I have an Epi Les Paul and a mediocre Fender strat and the strat slays the Epiphone. After 14 years I'm getting some new pickups for the Les Paul and with a change of tuners I hope it will get a lot better.
Usually there are tutorials for just about every song on youtube. Having invested in a comfortable chair for playing and a stand for the Ipad for easy back and forth has made learning new songs very easy. Also very interresting how different people play the same song differently.
Got this BLKDNM leather in today for spring and autumn. Construction is great with what looks to be a substantial lamb leather. Only gripe is the chest pocket which I'm contemplating putting a suede patch over.