1 Edison 2 weeks ago I know Epiphone is largely seen as a cheap alternative to Gibson, their parent company, but they really seem to be stepping up to the plate when it comes to delivering overall quality, as well as 'bang for your buck'.For one thing, I understand the angle of their Les Paul headstocks aren't as severe as Gibson models. Which may be why they don't have the reputation for breaking as much as Gibson Les Pauls. Having bought a used Peerless era Casino a while back, I can say it's one of my favorite purchases. I followed that up with an es-175 premium, which sounds amazing and is incredibly playable. The stock USA-made vintage pickups sound beautiful.Kudos to the players who go with Epiphone over Gibson for any signature models, like Joe Bonamassa. As a result, they're releasing some great guitars at reasonable prices. As of this writing I'm awaiting the arrival of a used but minty Jack Casady signature bass. I was looking for a model other than the standard goldtop, hoping for an alpine white or ebony black, but stumbled onto a 20th anniversary limited edition model, flame maple in burgundy stain. Already rare. Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked.Flame on!