Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy

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It’s always fun to play Les Paul- type guitars. While some lower strings are harder to access below the 15th fret, Les Pauls have shorter scale length, and strings have less tension because of that. This makes these guitars tempting options for beginners too.

But what about Epiphone Les Paul Player Pack? Is it worth your money?

Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack includes:

  • Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar
  • Epiphone Electar 10-watt practice amp with overdrive
  • gig bag
  • guitar tuner
  • strap
  • cable
  • picks
  • Free eMedia guitar lessons online

Getting everything at the same time is a strong plus. You can just get the guitar out of the box and start rocking.

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Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack Review

Sound

Humbucker mics provide a nice full and warm sound. It’s made for rock and metal. But it handles clean and spanky jazz tones well too. That surprised me.

Sounds are well balanced, and I’m not feeling that some frequencies are cut in any way. I’m definitely like the sounds of this axe.

It’s really versatile, you can jam with it no matter what guitar music you are into!

If you want to hear how it sounds, check this video out:

Ease of play

Les Paul’s scale length is slightly shorter than many other beginner models. Guitars scale length is the distance from the nut to the middle of the Fret 12, multiplied by 2. Scale length affects the tension and the sound of the instrument. Les Paul Special II’s slightly shorter scale length makes strings a little bit more loose and easier to play. Great news for beginners!

For riffs and chords, playing is pretty easy, but upper free access, especially below the fret 15, is a little bit limited (this is common to Les Paul type guitars).

There is some roughness around the edges of the fretboard, this is a small drawback, but it’s no game-breaker in my opinion.

Fretboard radius is 12 inches, so there is an only a slight curve. This makes moving your hand from fret to fret easy.

Almost everyone has good things to say about the out of the box action of this guitar (action is the height of the string from the fretboard.) If the strings are really high, that makes the guitar hard to play, because you need more strength to press strings.

Les Paul Special II string action hits a sweet spot. You don’t need too much extra effort to press strings. Of course, if you are just starting out you always need to build your finger strength up.

And in case of action is not good for you, you can easily adjust the action into your preference with the truss rod.

The nut width is 1.68 inches(43mm), so the neck of this guitar is a little bit chunkier and wider than with Yamaha PAC 012 or Squier Affinity Start. But the comfortable neck, low string tension and action still ensure that this guitar is not hard to play.

Overall this guitar is beginner-friendly and easy to play(but not the easiest).

Quality 

Epiphone is known for a good value/quality for the money guitars, and this is no exception. The finish is really solid. Everything works great.

I found one person who said that the tuners are a little bit ”naah”.. I really can’t see what he/she meant, but I wanted to bring to your attention that everyone is not 100% happy with the finish.

This guitar is not perfect. But price and quality are in the right alignment for the consumer. You will get good value for money with this pack.

Looks

I’m a big fan of Les Paul’s look. You are playing with an instrument that has a long history. Many guitar heroes have been jamming with Les Paul’s.

Vintage Sunburst is not my favorite color, but it doesn’t ruin the looks of this guitar either in my opinion.

Amp

This pack includes an Epiphone Electar-10 amp with overdrive. The power of this amp is 10W. So don’t expect stadium level sound quality. But after listening to many samples of this amp. I can say that it handles the job quite nicely.

The sound could be a little bit cleaner, sometimes different notes kind of get lost when playing. That’s a minor flaw. But reasons for this can be the guitar cable that comes with the pack, it’s not that good.

Amp also provides nice distortion sound. So if you are into heavier stuff that’s a nice plus.

After all, it’s a practice amp, it doesn’t even try to promise anything else. And when you are just starting out that’s almost always all that you need.

You can plug your headphones to the amp (in case you don’t want to drive everyone around you crazy). AMP also has AUX input, in case you want to rock with your favorite songs.

Other accessories

A Guitar bag is nice to have. It protects your guitar when you have to move it from place to place. The quality of this bag is solid for the price.

The cable is all that you need at the start. But there is a high chance that you are going to replace it later because it’s pretty cheap and downgrades your sound quality for sure. If you want to get a better cable for you, this post helps you with that: Best Guitar Cable Under $20 in 2020 – Buyer’s Guide.

Picks are really basic. As always in a starter back, these will get you started. My favorite picks are Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III, I’ve been only using only these for over 5 years now. Consider trying those out at some point.

This bag is great because a guitar tuner comes with it. If you need one, this pack saves you around 15$. But this tuner is kind of minimum quality you can accept. It does the job, but it has limitations. For example: sometimes detecting notes is a little bit hard for it. But usually it works just fine.

The strap is nice to have, especially if you are going to play when standing. But the fact is this: you are not going to get the best strap-quality in starter packs. Personally I think that it does the job well.

This pack includes Free Guitar Lessons. Those will get you started. Note that you get free lessons only for 30 days. After that, you must pay if you want more lessons from eMedia. 

The cost of online lessons is pretty low nowadays. After your free 30-days ball is in your corner, you can start paying to eMedia, you can choose to learn from other paid lesson providers or you can try to learn for free.

If you want some extra guidance, I think that this post does an even better job of kickstarting your guitar career: How to Play Guitar? Get Started Fast and Free! It’s ”the post I wish I had when I started”.

Summary

Pros

  • Easy to play(not the easiest beginner guitar)
  • Good quality and finish in guitar for the price
  • Guitar sounds great(one of the best sounding beginner guitars)
  • The package really includes all that you need
  • Free lessons
  • Guitar is versatile

 

Cons

  • Tuner and cable are a kind of minimum quality that you can accept
  • The amplifier could sound a little bit cleaner(with better cable sound quality improves)
  • Guitar’s upper fret access is not so good

The value for the price in this package is really high. You get all that you need. The guitar is easy to play, and it looks gorgeous. And all the other parts of the pack handle their jobs.

Maybe Epiphone could level up the quality of the tuner and cable just a little bit and make the amp sound a little bit cleaner. This pack is still a great option for folks who like Les Paul-type guitar and want to play heavier stuff too.

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Alternatives

The Best Starter Pack  – Yamaha GigMaker EG Electric Guitar Pack

If you want comfortable to play guitar that sounds and good, and you also need an amp that is full of punch, Yamaha GigMaker is my go-to option. All the aspects of this pack, except the guitar cable are really strong, and the price is not too bad either.

I think that Yamaha GigMaker pack offers more value for money than Squier Affinity Stratocaster Pack, that’s why I think it’s better for beginners.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Yamaha GigMaker Electric Guitar Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

This guitar pack has been available for 10 years. The reason is this: they got it right for the first time. At it has been a high-quality pack since then.

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Runner-Up – Squier Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Pack

If you are more of an original Stratocaster guy or gal, this fender pack is also a solid option. It’s the second-best option for beginners in my opinion.

Fender is known for its great guitars that are a pleasure to play. And for a beginner, this Squier pack offers some of that Fender magic. Great sounding and easy to play guitar, solid amp and 3-months Fender play learning for free.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Squier Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Pack Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

Yamaha GigMaker pack is better in my opinion because it offers more value for money(this Squier pack is around 70 bucks more expensive).  But this pack is still a good choice.

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Conclusion

This Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack is the third-best beginner pack on the market in my opinion. And the differences between these 3 best are not huge. You are probably not going to be disappointed no matter which one of these you end up buying.

Yamaha PAC 012 and Squier Affinity Start are a little bit easier to play, because of their smaller necks and lower weight. But some people like Les Pauls more, and if you are one of these people, I definitely recommend this Epiphone Les Paul Pack for you. It offers comfortable playability and great sounds for beginners for years to come.

Starter packs are a really good option for beginners. If you want to learn more about starter packs, check out these posts I made:

If you want to kickstart your guitar journey with the ”post I wish I had when I started”, check this guide I made: How to Play Guitar? Get Started Fast and Free!

I hope that this post helped you out! If you have any questions, leave a comment down below and feel free to share this post too.

I wish you all the best and keep rocking!

Teemu Suomala

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