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?
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!
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