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This super-affordable take on the LP is distinguished by a pair of zebra humbuckers that dish out thick, trademark tone that's enhanced by the alder/maple body's sustain. Fast 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Limited lifetime warranty.
Limited Edition Special II with Zebra Pickups
Reviewed by 18 customers
I bought this guitar when i first started playing in 2005. At the time, this was the best guitar i had ever played. a few years back i bought a Strat and then another epi SG. I still always come back to this guitar! the pickups sound amazing! i replaced the turners form Gibson grovers and now i never have a tuning problem. I did have 1 problem, i bought the guitar and the first one i received was cracked both in the finish and the wood at the output jack. they gladly sent me a new one. As i said, for the price you cant go wrong.
This guitar came ready to go. Just adjusted the truss a little and it was excellent. There are some visual cues that remind one that it is an epiphone. For eg a sticker saying made in china and the neck not exactly flush with the body. But after hearing the way it sounded unplugged, WHO CARES!!! The thing vibrated the entire body with each strum. After hearing the guitar plugged I was really impressed with the sound for the price it was. Not a guitar to play clean, this thing was made for distortion and fuzz.The nut also feels narrower than my gibson sg special and given the two I would choose the epi without hesitation. I think this is a great formula for a guitar. I wouldnt change any of its visual faults. IT would end up sounding as boring and homogenous as a gibson!!!!
Ok, I'm going to break this down in as much detail as possible, but a good review on Musicians Friend makes a difference in my opinion. Here we go. This guitar is a STEAL for the price. No way around it, it's a really good deal. The finish is amazing, and the neck and body have a really good sustain. The hardware used for the bridge is actually pretty quality and probably doesn't need to be replaced. Would I would recommend however, is generally upgrading this guitar. It's a quarter of the price on an Epiphone Les Paul and with that extra cash you can make this almost as good a sa stock Gibson! The tuners must be replaced. Seriously, if you do nothing else, replace the tuners. Pickup some Grover-style ones for cheap somewhere, spend the bucks, this guitar needs it. What I did was install Mighty Mite Grovers, a Burstbucker 2 in the neck and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge, orange 0.02 tone caps, and 1MEG (Yes, 1 Meg) tone pots. This guitar wails like a banshee. You just gotta give it the right amount of love to let the beast out. In the end, a good portion of this should be replaced, with the tuners being a must. I should also point out that you will have to drill new holes for tuners, as well as Gibson pickguards WILL NOT FIT THIS GUITAR. Due to the position of the volume knob directly beside and slightly up from the bridge, standard pickguards will not work on this guitar. All in all, good guitar with room to be great. At this price, you can afford to customize the heck out of this thing. Keep rockin'.
This is a great guitar, especially for the value. The tuners do slip a little, which makes it a little difficult to tune, but the only other complaint I have is that the treble pickup sounds tiny and flat (the midrange isn't much better). However, I am mainly a metalhead, and with the right amount of gain (using rhythm pickup)this baby ROCKS! It looks sweet, it's very playable, it's got GREAT tone and sustain, and for the price first-time/amateur guitarists like myself who just want something that sounds good to practice or play in a band with should definitely buy this. You won't be disappointed!
I've played this guitar once, a matter a fact it was the first issue about 10 years ago. It came out in the early 90's. I'm sure the re-issue is great. I'd consider buying it, but I cannot afford it at this time. It's got some kick to it, the ceramic humbuckers do the trick. I believe they are ceramic... Anyways this guitar is great for a secondary, or practice.
After playing a Squier Telecaster for the last few years, I wanted to try another classic model at a bargain price. The Epiphone Special II sounds great and I love the color! It's a very nice guitar for it's price.
This is a damn good guitar. I play this through a 15W Line 6 Spider II, and it's like the two were made for each other. I play alot of thrash, death metal, and hardcore punk, and this guitar is great for those kinds of music. All in all, its a hella good guitar for any kind of heavy rock.
This guitar is pretty average, it's good for a beginner, but it can't be recommended for a experienced player (like me). The pickups sounds pretty good for the price, but I've heard a lot better sound. The neck is comfortable, but not fast enough for my taste. And the biggest problem with this guitar is, that it simply CAN'T stay in tune.. Other than that, it's a pretty good guitar.
When I bought this guitar two months ago, I needed a cheap guitar I could take with me places and not have to worry about getting banged up or otherwise damaged. This was my first Epiphone (I have a Fender Standard Fat Strat HSS as well), but I had heard good things about them. I got the guitar and was immediately impressed by the feel. It is very sturdy. It does not feel cheap at all. The neck has great action and the frets and fretboard are all high quality. The finish is beautiful. The chrome bridge is great. The guitar shipped to me with a loose strap knob, but that wasn't really important since I immediately upgraded to straplocks. The tuners aren't bad, but they do slip a tiny bit (not a very big deal at all). The upgraded humbuckers really sound terrific. This baby rocks with a decent amp and distortion. I've had no electrical problems yet. I love this guitar - it is essentially as good as my Strat yet 1/4 of the price! DEFINITELY buy the Limited Edition over the regular one! It's worth it!
Holy bajolees! This is the best guitar for it's price: EVER! If your going between this and the regular Special II, buy this! It may look uglier than the vintage sunburst and cherry sunburst but it is so much better! As soon as you pick up this guitar, you won't believe it's under $***. So, if you're reading this, buy it now. It's a great starter guitar and is awesome for experts too!