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USED Epiphone Les Paul Modern Faded Pelham Blue 2021 - No Bag/Case

The idea of any Les Paul being “modern” is a touch ironic, but if you are in the Epiphone marketing department it’s your job to think of this stuff. But Epiphone packs a lot of features into their Les Paul Modern series, and this 2021 Faded Pelham Blue guitar is great player looking for its next home.

This an excellent condition 2021 Epiphone with no marks, dings or dents. One of the pictures shows that the truss rod cover is missing. But it is shown in the last picture.

This 2021 Epiphone Les Paul Modern Faded Pelham Blue finish features:
  • Faded Pelham Blue finish, 8 pounds, weight relieved
  • Mahogany body, maple top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile
  • Bound Ebony Fingerboard
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • 22 Frets, Medium Jumbo
  • 12" radius, 1-11/16 nut width
  • Tulip-style tuners
  • Probucker 2 Neck, Alnico II 7.9K ohms
  • Probucker 3 Bridge, Alnico II 8.6K ohms
  • Controls: 2x Volume, 2x Tone
  • Individual pull knobs pickup splitting and phase reversing
  • No case or bag included (available for $39)
  • Made in China

What makes this guitar modern? Weight relief, clear knobs, split and phase switching? Hard to say, but for the price the Les Paul modern is nicely appointed with a bound Ebony neck, trapezoid inlays and quality Grover tuners. For the money it’s hard to imagine asking for much more.

The pickups don’t really qualify as “modern” but that’s OK with us. The Probucker pickups feature Alnico II cast magnets with moderate DC resistance values for the neck and bridge pickups. This is very squarely in the vintage realm, where Alnico II was often used, and high output pickups were somewhere in the future. Alnico II has a soft magnetic pull, which lets the strings ring freer for better sustain and harmonics. You lose a little attack, mostly on the neck pickup, but overall it’s a great combination for singing, musical rock ‘n roll crunch. The pickup split and phasing options add some interesting possibilities for leaner tones or nasal quack. You won’t mistake the tones for true single coils, but more choices are a good thing. And truth be told splitting a humbucker is a mixed bag regardless of pickup price or brand. And these pickups are balanced enough that splitting is an option not a necessity

 Whether this guitar strikes you as modern or not, the Epiphone Les Paul modern is a great value and an excellent choice for players of all levels.