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Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar   

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Classic Les Paul styling combined with a lustrous finish makes the Epiphone LP Junior Special Electric Guitar one hot-looking axe. Fast-playing neck ...Read More

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Bold musical tone at a heart-stopping price.

Classic Les Paul styling combined with a lustrous finish makes the Epiphone LP Junior Special Electric Guitar one hot-looking axe. Fast-playing neck and resonant tonewood body enhance the amazingly powerful, sustain-drenched tone of the single humbucker in the bridge position. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece create more sustain and make string changing easier. A fantastic first guitar or a very affordable solution for old hands who've always wanted a Junior to call their own.

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FEATURES
  • Classic LP styling
  • Fast neck
  • Tonewood body
  • Single high-output humbucker at the bridge
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

This is a deal you really can't afford to pass up. Put this thing in the cart and become the proud parent of a new Les Paul Junior!

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EpiphoneLes Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 357 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (178)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (28)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)
  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (24)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (11)
  • School bands (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Holy Smokes!

Got this for Christmas 2012 as I wanted something to tune open for slide. Got the sunburst finish which,when you see it, is unbelievable.Plays really well and didn't have to do much setup...Read complete review

Got this for Christmas 2012 as I wanted something to tune open for slide. Got the sunburst finish which,when you see it, is unbelievable.Plays really well and didn't have to do much setup other than change strings. The stock ones were horrible. Thought what the heck and took it to the first gig this year.Tonight will be the fifth straight gig with it.Growls beautifully but turn back the volume a smidge and it cleans right up.Turn back the tone knob and it mellows it right out.Never did get to tune it open and play slide but I will. I have always been a Gibson player and just loved having Gibson on the headstock. Two years ago I bought the epiphone 58 flying V and thought I'm spending a lot less money and getting a really good guitar but was a little leary of the Juinor. I mean c'mon I paid about the same for my starter guitar way back in 64 and It was'nt this nice. I don't know what pickup they put in this thing but It just screams. I have been playing classic rock before it was classic. about 45 years and have had all kinds of Gibsons,Fenders,and Rickenbackers and still do and will always love my Les Paul,but this little baby is a real standup guitar and a whole lot easier on my aged back.Will change out the tuners as they don't quite hold tune like Grovers or Klusons but I have a spare set. Will change out the nut for sure as it is plastic and will not last. Other than that I can't find anything wrong with this guitar. Would like to put on a P-90 pickup, but I like this one. Guess I'll just have to buy another one and put a P-90 in that one. I love this guitar alot!

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Not too bad

I am a rather new guitarist myself and after playing a lot for 60 days, I have noticed different things about this guitar.

Good:
Very simple design and very lightweight! ...Read complete review

I am a rather new guitarist myself and after playing a lot for 60 days, I have noticed different things about this guitar.

Good:
Very simple design and very lightweight! It is definitely fun to play and the lightweight feel to it makes it easy to practice or jam out. The pick up sounds very good for just being 1 pick up.

Bad:
Tuners are really subpar in design. I noticed the mount screws that hold the tuners come loose frequently and the knobs feel loose. I have to check my tune regularly because of this. I also picked up a low E fret buzz with this guitar.

Over all, it isnt a bad guitar but the tuners are the big headache. If you dont mind checking your tune after a couple of songs, this guitar may work for you as a starter.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone les paul special

By Redman

from Iowa

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

I always wanted a les paul special so I used my backstage points and got a sunburst special for about six and a half clams. Yup that's correct about six and a half clams. Guitar ordered on Wednesday arrived on Thursday. ( I'm not that far from Kansas city). As with other reviews mine has fret buzz on both E strings at the 5th fret. Relief measured at the 7th fret is less than .003 and as always this guitar is claimed to be 100% inspected and set up in the USA by #7 at epiphone. So I will do what #7 did not do, change strings, do a proper set up, then correct the fret buzz. These guitars are produced in China and for the most part are pretty good with the fit and finish. The tuners hold tune, the fret ends are dressed. The pickup sounds good and crunchy, the tone and volume is even across all six strings. Tone and volume knobs rotate with smooth resistance and function well. Plug in jack has solid connection. The compensated bridge tailpiece has a small nick in the low E string position left of the proper string placement and has no bering on its function. The post screws show dings from either mechanical placement or hand screwing. The intonation surprisingly, was spot on. So there you go, if your capable of doing your own guitar tech work and like me want to leave your good guitars home, or want a platform for your latest Frankenstein guitar, I will highly recommend this guitar.

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5.0

Love it!!!

By Jeff

from Waynesville NC

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

With most guitars,you get what you pay for. This guitar was great right of the box. No fret buzz and the action and intonation was beautiful. The pup is good and sounds great through my marshall. Don't let the price fool you!

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5.0

I like my LP Junior

By Mark

from undisclosed

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Comments about Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

Sounds good. Tunes good. Plays good.
I ordered another bridge for adjustable intonation but haven't installed it yet.
The guitar's not really broken it yet, but seems to go out of tune easily - I may replace the tuners
I reaally like the way it sounds

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4.0

A keeper

By Jesse

from PHX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Could use better pickup
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

This is a Junior so you don't have a pickup switch but can get a good range of tones from the single control knob.

I like the guitar. It plays well and I'm happy with my purchase and don't regret purchasing it in the slightest. However, if I could change and/or add to this guitar to give it 5 stars as compared to 4, the pickup itself sounds good but it kind of feels like it's missing something.

I find myself waiting for that something more to come through but it never does, so for now the stock pickup will do but investing in a fuller and richer sounding pickup is on my to-do list. For the purchase price though, this is a legit guitar that I would recommend to a friend.

Like any guitar you get, changing out the stock strings brings some added life to the guitar and there's a noticeable difference when upgrading the strings on this one.

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3.0

Pickups need more punch

By Uniquegreek

from Sedona Arizona

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

After tuning and playing for several minutes I was wondering where is the punch? The pickup is rather weak along with the tone. The pickup was replaced with a Seymour Duncan passive pickup that brought this guitar alive. Overall it has a good feel and the neck is thin and fast.

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5.0

An old friend comes home

By No1fab4fan

from sc

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar for one reason: to replace a long lost LP junior. that was my first guitar when I was 16, 50 years ago! I looked at this model on line, and it is basically the same LP I bought in '66. My plan was for it to be a wall hanger, to reflect and remember the band I played in back then.
    Well, when I got it, I was really surprised at how much I loved to play it. Now, this is a very basic entry level guitar, but for my money, the fit and finish is much better than I expected. The set up on the guitar was very good, neck straight, intonation dead on 4 of the 6 strings. Put a set of good strings on her, tuned up, plugged in to my VoxAC30 and played for hours. Like I said, welcome home, old friend.......

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    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Lalo

    from El Paso, TX

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar, nice feeling

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      4.0

      Good sound for good price

      By E the Great

      from Boston, MA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

        Got this for my 11 year old son, he loves it. He is just learning guitar so I wanted to get him something 'real' but not too expensive. I like the guitar a lot, it has great sound, and he can jam Smoke on the Water for hours on it! My only complaint is that the intonation is not that good (the action is actually pretty good), so it needs to be professionally set up.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome for the price

        By Mr Blue

        from San Diego CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

          I wanted a guitar that I was not afraid to play hard. I play my expensive guitars gently.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Every Guitar Player Should Have One....

          By RonMart

          from Knoxville, TN

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Tuners
          • Very tight body cavity

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar:

          I wanted an inexpensive guitar to slap some 12s on, raise the action and open tune for slide, so when I saw this guitar on MF at a two-digit price, I bought it. No regrets at all. In fact, I can't believe you can get this kind of quality for this cheap! I've had this one for 2 weeks now and put the heavy guage strings on it and raised the action, and this thing is still fun to play, both regular and slide. The fit and finish is surprisingly well done;; I have no complaints there. I expected to have to do a fret level and file down sharp edges, but no. That was fine. The pickup may be the best stock Epi pup I've heard yet....very surprised there. (I have 6 other Epiphones, all modded) The tuners may be the weak link here because they just feel cheap, but hold tune reasonably well. I'll swap those out eventually. The neck is a pretty sweet soft C profile and plays really well. Despite the light weight, the guitar is well balanced and not neck-heavy at all. All in all, for this amount of money you should have one of these too! Great addition to my stable.

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