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There are affordable Les Pauls copies that sound pretty close to the real thing
We look at the best options for Les Paul-style electric guitars under $1000
With guitars from brands like Epiphone, PRS, ESP, and Schecter
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most iconic electric guitars alongside Fender’s Stratocaster and Telecaster, and everyone who plays electric guitar probably has had strong desires for a Gibson Les Paul at some point.
For most budgets, an American-made Gibson Les Paul is out of the question. But fortunately, there are affordable Les Pauls that sound pretty close to the real thing.
The Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul is as authentic as a Les Paul copy could be. The main recipe for a late-’50s Les Paul is a mix of good quality mahogany and maple, and this guitar has a beautiful full-weight mahogany body with a solid AAA flame top to round things out.
The neck is a rounded medium “C” mahogany at a 24.75-inch scale, and the measurements of the neck stay true to the original ’59s. Along with 12-inch radius and medium-jumbo frets, the neck is very comfortable for playing and moving around, and the higher frets are easy to reach.
Visually, it looks like the original 1950s Gibson guitar, and it features an all-mahogany body and neck. The Epiphone Les Paul Special also comes with the original color – which is the iconic TV Yellow finish.
The Schecter Solo II Custom solid body is the electric guitar for you when you want the look and feel of a classic with modern features that offer a wider tonal range and a more enjoyable playing experience.
At just under $1000, the Schecter Solo II Custom has a classic look but has the capabilities of a modern high-end Les Paul. Based on the traditional Gibson Les Paul, Schecter provides an authentic playing experience for Les Paul Fans.
If you like PRS-style guitars and Les Paul guitars, you get the best of both worlds with this guitar. PRS SE Standard 245 is diverse in its use and has a natural and classic look that you won’t get sick of.
Single-cut solid body with all-mahogany
Aesthetically pleasing body shape and comfortable neck
PRS 245 “S” humbucking pickups
PRS hardware like tuners and tailpiece
With this guitar, PRS has managed to take the general shape of a Les Paul and make something of their own.