higher end and more expensive than the Epiphones, but both guitars are high quality instruments to own. Which one is purchased depends on a person's budget and skill level. Whichever guitar is purchased, you should make a point of taking good care of it.









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