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Epiphone unveils beginner-friendly new Power Players Les Paul and SG electric guitars

Epiphone's Power Players SG (left) and Les Paul
(Image credit: Epiphone)

Epiphone – an electric guitar giant beloved by beginners and pros alike – has set its eyes squarely on the former contingent with its new Power Players collection SG and Les Paul guitars. 

More so even than the Player Pack version of the company's recent Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, the Power Players SG and Les Paul are proper beginner electric guitars, with downsized bodies and scale lengths. 

Small stature and affordability aside though, the two are serious six-strings that don't slouch on specs, so let's take a closer look. 

First things first, the Power Players models each feature a mahogany body and mahogany neck that sports a 22.73”, 12" radius Indian laurel fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid trapezoid inlays, and a sculpted heel for easier upper fret access.

Sounds on each guitar, meanwhile, come by way of a pair of Epiphone humbuckers – a 650R in the neck and a 700T in the bridge – controlled by two volume and two tone knobs, plus a three-way toggle pickup switch.

A wraparound tailpiece and die cast tuners with kidney buttons round out the hardware, which is finished in nickel.

The Epiphone Power Players Les Paul and SG are available now – in Ice Blue and Lava Red finishes (a Dark Matter Ebony colorway is also available, exclusively via Epiphone's website) – for $279. Each guitar comes with a gig bag, guitar strap, guitar picks and a guitar cable

We've yet to test one ourselves, but it's hard to see these two not becoming prominent players (see what we did there?) in the guitars for kids category.

For more info on the models, visit Epiphone (opens in new tab).

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.