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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar  Vintage Sunburst 

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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-o...Read More

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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

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 780 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (468)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (199)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (78)
  • Fun to play (73)
  • Good tone (64)
  • Good pick up (56)
  • Solid electronics (55)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (16)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (69)
  • Jamming (62)
  • Small venues (34)
  • Recording (24)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (48), Novice (27), 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

 

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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5.0

I would definitely buy this guitar again.

By Brock

from Grifton NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

    I have ordered scratch and dent products in the past and have always received better than I had hoped for.

    I have always been pleased with experience with Musician Friend.

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    5.0

    I RECOMMEND THIS GUITAR

    By CHARLES

    from SLOCOMB, AL.

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      GOOD LOOKS AND A GREAT VALUE! I BOUGHT A SECOND ONE TO GIVE TO A FRIEND.

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      5.0

      I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT

      By CHARLES

      from SLOCOMB, AL.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

        THIS GUITAR IS A GREAT VALUE AND LOTS OF SUSTAIN! CAN'T GO WRONG AT THIS PRICE.

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        5.0

        Playing te Les Paul Special II right now!

        By Patty

        from Terre Haute, IN

        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:

          The Les Paul came already set up to play. Intonation was right on, and no problem barring chords with my smaller hand. I love it. The best investment I've ever made.

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          4.0

          Definitely a great practice guitar and awesome price

          By Raulitosdoritos

          from Davis, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a steal for the price. It sounds great and doesn't lack much. I would recommend it if you're just looking for a reliable practice guitar to have fun with, or are looking for a first electric guitar. The only cons I found was that it often needs tuning, its tuning sucks, and can't produce certain sounds.

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          4.0

          Awesome sound for the price. -Best inexpensive guitar-

          By oldhippy

          from Dallas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          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:

            If you're buying an inexpensive guitar this is really the only way to go.

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            3.0

            Good Guitar for the money.

            By Music Knut

            from USA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Thin neck with easy access to upper frets

            Cons

            • moderately rough fret edges
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
            • Terrible Tuners

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            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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            5.0

            Everyone should own this guitar!!

            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:

              I actually don't play in public, a little shy! This guitar also works great either way, out in public or in your home. I have a small music room in my home and enjoy playing this guitar. It's great for the price. Vintage Sunburst looks amazing, well built. Electronics are nice, Tone and volume work well, and it comes with a fairly good quality set of strings pre-installed. You just can't beat this guitar.

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              5.0

              Good workhorse guitar for a working band.

              By Gregan

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              Good workhorse guitar for a working band.

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              4.0

              Good cheap "starter" electric guitar

              By Western PA Funk-o-meister

              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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