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Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar

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Epiphone presents the 2017 Les Paul SL, the most affordable 2-pickup Les Paul ever made with a slim lightweight Poplar body with powerful Epiphone Ceramic pickups.

Since the beginning of rock’n’roll, the Les Paul has been considered the ultimate electric guitar and Epiphone’s new Les Paul SL continues that long tradition of innovation with a lightweight Poplar body that’s slimmer than a vintage Les Paul making it easy to hold for new players.

The bolt-on Mahogany neck has a traditional 24.75 in. scale with an easy-to-play SlimTaper-D profile. Even the headstock of the Les Paul SL has the look of a classic Les Paul with Epiphone’s trademark “Clipped Ear” design, the same “Bell-Shaped” truss rod cover seen vintage models, and '60s era Epiphone logo and a “2017” Edition logo on the back of the headstock. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Poplar
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s slimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68 in. (42.67 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SS 
  • Neck: 650SCR Ceramic single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700SCT Ceramic single-coil
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body wood
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul SL Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value for a Project Guitar!

Purchased this SL knowing everything would need to be upgraded. But, now that it's done? This axe can take the stage with any Big Buck guitar out there. Instead of listing all that...Read complete review

Purchased this SL knowing everything would need to be upgraded. But, now that it's done? This axe can take the stage with any Big Buck guitar out there. Instead of listing all that was done, (& it was extensive) Here's a few pix! Let me remind everyone... A decent project guitar by Stagg costs almost double, plus shipping & the hardware that's supplied is no better then these Epi's come with... Pix below... Great finished Project.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expected better Finish and Manufacturing on the Neck

I saw and read all the reviews about this guitar, so I new pretty much new what to expect. When the guitar came in, I was pretty excited until I opened the box...Read complete review

I saw and read all the reviews about this guitar, so I new pretty much new what to expect. When the guitar came in, I was pretty excited until I opened the box and saw it. In the reviews, it was said in most, that the finish are real nice on the these guitars. On the body is in good shape and the finish is nice, but the necks headstock is totally not sanded on both sides and the manufacturers cut on the top of the headstock is off, each side does not match. The finish on the neck is thinner in some spots than others. The tuners are crooked, meaning their mounted improperly. The frets are pretty sharp on the ends, but I expected things like that. But truthfully, It's like a neck that was in the reject pile, slap with some finish and mounted. Now, it appears to be straight and after filing the frets and a set up, I will say the guitar plays fine, sounds great, and feels good now, as long as its not looked at up close. I know it's a cheap guitar, and I expect cheap electronics, tuners, frets, but the neck is the most important part of the guitar and I feel it's not of any type of decent quality seeing its condition. My only other cheapest Epiphone I bought was the Special 1 P-90. The finish and quality surpasses this guitar for not much more. I would gladly pay that price for that type of quality if this guitar was made that way. I will recommend this guitar, because it sounds good, but just expect something wrong with it when it arrives. All in all, you can practice your luthier skills.

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(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I've played better toy guitars

By Nick O.

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Terrible Bridge
  • Terrible Machine Heads

Best Uses

  • Starting a fire

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

While I realize that this is a cheap guitar, you certainly don't get what you pay for. There has been an obvious and steady decline in both Gibson and Epiphone over the years, and this guitar is a perfect example of that. I have played more solid First Act guitars--and this is not hyperbole. This guitar is an absolute piece of junk. The bridge design is horrific and the guitar never stays in tune. Some strings constantly go flat, while others miraculously go sharp. The machine heads (tuners) are by far the worst I have ever played in my life, and I have played a myriad of different guitars over my "career." The paint job was decent, but there were scuffs all over the frets. The pickguard has a slice taken out of it. There's a massive gap where the neck meets the body, on both sides. I think Epiphone needs to change their slogan, because it is evident that performance is NOT their passion. In the past, I have played some of the cheapest models Epi had to offer, but this takes the cake as the junkiest piece of junk that I have ever had the misfortune of owning.

If you are thinking about purchasing this for someone as a starter guitar, DON'T. Well, unless you hate the person and want him or her to never pick up a guitar again.
I'm selling this ASAP. I thought I could work around this, but it isn't worth the time or money. Get a Squier if you want a cheap guitar that still plays well. It's not worth modding this guitar, I can't stress that enough. Epic fail on behalf of Epiphone.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value

By Jimmy J

from Way Up North

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

    I just received my Sun Yellow guitar, after a long wait on backorder. The neck feels good, with fairly smooth fret ends, and the finish is blemish-free. The switches work properly, but the tuners have a cheap feel to them. It is a very light guitar, and comfortable to play. The pickups have a good sound to my ear, and sounds best in the middle position with the tone maxed. Apparently the two blue colors and the yellow are a gloss finish, and the other three are a matte finish. This guitar is a winner, and Epiphone has hit a home run! Some will turn up their noses due to the low price and label it a beginner's guitar, but I have been playing for a lifetime, and find it to be a lot of fun to play, with a good sound and feel. I had trouble choosing a color, but I really like the Sun Yellow.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Value for a Project Guitar!

    By Joe's Cool Shop

    from Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore

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    Pros

    • Light Weight
    • Perfect to Hot Rod
    • Very Good Acuostic Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Project Guitar

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

      Purchased this SL knowing everything would need to be upgraded. But, now that it's done? This axe can take the stage with any Big Buck guitar out there. Instead of listing all that was done, (& it was extensive) Here's a few pix! Let me remind everyone... A decent project guitar by Stagg costs almost double, plus shipping & the hardware that's supplied is no better then these Epi's come with... Pix below... Great finished Project.

      (5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Cool guitar, but needs some work

      By Charlie

      from Oakdale MN

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

        Out of the box it was terrible....came with coated strings (I think with maple syrup, tree sap, or both!), awful tuners, way high action, but once in tune, it sounded fine. I replaced tuners with inexpensive Prolines which looked exactly the same and dropped in with no drilling or mods but were definitely much better. Removed stings and treated fretboard with a few apps of Zymol Bridge, installed new 10's , set bridge down to lower action and adjusted truss rod to just a tad of relief at 8th fret (I got this as close as I could to what Dan at Stewmac recommends in his videos). After this, very playable and it sounds GREAT. Intonation surprisingly good, but I will tweak bridge next time I change strings. All in all, very good bang for buck after a few changes, and if I can make these changes, anybody can! Glad I bought it.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        The Jack Parrish Band...

        By jack

        from Orlando Florida...

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

        Played one at the store and noticed that the bridge was Junk... I wanted to get the guitar to put some Lace pick ups and hop it up a bit but the bridge anchor bolts are pulled with the string pressure and that turned me off... The tuners suck... For ever to tune...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Les Paul SL Ebony

        By Rick Stone

        from Blairstown, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is cool. I have a '56 Gold Top and a 2000 LP Standard. I knew this wouldn't be anything like them and that's why I wanted one. Don't know if the others are glossed or not but I like the feel of the wood on the Ebony. Intonation was great outta the box. Took a long time to tune. Prolly get new tuners, throw some Ernie Ball's on it. Fun to play. Great for surf style like The Cramps. For the money it's really hard to complain.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Get A Solid Color!

          By Guitar Gypsy

          from Middle Earth

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

          A lot of guitar in this price range. Some have had bad luck with theirs, but mine came in setup perfectly, and sounded pretty good. I really liked it. The tuners are junk, but lucky me had a nice set of Gotohs laying around, and I'm handy with a fret end file, so the sharp fret ends like all cheap guitars have soon disappeared.

          I don't want to take my more expensive guitars camping, etc., so the Epi is a good choice for a low end kick around guitar. This or the Squier Bullet Mustang.

          Now the bad: I love to upgrade and tinker, so I removed the pickguard to upgrade the cheapo pots and jack. I taped around the area with blue painters tape to prevent scratches. When I pulled up the tape, small specks of the finish came off with it! I have the Cherry Burst finish. No excuse Epiphone. Unbelievable, gentle blue painters tape has never pulled off any finish in my extensive experience of tinkering with guitars. Luckily, I had some cherry tint so I could touch up the small spots.

          My advice: get a solid color. I understand they are a smooth gloss finish and perhaps more durable. The burst models scratch very easily and if like mine the finish will pull off in small spots if taped. Not a good sign for the long term. The solution for my guitar was to order a can of satin nitro lacquer and top coat the burst finish. I tested a small spot first to make sure the base finish (whatever it is) played well with lacquer. No problems there, so now my Epi is topcoated in a nice satin lacquer. It looks better too, it has a nice deep look and makes the guitar look more expensive than it is. Hopefully this will cure my problem, if not I will strip it and refinish in solid Cherry.

          I realize many will not want to put extra time and money in a cheapo guitar, so as I said, I would take my chances on a solid color. If you are set on a burst, plan on dissassembly and the extra cost of a rattle can of lacquer. Otherwise mine example was great. Good luck on yours.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a slick and easy playing LP for anywhere/anytime and fi

          By GunHawk

          from Winterset, Ia.

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

            My heyday of playing live is long gone but I wanted a guitar handy to make sure I can still pull off the "oldies".

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            love this guitar

            By studiodym

            from Lomita, ca

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            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

            Love this guitar. wondered about the ceramics pickups. I just let it adjust to me and it is so now my favorite. I did get juicy jazz sound of eh ceramic pick ups. digging this guitar. holds a tune and feels just great.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rating change for Epiphone SL

            By Charlie

            from Oakdale, MN

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor out of the box

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

            I meant to give this guitar 5 stars in my review after the simple changes/adjustments....but out of the box only 1 star

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I will probably buy one again soon surf green

            By Tglo

            from Florida

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                This is honestly one of the more amazing guitars for the price you pay you can't go wrong with this little guitar. Granted the tuners are cheap but serviceable. But the feel and the tone of this lightweight monster far surpasses it's price point.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Get it.

                By ricky rocket

                from Kutztown PA.

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                  What a simple but great guitar.

                   
                  5.0

                  Yes

                  By Judge Cameron

                  from Cameron Wisconsin

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                    Have a Gibson and it's as easy to play as the Gibson and with the proper amp, it sounds pretty good. But, I'm old and have been playing for over 50 years and have owned some of the best guitars made. Started with a Gibson S.G. and Firebird in the early 1960's.

                     
                    4.0

                    I plan on buying another to upgrade

                    By Aleister crawlspace

                    from Syracuse NY

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • The tuning pegs suck should be replaced immediat

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                    I love the way this guitar looks and feels in my hands it's so light. I just have a problem with a tuning heads, they suck this thing never stays in tune . they should be replaced as soon as possible ! I plan to replace mine with a set of Gibson's tuning pegs .

                     
                    1.0

                    the fret ends cut my fingers, arrived unplayable

                    By cove

                    from alabama

                    About Me Experienced

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                    My fingers are all cut up from the fret ends.

                     
                    3.0

                    This SL is not light, it's moderately heavy

                    By Slim

                    from Fullerton, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Beautiful turquoise finish
                    • nice dark fretboard

                    Cons

                    • heavier than advertised
                    • Poor Pick Up

                    Best Uses

                    • good basis for full setup

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                    my first SL was nice and light, as was my friend's turquoise model, so i bought a backordered turquoise model. sadly, it arrived heavy. the edges of the body are more rounded than the 1st generation SL's. i actually liked the sharper edged body. it made the SL unique. i may have to shim the neck to get my action down.

                     
                    3.0

                    Flawed finish but otherwise happy

                    By Slim

                    from Fullerton, CA

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                    Pros

                    • very light

                    Cons

                    • Poor Pick Up

                    Best Uses

                    • good basis for full setup

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                    i wanted a light LP to put a P90 in and to install an adjustable bridge. neck was nice and straight. worth the money but i wish the nut material was harder and less sticky.

                     
                    5.0

                    You will not be disappointed!

                    By Howard

                    from Jasper Alabama

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                      I bought it cause the yellow looked cool. Fit & finish are perfect. Low cost with free shipping are you kidding me, this thing rocks. You will not be disappointed.

                       
                      5.0

                      Best bang for the buck!

                      By TonTon

                      from Knox,Tn

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Outstanding finish
                      • Pleasant to play .
                      • Those colors!!

                      Cons

                      • Tuners

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                      Maybe i got lucky on this one but i can honestly say this is an amazing guitar for the price! You can't go wrong with this. One thing i will say the tuners are cheap but they work and the single coils will give out a a hum more or less depending on your location. The feel and specially the SMOOTH TONE of this guitar is what stand out and far outweighs it's price point. I tested a Squire Mustang HH and grant you the Mustang has a bit better hardware & the overall build seems to be more solid, but the sound of its dual HH is just to harsh for my ears. With that said if you want to go DIRTY the two single coils on the SL theywill not let you down! And the choice of colors! I got the yellow and is so well done i just might get the Pacific Blue also. Will see how it holds up but for less than a Benjamin delivered to your door this little gem will not disappoint.

                       
                      4.0

                      May the Luck be with you

                      By Bobmc

                      from Princeton NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul SL Electric Guitar:

                        Bolt on neck lightweight Les Paul style slab body. 2 single coils on a large pickguard, 3 way toggle, master V and T. Purchased to mod and use as open tuned guitar.
                        The bad:
                        • One of the two set screws that controls distance of wrap around tailpiece from post stripped immediately. The intonation across all the strings was sharp so I need this little guy to do something
                        • Just like a speaker I received from Musicians Friend last week, the shipping department simply puts the original box in a larger box and then pads the only the top (as opposed to padding above and below). Just like the speaker, the guitar survived the trip, but it strikes me as silly(lazy)
                        • I will use the term 'coated' to describe the factory strings; this is so I stop wondering if what I felt was more bio in nature, very strange to the touch
                        • The bridge pickup had some of the braid sprouting out and could short
                        The good:
                        • Lightweight; ~5 #s
                        • pretty vintage sunburst under a thin satin finish
                        • V/T knob 'text' is gold-ish rather than bleach white (nice touch)
                        • no bad frets or dead spots
                        • nut is decently slotted with no binding or first position intonation issues
                        • dead quiet pots and switch
                        • comfy slim D neck profile
                        • tuners are cheap but there is no extreme back lashing or sloppiness that I have read about
                        I replaced tailpiece set screws with pickup mounting screws (cut to length with Dremel) and dressed the leads better.
                        I guess I got very lucky based on other online reviews; I would send this back if there were fret issues. But this particular guitar is a keeper and will be perfect for what I will do with it.

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