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Gorgeous looks, raging Les Paul tone, sweet price.Epiphone' Les Paul Special II has got to be one of the sweetest electric guitars in its class. With all the most important features of a Les Paul at an incredible price, it' too good to pass up. Constructed with a mahogany body and bolt-on mahogany neck with a sleek 22-fret rosewood fretboard, it' loaded with open-coil 700T/650R humbuckers for that warm, creamy Les Paul sustain. Additional features include Epiphone's rugged 3-way pickup selector toggle switch, exclusive non-rotating output jack, and master volume and master tone controls with 500K potentiometers. The familiar LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide increased sustain and quick string changes. Limited lifetime warranty. Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

Luscious looks, powerful Paul tone, perfect price.

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  • 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

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Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

  • 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 746 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (449)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (185)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (49)
  • Fun to play (43)
  • Good tone (41)
  • Solid electronics (36)
  • Good pick up (35)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)
  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (41)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Novice (15), Professional musician (9)

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Redefining Beginner Guitars

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...Read complete review

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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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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4.0

Excellent buy.

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from Mansfield, Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

I'm a Strat guy but wanted a humbucker sound as well....this unit plays well and sounds great. The only con is bit of fret buzz on the 6th string, but that was easily fixed. It only has single volume and tone knobs but the three position switch does a good job with changing the tone. If you want a Les Paul sound but don'rt want to spend the hundreds or thousands more, this guitar will do you proud.

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4.0

Great bargain

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from Twin Falls, Id.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    I have been a Fender fan for many, many years and always wanted a Les Paul. For the price, I couldn't pass this one up. Very glad I bought it. Very well put together guitar with good tone and feel. Best bargain for the money I have ever bought. It sounded great through my Fender Front Man, and even better through my Roland cube 80.

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    4.0

    NICE EASY PLAYING GUITAR

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    from DES MOINES, WAS.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    PRACTICE

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    5.0

    Great guitar even if it was twice the price

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    from Osage Beach, MO

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar for the money. Electronics are surprisingly above average.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't get spun

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      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.

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        5.0

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

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        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.

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        5.0

        Very enjoyable

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        from South Bend Indiana

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          I just wanted a low priced, decent quality electric guitar to learn on and play for my own enjoyment. This guitar is just what I wanted.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          More than I expected but Great!

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          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.

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          5.0

          Great guitar

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          from Mustang, Oklahoma

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I am a beginner, but here goes. I bought an acoustic, but really wanted an electric. I had planned to buy a more expensive model, but read the reviews on this one and bought it. I am glad I did, it feels great. and plays great. I purchased a blemished guitar. No need to be afraid of Musicians Friends blemished guitars. It said it had scratches on the back- well they are more like light rub marks. This is my second guitar( 1st was an Alvarez RD270 acoustic) from Musicians Friends - it will not be my last. Thanks.

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            4.0

            Great little guitar for the price

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            from Bend Oregon

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            Pros

            • Fun Little Guitar
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar for cheap cheap and it did not have the bridge or tailpiece, but I had an extra at home and it was great, I bought new tuners for it, now it is my reg sit around the house and jam guitar. I am thinking about putting in a couple of hot pickups as the stock ones are a bit flat compared to my gibsons. Great little guitar for beating on, and not worry about hurting the finish. LOL

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