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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

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Luscious looks, powerful Paul tone, perfect price.

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
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on neck mahogany neck
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 700T/650R open-coil humbuckers
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and easier string changing
  • Tone, volume, and 3-way pickup switch
  • Hardware: chrome (black on wine red finish)

This is the perfect starter electric. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
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: HH
  • Neck: 650R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700T
  • 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 II Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 785 reviews)

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    (202)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (80)
  • Fun to play (76)
  • Good tone (65)
  • Good pick up (59)
  • Solid electronics (58)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (17)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (73)
  • Jamming (66)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Recording (27)
  • School bands (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (51), Novice (28), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A solid budget guitar that I still love years down the road.

I should start by saying that I have had this guitar for over a decade. I'm not sure if the quality has changed since then, but the Les Paul Special II that I own...Read complete review

I should start by saying that I have had this guitar for over a decade. I'm not sure if the quality has changed since then, but the Les Paul Special II that I own is a rock-solid guitar for a fantastic price.

My first guitar was a nice Fender Strat (I know, I was lucky). When I wanted to start playing in my middle school's jazz band, I used my savings (in change) to buy this Epiphone to take with me to practice, since I didn't want my nice Strat damaged or stolen. This guitar lived in the shadow of my Strat for a long time. However, my tastes changed over time, and the 22 frets, thicker neck, and double humbuckers came into favor as I entered my high school metalhead years. The Epiphone emerged as my main instrument, and weathered many jam sessions with friends, bedroom and garage recordings, and the like. I probably have hundreds, if not thousands of hours worth of play time on this guitar.

This guitar has been knocked and beaten around, the electronics tampered with by my adolescent self, had beer and whiskey spilled on it and cigarette ashes have gotten into its nooks and crannies, and it has survived. It has overcome. Over ten years later, this is still a great guitar. I have grown, my playing skills have developed, and it has held fast as a quality instrument. I've had so many good times and have many great memories of jamming on this guitar with my friends and by myself.
The stock pickups on my Epiphone are incredibly good sounding - almost as good as the active EMGs on my friends' Schecter. The only guitars in this price range that I believe have stock pickups of this quality and tone are the various Ibanez models.

I've added a picture of mine as it is now - had to use tape an a permanent marker to cover up a sticker by the knobs that some might deem inappropriate...

If you're considering getting one of these as a first guitar, or a beater, don't hesitate. Buy this thing and rock out - it will serve you well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Guitar for the money.

This is a good choice for a first guitar in most areas. It has a nice, thin neck that's easy to play, and the sound is good in this price range. The fit...Read complete review

This is a good choice for a first guitar in most areas. It has a nice, thin neck that's easy to play, and the sound is good in this price range. The fit and finish is pretty decent except for the fret edges. They are a bit rough but not terrible. The woodgrain on the body and neck is really nice and it's much lighter than a standard Les Paul. Playing it through a Vox Mini 5 amp, it sounds very good for the money. I really like its sound for heavier music like Metallica and Rush. Now for the bad. The worst part of the guitar is the tuning machines. They are garbage. They slip and are very "notchy" as you try and get the guitar in tune. The guitar needs to be tuned at least daily and sometimes every 30 minutes to an hour. This issue can cause new guitarists to get frustrated or discouraged. I liked the guitar enough to upgrade to Grover tuners. Problem solved. I got the guitar at MF for 20% off so I don't have much money in it and now it's a solid axe for the price and worth keeping for the long term. It's probably good enough to gig with and at this price, there's no worries about it getting some character marks on it while it's out in the dangerous world of smoke filled bars.

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(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Redefining Beginner Guitars

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB

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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.

(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad

By Jerkowitz

from St. Louis, Mo

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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
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    At the time of this writing there are over 700 reviews of this product. They must sell a ton of these. But here's my 2 cents.....First it's hard to find a bad guitar now-a-days, back in the late 60's when I started playing it was the opposite....guitar buyers today are really lucky, CNC cut neck and bodies. What's left is how well they are put together. This guitar is put together pretty well. People complain about the pickups....that's a matter of opinion but they sound good to me, when playing in a group they cut through very well. At the price point it is a real bargain. I gave it 4 stars because there were some minor issue's. As stated in a few reviews the neck was loose. With some minor woodworking skills you can remove the neck and re-dowl the holes or do what I did and some toothpicks for dowels and white glue, the neck is solid now. I do a complete setup on any guitar, I own around 70 and the majority need some or a lot of work. The frets needed a slight leveling but played fairly well before, I just am real picky about my set-up. Tuners are basic but work fine. Volume and tone work as they should with a smooth taper and I like having just a master tone and volume "ala" Telecaster. Nut is OK, I cut mine a bit but I do this on most guitars. Bridge and tailpiece are good. These parts have the "Tone Lock" system, a nice idea as they keep these parts from falling off if you remove the strings plus are supposed to add more sustain. After a good set-up the neck is very playable, balances well,actually I like the neck a lot. If you like thin necks it may not be for you but it isn't a ball-bat either. The body isn't bulky like it's big brother the Les Paul Standard. If you must have a "Real" Les Paul you should go get one but you probably aren't reading this if that's your choice. I have a few real one's BTW but I get a kick out of getting a cheap guitar and making it play just as well. In short you can make this guitar "as is" with a basic set-up very serviceable. I read others say they hate this guitar because something became loose...Buy a screwdriver. It's called maintenance.

    (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good solid guitar

    By Jason

    from Murphy NC

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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

      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.

      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

      By James Reid

      from North America

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      Couple of very minor cosmetic imperfections but otherwise very sound. Really nice pickups and pots. Tone control that actually does something. Most from China don't do anything until you're all the way down on the pot. Excellent deal.
      Finally unpacked the epi and gave her a go. Beautiful dark wine color. Much richer color than pictured. Neck fit and finish excellent. Fretboard edges meticulous. One fret not pressed down perfectly but no impact on playability and action.

      Couple of very minor cosmetic imperfections but otherwise very sound. Really nice pickups and pots. Tone control that actually does something. Most from China don't do anything until you're all the way down on the pot. Excellent deal.

      (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Axe for the Price

      By dookie1994

      from Sussex, NJ

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      Pros

      • All you really need
      • Cool color
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Value
      • Looks awesome
      • Simple
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          i have the special I. Not sure what the real difference is besides the new colors on the special II. Anyway this guitar is amazing. Its super solid and sounds great.
          The pickups- To me, they have a great punch and with the right amp you can get a lot of different tones out of this guitar. Ive gotten the perfect tone for green day's music and the perfect tone for aerosmith. When you flick the switch to the brige position and turn up the overdrive, you can pull off crazy train perfectly for such a simple guitar you can do some pretty crazy stuff with it. This guitar is all you really need, simple, to the point, and packs some punch. The knobs are sturdy. They dont rattle and theyre not loose. The input jack is well made, it keeps the cable very snug and in place, its hard to get out (which is good).
          Craftsmanship- Mine is in the worn tv yellow (i have a thing for this color on guitars) and it looks great. Its not a blazing banana yellow, its more subtle and plain, which i like. The back of the neck and the headstock is all the same color as well. There are no chips or unfinished parts on mine its all perfect. The rosewood on the fingerboard is very dark, it almost looks like ebony, which i really like.
          Hardware- The tuners are the ones on the cheaper epiphones, just the standard chrome ones. However, they hold tune very well. I tune my guitar about once every week and a half and its barely out of tune by then (and i play alot). The bridge is great i dont feel any buzzing and the action is good. The strings came at the perfect height for me.
          Over all this guitar is great. For the price, i highly reccomend. i wouldve paid an extra $50 for this guitar. I absolutelty love it. Whether youre a beginner who knows that theyre going to stick to guitar playing for a long time and you want to start with a really good guitar, or an experienced musician who wants to try something different and see how a cheaper priced guitar is, you wont be dissapointed. Amazing axe

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Don't get spun

          By db

          from Scarborough

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            How many times have you tried to find the 'right' guitar. Only to waste money over and over and over again (ask my wife - I have a wall of the things). Some of my guitars are (to me) expensive and I wanted a Les Paul. All the copies I tried were like a portable lumber yard, rough in hidden places and always 'a copy' not quite right but very expensive. Then I found the Special II.

            The neck is great and the fretboard feels like polished ebony. No kidding, it's like - wow. The finish is superb and is standing up to use without the slightest glitch. For tonewood fetishists IT'S MAHOGANY it's not some second rate cheap, soft, tonally dead ply, that's if you believe the wood voodoo thing.

            Pickups. I didn't end up with the AlNiCo V's (sad) I got ceramic but that said, hey, get the screwdriver out, use your ears through headphones and yes, you'll find sweet spots, you can hear them, find them and what is there to complain about - er - nothing.

            String height, I adjusted mine, it's low, lower than my RG Ibanez, lower than the Pacifica, it's low.

            String buzz, funny that, there is a thing at the top of the neck you remove and put an allen key in, and if you adjust it carefully, giving the correct relief, there is no fret buzz and wow, clean tone.

            Pots etc - they are fine - they are full size pots beautifully wired (so neat!)

            And it sounds, well, I use a POD and it really really sounds great.

            I note complaints that it's a 'cheap guitar' but hey, does cost mean quality? Well to some, clearly yes, maybe you should buy one before Gibson put the price up to make it more desirable!

            Cost doesn't necessarily mean that the wood felled in the night by some sweaty virgin whilst the tone doctor dances round an open fire sacrificing chickens and daubing it in blood will sound any better than the MAHOGANY that this guitar is made of. It certainly resonates.

            Best buy I made, and I keep looking but, can't put it down.

            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rock Action Full-Time 24/7/365

            By Gorillaz

            from Plattsburgh, NY

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            Pros

            • 22 Frets
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great feel

            Cons

            • Big Amp Needed

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            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.

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A solid budget guitar that I still love years down the road.

            By Pazuzu

            from Dallas, TX

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            Pros

            • Consistent intonation
            • Good Stock Pickups
            • Good Tone
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Fretboard is rough at first
            • Hardware isn't great
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Anything for beginner and intermediate players

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I should start by saying that I have had this guitar for over a decade. I'm not sure if the quality has changed since then, but the Les Paul Special II that I own is a rock-solid guitar for a fantastic price.

            My first guitar was a nice Fender Strat (I know, I was lucky). When I wanted to start playing in my middle school's jazz band, I used my savings (in change) to buy this Epiphone to take with me to practice, since I didn't want my nice Strat damaged or stolen. This guitar lived in the shadow of my Strat for a long time. However, my tastes changed over time, and the 22 frets, thicker neck, and double humbuckers came into favor as I entered my high school metalhead years. The Epiphone emerged as my main instrument, and weathered many jam sessions with friends, bedroom and garage recordings, and the like. I probably have hundreds, if not thousands of hours worth of play time on this guitar.

            This guitar has been knocked and beaten around, the electronics tampered with by my adolescent self, had beer and whiskey spilled on it and cigarette ashes have gotten into its nooks and crannies, and it has survived. It has overcome. Over ten years later, this is still a great guitar. I have grown, my playing skills have developed, and it has held fast as a quality instrument. I've had so many good times and have many great memories of jamming on this guitar with my friends and by myself.
            The stock pickups on my Epiphone are incredibly good sounding - almost as good as the active EMGs on my friends' Schecter. The only guitars in this price range that I believe have stock pickups of this quality and tone are the various Ibanez models.

            I've added a picture of mine as it is now - had to use tape an a permanent marker to cover up a sticker by the knobs that some might deem inappropriate...

            If you're considering getting one of these as a first guitar, or a beater, don't hesitate. Buy this thing and rock out - it will serve you well.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good little guitar.

            By Dave G Marshall

            from Alabama

            About Me Experienced

            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 II Electric Guitar:

              For what I paid for my Epiphone Special I couldn't go wrong. I bought the guitar second hand and was intending to use it for synth work so I attached a GK-2A pickup, made some adjustments and new strings and was surprised with the tone and action of this guitar. I had read the comments about this guitar and figured I had to add my two cents worth. After playing for 48 years I had the opportunity to play top line Gibson and Fender guitars. I knew how to make the required adjustments to a guitar so being a used guitar wasn't a problem for me.
              For tone and action this guitar is great for advanced and beginner players. I understand that for the price of these guitars you may have a few minor problems if any but that is not the end of the world. Take it to a pro technician and have it set up PROPERLY and you will have a real nice playing guitar for years to come. Later if you desire buy a top line guitar do so but I bet you will always come back to your Epiphone.
              For the price you can't go wrong.
              I turned the bridge around to gain better access to the adjustments for intonation, touched up a few frets, lowered the action, put some 9s on it and it does what I want it to do. Buy it.

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Greeat Guitar At Any Price

              By JACB

              from North Carolina

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              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              If people can't get the sound they want, they should adjust their amps or playing style, because there is nothing wrong with the way this thing sounds. This guitar will give you a good Les Paul sound at a fraction of the cost of a similar Gibson model.

              I owned 10 guitars a few years ago and decided to sell all of them except for my very old 70s model Fenders. If I was in the market for a new one, I woudl not hesitate to buy another one of these Epiphone Special II models.
              The pickups are really hot and the hardware is of good quality. I suppose you might want better tuners, but if you know how to play a guitar, you will know how to make any tuner work for you. Personally, I never had a problem with the tuners on this guitar.

              I had one for a couple of years myself and I played it a lot.
              I am confused about some of the reviews concerning the pickups in these guitars. I took the pickups out and tested them myself and could not believe the readings I got.They were much hotter than the pickups in a Standard Gibson Les Paul.

              The finish on ALL of the guitars I had was excellent. I especially liked the

              white one as it started to age.
              If you can't afford an expensive Fender, Gibson, or whatever else you may be drooling over, give this a try. You can always sell it if you don't like it.

              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT GUITAR

              By Mike

              from Nashville tn

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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
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                I have owned two of these guitars.If set up right they are just as good as the $1500 LP's.I have played live show and recorded with this guitar and played right beside gibson and fender guitars,couldnt tell the difference in tone from this and the gibson LP coustom our other guitar player uses.all in all a great guitar.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Best for money

                By James V McIntosh

                from NC

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                See above.
                I have been playing guitatars for over 55 years. Have had cheapies and more expensive. Really like the sound and playability of Spl.II and the fact that it is much lighter than Gibson LP's.
                Good materials and hardware (tuners could be better.) Easy to adjust setup. Pickups are good for price. I play mostly rhythm and like the depth of the sound...generally play thru pig-nose 20 amp.
                The Spl. II just might be the best electric that I ever bought for this price range. I've paid a lot more for a lot less.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Unbeatable Value!

                By Gene

                from Goodyear, Arizona

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                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                I am very pleased with this purchase. I bought the wine red color, and it is very nice, especially with the all-black hardware.
                Compared to some solid-body electric guitars the Special II has fewer features (e.g., vibrato bar), but for a two-pickup guitar, it has all the features I need.
                No problems with the guitar staying in tune as some reviews have stated.
                I don't know how anyone could beat the value of this guitar. The epiphone company is practically giving these guitars away.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What A Deal!!!!!

                By Tim Wisner

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                This guitar will blow you away, both from a quality standpoint and playability standpoint. What a beautiful instrument! I've played more expensive guitars that do not perform to the level of this one! I would recommend this to anyone, from a beginner to an expert guitarist. Way to go Gibson/Epiphone!!!!
                The quality of this instrument is fantastic!
                I can't say enough about the outstanding value of this deal.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar for the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                By Funkyard

                from Rochester

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                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                I purchased this to play slide guitar (I like the the D profile neck). the humbuckers sound great. The The Red is a nice colour. Just goes to prove you do not have to pay alot for a decent guitar!
                What more due you want 2 pickups, 1-Volume, 1-Tone, 1- 3 way switch
                Quality is not bad for the price
                You can't beat it!

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                More than I expected but Great!

                By terrygh

                from Kansas

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Value
                • Nice Guitar
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Great Addition Lp
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                I mainly purchased this guitar as an instrument to dedicate to an open tuning for playing slide but, man this axe could be used for any application. Great Looks, Very good sound, well made, nice balance and, feel. Mine is the Vintage sunburst and, I could not be happier with the way it looks. Out of the box it was almost setup perfect for regular playing but obviously I will raise the action a bit for playing slide. I am very satisfied with this instrument and, would recommend it to anyone.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent value and craftsmanship

                By dmvksv

                from Grand Rapids, Mi.

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Action
                • Good Feel
                • Good finish
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  I bought one off these in the Heritage Cherry Burst awhile back when I decided if I was ever going to get serious about playing guitar, I needed a halfway decent guitar or I was never going to improve. I decided on the Special II because of the great price and all the positive reviews. I was very impressed with the finish on the one I ordered, it has the looks and feel of a much more expensive guitar. I changed out the strings to a set of Ernie Ball's and lowered the action a bit, and I was quite happy with it but not quite satisfied. The pickups had really nice crunch but were on the muddy side. I later bought a used Special I with p90 pickups, which sounds fantastic. After playing the Special I for awhile, it was harder to live with the sound of the Special II's pickups, so I decided to try a couple of easy upgrades. First, I soldered in a .022 paper-in-oil capacitor to replace the stock capacitor, then replaced the plastic nut with a new Graph Tech nut. All I can say is .........Wow! What an amazing difference! The pickups now have the clarity they were lacking and I don't want to put it the guitar down. It has turned a very good guitar into a great guitar. The upgrades were super cheap,and were worth triple what it cost. When you strum the guitar unplugged now it just rings.I will probably replace the tuners eventually, but it stays in tune pretty well. I'm not saying you have to do these upgrades to enjoy this guitar, I just highly recommend them if you find the tone lacking. Without upgrades, this guitar is still worth more than the asking price. If you can handle some pretty basic skills, you can bring out it's real potential.I now own three Epiphone's and am still amazed at the sound , workmanship, and value they offer. My next guitar will probably be another Epi.

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  excellent guitar for money

                  By Ed Davis

                  from Ohio

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                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  best guitar for the money. soft and glossy, easy on the eyes, easy to fine tune, high quailty hardware, great for folks who NEED a good guitar. white by preferrence. the clear knobs are easy to read from the player's point of view. EXCELLENT sound, even on a super cheap amp. i prefer to play it acoustically, because it sounds SO good just by itself. 10 thumbs up.
                  in white, this guitar is a catch, to say the least; glossy and soft, this is a JOY to play. the knobs (volume and tone) are in such a style that are easy to read from the player's viewpoint, with no need for an indicator on the body itself. the toggle switch could, hypothetically, be easily swithced back to the middle selection while playing, but its not something that you wouldn't notice.
                  i could not praise this guitar enough for it's overall value. its not the most expensive, but even the tuning keys are soft to the touch. of course, the packaging came with the owners manual, warranty, sticker, and poster; everything you could need to truly understand this guitar.
                  for the money, this is the guitar to go for. of course you can drop a ton on any guitar, but who wants to do that when you can get exactly what you NEED for less?

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  9 years

                  By Chagrindave

                  from Michigan

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  I've owned my Special II for about 9 years now. This was my first guitar and I still play it daily. It has a great sound, and combined with a good amp and cabinet, it can get some high quality tone, clean or distorted. The only things I recommend to replace are the tuning machines and get a graphite nut.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar. Great Sound. Great Price.

                  By ROCKIN BLUES 123

                  from portsmouth VIRGINIA

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                  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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