Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
Body Material: Poplar
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™-D profile
Neck Joint: Bolt-on
Scale Length: 24.75"
Headstock: Epiphone "Clipped Ear"; "Les Paul Model" in gold; "Epiphone" logo in silver
Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: "Bell" shaped; 2-layer; "SL" in white
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid "Dot" inlays
Nut: Artificial Bone
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Pickguard: HS, VS colors = 1-Layer (Black) EB, PA, SY, TQ = 1-Layer (White)
Machine Heads: Premium Covered; 14:1 ratio
Neck Pickup: Epiphone 650SCR™ Ceramic Single-Coil
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone 700SCT™ Ceramic Single-Coil
Controls: 3-way pickup selector, Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Selector: 3-way Toggle Switch
Knobs: Black ABS “Top Hat” knobs
Bridge/Tailpiece: Adjustable, Intonated "Wrap Around" Stopbar Combo
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” 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.
The Les Paul SL™ is powered by Epiphone single coil Ceramic pickups with a 650SCR™ in the neck position and a slightly overwound 700SCT™ in the bridge position for solos. Mr. Les Paul, the inspiration for the Les Paul guitar, was especially fond of single coil pickups for their tonal versatility when playing rhythm and solos. Ceramic pickups are designed to provide a tight low-end response with both a smooth mid-range and a slightly more pronounced top end tone. That’s why ceramic magnets have been a favorite of metal and hard rock guitarists for decades. Controls include a master volume and tone with traditional Black ABS “Top Hat” knobs.
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