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Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar

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With new Vintage Worn finishes and powered by Open Coil Humbuckers

Epiphone introduces the Les Paul Special VE (Vintage Edition) electric guitar featuring the classic Les Paul profile with a lightweight Poplar body. The Les Paul Special VE is powered by Epiphone Open Coil humbuckers and is available in beautiful “Vintage Worn” color finishes.

For decades, the Les Paul Special has been one of Epiphone’s best selling electric guitars. And the new Les Paul Special VE—inspired by the Les Paul, the greatest electric guitar in rock—continues the tradition of giving new both players and pros a real Les Paul at a price anyone can afford.

Case sold separately.

Classic Les Paul profile
The Les Paul Special VE has a Poplar body with a sleek look thanks to the Vintage Worn finish and no binding on the neck or body. The Les Paul VE is cut to the same classic profile of all Les Pauls and has a comfortable and fast Mahogany bolt-on neck with a 1960's SlimTaper D profile. The Rosewood fingerboard has traditional Pearloid "Dot" inlays, a 24.75” scale, a 14” radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a standard 1-11/16” nut. Just below the headstock is the famed “bell” shaped truss rod cover found on every Les Paul since the early '50s with “Vintage Edition” in white. 

Epiphone Open Coil Humbuckers
The Les Paul Special VE features Epiphone’s world famous open-coil humbuckers with a warm 650R in the neck position and a slightly hotter 700T in the bridge or lead position.Controls include a 3-way pickup selector switch, a Master Volume, and a Master Tone control, each with traditional “Black Speed Knobs” pots with long lasting
500K Ω potentiometers.

All-Metal Hardware
Epiphone features all-metal rock solid hardware on all of its instruments. The Les Paul Special VE comes standard with the legendary Locktone Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece for easy set up. Tuning is fast and reliable with Epiphone Premium Covered tuners with a 14:1 ratio.The higher the ratio, the more accurate your tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Clipped Ear headstock with Les Paul Model in gold and the Epiphone log in silver. In addition, a "2016" Edition logo is on the back of the headstock. 

All Epiphones come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s world famous 24/7/365 Customer Service.

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Poplar
Body finish: Satin
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
Neck wood: Mahogany
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 24.75 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Satin
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 14 in.
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: 650R
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: 700T
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Die-cast
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Vintage worn finish
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hype....a bad thing imo

I'm 65, got my first guitar in 1966, a 1964 Gibson es335 at a pawn shop. I've had two strats and aprox 10 other brands, martin shanandoah, Gibson sg, Alverez, etc....Read complete review

I'm 65, got my first guitar in 1966, a 1964 Gibson es335 at a pawn shop. I've had two strats and aprox 10 other brands, martin shanandoah, Gibson sg, Alverez, etc. I don't golf, fish, bowl, my hobbies are women and guitars. Having said all that 90% of solid body electric guitar sound is about 1. the player 2. the playability, neck radius etc 3. The amp & effects. Absoulely not brand name. Hype is so prevelent that players pro and novice alike, are adversely effected selection wise, me included for 45 yrs, they miss out on "the sound" they want. This Epi VE with the popular body combo'ed with the mahogany neck is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. Out of the box, minor tweaks, stock strings through a Bugera amp the popular body has that cutting edge that mahogany just doesn't have. The price is insane for a great guitar. If I had played it first in a shop I would have left with it whatever it took. Asian built guitars are not junk anymore. NOTE: I had already decided if I liked the guitar I would stain it darker than the site photo color. It arrive the color I had in mind, a major plus and erie coincidence.
Thank you for reading and good day.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

It's been 5 months and the neck is already cracked.. it actually started after 3 months, but I thought it was a smudge, and it doesn't get played very often. Called musicians...Read complete review

It's been 5 months and the neck is already cracked.. it actually started after 3 months, but I thought it was a smudge, and it doesn't get played very often. Called musicians friend, and they can only help me if I purchased a protection plan. Called epiphone and they have a 3 week turn around time, and this "might be covered". So I have to pay to ship this to TN, so that it will maybe get fixed. I have lessons scheduled and the guy at epiphone told me to buy another guitar or borrow one. From now on I'll be buying non Gibson products from my local music store.

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(34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hype....a bad thing imo

By Salacious B. Crumb

from Oz USA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not one negative

Best Uses

  • Any venue
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

I'm 65, got my first guitar in 1966, a 1964 Gibson es335 at a pawn shop. I've had two strats and aprox 10 other brands, martin shanandoah, Gibson sg, Alverez, etc. I don't golf, fish, bowl, my hobbies are women and guitars. Having said all that 90% of solid body electric guitar sound is about 1. the player 2. the playability, neck radius etc 3. The amp & effects. Absoulely not brand name. Hype is so prevelent that players pro and novice alike, are adversely effected selection wise, me included for 45 yrs, they miss out on "the sound" they want. This Epi VE with the popular body combo'ed with the mahogany neck is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. Out of the box, minor tweaks, stock strings through a Bugera amp the popular body has that cutting edge that mahogany just doesn't have. The price is insane for a great guitar. If I had played it first in a shop I would have left with it whatever it took. Asian built guitars are not junk anymore. NOTE: I had already decided if I liked the guitar I would stain it darker than the site photo color. It arrive the color I had in mind, a major plus and erie coincidence.
Thank you for reading and good day.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

You get what you pay for

By Jeff D

from Rochester, NY

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

It's been 5 months and the neck is already cracked.. it actually started after 3 months, but I thought it was a smudge, and it doesn't get played very often. Called musicians friend, and they can only help me if I purchased a protection plan. Called epiphone and they have a 3 week turn around time, and this "might be covered". So I have to pay to ship this to TN, so that it will maybe get fixed. I have lessons scheduled and the guy at epiphone told me to buy another guitar or borrow one. From now on I'll be buying non Gibson products from my local music store.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All my friends went wild.

By Nanook

from Moorpark, Ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Now my crew all want one.
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Nothing negative so far.

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Size and weight are perfect, sounds wonderful.

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

Just learning the basics. Perfect first Guitar but with plenty of potential.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for a buck I have found!

By Journeyman

from Piute County, Utah

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See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

    I was really surprised when I received this Epiphone Les Paul Special VE! It came in perfect condition. The neck on this guitar is the most perfect fret work I have ever seen. All the neck needed was a slight truss rod/relief and polishing with "0000" Steel wool. I also set this guitar up to my liking which wasn't hard to do. Bottom line this is the nicest budget guitar I have ever purchased ( have bought a lot of them of various makes). I am very happy with it!

    (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice for the money.

    By oldhippytrips

    from The Colony TX

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

      I hate that it won't stand alone. I have to use a special stand.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Floored!

      By Gibson Collector

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

        Best Epiphone I've owned - one piece body! You can't even get that on the majority of Gibsons. Also, the 14" fretboard is VERY fast for shredding/jazz. Plays faster than my Gibson. Very resonant due to the lack of poly. A winner all around.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This is a fine entry level guitar.

        By DONAL

        from Corpus Christi, Tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

          This is a good guitar for beginners, and it is better than a Squire Stratocaster, etc. I began playing many years ago, and my first guitar was a Les Paul Jr. I bought this Epiphone guitar because it reminded me of my old LP jr; thought the LP jr was a single pickup and was a much better made guitar; this model of Epiphone has double humbucker pickups that have lots of sustain and tone. It is light weight and plays and frets well. Straight out of the box, however, the guitar's neck and strings seemed to be coated with a substance that made the action seem restricted, slow, and unnatural. I removed the strings and cleaned, oiled, and polished the guitar, especially the neck, and restrung with a set new strings. The action is fine now. Curious, though, that it arrived with this film, or coating, on the guitar that made it impossible to slide your hand on the strings and neck. It is made in China..

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar. Bad soldering.

          By Pastor Titus

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

          I had already bought a different guitar when I saw this one come along in the open box deals. I was wanting this guitar but it was back ordered for months so I bought something else. Then I saw it and immediately bough it and took the other one back. It sound great it was pretty well set up already and it is beautiful darker color than what the picture shows. But... then I started playing it for a few days and the connection for the neck pick up on the switch failed. I was really frustrated and Musicians friend said that they could only take it back not repair it. So I could send it back and wait for months or fix it my self. I fixed it myself. It's AWESOME now. But the solder job done on this guitar that I have was horrible. Like a child did it blind folded. Probably the last one done on a Friday or something. Other than than though it is an awesome guitar for the money. I have only played acoustic for years and years so I wanted something inexpensive to get back in the feel of an electric. I would totally buy epiphone again.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This guitar is great. It's an incredible deal for the price.

          By Benny Ben

          from Poconos, Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

            I was surprised how good it sounded, especially the rhythm pickup. Didn't need to adjust the neck at all. Good action.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Looks great

            By Dommor

            from NW Washington

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

            Great looking guitar for the price, clear sound, electronics all working perfectly.
            Frets are sharp and sticking out, probably due to cold weather and improper storage, shipping.
            I'm keeping it and having the frets dressed properly (thus 4 stars) as my guess is others will be the same in that warehouse batch.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a cool guitar

            By Happyguitarguy

            from Pensacola, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

              I really enjoy my new guitar. Maybe I play it more than any of my other 5 that I have because it is new or because it is fun to play. Who cares? I love it. I am absolutely very happy with it. Is it the same as the original Les Paul? Uh, no. It is a great guitar for people like me who like to just play and jam with youtube. You absolutely could use it to play someone's party or a bar. This guitar is a great addition to anyone's guitar family. I am happy with it, that is all I can say. Also, if you have a kid who is just starting or you are someone who is just starting, then you can't go wrong. And yes, you need to set it up. Look up "guitar set up." You can do this yourself on an electric.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Two Guitars. Two Neck Issues.

              By Catalinaclub1

              from Southeast, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Dead frets
              • Dropped notes.
              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                I bought one of these and it showed up with a neck that was both unplayable, as well as bent in a way where I wouldn't dare touch the truss rod or even the action I really wanted a small and light guitar for practicing in the living room and have owned two Epiphones just like these in the past. I loved my first two because of the ease in playing, the satin finish, and the necks that felt like butter.

                I called M.F. and they took care of the problem immediately. The customer service representative was very nice and talked me into swapping the first one for a second. It arrived in two days and I was almost afraid to open the box. When I did the neck was really flat and the action was so low that the strings were almost touching the frets. I really had no intentions even of trying it out but did raise the action to see if I could make it work.

                Unfortunately, many frets were completely dead. (Especially when bending a note). I spent about 15 minutes with the second one and sent it back also. I understand that these are inexpensive guitars but the fact that I had two others that were awesome was very frustrating. Maybe they came from a bad run. Either way, I was very satisfied with the way M.F. worked with me.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Worst Warping I've Ever Seen!

                By Catalinaclub1

                from Southeast, Ohio

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                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                I like doing business with M.F. so none of what I'm about to write applies to their great customer service. I purchased this guitar as a practice instrument to keep in my living room for easy access. When taking it out of the box, my first thought was that the finish was very attractive and the satin backed neck was smooth as silk.

                About one minute later, I was absolutely shocked to see that the neck was so warped backward that every string was pinned to the fretboard! Furthermore, the spot where the strings were touching the neck was actually putting tension on the bridge! It has been a very long time since I have seen a guitar that I couldn't set-up, but this Epipjone but was so bad I didn't even think of touching it. Less than ten minutes after opening, it went right back into the box to send back. Needless to say, I will not be wanting another one.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My first electric, couldn't be happier

                By Josh

                from Atlanta GA

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                    I've been playing about 6 months and own 2 acoustics. My sister played while we were growing up and passed on her Squier to me. This blows that guitar out of the water. I'm looking for good tone and the ability to play a lot of different styles. So far this guitar has delivered.

                    Like another commenter said, the walnut is darker than the picture but looks great.

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Impressed

                    By James

                    from Virginia Beach, VA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                      This is one more inexpensive Epiphone for my collection. I held one in the guitar shop a few months ago and was so impressed with the Walnut finish, I had to have one. I had second thoughts before purchasing due to some poor reviews but this thing is amazing. Again, the finish is absolutely beautiful. I thought I would need to change the pickups but they sound great. At first, when I slid my hands down the neck, the frets felt extremely sharp. Surprisingly this was not noticeable after I started playing. The tuning keys don't feel like the best quality but once you get it in tune, it stays in tune. Best of all, the setup was right on!

                       
                      5.0

                      Liked it so much my nephew is buying one.

                      By Diana

                      from Puerto Rico

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                      Pros

                      • Best buy for the money hands down

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                        To play blues and crunch! Souds great through the Marshall with the BOSS blues pedal.

                         
                        4.0

                        Real Nice With Some Work & Upgrades

                        By C-ville Brent

                        from SE Ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • Rough Frets & Fretboard

                        Best Uses

                        • Playing Guitar

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition Electric Guitar:

                        I've accumulated 20+ guitars since 1981 with about 60% of them electric. This Epiphone LP VE was one of three I bought recently in the entry level price range (Ibanez GRG120BDX & Squier Bullet Strat). My goals were to have lighter weight & less expensive guitars that I could mod and leave out with less worry. The fit & body finish was good (Vintage Sunburst), the neck was straight with relief & action fine as well. There were a couple rough fret edges around the 12th fret (filed) & the fretboard itself was rough to sight & touch. I sanded (500, 1000, & 1500 grit paper) & MN F-one Oil - it's now smooth & beautiful. A couple tuning keys were loose with one seemingly bottomed out. They are entry level, but hold tune well.

                        These guitars (entry level generally) are great to learn about set up because they will need some. I usually play the stock strings for a day or so - remember these guitars have been boxed on a container ship & in a warehouse for a long time so it needs fresh strings. Graphite in nut, GHS Boomers (10-46), & set intonation. I played the stock pups for a week. To me they sounded better than the stock GRG's, but they weren't exactly what I wanted. I replaced with DiMarzio Air Norton (neck) & SD Sh-11 (bridge). A couple weeks later I replaced the bridge pup with a SD Sh-6 (Distortion) I had around - Wow! Playing through an Orange MD & Bugera G20 through a couple different 1x12 cabs with Celestion & WGS speakers - it sounds great! It produces 70s/80s classic rock & metal tones, & the in between sounds good clean.

                        I really like this guitar. It is lighter than my Gibson LPs, but I still get some of that vibe. It is a good beginner guitar with a little work & a good platform for mods, but the control cavity is tight with small pots so be careful with the soldering iron. I'll replace the nut & tuners at some point. This guitar required a little more work than the Ibanez or Squier, especially the fretboard. Three good guitars for three different styles.

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