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Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock 1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Headstock Variation
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The Epiphone Les Paul Custom was first introduced in 1989 and was originally made at the Samick Plant in Korea.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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Les Paul Custom

Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom
  • 1989-Current
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • 7-ply body binding
  • 5-ply headstock binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • Gold hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Pearloid split-diamond inlay on headstock
  • 16:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Small open-book headstock 1989
  • Modern clipped-ear headstock 1990-Current
  • Epiphone vintage-style green key tuners - 1989-2002
  • Grover Rotomatic die-cast tuners - 2002-Current

Colors:



Les Paul Custom Plus

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Plus
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Mahogany body with flame maple top
  • Gold hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Natural (Limited Edition)



Les Paul Custom 3-Plus

Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Custom 3-Plus
  • 3 USA Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Alder/Mahogany body
  • Flame Maple top
  • Black hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Graphite nut
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Trans Black finish



Les Paul Custom Classic

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
  • Open-coil Alnico Classic Plus pickups
  • Mahogany body with carved alder top
  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Aged yellow multi-ply binding on the body, neck and headstock
  • Grover tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Ebony finish

Model & Info Contributed by Paruwi



Les Paul Custom Classic PRO

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO
  • Gibson USA 490R & 498T open coil humbuckers
  • Mahogany body with carved alder top
  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Antiqued 5-ply body & headstock binding
  • Single-ply antiqued neck binding
  • Antiqued crown inlay on headstock
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Vintage-style 14:1 ratio deluxe tuners
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard
  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Push/pull coil tapping
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Ebony finish

Model & Info Contributed by Paruwi



Les Paul Custom Midnight

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight
  • Dual EMG 81 Pickups
  • Mahogany body with maple top
  • Black hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Limited Edition Midnight Finish

Model & Info Contributed by Paruwi



Les Paul Custom Chrome

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
  • Open-coil Alnico Classic & Classic Plus pickups
  • Mahogany body with maple top
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with "block" inlays
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Chrome-plated plastic pickguard
  • Chrome-platedpickup mounting rings
  • Limited-edition logo on back of headstock
  • Grover tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Model & Info Contributed by Paruwi



Les Paul Custom EMG

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Chrome
Epiphone Les Paul Custom EMG
  • USA EMG active humbucker pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Set Maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard with black block inlays
  • Black Hardware
  • Black 3-ply pickguard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Ebony finish



Les Paul Custom Blackback

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
  • Alnico Classic & Classic Plus Open-Top(TM) Humbucker pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 7-Layer body binding, 5-Layer headstock & 1-Layer fingerboard binding
  • Gold hardware
  • Grover 16:1 ratio tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs
  • Epiphone Exclusive Non-rotating, Heavy Duty Output Jack
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Includes Hard Case
  • Antique Ivory top,
  • Ebony back, sides and neck

Model Info Contributed by Paruwi



Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO
  • 2014
  • Probucker 2 & 3 Humbucker pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 7-Layer body binding, 5-Layer headstock & 1-Layer fingerboard binding
  • Gold hardware
  • Grover 16:1 ratio tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs
  • Epiphone Exclusive Non-rotating, Heavy Duty Output Jack
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Push/pull coil tapping
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Includes Hard Case
  • Antique Ivory top,
  • Ebony back, sides and neck



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
  • ProBucker 2 & 3 pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Multi-ply body & headstock binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • Set Mahogany neck with 60's SlimTaper D profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" Fingerboard radius
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Black speed knobs
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • Tone controls with push/pull coil split
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:




Les Paul Black Beauty

Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty
Epiphone Black Beauty
  • 1996-Current
  • 3 Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Gold hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Ebony finish



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
  • 2008-Current
  • Models EX & GX
  • Mahogany body with quilted Maple top
  • Set Mahogany Speed-Taper "D" profile neck
  • 24-fret, Ebony fingerboard (2008-11), Rosewood fingerboard (2012-Current)
  • 14" neck radius
  • 5-ply body & headstock binding
  • 1-ply neck binding
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover Tuners
  • Epiphone strap locks
  • Graphite nut
  • Epiphone Exclusive Non-rotating, Heavy Duty Output Jack
  • Custom inlaid barrel knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Includes Epiphone hard case

Pickups:

  • EMG 81/85 humbuckers (EX)
  • Gibson Dirty Fingers humbuckers (GX) 2008-2011
  • Gibson USA 490R & 498T humbuckers (GX) 2012-Current

Controls:

  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls 2008-2011
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls 2012-Current

Fingerboard Inlays:

  • Pearl blade inlays 2008-2011
  • Pearl/abalone V-block inlays & Pearl block inlays 2012-Current

Headstock Inlay:

  • Pearl blade inlay 2008-2011
  • Pearl stickpin inlay 2012-Current

Truss Rod Cover:

  • "Les Paul Custom Prophecy" 2008-2011
  • "Les Paul Custom Prophecy Plus" 2012-Current

Hardware:

  • Black hardware (EX)
  • Gold hardware (GX)

Colors:

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

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
  • Two P-90 pickups with cream covers
  • Mahogany body
  • 7-ply body binding
  • 5-ply headstock binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • Gold hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Clipped-ear headstock with pearloid split-diamond inlay
  • 16:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Ebony finish

Yamano-Gakki Les Paul Custom (Japan)

  • 1994-1997
  • Made at the Fuji-Gen factory for Yamano-Gakki
  • Electronic installed by Cor-Tek (Korea)
  • 7-digit serial number
  • Clipped-ear headstock
  • Pearloid Epiphone logo on headstock
  • 3-screw truss rod cover
  • Long neck tenon
  • Tune-o-matic bridge & stopbar with no bushings

Common Specs:

  • 2 Powersound Cor-Tek humbucker pickups (PSLP)
  • Cor-Tek potentiometers
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • 22 medium wide frets
  • Gotoh SD91-SL Vintage style deluxe tuners

Custom Specs:

  • Mahogany body with no cap
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Multi-ply body & neck binding

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)

Origin I.D. Variations:

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


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