NAMM 2020: Could Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection be its best guitars yet?

Epiphone NAMM 2020 guitars
(Image credit: Gibson)

NAMM 2020: Epiphone has announced its 2020 electric guitar line-up will be organized into Epiphone Originals and Epiphone Inspired by Gibson.

As previously hinted, the Inspired by Gibson guitars will feature the more Gibson-like Kalamazoo headstock, as well as upgraded electronics and finishes.

These models include the Les Paul Junior, Les Paul Special, SG Special, Les Paul Standard ’50s, Les Paul Standard ’60s, SG Standard, ’61 SG Standard w/Maestro, Designer Collection Explorer, Firebird and Flying V, as well as a Les Paul Studio and Les Paul Modern.

The Epiphone Original Collection, meanwhile, sees the relaunch of Made in USA models, beginning with the Texan acoustic, which features solid woods, X-bracing and 25.5” scale length, available in Antique Natural and Vintage Sunburst.

Epiphone NAMM 2020 guitars

(Image credit: Gibson)

Other Masterbilt Original Collection models will include the Frontier and Excellente, while the show will also see the launch of the UpTown Kat ES Collection, and the Les Paul and SG Muse Collection, promising “new features with modern features”.

Infuriatingly, we have no images or specs for many of these, only the suggestion they exist, so we’ll be bringing you images from the show ASAP. Likewise price and availability info, which is also absent.

But, if the prices are right on these, Epiphone may well end up stealing Gibson’s thunder this year... Watch this space.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.