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Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar Worn Cherry 

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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 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 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 (33), Novice (10), Professional musician (6)

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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4.0

Not Bad for an inexpensive guitar

By Bob the banger

from Central Pa.

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Pros

  • P-90 Growl

Cons

  • Tuning Keys

Best Uses

  • Who Impression

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

I wasn't expecting much when I ordered the inexpensive Les Paul Special by Epiphone. It had the P90 pickups and I wanted to try them out before buying a more expensive axe with the P90's.

Action was not bad right out of the box. Intonation was fair and no need to fuss with the truss rod.
The tuning keys are of very poor quality and you can tell that in the lack of tuning stability. Strings should be changed straight away.

All in all not bad. Yes there is hum on the bridge pick-up. Middle position of the 3-way switch, the hum is gone. The neck pick-up (rhythm) tone is awful and useless. Using the neck pick-up only is like wallowing in a tub of bagbomb. It is so bassy and muddy it is a nightmare.

The middle position of the switch and the treble
position is not bad. I am sure better quality P-90's would yield improved results.

On the bridge pickup the guitar starts to shine. That P-90 growl is there when overdriven. Cleaned up the pick-up does a decent job of some old clean rock and roll.

This is such a relief from the thin weak pick-ups of my Fender Strat and the same old, same old sound of your every-day humbucker.

For the price, this LP Special is a decent guitar. Great for knocking around at practice and could be used at gigs although it is just a plank of wood painted flat black and not that pretty. It could be your "Stealth" guitar.

Bottom line: If your looking for an inexpensive LP style guitar with P-90's and only want to crank on the neck pick-up, then the heck with the hum and do you best "Won't get fooled again" impression!
Pete would appreciate the gesture.

I give it 4 out of 5 bangs on the ole' Bang-O-Meter. Lots of fun for little coin!

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5.0

Worth the price of admission :-)

By Vaughn

from Nashville, TN

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Pros

  • Great Value

Cons

  • Neck A Bit Chunky

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    I'm a tone-pro of many, many years; I build pickups and needed a stupidly-cheap dual P-90 guitar to chop up & modify for instant pickup changes. This was a good choice. The intonation is spot-on which is terribly important in a fixed wrap-around bridge, it plays in tune up & down the neck, and the action arrived about right with little need for adjustment. It feels like you would expect a non-carved top Les Paul style to feel, but ... the neck certainly falls closer to the larger 50s profile than the "slim-taper" 60s neck it is touted as having; I'm okay with that, as it's a decidedly 50s style guitar in the first place.

    The pickups actually sounded better than I expected. Before I removed them, I spent a LOT of time comparing the "stock" guitar to many other top-shelf P-90 equipped guitars; compared to the best-of-class P90s Like the ones I build google Vaughn Skow Pickups, the pickups lack a little complexity, especially on the extreme top and bottom ends, but again, they sound very acceptable for the price! Throw in a set of world class pickups like mine, high-end pots & tone cap, and a top-shelf set-up and you have a guitar that will go toe-to-toe with any dual P-90 guitar, even those that cost 10-20 times as much. That's prety cool.

    I sure wish guitars of this quality would have been available at this price when I was learning to play 35+ years ago.

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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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