If you have ever done any research about guitars, you're probably curious to as of what the difference is in the Epiphone Les Paul Guitar and their Gibson counterparts. The wood, the electronics, and the headstock design are the most distinct notable differences.
One of the things you'll notice a difference in is the electronics. The pickups are made by Gibson for Epiphone, but are not exactly the same as the Gibson ones. People have differing opinions regarding which they prefer, but generally it's agreed upon that the electronics are quite similar overall.
The next thing to take notice of is that the wood that these brands are made of also differs. There are differences in the sound of maple and mahogany bodies, and again it boils down to a matter of preference. Differing models of both brands have just about any kind of wood you prefer.
The shape of the headstock on these guitars also differs. The head stock is the piece of wood at the top of the guitar that displays the brand and has the tuning keys that the strings are strung through. Earlier Epiphone Les Pauls had the same shape as the Gibsons but have since been changed so as to prevent someone from simply changing the name on the guitar and passing it off as a different one.
Typically the truss rod covers on Epiphone Les Paul Guitars say Gibson on them. Whereas the Gibson truss rod covers say anything from Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Custom, or Standard on them. The truss rod is a steel rod inside the neck that, upon adjusting the tension, adjust the relief, or curve of the neck.
In summation, it is important to notice the differences in the make-up of Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul Guitars, so as to find which one best suits your needs.
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