100th anniversary celebrations
Epiphone, the House of Stathopoulo, celebrates Les Paul’s 100th birthday with the Ltd. Ed. Les Paul Custom 100th Anniversary Outfit, a stunning one-of-a-kind Les Paul that combines Les’ favorite Les Paul features with dazzling 24K Gold Plated hardware, Abalone and Pearloid inlay, a vintage Epiphone logo with a Zirconium Gemstone, plus acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups with coil-splitting, a 100th Anniversary hardshell case, vintage-style strap, Commemorative Picks and more!
The Roots of the Les Paul begin at Epiphone: Les Paul in the House of Stathopoulo.
Throughout 2015, Epiphone proudly celebrates the 100th birthday of Les Paul, the Wizard of Waukesha, the Thomas Edison of rock n' roll, and a life long fan and friend of the Epiphone and Gibson families. Les was a regular visitor to Epi Stathopoulo's factory in Manhattan where Les made the first prototypes of the Les Paul guitar, The Log. "I knew Epi Stathopoulo and the Epiphone people very well and loved their instruments," Les recalled in Les Paul, In His Own Words, “Working on Sundays, I took a length of 4x4 Pine, put an Epiphone neck on it, wound a couple of homemade pickups, and mounted them on the wood. Then I added a bridge and Vibrola tailpiece, strung it up, and I had The Log. I was looking for volume, tone, and sustain that could be controlled, still chasing the idea that started with stretching a guitar string over a section of railroad rail.”
Les continued to be an Epiphone fan for the rest of his life and the beautiful new Ltd. Ed. Les Paul Custom 100th Anniversary Outfit is a suitable and dazzling tribute to the most popular rock & roll guitar in the world and its equally revered inventor.
For over 50 years, Les Paul encouraged and cheered on Epiphone to keep Les Pauls on the cutting edge of electric guitars.
“I tell you they are damn fine instruments!” Les said of Epiphone Les Pauls. “A kid can get an Epiphone and have something worth something, not a hunk-of-junk like the other brands. He can learn well on one and have it and play it the rest of his life. Just that they need a good guitar like an Epiphone so they won't get discouraged…so they will practice and work hard and enjoy their music.”
Body Material: Mahogany
Top Material: Natural (AAA Flame Maple Veneer)
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: “1960's" SlimTaper™; D-profile
Neck Joint: Glued-In; Mortise and Tenon
Headstock: Traditional Epiphone "Sloped Dovewing"
Headstock Inlay: Traditional Epiphone "Vine" inlay; Pearloid / Vintage "Epiphone" logo with Zirconium Gemstone dotting the "I"
Back of Headstock: “The Legacy of Les Paul: 1915 - 2015" commemorative decal
Truss Rod Cover: 24K Gold plated metal with "Les Paul 100th Anniversary" engraved
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlays: Traditional Epiphone "Block & Triangle"; Abalone and Pearloid
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3™
Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2™
Controls: Bridge Volume with coil-splitting; Neck Volume with coil-splitting; Bridge Tone; Neck Tone; Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle
Knobs: Natural = Black "Speed Knobs" with metal pointers
Bridge/Tailpiece: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: 24K Gold
Binding: Body - 5-layer (Cream/Black); Top & Back / Headstock - 5-layer (Cream/Black) / Fingerboard - 1-layer (Cream)
Machine Heads: Grover™ 18:1 ratio; With stepped "Imperial" buttons
Output Jack: Epiphone Heavy-Duty; Non-rotating
Includes: Hardshell Case with 100th Anniversary commemorative logo; Vintage Strap; 3 Commemorative Picks; Certificate of Authenticity in presentation binder