I love referring to the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro as the tuxedo guitar. It just sounds so funny to me. Yes, it is an official nickname for the guitar, but it is also a hilarious thing to think about when looking at this instrument. The guitar has so many great qualities and the first thing so many people concentrate on, is the fact that the guitar looks good when you wear a tuxedo while playing it. Let’s take a closer look at the guitar and see what makes it so good that you should forget the nickname and love the guitar.
The very first thing you, and so many others, notice about this guitar is the design. I don’t blame you, it is gorgeous. After all the famous Les Paul design is definitely something to fall in love with. Beautiful, functional and incredibly comfortable and fun to play. To emphasize the design the manufacturer created a custom guitar in all black or all white, bound in a white or black line respectively. This brings out the elegance of the guitar even more, making it an eye catching piece of candy you cannot refuse. And yet the beauty of the guitar is just beginning here.
The body of the guitar is made out of the all powerful mahogany. This hardwood is known for so many good things I don’t know why people even discuss buying any other tonewood at this point. I actually do, but let me first sing praises to mahogany. This hardwood is first and foremost known for its amazing durability. Capable of withstanding most abuse without ever batting an eye, the hardwood is perfect for any kind of heavy duty use. The tone of the wood is also exceptional, enhancing and beautifying the deep tones of the guitar. The weight of the mahogany is often a concern with musicians, as it should be, but in this case, worry not. The Les Paul design is lightweight and allows the guitar to remain comfortable.
The neck of the guitar is made of mahogany as well. This allows the guitar to remain undamaged and unaffected through some of the most testing times in its life. The mahogany does tend to be a little heavy and even with the Les Paul design the guitar ends up being a bit hard on the shoulders. The neck of the guitar is Set-in to the body of the guitar, giving it great stability and alignment. The fretboard of the instrument is made out of the ever praised rosewood.
The bridge of the guitar is the traditional Tune-o-Matic design, fixed. This keeps the look of the Les Paul authentic. The guitar has, as a result, great string stability and some of the most fun action you can get out of playing a guitar.
The nut of the instrument is made out of a GraphTech NuBone material.
The tuning machine of the guitar is impeccable, whether it be in design or stability. Living up to the Les Paul is not easy, and yet this tuning machine succeeds beautifully. The stability is something a lot of guitar should aspire to have.
The guitar is equipped with two powerful humbuckers. These are the parts of the guitar that should be putting all of those speaking of the guitar’s beauty to shame. The two powerful humbuckers, the Probucker 2 and the Probucker 3 are each located at the bridge and neck of the guitar. The pickups are very powerful and capable of picking up highly nuanced and detailed tones. They produce great quality sound and are powerful enough to move mountains.
The controls on the guitar are a bit on the advanced side. You are given the tone and volume control option for each individual humbucker. This means all four knobs and all kinds of fun for custom sound.
This guitar has a beautiful sound across the board. Whether you are trying to play smooth and slow or fast and harsh, you can get anything you want out of the instrument. This is the courtesy of the combined forces of mahogany and two beautiful pickups installed onto the guitar. This guitar might look classy, but when you need to get down and dirty with the sound, it will follow you all the way.
One of my favorite guitars, simply because I can compare it to James Bond in so many ways. Does not mean I will be doing it now though. Whatever genre you are trying to play, don’t be afraid to grab this guitar. It is highly recommended for anyone and everyone.