Electric Guitar Reviews

Epiphone Les Paul vs. Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Pauls have become pricier every year-way out of reach for many players, which paved the way for the cheaper Epiphone version of the Les Paul. Watch the video to find out the differences and similarities of the Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul guitars.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Specs:

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  • Mahogany body
  • Maple veneer over carved top
  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • 24-3/4″ scale
  • 1-11/16″ nut width
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Slim-tapered neck profile
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers

The Epiphone version of the Les Paul standard is a great buy. It’s tone is not quite that of the Gibson, but almost as nice.

Gibson Les Paul Studio Specs:

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  • Carved maple top and mahogany back
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
  • Chrome or gold hardware
  • 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups, 2 of Gibsons most popular pickups

The most noticeable difference between an Epiphone and a Gibson Les Paul is the price tag. Believe it or not, the Epiphone is a real Les Paul, not a bad Les Paul shaped imitation

Acoustic Guitar Reviews

Seagull Coastline Folk Cedar Acoustic Guitar Review

The Seagull Coastline Folk Cedar Acoustic Guitar is a concert size model based on the dimensions of a classical guitar.

The guitar has a good bottom end and mids, however the treble is just a touch short of sounding “boxy”. Overall for under $400 its a fine guitar. It would have been better to have a one piece neck, but I’m sure they would charge another $125 for that.

The smaller body size enhances the instrument’s sound in the mid-range, also making it excellent for fingerpicking.

Details of the Seagull Coastline Folk Cedar Guitar:
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  • Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
  • Back & Sides : 3-layer lamination of wild cherry wood
  • Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
  • Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
  • Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
  • Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 21 frets
  • Nut: 1.8″
  • Upper Bout: 11.14″
  • Lower Bout: 14.76″
  • Waist: 9.46″
  • Body Length: 19.6″
  • Body Depth: 4.2″
Amplifier Reviews

Line 6 Spider IV 75 Guitar Amp Review

Line 6 Spider IV is one of America’s best-selling family of guitar amplifiers. Loaded with features, and hundreds of presets, it has something for everyone.

The tones from this amp are quite impressive, in particular the clean tones are amazing. It has seemingly endless modeling capabilities.

Line 6 Spider IV 75 Features

  • 75 watts;
  • 1×12″ Celestion® Custom speaker with a three-quarter closed-back cabinet for a tight, snappy response;
  • Effects: Quick Loop, Auto-Wah, Intelligent Pitch-Shifter plus inspiring echoes, mods, delays, reverbs and more;
  • Knobs: Bass, Mid and Treble; Drive knob; Channel volume; Master volume;
  • 1/4-inch input; 1/4-inch headphone/direct output; 1/8-inch CD/MP3 input;
  • Built-in chromatic tuner;
  • FBV foot controller jack;
  • 300 hand-crafted presets fro world-famous bands and guitarists + 64 user-created presets;
  • 16 tonally superior amp models with the vintage characteristics and nuances;
  • 20 Smart FX (4 at once) with deep editing;
  • 14 sec looper, which allows you to record 14 seconds of your own playing, then you can have it played back over and over while you jam along to it.

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For the $299, compared to say $1000+ for 75 watts of tube, this is a real steal. The Line 6 Spider IV is pretty much the closest you can get to a tube amp for a fraction of the cost.