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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar  Black

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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...Read More

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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.

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

This is the perfect starter electric. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

  • 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 771 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (462)

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    (197)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

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    (22)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (70)
  • Fun to play (65)
  • Good tone (57)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (50)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (15)
  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (61)
  • Jamming (55)
  • Small venues (28)
  • Recording (22)
  • School bands (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (45), Novice (24), Professional musician (12)

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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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

Good cheap "starter" electric guitar

By Middle-age hacker

from Pittsburgh pA

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Price

Cons

  • One Sound
  • Poor Tuners and Bridge

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

First of all, the positives: you are getting a very good guitar for your money. This won't be the "main guitar" for anyone with more than a few years of experience, but it's a very good starter instrument, and a reasonable backup. The neck and fingerboard are great, and of course the look is cool. This is a delightfully nasty guitar when pushed/distorted, although it basically has one sound. To me, the clean tone lacks, but I'm generally not a fan of the Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul clean sound (and at this price point you aren't getting split coils for those humbuckers). My other two gripes are the poor tuners (I replaced mine with Sperzel locking tuners), and I have never been a fan of the stop tailpiece (break a string, or retune one string, and it messes up the rest of them). But again: at this price, you can't beat this guitar, especially for a beginner.

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4.0

I would recommend this product

By Bluesplayer

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    I'm glad Epiphone is back on the market. I mostly play Fender products, but I also like this style of guitar. It has a great sound and playability is great! I play it through a small tube amp and the guitar still has the stock strings on it. I think Epiphone makes some beautiful guitars! Give this guitar a try. It is a really nice product.

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    5.0

    Great Value

    By dub

    from Northern California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      I have been primarily an acoustic guitarist during my long career. But I do some recording by myself, and was in need of an electric guitar, so ordered this one. I am amazed at the quality for such little money. I will recommend this little guitar for my friends, as it plays very nicely and seems to be quality made.

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      4.0

      good value

      By Steve

      from Harrisonville, MO

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      Hard to beat for the price. I hear a little fret buzz, but you can't hear it when amplified. Sounds great.

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      4.0

      Pleasantly Surprised

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        Bought the guitar for my grandson thinking it would do until he had some time in learning. I thought it would be an inexpensive way to introduce him to the guitar.What we got was a solid, well built, nice sounding instrument. Very pleased with the purchase and would definitely buy again.

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        5.0

        Great Beginner!

        By Nihl

        from Raleigh, IL

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        I use this guitar for practice and jamming. Its sound could be a little better, but hey, it's good. It's very good all around; very versatile. I like the look and feel of the fretboard, nice and smooth. It does come with some fret buzz, but that can be fixed easily.

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        5.0

        Excellent Personal Service is King at Musician's Friend

        By Old Rocker

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        I just play for personal enjoyment and challenge..Played in quite a few bands from the 60's into the 80's. Been playing for many years. The LPII Special is a very good value and a very nice playing guitar for the money. Sound quality from the humbuckers is very pleasing. Fingerboard plays easily and the feel of the guitar itself is substantial. Don't really have any negative comments. I've owned many guitars over the close to 50 years I've been playing and the LPII Special is a terrific very affordable instrument.

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        4.0

        Solid budget guitar

        By Rob

        from Lutz, Fl.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          Picked this up as a throw around. Nice construction. Decent pickups. I am able to get a nice metal sound out of them. Neck was straight. No fret buzz. My only problem is the tuners. They are adequate but should be replaced with better. The guitar goes out of tune a bit. Not too bad. Just needing a slight adjustment. Overall very pleased with this purchase.

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          4.0

          First Ever Electric Guitar

          By CW's

          from Norfolk, VA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          First ever electric guitar I purchased. Felt like this guitar is more than enough to learn on this and allows for me to grow as player.

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          5.0

          Great product for a great price

          By guitargirl

          from Byron Center,Mi.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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:

            I use this guitar for practicing and jamming. Great sound. For the price you can't beat it.

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