Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker (SS) (Formerly Les Paul SL) 6 String Electric Guitar
NB: The name of this guitar has been changed from Les Paul SL to Les Paul Melody Maker.
The Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker is the most affordable licensed Les Paul in the market, and it's doing quite well even with big changes in its setup.
The most important difference is that instead of humbuckers, this one comes equipped with single coil pickups with basic knobs that let you adjust master tone and master volume.
But what it lacks in specs, it makes up with its distinct appearance and colorful finish options.
- Body: Poplar
- Finish: Pacific Blue, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Sunset Yellow, Turquoise, Vintage Sunburst
- Bridge: Adjustable Wrap Around Stopbar
- Pickups: 650SCR Ceramic Single-coil Neck, 700SCT Ceramic Single-coil Bridge
- Neck: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 24.75
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Number of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.6875"
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-Position Switch
Value for money is the most commended trait of the Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker. While not perfect, many report that its sound and build quality exceed their expectations. As expected, most of the ratings are from students and beginners, but there are even some experienced guitarists who are impressed with its tone.
There are some complaints about the quality of its default strings, while others report tuning stability issues. Thankfully, there are also plenty of users who are satisfied with the guitar after changing the strings and making minor adjustments.
Thanks to the Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker, you can now have an officially licensed Les Paul for a very modest amount of money. Those who are looking for a single-coil equipped Les Paul will also find this guitar appealing.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Beginner Electric Guitars Under $200.