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Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar   

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Limited-edition metallic finishes for this popular Epiphone.

This is a limited edition version of one of the most popular Epiphone's now available with a choice of alluring new finishes. The Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar with real Les Paul tone and feel. But seasoned pros love the Special II 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 all-mahogany, trademarked Les Paul body with a bolted-on "1960s" SlimTaper„¢ mahogany neck featuring a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. The Special-II Metallic 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 the Epiphone LockTone(„¢ locking Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for amazing sustain and even more mind-blowing value.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • D-shaped profile
  • Epiphone 700T bridge humbucker
  • Epiphone 650R neck humbucker
  • Master volume, master volume controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Nickel hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
  • Coverered, 14:1 diecast tuners
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS

Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar

  • 24-3/4" scale
    1.68" nut width
    12" fretboard radius
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EpiphoneLtd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

No Frills, but playable, comfortable,electric guitar in an interesting blue color

Overall, a good intermediate guitar with good features and average build quality. I don't recommend this exact guitar for a first time beginner compared to strat copies in this price range. The tuners...Read complete review

Overall, a good intermediate guitar with good features and average build quality. I don't recommend this exact guitar for a first time beginner compared to strat copies in this price range. The tuners on this one just are not very good.

You would have to take it somewhere to get a proper alignment, The one that number #12 does in China is not worth a #2.

Might be a good second guitar for anybody. For me, owning it less than 1 full day is what this review is based on. I am not sure if I will keep it for 44 more days. It did not want to stay in tune the first 3 hours I played it, but I adjusted the settings and new strings the 4th hour was making progress, so I will check tonight. Good luck on your decision!
Well, for the price, it's pretty hard to compare anything else out there.
The pickups are OK, maybe better than average for this price, but I am using a Digitech GNX4 that makes everything sound good for the electric side

Took about 3 hours to setup and get it to stay in tune. The back of the head stock has a sticker that said it was setup in China by worker #12. I think that worker #12 is a novice. Out of the box, the neck had a bit of bowing, and the string height was rather high for a new guitar. The low E string and the A string had a horrible buzz past the 6 fret that was corrected using the supplied truss rod allen wrench. The harmonics were way off from the factory. The harmonics are easily adjusted using the bridge on this guitar at least.

I feel sorry for a beginner who gets this for a first guitar and never takes it in for an alignment\setup. With a proper alignment, there is no more buzzing, the string height above the 12th fret is not great though either. It's about par for what you might expect for this price range.

The studs that hold the tail piece and bridge are easily removed, though I am not sure that this is a good thing.
It's a basic Les Paul-shaped body, bolten on thin wide neck, but much much lighter wood is used. It's easy to wear this with a strap for a few hours, and not feel like a ton of bricks on your neck like a real Les Paul. Would make a good practice guitar, as long as it stays in tune.
The neck has sup-par tuners and fret wire. Fret Wire is very thin, and could use more polishing, Tuners feel like plastic, but are metal. The high E string that comes with this guitar broke after 3 minutes of moderate bending. I put a set of Super Slinky's on it and no more problems. The electronics are good, resisting the temptation to upgrade the pickups, but these stock ones are not too bad really. The control knobs and switch are quite and smooth.

The finish of the Pelham blue reminds me of my Dad's Oldmobile Delta 88 or a Cutless. It is an automotive-like gloss metallic old-man's blue. At least it's different from most standard electric guitar colors, but it may not be for everybody. The one I received is actually a little more grey than blue.Nice sparkles, unique.....
The quality of the finish is very good though,
For this price, you are getting a nice Epiphone guitar. The wood quality is questionable, hidden by a nice laquer coating.
The trade-off is that is does now kill your neck to play with a strap like with a real LP.

Th chromed pieces seem to be made out of a light alloy pig iron. The Tuners need some kind of upgrade, - They are not smooth when tuning, thought the ratio is good for the amount of turns per string adjustment. The fingerboard rosewood is entry level quality. Where the neck meets the body, it comes in at a weird angle. It looks as if the bottom two neck bolts would need tightened more, but they were pretty snug when I checked.

The Electonics are pretty good for this price range. Save your money and don't bother upgrading the pickups, you'll spend more in the upgrades than you did on the guitar itself in no time.

The strings that it ships with are terrible 8 gauge. Put a good set, name brand within the first day I would say.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Won't stay in tune

I just recently got this electric guitar. I changed the strings straight away as they never come with great strings. I am having a hard time keeping it in tune when I add a...Read complete review

I just recently got this electric guitar. I changed the strings straight away as they never come with great strings. I am having a hard time keeping it in tune when I add a capo. typically, I only use the capo on my acoustic but like the sound for some songs. I lead worship at a small church, and wanted something to rock out with, and it will need some adjustment to work like I need it to. It looks fantastic, though!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good guitar for the price!

By Scott Dias

from Wyoming

Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

This is one of the better guitars I have played.
If you are looking for a very good, inexpensive guitar buy this one! I tuned it up out of the box and was truely amazed at the tones I was getting. I bent the strings and played hard on it and it stayed in tune! It comes with 10 gauge strings which I prefer. Truely a stage worthy guitar. I have the candy apple red finish and it looks really nice!
I absolutely love the neck on this guitar. It has a very solid feel to it. The pick-ups produce many awsome tones.
Excellent value!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No Frills, but playable, comfortable,electric guitar in an interesting blue color

By GeorgioP

from North Canton, Ohio

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Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

Overall, a good intermediate guitar with good features and average build quality. I don't recommend this exact guitar for a first time beginner compared to strat copies in this price range. The tuners on this one just are not very good.

You would have to take it somewhere to get a proper alignment, The one that number #12 does in China is not worth a #2.

Might be a good second guitar for anybody. For me, owning it less than 1 full day is what this review is based on. I am not sure if I will keep it for 44 more days. It did not want to stay in tune the first 3 hours I played it, but I adjusted the settings and new strings the 4th hour was making progress, so I will check tonight. Good luck on your decision!
Well, for the price, it's pretty hard to compare anything else out there.
The pickups are OK, maybe better than average for this price, but I am using a Digitech GNX4 that makes everything sound good for the electric side

Took about 3 hours to setup and get it to stay in tune. The back of the head stock has a sticker that said it was setup in China by worker #12. I think that worker #12 is a novice. Out of the box, the neck had a bit of bowing, and the string height was rather high for a new guitar. The low E string and the A string had a horrible buzz past the 6 fret that was corrected using the supplied truss rod allen wrench. The harmonics were way off from the factory. The harmonics are easily adjusted using the bridge on this guitar at least.

I feel sorry for a beginner who gets this for a first guitar and never takes it in for an alignment\setup. With a proper alignment, there is no more buzzing, the string height above the 12th fret is not great though either. It's about par for what you might expect for this price range.

The studs that hold the tail piece and bridge are easily removed, though I am not sure that this is a good thing.
It's a basic Les Paul-shaped body, bolten on thin wide neck, but much much lighter wood is used. It's easy to wear this with a strap for a few hours, and not feel like a ton of bricks on your neck like a real Les Paul. Would make a good practice guitar, as long as it stays in tune.
The neck has sup-par tuners and fret wire. Fret Wire is very thin, and could use more polishing, Tuners feel like plastic, but are metal. The high E string that comes with this guitar broke after 3 minutes of moderate bending. I put a set of Super Slinky's on it and no more problems. The electronics are good, resisting the temptation to upgrade the pickups, but these stock ones are not too bad really. The control knobs and switch are quite and smooth.

The finish of the Pelham blue reminds me of my Dad's Oldmobile Delta 88 or a Cutless. It is an automotive-like gloss metallic old-man's blue. At least it's different from most standard electric guitar colors, but it may not be for everybody. The one I received is actually a little more grey than blue.Nice sparkles, unique.....
The quality of the finish is very good though,
For this price, you are getting a nice Epiphone guitar. The wood quality is questionable, hidden by a nice laquer coating.
The trade-off is that is does now kill your neck to play with a strap like with a real LP.

Th chromed pieces seem to be made out of a light alloy pig iron. The Tuners need some kind of upgrade, - They are not smooth when tuning, thought the ratio is good for the amount of turns per string adjustment. The fingerboard rosewood is entry level quality. Where the neck meets the body, it comes in at a weird angle. It looks as if the bottom two neck bolts would need tightened more, but they were pretty snug when I checked.

The Electonics are pretty good for this price range. Save your money and don't bother upgrading the pickups, you'll spend more in the upgrades than you did on the guitar itself in no time.

The strings that it ships with are terrible 8 gauge. Put a good set, name brand within the first day I would say.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar and Great Price.

By celia mcdonald

from NC

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Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

I have been playing the guitar since I was 12 and now im 27. I have owned many guitars ranging from Fender to Peavey but I must say this guitar plays just as good or better than any other guitar I have ever owned. This is great for a first timer or someone who already has experience playing. This is my favorite guitar now. A++++

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another winner for Epiphone.

By shorthenry

from Reston, VA

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Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

You will never get a better buy.
I bought an Explorer GT a while back and that was a 10. This guitar probably is also, but the strings out of the box seemed to have a bit of tension on the first fret. I passed it around. Two people said it (the action) was just right, one said OK, one agreed with me. A second conference showed that the strings were .010's and that solved that. We changed them to .009's and the guitar became a 10 to me.

The guitar is remarkably heavy, about the same as a 50-year old LP and only a young guy could play stand-up for long. That explains why it sounds so good, no harshness and all Chester 'n' Lester vibes. Yet I tried some donkified teenage metal and it came out with the proper stridency. These Chinese know how to make pickups, can't tell the difference any longer.

The finish is not blue like the picture, rather a dark gun metal gray. I was expecting a pretty Fender Lake Placid blue, but I will adapt to it because of its quality. Fantastic poly finish. I don't like the yuppified cellulose finishes; I find they don't sound any better and add a lot to the price. Maybe Chet Atkins could tell the difference but certainly only on an acoustic guitar, if then. But a yuppy who doesn't play where they drink beer will always make out that his tastes are discerning.

This guitar is a keeper.
Sounds good and looks pretty. Solid heavy feel, mellifluous vibes. The fretboard is the shiniest and darkest I've ever seen, almost like ebony. This guitar, if fitted with branded Grover tuners, could sell for big money.
Take this and play it anywhere. Be proud.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Kinda cool actually!

By Team Riptide 17

from Winnabow, NC

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Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

I received my Epiphone Speciall II in metallic red today and was super impressed with the finish. Very nice! After tuning it up and plugging it in I noticed it plays very well on a clean channel. Add some gain and nice (rhythm setting) solo sounds are possible. It is a bit tinny on the lead side with a lot of distortion. That can be adjusted with amp settings though. It played easily and stayed in tune better than I expected. It seems to have a wider neck than my Standard and that is fine by me. My fingers don't tend to get as crowded... Overall this a nice entry level guitar with a beautiful finish. A good setup will do wonders for this guitar. A bone nut for instance will let you get away with the cheaper tuners. I was dissapointed though at the lack of the Epiphone Custom Shop logo on the back of the headstock. Although a collectors item this will never be, I still wish the logo was on it as pictured on the website. Oh well... I'd say for the price, it is not bad but it will be luck of the draw as to how well yours will be straight out of the box as is the case with guitars in this price range. If you like the look and the drop dead gorgeous paint, go for it! It will make a great gig guitar with some setup, great first guitar or a coolt edition to a collection. Still wish mine had the headstock logo though....
Great value for the price. Like stated above, a great setup will transform this guitar....

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

workhorse

By steven lindahl

from LO CAL

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Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

overall you wont go wrong
Plane and simple, This guitar is a workhorse, I bought this guitar for many other reasons than what I am using it for, I brought this guitar in to try to get some really gritty tone which I thought would be no problem to achive, Much to my suprise I found a cheap no frills guitar to play with, So if you want something cheap that sounds good this guitar will do it for you
Quality is there, From the time you pick this guitar up and feel the weight, And you get it plugged in, the quality was there
this guitar is a great guitar for a beginner or a player for the money

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow what an instrument for the price!

By GW

from Coos Bay, OR

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Pros

  • Affordable Quality Instr
  • Easy to play
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

    You can expect to pay 2 or 3 Times the amount in any guitar store I have seen. I picked metallic blue and have never seen a color like it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful guitar

    By steven lindahl

    from LO CAL

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    Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

    Overall you can't go wrong with this guitar, especially for a starter electric guitar
    My wife wanted a guitar for Christmas, She got sick of her acoustic, So when I saw this little puppy I knew that this was for her, She loved the color and just about everything about the guitar, The sound is amazing, The electronics have no noise loud or soft, There is not much difference between my les paul and the epiphone, I would recommend this guitar to anyone that would like to play a electric without the price, So if you want a good guitar at a good price this is it. I tried the low end dean electric and a found out why it was so cheap, without spending the money to try to make it sound better, I probably saved money by buying the epiphone
    Has that gibson quality without the gibson price
    can't beat the price--

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first electric

    By elaine golding

    from Norman, OK

    Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

    Again, sin e this is my first electric, I have no comparison but I am really enjoying this instrument.
    This is my first electric so I have nothing to compare it to. While I'm sure it doesn't compare to a higher priced model, I am enjoying playing it. The action seemed good right out of the box. The finish is really nice. I have the metallic blue which looks somewhat like one of those old blue metallic cars although a bit cooler than them. I purchased it used and it looks brand new. The sound and tone are nice even through my little rogue amp. I have played it both rhythm and lead and liked both. It does have a switch for rhythm.
    The build quality seems to be very good. I do not see any blemishes in the finish. Even the stock strings are nice
    Appears to be a great value for the money. As I get used to playing electric I will upgrade but I think this one will also get played

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good quality guitar for the money

    By Matt

    from North California

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed Special-II Metallic Electric Guitar:

    This is an all around good sounding and durable instrument. Obviously its not going to be the best of the best. It is made in china and its made with pretty inexpensive parts but for a little over a hundred you cant really go wrong with it. Mine has some fret buzz but it dosent really get picked up in the amps im using so im not too worried. Really cool color and finish on this guitar i went with the candy apple red and i like the way it looks. If you need a kicker guitar to practice on and to travel around with but you also want good quality sound and a durable build i would suggest picking up one of these.

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