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.
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.
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.
The Gold Hardware and the Black plastic knobs and scratch plate really do look impressive with the Burst.
There is some slight aging on the Gold pickup covers.
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.
The headstock is typical for the Custom model, Mother of Pearl Custom Logo and Edge binding.
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.
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.
The neck is a nice slim-ish tapered neck and the wood grain in the back of the body comes through the finish nicely.
It’s a relatively light weight Les Paul, easy to handle and it has a good balanced weight to it.
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..
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.