Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack Review 2022 – Before You Buy

Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack – Best Les Paul Pack

Reviewer: Teemu Suomala

Sound
Playability
Amp
Accessories
Quality
Value for Money

Summary

Pros
-Easy to play(not the easiest beginner guitar tho)
-Usually good quality and finish
-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 a bit)
-Guitar’s upper fret access is not so good (E-A-D strings below 13th fret)
-Tuners are worse than with other beginner models

The value for the price with 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 tuners, tuner, and cable just a little bit and make the amp sound a little bit cleaner. But this pack is still a great option for folks who like Les Paul-type guitar, like thick humbucker tones, and want to play heavier stuff too.

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How Epiphone Les Paul Player Pack Sounds:

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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, and well, the fact that these guitars are legendary, make LPs a tempting option for beginners too.

But is Epiphone Les Paul Player Pack really worth your money? Let’s find out!

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

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Author: Teemu Suomala

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Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Pack Review

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Sound

Humbucker pickups provide a nice full and warm sound, these fit rock and lighter metal well. But the clean and crunch tones of this axe sound really clear and good overall too.

Tones are well balanced, and I’m not feeling that some frequencies are cut in any way. 650R & 700RT Open-coil Humbuckers definitely are at top of what beginner guitars can offer and I’m really liking the sounds of this axe. It’s really versatile, you can jam with it no matter(almost) what guitar music you are into!

After that being said, some funky and spanky jazz and funk tones are not the best fit for these pickups, but that makes sense because those tones are meant for single-coil pickups.

When it comes to metal, I think that this is the best starter back for playing metal. You will not sound like Hetfield with this thing, but it’s still my go-to option for metalhead looking for a starter pack.

For metalheads: For best metal tones with cheap price, I would check this guitar: Jackson JS22 Dinky and this amp out: Fender Mustang LT25 A bit more expensive than a starter pack, but you get what you pay for.

Here’s another sound demo for you:

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Ease of Play

Les Paul’s scale length is slightly shorter than many other beginner models. Guitar’s scale length reveals to us how long the string length from nut to bridge is. 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(common with beginner models). You can smoothen these carefully with sandpaper, or let professionals at the music store handle the inconvenience(shouldn’t be too expensive).

The fretboard radius is 12 inches(this means how much curve the fretboard has), so there is only a slight curve. This makes moving your hand from fret to fret easy and playability is overall pretty versatile.

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 the 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 to your preference with the saddle and sometimes truss rod adjustments.

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 for example. 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.

But there is one potential flaw. This guitar has the same tuners as the Epiphone Les Paul Special VE I tested recently and those are ok, but worse than with any other beginner guitar I have tested. Those don’t ruin the experience, but it’s good to be ready for some extra tuning.

Gladly some users have commented to my youtube videos saying that their Epiphones stay in tune well.

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 huge 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 I love the black version. It’s stunning, to be honest…

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 or volume. 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 (especially with high distortion). 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 a nice distortion sound. So if you are into heavier stuff that’s a nice plus. But that being said, the amp can sound a bit muddy with some settings.

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 into 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 gig 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, but I still don’t recommend you drop guitar with a gig bag either. It’s better at protecting your guitar from little bumps and dings.

The cable is all that you need when starting out. 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 2022 – Buyer’s Guide.

Picks are really basic, as always in a starter back, but these will get you started. My favorite picks are Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III, I’ve been only using only these for over 7 years now. Consider trying those out at some point.

This pack is great because a guitar tuner comes with it. If you need one, this pack saves you around 15$. But this tuner is a 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 enough, but it doesn’t offer much comfort.

This pack also 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 Media.  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 tho)
  • Mostly good quality and finish
  • 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
  • Tuners are worse than with other beginner models

The value for the money with 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 too.

Maybe Epiphone could level up the quality of the tuners, 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 a comfortable playing guitar that sounds 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 the Yamaha GigMaker pack offers the best value for the money from all the beginner started packs. It’s my favorite.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Yamaha GigMaker Electric Guitar Pack Review 2022 – Before You Buy.

This guitar pack has been available for 10 years. The reason is this: they got it right the first time. And 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 a solid option. It’s the second-best option for beginners in my opinion(Yamaha pack is my favorite).

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 2022 – 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 and the guitar offers slightly brighter tones than the Yamaha Pacifica 012.

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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, this Epiphone Les Paul Pack is a great option 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 and beginner gear, 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

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