The Epiphone Power Players Collection has launched today with the new trimmed-down Power Players Les Paul and Power Players SG models aimed squarely at players looking for a 3/4+ version of these classic designs. Potentially, perfect travel guitars or just as great as starter guitars for smaller musicians, including children. But, are these bolt-on necks good value?
Epiphone Power Players Collection
This new Epiphone Power Players Collection gives musicians the opportunity to get their hands on the new smaller-bodied Power Players Les Paul and Power Players SG. Each guitar is obviously based on the classic Les Paul and SG we all know and love, just now in a new 3/4+ format.
Whether you need a smaller-sized travel guitar, or you are hunting for the perfect starter guitar for your child, these new mini versions could be for you. Plus, I am sure there are many more applications for smaller-bodied electric guitars.
Les Paul & SG
The range includes some nice specifications which include a bolt-on mahogany neck that has a sculpted heel for improved upper fret access. They are all powered by a pair of authentic Epiphone humbuckers and come with a traditional control layout. This consists of two volume knobs, two tone knobs and a three-way selector switch, which means they should give you a decent range of tones. The specific neck pickup is the Epiphone 650R Humbucker and the bridge is the 700T Humbucker model.
The necks have a comfortable SlimTaper D profile and feature an Indian Laurel fretboard fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets, plus traditional Pearloid trapezoid inlays. All the hardware is nickel and includes a Lightning Bar compensated wraparound bridge, plus a set of die-cast machine heads with kidney buttons.
Each of the two models is available in three colours on launch, including Dark Matter Ebony, Lava Red and Ice Blue. Both models are at the same price point, so you can opt for either with no upcharge.
Price wise you can obviously get a lot more from other brands, like for example Harley Benton *and Squier * when buying 3/4 sized instruments. For example, I purchased one of those Harley Benton Mini Strats about 8 years ago for my boy and it is still going strong. It plays well and stays in tune, and works as it should with no issue.
But if you want that Epiphone logo on the headstock then you will pay the premium for that added perceived value. I like the idea of these smaller Power Player models from Epiphone, though I think they could have aimed for under the $200 mark to really get a foot in the door with this already crowded market. Especially, as bolt-on neck guitars are a lot cheaper to manufacture than glued-in necks.
MSRP – USD 279
Epiphone Power Player Les Paul Lava Red
Epiphone Power Player SG Lava Red
Epiphone Power Player SG Ice Blue
Epiphone Power Player Les Paul Ice Blue
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- Power Players: Epiphone
- Bolt-on neck: Epiphone
- Dark Matter Ebony, Lava Red and Ice Blue: Epiphone
- Power Play SG in Lava Red: Epiphone