For the price of a new Epiphone Les Paul Studio, you can probably buy a used Gibson Les Paul Studio.
Guitar preferences are arbitrary and mostly stupid. When you're just getting started there should only be one rule, if it feels good in your hands, it's a good guitar.
I think there are a lot of arena bands from the same era that drew (or still draw) similar-sized audiences and played way more shows than the Grateful Dead. The answer to the question is unknowable, of course, but if there was a list, I'd be surprised if any member of the Dead showed up near the top.which living musician has played in front of the most people in their career.
ZING! Ha.If there's a disqualification for Weir it's that he was playing to the same 10,000 people in every arena across the country.