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An affordable model with a mahogany body, bolt-on neck and dual humbuckers.

Epiphone's #1 selling model LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar while getting the feel and tone of a Les Paul. Seasoned pros will also love the Special II because it's a great-sounding workhorse of a guitar that allows them to leave their more expensive axes at home.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Solid mahogany
Body finish: Gloss polyester
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Shape: '60s SlimTaper D
Wood: Mahogany
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Finish: Gloss polyester
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Standard
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: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Piezo: Not applicable
Active EQ: Not applicable
Special electronics: Not applicable
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: Not applicable
Kill switch: Not applicable
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Enclosed
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body finish
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Not applicable
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special II Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Nice Indeed

Beautiful finish. clear dark mahogany red just like my first early 60's SG (better, actually). Well balanced (much better than an SG). Nice neck. You will need to get...Read complete review

Beautiful finish. clear dark mahogany red just like my first early 60's SG (better, actually). Well balanced (much better than an SG). Nice neck. You will need to get a sanding sponge (hardware store) and run it up and down both edges of the neck about 10 times - then she'll be smooth as silk. Bolt-on neck is great - later if you need to can put a little wood shem between neck and body to adjust the angle any way you want. You cannot do that on an expensive "set-in" neck !! This is better. Tone and pickups are great sounding. Electronics 500K pots plenty of jangle. If you miss the old 60's Gibby sound, u gonna luv this one! Yes I own several - 50 years playing experience

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for beginner.

I bought this as my first electric to provide a fuller sounding tone. Best way to describe this guitar is to say you get what you pay for. After playing for only a few...Read complete review

I bought this as my first electric to provide a fuller sounding tone. Best way to describe this guitar is to say you get what you pay for. After playing for only a few minutes the B string broke and so i just replaced that one and 1 hour later the top E string broke.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Indeed

By GitarGairagePlayer

from Raleigh NC

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Sand Fret Edges A Little
  • Sand The Frets A Little

Best Uses

  • As A Musical Instrument
  • Jamming
  • Music
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

Beautiful finish. clear dark mahogany red just like my first early 60's SG (better, actually). Well balanced (much better than an SG). Nice neck. You will need to get a sanding sponge (hardware store) and run it up and down both edges of the neck about 10 times - then she'll be smooth as silk. Bolt-on neck is great - later if you need to can put a little wood shem between neck and body to adjust the angle any way you want. You cannot do that on an expensive "set-in" neck !! This is better. Tone and pickups are great sounding. Electronics 500K pots plenty of jangle. If you miss the old 60's Gibby sound, u gonna luv this one! Yes I own several - 50 years playing experience

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

all n all an excellent product/buy

By Jams

from N. Cal

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Potential
  • Lighter Than An Lp
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Anything really
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

First I'm gonna say every guitar should be checked out when received. Changing strings and setting up action is done on every guit b4 one critiques anything. And I'm old school. So it's 008's and slammed for me. And that set up allows me to see imperfections others may not notice when it comes to small issues with the board. And I found a small buzz between two frets. Nothing that dressing frets couldn't solve. And the fret wires need to have the ends dressed as well. Guitars with no binding on the fret board exposes that issue. No outright burrs that cut me. But they were rough. Here's what I did. Strings had to go. They always do. But these were like cable wires. Really stiff for show room strings. Not very flexible. Does not work well with bending strings. So .008's were installed. That showed an issue with the keys. They are trash. But even my 20th anniversary LP had trashy keys. Not only are the gears loose internally, but they weren't screwed down/mounted all the way. Which if not addressed will cause the screws in the wood to strip. Easy to tell, sooner or later they would start to rattle due to the slop in them. So that led me to check out all fasteners and hardware. Lots of loose screws. So check all. Neck screws were fine. The tail stop, like all, is a little close to the bridge. Serious angle for the strings when attacking the bridge. Which can lead to premature string breakage. Iffin you gig a lot, you'll be changing string more often, but the idea that one might break during a set is unacceptable. So route the strings backwards through the tail stop, run 'em over the top and over the bridge. You'll see the angle is very acceptable after that.
After addressing the board, strings, tail stop string angles, action, and loose hardware/fasteners, it plays like butter. Silky smooth and very easy action. The sound is much like any gibby LP w/ the 700/650's. Action is just as good iffin one takes the time.
Some of the best feeling pots I've ever touched. And the tone/volume levels were smooth and evenly gradual. Which is a first for me, Not typical of oe pots on any epi or gibson. Or fender for that matter.
Summery, outstanding construction from china, bad assembly though. some small improfections which are found on any guitar (not flaws). Loose hardware was an issue with me.
Solid feel to the neck. Not as solid as a real LP. But fricken close. Not overly heavy like a real LP. Nice low action after strings, board, and bridge were addressed.
serious potentail for under two bills to your door.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Bob

from East Coast

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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 have 12 guitars now and have been playing for over 40 years. I bought this because it reminded me of a guitar I had when I first started all those years ago. At this price I really didn't take it seriously, but when it arrived I was more than pleasantly surprised. I really love this guitar, I can't imagine a better starter or second/third guitar for anyone. I broke out all my six string electrics and compared the sound, these pickups are on par with most. In fact I have only one guitar that has better tone (Gibson SG) and even that depends on the material you're playing. If you're an old rocker like me or you just like Classic Rock, I can get my best Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore) or Joe Walsh sound with this in the crunch channel of my Fender Stage 112. You almost expect to hear the rest of the band join in. The tone is full and crisp in the clean channel too. The neck pickup sounds great for bluesy leads and with both pickups in, jazz sounds great too. But kick in the crunch on your amp and let the ROCK AND ROLL rip!

Now it did take some surgery to get the action down to what I would call a roadworthy setup but I got it there. I had to remove the neck and take out the hokey shims that had the neck angle seated wrong. With a little experimenting I discovered that no shim at all allowed me the best, nearly buzzless action, and I have it down to 4/64" at the 12th fret. Very nice and quite usable. I also added a pickguard, which needed to be trimmed because the volume control is in the way of a standard Les Paul pickguard.

The neck has a nice feel to it, the finish is great, the tone is excellent, and the action can be worked in. The pickups are not the cheapest the Chinese factory could find, as you might expect at this low price. They are quite good. I just love when I feel I've gotten more than my money's worth and I'm thrilled with this.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful well built guitar!

By Roc City

from Rochester NY

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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 couldn't believe how much guitar you get in this price range. Beautiful fit and finish with a solid feel. I'm happy just looking at it! Highly recommend.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Me Likey!

    By Bob_Aluga

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        I am a complete beginner, but I do like this guitar. All I had to do was open the box, make a minor tuning adjustment, and this baby was ready to jam on Rocksmith. :) I also like how the beautiful wine red finish makes this guitar stand out among other guitars in its class. It is definitely worth the price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty awesome guitar for what it is

        By Jim

        from Vineland, NJ

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Well constructed

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Tuners Aren't Great

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        I've had this guitar since 2006 when I started playing. It's held up very well over the years and gotten a lot of use. The neck is very nice, no sharp frets or action problems. I think the body on mine is some kind of laminated wood but it has a good heft to it and a decent tone. Honestly, the only things I don't like about it are the stock pickups and tuners, but I may finally get around to upgrading them. My first "real" guitar and still going almost ten years on!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Smoother than my old Gretsch Corvette

        By Miker

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • May Need New Tuners
        • Strings No Big Thing
        • Strings - No Big Thing

        Best Uses

        • Playing guitar

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        Great little guitar. A bit on the heavy side but that can be a little comforting. The neck's a joy,
        but the finish can bind if your hand gets a bit sweaty. Keys may become an issue but I'll have to
        see if a set up corrects it. Controls are simple and smooth with good response and range. Pickups are clean up to about 6 and reasonable after that. Hey, you want 'em to snarl a bit when ya dime it up. The finish is fantastic! Not really important
        in the greater scheme of music, but it's always
        nice to boost your cool factor. Everything was
        tight and right.
        BUT...the strings were dreadful...dead's to be expected, but these had corrosion on 'em. The intonation's pretty close, but it came with the
        action a bit high. Simple runs between 7th and 12th frets popped and buzzed. So a set up will
        probably give this little ax a bite.
        I never bother running digital diagnostics on my
        instruments...I'm an old school rocker all the way...I usually run a straight cord to my Fender
        85 and play channel 1 a majority of the time.
        This is a great little rock'n'roll guitar with a sweet tone clean, and a bit of gruff wrapped up
        in the blues. Channel 2 kicked in with enough gain to give it some snarl and a bite, and channel 3 made me think of my old Mosrite Fuzzrite.
        I'm really happy with this guitar and would feel
        safe recommending it to anybody.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for the price

        By Sandy42

        from Carmel CA

        About Me Experienced

        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:

          Much higher quality than I expected - almost as good as my old Stratocaster. I love it!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Musician's Friend you are the best.

          By The fonz

          from fontana Ca.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • For The Price Can't Beat
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • The Kid's Love It

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          I realy like doing bussiness with Musician's Friend. You are the best. Love the price's Thank you so much GOD bless.

           
          5.0

          Satisfying purchase.

          By bluesman59

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            Picked one up at a pawn shop for under a hundred. I would've paid more. The one I got has Grover tuners; I guess the previous owner replaced the stock tuners. The guitar stays in tune; has a great finish, and overall surprising quality. I bought it to practice with, but I would definitely gig with it. The pickups sound really good both clean and overdriven. The fretwork is excellent on mine. There is no overlap, and the action is fast. I really like this guitar, and would recommend it to everyone but the most critical of players (stuck-up snobs). I can't think of a higher quality guitar in this price range. I gave it 5 stars not because it's the best guitar, but because it's the best sub two hundred green backs guitar I've ever played.

             
            5.0

            Great beginner guitar and acceptable for an advanced player

            By Just another picker

            from Johns Creek

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Great value

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            My neighbor gave me this guitar knowing that I was a player and he decided he was not going to take the time to learn. I own several other brand name and high end guitars. When I realized how inexpensive this guitar was I wanted to write a review based on its merits for the price. I did take it to my luthier for a set up and especially to file the fret edges, adjust the string height, intonation and restrung. Now the guitar plays extremely well for its "grade". It is not a Gibson or PRS but extremely playable and I may use it for alternate and slide tunings as the pickups are somewhat underkill. I've yet to dial in a great tone, but for a beginner and most players running all the digital processing out there, its fine. I like having it around for practice and I think if anyone buys it they may expect to have it properly set up or at least get the frets filed.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good for beginner.

            By Cam

            from Boonville,a

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to play (low action)
            • Easy to use
            • Good Feel
            • Good for a first electric guitar
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Goes out of tune very quick

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I bought this as my first electric to provide a fuller sounding tone. Best way to describe this guitar is to say you get what you pay for. After playing for only a few minutes the B string broke and so i just replaced that one and 1 hour later the top E string broke.

             
            5.0

            Excellent value

            By J

            from Salem, VA

            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 bought this guitar for my 12 year old, who suddenly wants to learn to play (I wonder why?). I personally have been playing for 17 years and have owned several entry level guitars. I couldn't give him one of mine, because I'm a lefty and he's a righty. This one had good reviews and the price was exceptional, so I ordered one. Out of the box it looked great except one tiny scratch on the side. Otherwise a very fine looking guitar, and not enough scratch to bother sending it back. The sound is what matters anyhow... so I plugged it into my amp and played a few upside-down chords, tested the volume & tone, checked for fret buzz, etc. Found no defects in these areas, and it does have good intonation. I must say that in a direct comparison to my old trusty Yamaha Pacifica, I prefer this one based on sound and overall feel... I might be tempted to get a lefty version if they make them. I agree with other reviewers that it doesn't come with the best strings, but for my fledgling rock star they should be plenty good until they need a change. The tuner heads were a little loose, so I did have to tighten those in order to keep the guitar in tune. Neck finish is a personal preference... a little string lube on the back of the neck can work wonders if it is too sticky. Overall, a great guitar within its class, and I would definitely make this purchase again.

               
              5.0

              Great Buy

              By Sam

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  I have played a lot of guitars in my life and know the feel of a good instrument. This guitar for the price is a very good buy. It is a delight to play.

                   
                  4.0

                  Needs a little work but works like a champ

                  By Jarom

                  from salt lake city, utah

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Pick Up

                  Cons

                  • Bad strings
                  • needs certain adjustments to stay in tune

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  I had to change the strings and adjust them a bit but after that it worked perfectly.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good But Slight Key Problem

                  By OhDen

                  from Stony Brook, NY

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Price

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz
                  • Loose Key

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

                  Very good price for such value. But just the string looses a lot every single hour. Need to adjust the string a lot.

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