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Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special Bass with Flame Maple Top Transparent Black

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Les Paul lends his name to this new Limited Edition Epiphone electric bass guitar that gives you unparalleled performance, features and affordability. Starting with the classic Les Paul Special body s... Click To Read More About This Product

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Les Paul lends his name to this new Limited Edition Epiphone electric bass guitar that gives you unparalleled performance, features and affordability. Starting with the classic Les Paul Special body shape it sports a solid mahogany body and neck for rock-solid performance, rich bass and clean, clear highs. Two specially designed alnico bass humbuckers with separate volume controls and master tone allow you to dial-in the perfect tone. With a 34" scale length and 1.50" nut width, the new LP Special bass has great balance and is easy to play. For its price, won't find a better performing bass anywhere!

FEATURES

  • Pickups: 442R alnico humbucker
  • Hardware: Black
  • Scale: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Neck: Set
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard/Inlay: Rosewood/Dot
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4.6

(based on 53 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well balanced tone!

I currently play a Fender Jazz and a Gibson Ripper with my band. I like the light weight and the playability of the Jazz, and the fat sound of the Ripper. The Les...Read complete review

I currently play a Fender Jazz and a Gibson Ripper with my band. I like the light weight and the playability of the Jazz, and the fat sound of the Ripper. The Les Paul bass seems to be the ideal combination of the two. We play mostly Motown and Classic Rock, with some blues and country on the side, so for me versatility is very important. The Ripper weighs about 10 pounds making it difficult to wear for an entire night, and the Jazz just doesn't provide enough punch on certain songs. When I played the Les Paul bass, I was pleased to dicover that it is perfect balance of the two basses' tones. Another plus is the slender neck on the bass. The neck feels similar to a Jazz bass, but does still provides ample resonance, and feels sturdy to the touch. I would certainly recommend this bass to most bass players.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound. Terrible quality.

I bought this bass because it is a Les Paul. We all want a Les Paul, they are cool, but it also sounded cool when I played it in-store. I bought and right...Read complete review

I bought this bass because it is a Les Paul. We all want a Les Paul, they are cool, but it also sounded cool when I played it in-store. I bought and right away I noticed that the strings buzzed, this wasnt a big deal because when the amp was turned up loud it wasn't noticeable. After a couple of weeks playing this the input jack fell out, it just fell out while I was playing, I had been smart enough to buy the waranty when I purchased this bass so they repaired it quickly, but it was a hassle to not be able to play. Then after a couple of months, the strings still buzz, the screw that holds my strap on falls out, it just rips out and my bass crashed to the floor. So what im saying is that although the bass looks and sounds cool, it is built at a very low quality, consider this before you drop $$$ on this bass when there are better ones out there.

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(170 of 179 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well balanced tone!

By Lowend2

from Bergen, NY

I currently play a Fender Jazz and a Gibson Ripper with my band. I like the light weight and the playability of the Jazz, and the fat sound of the Ripper. The Les Paul bass seems to be the ideal combination of the two. We play mostly Motown and Classic Rock, with some blues and country on the side, so for me versatility is very important. The Ripper weighs about 10 pounds making it difficult to wear for an entire night, and the Jazz just doesn't provide enough punch on certain songs. When I played the Les Paul bass, I was pleased to dicover that it is perfect balance of the two basses' tones. Another plus is the slender neck on the bass. The neck feels similar to a Jazz bass, but does still provides ample resonance, and feels sturdy to the touch. I would certainly recommend this bass to most bass players.

(63 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing bass with an amazing price!

By Crusher_destroyer

from Ft. Worth, TX

This bass is amazing! The pickups sound great! Great highs, and thundering lows! Very easy to play, as well as a lot of fun! It's a well balanced bass and looks great! Definitely a great price for such an amazing bass!

(50 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pleasent Surprise

By Mrskygod

from Ft.Worth , Tx

After walking past this attractive bass on numerous trips to GC., I decided to play it. I was very surprised at it's tone , finish and overall quality. Where else can you buy a set neck bass for the price? The red one is drop dead beautiful and I only wished they made it in a short scale. No muddy tones like the old EB series basses. I really like mine.

(46 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special Bass

By bassman2000

from Big Bear lake, Ca

This bass is one of the favorites in my collection, with all the perfect contouring of the classic gibson les paul guitar.this bass has $1000.00 worth of tone and the one piece neck very smooth low action with the factory setup. Stays in tune well when I play live. this bass has the classic tones and control like a Rickenbauker. can here the notes and riffs without an amplifier for practicing alone has a lot of value for a great price! Downside they dont have a 5 string yet!

(44 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big things come in small packages

By Garrett_da_bassplayer

from Sunnyvale, California

This is every bass players dream bass right here. This bass has a great sound. I never get any feedback from my amp. Great sound quality for any amp. The weight is very even not top heavy or anything it mostly stays where you want it to. Occasionally you will have to adjust afetr a while of jumping around. This bass may be heavy but it really gets around. I swing it and it goes very well> this is a must buy.

(37 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The perfect bass? No such thing

By Charles O'Leary

from San Francisco CA

This bass is NOT for everyone. If metal is your style, these pickups lack the drive that you'll want. In this price range I'd look at an Ibenez, Peavey, Dean or a BC Rich. If you are a slap style player you'll also want a more responsive set-up. If you have a small hand you'll need a bass with a shorter scale. This IS A LONG SCALE instrument. I'd hate to see a player quit because they bought the wrong bass. True professionals, this bass has only one tone control for the two pickups and no type of selection switch. That said; Who is it a great match for? Rock, soul, blues and country players will be greatly impressed. Has a wonderful "bouncy" sound, rich lows and bright highs. Also, the mahogany sustains and resonates the notes, that one can practice without an amp in a quiet setting. A better job could have been done matching the maple top, at least on mine (I bought it on-line) Also junk the cable and the tinny sounding strings that come with it. Any quality middle gauge will do

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Such A Deal!!!!

By Randy Dean

from St. Louis, MO

For years I've wanted a Les Paul Bass...........but a Gibson Les Paul Bass was just toooooo much money. Then I heard a commercial for The Guitar Center on the TV and thought "What the heck.....check it out". To my surprise I put in a search for Les Paul Bass and it came up with this beauty........ The sound (after changing the strings to flat wounds) is amazing, with such deep deep tones. The guitar is not a cheap knock off........but a Real Les Paul.....a glued in neck (not a bolted on one), great pick ups adn I'm glad I came to the web site. Years ago I owned a Violin Shaped Beattle Bass and it was a knock off but played great but nothing in comparision to this one. It was the perfect choice for me and I hope for alot of you.

(20 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the epiphone les paul

By metalman1234

from Rutherford, NJ

I am actually about to buy this bass in a few days. A friend i have owns this bass and it sounds incredible. He let me play a little and i love how comfortable it is to play. i definetely think this product is a must buy. My father owns the thunderbird which is also by epiphone and although i have never played it, since no one is allowed to touch it but him, it is also a great bass guitar. Don?t even think twice about buying this bass guitar. Just buy it. It is worth every penny.

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what a thumper

By Travis

from Haltom City, TX

I bought a trans black model at the local GC store. Excellent finish and detail. A simple design but that is what I like. The low end thump on this guitar is awesome. Pickups are amazingly quiet when you are between songs. Stays in tune like it should. It sounds like an old Gibson EB to me. It is a little heavy and does tend to lean forward a little but that is no big deal for me. I also play a Highway 1 Fender which costs more than three times what I paid for this. It does not play the higher tones as bright as the Fender but I like this one better for rock. I put a set of D'addario 165 nickel wound strings on it right away. (stock strings sucked) I do not know how long this bass will hold up but it seems like it is built like a sledge hammer---solid! If there is a better bass at this price I would be surprised. For reference I have owned several Squiers, EB-3 Epiphone, Fender standard P, Peavey T-40...this one blows them away because of the low end thump and quiet pickups. By the way this bass looks much better than the pictures here.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Jesse

from Brick, NJ

This is my first bass but I studied hard before picking one. Absolutely incredible. Perfect sound. Very comfortable to play. The strings that came with it were not too great so I added Elixir heavy's to it. Sounded a lot better although i would suggest getting mediums next time.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Deal!!!

By Bass Playin' Trucker

from McDonough,GA

Considering the price difference between Gibson and Epiphone, this is a GREAT deal for the money. The quality of this bass is pretty good for its price tag. I think Epiphone has made improvements in their quality. I love that it's a set neck bass, and that the mahogany wood has the tone, sound, and sustain I really like. The dual humbucking pickups are great. I suggest new strings as soon as you get it. I have Ernie Ball strings on mine right now, thanks to the guys at Guitar Center. My bass has the Trans Black finish which is really nice. Gotta see it in person! Wish that Epiphone would have offered more color choices in the finish, but oh well. This bass possibly will replace my Fender 5 string Jazz bass as my main bass.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value

By Craig

from Cumberland, Md.

Well, I got what I expected after reading other reviews. This bass IS easy to play, that is, of course, you take the time to adjust it a bit. Mine came with a nice bow in the neck, the strings were too high at the nut, and they were also high at the bridge. If you are willing to accept the fact that this isn't a Gibson and thus will need a little adjusting touch, then it's a wonderful deal. The finish is nice. Overall look is good. Mine had a nice slightly green tint to it in the light, and that's OK. Sounds good. Lots of options for sound. Good low end. Pickups seem to blend pretty well If you think you can do better for the price, good luck.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A QUALITY ITEM!!!

By Chris

from Northport Ny

Powerful and punchy i love this bass!!! Ive had it for a year. Its great for all types of music, me im an old school metal head (iron maiden,metallica) you can get almost any kind of sound out of from the whaling sound of Metallicas late Cliff Burton( My personal favorite and main influence) to the galluping belching sound of iron maidens steve harris and many others. This is perfect for beginers and great for those seasoned veterans. great for its price, Beats the hell out of any squier bass and is a must have. only thing is its weight. BUY IT!!!!

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass, worth all the money

By Crazy Joe

from NJ and NY

This bass is amazing, it is currently my second one, and it's tone variety is absolutely wonderful. The ONLY problem I had was the input jack breaking, but thanks to pro coverage I got that fixed up.... Anyway, great bass to buy, just remember to change the strings.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A steal of a guitar,,, Buy it and RUN!

By Michael

from Indiana

First time I strapped this baby on, the weight awoke my attention, but that's what I wanted to notice. A true Les Paul; although a bass don't fret. A true Epiphone quality bass that steals the spotlight from your other guitars. I haven't found buzz yet, very durable, amazing look. My love of my life, the spectators instant favorite. The sound is bold, thick and juicy, like A cheeseburger. Extremely difficult to find anything wrong.. Still haven't yet, I believe it's a myth...

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It!

By Tampa Greg

from Tampa FL

Great little Epi bass. Plays fine out of the box and has a nice big sound. Well made and the price is right. Great addition to my live line up. She's awful pretty in red!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Four-String Goodness

By Max Whited

from Knoxville, TN

I like this bass a lot. I use it regularly with my band. And, I will continue to use it for as long as I have it. The bass is sturdy and stays in tune very well. It looks nice, and it feels good to play. It is a little heavy, and the strap may come undone if you're bouncing around, but I straplok my basses. It offers good playability and a variety of sounds. Fiddle around with the knobs a little bit and make it as punchy, deep, or melodic. It lacks the ability to give an amazing drive, but it still works. It plays fairly well in lower tunings. The lows are thundering and the highs are crystal clear. You WANT this bass. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I reserve that for the AMAZING basses. But, this is great price and quality. Try it even if you're a pro.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ok

By Dino Duncan

from Florence, SC

This Bass is Awesome the only reason why i gave this bass four stars is the nut on the bass was bad it was cut so! bad the strings where tuching the freatboard so it is kind of out of play right no untill I put a new nut on but the other side the bass is beautiful it has the punchy Steve Harris bass tone and even out the tone knob and you will get some Geddy Lee bass tone it is a perfect bass for students and pro the same and well worth the money words for the wise please buy a case with this bass it needs one (my son even plays this bass and he loves it to death)

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass!!!

By Mason

from Stryker

Iv had this bass for about 4 or 5 months now. I love how big the pickups are. I play this for pep band at my school during basketball season. Its has a nice rich sound. I give it a five out five. But get some strap locks because the stock ones do not hold a strap very well. but overall a fantastic bass.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING Bass

By Blood Red Studs Band

from waxhaw, NC

This bass is in my top 10 of most beautiful and also high quality basses. The finish is amazing, I have whacked it against a couple of walls in my time, but the paint is still on there! The sound is great, and the strings against frets (the little banging) is less than my other bass, the EB. My only complaint is the knobs have no titles, but i did figure out which is which. This is overall a GREAT bass, for beginners and pros.

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