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Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special SC Electric Guitar

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The limited edition Epiphone Les Paul Special SC Electric Guitar reproduces the simple pleasures of a 55-year-old classic. At the same time the guita...Click To Read More About This Product

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A guitar with surprising reserves of depth and power, at an extremely appealing price.

The limited edition Epiphone Les Paul Special SC Electric Guitar reproduces the simple pleasures of a 55-year-old classic. At the same time the guitar updates the format with a second pickup”in the neck position, a la the Les Paul Special”and improved hardware in the form of a Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece combination.

Introduced in 1954 as an entry-level version of the Les Paul, the Les Paul Junior graduated from kids bedrooms, to garage bands, to club and arena stages through the course of 3 decades as it became a favorite not only with beginners, but with professional guitarists, too. The bare-bones, slab-bodied, single-cutaway electric guitar earned the respect of rock and rollers in particular, and became a punk favorite in the late '70s and early '80s, but also turned up in the hands of a surprisingly diverse range of guitar stars.

As simple as the Les Paul Junior is in design and construction, its basic cornerstone ingredients add up to create a robust and toneful guitar. The marriage of hot, raw single-coil P-90 pickups, a resonant mahogany body, and sturdy glued-in neck make the Epiphone Les Paul Special SC a guitar with surprising reserves of depth and power at an extremely appealing price.

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FEATURES
  • Single-cutaway Les Paul Junior
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Slim taper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Dual Epiphone P-90 Classic single-coil pickups
  • 2 volume controls, 2 tone controls
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Les Paul signature on headstock
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 22 frets
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • 1.69" nut width
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4.8

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the P-90s

By Uhlan

from Tucson, AZ

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Epiphone keeps cranking out these solid, well made, really nice guitars at extremely reasonable price points. This guitar is great example. I saw a red one hanging in a store and I just couldn't resist it at that price.Turns out it is a very playable guitar. I had to lower the action to suit my taste, but that was it. The frets were nicely done, it had decent Grover tuners on it, and the finish was flawless. Moreover, I don't seem to have any of that nasty dye on my fretboard that other reviews complain about. When I took the axe home and cranked it up with my Blues Jr., the P-90s sounded heavenly. There is this gritty, dirty, down-to-it and in-your-face growl that you can only get from a P-90. This guitar has that sound in spades. Sure, P-90s are noisy and squeal like banshees, but they are worth it. The sound is fantastic. Why do you think they still make guitars with P-90s on 'em? 'Cause they sound so good.Nice job Epiphone. You just keep getting better and better in my book.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just about missed this one

By GearJunky

from Fort Mohave, AZ

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I have found that this guitar (or any soapbar rig) requires a nice amp to help bring out the punch you can get from these pickups. Just about any amp is OK with humbuckers and I think this is why some people just don't like soapbar pickups (my opinion; and you know what they say about opinions)
Set up was perfect, strings set a note down to ship, ran them up a note once
received and I was playing this bad boy.
When I receive a new guitar, the first thing I do (and I am sure most of you do) is run the fretting hand up and down the neck for the general feel of the guitar, and to make sure you don't come up with bloody fingers from bad fret work.
The only Epiphone that comes close in value is the LP Goth with humbuckers.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice'n

By Rex Harmon

from KY

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I've played this guitar on numerous occasions and I'm very impressed. The TV yellow is sharp looking with unique character. All of the examples I've played have a nice translucent finish with wood grain showing. The guitar is nice and light and very resonant like a good set-neck gibson should be. The real surprise here though, is the pickups. These are some of the best p-90's I've heard. The pickups are very well rounded and articulate capable of mellow jazz/blues and raunchy biting rock tones. Previous examples of epi p-90's always seemed woofy and muddy, however, these pickups are first class.The only flaw I could find was the fretboard, which, like most epi's, was very dry. However, the rosewood just needs cleaned and oiled with linseed oil; a quick fix and not a major problem.The neck has a nice slim SG type feel and is very playable. I would highly recommend looking into this very comfortable and versatile tone machine.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Banana Boat

By Old Guys Rule

from Philadelphia, USA

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I got the TV Yellow and it's a bright, solid yellow like a taxi cab or banana, no wood grain showing through anywhere on the guitar. That being said, it's a good player, action was acceptable out of the box and intonation wasn't far off at all.This issue has Grover tuners, so no upgrades needed immediately. Will eventually upgrade the electronics, but no rush, it sounds and plays fine the way it is.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting tone, but...

By Bevan-P4P_o

from Atlanta, GA

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I took delivery on the Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul yesterday, and it is in the hands of my guitar technician today. The action was set way high on the bass side. I brought it down to a reasonable level and got problems with fretting. Spent some time last night rubbing the black stuff off the fretboard. The guitar will stay in tune, which is always a good sign. I wanted to try the much talked about P90 tone. The instrument has a kind of gritty twang. I wouldn't use it for a clean sound. This bad, dirty dog wants to be played loud and aggressive.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

And I'm usually a Fender man!!!!

By Alex -VvJsR

from Central Minnesota

I've been wanting this guitar for a long time, being that I'm a big fan of the Stone Temple Pilots and Dean DeLeo's tone. Sadly the guitar was only available as a Gibson model and has always been out of my price range. When I saw that Epiphone had finally released this model for a price in my range I immediately ran down to the guitar center to try it out. I wasn't dissappointed. What I love about this guitar are the P90s: They have the punch and twang of single coils with the warmth and thickness off humbuckers. The tone knobs have a surprising range as well, letting you dial in your perfect tone. And I love that they kept the vintage TV Yellow color, or Red if you want something different.I play through a Marshall MG100HDFX (Solid State) with a Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion as my primary Overdrive/Distortion pedal. This guitar sounds beautiful clean and has a nice creamy tone when overdriven. I myself am usually a Fender player but I couldn't deny this guitar and it has become one of my primary guitars for recording and live shows. For this price it's a steal and would even say this competes with a genuine Gibson model. I highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than Junior

By Bond

from New England

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I really love Juniors and have a gibson which I love but it's a little difficult getting all the tones I want from a single pickup guitar.I saw this and went for it in Cherry because the Gibson Special is a bit overpriced in my opinion, well I liked it so much I got the other in TV Yellow, I am a pro player and make my living at this and it really doesn't bother me if it says Epiphone on the headstock because they really do make some great guitarsI actually don't think I need to change anything on these, the pickups sound great and all electronics work as they should, though I'm sure they will be upgraded at some point. the only thing you need to do as another reviewer mentioned is they dye the fingerboards so you will have black fingers unless you rub that off. All in all a great axe

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than I hoped

By John in Santa Cruz

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Cherry finish, neck straight, no visible flaws in fit or finish, NO fretboard dye that I can see, P-90's sound like real P-90's to me, Grover Tuners!I'm not sure what the nut is made of. Stock strings are crap, action set WAY too high...but those two are easy to fix. This creates a dilemma: I bought it to be a cheapie to bang around on and to have something to play in the garage...trouble is, it's nicer than that; too nice to be rough with. It's really quite pleasing to behold. Nice and light too. My Standard keeps making my neck hurt.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Becoming a Favorite

By BD

from Memphis, TN

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I had been looking for another Les Paul style guitar for a few months (I have a Dean Evo 2000) and I came across this bad boy. I have a Tele with P90s and I absolutely love it so I thought this was a perfect fit for me. I opted for the TV Yellow after much thought. I have seen on message boards people complaining about the Banana/Taxi Cab Yellow ones that they got so I was expecting to be a little let down by the color. I opened the box and was pleasantly surprised as mine is a dingy yellow that you can see the wood grain through! The setup was great and it plays like a dream. It stays in tune like a champ as well (and I'm a bending fool!). I have around 10 guitars and this one really stands out and it becoming one of my favorites!!! I think it could have been a bit cheaper but I guess Limited Edition means you have to pay a bit more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Guitar...Killer Price!

By LightWing

from Titsuville, FL

What can I say? For $249 this TV Yellow Epi is an AMAZING axe. The P-90s are incedible, the fit and finish was excellent. Hardware is solid. Neck is LP is at the 1st fret but up around the 12th it starts to get wider like a PRS...maybe a compound radius neck design? VERY satisfied withthe guitar. UPS STINKS tho! Took them 9 DAYS to get me the guitar!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Diamond in The Rough

By Sal Adelfio

from Staten Island, NY

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I named this axe Blackie, because as a previous reviewer mentioned the dye from the fretboard does get on your hands at first, but that does go away in time. I love this guitar, and bought it from Musicians Friend - a keeper for sure ! I've gigged with it, and it is so comfortable to play. I have it in the Yellow, and I know they list it TV Yellow, it is indeed more taxi-cab or bannana...but I love the color ! Really sharp with the black pickups. I dished out $ 379, and certainly worth it - the neck is really comfortable, and being a flat-top, it is somewhat easier to play than a Les Paul Standard . I've been a fan of Johnny Thunders for a long time, and always wanted something similar to what he was playing...without spending a ton of money - and that was done with this purchase . I highly recomend it !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar.

By Surprised by Epiphone Quality!

from Undisclosed

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This is an outstanding guitar for the money. Very versatile, pickups sound good, neck feels nice and fret work is very good (no sharp fret ends, like on many lower-end guitars). It's a very fun guitar to play and TV yellow is a cool color. The finish is just thin enough that the wood grain shows through, which gives it a very nice look.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beastly Junior!

By Stratocastophere

from Birmingham, AL

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Being a part of a regularly-performing band and being a broke college student makes buying good gear a confusing experience. After playing top end Fenders and Gibsons on rare boutique amplifiers in-studio, finding an acceptable live substitute has been hard.Enter the Epiphone Les Paul Special SC. Bought this item as a B-stock item on sale (stickers and all still intact). Number one: the TV yellow color is incredible, with the wood grain just peeking through. Number two: through my Crate V18, a budget tube amp, the mahogany body and P90 single-coils deliver truckloads of growling, snarling, swampy tone. It sounds like a Telecaster that's been chained up and hasn't been fed in a couple of weeks. No need to upgrade the electronics - they sound great, though I've yet to really look at the wiring job (probably manageable at best).It came with the action set into the stratosphere - and I prefer a slightly higher action. Lowered it by probably 5 or 6 millimeters, and now it needs to be properly intonated. Inspector 16 at Epiphone needs a course in guitar setup, I'm guessing. Otherwise, fit and finish are fantastic, and it looks better than the Gibson (no, I'm not joking). An excellent buy. This one will see plenty of time on-stage, I'm sure.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommended

By RhythmPlayer

from Calgary, Alberta

I have owned an Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Special SC for several years (made in Korea so I suspect it is from an earlier production run). It plays amazingly well and I love the sound of the P-90 pickups. I like the slimmer body and reduced weight that make it more comfortable than a standard Les Paul or a Gibson Les Paul Special.I typically play through a guitar processor connected directly to the sound system but I also have a tube amp. I particularly like how well the pickups can be blended to achieve a tone that cuts just how I want it for a specific song plus the pickups sound great with tube-distortion effects. At one point I changed the strings to 10?s but quickly went back to 9?s because the 9?s provide the sparkle that I prefer with this guitar. I normally turn the tone down slightly (8.5) for both pickups and then blend the pickups to achieve the exact sound I want.Hardware, fit and finish are all excellent. Exemplary fretwork with no rough edges and the Grover tuners work very well. Excellent frets enable nice, smooth bends and it stays in tune as well or better than any other guitars I have owned. Compared to a low-end Gibson Les Paul Special I felt the Epiphone had superior playing feel, fret finishing and overall finish. I did not have an opportunity to compare the sound quality.I saw some comments that said the pots are noisy however I believe this is actually static affecting the single-coil pickups, similar to noise resulting from fingers brushing the pick guard. Increased static and RFI noise sensitivity is a trade-off for having that cutting single-coil sound.Other guitars I have owned include a Sheraton, Gibson ?58-style Les Paul with Burstbucker pickups and Classic Series 50?s Stratocaster. The Les Paul Special is the guitar I play the most due to an excellent combination of playability, tone and comfort.When assigning product ratings I chose 5 only for value because there are expensive, high-end guitars that would or at least should be somewhat better. However I am very satisfied with this guitar and believe it offers incredible value, the best I have encountered.I highly recommend this guitar to players of any level of skill or experience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Enjoyable guitar.

By d

from central Fl.

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Got this recently, opened the box, started playing and was pleasantly surprised. It has a thick biting sound to it. Reminds me of "Mississippi Queen" in your face type of sound. Nice change from a strat or les paul with humbuckers. Great for classic rock or any style really. I agree with others mentioning the fretboard dye coming off on your fingers the first time you play it. Wipe down the fretboard, change the strings, and your off and running. This is a great deal for $300.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the truth is...

By V.O.T.RECORDS

from texas

I LOVE THIS GUITAR i played the gibson version and this, and i have to say i like this better than the gibson i think they need to have 1 in fireburst that whould be beast! but the finish is amazing as it is ;) i recomend it

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Damn good

By Old Fat Bubba

from USA

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I purchased this guitar about 2 years ago when they were still being made in Korea. Finish and fit were good, better than expected, really. Nut was soft plastic, worse than expected. Stock pickups were better than expected but the supporting hardware (pots and switch) were poor. After appropriate upgrades, this this is my go-to guitar for aggressive, in-your-face rock.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True to the original

By mikeb53055

from Chicago

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I bought this guitar because I like P-90s, student level guitars and a good deal. I set it up with 10's set the neck with a very small amount of relief and it plays beautifully. The fret edges are finished nicely and the P90s sound very nice. It is a simple guitar with a Telecaster type of vibe. It stays in tune as well. I have taken the guitar out on practices and everybody wants to play it. It stands up very well to a live performance situation.Here is the part that is stunning, I have a 59 DC Special that is a tone monster and this cheapo Epiphone actually compares very favorably to the 58. Bear in mind it does not sound the same or feel like a 51 year old guitar but it captures the killer student guitar vibe. What more can you ask for.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

For the money this is a great guitarThe P90's are fabulous and paired with the wook they sound just as good as a gibson.My friend has the Gibson Version of this guitar and This thing sounds BETTER.Stays in Tune surprisingly well for an epiphoneGreat Range of Tones from dial selectors.Single Coils are great for crunch with high gain but the clean channel is also amazing. Rosewood fretboard looks and sounds great.No minuses besides the "made in China" sticker (which comes off)Beautiful wood finish not overly fancy.Great overall for a first guitarAmazing price for such a high quality product

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mesmerizing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

From the moment I opened that Epiphone box and held that guitar in it's factory coverings, I knew we were going to be best friends. Now is it ridiculous to call a guitar your best friend? Perhaps, but no matter the case the Epiphone LP SC guitar is a testament to what Epiphone quality is about. It's TV yellow body looks cute as a button but deep inside lurks the power hungry force of it's screaming p-90 pickups. The only flaw to this amazing guitar is a factory defect in which one of the frets was partly scratched, was not a big deal though and can be fixed easily. For anyone, and I mean anyone who wants a quality guitar, beginner, intermediate, or advanced players, this is what you've been waiting for.

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