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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar   (Used)

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An all-mahogany body with open-coil humbuckers and tune-o-matic bridge.

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

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

Features

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

This is the perfect starter electric. Order today.

 

Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Specifications:

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

(based on 728 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (438)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (179)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good tone (26)
  • Solid electronics (24)
  • Good pick up (22)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

For the price, cant beat it.

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

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

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2.0

It's alright

By not-so-super-hero

from Missouri

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar. Great Sound. Great Price.

By ROCKIN BLUES 123

from portsmouth VIRGINIA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good solid guitar

    By Jason

    from Murphy NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Yes, yes, and yes again

      By MDRush

      from Blythewood, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I think I want another.

        By PJ

        from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

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        5.0

        Awesome first guitar

        By Goalie22

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

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

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          5.0

          Maximum Bang for the Buck

          By Swamp Daddy

          from Tidewater Delaware

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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'm primarily a bassist and have been seriously playing since the mid-70s, but I've also played guitar and I can't count all the guitars I've played. This is an amazing instrument. If you need something to play, buy this. No, it's not perfect in terms of tone, but you won't find more bang for the buck anywhere. It is perfect for beginners.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good for beginners

            By addonexus02

            from Gainesville, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Can Play A Lot Of Things

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar for a beginner that is, well, just beginning to play. For this price, it is unbeatable! If you want an electric guitar, but don't want to pay much more - this is your guitar.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A solid axe with great tone DIRT CHEAP!

              By Frank WWB

              from Tulsa, Oklahoma

              About Me Professional Musician

              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:

                Serveral years ago I bought a Dot Studio and have played it quite a lot so the Les Paul was irresistable to me when I found it on sale. I like the simplified control scheme of these instruments and the tone is excellent. The first thing I did with the Les Paul was to raise the saddle pickup about 1/4" to get a little more output. The neck is really comfortable for me and the guitar seems to be almost perfectly intonated out of the box. I used it last night at a band rehearsal through a Floor Pod Plus into a board and it worked great! Can't wait to get it out on a gig and blazing through my Fender Deluxe.

                Comment on this review

                (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not bad

                By Jerkowitz

                from St. Louis, Mo

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                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.

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