There has been a nagging and often repeated legend that Epiphone was the instrument you bought when you couldn't afford a Gibson. Another legend was that an Epiphone Les Paul wasn't a real Les Paul. This sort of talk has been going on for years, despite the fact that some of the most discerning musicians in popular music like Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Slash, and Gary Clark Jr., have lent their name and their reputations as evidence that Epiphone instruments are at the very top in quality, sound, and design. Even Les Paul himself said of Epiphone: "They are damn fine instruments, I swear by them! A kid can get an Epiphone and have something worth something, not a hunk-of-junk like the other brands. He can learn well on one and have it and play it the rest of his life. Epiphone is meeting standards of quality like Gibson, which I am proud to see. I tell you they are damn fine instruments!"
The only way to build a great instrument is to ensure every individual component is as close to perfection as humanly possible. And at Epiphone, we started on that path over twenty years ago by designing, refining, and perfecting every part. In fact, today, its Epiphone's reputation for quality that's influencing the business. From the LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge to the the non-rotating 1/4" jack to our in-house designed PRO-series pickups, every Epiphone made today is manufactured to a level of quality unimaginable when Les Paul first dreamed of a solid body guitar that could "sustain for days."
If you're not going to take the word of our fans at Guitar World and Guitar Player or the word of Alabama Shakes, Paul Weller, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Frampton, or Slash, then we'll just have to show you ourselves--piece by piece and part by part. Read up on all of Epiphone's innovations and discover for yourself why Epiphone is the world leader in professional affordable instruments. But most of all, visit our Epiphone store for incredible deals or your Authorized Epiphone Dealer and start making your own history with Epiphone today!