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Epiphone Les Paul SL Cherry Sunburst

Epiphone Les Paul SL Cherry Sunburst  ·  Source: Epiphone

I was mightily impressed by last week’s NAMM Show announcement of the Epiphone Les Paul SL range, which is priced at $99 and comes in a range of cool colours. YouTube channel 60 Cycle Hum has confirmed some of my suspicions about the new models, and have done a quick review at the show.

Under a hundred?

If you haven’t read my previous article on this seriously cheap Les Paul, then I suggest you take a minute and give it a once over first. With a price tag that nobody could argue with and a set of cool colours that give us consumers a lot of choices, I personally think Epiphone has hit a home run with these budget guitars.

I had the odd concern about a few things, but it looks as though these guitars could offer a lot of ‘bang for your buck’, as they say in marketing-land.

The Epiphone Les Paul SL is available in Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Pacific Blue, Sunset Yellow, Turquoise and Vintage Sunburst. That’s a much broader range of finishes that Squier’s new Bullet Strats. This is one reason why I think Squire may have missed the boat with their new Bullet HT range and priced themselves too high. Check out the video below and please feel free to comment – tell us your opinions and views on this new range. Who’s going to win the budget guitar battle?

Sunset Yellow Epiphone Les Paul SL

In a very fetching and bright Sunset Yellow. How many cool colours for a budget guitar?

60 Cycle Hum

YouTube channel 60 Cycle Hum has done a quick overview of the new Les Paul SL and has some honest opinions on the guitar. It’s worth a watch!

Epiphone Les Paul SL Grovers

Epiphone Les Paul SL Grovers? Well apparently not, just a typo.

Grover Rotomatics?

The review confirms that the tuners are a cheaper style, and not Grovers as mentioned on the Epiphone product page. Grover Rotomatics tuners would have cost a lot more and pushed the price up considerably, so I can live with cheaper tuners at this low price point. The reviewer thinks the neck and fretwork are good, and he also thinks they would be a decent platform for ‘modders’. Looks like Epiphone may have a winner with these in 2017.

RRP – USD 99

Epiphone 2017 Les Paul SL product page


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I will buy one and the mods are the fun part, right? The price allows the imaginative mods.


You can drop in USA manufactured premium pro quality wiring, pots, orange caps, switches, , ( as a pro pre soldered kt,), pickups, Single coil or Humbuckers, and 18:1 tuners for less than $ 200.00.


cheap quality tuners are no bargain, but it’s a $99 guitar from Sweetwater on 8/2. Just get a $30 replacement set in a year or 2 if you even keep the guitar.


bought 2 of these for gifts. definitely a 99 dollar guitar lol. The first one i played and it looks nice. decent action but it sounds out of tune even after i tune each string. I guess intonation and setup may help. 60 to 70 bucks for that. and the tuners are a little mushy. 30 to 50 to replace them. Great guitar for a new player or a modder. Going to return these 2 though. Will pickup a Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul PlusTop PRO used or new. When i save up the difference.


you must have the only two bad ones I’ve heard of; these are being hailed by the pros as something of a bloody miracle, this much quality for so little money. I suspect Epiphone is headed to do the possible. It’s like automobiles where 10 cent toys add thousands to the sticker price. By comparison the care I purchased new in 1993 for $ 18,000.00 was a bare bones dud compared to the $ 19,000.00 car I bought last year. A top rate pickup that cost $ 5.00 to make in 1960, costs manufacturers 5 cents now. The big company’s… Read more »


Grover Rotomatics would have only added about $ 30.00 to the cost. These tuners are fine; it stays in tune.


The Epiphone page states the tuners on the Les Paul SL are Epiphone Deluxe 14:1 ; in the same advert paper it states they use Grover 18:1 tuners on most of their guitars. I read elsewhere that the Epi tuners are manufactured at the same facilities that makes Grovers and adhere to Grover specs. I’vebeen playing for 60 years, have a few guitars including i vintage and 3 modern Epi’s. I like them just fine. It’s like eyeglass frames when the best of designer frames are declared by the designer/manufacturer to cost their clients/wholesalers $ 10. – $ 20.– everyone… Read more »


Seems like a decent beginner guitar.