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Thread: Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul Model Durability

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    Default Re: Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul Model Durability

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    And remember - if a Fender breaks, who cares?


    That's funny. But I still love my Fenders.
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    Default Re: Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul Model Durability

    In general:

    Wood and glue joints: the same on both.

    Hardware: more durable on the Gibson (but this is mostly cosmetic, i.e. generally better quality plating).

    Electronics: more durable on the Gibson (but Epi electronics can be upgraded).

    Frets: more durable on the Gibson (though perhaps Epi uses hard fret wire nowadays).

    Finish: more durable on the Epi.

    Over all, the Epi is a more durable guitar, due to the very hard, plasticy finish. But the things that go into the guitar (electronics, tuners, etc.) tend to be less durable. However, these can be upgraded. That said, this does not mean that a Gibson is not generally durable enough to tour with.

    Neck angle has nothing to do with it.
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    Default Re: Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul Model Durability

    In 60 years I've never had any guitar break (anywhere) regardless of brand or whether home-made. I never even worry about any of them breaking. Because...I take care of them. I take precautions to prevent breaking. I'm careful with guitar stand selection and especially where I place it to avoid the guitar from being knocked over. I don't do guitar acrobatics and I use strap locks.

    The biggest cause of guitar neck breaks is NOT the type of neck/head joint nor the brand...it's CARELESSNESS.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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