Hughie is the newest guitar in my collection. He was a Christmas gift from my parents in 2008, so he's just over two years old - his reincarnated life that is. I found Hughie on musiciansfriends.com. He's a refurbished Epiphone Les Paul standard. I choose to get a LP because I had played my buddy AJ's a handful of times and absolutely loved the way it felt. I played around with a few in Musicstop (now Long&Mcquade), but the price was a little steeper than I was willing to let my parents pay at the time. Then someone told me about musiciansfriends (probably AJ), so I checked it out and there was Hughie, in all his glossy black goodness.
I was surprised when I got the guitar that the set up was perfect right out of the box. I had to fix the intonation, but the action was great and the pick-ups are pretty hot for an Epiphone. I did have a little trouble with the toggle switch, but I took it apartment and put it back together and it worked fine ever since. What I really like about a LP is the weight. This sucker weighs about eight or nine pounds and boy can you feel it. Having such a dense/heavy guitar really gives it good sustain. Admittedly a Gibson would have better sustain and more bite better pick-ups, but for a quarter of the price I got a decently comparable guitar. Here are the specs:
- Mahogany body
- Maple veneer over carved top
- Alnico Classic humbuckers
- Chrome hardware
- Grover tuners
- 24-3/4" scale
- 1-11/16" nut width
- Set mahogany neck
- Slim-tapered neck profile
- Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
- Body/neck binding
- LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
I really like playing this guitar and it looks great. The strings don't stay in tune as long as I would like, but a little work at the nut and maybe some new tuning heads would probably do the trick there. Actually, right now he could use a little bit of TLC - some polish, fretboard treatment, new strings, tightened output jack, etc... Overall I'm very happy with Hughie's performance and he's happy with me (I've never dropped him and he hasn't a single ding). So that's Hughie. Next up Ralph.