Finding Your Next Epiphone Electric Guitar

New and Revised Epiphone Guitar Lineup


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If you are looking to buy a new Epiphone guitar, we must say that 2020 is a great year to do so. After releasing a new, streamlined model lineup and the winter Namm show in January, Epiphone has delivered on their promise of producing great guitars that players are going to love.

To start, let's break it down simply. There are essentially two categories of electric guitars in the new Epiphone lineup, the "Original" Collections, and the "Modern Collections. Each of these Collections contains both Les Paul and SG models of guitars.

The Original Collections harken back to the guitars as they were originally made. Many inspired by their vintage Gibson brethren, while the Modern Collections have forward-thinking modern features that would not be found on a vintage instrument. 

To help you understand these collections a little better, let's take a look at one of the most obvious features difference between the Original Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s and the Les Paul Modern.  That feature is the body and weight relief. The Orignal 60s has a standard Mahoganybody as you would find on a vintage Les Pual, while the modern series incorporates a Mahogany body with Ultra-Modern Weight Relief. And as you run down the specs, you will see these types of differences in everything from the neck carve to the electronic and even the available finishes. 

Not Just Epiphone Les Pauls

For 2020 Epiphone did not just revise their Les Paul's, but looked at the entire lineup and to be blunt, made it better. The infamous SG also comes in both an Original and Modern series with the Modern series adding flame maple tops, split-coil pickups, and tone bleed circuits. 

For those of you who like the less traditional shaped guitars, Epiphone also released the Original Designer series which includes a Flying V, Explorer, and a Firebird. The Epiphone Designer Collection guitars do not have a Modern Collection.

How Do You Choose Your Epiphone?

So the big question then is how do you choose the right Epiphone Electric guitar for you? Fortunately, Epiphone has made it pretty easy at least to narrow it down to a few guitars that you can go try. If you like the idea of a Les Paul or SG as it was in the 50s or 60s, without modern weight relief and straight ahead electronics, then the Original Collection is where you need to look. From there just decide if you like the chunkier 50s neck or slimmer 60s neck profile and you have pretty much found your guitar. 

If on the other hand, you like the idea of a more modern neck shape along with more options in the electronic and you want to save your back with Modern Weight Relief (on the Les Pauls), then the Modern Collection is where you need to go. 

Finally, if you want a Flying V, Explorer, or Firebird, Epiphone has made your life extremely easy by only offering you a single option.

Use this is a guide to start your journey on finding your next Epiphone. While it is short and sweet, you can really narrow down your choices by answering one or two easy questions which is one of the reasons we are loving the new Epiphone lineup. 

As always if you need help finding your next dream guitar, feel free to visit us in the shop or call us. We can ship anywhere in the USA and our pro staff will make sure you get a guitar you will love for years to come. 

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