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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.

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Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Wraparound
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 154 reviews)

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    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (118)
  • Good feel (111)
  • Good tone (110)
  • Good pick up (104)
  • Solid electronics (74)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Flat sound (5)
  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (101)
  • Jamming (97)
  • Recording (56)
  • Small venues (53)
  • Rock concerts (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (97), Novice (20), Professional musician (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fabulous Guitar in every way, unbelievable value!!!!

Received guitar in good order. Opened large box to find well packed Epiphone box with said guitar inside. Opened Epiphone box to find Worn Cherry Les Paul P90 Special well packed inside with no...Read complete review

Received guitar in good order. Opened large box to find well packed Epiphone box with said guitar inside. Opened Epiphone box to find Worn Cherry Les Paul P90 Special well packed inside with no damage or issue. Very impressed how this is sent from Epiphone. I'm not sure MF even handles it. I got the impression it came right from Epiphone distribution which is fine.
After unpacking, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very nice looking guitar that is beyond out of tune. Wasn't expecting it to be, strummed a few chords and had a good laugh. Couldn't help but notice not one sharp fret all the way up the fretboard, another pleasant surprise.
Tuned guitar up and played a few more chords up and down the fretboard. All sounded great and in tune. Can't believe the intonation being this good out of the box. Switch is solid and pots are firm to turn, not lose or lacking resistance. Finish is satin and does show life's finger marks which is fine, polished right off. Strings feel dry/tacky from likely a film to protect during shipping. Could wipe off but plan to restring immediately anyway. Epiphone neck plate was upside down so a quick 180 took care of that. Neck screws are thinner than I would like but are satisfactory. The big surprise comes from taking of the pot plate to find a shielded cover and 500k Alpha pots which would explain why they had some substance when dialled in. Very susprised and impressed. Thanks Epiphone, I won't be upgrading anything on this guitar!!
Now that it's restrung with Rotosound Pinks (best strings on earth) and fretboard lemon oiled, this guitar absolutely sings!! I am astounded by what I've pays and what I have. Plays and sounds fabulous. I am really pleased with this guitar, so much that I have ordered a TV Yellow for my son. These P90's have the best in high and low bite through my Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12. I play clean, this is the amp for it and now I have the guitar for it. Unbelievable for the money. Highly recommend getting one!!!!!

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Pretty good after I rebuilt it

I bought this guitar to stash at church as a spare, a rehearsal instrument. Now that I've taken it apart and put it back together right, it might not go to church. Out...Read complete review

I bought this guitar to stash at church as a spare, a rehearsal instrument. Now that I've taken it apart and put it back together right, it might not go to church. Out of the box, it sounded lifeless. The gap at the neck heel was unacceptably wide, so off went the factory strings and the neck. When the neck came out, a chunk of the body's neck pocket came with it. Not good, but this is where inexpensive (and expensive) bolt-neck guitars seem consistently to be less than great. Clamps, Titebond, half an hour's filing. With the neck reinstalled & better wood-to-wood contact, the guitar came to life. I replaced the stock wraparound bridge with a lightweight Wilkinson wraparound unit, because I wanted the other bridge for another guitar, and I wanted to see what the Wilkinson might do for the Epiphone. FINALLY we are fully strung-up & action is acceptable, so the fun stuff can begin: setting the pickup height on the twin P-90s. Initial impression of pickups is positive. They are brash, like P-90s should be, but I think they will dial in nicely. I love P-90s, and it puzzles me that Gibson doesn't offer more varieties of it, the way every other serious pickup manufacturer does.... All in all a promising little bottom-feeder of a guitar, but I've been rebuilding bottom-feeders for 30-plus years, so if you're like me and you like Frankensteining cheap axes, this is for you. If you want something that will play nice right out of the box, this might not be for you. I give it three stars for the pickups.

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(22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous Guitar in every way, unbelievable value!!!!

By Brad the Hoser from Canada Eh!!

from Beautiful Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • 500k Alpha Pots
  • Fun To Play
  • Incredible Value
  • Light Weight
  • No Sharp Frets
  • P90 Soapbars
  • Solid Electronics
  • Thick, Fat P90 Tone

Cons

  • No Cons

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

Received guitar in good order. Opened large box to find well packed Epiphone box with said guitar inside. Opened Epiphone box to find Worn Cherry Les Paul P90 Special well packed inside with no damage or issue. Very impressed how this is sent from Epiphone. I'm not sure MF even handles it. I got the impression it came right from Epiphone distribution which is fine.
After unpacking, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very nice looking guitar that is beyond out of tune. Wasn't expecting it to be, strummed a few chords and had a good laugh. Couldn't help but notice not one sharp fret all the way up the fretboard, another pleasant surprise.
Tuned guitar up and played a few more chords up and down the fretboard. All sounded great and in tune. Can't believe the intonation being this good out of the box. Switch is solid and pots are firm to turn, not lose or lacking resistance. Finish is satin and does show life's finger marks which is fine, polished right off. Strings feel dry/tacky from likely a film to protect during shipping. Could wipe off but plan to restring immediately anyway. Epiphone neck plate was upside down so a quick 180 took care of that. Neck screws are thinner than I would like but are satisfactory. The big surprise comes from taking of the pot plate to find a shielded cover and 500k Alpha pots which would explain why they had some substance when dialled in. Very susprised and impressed. Thanks Epiphone, I won't be upgrading anything on this guitar!!
Now that it's restrung with Rotosound Pinks (best strings on earth) and fretboard lemon oiled, this guitar absolutely sings!! I am astounded by what I've pays and what I have. Plays and sounds fabulous. I am really pleased with this guitar, so much that I have ordered a TV Yellow for my son. These P90's have the best in high and low bite through my Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12. I play clean, this is the amp for it and now I have the guitar for it. Unbelievable for the money. Highly recommend getting one!!!!!

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Serious bang for the buck!

By johnnyappleseed123

from Damascus, Maryland

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    I bought and received this guitar about a month and a half ago, in the worn TV yellow finish. I've always wanted a guitar with p90s, and I've always wanted a les paul. I'm not some 10 year old who just got his first guitar. I have played guitar for 13 years now, and have done luthier work for two+ of those years. so i like to think i know what I'm talking about. I bought this guitar last minute as an add on to an order for a bunch of accessories. I had never even seen it in person before. But I figured at that price, how could I go wrong? The guitar showed up at my front door very promptly. From placing the order to unboxing took all of 5 and 1/2 days. It was excellent condition, along with the rest of my order. No flaws in the fit and finish of everything. The fret ends were a tad bit sharp, but that was to be expected with an instrument of this price. And it was nothing I couldn't fix with all of ten minutes with a fine file. The satin finish on the neck feels like home. The size of the neck is a nice change of pace from my ibanez, and really didn't take much getting used to. The fretboard is a surprisingly nice chunk of rosewood, and the inlays are pearloid (which iI plan on swapping out with paua abalone). The pots, 3 way toggle, and input are all very solid which surprised me, as I've heard bad things about Chinese made electronics. The pickups are snappy and bright, with very little single coil hum. The bridge is incredibly simple and effective. And after dealing with a Floyd rose for the last year and a half, frankly feels like a godsend. Super comfortable when palm muting. It stays in tune very well. And with playing for a couple hours a day I find myself retuning only once every couple of weeks or so, and retuning should be completely eliminated once I throw some hipshot locking tuners on. Again, I expected to be retuning much more frequently with no-name tuners and that low price tag. The body and neck is advertised as solid mahogany, but it feels far too light to be mahogany in my opinion. Feels like basswood with a mahogany veneer to me. Despite it being a bolt-on neck, all frets are easy to reach with my average sized guy hands. The nut is made of what looks like cheap plastic, but is really quite resonant. If you want a guitar with a lot of different features, this is not for you. But in my humble opinion this guitars best features is the lack of them. Just plug it in, turn up the volume, and play. You will focus less on the instrument and more on your playing. The instrument was set up perfectly when it arrived. A bit out of tune but that's to be expected with temperature and humidity changes while being shipped. The factory strings were 9's i believe, and they were horrible. Instantly i clipped them and threw on some power slinky 11's. Now it sounds and feels better. The grain of the "solid mahogany" is visable through the tv yellow, and i love that. There is a small brown spot on the grain, on the left front side of the guitar. But to me that just adds character, and i call it a birthmark. Don't buy this expecting to play black metal with it, for gods sake it has p90s. But you can easily get some good grunge, punk, and SOME modern rock tones from it. Anything clean also sounds great. They have the warmth of humbuckers, and the snap and twang of single coils. I usually buy a budget guitar expecting to put at least another couple benjamins into it. But honestly, straight from the factory (with a little tlc, and setup mind you) i could see this guitar lasting me for decades to come. My only complaint is that i don't have enough money to buy ten more of them to practice some refinishing ideas, and modify. Take my advice people, get yourself two or three of these before epi realises how hot they are and jacks the price up.

    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome!

    By Jimmy J

    from Way up North

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    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      Well, I really didn't expect much in this price range, but this guitar is amazing! The fit and finish are both excellent, and even the cheap tuners are fully functional, I see no reason to replace them. There is a hint of scratchiness in the selector switch, but some pot scrubber will most likely clear that up. The strings went immediately in the garbage as they were some of the worst I've ever played. The finish is matte on both the mahogany body and neck, and mine is flawless, and you can see the grain through the finish. The fretboard is smooth rosewood with beautiful figure and tight grain, and well sanded. The frets are level and polished, with no corrosion. The strings are correctly spaced on the neck, but the nut could use the slightest attention to dress up the slots and lower the low E srting. The intonation is amazingly close, as close as possible with this type of bridge design. Just be aware that the bridge will come off if you remove all of the strings at once (you don't want it bouncing across the face of your guitar). The truss rod turns freely and came properly adjusted. The string height needed lowering, but that was an easy fix. The P90 sound great through my Fender tube amp. The volume and tone controls operate smoothly, have speed knobs. This guitar is worth about three times what I paid for it. It's hard to believe that you can get this much guitar and this much value for the price. Really, I don't believe that there is a better deal out there!

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epi on the headstock saves ya $$$

      By RoadDog

      from Midwest

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      I picked up the faded yellow. Wood grain shows through the satin finish and just looks great. I've owned $1000 guitars that didn't feel this "right".
      Along with Telecasters and hot single coils I've always considered Les Paul Jr's with P90's the ultimate workhorse guitars. I saw the LPS with not one but two P90's at Guitar Center and had to see if it was anything more than a kids guitar. For the price you'd expect wood types from who knows where, cheap componets and bad vibes.
      I've played for three decades, owned tons of guitars and this is without a doubt the best money I've ever spent on new gear. It's plays great and screams through my amps . The tuners are average and might need an upgrade but the other compomets are top notch. I don't like necks with binding or a ton of paint on the back. The LPS has a nice satin feel due to the worn finish options. It's fairly light and even with the nice bolt on neck is very acoustic. A Gibson Les Paul Jr has a set neck and 1 P90 pickup. This Epi is a steal and I'll put it on stage with no reservation
      I've seen worse QC on guitars costing hundreds more.
      Look at the specs and the price. Amazing bang for the buck.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works great with some work

      By Antipodes Astrologicon

      from Amherst, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

        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.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You Absolutely Can't Get A Better Axe For The Money!

        By EllenD

        from Pennsylvania

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Good for all occasions
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

          I am 36 years old and have been playing guitar since I was 12, and modding them since I was 16. I play mostly punk and hard rock with a bit of classic/glam rock al a David Bowie, The Stones, Slade, The New York Dolls, Suzie Quattro, Joan Jett, The Runaways, you get the picture. My main guitars are a 1995 Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar, a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway, and a 1982 Gibson Sonex Custom. I also have a 1999 Fender MIM Stratocaster that I did a custom build on, and that's what I bought this Epiphone for, to basically customize and experiment with without worry of wasting money. Little did I know what I was getting right out of the box.

          My first thought after pulling this LP Special out of the box was how low the action was from the factory. I don't typically even pay attention to the action on any guitar when I first get it as I know it will need to be completely set up to my liking, and these are things that are not only subjective to the player, but they should also be expected. People on here that give a guitar 3 stars and their only complaints are the action was high, the neck needed adjusted, and the frets needed filed drive me crazy. These things are not reflective of the guitar people, they are temporary inçonveniences that I want set to my personal liking anyway, so don't bash the guitar until AFTER you get it set up. Anyway, I must have played it for 2-3 hours right out of the box and IT WAS FUN!!! Nice slim neck that is fast, which is very important to me with my little hands. The Epiphone stock P90's kick major butt, they growl when you need them to and are cleàr and airy when desired. If I compare them to the Gibson P90's I'd have to say they are different, but not in a bad way. Just different. Which is what I wanted anyway, I already have a Gibson, and I was going to customize my sound in this one anyway. All in all I loved it right out of the box. Expect to have a pro setup done and you're good to go. Very gigable.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exceeds Expectations

          By Jman

          from Mobile, Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good appearance
          • Light Weight
          • N
          • Smooth Playability
          • Super tone

          Cons

          • Recommend Better Tuners

          Best Uses

          • Any Setting
          • Great Slide Guitar

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

          Ordered this for my son as a beginner guitty. When I put strings on for him and measured the string height & set up I put it up for the night to let it settle. I retuned in the morning and played it for a while-to the point that my wife took it away from me! I am very satisfied with this instrument. I have a USA Tellie & MIM as well. I also have had 2 LP's and a 335. My experience is broad so believe me when I say that this is an excellent playing guitar for beginners or anyone else. Tone and sound are actually quite nice.
          I've noticed the reviews with people complaining about quality control and the non adjustable intonation. 1. It isn't a problem to me and this is how these guitars were originally made. 2. This is not a '59 VOS. Let it go! 3. Ok -the tuners could be better but once I get it in tune it seems to hold just fine for as long as any of my high end axes. Maybe the heavier complaints on this are from players who haven't strung it properly. GUYS! Get over it. You get your money's worth and then some. Buy a set of Klusons and hush!!
          Thinking about buying one of these? Don't be concerned-believe me it is worth every penny and I enjoy playing it. I guess I will let my son have it back and order a red one for me!

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW!

          By eSGEe

          from Swamps of Florida

          About Me Experienced

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          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.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love This Guitar

            By mackeefus

            from Nashville, Tn.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great P90 Tone
            • Nice finish

            Cons

            • None At This Price Point

            Best Uses

            • Great First Guitar
            • Inexpensive Record Guitar
            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            Got this for last Christmas from my wife. It's an amazing guitar for the money. Plays great, feels nice in your hands. The P90's absolutely make this guitar what it is. P90's sound like no other pickups. In this body they have a warmth and chime you'd expect to hear from a guitar four times or more it's cost. The neck is very nice, Thick but not too think. It feels solid. Much lighter overall wieght then other LP's that I've played...which is great for younger folks or older folks like me with back issues :^) It also looks great. I have the worn black model and it's flat out gorgeous. I'm working replacing all the hardware with black hardware, just to have the guitar be completely black. That being said I have had no issues with the hardware. I'm very pleased with the fixed wraparound bridge. Very surprised at how good the intonation was right out of the box. I've used this guitar for recording a lot. It sounds great in the mix, meaning it has a very distinct sound that cuts through without being overpowering.
            I honestly have nothing bad to say about this guitar. I own six guitars of various makes and this is one of my favorites.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great pickups, solid guitar at budget price

            By Gary Lindquester

            from Memphis

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar for the money. A little more attention to the fret job would make it a great guitar period.
            This guitar has minimal electronics with a three way switch, one master volume and one master tone. Simple but effective. Bridge is minimal without individual intonation adjustment on strings - the whole bridge can be adjusted as one. The most outstanding feature is the P-90s. This is the first time I've played P-90s. My other guitars have Fender Hot 50s and PAF Gibson humbuckers. These Epiphone P-90s are a perfect addtion. They're forte is not clean sound, although gain low and master high on my Fender Blues Junior can certainly achieve it. Where they shine is when you turn up the gain and maybe add a little (or, go for it and add a lot) of overdrive. Tweak knobs and there's a wicked range of tones at your disposal.
            I haven't compared these P-90s to US made, but I'm very happy with them. I actually bought the guitar for the neck and pickups and will be making my own body. It may be a P-90 thing; it may be the tone wood on this guitar; it may be peculiar to these pickups, but they are big on middle and low end but not strong in the treble range even at the bridge. But this ain't a Tele, either. The LP body is just a flat board with no topology but it is well made and finished. Neck is well made. I've spent a little time adjusting bridge heigth and intonation and have it near where I want it with little to no buzz. My one complaint is that the fret ends are not well dressed - they have noticably rough edges that detract from playability. I understand that this is a typical side effect of machine produced budget guitars, so in this regard, you get what you pay for. If you're a little handy, you can fix the problem; if you're not, you can live with it and it will probably smoothe out over time. Satin finish is very nice and makes for a playable neck. Not a blemish on it. Electronics seem very solid. Tuners hold tune like they're supposed to, but at least one feels a little tight. When I rebuild, I'll change them. My quality rating is compared to lots of guitars, not just those in this price range. Except perhaps for the fret edges, the quality is what I'd expect of this price range.
            What, are you kidding? Have you seen the low price? It is hard to find a used guitar at a pawn shop for lower. Drive a little less for a couple of weeks and make your own coffee and then buy this guitar. Unless you own a Porsche, you'll have a whole lot more fun with the guitar. If you do own a Porsche, then what are you reading the review about value for?

            (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar

            By Gunslinger

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Few adjustments, bad tuners
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            To qualify myself, I am a semi professional guitar player with 48 years of experience. I own several quality
            guitars. This ain't in the ball park with them. I'm going to agree with the review by Will P. from Colorado. Out of the box it sucked. I lowered the bridge, changed the strings and after two days, I replaced the tuners with a set of Schallers I had. I also adjusted the pole pieces on the pickups. With the wrap around tailpiece, you really have to make sure the strings are seated and you really have to stretch out the strings. There is no individual string adjustment. I'm a string bender and it slips out of tune more than my Fenders. Right now, it is tolerable to play and I like the P 90s. I will probably put heavier strings on it and use it for open tuning slide. I bought the black one. It can be a decent guitar but be prepared to put some extra cash into it for new tuners and having it professionally set up if you aren't a qualified guitar tech. For that reason, I am not recommending this guitar. I knew what I was getting when I bought this guitar as 8 years ago I had bought basically the same thing but with humbuckers( I thought the pickups were too hot and sold it). I primarily bought this to use as a slide guitar. It is a cool novelty though.

            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            If You Wan't To Rock, but Don't Have The Dough... Buy It...

            By Kris Ranck

            from Tennessee

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            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            I just got it today. I cut off the crappy strings. Adjusted the Truss Rod, Set the Action and Intonation, Put some D'adderio 10's on it and BAM... You Have A Screaming Monster.. Play through a Marshall and you Can't Beat that P 90 Rock Sound. I wanted to buy it to part it out and make a few buck's, but after I set it up and played it I think I will Keep It. I need to buy more of them Because the Price will definitely go up on these and they will maintain their Resale Value.. You Can't Beat That Price For What It Is..
            Man. What can I say. It's A 3 or 4 Piece Mahogany Body with a Solid Top and Back. Body Glue Jount's Are Hard To See. Mahogany Bolt On. Solid Epiphone Wrap Around Tail Piece. Even say's "Epiphone" on the back of it. Screaming Hot P 90's. It appears to have a Gibson Switchcraft 3 Way Switch. 500K pot's Keep it a little quieter on Idle. Crappy Tuner's Though. Fat L.P Neck.
            I have to Rate this Guitar as Fantastic due to the Price Point. You Can Absoulutely Not Beat This Guitar For The Price. . As Always. Even though it's made in China. Gibson Does Not Disappoint.
            Best Value Out There...

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good guitar for price but does need some work

            By Tigejim

            from Abilene, Texas

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            A good bargain for the price. Solid guitar but needs work. I replaced bridge with individual string adjustments and used supplied posts. Intonation is easier now. Frets need shaping and end dressing. They came very sharp. This takes care of the fret buzz as stated in comments. Heel of neck sits in body raised so neck looks like it is not in line with the body, but it plays well. Tuners need replacing. They are loose and strings need tuning often. You will have to drill out holes. Supplied strings are usable, but should be replaced. I think 10s or above will work for a fuller sound.
            The action was set to high for comfort. Nut cut too deep and strings sit deep in grooves. Slots are not cut leaning towards tuner and make a sharp angle coming out of groove. Have to replace nut with a good graphite nut.
            I bought faded black and finish on all Specials i've seen all had a good finish. They do need upgrade on electronics also to make them sound great. I'm going to replace pots and switch.
            For what you pay for, you get a good base guitar and it has many opportunities to be a great guitar if you are willing to spend more money and not afraid to do some work on it. I think it's worth it
            It is a good starter guitar as shipped. Well worth buying.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Forget the price. This is a blues rocking tone machine!

            By The old beachcomber

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

              I got this a couple of years ago to try to get that Leslie West bad boy blues rock tone. I figured at the price I could fix it up a little if I needed to. It killed right out of the box! Plus it gets a sweet Freddie King traditional Chicago blues tone. Early ZZ Top is there! Buy and enjoy.

              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Plays great OOTB

              By BILLY

              from the whole world over

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                Forget the price ... I never buy anything because it's cheap ... but I do buy things because they are great. I've played/owned every Gibson make model made since 1972 and while this may not be the prettiest guitar, man, does it play and sound nice. I originally bought one for my daughter. I played it in the store and really liked it. But when I brought it home and plugged it into my MusicMan 112, WOW I rushed back to the store and bought a second one for me. I've got guitars that I have bought new and used, if I play it and I like it and it's priced fairly I buy it on the spot. Have learned the hard way not to pass up great sounding guitars and then regret it for life. I am really glad I picked up these bad boy guitars. They have great sustain, very cool tone, and then neck feels great in my hand. Recommend you play one first, but if it fits your hand you are very likely to want to buy it.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                ROCK SOLID III

                By PAH

                from Northern Wisconsin

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                  OKAY...I bought a third one!!!
                  I already established that the Epiphone LP Special platforms are very stable and solid with its incorporated bridge and tail stop. (Less moving parts)
                  These with the 'Worn' finishes on the necks are slicker playing.
                  They are a familiar and comfortable feel with the LP body contours, plus they are lighter than the Standard LP.
                  This model has P90's!!!
                  For those of us who grew up with these FAT wound single coil pickups know where a lot of the great Blues, Rock 'N Roll, and Jazz sounds came from.
                  I asked my Musician's Friend Gearhead, Courtland, how can Epiphone put P40's on this model...one of these pickups can cost as much as this guitar?
                  Mine had a distinctive, very mild hum, which was something that brought back some great memories.
                  This guitar plays with smooth colored tones, but when you crank it up, it's like cannons going off, the power is unbelievable from these P90 Bad Boys.
                  The only things missing is a small smoke filled club and a blue spotlight to set the mood.
                  I wish I had this guitar in 1967.

                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best guitar for the money anywhere!

                  By Bleeding fingers

                  from Southern California.

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                    I think Epiphone didn't realize that they were building the perfect rock guitar at this price.
                    I'm a fair guitar tech, so the first thing that I did was replace replace the tuners. Used Kluson 3 on a stick just like the original. Then I bevel and leveled and polished the frets. Then I set it up with low action and it plays and sounds amazing! I added a treble bleed to the circuit so the highs and mids weren't lost when you roll back the volume control. I used a 150k 1/4 watt metal film resistor and a 50v .001mf cap. Now you can roll the volume down to nothing and still have no loss of tone. I also replaced the output Jack.
                    And speaking of tone, these P90's are the best I've ever played, they have the biggest, fattest sound you'll find on any P90 anywhere.
                    I have many guitars, but I haven't played any if them since I got this little jewel. Its so light and sounds so good, I keep going back to it over and over.
                    I don't know what finish they used, but it feels great even after hours of playing.
                    Everyone who plays guitar at any level needs to own one of these. I've been playing for over 50 years and I can't put it down.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Buy, Classic Old School Vibe !

                    By bassmann2000

                    from Cathedral City, CA.

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    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've had this monster long enough to change the tuners (Wilkinson locking) and the bridge (Tune-o-matic wrap around) and the strings. I LOVE the P-90s ! I play, for myself, in my studio and at my skill level, this guitar is great. I'm a Bass player as my main instrument so this guitar through a little Mustang 1 amp is all I need…… but this thing sounds great so I'm sure it could cut it as a main stage Axe.

                      All in all I give this 5 stars, for what it is and how it sounds. I'm sure "real" guitar players will be divided, depending on wether they are snobby about $$, brand name build quality and tube amp delusion. For beginners, intermediate and pro guitarists. for fun or work, this guitar is a solid choice for that P-90 sound in an affordable package.

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      You'd be a fool to pass this up.

                      By BDC

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Experienced

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great Matte Finish
                      • Great Neck
                      • P90
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • To Play Guitar With

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                        I've been playing for over 20 years, had a number of guitars and have to say this one is great!!

                        I own a couple Fenders, a few Epi's and a Gibby. I took a chance (a cheap one!) on a P90 equipped guitar. After reading more than a few reviews I was expecting just an ok guitar but have been given a ridiculously awesome axe and a great price. The neck is perfection (really!!), finish is great, and the pups are amazing. I cannot see needing to replace them. The tuning keys aren't too shabby so I won't be replacing them at this point. Its great as is.

                        This is an inexpensive LP JR Special with tremendous sound. I absolutely love it. Buy it, just save me a TV yellow one, I think I'm going to want another before they stop the run.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best electric guitar value ever

                        By Dadawads

                        from San Francisco Bay Area

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Rating is based on price/value.
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • Can't get perfect intonation on low E string

                        Best Uses

                        • Overdriven natural guitar sound
                        • Playing through a low watt tube guitar amp.

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                        I love the sound of p90 pickups. I think guitars should be primal, primitive and raw. Those words describe this guitar pretty well. Simple as a stick.The tuners are OK. The neck is straight and good. The frets are smooth, level medium jumbo. Intonation is decent and playable though not perfect. (Think Telecaster.) It's not a high end guitar, but it's very solid, very playable and has very good sound. It won't be my number one guitar, but I'm delighted to have a low priced/high value 2 pickup p90 guitar,

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