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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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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

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 149 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

91%

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 (11)
  • Craftsmanship (6)
  • Flat sound (6)
  • Poor pick up (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (70)
  • Jamming (54)
  • Small venues (32)
  • Recording (24)
  • School bands (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), 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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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Amanda

from WEST BABYLON,NY

Site Member

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

I've been playing various instruments for years, but this is the first electric guitar I've ever owned, and I'm more than happy with the purchase! I was looking for a decently priced guitar, but considering I had already played on acoustic for about 2 years prior to this purchase, I wanted a step or two up from a Squire, and this guitar hits that nail right on the head. If nothing else (which is certainly not the case), it looks great. I've had it for about a month and I still smile at the sight of it, and I've gotten numerous compliments on the Cherry red color and Les Paul body design. The action on it is extremely comfortable, and in my opinion, it's the perfect weight. I've held and played some other electrics, and many of them seem to weigh down on my shoulders after a long period of standing and playing, but not this one. Sound-wise, the dual pick-up with the switch also adds great versatility to the sounds that this instrument can produce (I plug into an Epiphone Mustang, so to me it feels like the sound options with this guitar are pretty much endless.) It can get down low and crunch, or you can crank it with more of a dirty tone, and it sounds great everywhere in between those two as well. All in all, I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good quality guitar that doesn't dig deep into the wallet. (P.S., If you're looking at Squires, spend the extra $30 and get this instead, it's worth it!)

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

newest addition to my collection.

By nicole montelli

from nj

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

well i originally bought one of the squire strats but when i unboxed it there were chips in the paint..tuner heads looked like they wanted to pop off..and it just looked like there was no time spent putting it together..so i took that back and picked up one of these...i wish i purchased this first..i didnt want to get a les paul at first because i felt that they were too heavy..but this one is just perfect its not too light or too heavy..when i took it out of the box everything was perfect just had to tune it up and ready to go..there was even a sticker, a poster, and an extra cable in the box. i had an epiphone sg in the past and you can tell they take there time and pay attention to detail when they asseble their guitars... i got this one in the worn cherry color which looks fanastic...ill probably just stick to buying epiphone guitars from now on.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy

By Terrence

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Easy To Play With A Great
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • All Of The Above
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

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

Just got my Guitar today and what a buy. The feel is awesome and so is the weight. I played it for a while and when I took it off and turned it around I saw that it was made in China. Those people need jobs too, I am pro American but I have to say a good buy is a good buy no matter where it came from. The important thing is the quality of the instrument. It looks good, feels good and plays good for under $120.00 with shipping and tax. Huge Score!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Playing, Great Sounding for any price

By 69Beowulf

from St. Michael, MN

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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:

    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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar.

    By The Monster Man

    from Des Moines, Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

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

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

    This guitar is amazing. I've been playing for awhile now, and this has to be one of the best guitars I've ever played. It's absolutely gorgeous! The picture doesn't do it justice

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow

    By Dr.J

    from Kansas City, Kansas

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Finish
    • Intonation
    • Pickups
    • Playability

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        First off, I have o say that the pics just don't do it any justice. I got mine in TV yellow and its beautiful. At first I was planning to get worn black but when I saw the yellow in-store, I was instantly hooked. what you don't see in the pics is the faint woodgrain behind the yellow.
        For sound and playability I have to say it is really darn good. it has really nice humbuckers, isn't too heavy (yet it still has great sustain) and it has a pretty nice neck. My only complaint is that it doesn't have very good tuners, I can only get through about two songs before I need to retune. But that's an easy fix.
        So, all around a great guitar and for the price, I don't thing it really gets any better than this.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow

        By Steven Crawford

        from Houston, Texas

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

        I purchased this for my 14 year old daughter because she received Xbox Rocksmith for Christmas and I didn't want her to be tempted to be using one of my high end guitars. Got it home and set it up and I was impressed. Great neck and balance. Two P 90s growl. Ended up playing it for about 3 hours before I stuck it under the tree. If your looking for a starter electric you can't go wrong with it. And its super cheap.

        (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Meh.

        By not worth it

        from Louisville, KY

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • School Bands

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

        Was really excited to play it until i got home and realized i couldn't even play the low e cause the buzzing was so bad and every string buzzes above the fifth fret.

        (6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Junk

        By James

        from Attalla, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          I would not recommend this item.

          Mine arrived with a crack in the neck. I wrote an email to the customer service. But I have received a reply. I asked for help. Got nothing back.

          I have played with the guitar everyday since I have received it. But I cannot get it to sound good.

          Any help.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Beginner Guitar

          By A Beginner

          from Newark, OH

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands

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

          This guitar feels great! I've been playing for about two months, and have picked it up fairly quickly, outplaying most everyone in my guitar class. It's a great deal, and is very slick. The guitar fortunately in my opining doesn't come so bright, it's more of a dark cherry red, and aesthetically looks amazing. Strings feel solid, and the pickups sound great, this and a sound pedal really make the guitar sound and feel great. My only problem with the guitar is a fret buzz on the low e. I am taking it into a technician very soon to get it figured out, but putting distortion on washes it out completely. For a beginner, this guitar feels great.

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