I was totally thinking of Squire, not Epiphone. Squire (or is it Esquire???) is the Fender clone. I've been getting the two confused for decades.
Personally, I hate Gibson guitars with a passion. Never liked the way they handle, the way they sound, or the neck action. And yes, I have tried different guitars on the same amp, and every guitar does sound different. If you don't believe me, play a flying V. They sound like a guitar with a friggin sinus cold.
Anyone ever played a BC Rich Virgin? *droooooooooool* Now THAT is a guitar worth the money.