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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I must admit that I am quite impressed with this guitar, the build quality of these Korean Epi’s is so good, it’s no wonder that these are so popular and such good value for money.

I got Darren to play this sweet axe through a couple of amps, a Marshall JCM-800 and a Peavey Delta Blues.

First, lets see how she sounds through the Marshall JCM-800…

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Ok, now the Peavey Delta Blues…

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This particular guitar, like all of the guitars I buy (I’ve only ever bought three new guitars in my lifetime) is a pre-loved Epiphone Les Paul with a few non-standard features, the main one being a really cool looking translucent black burst finish over a really odd looking Maple cap wood grain.

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

It pretty much has all of the standard features that you would expect on a Les Paul, the only thing missing is the Pick guard / Scratch plate. The absence of screw holes indicates that the scratch plate was never installed from the factory.

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

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

The second most distinguishing feature, apart from the unusual wood grain pattern of the maple cap, is the all jet black powder coated and black plastic hardware.

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

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

Everything including the plastic pickup surrounds, the stop-bar tailpiece, knobs, bridge, switch tip, basically everything on this guitar that can be screwed onto a guitar body and neck is Black.

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

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The two open-coil humbucker pickups have the standard volume and tone control for each and as you would of heard in the videos, reacted quite differently through the two different amps.

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

I didn’t measure the output on these pick-ups, but at a guess I would say they would be a slightly higher output than a typical Humbucker. Although, they did clean up nicely through the Peavey Delta Blues, with a nice full sound, but not so well with the Marshall JCM800.

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

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Unlike most Epiphone Les Paul’s I have had in the past, this one has a metal input jack plate instead of a plastic one, which, by the way is also black.

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

The headstock is the typical Epiphone shape, with the open book and reverse rounded corners.

The tuners, although they are the vintage Kluson style with the Tulip knobs, are also black, oh and I should also mention that it has a black nut.

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

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There is one thing that’s not black though, and that’s the Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays on the 24-3/4″ scale length Rosewood fretboard.

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

The guitar has been meticulously made. The cream colored binding has held up great and the attention to detail during the guitars construction is obviously evident. For a 12 year old guitar, it is still in immaculate condition with no obvious defects from the construction showing up.

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


All of the binding is still in great shape, absolutely no signs of spiting away from the body, and no hair line cracks in the paint where the neck joins the body either.

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

Another point worth mentioning is the frets are all still sitting firmly in the fretboard.

A common problem I found with some of the Chinese made Epiphones is the frets start lifting and often need to be either filed down to remove the high spots or tapped back down into the fretboard. Which is more often than not a job for a professional.

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

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The back of the guitar is painted in an all black high gloss poly finish.

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

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The neck joint is perfect, and as I just just touched on, there is no cracking in the paint.

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

On the back of the Headstock you will find the serial number, the Epiphone Limited Edition decal, and you’ll also notice the tuners are the vintage tulip style, but with black plastic knobs.

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

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Weighing in at 2.5kg, she has a really nice playing weight. Not too light where it has a cheap and flimsy feel, but not too heavy either, where it feels like it wants to tip off your leg while sitting down or bust your neck while hanging over your shoulder.

I thought this guitar had a really nice, well balanced weight to it and was a very comfortable guitar to play.

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

All up, I really liked this guitar, and from my experience with these Korean made Epiphones, I haven’t had a bad one yet (touch wood).

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

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So if one of these Limited Edition Trans Black Quilt Top Les Pauls comes your way, and your sitting on the fence whether or not to buy it, I would say if the price is right and it’s in good condition then jump on it. You won’t be disappointed.

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6 thoughts on “2001 Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul with Trans-Black Quilt Top

  1. Hello there. I recently picked up a 1999 model like this except with a honey burst finish. Any ideas what these guitars were worth new and what are they worth today. I paid 300 canadian. They are hard to find info on as I don’t see many on them internet.

    • Hi alan, sorry I have no idea what they would of sold for new. Here in Australia a new condition Korean made Epi would usually go for around $500, so at $300 Canadian it sounds like you got a pretty good deal.

  2. Hi.
    I purchased one of these recently second hand and I was told that it was a fake from a guitar shop. (Incorrect)

    I took it to a guitar maker/tech in Hoppers Crossing (SOG Guitars) and he identified it pretty quickly.
    He is giving it a birthday for me as we speak.
    Before I took it to him it played well and has a nice sound. By the look of his work it will play and sound even better!

  3. Thanks for putting this info out there! I just bought one of these yesterday for $185 (USD) and love it! I have a few Gibson’s in the stable, and this is my first Epiphone I have ever owned, and I think it is a great guitar!!! Very impressed!!! Been having a lot of fun with it today! Thanks again for the info! Cheers!

  4. I got this off a buddy for $150. I put in Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates and grover locking tuners. This guitar is a keeper, I can’t imagine ever selling it. Soon, I’m going to install coil taps for the Pearly Gates. Happy shredding.

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