The premise for the Epiphone Muse range is simple: make a great guitar and make it affordable. And it looks like the company pretty much nailed it with this one. These new Les Paul and SG models are available at not only a great price, but in a myriad of new colours!
With the new Epiphone Muse series from the Inspired by Gibson Collection, you get your favourite classic guitar designs, but with the convenience of modern day coil-spitting and phase controls, clear speed knobs, and some pretty sweet metallic finishes. Both the SG and the Les Paul models come with mahogany bodies and Custom C-shaped mahogany necks with Indian laurel fretboards. The Les Paul body is chambered to make it lightweight, and has a maple cap. It also comes with a belly scarf, making it a bit more comfortable than the traditional carve. The hardware includes an Epiphone LockTone ABR bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece. The Les Paul comes with a set of Grover Rotomatics tuners, while the SG model has the lighter Epiphone Light-weight 3+3 to help prevent any potential neck dive. Of course, both models feature the new Epiphone headstock shape.
Alnico Classic PRO
Each guitar is factory fitted with a pair of high output Alnico Classic PRO pickups. But as I mentioned earlier, you also get coil-spitting and phase controls, as well as a treble bleed circuit, potentially making them more versatile than just a pair of standard humbuckers.
The guitars are available in the following metallic finishes: Radio Blue Metallic, Wanderlust Green Metallic, Purple Passion Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, Smoked Almond Metallic, Pearl White Metallic and Scarlet Red Metallic. To me, that is a pretty decent range of colour options, and a welcome departure from the usual sunburst, black or red you normally get offered on more budget friendly guitars.
Epiphone’s new Muse range looks like it has a little bit of everything on offer. The well-loved shapes and headstock for the classic rock musician, and modern wiring and appointments for the more contemporary player. All at a very reasonable price! What’s not to like? I could have done with guitars like this when I was a kid, affordable and well thought out. Nice.
RRP – Muse Les Paul USD 499 and Muse SG USD 429