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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar  

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  • Classic Les Paul design
  • Resonant full-mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck for improved durability
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    $282.00
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An all-mahogany body with open-coil humbuckers and tune-o-matic bridge.

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar gives you all the essential elements of a Les Paul at great price. Made with a mahogany body, bolt-on mahogany neck, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, this baby is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins. It features 700T/650R open-coil humbucking pickups that deliver long, singing sustain and true Les Paul tones.

Like all of Epiphone's electric guitars, it comes standard-equipped with 500K potentiometers for the master volume and master tone controls, plus Epiphone's heavy-duty 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack. The LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier.

Features
  • Classic Les Paul design
  • Resonant full-mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck for improved durability
  • Popular '60s SlimTaper D neck profile
  • Epiphone 700T/650R open-coil humbuckers

This is the perfect starter electric. Order today.

 

Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • 1960's SlimTaper D neck profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Epiphone 700T/650R open-coil humbuckers
  • Nickel hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Tone, volume, and 3-way pickup switch
  • Covered 14:1 ratio tuners
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EpiphoneLes Paul Special II Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 731 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (441)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (179)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (35)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (29)
  • Solid electronics (26)
  • Good pick up (24)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (33)
  • Jamming (29)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rock Action Full-Time 24/7/365

I bought this guitar from a stranger only because I wanted to have another guitar to play. What a shock it was to plug it in after having it set up by a professional! ...Read complete review

I bought this guitar from a stranger only because I wanted to have another guitar to play. What a shock it was to plug it in after having it set up by a professional! I do not know how this guitar was set up out of the box. It's a good idea to have a professional set up all your guitars so as to make them all that much more fun to play.

I've been playing guitar for 30 years now, and was about to stop playing before deciding to find some new guitars to rekindle my interest in playing guitar. I don't have an untrained ear when it comes to rock guitar so let me conclude this paragraph simply--this guitar is rock action.

The pickups are chunky, which is what humbuckers should be for rock folks. Distortion is wonderful for the old school hard sounds of Nirvana or the not as old school hard sounds of The Hellacopters.

When I play clean, I like the guitar to have a heavy bass sound to it. It really does sound fantastic on this guitar. The bridge pickup on clean tone sounds good, but please use some bass in your tone so as not to rip the ears off of people.

You could play jazz, blues, or metal, on this guitar pretty well. Why would you though! The guitar is Rock Action so play rock and roll, even the sleaziest rock you can find to play won't discourage this guitar.

My guitar is about five years old so I have not had scratchy tone/volume potentiometers or a scratchy input jack (the usual guitar problems in the world of Rock Action). The pick ups sound full and bright to this day.

The neck is thin, which is great. Enjoy it! It's very comfortable to play on this guitar's neck; and therefore, better to play faster than a person would think for something with Les Paul in the name. The fretboard is also just flat enough to make a person forget the arc of a Stratocaster, which is probably, as far as I can tell, the most difficult guitar to feel as though one is getting better at playing guitar. I do, of course, own a Stratocaster so don't think that I am talking out of school.

This guitar out-performs guitars well beyond its price range so buy a couple so as to have the proper "Rock Action" look while playing for the crowds.

All in all, if you want Rock Action, then I highly recommend this guitar to you. You could read endless reviews about X or Y guitar. I suggest, however, that you go find one and play it. That'll be the truest test of whether or not Rock Action is for you.

I give it 5 stars because the guitar does not pretend to be anything it isn't. It delivers on its promise. If I wanted to play jazz, then I wouldn't pick up this guitar first. No, Rock Action is the thought that comes to my mind when I see this guitar waiting for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For the price, cant beat it.

I've been playing guitar for six years. Last week I saw this guitar and tried it out. I was immediately surprised by how well it played given the price.The neck is a little...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar for six years. Last week I saw this guitar and tried it out. I was immediately surprised by how well it played given the price.The neck is a little beefy, but not unbearably so. It was a bit hard to slide my thumb across the neck, but a smudge of polish would fix that. Pickups are decent, but you'll probably want to switch them out for better one's or buy a pedal. Honestly the perfect guitar for beginners, and a great beater for more expierianced. I usually play metal or punk, so the basic setup the guita has totally suited my style.

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5.0

Mounted Roland GK-3, GR-55 Pickup On It.

By michaeljames.info

from La Crosse WI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    I mounted a Roland GK-3 synth pickup on it for the GR-55 guitar synth.
    The only major mod I had to do was turn the bridge around so the adjustment screws were facing the rear of the guitar. The bridges are very simple to take apart. I had to turn all string guides around on the bridges after turning it around.
    The Gibson mounting bracket that comes with the GR-55 works great. I had to use some spacers and put one of the supplied washers under the bass string side of the bridge to get the pickup height to specs.
    It works great.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Redefining Beginner Guitars

    By Moxxi

    from Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • 22 Frets
    • Awesome Sustain
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • great price
    • Quiet Pickups
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Can't Really Think Of Any

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    Having experienced these guitars first hand from students, I was impressed with the overall sound and quality of these Indonesian models. Although I didn't set out to purchase one, I acquired an LP Special II awhile ago and have been putting it through its paces on stage, at home and recording.

    Back in my day, the 70s, a beginner guitar was something akin to a canoe paddle with strings that you could plug in. However due to advances in technology and craftsmanship, inexpensive guitars that are considered "for beginners" or "student models" are definitely blurring the lines. i'm not saying you eventually won't want to purchase a $1500 guitar, but what I am saying is "Why would you?" Are you really going to notice $1300 worth of improvements in sound, feel and overall quality of that expensive new instrument? Answer: Nope.

    If someone placed this guitar in my hand, blind-folded, from the feel and tone alone I would guess the guitar would be out of my current price range.

    I can't get over the amount of sustain. It hangs on a note like I wish my wife would hang on my every word. The neck is fast, and I was worried that the piano finish paint job on the back of the neck would be sluggish. That's something that can be fixed, but doesn't need to be in this instance. Having 22 frets on a "student guitar" is unheard of in the Fender line, with Squier's weighing in with 21. Yes an LP is known for 22 frets - and I find the 22nd fret extremely easy to access on this guitar - although to be entirely accurate - I don't access it all that much.

    I love the overall encompassing heavier tone from this guitar, over my Epiphone SG400. Even though they're both based on dual hum buckers, the heavier body of the LP II provides the sustain and the oomph, and therefore I believe the LP II is a more musically flexible instrument - going from clean chord tones to heavy rock riffs with distortion without feeling like you're losing anything in translation.

    The LP II is a heavier instrument which won't mean much to the person practising in their room- but you should start standing up to practice immediately to get used to it, if your goal is to play live eventually (as you can't "fake" your way through that). If you're a smaller person you might want to consider a lighter guitar, like the SG.

    I have no complaints about the stock pups (pick ups) in this instrument. I've had student models squeal like Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment they got even near the amp - but this LP II handles anything you throw at it like a seasoned pro.

    If you're looking for a great 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th guitar - you cannot do better than this (and I'm a Strat guy from way back). I know you'll want to upgrade this guitar in a couple of years because the urge to have a more "pro" model will engulf you. By the time your skill level reaches the point of maturation, you'll have bought and sold dozens of guitars that are way more expensive then this one and that play and sound equally as good - and you'll realize that it's not the instrument; it's the player.

    Paying for a name is great but it really can hurt a person's wallet.

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    4.0

    great guitar to have around

    By binderman

    from gunnison colorado

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Classic Looks
    • Easy Switching
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Solid Mohogany Sustain

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Leave It Out
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      this is one great axe to have around. my other guitars are in cases ,too costly to leave on a stand. this one gets played. you can afford to have it get dusty and fingerprints. nbd. I mean , keep it nice, but , use this one. You'll love the heavy, full sound, and noiseless pickups. simple knobs are easy to use. They don't have to cost a grand to be cool. I wouldn't be scared of buying another one of these.

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      5.0

      great guitar

      By jaybear

      from Bloomington, IN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Very Minor Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar as my first brand new electric through Musicians Friend around 14 or so years ago and loved it! Had great punch for harder rock, and a nice clean sound for lighter stuff. I did some minor adjustments here and there throughout the 4 years I owned. Lowered the action and tightened a few screws and nuts here and there. It played incredible for me. If anyone's on the fence about purchasing this guitar don't hesitate! It's well worth the money. A great workhorse guitar! I would, and may still buy another one very soon. Am about to buy the Epi LP special l P90. Can't wait to get my hands on it. The Epi LP Special ll is an amazing guitar especialy for the price! Believe me it takes a beating and definately ROCKS OUT!!! You won' t regret buying it. And like all guitars it may need some very minor adjustments to fit your playing needs or style, but it CAN'T be beat for the price! Take a chance and enjoy!!!

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      2.0

      It's alright

      By not-so-super-hero

      from Missouri

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      It's fine for a beginner guitar, but after you get a little better you'll need something else. The finish on the back of the neck sometimes makes it hard to slide your hand around on the frets. There's some fret buzz and no matter how you adjust it, it won't go away which is kind of a bummer) The craftsmanship isn't the best. The volume and tone knobs come loose all the time and require constant maintenance. After a good 30-40 minutes of playing, you'll have to tune it up again. That gets old. It's not the worst guitar I've had, but if you're looking to get something more 'user friendly' I would suggest spending a little extra on something better. It'll be worth it in the long run. Oh, you'll definitely need some strings. The ones that come slapped on it are less than impressive.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar. Great Sound. Great Price.

      By ROCKIN BLUES 123

      from portsmouth VIRGINIA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        Wanted to get back into playing guitar after about 5 years of not playing at all. I was trying to spend not too much but still get a great guitar. You really cant beat this guitar if you are looking to spend under 200. Its only 150 but sounds and looks like it costs 500. The tone is very clean and the guitar itself is very high quality. SOme people complain on other reviews about it going out of tune easily but I think it stays in tune fine. I play it every day and its never really out of tune.

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        5.0

        Good solid guitar

        By Jason

        from Murphy NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          I am 32 yrs old and have been playing for 19 years now. Been in a few bands that did local gigs, and just small time stuff. I actually bought my Epiphone Les Paul Special II about 15 years ago at a local guitar shop in Dalton Ga. where I was living at the time. I've had many guitars come and go over the years but this is one i just will not part with. It plays and sounds just as good as my Gibson SG Special. And after 15 yrs of playing it, I have had no problems with it. That's just my 2 cents worth. Thought it might help someone.

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          4.0

          Yes, yes, and yes again

          By MDRush

          from Blythewood, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            With this LP special, I have now bought 4 epis from MF, Very pleased with all . . this one has some sharp fret ends at the bottom of the finger board, no big deal. For my recording I prefer the EPI LP silver burst (it does have a little better action at the hi end) and a little better tone, the 335 dot is great and the Jumbo EC 220 cannot be beat for tone, electronics and action.
            I've been playing for 51 years and have a VR Fender Strat, and a vintage '73 tele but my goto guitars are the EPIs, simple as that . . .. .

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I think I want another.

            By PJ

            from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I am a beginner and don't really know much about guitars but for the price this is a really good one. It sounds and feels great. I have only had it for a few weeks and have had one problem so far. I have experienced the fret buzz that a lot of people have been talking about. But I think that can be fixed with a little YouTube help or a good guitar pro. All things considered, I think this is a good guitar for a first purchase. I have no complaints.

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            5.0

            Awesome first guitar

            By Goalie22

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              I've been self teaching myself guitar for about a year on an acoustic, (Also from musician's friend, the Jasmine by Takamine, awesome!)and decided I wanted to work with an electric as well. Based on the reviews and price, I bought the special ii and fell in love. It has an amazing sound and is very easy to play. Action feels right and as a beginner I can say I'm very much looking forward to learning guitar with this beauty! All black, can't go wrong.

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