Fernandes Super Grade Goldtop – ‘A’ Grade Les Paul Clone

Today I am posting about one of my all time favorite guitars, it’s a Fernandes Super Grade Goldtop. As you can see it is obviously a Les Paul clone, which was made in Japan around the early to mid eighties.

Fernandes Super Grade Gold Top

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1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top

So here we are again, this time we’re looking at a very nice made in Japan Orville Les Paul Gold Top. And to start off, before we get into looking at the pics, lets have a listen to her. Dazza was kind enough to demo this guitar using a couple of amps.

First up lets check out how she sounds through a Ceriatone JTM45, the cab is a 1×12 Fargen, fitted with a Celestion 70th anniversary G12H. The distortion used in the video is my ProCo Rat2 pedal, which is a made in the U.S.A model.

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The New Chimp Head by Big White Monkey Amps

Big things are happening for the guys over at Big White Monkey Amps this year. As far as I know, they are bringing out a brand new range of Chimps, getting a new website sorted and looking to start some more new products that are currently being kept under wraps at this stage.

Last week we were lucky enough to get our hands on the brand new model Chimp head, which is the upgraded version of the older model Kong.

Before I go into specifics on the upgrades I have a couple of videos I would like to show you.

In this first video, Darren runs the amp through it’s paces using a Fernandes “The Revival” with Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups. The speaker box is a Fargen 1 x 12 with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.

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2001 Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with Trans-Black Quilt Top

Here, for your viewing pleasure is an almost mint condition made in Korea, 2001 model Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with a Translucent Black burst over a Quilt Maple Top.

2001 Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with Trans-Black Quilt Top

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2006 Epiphone Les Paul Custom – Ebony

Here is a slightly modified 2006 Epiphone Les Paul Custom, finished in Ebony (Black) with gold hardware, which, according to the www.guitardaterproject.org website, was made in China at Epiphones Qingdao Plant during June of 2006 with a production number of 1012.

Firstly, before we get stuck into the review and a look at the pics, lets try and sit through a really bad video…

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1999 Epiphone Les Paul Standard – Vintage Tobacco Sunburst

Today I am looking at an almost mint condition 1999 Epiphone Les Paul Standard. This guitar was purchased from a guy who hadn’t played it for over three years, so when I pulled it out of the case, I wasn’t surprised to see the strings and screws were rusty, but what did surprise me was the guitar was still perfectly in tune.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top SD Slash AFD Alnico 2 Pickups R8 R9

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1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic – Sunburst Maple Veneer

Recently I managed to acquire an almost mint condition Epiphone Les Paul Classic. Unfortunately, I don’t have any video footage of this guitar and my camera skills aren’t too good for this photo shoot, so my very average pics will have to do. I tried a couple of different back grounds to get the best lighting, so the pics will vary depending on which ones turned out the best.

The guitar was in pretty good shape when I picked it up, apart from a few rusty screws it was in almost mint, un-played condition.

Boasting a vintage 50s ‘Clown Burst’ over a flamed maple veneer cap. With two black uncovered Gibson-designed Humbuckers, she certainly looks like a player. The Humbuckers are an open-coil design which use enamel-coated wire, alnico magnets and are double vacuum wax-dipped to minimise and feed back issues often associated with un-potted pickups.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic



The Mahogany body with a flamed Maple cap had a good medium weight. It wasn’t heavy or light, it felt very comfortable to play and balanced really well on your leg when sitting down to play.

The finish was a very thin poly coat that was in almost mint condition.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body

The Chrome hardware ie; Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-bar tail piece was still like new, no signs of pitting or corrosion at all.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body Hardware

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body Hardware


1992 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus 1960 60 Trans Cherry Red Flametop

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The neck and fretboard are in perfect condition. Plenty of life on the frets, no signs of twisting and no fret buzz. It has a standard 24-3/4″ scale length neck with all the traditional Les Paul features, a super-fast 1960s slim-taper neck, trapezoid inlays in a Rosewood fretboard with vintage, tulip style tuners.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Fretboard

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Fretboard

Going off the serial number, it was made in July 1999 at the Unsung Plant in Korea, with a Production Number of 0951, and as far as my research on these goes, there was only a limited run of 2000 made.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Tuners

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Tuners


2016 Gibson Les Paul Standard - Tea Burst Sunburst Flame Top w/ Case MINT!

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The Headstock had the cut corners, open book Epiphone shape with a ‘Gibson’ truss rod cover and the ‘Les Paul’ model branding.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Headstock

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Headstock

As mentioned earlier, the poly coating, as you would expect, has held up well. protecting that gorgeous Flamed Maple top. It doesn’t feel overly done like a lot of Fender finishes. The only cosmetic issue with the finish was a tiny scratch at the bottom that you can see at the bottom of the next pic, just above the binding.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Poly Finish

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Poly Finish


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The back was a nicely tinted see through cherry finish. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good pic of the back, so this next pic doesn’t really do it justice.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Back

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Back

Here is a pic of the Mahogany wood grain in the back of the body, although a little better than the previous pic, still not the best. The wood grain in the Mahogany body looks very nice coming through the tinted finish on the back, and as far as I can tell it looks to be a solid piece, if there is a join, it has been bookmatched extremely well.

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Back

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Back


Tokai LS-50 Les Paul 1978 Japan Vintage Electric Guitar With Hard Case

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So apart from some typical aging, a couple of very minor scratches and some yellowing of the cream binding around the neck and body, all in all, this axe is in mighty fine form for its age. Their is something really cool about these older Korean made Epi’s… Their beautifully carved veneer maple tops look a whole heap nicer than the current Epiphone Les Paul standards being sold at the moment and the workman ship is extremely good.

Here’s a few more pics to finish up with… enjoy!

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Body

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Burst

1999 Epiphone Les Paul Classic Burst


Les Paul Custom 1961 Black Bty three Patent-Applied Humbucking pickups

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Gibson 1953 Les Paul gold Top - Original Vintage EXCELLENT CONDITION

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FIRST KRAMER GUITAR #1 OFF ASSEMBLY LINE RARE COLLECTOR GUITAR DOCUMENTED

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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates Aged And Signed #9

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Steve Howe's 1976 Gibson The Les Paul Wine Red -Used On YES and ASIA Recordings!

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