New Epiphone Signature Guitars

It seems like Epi is concentrating a lot on signature models these days.

Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Explorer


The metallic white Explorer is loaded with two Seymour Duncan JBs and comes with plenty of goodies such as custom hardcase, Grover tuners and ebony fretboard.


Those picture cards and certs are very much the standard with Epi signature guitars, but that strap is flashy indeed.

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Matt Heafy “Snofall” Les Paul Custom 6 and 7 String


The phenolic fretboard and white EMGs make the guitar look pretty radical. Other niceties include straplocks and special heel contour for better fret access.


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Bjorn Gelotte “Jotun” Les Paul Custom


This one even has a bottle opener at the back. Wow.


We will see a USB port for charging the phone…  one day. 🙂

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*all photos from Epiphone


Epiphone Ltd Ed Lee Malia RD Custom

Hot on the heels of the recently launched Lee Malia Explorer, Epi has rolled out another interesting RD shape signature model.


Using the same woods as the other Lee Malia models, this one has mahogany body/neck and a maple cap.


That’s a really classy headstock.


Comes with special shape gigbag and signed certificates. I’d say it’s rather cool looking.

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*photos from Epiphone

Epiphone New Guitars

Epiphone has announced some new affordable guitars at the SNAMM.

Les Paul SL


The talk of the town is the new Les Paul SL. Billed as the “$99 Les Paul”, it comes in different funky colours including Pacific Blue shown above and Sunset Yellow below.


Not too sure about the wraparound bridge though. Let’s hope they don’t present too many problems down the road.

Les Paul LT


This should be considered a step up from the recent Les Paul Special VE due to its carved top. A simple basic guitar for those who are beginning or just wanting to try out the LP shape. Let’s hope the hardware is a step up too.

SG Special VE


So Epi has decided to give the VE treatment to the SG model this time. Like the Les Pauls, there are some nice colours to choose from.

Masterbilt DR-400MCE


Billed as the most affordable full solid Epi, this one should be attractive to those who prefer to have all solid construction in their guitars. How nice it would be if Epi can use the Wildkat style headstock on these.

*photos from Epiphone

Epiphone James Bay “1966” Century Outfit

Yet another sweet looking signature guitar from Epi.


The new release comes with yummy features such as Kinman pickup, special guitar strap, signed cert and hard case.


Cool James Bay logo at the back of the headstock. Also on show are the Wilkinson 14:1 vintage style machine heads.


Limited to 600 pieces, so this may interest the fans out there.

*photos from Epiphone

Epiphone Lee Malia Explorer

Another nice-looking signature guitar from Epi.


The Lee Malia Explorer Custom Outfit comes Gibson USA pickups, special gigbag and signed certificate. These are pretty much standard affairs with new Epiphone signature guitars.


Fingerboard is made of torrified composite to go round the CITES rosewood issue. Smart move by Epi really. As rosewood is fast becoming a thing of the past, it’s good to see more manufacturers finding alternatives.


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*photos from Epiphone