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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.5

(based on 126 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (95)
  • Good feel (93)
  • Good tone (90)
  • Good pick up (84)
  • Solid electronics (60)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Flat sound (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (81)
  • Jamming (78)
  • Recording (42)
  • Small venues (42)
  • Rock concerts (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (77), Novice (17), Professional musician (15)

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

 

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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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hello China

By no use

from lakeview Or

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    The guitar came with a book explaining how to install the strings so they don't slip but i had to put a new set on to get that. Cool enough for the $$, but plastic jack plate is a little cheezy.

    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Cheap guitar on market

    By Tom

    from Lawrence Kansas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      cool

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lil' axe for the Money!

      By Joe's Cool Shop

      from Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Making it your own.
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

        What a perfect axe to Hot-rod! Yea, these might have some questionable parts, be a bit plain looking, & stuff may be loose from the factory. Still, these Specials are a solid foundation. When your done making it your own? Results may vary, but we've had nothin' but Good Luck! Finished product sounds smooth, plays great & looks cool! What more can you ask for? All in all? Our fam LOVES the most recent Epiphone offerings.
        From Lft to Rt. '12 Special, '14 Special, '13 339 P90, '12 Special, '16 Special (item in this review), 11' 335 Studio, '14 P90 Wildkat Studio, '15 Special, '08 Les Paul Studio, '10 Les Paul Jr, '06 Les Paul Standard plus top, '13 Special,
        These are a few of my grand-kids Epi Fam. All have a fair share of mods done, but most importantly... Each guitar deserved it & responded to each little change with grace....
        Rock-On Epiphone... Your keepin' the music comin' even on a tight budget.... Bravo!

         
        5.0

        Good Value for the $$$. Very impressed.

        By "G"

        from Morongo Valley, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

          Great instrument for the beginner or those who are hard on their equipment (working musicians) worried about more valuable guitars being damaged/stolen on the road. I am very happy with my purchase.

          (7 of 8 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!!!!!

           
          5.0

          Les Paul Special..TV Yellow

          By Low Tiders

          from East Rockaway

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

            What a great guitar for the price...I use it for a "a grab and play" guitar at home and it is light weight and pickups sound fat...the only thing is you really need to put new strings on it right away...it will sound so much better than the ones that are already on it....

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Deal

            By mynus

            from Portland

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                Nice guitar for the price. Only complaint is that the selector switch is weak and not reliable. I would rather replace it myself than send it back. Maybe just needs some contact cleaner. The neck feels good. I like the dry feel as it is not glossy. The pickups sound excellent - selling point on this guitar. I use a Vox AC15 and an Bruno 35W. The strings should be removed quickly as possible. Buy some along with the guitar as the ones that come with it are just for show. For the price this guitar sounds and feels good. I am happy with it. You will not find a better guitar in this price range.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love this guitar!!

                By Sherman

                from yucca valley Ca.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • Strings needed strecthing, tuners needed tighten

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                  I love everything about it.!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Pickups are worth the price of the Guitar!

                  By Miami Mike

                  from Miami

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • No excuse not to purchase this guitar !
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Fret Board need dressomg

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                  Everyone should have one of these - just to have!!! First guitar or your 25th!! Two pots and one switch and everything is available to you! I make all my students purchase one if they don't already have an electric guitar. I teach them how to use a fret file and leveler and everything else is pretty much perfect right out of the box. Holds tune, light enough to play all night and holds tune well. I still gig with this guitar and paid a lot more for it when it was first introduced - no regrets. An amazing deal at the current price! Change the strings to Ball Regular Slinky's and can bend the "stuffing" out of the fretboard.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow! Another guitar snob has been humbled.

                  By Big Wally

                  from Aberdeen WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Severely under rated.

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

                  I have to admit I am guilty of having been a Gear snob in the past, but finances have dictated that this is, literally, the only acceptable guitar my budget would allow. I begrudgingly bought this guitar after doing without for a few months and must say I am impressed. It feels really good and sounds fine through my Roland Micro Cube. I thought I was getting a temporary piece that would become a customization project, but my playing has never been better. I am not sure if it was a fortunately timed "Breakthrough" in my playing or if this guitar is some kind of good luck charm but I am doing things on this that I never achieved on my Strat or Gibson LPs before the economy claimed them all. I have always been craving that next guitar, but If this turned out to be my last guitar, I would be able to live with that .

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