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Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar  

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This is a limited edition version of Epiphone's number one selling model available with a choice of "worn" finishes. The Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-I is...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Real Les Paul tone and feel for beginners or pros.

This is a limited edition version of Epiphone's number one selling model available with a choice of "worn" finishes. The Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-I is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar with real Les Paul tone and feel. But seasoned pros love the Special-I also because it's a great-sounding, workhorse guitar that lets them leave their more expensive axes at home.

The authentic LP power starts with an basswood, trademarked Les Paul body with a bolted-on "1960's" SlimTaper™ mahogany neck featuring a 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. The Special-I is voiced by a pair of hot open-coil Epiphone 700T and 650R humbucker pickups, giving it massive, unmistakable Les Paul tone. 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. This value-champ also now features nickel hardware including an intonated, one-piece wraparound bridge-stopbar.

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • D-shaped profile
  • Epiphone 700T bridge humbucker
  • Epiphone 650R neck humbucker
  • Master volume, master volume controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Nickel hardware
  • Intonated, one-piece wraparound bridge-stopbar
  • Coverered, 14:1 diecast tuners
  • Polyurethane finish

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SPECIFICATIONS

Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar

  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16 nut width
  • 12" fretboard radius
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (19)
    • Practicing (17)
    • Recording (11)
    • Small venues (11)
    • Rock concerts (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I

    I agree with most of the reviews already posted. This is a great little guitar for the money!

    It just FEELS good to play. The neck has a realy nice...Read complete review

    I agree with most of the reviews already posted. This is a great little guitar for the money!

    It just FEELS good to play. The neck has a realy nice feel to it. The pick ups aren't the best, but better than some other entry level guitars. The tuners aren't great, as you'll need to re-tune every time you pick it up. The lack of adjustable saddles makes it nearly impossible to get the intonation right for every string, but you can come close. I like the satin finish, but others may not.

    All and all don't even attempt to compare this to a $300+ guitar. It won't stack up.

    But if you are looking for a beginner guitar, or just a cheap guitar you can pound on and not care this would be a great option.

    For someone new to playing guitar, consider this:

    You'll need to tune it every time you pick it up. But as a beginner, you need to learn how to tune the guitar.

    The pick ups aren't amazing. As a beginner you won't know the difference.

    You won't be able to set the intonation properly. As a beginner, you don't know what intonation is and won't be playing on the upper register.

    Basswood is not mahogany, let alone mahogany with a maple cap. The tone is not as good, nor is the sustain. But as a beginner, could you tell?

    The important thing is that as a beginner, this guitar feels good and will encourage you to play. There is a little fret buzz, but it doesn't come through the amp, so it's not really noticable.

    The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that the body is thinner than a regular Les Paul, so the guitar doesn't really fit properly in the fitted case. Two folded old T-Shirts should "shim" it up just fine!

    For the price, for someone just learning guitar, or just a kick around guitar, I reccomend you consider this as an option.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    cool little banger

    i got this just to do some upgrading and because I've always dug the 'TV yellow' color on gtrs. After changing the tuners to Grovers and adding a Duncan Invader, it became what...Read complete review

    i got this just to do some upgrading and because I've always dug the 'TV yellow' color on gtrs. After changing the tuners to Grovers and adding a Duncan Invader, it became what I wanted it for - something fun to bang around on. Is it a professional piece? No! Does it feel good to just pick it up, crank an amp, and peel off some some thick, single-note, palm-muted runs? Absolutely! There you go, for what it's worth.

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    4.0

    TWENTY TWO frets?

    By Mr. Obvious

    from TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

          I'm just making a note that this is a 22 fret guitar, not 21.

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          5.0

          Fits the bill nicely

          By Tgear

          from Bradenton, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Pleasure To Hold And Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Play'n At Home For Fun
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

            Just purchased this while on sale. Now it's a little more money.
            I bought one last week for my 8 year old grandson. When it arrived I was quite surprised just how well this played and balanced it felt.
            Light and great neck action straight out of the box.
            So... I had to have one too!
            Just received number two and it is just as good as the other. I think they really take the time to inspect & set up these Chinese made guitars back in Tennessee.
            Glad I have it and do please consider this guitar. It is a steal even at higher price compared to many more expensive instruments.

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            4.0

            Great for the price. Color not as shown.

            By Rolling Buffalo

            from Roswell NM

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • It's Not Yellow

            Best Uses

            • Diy Project
            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

            I don't see how they can make this guitar for this price.
            Plays well right out of the box, although I will adjust the action and replace the strings right away.
            The only disappointment is the color. It's far from the bright yellow in the picture. More of a slightly yellow putty color. Ugly. Good foundation for a paint it yourself project.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Limited Edition Results

            By leo Italian

            from Roanoke, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

              great buy and use daily with another guitar. Very pleased with this transaction.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              sweet little leslie

              By That Dude

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Only one volume knob

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

              It's a great relaxed guitar, feels and sounds like a Les Paul, has the look to proove it. It is perfect for rhythm and accenting a lead guitar. It can be used as a lead guitar when in the hands of someone more talented then I am, but I'm more rhythm any way.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nothing here but good stuff!

              By JoeKroll57

              from Dayton, OH

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

                No guitar this inexpensive has any right to feel, play or sound this good!I traded someone a spare amp I had sitting around for one of these. This thing is GREAT! I was blown away by the sounds that I was able to get out of this guitar. My only dings are that the tuners are pretty bad and I'm not a huge fan of the bridge, but those are easy fixes. Epiphone has mastered putting value, great sound, and overall quality into an instrument available at a price point available to anybody. There is nothing fancy about this guitar, but the way it feels in my hands, sounds to my ears, and makes me feel when I play make me keep coming back for more. This is a great guitar!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I love this guitar.

                By Chicken Picker

                from Foley, Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Non-adjustable Bridge
                • Poor Tuners

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

                Not a fancy guitar, no high gloss finish, no body binding. But, you can't beat this guitar for the price. It's the best value around. Easy to play short scale. Versatile sound with the HH pups. Very light so you can wear it on your shoulder all night. The only complaint I had was the tuners did not keep it in tune with the heavier flat wound strings I like, so I replaced them with a set of Mighty Mites. I also smoothed the back of the neck with a piece of steel wool to make it fast.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                cant beat the price

                By Blackshirts

                from Nebraska

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

                the Reason I didnt give it 5 stars is because the neck pick up is off center a little bit and the strings are so dry or something if you slide up or down the them it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard easy fix with strings i like

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great addition to my herd.

                By Mack

                from Murray, Ky.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

                  Great for the price.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Best Bang For Your Buck.

                  By Chicken Picker

                  from Foley, Alabama

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Travel Guitar
                  • Light
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Finish Low Quality
                  • No Body Binding

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Special-I Electric Guitar:

                  I'm blown Away !!!!! If you want a great guitar this is undoubtedly the best bang for your buck. With the Free Shipping you can't go wrong. The guitar was very easy to play right out of the box. A little "Finger Ease" makes the neck fast. I may lower the strings a little more but really don't need to. This would be a great guitar to learn on for a youngster. Short scale for short fingers. The Finish is not too pretty but I can live with it.

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