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Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s (and 50s) is a game changer

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Epiphone was already doing it right, but now they're doing it really right.

Of all the NAMM product introductions that happened this year, Epiphone is what stuck out to me the most with their Original series guitars - mainly for the Les Paul Standard 50s and Les Paul Standard 60s models. The model pictured above is the 60s, but the 50s is also awesome.

Now of course the big deal with this guitar aside from its awesome hardware (with USA pickups, by the way) is that Epiphone finally addressed the elephant in the room with these guitars, the headstock.

Yes, the headstock.

It's different now. In a better way? Yes. It's now more Gibson-shaped. The wings are a little more flared out and the top "points" rounded out.

For years, guitar players have been complaining that the Epiphone headstock shape just outright sucks. It's now been fixed, and it's better.

Or to be more specific, I think it's better. There are still, incredibly, some out there who think the new shape is "ugly". These people need a smack across the face, because much like the new Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster has the best Strat look Squier has ever had, these new Original Les Paul models is the best Epiphone has ever had.

Right now is a great time to be an Epiphone fan. I predict these guitars are going to sell very well.

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