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Epiphone Les Paul Special | First Impressions with Arianna Powell


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The Epiphone Les Paul Special is available at Guitar Center. Based on the original Gibson classic, it features solid mahogany construction, a mahogany neck with a bound, Indian laurel fretboard, a new headstock design and a pair of soap bar Pro P-90 single-coil pickups. This single-cutaway solidbody is perfect for players who want classic design and powerful, vintage tones at prices made for the working musician.

Les Paul Special Main Features

Mahogany body with gloss finish
Mahogany neck with a ’50’s vintage profile, Indian laurel fretboard
Dual soap bar Pro P-90 pickups with dual volume and tone pots
Nickel-plated Lightning Bar wraparound bridge, Vintage Deluxe tuners with ivory buttons

Body Construction

Mahogany has been the standard wood for the Les Paul Special since 1955. As a tonewood, it has a strong midrange, which makes it an ideal platform for P-90s.

Les Paul Special Neck Construction

The Special has a set mahogany neck with a vintage ’50’s profile; the Indian laurel fretboard has 12" radius—a familiar feel for fans of classic Gibson electrics. The updated headstock bears a closer resemblance to the Gibson design.

Soap Bar Pro P-90 Pickups

This Les Paul Special has 2 soap bar Pro P-90 single-coils, made to match Gibson’s original specifications. This includes Elektrisola magnet wire, sand cast Alnico V magnets and tin-plated brass base plates. Voiced for rhythm and lead, they provide a wealth of vintage tones that work equally well in a modern context. The dual volume and tone controls use CTS pots for a smooth and accurate response. 

Vintage-Style Hardware

The bridge on the Les Paul Special is a Lightning Bar wraparound with compensated saddles. Once modern concession: it's designed for an unwound G-string, unlike original models. Epiphone Deluxe Vintage tuners with Ivory buttons complete the classic look of the Special.

Other high-quality specifications include a 5-ply pickguard, a Graph Tech nut, cream single-ply binding on the fretboard and a Modern Epiphone logo inlayed with mother of pearl on the headstock.
Epiphone Les Paul Special Electric Guitar TV Yellow
Epiphone Les Paul Special Electric Guitar TV Yellow
Epiphone Les Paul Special Electric Guitar TV Yellow

collapse expand iconFeatures

  • • Mahogany body
  • • Mahogany neck with Vintage '50s profile, Indian laurel fretboard
  • • Dual Soap Bar Pro P90 single coil pickups
  • • Lightning Bar wraparound bridge, Deluxe Vintage Ivory button tuners, Graph Tech nut

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  • Body Type: Single Cutaway Solid Body
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Neck shape: Vintage '50s
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fingerboard
  • Material: Indian Laurel
  • Radius: 12"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width/material: 1.69 in. (43 mm) GraphTech
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Soap Bar Pro P90 Single Coil
  • Bridge: Soap Bar Pro P90 Single Coil
  • Control layout: Individual volume Individual tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-Way
  • Bridge type: Fixed Bridge
  • Bridge design: Lightning Bar Wraparound
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe Vintage Ivory Button
  • Color: Nickel
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Orientation: Right handed

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