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Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock
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1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock Variation

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The Epiphone Les Paul Custom was first introduced in 1989 and was originally made at the Samick Plant in Korea. Although not Epiphone's first Les Paul model, the 1989 Standards and Customs were their first Gibson-licensed set-neck Les Paul that closely resembled the original model. Prior to 1989, Epiphone's Les Paul offerings were in the form of the LP-1, 2 & 3 bolt-neck models and a practically unknown Studio-type model with a set-neck and a flat top.

The 1989 models were the first to sport a set-neck and a carved top with a cap. Like the previous 1986-1987 LP models, the 1989's came with the Korean version of the open-book headstock. 1989 was the last year the Epiphone incorporated this headstock onto their guitars, with the exception on the 1990 SQ-180 acoustic guitar. Japanese and Chinese domestic models used a different version of the open-book headstock for a brief period of time. Currently, all Les Paul models have the modern "clipped-ear" style headstock.


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Models


Les Paul Custom

Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
  • 1989-2012

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Satin finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Small open-book headstock (1989)
  • Modern clipped-ear headstock (1990-Current)
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Epiphone 14:1 ratio vintage-style green key tuners (1989-2002)
  • Grover Rotomatic 16:1 ratio die-cast tuners (2002-Current)

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)
  • Wine Red (WR)
  • Silverburst (SB)



Les Paul Custom PRO

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro
  • 2012-Current

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple veneer

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with 60's SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Satin finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Clipped Ear Dovewing headstock with Split Diamond inlay
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • ProBucker 2 & 3 pickups
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio Grover diecast tuners
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:



Les Paul Custom Plus

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Flame maple veneer

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Grover Rotomatic 16:1 ratio die-cast tuners

Colors:

  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HC)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Natural (NA) Limited Edition



Les Paul Custom 3-Plus

Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Flame maple veneer

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • Graphite nut
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • 3 USA Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Grover Rotomatic 16:1 ratio die-cast tuners
  • No pickguard

Colors:

  • Trans Black (TB)



Les Paul Custom Classic

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Carved alder top

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Satin finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Aged yellow binding
  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Open-coil Alnico Classic Plus pickups
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio Grover diecast tuners
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Custom Classic PRO

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO
  • 2014

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Satin finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Antiqued crown inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Aged yellow binding
  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Gibson USA 490R & 498T open coil humbuckers
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil tapping
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Vintage-style 14:1 ratio deluxe tuners
  • Black speed knobs
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Custom Midnight

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
  • 2005

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany top

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • 2 EMG-81 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Vintage-style 14:1 ratio deluxe tuners
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Custom Chrome

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Limited-edition logo on back of headstock
  • Split-diamond inlay on front of headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Open-coil Alnico Classic & Classic Plus pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Chrome-plated plastic pickguard
  • Chrome-platedpickup mounting rings
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover deicast deluxe tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Custom EMG

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom EMG
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom EMG
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom EMG

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Maple fingerboard with black block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • USA EMG active humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Black 3-ply pickguard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover deicast deluxe tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)




Les Paul Custom Blackback

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
  • 2011-2013

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic & Classic Plus Open-Top(TM) Humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Black 3-ply pickguard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover deicast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Includes:

  • Hard case

Colors:

  • Antique Ivory (AI) top / Ebony (EB) back & sides



Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO
  • 2014

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Probucker 2 & 3 Humbucker pickups
  • Volume controls with push/pull coil-tapping
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Black 3-ply pickguard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover deicast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Includes:

  • Hard case

Colors:

  • Antique Ivory (AI) top / Ebony (EB) back & sides



Les Paul Black Beauty

Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty
Epiphone Black Beauty
Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty
Epiphone Black Beauty
Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty
Epiphone Black Beauty
  • 1996-Current

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • 3 Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black or amber speed knobs
  • 16:1 ratio Grover diecast tuners
  • 5-ply elevated pickguard

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Prophecy Les Paul

Epiphone Prophecy LP EX
2008-2011 Epiphone Prophecy LP EX
Epiphone Prophecy LP GX
2008-2011 Epiphone Prophecy LP GX
Epiphone Prophecy LP GX
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP EX
Epiphone Prophecy LP GX
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP GX
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP EX Midnight Sapphire 2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP GX Heritage Cherry Sunburst
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP EX Midnight Sapphire
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP GX Heritage Cherry Sunburst
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP 2008-2011 2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP 2012-Current
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP 2008-2011
2012 Epiphone Prophecy LP 2012-Current
  • 2008-Current
  • Models EX & GX

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Quilted Maple veneer

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany Speed-Taper "D" profile neck
  • Satin finish
  • Ebony fingerboard (2008-11)
  • Rosewood fingerboard (2012-Current)
  • Pearl blade inlays (2008-2011)
  • Pearl/abalone V-block inlays & Pearl block inlays (2012-Current)
  • Pearl blade headstock inlay (2008-2011)
  • Pearl stickpin headstock inlay (2012-Current)
  • "Les Paul Custom Prophecy" on truss rod cover (2008-2011)
  • "Les Paul Custom Prophecy Plus" on truss rod cover (2012-Current)
  • Graphite nut
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body & headstock
  • 1-ply neck

Electronics:

  • EMG 81/85 humbuckers (EX)
  • Gibson Dirty Fingers humbuckers - GX (2008-2011)
  • Gibson USA 490R & 498T humbuckers -GX (2012-Current)
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls (2008-2011)
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls (2012-Current)
  • Volume controls with push/pull coil tapping (2012-Current)
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware (EX)
  • Gold hardware (GX)
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Tuners
  • Epiphone strap locks
  • Graphite nut
  • Epiphone Exclusive Non-rotating, Heavy Duty Output Jack
  • Custom inlaid barrel knobs

Colors:

  • Midnight Ebony (EX)
  • Midnight Sapphire (EX) 2012-Current
  • Black Cherry (GX)
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst (GX) 2012-Current

Includes:

  • Includes Epiphone hard case

See also: Prophecy Series



Les Paul Custom P-90

Epiphone Les Paul Custom P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Custom P-90
  • 2008
  • Limited run for selected dealers

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with pearloid split-diamond inlay
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Two P-90 pickups with cream covers
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Yamano-Gakki Les Paul Custom (Japan)

Epiphone Les Paul MIJ Bolt-on
Epiphone Les Paul Yamano-Gakki Custom
Epiphone Les Paul MIJ Bolt-on
Epiphone Les Paul Yamano-Gakki Custom
Epiphone Les Paul MIJ Bolt-on
Epiphone Les Paul Yamano-Gakki Custom
  • 1994-1997
  • Made at the Fuji-Gen factory for Yamano-Gakki
  • 7-digit serial number

Origin I.D. Variations:

  • "Made in Japan" silkscreen on headstock
  • Small black & gold "Made in Japan" label on headstock

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • No maple cap
  • Flame maple veneer

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with split-diamon inlay & pearloid Epiphone logo
  • Long neck tenon
  • 3-screw truss rod cover
  • 14 degree headstock angle
  • 22 medium wide frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Neck Joint Variations:

  • 3 screws in neck tenon with one screw visible (covered with rubber grommet on back of guitar)
  • 2 screws in neck tenon with glue instead of third screw (no screws visible)

Binding:

  • 9-ply body
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Electronic installed by Cor-Tek (Korea)
  • 2 Powersound Cor-Tek humbucker pickups (PSLP)
  • Cor-Tek potentiometers
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge & stopbar with no bushings
  • Gotoh SD91-SL Vintage style deluxe tuners
  • Elevated pickguard
  • Gold top hat knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)


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