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.

Setting up a photo studio for Guitar GAS

Taking good photo’s of guitars is one of the most important aspects of selling guitars online, no matter how good they sound or look in a Video, a good picture is definitely a must for any potential buyer to see the guitar with all of it’s perfections and imperfections.

But, I’ve always found it hard to take pics of guitars at home. I used to take them outside on the pavers under the patio, then the missus kept telling me….”You gotta put em on a cushion or blanket so they don’t get scratched…. blah, blah, blah,” which they never did btw. But the biggest problem I had was always the reflection, especially on black guitars, man those are killa for taking pics of.

I was always trying to avoid getting the background in the reflection, like the clothes line or the weeds in the garden or the kids toys which are always all over the place, it was just too hard.

So then I would try to take the photos inside, and boy that was even harder, there are so many reflections bouncing off a nice shiny black guitar it’s like taking a photo of a mirror, man you see everything, so that was no good, so I pretty much gave up trying. Whenever I thought of getting some pics of a guitar I was wanting to sell, I would always stress out over having to take pics of the guitars I wanted to publish on the site because it just took too damn long to get a decent shot.

So one day I had an epiphany, why not use the space above my office at work, if I got rid of all of the junk I have been storing for the last few years I could easily turn that space into a good little photography studio for my guitars.

Well here it is….

The video tour…

The pics….

This shot is taken from the ground level looking at my office at work, notice the fluro lights hanging from the roof, I have five but one needs replacing, so I only have four set up at the moment. Just in case work place health and safety see this picture, the hand rails will be installed shortly.

The photo studio above my office

The photo studio above my office

This next pic was taken from the top of the mezzanine, I should of wiped the dust off the back of the lights before taking this pic shouldn’t I? I was just so amped about getting it up and going I didn’t bother with the little details.

A close up of the lights and walls standing on top of the mezzanine

A close up of the lights and walls standing on top of the mezzanine

These next couple of shots is how the guitars should look, the Epiphone Custom Les Paul still needs a good clean but you get the idea, I think the lighting is perfect.

Top of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Top of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Close up of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom body

Close up of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom body

All in all I am extremely happy with the results so far, and the pics look pretty good considering they were taken with my iPhone.