Epiphone has launched a slew of new guitars at Summer NAMM, with some new and cool finishes seen on the latest additions.
Le Paul Tribute “Prism”
Multi-colour finishes on flamed maple seems the trend this past year with Ibanez, Cort and PRS joining the bandwagon. The Les Paul Tribute here is seen as a high-end model that comes with premium features such as Gibson pickups and hard case included. Expect a higher price for this.
New Colours for existing models
Cool finishes such as Turquoise, Aquamarine and Blueberry Burst are added to popular models.
The Turquoise family
Les Paul Studio
Limited Ed Dot Deluxe in Aquamarine
Mahogany top AJ-220s
Interesting addition to the entry-level acoustic family. The spruce top version has had good reviews over the years so it’s a good idea to add the mahogany version for players seeking a “darker” or bluesy sound.
The Trans Blue finish looks cool too.
Let’s see if they reach SG with affordable prices.
*photos from Epiphone
Hopefully the brand gets more attention with the latest announcement that City Music will be the new official dealer.
Some interesting models and price points to note. Players looking for something different should welcome the new additions.
The Tribute ASAT Bluesboy at $765.
The Doheny at $2326.
The JB-5 at $2610.
See the range at City Music website:
*photos from City Music
Yamaha has announced the limited koa wood A4 guitars to the A series.
The A4K (above) is the larger dreadnought (which Yamaha calls the jumbo).
The smaller AC4K is the concert sized sibling.
We get full wood bindings and black tuner buttons on these guitars, but there are no confirmation if these are made in Japan or China. Street price is around US$1499 so these models represent great value for all-solid koa guitars. Looking forward to their arrival in SG.
*photos from Yamaha USA
Great cover of George Michael’s classic.
Cool release by Martin at Summer NAMM.
The D-16EPD features the 1903 painting A Friend in Need printed on its spruce top. Cute painting that was initially used for a cigar advert.
Other specs worth mentioning sycamore b/s instead of the standard mahogany found in production D-16 guitars, as well as silver binding and heel cap.
*photo from Martin Guitars