Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Review & Prices

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Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Review
  • From Epiphone's 2022 Artist Collection series
  • Matt Heafy Signature
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Ceramic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Alnico (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Rotomatic with Tulip Buttons tuners
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  • From Epiphone's 2022 Artist Collection series
  • Matt Heafy Signature
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Ceramic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Alnico (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Rotomatic with Tulip Buttons tuners
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Verdict: is The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins a Good Guitar?

Made with cheap labor to reduce costs, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a bad product. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It's a well-balanced guitar for playing solos and chords. In general, it's a guitar with great value that offers a lot for the cost. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Hard Rock or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 70
Value for money 80
Overall Score 75
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Prices

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Is the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $400, which means that the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins costs around 133% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in China.

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Is The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Easy to Play?

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Scale Length Comparison
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Neck Profile
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a D type neck. It's similar to a C shape, and it's one of the most common shapes right now. It's a bit flatter and thinner, even though sometimes it has a bit more shoulders. It's a fast type of neck that is comfortable, and shredders love it.

However, Epiphone tends to be inconsistent with the shape and thickness of their necks. So two guitars, even if they're the same model, might have necks that feel different. It's been like this for a long time, and other brands don't have this problem.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins has a fingerboard radius of 12". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
Asymmetrical Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
Asymmetrical Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Nut Width
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Nut Width

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins has a nut width of 43mm (1.693''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Fret Size Comparison
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's frets are Medium Jumbo size. These sit somewhere between a Jumbo and a Medium fret. They're not quite as tall as a full Jumbo, so you'll still feel the fretboard, but you won't feel it as much as with medium frets. This is a good size if you want to make it easy to press the strings but would also like a little bit of ''feedback'' to know when to stop pressing so the notes don't go out of pitch.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Does the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Fishman. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Fishman MKH Fluence Ceramic Bridge Pickup
Fishman MKH Fluence Alnico Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Fishman MKH Fluence Ceramic Bridge Pickup
Fishman MKH Fluence Alnico Neck Pickup
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Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

It has Multiple switch option. The first one is Coil Split. It allows you to 'split' or turn off pickup coils to get even more tones in combination with the pickup selector. When used with humbucker pickups, it'll reduce the output and increase their clarity, turning them essentially into single-coil pickups.

It also has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone or sound. It might be going from Active to Passive modes, or changing its dynamic range. The diagram below should give you more details.

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Diagram

Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins's switch options

What music genre is the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 75
Versatility 69
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 79

How well is the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Built?

Where is the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins is made in China. So you can expect lower build quality when compared to others made in Korea, Japan or the United States. Guitars made in this country are meant for mass production, which translates into less attention to detail and quality control. This doesn't mean the product is made poorly at all. Chinese products have a bad reputation since long ago, but they've definitely improved a lot the last few years.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins:

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

The body and neck are made of Mahogany. This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Finally, the fretboard material is Ebony. This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

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Bridge

The bridge is a Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic. The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Tuners

The Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins has a Ivory Tusq nut. This material is made to look, feel and sound like Ivory. It's made of organic polymers and doesn't contain oil or animal products. This is probably the highest quality nut you can get, so you can expect good tune stability and more clear tones when playing open strings. Most people seem to agree that it looks nicer than any plastic and even some bone nuts.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 76
Features 75
Quality Control 60
Build Quality 70

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Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Origins Specs

General
Brand: Epiphone
Year: 2022
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: China
Series: Artist Collection
Colors: White, Black
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Mahogany
Bridge: Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover Locking Rotomatic with Tulip Buttons
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration: Custom Blocks
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: Slim
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Coil Split, Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Ceramic (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Fishman MKH Fluence Alnico (Humbucker / Passive)