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Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar  

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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 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (52)
  • Fun to play (51)
  • Good tone (48)
  • Good pick up (43)
  • Solid electronics (31)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (40)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Recording (23)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Novice (11), Professional musician (7)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value for the Cash!

By Leebo76

from Seth, WV

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Edges Need Filing

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

I bought this because I wanted to play around with P-90's. I had intended to swap out the stock pups, but they came out sounding good right out of the box. This is the sound I was looking for. The guitar's finish is matte, including the neck. This makes for a faster playing neck, in my opinion. The frets do need filed as they stick out slightly over the fret board. There are no issues with high or low frets though. Minimal setup was needed (personal preference) such as adjusting the bridge height just a bit. Overall, for the money, you can't go wrong with this purchase. It is what is, plus a little more. Nice value.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Awesome Bargain!

By Alter Ego

from Texarkana, Arkansas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing Live
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

    I have been wanting to add a P90 guitar to my collection for some time now so I could cover certain sounds/tones that aren't easy to get with the standard Strat, Tele, or humbucker equiped guitars. Since it is covering a niche sound for me I wasn't crazy about spending a lot of money. I'm completely happy with my Les Paul and Charvel San Dimas being my main instruments so a P90 style guitar would only be used on occasion. When I spotted this Epiphone at such a cheap price I had to at least check it out. Wow! This thing is a great piece of work for that price and a bargain for any beginner or seasoned player alike. The construction and finish are great, and the electronics are better than what I expected. No need to replace or upgrade anything. Believe it or not I unpacked it, tuned it, plugged it in and started playing. The setup was great out of the box! If you want a P90 sound you really can't go wrong with this model. I am completely amazed by the quality at this price point! What a bargain!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Much more then I expected

    By Capt'n D

    from Tulsa, OK

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      Purchased this guitar because I wanted something with P90's. Don't let the price fool you. This guitar is great & well put together.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Good looker; Bad setup

      By Beast

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Sound
      • Weight

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Intonation
      • Tuner Issues

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar:

      So,I will first off say that I had a great experience with the sales rep. Very good customer service. However, the guitar arrived completely unusable, even in casual use. While some setup is expected, having every possible problem is quite frustrating. I guess you should just know what you're getting into with this guitar.

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      (5 of 5 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!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome little guitar. Love the p90's.

      By SOILEACK

      from Louisiana

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      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

        About Me Experienced

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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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprisingly Good Tone

        By pillowsnake94

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

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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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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A good birthday gift!

        By Vince

        from Erie,Pa.

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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