Epiphone 2020 Gold Top Les Paul Standard

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  1. guitarist232345

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    Today I played an Epi LP Standard Gold Top and I loved it. Unfortunately, I am trying to convince myself not to get it (look how many LPs I have in my sig), but I would love to hear your experience with them!

    Please share pics and tell me stories about your 2020 LP Gold Top.

    Maybe I can be convinced...
     
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    Deleted - accidental pocket post. I do love gold tops though!
     
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    I don’t know about the epi but gold tops are awesome!
     
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    I have the Epi LP Modern, purchased in August. The quality of this guitar for the money you pay is superb. But I don't know how different the Gold Top would be compared to your 2014 Epi.
     
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    They're similar but slightly different. Obviously the headstock is different, but the neck is also thicker and I love the aesthetic. After playing it today, it plays similarly to my Gibson. The 2014 Epi I don't gel with too well because it is quite a stiff and lifeless feeling guitar, even after pro setups. It feels mass produced and doesn't inspire me like it should. I even changed the PuPs but it still 'feels' dull to play.

    Care to share pics of your LP?
     
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    IMG_20200420_120142.jpg 1998 Epi '56 Goldtop. A few minor mods but I have loved it from day one. Even had an opportunity to a/b it with a '53 and I was impressed enough to buy it immediately.
    IDK about the new ones, but they seem to be improving, so get you one!
     
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    I don’t know why your post was cut off above

    I was gonna say “you left us in suspense”, then it showed up in the quote
     
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    Clumsy thumb syndrome. I went back and fixed it. Not unusual for me.
     
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    P90 Goldtop Les Paul ...


    Can't really top that ....
     
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    Get the Epiphone and trade in the Gibson in your signature for it. :eek: They really are that good though.

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    Not an LP Gold Top ( I did own a very sweet Agile copy though) but in July, I bought a 2018 Cherry Epiphone SG ( G-400 Pro) that is an amazing player and value.
    Beautiful, lightweight, improved pickups and pots, very comfy too.
    I have had non-stop weekend gigs and don't wanna play another guitar, stil!
     
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    I was in a L&M store sometime last year and saw a Gibson goldtop w/ P-90's on the wall which caught my eye because I've wanted one for a long time. I tried it out and while I liked it, I didn't love it. While I was waffling about it another guy was also interested in it so I handed it to him. He bought it. No regrets about letting him have it because it just didn't feel like the one to me. Someday though . . .

    Back on topic, I think Epiphones are great value for the money so if you want it and can afford it, I say go for it.
     
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    My experience with older Epiphone has been far from sterling. I’ll leave it at that. Not a put down just my experience

    It seems that Epiphone has improved and that’s a good thing

    if the guitar moves you then by all means hop on it
     
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    I have played several of the 2020 Standards '50s and '60s. They are unbelievable value for money and play like guitars 3 times as costly. That said, if it's the '50s neck that draws you in, I would choose one of the two '50s bursts. If you really want the Gold Top, go for the P90 version. It is just more "right".
     
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    Hahaha never! That is my #1, I would sooner sell one of my other LPs or the Esquire over that, but the Esquire cannot be sold since I love it. I'm in an odd situation where I have my two favourite guitars (ESQ and GLP) with me but the other ones are in another house. The other two LPs I have are just mediocre tbh but I couldn't sell them due to the nostalgia. I never really play them but when I own my own place they're going on the wall as they'll look great. I play my Esquire and GLP all the time.
     
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    I totally understand what you're saying. However, my Gibson has P90s so I wouldn't want another P90 guitar given my limited space, otherwise yes I would get the P90 variant. With the bursts, I think I will save those for an actual Gibson when I get a promotion as the wood grain on the Epis vs Gibsons is quite substantially different. The Gold tops are a little more alike whereas the Gibson bursts have insane woodgrains yet the Epis are more low key.
     
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    Why so many les Paul’s? Branch out man. Buy something you’ve never tried. Different pups, construction, scale, etc. Whenever I add a new axe I try to get something different.
     
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    Good shout. I may look into getting a Strat, Jazzmaster or Mustang. They're cheaper too so it'll be an easier purchase.
     
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    Mine has been with Vintage Epiphones and a Texan I owned. Right up there with Gibsons.
    If people talk about a gold top - ( or any guitar)- please attach a sound clip. They usually have such on
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    Yeah this is where the difference is. I have two older Epis and they have issues. Playing the 2020 I tried in the store and it was clear to see the quality has hugely improved. These 2020 models have been out for nearly a year- instead of telling people the older Epis suck so the new ones probably do, I'd recommend going to try one of the new models yourself.

    I agree the old ones had issues.
     
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