Flipping Out! - The new Epiphone Les Paul Studio Chameleon
Flipping Out! - The new Epiphone Les Paul Studio Chameleon is a master of disguise. As the first Epiphone model to feature a ‘flip-flop’ paint finish that changes color depending on the light and viewing angle, this mouth-watering new design is set to blow the roof off the 2007 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. And because the Chameleon has Epiphone’s name on the headstock, you get all the bling – but without the sting.
Check out the race tracks and you’ll see that ‘flip-flop’ paint is already a major feature on the hottest custom cars and motorcycles. For 2007, Epiphone engineers have dragged the concept into the world of rock ‘n’ roll, by developing three schizophrenic finishes that give the three Chameleon models their split personalities. Depending on where the spotlight is pointing and where the audience is standing, the new Chameleons are either Blue and Green, Bronze and Salmon, or Silver and Lime. Whichever one you choose, you’re guaranteed a reaction.
The visuals might be wild, but there’s no disguising the fact that the Epiphone Chameleon is a serious instrument. In the grand Les Paul tradition, the spec sheet includes a satisfying mahogany body cut into the iconic LP shape, a slim-taper set mahogany neck for choking out the meanest rock riffs, and the bulletproof combination of a tune-o-matic bridge and professional Grover tuners. When it comes to sounds, the Chameleon isn’t about to blend into the background either, thanks to a pair of beefy Alnico Classic humbuckers that supply every tone in the book.
Still photography doesn’t do justice to the looks or the sounds of the new Epiphone Les Paul Studio Chameleon. Check it out at the 2007 NAMM show in Anaheim or at your local Epiphone dealer – and prepare to flip out…