The new Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard is based on the original Gibson model from 1961, when it was still called a Les Paul. This Epiphone version of the classic model features some pretty neat features for the price. It’s certainly a lot less money than a vintage one!
Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard
This new Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard model is available in an Aged Sixties Cherry and Aged Classic White finish, both of which look very appealing. It has a two-piece solid mahogany, double-cutaway body with what Epiphone is calling Custom Shop Historic bevels, so hopefully quite faithful to the original ’61 guitars. You also get a one-piece mahogany, SlimTaper C-shaped neck with an Indian Laurel fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets and a set of traditional looking Pearloid trapezoid inlays.
A nice feature of this model is the inclusion of the Gibson BurstBucker pickups. You get a BurstBucker 2 in the neck and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge position, which should really help with getting a nice tone. These are wired via a traditional two volume, two tone control layout and a three-way Switchcraft pickup selector switch. Epiphone has also chosen to use CTS potentiometers and Mallory capacitors for these. Once again, a nice feature of the guitar, and one that should work well with these pickups.
Value for money?
These models ship with a hard case included in the price, so you really get a neat package with these and it looks like a good buy. However, I could buy a USA made Gibson SG Standard for around £700-£800 new, only around 6-7 years ago. So maybe these prices are a little on the high side?
With that said, I really have enjoyed the quality of Epiphone guitars the last five years or so. The company has very much upped its game in terms of build quality. And I expect that this new line of guitars will not disappoint.
Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard CW
Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard CH
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