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Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar  

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This is a limited edition version of Epiphone's number one selling model available with a choice of "worn" finishes. The Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-I is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar... Click To Read More About This Product

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This is a limited edition version of Epiphone's number one selling model available with a choice of "worn" finishes. The Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-I is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar with real Les Paul tone and feel. But seasoned pros love the Special-I also because it's a great-sounding, workhorse guitar that lets them leave their more expensive axes at home.

The authentic LP power starts with an basswood, trademarked Les Paul body with a bolted-on "1960's" SlimTaper„¢ mahogany neck featuring a 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. The Special-I is voiced by a pair of hot open-coil Epiphone 700T and 650R humbucker pickups, giving it massive, unmistakable Les Paul tone. Like all of Epiphone's electric guitars, it comes standard-equipped with 500K potentiometers for the master volume and master tone controls, plus Epiphone's heavy-duty 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack. This value-champ also now features nickel hardware including an intonated, one-piece wraparound bridge-stopbar.

Features
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • D-shaped profile
  • Epiphone 700T bridge humbucker
  • Epiphone 650R neck humbucker
  • Master volume, master volume controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Nickel hardware
  • Intonated, one-piece wraparound bridge-stopbar
  • Coverered, 14:1 diecast tuners
  • Polyurethane finish
Specifications
  • 24-3/4" scale
    1-11/16 nut width
    12" fretboard radius
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 144 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (69)
  • Good feel (65)
  • Good tone (55)
  • Good pick up (47)
  • Solid electronics (32)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (10)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Flat sound (5)
  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (70)
  • Jamming (54)
  • Small venues (32)
  • Recording (24)
  • School bands (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Novice (32), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Playing, Great Sounding for any price

I seriously love this guitar. While I've owned guitars costing 10 times as much as I paid for the LP Special I P90, none of them sounded better or played better.
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I seriously love this guitar. While I've owned guitars costing 10 times as much as I paid for the LP Special I P90, none of them sounded better or played better.

While the electronics, tuners, and other hardware are nothing special, I've had no issues with any of it. After a setup by the tech at GC, the action is nice and there's no fret buzz. It stays in tune well enough, and it sounds like a dream.

The P90 pickups have that special flavor you just can duplicate elsewhere. Unless your're a shredder, you'll love this little guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware the bridge

I purchased this at my local GC as my first foray into electric guitar, looking for a lower cost option since I didn't know the level of commitment I'd maintain. The overall set up...Read complete review

I purchased this at my local GC as my first foray into electric guitar, looking for a lower cost option since I didn't know the level of commitment I'd maintain. The overall set up out of the box was very playable, complete novices have plenty of tones to explore though the neck/rhythm pick up is a bit flat and muddy sounding. After pouring close to 100 hours of play time and a new set of strings into the guitar, a few things really started to become bothersome:

- The intonated bridge is, well, awful.
- Stock tuning machine heads are frustrating and won't keep the guitar in tune for more than a few songs.
- Again, that frigging bridge...

I learned a lot of things from this guitar about what I wanted/needed to make for an enjoyable playing experience. If you have the $50 or so extra get the Special II for the Tune-o-Matic bridge, it'll save you a lot of frustration.

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5.0

Great Beginner / Intermediate Guitar

By Dom

from Burlington, VT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Quality parts

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

    Bought this guitar to bring with me to college to prevent anything from happening to my better guitars (Gibson, Fender, etc). I've been playing for about 10 years now, and I have to say I was impressed with the quality of this guitar. The tone is solid, not nearly as full as a real Les Paul (which is to be expected), but the slimmer body almost gives it more of that SG or Les Paul Junior-style bite. Pickups are good, tuners are fine and the wraparound bridge is easy to maintain. All around, its a great sounding and great playing guitar for the low price. When I bought it from Guitar Center, the setup on the guitar was absolutely terrible. The action was so high it was almost unplayable. If this happens to you and is an issue you don't think you can handle yourself, make sure you address it before you leave the store. I actually enjoyed getting some experience in setting up my guitar, adjusting the truss rod, fixing the intonation, and so on. With such a simple design, this guitar was a pretty easy setup. Other than having to do the initial setup, this guitar was a great addition to my collection as a cheaper guitar that can take a beating so my others don't. Definitely recommend it to others looking for an inexpensive guitar, regardless of whether you're just learning to play or have some experience under your belt.

     
    5.0

    Recommended

    By Wayne

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

    Not my first choice for playing full time, but a great jammer

     
    5.0

    Great product but the color could be better.

    By Dave

    from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

      My first guitar and a great one. I love everything about this guitar except one thing, the color. The TV yellow looks great on camera, but it's not as great in person. If you get this guitar, get it in cherry. Other than that, it's pretty great.

       
      5.0

      First guitar, very pleased

      By The dude

      from Arkansas

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

        This is my first guitar, and even though I don't know a whole lot about them, I am still very happy with it. Looking foward to learning to play on it

         
        5.0

        Excellent A+++++ All the Way. Thanks Doug Witt

        By David

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

        Very pleased with the guitar and the amazing professional service I received from Doug Witt. The instrument is everything and more than I could have expected at the price point. Doug Witt is a complete honest professional in every respect. Thrilled with the whole experience.

         
        5.0

        My first guitar

        By TheAussieDrummer

        from Castle Rock

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

          I am a drummer but I want to start playing other instruments. I decided to buy this as my first guitar because I love the Les Paul look but don't want to spend insane amounts of money on a guitar I can't fully use. This thing is brilliant, I use it with a Behringer Uphoria UM2 to record into my laptop and this guitar sings!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Hmmm... Something's Fishy

          By RjG

          from North Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

          I own an Epi LP JR in cherry. It was purchased in 2010 for about $115 and built in Indonesia. It is a stellar guitar. Fit and finish really couldn't be any better. It is labeled as a 'Limited edition - Custom shop' and has a one piece mahogany body.
          I think somebody wised up in marketing and realized they were could have gotten a lot more that run of guitars as presumed by the guitar I received.
          I ordered and received the Special I in worn TV yellow. It's about half the weight of the JR, not a bad thing. Matter of fact the basswood body is at least twice as loud acoustically as the mahogany bodied JR making it shine as a 'couch' guitar. I like the flat finish, and the neck feels fine and a bit faster because of it.
          Cons: Little things like strap buttons off centered that just make you cringe. Specks of debris in a couple of places in the finish. The radius of the body edge obviously done by hand, a little overboard here and there on the belt. Obviously nitpicking, but trying to point differences in manufacture of cheap guitars and how much variance you can get based on a few years span and country of origin.
          I am having trouble getting past one flaw... whatever they oiled / stained the fingerboard with literally stinks like fish oil. I've tried a 91% isopropyl alchohol flush and rub to draw a lot of it out, re-oiled with vintage lemon oil I've had and used for half a century. It still stinks.
          This guitar is manufactured in China, who knows what they used on that fingerboard. I'm using this guitar as a modding platform, so I am stuck with it. My girlfriend sat in here a minute ago and asked why the guitar stinks like fish. I shrugged.

          I will guardedly recommend this to a friend. To a stranger, your mileage may vary.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Affordable and a great guitar!

          By EpiphoneBiggestFan

          from Portage Indiana

          About Me Child

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Amazing
          • Amazing design
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Sound
          • My first Guitar
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

            Amazing cheap and wow the best. It is very affordable and amazing sound I also bought the bag. Please get it if you are a beginner like me it is AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            i would purchase again

            By jodi

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

            Product works as expected

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great starter Guitar

            By Gary

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special-I Electric Guitar:

            Nephew loves it.....He just getting started, Well on his way......

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