Here is a shot of the back of the guitar. Note the absence of a heel joint and steel plate at the nect joint. This guitar has a neck-through-body style joint making it a very smooth body joint. This allows the player full access to the higher registers on the neck.
Epiphone another Gibson company has Les Paul guitars available at greatly reduced pricing compared with the Gibson Les Paul models. Last summer my wife Jenn entered a radio contest and she won me a new guitar! It was the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra. This is an excellent guitar!!!
Below is a picture of the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra model guitar that now own.
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