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Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar Worn Black 

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Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/t...Read More

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The trademark Les Paul shape in a economical package with P-90 pickups.

Mahogany Les Paul body features Epiphone P90R and P90T Soap Bar pickups producing huge, FAT single coil tones, and an adjustable wrap-around bridge/tailpiece for maximum edge and sustain. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • P-90R neck pickup
  • P-90T bridge pickup
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone control
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Wraparound bridge/tailpiece
  • Case sold separately

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (44)
  • Fun to play (43)
  • Good tone (40)
  • Good pick up (36)
  • Solid electronics (26)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (33)
  • Jamming (31)
  • Small venues (21)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Novice (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great with some work

I bought a yellow one a year ago. I was interested in a lightweight shorter scale guitar as I mostly play Fenders, and also something I could work on and not worry about...Read complete review

I bought a yellow one a year ago. I was interested in a lightweight shorter scale guitar as I mostly play Fenders, and also something I could work on and not worry about ruining. Out of the box it was OK, but it soon needed adjustments. The set bridge wasn't able to hold the tuning up to what my ears are used to, so I replaced it with a tunomatic bridge - this required plugging the holes of the old bridge with dowels and drilling new holes. While I was at it, I put on a surface mounted tremolo - both of these parts I got from a well-known internet discount supplier. So it worked OK for a while and then the tuners started slipping, so I replaced them with a set from the same place. Next, I found I was scratching the surface with my pick strumming so I bought a cheap black pickguard and cut it to fit. Then I repositioned the pickup switch, which my right hand was knocking off and on, so that it moves horizontally. Now the yellow guitar was working pretty good, but about 6 months later it got sloppy again and I had to adjust the truss rod and redo the intonation. But I couldn't get it exactly right so I took it to Shawn the guitar pro and he set it right! This guitar is very light, stays in perfect tune, looks great and the P90 pickups give it a unique sound compared to my other guitars. I do most of my practicing with it and have brought it on a few gigs. For just over double my initial investment I got some experience and a worthy instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent & Inexpensive

A decent guitar to have lying around. Setup is surprisingly good, action is decent & holds in tune fairly well. The neck is cheap, you can use it as a whammy...Read complete review

A decent guitar to have lying around. Setup is surprisingly good, action is decent & holds in tune fairly well. The neck is cheap, you can use it as a whammy bar. Fit and finish is OK, hardware is cheap. Pickups are a little flat, not a lot of dynamic response. A good deal if you are looking for an inexpensive beater.

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5.0

Simple Plank Delivers the Goods...

By Three Chord Monte

from Budd Lake, NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar. The price was so low it feels as though it was stolen from GC, the MF affiliate, during their Labor Day promotion. It's a simple plank that has everything a young boy needs except sparkle, a premium nut and premium tuners. The neck and P90s are ideal. The frets are more vintage than medium jumbo and that's a plus for me. Played fine out of the box but plays better now that I took it apart and put it back together. Love it. Thanks!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    killer after some adjustments

    By Magnus

    from Lawrence, KS

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    Some things that I did (and that you can do easily) to this guitar to make it way better: 1. Tape off the fretboard and polish the frets with 0000 grade steel wool. This will take care of most fret buzz issues, plus it makes playing WAY smoother. Bear down a bit if it's jagged, it won't hurt it. Tape off the pickups first, too. 2. Replace the nut with a graph-tech TUSQ. They're not expensive. Shim with notecard paper if necessary, and GENTLY sand the slots out with a folded fine sandpaper. 3. Change the strings. 4. Since the bridge bolts WILL NOT TURN with a big, strong screwdriver or anything... your sole source of action adjustment will come from turning the truss rod. In this case, the neck needed just a bit of straightening, and it relieved the high action. Perhaps luckily effective. 5. Adjust the bridge / intonate. Simple one-piece bridge, adjusts with supplied hex key. Keep at it, it will get there.
    The pickups are incredible. The P90... maybe the best pickup ever made. The tuners are good enough. The guitar is pretty lightweight for a LP style. No contoured top, just flat like a KC strip steak and sounds just about as greasy if cooked right.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excelence and Value

    By RDM

    from Charlottesville, Va

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      I didn't expect much from a used budget instrument. Boy was I wrong. The guitar arrived swiftly in like new condition playable right out of the box. The P90 pickups sound fuller than single coils but not muddy like cheap humbuckers. The neck was straight and playable all the waqy up the fretboard. I have gotten several used instrument from MF and never been disapointed.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Les Paul Special

      By drpapajim

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      Bought this for my grandson so he can have one just like his daddy (son-in-law has wine red les paul studio). Grandson is only 8 months old so he couldn't review it yet. His brother (2 yrs old) has a red SG just like daddy's faded cherry SG. That should keep them from fighting (I hope).

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      5.0

      great guitar

      By hemnair

      from great falls montana

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

          Can't belive how cheap this epi is. beautiful finish and feel. no its not a high end guitar but its awesome at its price. pick ups sound ok. get a fuzz sound when distorted even with noise gate. still buy it. cherry finish is see through and beautiful.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW!

          By p-90convert

          from Lower Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            In 35 years of playing I have not been so EXCITED about grabbing my guitar, I have 5 others presently but this cherry colored P-90 beastie gets played daily.
            Increadible value, wonderful sound came out of the box ready to play tuned it and off and running!!!
            Solid Mahogny slab of wood and P-90's nothing says rock and roll like that, its dirty and raunchy and gritty.
            I was online shopping for a set of P-90's to throw in my other LEs Paul, came across this and figured hey I get a WHOLE guitar for almost the cost of a good set of P-90's and don't have to cut up my 03 Les Paul.....perfect!!! And it is!
            WELL WORTH THE PRICE GET ONE FAST BEFORE EPIPHONE REALIZES THEY AREN'T CHARGING ENOUGH!!!!!!!
            Service was excellent from M.F. I will certainly be returning.

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            5.0

            Amazing "cheap" Guitar

            By Virtualernie

            from Naples, Fl

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

              I first saw this at Guitar Center lined up with all the other "cheap" guitars. The P90's caught my attention so I gave it a try. The sound amazed me and the action was not bad. I couldn't get this little guitar out of my mind so I took a chance a bought a worn cherry one here at Musician Friend. It was no fluke. Other then the action being a little higher then I would ideally like, this thing is awesome. Decent build, fantastic tone from the P90'a. A super keeper, I might buy another in worn black just to keep it company.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Idea!

              By IamJman

              from Atmore Al.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Cheap
              • Light
              • Neck Feels Good
              • Pickups Sound Great

              Cons

              • Action Must Be Adjusted
              • Not High Quality

              Best Uses

              • Blues Music
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Music
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

              Bought this for my younger brother for a high school graduation present. The whole idea behind getting the cheapest Epi les paul was cause we had it on his table for all of his friends to sign! The best idea ever!!!! Tons of signatures in "silver sharpie"! Not to mention its a great little guitar. But seriously, the "signing" idea i totally recommend.

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              5.0

              Second one is as good as the first

              By ofajen

              from 39N 92W

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                This is just a follow up review for my second guitar. It's just as good as the first. I've set it up for my main alternate tuning (CGDAEG) strung with 8-10-15-24-38-52 and it sounds absolutely killer. I used a Schaller adjustable tailpiece on my Melody Maker, but I've been able to get good intonation on these Epiphone guitars with the stock, solid tailpiece/bridge in both tunings. The bridge on the first one was set a bit higher than I prefer on the first string side, and this second one was actually set a bit low on both sides, but a quick bit of adjustment got to optimal bridge height. I also had to tweak the bridge alignment on the first guitar to get proper intonation on strings 1-3.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So good that I got another

                By ofajen

                from 39N 92W

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this after having played a '62 Melody Maker for many years. Amazingly, this guitar gives me the same basic feel, tone and sustain that I got from the MM. Truly an amazing value. The setup was right on, the tone is a solid P90 tone with clear, ringing sound with great sustain. The neck is straight and feels good. Obviously, I'm partial to this type of single coil pickup sound. So much so that I've ordered a second one to keep strung for the music I do using fifths tuning.

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