Epiphone Les Paul vs. PRS Singlecut SE: Affordable Humbucker Ax Comparison

Looking for an affordable, high-quality, humbucker-equipped guitar? Check out this comparison between an Epiphone Les Paul Standard and a PRS Singlecut SE.

Darrell Braun takes the two guitars in hand for an in-depth look at their materials, construction and tone to help you make the best choice between these excellent models.

“We’re gonna look at the working-man’s version of these instruments, simply because if you’ve got 3,000 dollars saved up for a Gibson Les Paul Standard or an American PRS, you probably know which one you want,” Darrell says.

  • “But if you’re a new player, or if you’re an intermediate player that wants to step up from a lower-end guitar to a high-quality midrange guitar, hopefully you’ll find this video helpful.”
  • Darrell puts both guitars through their paces, demonstrating their clean tones as well as classic rock and high-gain tones.
  • “Let me know which guitar you liked the best,” he says, “the Epi LP with its warmer, rounder tone, or the PRS with its slightly brighter tone and increased clarity/string definition!”

If you’re a regular to these pages, you’ve undoubtedly seen many of Darrell’s videos in which he compares the tone of various models. Some favorites include “Les Paul vs Telecaster: Put Their Tones to the Test,” “The Cheap Telecaster Shoot-Out” and, on a completely different note, “Are These the World’s Greatest One-String Guitar Riffs?”

You can check out more of Darrell’s videos on his YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.