Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele
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Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele

Les Paul Ukulele, Ukulele from Epiphone in the Les Paul series.

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heads on fire 28/02/2012

Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele : la opinión de heads on fire (content in English)

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Body
Body Type Ukulele
Top AAA Grade Flame Maple
Back and Sides Mahogany
Binding White
Bracing Hand-Scalloped
Neck
Species 1-piece Mahogany
Profile SlimTaper™ "D" Profile 4-bolt recessed
Thickness 168" at Nut
Binding 1 Ply PVC Binding
Adhesive Premium Titebond
Neck Fit
Joint 4-Bolt Recessed
Adhesive Premium TiteBond
Fingerboard
Species Rosewood
Frets 19
Scale Length 15" Concert Scale
Radius 16" Fingerboard Radius
Inlays Mother of Pearl Dots
Adhesive Premium Titebond
Headstock
Type Classic Epiphone
Angle 14 deg
Logo Gold Epiphone Logo with Les Paul Signature model silkscreen

Nut
Material Synthetic Bone
Width 1.312"
Tuning Keys
Type Four Geared Open Machine Heads
Material Nickel
Ratio 14:1

Bridge
Type Rosewood with Synthetic Bone Saddle
Hardware
Pickguard Cassic LP
Strings Premium Black Nylon Strings
Output Jack Rim-Mounted 1/4" Output Jack
Pickups
Model High-Quality Piezo Film Pickup
Location Under Saddle
Finish
Sealer Premium Urethane
Clear-coat
Heritage Cherry SunburstVintage Sunburst
Case
Type Gig Bag with Accessory Pocket
Accessories
Additional Materials Each Les Paul Ukulele includes an owner's manual with warranty information, poster, truss rod adjument wrench and economy 10' cord


UTILIZATION

This is such a cool ukulele! The very idea of taking a Les Paul guitar ethos, Gibson's most venerated design ever, and applying it to a ukulele...well, to be frank it's ludicrous, but in a very fun way! I'm glad to see a ukulele with a cutaway, a uke with a AAA flame maple top, and a uke with a good sunburst finish. One doesn't typically find these kinds of appointments on a ukulele, but this one has all of them. It plays very smoothly, with no extra effort to fret each string.

SOUNDS

This is a decent-sounding ukulele, but I've heard better, to be honest. Lanakai and Cordoba are a couple of modern brands that I've tried around this price point, and I liked their sound better. The cutaway is a cool feature for playability, but I think the smaller body shape as a result tones down the volume one can achieve with this. Also, the built in piezo pickup is very quacky sounding - it reminds me of the piezo system sound from early 90s guitars - that is to say, unrealistic and plinky sounding.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, this isn't bad. This is a like a main practice uke, or a ukulele gift for a person who has a Les Paul as their primary instrument. I wouldn't use it for a real "serious" singer-songwriter or folk gig. It is a touch gimmicky, but it will put a smile on anyone's face. But it's certainly worth a look, for sure.