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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar  

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Since its 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 Lim... 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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Since its 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 is made with a flamed maple top, mahogany body, bolt-on mahogany neck, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, and 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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Features
  • 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 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (10)

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

 

Great guitar, not the greatest service

Came with a nice gouge out of it. Very well packed with bubble wrap and lots of paper. Looked like a floor model. Once I got it cleaned up and restrung it played...Read complete review

Came with a nice gouge out of it. Very well packed with bubble wrap and lots of paper. Looked like a floor model. Once I got it cleaned up and restrung it played outstanding. A lot of guitar for the money that's for sure, I'm very impressed with it. Still not happy about the chunk out of it though, probably won't be doing business with Guitar Center again.

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(35 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet deal

By mskitty1961

from spfd,mo

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

Great sounds for an even greater price. Was going to get the std. Special II, but the Plus top with the flamed maple--outta sight. I am strictly a hobbyist and have never had an electric but would highly recommend for any young players who may be wanting a guitar for christmas. Being a kid myself (nearly 49 1/2!) I did my homework, and for the dollar$ you'll get great looks, and twin double humbuckers with a warm,rich tone.Fingerboard was quite friendly,smooth neck. Hooked up to Fender practice amp with super sounds/results. At $149,Very well worth it.

(29 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Humbucking good !!!

By Tim Morphy

from Tampa, Florida

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

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!!

(11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By chris

from tn

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

my parents got me this last christmas and i havent had a broken string yet. awesome finish awesome sound.plays as good as the more expensive epiphones for a lower price

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flabbergasting

By Nick 182

from Houston, TX

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

Ok, so i play in a band in my high school with some of my friends, we perform alot for anywhere over 150 people at a time. I was playing a Washburn and a First Act for awhile until i finally reached the breaking point of the useless guitars i was playing. SO, i bought this guitar in transparent blue. The color is more purplish blue. It actually looks alot better then in the picture. AMAZING is all i can say. This is great for performing teenage bands. I play in a punk rock band and i'm the lead singer and rythm guitarist and this is an amazing guitar for that. If your looking for an affordable Les Paul but with the Gibson quality, your looking at it.

(8 of 8 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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not Perfect But Still Awesome

    By Glenn Thomas

    from Storrs, CT

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

    I travel a lot and wanted the cheapest guitar I could find (that was still playable) to take through airports in a padded bag so I could jam at the hotel all week. I found this amazingly bright sounding gem that beat out the other guitars I was looking at because it was $149.00 in a sale GC had running a few months ago and it played better than some that cost a lot more. I play it every day and still like it for many reasons. It's much lighter than my Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe (60's next), sounds great through my Yamaha THR-10C with a good range of tones for such a cheap guitar, and, like I just said, it's cheap. Cons (Title does say not perfect)... One of the tuning pegs was not mounted straight and it's kind of a pain to change strings because the string winder hits the head. Terrible fret buzz on fret 16. When I bend the string it goes away so I don't think that fret is level. Not sure if I can raise the action to get rid of it. I consider it my travel beater so not really crazy about it being perfect and will do a setup on it when I have time. Everything else is good. It comes in a variety of really tacky colors but I found a transparent blue one that actually looks pretty cool. I would highly recommend this based on the quality to price ratio. GC sells a little travel guitar that seemed like absolute junk and cost a few hundred more, and this fits fine in the overhead bin of an airplane. Just take your time checking it out and you can avoid the things I found, just have them rip open another box and try another one. Like I said, not perfect, but still worth 5 stars based on the sound I get out if it together with the price.

    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good but could be better......

    By Anthony Clark

    from Macon, Ga

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

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for the price!

    By JIM

    from Crystal Lake, IL

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

    I've had this guitar for about a month now and I'm loving it more and more! I don't have the money to buy expensive guitars, so this is the most I've spent on a guitar and I am pleased with my purchase. I'm in a local band and I mostly play rhythm guitar, so for me this guitar works great. The action is awesome and I really like the weight of the guitar. It's not too heavy and it's not too light. It does not feel like or play like a cheap guitar. Besides changing the strings, I've left it alone and it's becoming my favorite guitar to play live. I highly recommend this guitar for beginners or for someone who loves to play loud distorted guitar without all the bells and whistles.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice, I like it!

      By Mike

      from Pa.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        I always liked the Les Paul model guitar. Eppiphone is a good brand, now owned by the Gibson company. It may not be a Gibson, but is not too far removed from it.

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