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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Wine Red

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Epiphone's #1 selling model LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar while getting the feel and tone of a Les Paul. Seasoned pros will also love the Special II because it's ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Epiphone's #1 selling model LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar while getting the feel and tone of a Les Paul. Seasoned pros will also love the Special II because it's a great-sounding workhorse of a guitar that allows them to leave their more expensive axes at home.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Solid mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss polyester
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Finish: Gloss polyester
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Standard
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: 650R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: Not applicable
  • Active EQ: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Not applicable
  • Kill switch: Not applicable
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Enclosed
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Not applicable
  • Country of origin: China
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special II Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 914 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (576)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (217)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (24)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (74)
  • Fun to play (66)
  • Good tone (59)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (49)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (17)
  • Craftsmanship (7)
  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (67)
  • Jamming (59)
  • Small venues (36)
  • Recording (24)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (50), Novice (24), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A solid budget guitar that I still love years down the road.

I should start by saying that I have had this guitar for over a decade. I'm not sure if the quality has changed since then, but the Les Paul Special II that I own...Read complete review

I should start by saying that I have had this guitar for over a decade. I'm not sure if the quality has changed since then, but the Les Paul Special II that I own is a rock-solid guitar for a fantastic price.

My first guitar was a nice Fender Strat (I know, I was lucky). When I wanted to start playing in my middle school's jazz band, I used my savings (in change) to buy this Epiphone to take with me to practice, since I didn't want my nice Strat damaged or stolen. This guitar lived in the shadow of my Strat for a long time. However, my tastes changed over time, and the 22 frets, thicker neck, and double humbuckers came into favor as I entered my high school metalhead years. The Epiphone emerged as my main instrument, and weathered many jam sessions with friends, bedroom and garage recordings, and the like. I probably have hundreds, if not thousands of hours worth of play time on this guitar.

This guitar has been knocked and beaten around, the electronics tampered with by my adolescent self, had beer and whiskey spilled on it and cigarette ashes have gotten into its nooks and crannies, and it has survived. It has overcome. Over ten years later, this is still a great guitar. I have grown, my playing skills have developed, and it has held fast as a quality instrument. I've had so many good times and have many great memories of jamming on this guitar with my friends and by myself.
The stock pickups on my Epiphone are incredibly good sounding - almost as good as the active EMGs on my friends' Schecter. The only guitars in this price range that I believe have stock pickups of this quality and tone are the various Ibanez models.

I've added a picture of mine as it is now - had to use tape an a permanent marker to cover up a sticker by the knobs that some might deem inappropriate...

If you're considering getting one of these as a first guitar, or a beater, don't hesitate. Buy this thing and rock out - it will serve you well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its Alright

This Guitar is a pretty good one. But it is very uncomfortable. The Worst Thing about it is the pickups, they don't do well with high volume. They really screech n stuff....Read complete review

This Guitar is a pretty good one. But it is very uncomfortable. The Worst Thing about it is the pickups, they don't do well with high volume. They really screech n stuff. This guitar is really only good for practice. I think that if your looking for a good guitar at this price, check out the Ibanez GAX30 or 70.

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1.0

very poor materials and craftmanship muddy tone

By ex LP lover

from denver

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      Straight out of box I noticed part of the bridge was coming out of body. I always get a set up and up grade strings to a slightly beefier guage. After constant tuning issues, adjusting pedal board for anything close to decent tone,no luck.just kinda forgot about it tired of no results for the amount of time spent just tuning and toning. Heres the reason I'm writing this review.... The neck showed sigs of being loose. Again needing to be shop bound.... well the screws were stripped and the wood had a slight split! BRAND NEW! LESS THAN 20 HRS PLAYING TIME! I hope i got a lemon and this is a not the norm

       
      4.0

      Absolute workhorse for a great price

      By Talon

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      Absolute workhorse
      If you play gigs or you're smart enough to not spend thousands on traditional Les Paul(for a first or second guitar)pick up one of these.
      I also down tune mine to BEADF#B with the strings that came with it and it's not too slinky and it holds tune has fret buzz but it's probably because of my down tune with .10 strings only real con is the gloss on the neck but that can be sanded off if it really bothers you

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I RECOMMEND THIS GUITAR

      By CHARLES

      from SLOCOMB, AL.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        GOOD LOOKS AND A GREAT VALUE! I BOUGHT A SECOND ONE TO GIVE TO A FRIEND.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT

        By CHARLES

        from SLOCOMB, AL.

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          THIS GUITAR IS A GREAT VALUE AND LOTS OF SUSTAIN! CAN'T GO WRONG AT THIS PRICE.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Playing te Les Paul Special II right now!

          By Patty

          from Terre Haute, IN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            The Les Paul came already set up to play. Intonation was right on, and no problem barring chords with my smaller hand. I love it. The best investment I've ever made.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Definitely a great practice guitar and awesome price

            By Raulitosdoritos

            from Davis, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is a steal for the price. It sounds great and doesn't lack much. I would recommend it if you're just looking for a reliable practice guitar to have fun with, or are looking for a first electric guitar. The only cons I found was that it often needs tuning, its tuning sucks, and can't produce certain sounds.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Awesome sound for the price. -Best inexpensive guitar-

            By oldhippy

            from Dallas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              If you're buying an inexpensive guitar this is really the only way to go.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good Guitar for the money.

              By Music Knut

              from USA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Thin neck with easy access to upper frets

              Cons

              • moderately rough fret edges
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • Terrible Tuners

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              This is a good choice for a first guitar in most areas. It has a nice, thin neck that's easy to play, and the sound is good in this price range. The fit and finish is pretty decent except for the fret edges. They are a bit rough but not terrible. The woodgrain on the body and neck is really nice and it's much lighter than a standard Les Paul. Playing it through a Vox Mini 5 amp, it sounds very good for the money. I really like its sound for heavier music like Metallica and Rush. Now for the bad. The worst part of the guitar is the tuning machines. They are garbage. They slip and are very "notchy" as you try and get the guitar in tune. The guitar needs to be tuned at least daily and sometimes every 30 minutes to an hour. This issue can cause new guitarists to get frustrated or discouraged. I liked the guitar enough to upgrade to Grover tuners. Problem solved. I got the guitar at MF for 20% off so I don't have much money in it and now it's a solid axe for the price and worth keeping for the long term. It's probably good enough to gig with and at this price, there's no worries about it getting some character marks on it while it's out in the dangerous world of smoke filled bars.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Everyone should own this guitar!!

              By William

              from Kansas

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                I actually don't play in public, a little shy! This guitar also works great either way, out in public or in your home. I have a small music room in my home and enjoy playing this guitar. It's great for the price. Vintage Sunburst looks amazing, well built. Electronics are nice, Tone and volume work well, and it comes with a fairly good quality set of strings pre-installed. You just can't beat this guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                excellent guitar quality

                By Daweeso

                from Fremont, Ca

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                this guitar has a good, full sounding tone but i think a few of the frets were built wrong because a few notes on the high e-string don't sound out correctly (easily fixable), other than that is an excellent guitar

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