Epiphone 50th anniversary 1960 Les Paul V3.
It's nice. It's at least what I expected through playing a few V1's at the GC.
I like the burstbuckers so far but the neck one is somehow darker than I remember? Not too bad though, it's not as thick as a PGn but it's working.
The out of the box setup was decent. Action was on at 1/16th on the treble at the 12th, and just a hair over that at the bass side. No buzzing. No dead spots I can find yet.
Intonation's a little weird at the moment but I can't judge it until I have new strings on it. Thinking of going for 11s. I used to be a 10s guy.
The neck is 3 pieces and the body looks to me like 3 pieces with a back veneer. Also in line with what I expected. The fretboard is evenly colored and is fairly smooth.
The neck profile aint half bad. It's not the "baseball bat" that's for sure. it's not like the faster SG standard necks either though. I wanted to try something other than the 50's carve which I got used to on the SG special I had, and so far this seems to be closer to what I'm used to.
The top is alright. It does have about 1/2" of what looks like maple, and the neck tenon does indeed reach in below the pickup.
how does it sound? It's both woodier and brighter than the Epi standard I once had, but smoother in the mids. it's more resonant than the agile I had. I think it'll be a good addition to the stable until I can afford the real thing someday after I pay off the car. It's at least doing me more good than the MIM tele I sold to fund this.
Considering the brand new Epi Standard plus tops with a case sell for about what this thing cost me, I'm pretty happy. I like this one much more than the standard line.
Really, I just can't wait to get decent strings on this baby. That's the real test. Oh man and the pink lining on this case is crazy. It's somewhat lightweight for a hard case but what the hey. I don't just toss my gear around.
Obligatory pics from my cell phone. I need to dig my real camera out and find the batteries.