NAMM 2007: Epiphone Debuts The Les Paul Studio "Chameleon" and other great new models, including the Nick Valensi Riviera!
It's that time of year again... NAMM Time! ... and that means new and exciting models from Epiphone! The following new models for 2007 were introduced at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California this week. Check them out!
SST Classic: The chambered acoustic/electric is back with our new SST Classics. Available in both 2.0” and 1.75” nut widths, these new nylon string guitars feature the new SST preamp with active volume and EQ controls and the new Shadow NanoFlex pickup system for amazing acoustic tone. The preamp also includes a Headphone/Amp switch to allow for “silent” performance through headphones. Its unique solidbody acoustic design without a sound hole allow you the freedom to perform without fear of feedback.
SST Studio: The steel-string version of the SST, this solidbody acoustic/electric has computer-designed body cavities to ensure natural tone, while the Shadow preamp and Nanoflex pickup allow acoustic guitarists to play at high volume with no feedback. Go on… turn it up!
Performer ME: Meet our new acoustic/electric guitar that sounds as gorgeous as it looks! This beauty features a highly-figured Flame Maple top, back and sides trimmed in real hand-inlayed Abalone and accented with gold hardware and Grover tuners. A solid Mahogany neck adds warmth. Equipped with the revolutionary new Epiphone eSonic2 stereo preamp system, this acoustic/electric comes to life when plugged in. The Performer ME is truly ready to perform!
Performer SE: This solid Sitka Spruce top version of our new Performer guitar features our new state-of-the-art eSonic2 preamp system with stereo output from two unique, low-impedance pickups for amazing acoustic tone. The top is beautifully trimmed in real Abalone and its back and sides are crafted from highly-figured Flame Maple and combined with a hard Maple neck. The body is comfortably-sized without sacrificing projection and sound.
Special-II Performance Pack: They’ve made the best electric pack even better. The famous Les Paul Special II is now available in a Performance Pack. This new combo includes our new Studio 15R guitar amp, with more power (15 watts) an 8” inch speaker and built-in Reverb. Also included with this Humbucker equipped electric guitar is a gigbag, strap, cord, picks, quartz tuner and instructional DVD.
EB-0 Performance Pack: Like the Player Pack, the EB-0 Performance Pack features the short scale EB-0 electric bass with a sidewinder pickup in the neck position for great vintage bass tone. But, we’ve added the new Studio-15 Bass amp with 15 watts of power, 4-band EQ and larger 8” speaker. Also included is a bass gigbag, strap, cord, picks, quartz tuner and instructional DVD.
EM-1 Electric Guitar: Attention all shredders! The legendary EM guitar is back and better than ever with a string-through body and non-reverse headstock. This double-cutaway rocket ship combines a solid Alder body with 24 blazing frets on our new “SpeedTaper™” satin-finished hard Maple neck. It’s equipped with two hot open-coil Humbucker pickups.
Nick Valensi Riviera P94: Guitarist from the acclaimed New York band, "The Strokes" lends his name and approval to this all new Riviera. Previously only available in an "Elitist" version, this new Valensi bring affordable, professional performance to all with it's classic, semi-hollow design powered by Gibson P-94 pickups. Exactly like the one Nick plays, this guitar has high-output capable of plenty of "bite" yet enough response to allow for subtle nuances for enhanced dynamics. A modern classic!
Embassy Standard Plus: If you’re looking for a visually stunning and sonically powerful active bass, look no further than the new Embassy Standard-IV PLUS. With its active EQ electronics, you can fine-tune your bass sound with precision and confidence. Cut or boost bass and treble controls combined with a blend knob and master volume give you complete control. Add to that a highly-figured Quilted Maple top and there is perhaps no better looking and better sounding bass available for the money.
El Segundo-IV Acoustic/Electric Bass: Finally, a great acoustic/electric bass that is affordable! The new Epiphone El Segundo starts with an Advanced Jumbo body shape that combines a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides for loud yet balanced acoustic tone. Add to that our passive Preamp featuring a tone and volume control for effective EQ and volume control without use of a battery and you’ve got a bass that sound great – plugged or unplugged. And, its medium length, 32” scale hard Maple neck is not too long and not too short. It’s just right!
Les Paul Studio "Chameleons": The new “Chameleon” Les Paul Studios are the first Epiphone guitars to feature a patented “flip/flop” paint that dramatically changes color depending upon the light and the angle of viewing. Previously reserved for expensive custom-made products such as automobiles, Epiphone engineers at our factory discovered how to get Custom Shop “bling” without the Custom Shop price! The results are absolutely stunning. Since still photography cannot do justice to these Limited Editions, we recommend you get down to your authorized Epiphone dealer and check these out for yourself. In person, they are amazing. On stage, they are insane! Get one now before they’re all gone.
Les Paul Studio: Epiphone announces 3 new colors for the popular Les Paul Studio electric guitars. In addition to the ever-popular Ebony color, this no-nonsense set-neck Les Paul is now available in a very cool Arctic Blue and vintage-vibe Worn Brown and Worn Cherry. Equipped with Alnico Classic Humbuckers and traditional stopbar/tunomatic bridge and tailpiece with Grover machine heads, the Les Paul Studio outperforms others costing twice as much. Experience these new colors at an authorized dealer near you.
Nikki Sixx Blackbird Bass: This bird has looks that kill and thundering bass sound as well thanks to our NEW Epiphone “DeepSixx” bass pickups for deep, powerful rock bass tone. The Nikki Sixx Blackbird has all his favorite features, including the “Opti-grab” and on/off toggle as well as his custom fingerboard inlays. Too cool.
Masterbilt AJ-500M and DR-500M: The critically acclaimed and top-selling Masterbilt line from Epiphone featuring all-solid wood construction, dovetail neck joint and other traditional features adds 2 new finishes. Previously available only in vintage satin finish, both the AJ-500M and DR-500M are now available with a gloss finish top. Amazing tone and good looks too, Masterbilts rise above other acoustics costing 2-3 times more.
Valve Junior Extension Cabinet: Whether for use with the Epiphone Valve Junior Head or an add on to your existing rig, the Valve Junior Extension Cabinet offers rugged birch plywood construction, superior audio design and cool retro looks. The Valve Junior Extension Cabinet is equipped with a Custom Designed 16 ohm Eminence Lady Luck Speaker that is rated for 70 Watts RMS.