Epiphone Power Players SG and Les Paul review

Epiphone is here to help kids fulfill their rockstar potential with two pint-sized guitars

Epiphone Power Players Les Paul
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

If your little one is seeking that iconic tone, look and feel only a Les Paul or SG can deliver, then the new Epiphone Power Players are definitely worth it. We certainly had a lot of fun playing them.


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    Quality tones from a budget-friendly platform.

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    Manageable scales for younger players.

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    Cool finishes.

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    Tough competition from cheaper guitars such as the Squier Mini Jazzmaster.

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If there’s one thing we can be sure of it’s that your first electric guitar has a monumental impact on you as a player. Put the right guitar into the hands of a child and their playing career will be accelerated, sending them speeding down the road to rock stardom, whereas an ill-fitting axe will put the brakes on their progress entirely. 

Clearly, Epiphone agrees, as the company has created an entire collection of guitars specially designed as a gateway for budding guitarists – the Epiphone Power Players. Like something out of a Rick Moranis-led ’80s flick, Epiphone has pointed its shrink-ray at its most famous instruments, turning them into short-scale shred machines that are sure to fit even the smallest of hands. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.