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Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition Electric Guitar 

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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
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4)

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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5.0

Worth the wait!

By Ñoñe

from Diçkdon, Tn

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    Excellent guitar!

    (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

    (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 25 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

        (7 of 7 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.

         
        5.0

        looks and sounds great

        By OMALLY

        from PENNA.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Chrome Around Pick Ups
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Differert Strings

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        nice guitar,good price,good service. very satisfied!

        (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.

          (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.

          (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.

              (9 of 10 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!

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