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Since it's introduction almost 20 years ago, The Special-II has met the needs of countless musicians with its combination of Les Paul features, great tone and affordability. The Special II Plus Top Limited Edition Electric Guitar Made with a flamed maple top, mahogany body, bolt-on mahogany neck, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, this baby is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins.

Providing the sizzle and snarl that you can only get from humbuckers is a 650R (neck) and 700T (bridge) pickup combo. You'll be amazed how these U.S.A. designed pickups with their high-output magnets add more highs with increased definition and no muddiness. Slightly over-wound, the hotter 700T bridge pickup is smooth but can give you a little extra scream or growl when you need it while never losing its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.


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  • Flamed maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on neck mahogany neck with slim taper profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 700T/650R open-coil humbuckers
  • Tone, volume, and 3-way pickup switch
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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EpiphoneLes Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Humbucking good !!!

Wow, this is a great guitar for the money. I spent some time deciding on which guitar to buy and after a lot of research I bought the Plus top Limited edition Les Paul...Read complete review

Wow, this is a great guitar for the money. I spent some time deciding on which guitar to buy and after a lot of research I bought the Plus top Limited edition Les Paul Special II and I'm glad I did. I purchased the guitar over Thanksgiving and they were sold out at the store so I had it shipped to my home and the minute I took it out of the packing I knew I had made the right decision. The finish on the guitar is really good and even though it's made in China the attention to detail is all there. The flamed maple top really makes this guitar stand out, much better than the regular finish. Epiphone evidently took the time to ensure that everything was manufactured in accordance with their specs and it doesn't disappoint. I'm an intermediate player and own a Fender and Yamaha acoustic and this guitar is a wonderful addition since it has it's own unique sound. The low E string doesn't buzz at all which is a welcome relief from my Fender which always has.. The guitar does not weigh as much as I thought it would, probably under 10 lbs and it's just a real comfortable size guitar. This is my first guitar with humbucking pickups and I noticed the difference right away. There is no buzz/hum and when you flip the switch over to treble or rhythm it produces a real sweet tone. Crank up your amp and it's a treat! The neck is easy to play and the guitar just feels right with no excess weight. Don't let the price steer you away from this one as it's worth every penny. Buy it and enjoy!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but could be better......

Well, I might as well write a review on this guitar to help other potential buyers out. If you are thinking about buying this guitar, all I can honestly say is go ahead...Read complete review

Well, I might as well write a review on this guitar to help other potential buyers out. If you are thinking about buying this guitar, all I can honestly say is go ahead and get it but realize one thing.....you WILL need to do a setup and possible pickup replacement. I bought this guitar in the sunburst color because they only had one blue one and it was in a store. I don't know about the rest of you but I am NOT going to pay full price on a guitar that is in the store and everyone had handled. If I am going to pay full price, then I want a new one in the box. Now besides all of that, on with the review..... The Guitar plays fine after a setup. Neck, pickup height, and intonation adjustments. You know, basic stuff. After playing it thru a solid state amp and playing it thru a tube amp, I come to realize that the stock pickups were in dire need of replacement to make this guitar sound great. I bought the Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set. SH-2 Jazz model at the neck and SH-4 model at the bridge. I also had a guitar tech wire it for coil splitting, install push/pull pots at the vol and tone, and install a switchcraft jack. Now this guitar sounds GREAT! After these mods, I couldn't be happier with the guitar and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to do them. Like I said at the beginning, you will have to do a setup and possible pickup replacement to get this guitar to play and sound the way you want it to. Other than all of this, the frets and the overall fit and finish are good. Hope this review helps.

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5.0

Best guitar on the market

By Dimitri

from New Port Richey FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

    Such a great deal. Pick this up now as the deal lasts. Very high quality feel with solid mahogany body and neck.

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    4.0

    Surprisingly, I Love It~

    By Todd

    from Fort Worth, Tx

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

      I use this guitar for just about everything - but I tend to use it more in the studio than the others!!! (Music Man, Charvel, Robin) - It was given to me as a gift sometime ago. It is so terribly easy to play. But I trade out whenever I'm doing a lot of chording, especially on the lower part of the neck. This Epi has a tendency to be slightly out of tune on different parts of the neck - makes a big difference in the studio. But, all in all, I love it -

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      5.0

      Better, A LOT better than I expected

      By Chaphole

      from Beantown

      About Me Novice

      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 Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

        I have always wanted a LP.. So when these went on sale for 150$, I said WTH.. It feels great, very balanced weight, beautiful finish, keeps in tune very well, humbuckers allow for great distortion while also plays very bright and vibrant with out. I have seen many reviews on this guitar from pros and youtube reviews, all reassuring that what I have bought is quality. I love it.

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        5.0

        Highly recommended for a learner.

        By Misty

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

        This is a great first guitar. In fact it is just a great buy all the way around.

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        5.0

        Great guitar - Bad experience

        By Midnight Jammer

        from Dallas / Fort Worth

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

        Guitar is great but was not new as advertised. Didn't even come in original box. I think it was a demo. Had a few scratches and some other cosmetic blemishes. Strings even had some corrosion. I would have returned but really liked the color and they didn't have any more. Like I said, the guitar sounds great and feels nice after changing strings and lowering the action. Guitar Center should have been ashamed of what they did on this order. Never apologized but I will say they did make it right after I complained.

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        4.0

        Good value for price point

        By Rick

        from FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

          I travel a lot and keep a place FL where I spend a few months each year. I was in the market for an inexpensive guitar that I could leave there so I would not have to carry one of my vintage guitars with me when I travel. Overall the feel and sound of the guitar are fine, especially given the cost. It needs to be set up, which I did myself and I am pleased with how it sounds and feels when you play it. The two open-coil humbuckers sound fine - no need to swap them out. I am just using for practice but it certainly is good enough for jamming and performing. Its definitely a good value for the money.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar, but some caveats (read below)

          By Brian

          from California

          About Me Experienced

          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 Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing guitar for 12 years. I've owned a couple dozen guitars in that time, including a Gibson and a couple Fenders. This guitar is right on par with my Gibson.

            I should start out by saying that these guitars can be hit-or-miss. I ordered one online from Guitar Center, and when I got it there were cracks in the neck near the headstock, indicating it was probably dropped. I played that one for a while and it didn't feel all that great, and it sounded even worse. On top of that, the body was a lot heavier than the neck; it always felt like it wanted to fall off of my lap. That guitar was made in Indonesia; when I took it to GC to exchange it, they gave me one that was made in China (same guitar, different factory). The "made in China" one is fantastic. It is super comfortable to play and doesn't have the balance issues. It also sounds a lot better.

            I am really big on modding my guitars; I always change out electronics, pickups, hardware, etc. I haven't found anything on this guitar that I want to change out. It sounds and looks great as-is. I rather like the Epiphone pickups that come with it; they have a really nice bite to them. Keep in mind that the pickups are VERY hot; this guitar got crunchy even on the clean channel.

            I opened up the back and found they used full-sized Alpha pots (not mini-pots to save money). The leads for the pickups were left long for whatever reason.

            I've always avoided Epiphone guitars up until now, thinking they were just the "cheap Gibson" alternatives (Epiphone is owned by Gibson) And it's true that Gibson does save their best stuff for the Gibson line. But I am finding that Epiphone is a great guitar company in its own right.

            If you covered up the headstock and asked me how much this guitar cost, I would probably say in the range of $400-700. It is currently one of my two favorite guitars, tied with my Gibson SG.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Plays great!

            By bigfeetgreen

            from Houston

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                Came securely packaged with no damage. Plays great, and was easy to plug into the amp. It's perfect for a beginner who's looking for a quick and easy start.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar for the money

                By Kidder

                from Sacramento

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                  Just started playing again and bought this guitar.
                  Play amazing well for the money. Could not be happier.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice guitar at a great price!

                  By Scooterboy

                  from SE Colorado

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this to practice with and eventually start jamming. Too many years gone by without playing. I had Fenders before but this Epiphone feels and sounds great. The set up was good right out of the box and the finish on it looks great! I do think I will upgrade the strings pretty soon. All in all...a great deal at a good price!

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