2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition

Here we have a nice, slightly damaged 2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition, which was made at the Qingdao Plant (Epiphone) in China in June 2008.

First Up lets see and hear how she sounds through a Peavey Delta Blues amp.

Now let’s see how she goes through a Marshall JCM-800

Now for the pics….

Check out the Vintage style burst on the Maple cap. I read on the MyLesPaul forum that the Limited Edition is merely a limited run of a particular color. In any case the vintage orange burst with the typical Custom Gold hardware does look pretty sweet.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition

The quality of the Chinese Epiphones in my opinion doesn’t really come up against the Korean made Standards that I have had in the past, but there are some distinct features on this guitar that caught my attention, in particular the triple edge binding.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding

The Mother of Pearl block inlays look to be authentic, not plastic, embedded nicely into a dark rosewood fretboard. The fretwire looks to be medium jumbo.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Mother of Pearl Inlays

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Mother of Pearl Inlays

The Gold Hardware and the Black plastic knobs and scratch plate really do look impressive with the Burst.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Body and Neck

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Body and Neck

There is some slight aging on the Gold pickup covers.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Pickup selector switch

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Pickup selector switct

Although it’s a gloss finish, it doesn’t seem to be a high gloss, the finish kinda looks somewhere between gloss and slightly matte.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Finish

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Finish

The headstock is typical for the Custom model, Mother of Pearl Custom Logo and Edge binding.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Headstock

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Headstock

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the slight damage is to the binding on both the top and bottom, here are some pics. The lacquer, coating the binding on the top looks to have slightly DE-laminated.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding damage

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding damage

Whereas the damage to the binding on the bottom seems to have happened from being dropped on the edge, causing the binding to be bent slightly. The damage doesn’t seem to affect the integrity of the structure of the guitar in any way. By that I mean the wood hasn’t spit, cracked or chipped.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop binding damage bottom

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition binding damage bottom

The neck is a nice slim-ish tapered neck and the wood grain in the back of the body comes through the finish nicely.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop back

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition back

It’s a relatively light weight Les Paul, easy to handle and it has a good balanced weight to it.

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop back of body

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition back of body

The Grover tuners on these Les Paul Customs are great, they feel really strong and sturdy and keep the guitar in tune for ages. In these next pics you can see the serial number and the Epiphone Limited Edition Custom Shop logo, along with the Inspection sticker from the factory in the U.S..

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop Grover tuners

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition Grover tuners

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Limited Edition Custom Shop logo

2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition logo

All in all for a made in China instrument it’s a nice guitar, I’d say it would be best suited for a beginner or young student looking for something a bit better than a no-name knock-off, or a spare guitar that you wanted as a backup.

2 thoughts on “2008 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Shop Limited Edition

  1. Hi there, I just purchased one of these in the UK (Ebay) and someone has pointed out that mine could be a fake!!! I am comparing mine to the one here and mine is exactly the same. One of the things pointed out was the fact that the serial number has ‘enlarged’ EE. Can you tell me how I can know if mine is a fake or not? Thanks for your time. Best, Kev.

    • Hey Kev,
      Sorry buddy but I can’t actually help you there. I have been dubious about some of the quality on the Epi’s that I have seen coming out of China but to actually say they were a Fake Epiphone I couldn’t say.
      When you think about it logically It would be very surprising if someone would actually bother making a Fake Epiphone, seeing how they are such a low priced instrument to begin with.
      I have spoken to the local Gibson dealer about fake Epi’s in the past and they told me that they have never come across one. They did offer to look at any guitar I thought might be suspicious, so if your at all concerned about your purchase ring your local Gibson/Epiphone dealer and get them to check it over.
      All the best

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