At just £99 the Epiphone Les Paul SL is the cheapest two pickup Les Paul Epiphone have ever made. But is it any good?
If you are looking for a quality guitar with pedigree then the new Epiphone Les Paul SL may well be the guitar for you. What makes it even more attractive is that Epiphone claim it is the most affordable 2 pick-up Les Paul ever made.
Epiphone, as you know, is part of the Gibson Company and are seen as the affordable, entry level, alternative to a Gibson. The guitars, as you would expect, although more affordable than a Gibson, adhere to the Gibson quality standards and as such are great guitars.
However, with the Epiphone Les Paul SL they have taken the classic Les Paul offering and given it a contemporary look. The result, we think, is a great looking high quality guitar which offers a very affordable entry level instrument for the new guitarist.
What does the Epiphone Les Paul SL have to offer.
Well no surprises the shape is the classic Les Paul design but that is where the comparison with the classic ends. The Epiphone Les Paul SL is designed with the beginner in mind. The Poplar body is slim and lightweight making it a comfortable guitar to play. The 22 fret mahogany neck has a slim line taper and a shorter scale length making it the ideal neck for novices trying to get their fingers used to chord shapes and playing scales.
In terms of electrics the Epiphone Les Paul SL has two Epiphone single coil pickups. There is the Epiphone 650SCR in the neck position and the Epiphone 700SCT in the bridge position. The pickups can be accessed through a three way bridge selector and there is a master volume and tone dials.
To see the Epiphone Les Paul SL in action check out the video below of John Bohlinger putting it through its paces.
The finish of the Epiphone Les Paul SL is top quality and very eye catching. We think this guitar is going to fly off the shelves especially when you consider that it will retail in the UK at just £99!
Although not currently on sale in the UK the guitar is available to order and should start appearing in early Autumn.