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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar  Transparent Black

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Since its introduction almost 20 years ago, The Special-II has met the needs of countless musicians with its combination of Les Paul features, great ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great looking limited edition with a flamed maple top and screaming pickups.

Since its introduction almost 20 years ago, The Special-II has met the needs of countless musicians with its combination of Les Paul features, great tone and affordability. The Special II Plus Top Limited Edition Electric Guitar is made with a flamed maple top, mahogany body, bolt-on mahogany neck, smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, and is every bit as handsome as its uptown cousins.

Providing the sizzle and snarl that you can only get from humbuckers is a 650R (neck) and 700T (bridge) pickup combo. You'll be amazed how these U.S.A. designed pickups with their high-output magnets add more highs with increased definition and no muddiness. Slightly over-wound, the hotter 700T bridge pickup is smooth but can give you a little extra scream or growl when you need it while never losing its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Flamed maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on neck mahogany neck with slim taper profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 700T/650R open-coil humbuckers
  • Tone, volume, and 3-way pickup switch
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Les Paul style and tone in an economical package.

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Neck Action!

Love, LOve, LOVE this guitar! I bought it used from a friend who upgraded to a Gibson Les Paul, and since 2015 this has been my primary guitar in the band I play...Read complete review

Love, LOve, LOVE this guitar! I bought it used from a friend who upgraded to a Gibson Les Paul, and since 2015 this has been my primary guitar in the band I play in. I love the slim taper D neck, it's thinner than my Fender Stratocaster and it's never been easier to bend on the neck past the 12th fret! The action is so smooth, I typically don't like finished necks because they tend to get sticky when my hand sweats, but with this guitar the finish doesn't impact my speed or the action. I really don't use much of the neck pick-up, in terms of tone I usually use the bridge pick-up and roll the tone back to about 6 or 7 for my likeness.

I definitely recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for the Les Paul sound in a more affordable guitar. I am very pleased with what I'm able to do with this guitar!! One thing I would change is the tuning keys, my G-string (hahahahah) goes out when I play hard. I have plans on installing some Grovers to fix this though, all in all it's a minor fix.

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Nothing plus top about it

got it in trans black and its nothing like pictured. hardly any stripes can be seen even under bright lights or picture flash. Its just straight up black.... save yourself some money...Read complete review

got it in trans black and its nothing like pictured. hardly any stripes can be seen even under bright lights or picture flash. Its just straight up black.... save yourself some money and just buy a special 2 in black. it just cost me 33 big ones to ship back....totally ruined Christmas....thanks a lot musicians friend

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW - What a sweet guitar!!

By Joey

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

    I ordered this as a "grade 2" just because of the price and you can never have too many Les Pauls! Boy was I surprised! This guitar is beautiful, sounds great and was a bargain! It is stamped on the back of the headstock "limited Edition" Epiphone Custom Shop" Do yourself a favor and buy this guitar!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Worth the coin for sure

    By ThommyBoy

    from Coastal North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Average At Best Pick Ups

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

    Nice playing guitar, no issues, neck is great, no rough fret ends, nice guitar, esp for the money. I bought the transparent black finish, but unless you're under bright lights or the sun, it's hard to see the detail, but again no worries, it's a very acceptable finish. The pick ups are average, they get muddy especially the neck, but if all I was going to do was jam at a buddy's or at home with it I probably wouldn't even change them out.

    I did put a set of Seymour Duncans in it, a set of Hot Rodded, and I am very pleased. It is a very nice guitar now, plays and sounds fantastic. Cost me less than 330 beans total, so that's pretty righteous too.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Neck Action!

    By Jon-boi

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Neck Action

    Cons

    • Tuning Keys (would replace stock with Grovers)

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

    Love, LOve, LOVE this guitar! I bought it used from a friend who upgraded to a Gibson Les Paul, and since 2015 this has been my primary guitar in the band I play in. I love the slim taper D neck, it's thinner than my Fender Stratocaster and it's never been easier to bend on the neck past the 12th fret! The action is so smooth, I typically don't like finished necks because they tend to get sticky when my hand sweats, but with this guitar the finish doesn't impact my speed or the action. I really don't use much of the neck pick-up, in terms of tone I usually use the bridge pick-up and roll the tone back to about 6 or 7 for my likeness.

    I definitely recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for the Les Paul sound in a more affordable guitar. I am very pleased with what I'm able to do with this guitar!! One thing I would change is the tuning keys, my G-string (hahahahah) goes out when I play hard. I have plans on installing some Grovers to fix this though, all in all it's a minor fix.

    (6 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Nothing plus top about it

    By stanford

    from new hampshire

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

        got it in trans black and its nothing like pictured. hardly any stripes can be seen even under bright lights or picture flash. Its just straight up black.... save yourself some money and just buy a special 2 in black. it just cost me 33 big ones to ship back....totally ruined Christmas....thanks a lot musicians friend

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        LP SO II LE Trans Blue

        By bodeane13

        from virginia

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        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 Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

          bass player wanting to be a little more diverse but not a lot of $$$. This guitar suprized me.. absolutely has to be the best bang for the buck.pleasently suprized by the clear tones, stayes in tune. Some of my friends ( real Guitarist) have played this and are equaly suprised.. great purchase.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar, excellent value!

          By Moose1

          from Las Vegas

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Quality For The
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

            Great sounding guitar. I have a Fender Strat and while that plays slightly better, this guitar sounds a lot better, fuller. I think the quality is more than one could expect for a guitar at this price point. I'm totally pleased with it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            After a couple years here's my review !!! lol

            By Nah !!!

            from OK...

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

            I use this for the home !!! And minor recording !!! I enjoy playing this guitar and its one of my main quick graps !!! Its been a good fun guitar for a couple years now !!! And I have the metal flake light blue and people notice it right off as of to date....looks good plays well !!! Every intermediate player need's one of these to push them along !!! Thanks !!! And, I hope this help with your decision ???...d

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good insturment for the money and more

            By tynorth64

            from Granbury, Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                Good craftsmanship, nice tone and volume, set up good from the factory, and feels nice and plays well. For the money you can't do better. I owned a Epi Les Paul tuxedo and this is close to being just as nice as far as workmanship and sound.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                There is no better guitar for the price, period.

                By SuperKenn

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Absolutely GORGEOUS finish! Holds a tune nicely!
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                  I love this guitar and am never getting rid of it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  "Best deal ever"

                  By Scrmingweasel

                  from Corona, ca.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar:

                  This is the best deal ever!!!! The price, the condition, the feel, the finish! I'm happy as a clam.

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