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Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar  

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Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/tailpiece for maximum edge and sustain. Case sold se... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/tailpiece for maximum edge and sustain. Case sold separately.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Wraparound
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneLes Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 156 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (111)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Good tone (41)
  • Good feel (34)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (38)
  • Practicing (37)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (11), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a fabulous guitar for the money, can't be beat!!!!!!!!!

*Similar review as MF, bought same colour there** Received guitar in good order. Opened large box to find well packed Epiphone box with said guitar inside. Opened Epiphone box to find Worn...Read complete review

*Similar review as MF, bought same colour there** Received guitar in good order. Opened large box to find well packed Epiphone box with said guitar inside. Opened Epiphone box to find Worn Cherry Les Paul P90 Special well packed inside with no damage or issue. Very impressed how this is sent from Guitar Center. MF seems to come direct from Epiphone. After unpacking, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very nice looking guitar that is beyond out of tune. Wasn't expecting it to be, strummed a few chords and had a good laugh. Couldn't help but notice not one sharp fret all the way up the fretboard, another pleasant surprise.
Tuned guitar up and played a few more chords up and down the fretboard. All sounded great and in tune. Can't believe the intonation being this good out of the box. Switch is solid and pots are firm to turn, not lose or lacking resistance. Finish is satin and does show life's finger marks which is fine, polished right off. Strings feel dry/tacky from likely a film to protect during shipping. Could wipe off but plan to restring immediately anyway. Epiphone neck plate was installed correct this time. Neck screws are thinner than I would like but are satisfactory. The big surprise comes from taking of the pot plate to find a shielded cover and 500k Alpha pots which would explain why they had some substance when dialled in. Very susprised and impressed. Thanks Epiphone, I won't be upgrading anything on this guitar!!
Now that it's restrung with Rotosound Pinks (best strings on earth) and fretboard lemon oiled, this guitar absolutely sings!! I am astounded by what I've pays and what I have. Plays and sounds fabulous. I am really pleased with this guitar. These P90's have the best in high and low bite through my Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12. I play clean, this is the amp for it and now I have the guitar for it. Unbelievable for the money. Highly recommend getting one!!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar for anyone looking to try out P90s

I bought this guitar to try out P90 pickups. I use this guitar to practice and as a back up guitar. The guitar sounds great. The finish is good and the electronics are...Read complete review

I bought this guitar to try out P90 pickups. I use this guitar to practice and as a back up guitar. The guitar sounds great. The finish is good and the electronics are solid. The only issue I had was the fingerboard has a layer of wax on it, cause my fingers to stick. The frets were also rough. I solved this by cleaning up the fingerboard and polishing the frets and I've never that the problem again. This guitar cannot hold its tuning so I ended up changing the tuners and nut. Through this guitar I feel in love with the P90 tone and I will eventually guy a higher end guitar with P90s.

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(18 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

With P90's!!!!....Can't be beat!

By Kharaun Campbell

from Montgomery, AL

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

I went into my local GC originally to buy LP Jr. Special Edition. Then I saw this one on display (I got worn cherry, like the LP Jr. SE). They were the same price, and I was totally amazed when I saw that this had P90's in it! These pick-ups are $80 apiece! Grabbed it, got it home and plugged it in. Great warm tones, perfect for my more jazzy style! Yet, they screamed while playing some A7X, and classic Metallica. While I have never owned a Gibson family product, these pick-ups are well-known. After an hour of playing, it stayed fairly tuned, which surprised me at this price point. The neck on the guitar was silky smooth, but not as smooth as the Squire Bullet that I bought the same night. But a little pampering, it will be butter. Even the factory strings were not THAT bad, but as we all know...MUST GO. I got mine with an additional 15% off, but even at $130, this guitar is a steal! Don't take my word, go try one out on a Line 6 Spider IV, or Fender FM25.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound with these P-90's and great feel all around,

By Terrence Lipinski

from Utica, NY

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

I saw this being on sale during GC's Christmas TV ad and when I saw the price I just said, "Even I know that a No Brainier". So I was lucky enough to even pick the color of my choice which was the old style Gibson TV Yellow finish. Needless to say it was right on the money as you can still see the grain of the mahogany wood body thru the nice satin finish. The neck on this is just comfortable as any other nice flat rosewood or ebony neck on any guitar brand. I believe that it's here where the Epiphone by Gibson gets a total thumbs up as I know the neck is bolted onto the body and yet it just feels like it's an actual set in neck just like the real Gibson model would be. The ease of use is just fab when you hear the hot sound or mellow sound or clean sound these 2 single coil P90 pickups can put out. The pickups alone are worth the price of what I paid for the entire guitar. Don't walk by these on your way into a store by thinking you have to spend more money an a certain other guitar. Sit down and play one of these and you'll be amazed that this isn't just some beginners guitar, especially if you are a seasoned player like myself. These are wicked nice and I am sure that the Epiphone Special II model that comes with a tuneomatic bridge and humbuckers are also nice. However I was looking for that certain gritty sound that I knew these P90's should have and in fact that they do. However it's still such a great guitar. Fear not the machine heads either as they really aren't bad at all as they still have a 14:1 gear ratio and work very smoothly for keeping this guitar in perfect tune or concert pitch. Great job to the people at the Epiphone plant in Nashville,TN for making sure that these guitars are quality checked before being sent out. I have many guitars in my collection that I've used over the decades of playing but this is without a doubt one of my most best purchases dollars for guitar that one could ever expect to get these days. Rock on good people !!!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not a "great" guitar, but a great value!

By Syd

from Lancaster, PA

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

Let me say, right off the bat, I own Vital Musical Instrument Repair, LLC in Lancaster, PA. I have been repairing guitars and other instruments for almost 30 years. Over the years I have collected many, many guitars but I don't have an abundance of them with P-90 type pickups. During the GC Labor Day sale, I decided to give this one a whirl. (I paid a ridiculously low price of $95-including tax). It is made in China--no big surprise. So the components ARE "cheap". The guitar definitely needed tweaked out of the box. The neck was very bowed and once the truss rod was adjusted properly, there was a small "hump" in the neck between frets 8-12. If it was more severe, I would return the guitar but it is not horrible and it wasn't bad enough that I considered doing massive fretwork to get the action down. I'd also like to say that even if the guitar had come through perfectly set up, I would have restrung & changed the setup. (I hate .009s--especially on an LP style guitar.) I put a set of .010s on and set it up. The frets took a little polishing--but for what I paid--I assumed they would. Once that was done, the guitar really lost a lot of it's "cheap" feel. I was very pleasantly surprised with the pickups--they have a really nice level of output & pretty good tone. Tuners are a bit rough but with a little work on the nut, tuning isn't an issue. I never liked the fixed bridge/tailpiece setup because you compromise on everything (intonation, individual string height, etc). That being said, the string height and intonation were both pretty acceptable once set. All in all-I'm very happy with my little $95 LP with P-90s. I originally planned on buying it to keep something cheap at the beach for when I spend time there. I think I may keep it here so I have constant access to it and I'll choose another one to leave at the beach.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Guitar for Low-Mid Budget

By Ben Jones

from SLC, UT

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

Well, I actually just picked this guitar up, but I had liked it the moment I played it about a month ago. I think the factory strings are ok, but you'll need to replace them. The body is nice and light, and seems very sturdy. The knobs are kinda cool looking, but don't have the best grip. Its got P90's for crying out loud! A STEAL!! The neck is nice and sleek, and feels nice in your hand. Overall is a wonderful guitar and a great deal.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Underrated Great Guitar for the Money

By Brian

from Escondido, California

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Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is what it is. It is not designed to be a great concert level guitar for an experienced band on tour. It is a great beginner and practice guitar and good enough for novice recording. The P-90 pickups are great, the action and workmanship are above average, the strings are a bit lacking, the finish is pretty awesome, and the weight is lighter than average. It is amazing to see the number of people who expect this to be a higher quality guitar at 99 bucks. For the money, especially with the pickups it has got, it is a steal. Tweak it if you'd like; a few minor adjustments and some new strings, and it is good to go. Otherwise, what can you expect for around a hundred bucks? I have had this guitar as a practice guitar for about a month now and plan to pass it along to my daughter when she is able to start learning how to play in a few years, but I have also used it in at least two recordings.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar is AMAZING

By Nathan Kawa

from Brevard, NC

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

For the money you simply can not go wrong with this guitar. It absolutely rocks. I've been playing for over 20 years I've had all levels of guitars, with a bit of a tweak this baby is ready to go! Never buy a cheaper guitar and expect not to have to tweak it. I am still floored over the playability and sound of this little monster.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My best guitar bargain purchase ever!!!

By erez farkash

from Austin Texas

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in the beautiful T.V. yellow color which looks very classic and vintage.I am amazed by the quality of this guitar.The playabilty is really great everywhere on the neck...no fretting out issues or dead spots you might typically encounter in guitars priced this cheap.The workmanship is really tight.The acoustic tone is very resonant and balanced.You'd figure the pickups would sound bad for such a low priced guitars but again I am really impressed...they really do sound great.Of course installing more expensive P90s can't hurt but these stock ones do a fine job.The tuners even hold their tuning with great stability during live performances.What I like about this guitar is that it has it's own vibe and personality...it is not a pure Gibson Les Paul and that is fine since I own a true Les Paul std and SG 61 reissue.With it's thin body and bolt on neck it reminds me of a cross between a a 50s style Les Paul special and a Danelectro U2 model which makes for a cool and interesting guitar for sure.For this low price this guitar is a great choice to add to a collection where you want a different guitar that has a unique vibe.It sounds great for Blues and classic Rock.It twangs nicely too...similar to a Telecaster but with a fatter,grittier tone.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A lot of play for little money

By Jack Messina

from Macomb, MI

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

Was looking for an inexpensive guitar that I could throw in the bedroom in the event inspiration hit me. Was pleasantly surprised by the playability of this guitar. Extremely light, but balanced. Can play this thing all day without neck strain. Nice thin neck that is so smooth and slippery it feels like it was made out of baby powder. The tuners are so-so in that they aren't overly smooth when tuning, however hold tuning quite well. The P90s are awesome. Full of clean, distinctive tone that roars when distortion or gain are applied. I love P90s for the versatility of their sound. I find myself mostly using this guitar for playing through various guitar apps on my IPad. For $129 you get a well set up guitar, though I did lower the action, an easy task with this bridge, that won't break the bank or your shoulder. It sounds awesome clean or distorted and plays nice with IPad amp simulators.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Speaking for myself, This isn't a Guitar It's a Revelation

By Dr. Mojo

from Houston

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    After ping ponging between Fender single coil and Gibson Humbuckers and playing blues both in my band as well as solo on a back porch chair for audiences, I had never touched a P90 pickup guitar. I wanted to correct that error and when I sat down and played in the store I knew this was a sound I'd been looking for. Warning: normal rant -- I grew up knowing the real masters in simple, direct blues such as Lightning Hopkins, Robert Lockwood, etc, and much of the Mississippi HIll Country greats, known and unknown. (Find Rural Blues on YouTube) It's a situation of one person, one guitar in making blues. This model quickly became my favorite for any venues at any time, and I long ago brushed off the normal attitude of "the more money I spend on a guitar the better i'll sound." It's all personal taste, but don't miss out on hearing this instrument coming out of you!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It grew on me

    By CrazyDave

    from Phoenix, Az

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      I'm more of Strat style sort of guy. I bought this because I was curious about the P90s. Didn't expect much for the price. Out of the box the action was a bit high, the neck was slightly bowed, and it just needed a good set up, but when I got it home I changed the strings to D'Addario XL110s. Which meant I was going to set it up anyways. I like to make tiny adjustments to the neck, play for a day, then come back and recheck it. At first it wasn't taking adjustment, like there is a lot of slop in the cavity. The hardware is cheap. The tuners will hold their tune well enough if you tighten the screws that hold the keys on, but I recommend replacing them eventually. The bridge is soft metal, that was already getting grooves pushed into it by the strings. I did like the sound of the P90s, and considered it a keeper that needed work. I came back to it a year later. This time I really cranked on the truss rod, and was able to get the neck adjusted. Then I was able to get the action a little lower, and the intonation near perfect. I was skeptical how well the fixed bridge would intonate, but now I realize, if the string height and intonation are relative, and the string height is fixed, then the intonation should be fixed, but I do think the 3rd string is intonated for a wound G string, as that one is a little off. I was beginning to fall in love with it. Initially I could not get the pickups to budge because they are so tight in the cavity. I had to really bang and pry at them with a screwdriver to get them at the proper height and angle, but when I did, wow! This guitar sings through my Orange Micro Dark, and has killer crunch through my Fender Hot Rod Deville with a TC Electronics Dark Matter distortion in front of it. I am now completely infatuated with this guitar, and I am considering a Gibson, but so far none are speaking to me like this, and I'm kind of realizing I need to disregard the price and just enjoy it for what it is.

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