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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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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

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 737 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (443)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (182)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (41)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good tone (33)
  • Solid electronics (29)
  • Good pick up (28)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Jamming (34)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (11), Professional musician (7)

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.

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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

Great little guitar for the price

By tedcon313

from Bend Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

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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5.0

GREAT GUITAR

By Mike

from Nashville tn

About Me Experienced

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 have owned two of these guitars.If set up right they are just as good as the $1500 LP's.I have played live show and recorded with this guitar and played right beside gibson and fender guitars,couldnt tell the difference in tone from this and the gibson LP coustom our other guitar player uses.all in all a great guitar.

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    3.0

    The Squier is better

    By Bobo

    from Sasquatchewan

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

      I was getting a Squier P-bass so I decided to change it up and get this Epiphone. It's ok but the Squier Strat is better. The Epiphone is set up nicely and has good feel but has flat sound. Go with the Squier because it actually has decent sound for a cheap guitar.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good little guitar.

      By Dave G Marshall

      from Alabama

      About Me Experienced

      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:

        For what I paid for my Epiphone Special I couldn't go wrong. I bought the guitar second hand and was intending to use it for synth work so I attached a GK-2A pickup, made some adjustments and new strings and was surprised with the tone and action of this guitar. I had read the comments about this guitar and figured I had to add my two cents worth. After playing for 48 years I had the opportunity to play top line Gibson and Fender guitars. I knew how to make the required adjustments to a guitar so being a used guitar wasn't a problem for me.
        For tone and action this guitar is great for advanced and beginner players. I understand that for the price of these guitars you may have a few minor problems if any but that is not the end of the world. Take it to a pro technician and have it set up PROPERLY and you will have a real nice playing guitar for years to come. Later if you desire buy a top line guitar do so but I bet you will always come back to your Epiphone.
        For the price you can't go wrong.
        I turned the bridge around to gain better access to the adjustments for intonation, touched up a few frets, lowered the action, put some 9s on it and it does what I want it to do. Buy it.

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        5.0

        Big bang for the Buck

        By Old 80's Rocker

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

          I've had a couple of more expensive guitars that can't hold a candle to this one. After replacing the strings and adjusting the pickup and bridge heights, it was ready to rock. I have since fitted a new set of auto trim tuners as the original tuners could have been better. The sound is excellent, and I've had no troubles with the electronics.

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          5.0

          Mounted Roland GK-3, GR-55 Pickup On It.

          By michaeljames.info

          from La Crosse WI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            I mounted a Roland GK-3 synth pickup on it for the GR-55 guitar synth.
            The only major mod I had to do was turn the bridge around so the adjustment screws were facing the rear of the guitar. The bridges are very simple to take apart. I had to turn all string guides around on the bridges after turning it around.
            The Gibson mounting bracket that comes with the GR-55 works great. I had to use some spacers and put one of the supplied washers under the bass string side of the bridge to get the pickup height to specs.
            It works great.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Redefining Beginner Guitars

            By Moxxi

            from Canada

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • 22 Frets
            • Awesome Sustain
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • great price
            • Quiet Pickups
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Can't Really Think Of Any

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great guitar to have around

            By binderman

            from gunnison colorado

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Classic Looks
            • Easy Switching
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Solid Mohogany Sustain

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Leave It Out
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              this is one great axe to have around. my other guitars are in cases ,too costly to leave on a stand. this one gets played. you can afford to have it get dusty and fingerprints. nbd. I mean , keep it nice, but , use this one. You'll love the heavy, full sound, and noiseless pickups. simple knobs are easy to use. They don't have to cost a grand to be cool. I wouldn't be scared of buying another one of these.

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              5.0

              great guitar

              By jaybear

              from Bloomington, IN

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Very Minor Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar as my first brand new electric through Musicians Friend around 14 or so years ago and loved it! Had great punch for harder rock, and a nice clean sound for lighter stuff. I did some minor adjustments here and there throughout the 4 years I owned. Lowered the action and tightened a few screws and nuts here and there. It played incredible for me. If anyone's on the fence about purchasing this guitar don't hesitate! It's well worth the money. A great workhorse guitar! I would, and may still buy another one very soon. Am about to buy the Epi LP special l P90. Can't wait to get my hands on it. The Epi LP Special ll is an amazing guitar especialy for the price! Believe me it takes a beating and definately ROCKS OUT!!! You won' t regret buying it. And like all guitars it may need some very minor adjustments to fit your playing needs or style, but it CAN'T be beat for the price! Take a chance and enjoy!!!

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              2.0

              It's alright

              By not-so-super-hero

              from Missouri

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              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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