Be sure to pick up a copy of the April 2013 issue of Guitar World. On page 81, Chris Gill reviews the Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop PRO and gives it the Guitar World Gold Award. Here's what Chris had to say:
"Ever since blues rockers like Clapton, Bloomfield and Page rediscovered the Les Paul Standard in the Sixties, it's been difficult to find a bona fide Les Paul Standard for a price that doesn't give you the blues. This situation was fixed in recent yeas as Epiphone introduced awesome Les Paul models with otherwordly mojo and a down-to-earth price."
"The rock-solid bridge, tailpiece and Grover 14:1 tuners ensure that the guitar remains perfectly in tune."
"Having played numerous Les Pauls of various vintages over the years, I can attest that the Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop PRO feels like an old friend. The neck profile has the comfortable, slim profile of an early Sixties neck, and the detail in the fretwork is impressive for a guitar that sells for less than $500 on the street. However, this model's tone is even more stunning than its classic looks and outstanding playability. The ProBucker pickups are perfectly dialed in to provide the ideal balance between clarity and warmth, with responsive attack, smooth sustain and fat midrange that gives the guitar a bold, assertive voice."
Also, be sure to check out Paul Riario's video review of the Epiphone Les Paul Standrad PlusTop PRO here.