Editor's Notes & Price Research
Our research indicates that the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro Limited Edition Electric Guitar (Metallic Gold) is $200 less (40% savings) than the next best price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $499.
I bought one and LOVE it for the price.
I own a Gibson LP Tribute 50s and an Epiphone LP White lIghtning and this is the cheapest one and I still really enjoy it.
Pickups aren't As hot as the Seymour Duncan JBs' in the Lightning or the Gibson USA 490/498 in the 50s but are still pretty great, just more appropriate for vintage and classic rock tones.
Coil splitting is a nice feature at this price point too.
$299 with free shipping
Also, here is a beautiful case that I ordered to go with mine, thought others might like it too. Douglas ECG-200LP at Rondo Music http://www.rondomusic.
Cost's about $78 shipped but it will keep your guitar in safety and style.
Here is the Epiphone product page with more specs and details too! http://www.epiphone.co