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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
 
4.5

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (49)
  • Fun to play (48)
  • Good tone (45)
  • Good pick up (40)
  • Solid electronics (28)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Jamming (36)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Recording (20)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Novice (11), 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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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

Awesome little guitar. Love the p90's.

By SOILEACK

from Louisiana

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    Love this guitar. Great sound, and the color is much richer than the picture. Looks really nice, sounds awesome.

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    4.0

    Pretty cool for the price

    By Chris Mann

    from Dunlap TN

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Cheapo Tuners
    • Quality Control

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    First one the bridge was installed incorrectly at an angle. Musicians Friend replaced it immediately, no additional cost, no hassle.

    The guitar sounds and looks good. Frets, action, finish all good.
    The P90s sound very nice. This guitar has me wanting a nice Gibson Special with P90s.

    I did change the tuners as this has those really flimsy ones that get loose and don't stay in tune after some use. The new grover style tuners improved the tone and sustain. I guess the tuners were a weak link in the vibrational quality of the guitar. I didn't expect that, but it does have more sustain now, although it is now a bit top heavy.

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    5.0

    Surprisingly Good Tone

    By pillowsnake94

    from USA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Wood Quality

    Cons

    • Tuners

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar just to do a little bit of recording with the P90 sound. Upon setting it up (easy setup and feels great) and playing it, I was initially blown away by just how good the tone is. The rhythm tones I've been able to get out of this are superb, crunchy and bright.

    Obviously P90 pickups are relatively low-output, so I would not recommend this for much lead use, but for rhythm playing it shines.

    I don't know the exact spec for the neck of this guitar but it certainly is not what I would call slim. It's a pretty hefty neck for an Epiphone LP, but it works for the retro-feel of this guitar overall.

    One thing that surprised me about this guitar is the quality of wood Epiphone used. Mine came as a one-piece mahogany body that was flawless. The rosewood on the fretboard was flawless too, surprisingly one of the best pieces I've seen, and the fret job is definitely competitive.

    The biggest downside to this guitar that I've found is the tuners; they're some sort of stock model (but what do you expect for this price?). They do the job but they don't feel nearly as good to use as something like a Grover tuner.

    Overall this guitar really impressed me. I bought it on a whim because of the price point considering the P90 tone and I've ended up having a blast with it. Great tone, great craftsmanship. Much better than I expected.

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    5.0

    A good birthday gift!

    By Vince

    from Erie,Pa.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • My Son Was Surprised
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    My son didn't realize he was getting this,he is very happy with it!

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    5.0

    Great guitar at a great price!

    By joshdmusic

    from Union, MS

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Bolt-on Neck

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    Great little guitar. After a quick setup, string change, lowered action, set intonation, and adjusted pickup height, it plays and feels great. Love the satin finish neck and body. It is a bolt on neck, but that doesn't affect the feel. For the price you really can't beat it. I bought it mainly just to experiment with p90s. I love the tone and response. Great for practicing or jamming with the band. Have not had a chance to record or gig with, but i don't see any problems with doing so.

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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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        (2 of 2 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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