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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.


eryl
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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.


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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.


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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.


eryl
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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 »


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


eryl
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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 »