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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar Transparent Black

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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... Read More

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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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (6)

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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3.0

Good for beginners, excellent mod platform

By Addie B

from Ludlow, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    I bought this five years ago, it's been now temporarily sacrificed to the "mod gods."
    It was bought with the thought of "oh my God, I have a Les Paul!" and less on the fact of price-point and that it may have had bad tuners. I recommend if anyone is serious about making this guitar last, REPLACE THE TUNERS!!!
    they make it much less of a pain in the badooskie to play, and boy do I remember re-tuning it after every darn song I'd practice.

     
    5.0

    Love my Les Paul!!

    By aniedeee

    from Florida

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      My first guitar was a Yamaha spanish style. While gorgeous, the neck is really wide and this deterred me from truly getting into the guitar. A month into lessons, my instructor let me play his Fender Stratocaster. I was in love with the size of the neck and the action. So I started hunting for an affordable electric. I came across the Les Paul Special II in the "transparent blue" color on sale at GS. Not only is it absolutely stunning, but it plays really well for the price. I feel like it needs to be tuned before each session but no big deal. I am absolutely in love with practicing on this!

       
      5.0

      Love it

      By Frek357

      from Petersburg ky

      About Me Experienced

      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:

        I have a Fender custom shop strat so i baught this as a cheap way to get double hums love the neck so much that i find myself playing it twice as much as the strat!!!

        (2 of 2 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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No setup needed.

          By Bill, the old guy.

          from Chicagoland

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Set up well
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

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

            Semi Novice. I played in local bands back in the 60's, but gave it up, as I grew up. Decided to pick it up again, after 45 years.
            Neck was very straight, and the action set to specs. I lowered the action to the minimum, without any problems.
            Also bought a Fender Mustang I to practice on, with headphones.
            Fingers are soft, but it's starting to come back.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Looks good,plays good,sounds good.

            By Eagle Heart

            from Sun CIty West, Az.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Over my Marshall stack its allot like my gibson.
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Before dreamtime for relaxing.
              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              I've never played much professionally, in the early 80's I played for a local band, The Country Outlaws. I've been playing off but mostly on since I was 8 years old when my grandmother (who played) bought me my first guitar. You know the one, plastic with fishing line for strings. LOL Being able to play guitar has been therapy for me ever since a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 08' which left me disabled but still able to play my musical instruments. Thank you Lord ! Mine is the blue transparent color and I love it!

               
              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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 -

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Better, A LOT better than I expected

                  By Chaphole

                  from Boston

                  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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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