They aren’t Yamaha, but if there were a “runner up” for the most influential brand of electric guitars in North America – and perhaps in the world – today, it would be Epiphone. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee – one of the major centers of the music scene in America today – Epiphone is a major producer of electric and acoustic-electric guitars, known the world over for the quality of their work. Epiphone guitars have wounds up in the hands of performers such as Rhett Atkins, Alondra, Paul Brandt, Wayne Avers of The Monkees, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, and Antsy of Trailer Park Troubadors.
Epiphone guitar reviews praise the melodic sounds of each instrument. What they don’t necessarily do, and certainly not on an individual basis, is tell you which Epiphone guitar is best for you as a beginner… or as an experienced player, looking to try something new. Or as a former Epiphone guitar owner, looking for your next instrument – whether to replace your primary, or just to add a new item to your collection. Epiphone has been manufacturing fine guitars since the late nineteenth century; owning an Epiphone is definitely the mark of a certain kind of prestige, like you’ve suddenly found a place in music history.
The following list includes three Epiphone electric and electric-acoustic guitars. We browsed a few prominently placed affiliate reviews, as well as the accounts of former buyers – all of it content from high-traffic websites, sites which get a lot of attention and evidently have a certain following. We then took that information, and boiled it down, picking out the three instruments which seemed to have received the most positive – and the most consistently positive – feedback.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
This, by general consensus of trending Epiphone guitar reviews, appears to be the go-to choice for a “starter guitar” from Epiphone. It has a Mahogany body, with a maple top and a rosewood fretboard. The overall effect? Dark, with a streak or two of brightness – like a flash of energy or inspiration, from within a moodier and more contemplative sound. There is a deep, almost wholesome richness to the music you can make with this guitar – it isn’t inherently “dark” in the negative sense of the word. If you’re visually inspired to create art, this might just be the Epiphone guitar for you – whatever your level of experience. The fretboard offers a 24.75 scale. The guitar also comes with Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups. Overall, it’s a great piece to pick up by way of strumming out your first few chords in accordance with those instructional videos you found on YouTube.
Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar
This baby is cherry (no, I mean literally; it’s cherry-red). The body, top, and sides are all made of laminated maple, while the neck is a rich, dark mahogany… like the stem of a cherry. They really do go all the way with that particular theme… but y’know, it works! It’s flashy, shiny, and definitely draws the eye away from other elements of one’s surroundings. It looks and feels like something special when you’re holding it. It adds an air of sophistication to any musician’s profile. This shiny piece features a lot of chrome, especially in the binding; it comes with two Alnico V P-90 pickups, and its rosewood frets offer a 22.75 ratio.
Epiphone Acoustic-Electric Guitar
This Epiphone Acoustic Electric Guitar was inspired by the 1964 Texan acoustic, and it remains true to the potential of its forebear while at the same time offering the uniqueness of an acoustic-electric hybrid. It features a solid spruce top, and solid mahogany back, which combine to deliver to a deliver a full, rich tone. The guitar’s neck is made of a single piece of mahogany, secured by a glued joint and incorporating a rosewood fretboard. The guitar is faithful to the appearance of a traditional Texan acoustic, and according to multiple online reviewers it offers “a lot of bang for its buck,” generally being deemed at once affordable and to have a great feel to its handling.