Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul Guitar
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Gibson vs Epiphone Les Paul – What’s The Difference?

Both guitars feature thin, 60’s style mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards. This same mahogany is also used as the underbody for each of the guitars. The top material of Gibson’s Les Paul is constructed of maple wood with a nitrocellulose finish, while the Epiphone uses a maple veneer with a standard gloss finish. This actually serves to make a huge difference in the tone of the guitar. FYI, random but relevant fact: veneer is created by gluing a multitude of thin sheets of wood together. While this creates a product that is less likely to crack, it in many ways seems to slightly alter the dynamics and removes a bit of the lower mid warmth. Since the maple top and the tone associated with it is one of the most ICONIC parts of the classic Gibson Les Paul, this point of contention seems to indicate at least one area where Gibson’s Les Paul is demonstrably better than its Epiphone cousin. However, wood is only as good as its protection, and as you may know, these two guitars have entirely different finishes… […]

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Effects

Fender Classic Volume Tone, Phaser and Fuzz-Wah Pedal Review

This Fender Phaser Effect Pedal from the Classics Series adds versatility to your sound with a few easy knobs.
Rate–This knob controls the rate at which the phase shifting occurs. The rate control knob alternately illuminates blue and red at the same rate as the phase shifting.

Intensity–This knob adjusts the intensity of the Phasing effect.

Frequency–This knob adjusts what frequencies are affected by the phasing action. Fully counter-clockwise causes the bass frequencies to be affected most by the phasing action, fully clockwise causes the treble frequencies to be most affected by the phasing action.

Bypass Switch–A “true-bypass” of the phaser effect. Turns the phasing effect on-off.

Output Jack–Connect to the input of your amplifier (or other audio device).

Input jack–Plug your guitar (or other audio source) in here. Unplug the input plug from this jack to turn off the device and save power (very important) when not in use. […]

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Schecter is manufactured in Korea, the C-7 is, in fact, an extremely well-built and well-finished instrument that exudes quality and reliability right out of the box. Unlike many other imports, the Strat-like body is made of ash, not basswood or some other “mystery wood” and the guitar features a handsome carved top and flawlessly applied transparent blue finish. The extra-wide maple neck is capped with a handsome, tightly grained piece of rosewood, and the headstock boasts […]

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