Epiphone Les Paul Special II (HH) 6 String Electric Guitar (Discontinued)

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 3850+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$199
Epiphone Les Paul Special II

Epiphone Les Paul Special II

Les Paul created an early solid-body electric guitar in his spare time after work at the Epiphone factory in the early 1940's famously known as "The Log". It is believed that this was the first solidbody 'Spanish guitar' every built. He went on to develop the idea further until he took it to managers at Gibson sometime in 1945 or 1946 who immediately...
...did nothing.

Luckily another guitar innovator, Leo Fender, began having some sales success with his solidbody electric in 1950 (initially named the Esquire, then Broadcaster, and now it's called the Telecaster), so Gibson about-faced and one of the most iconic instruments in music history went into production.

As our very own Alexander Briones once said of the Gibson Les Paul, "It's like carrying a trophy and a guitar at the same time!"

Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin helped make the Les Paul famous again in the 1970's and Slash from Guns n Roses brought in another generation of Les Paul fandom in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II was a modern entry-level version and is itself incredibly popular as evidenced by more than 3,000 reviews, critiques and recommendations for it currently on the internet along with the fact that Epiphone says this is their highest selling electric guitar.

Specifications

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Vintage Sunburst (pictured), Ebony or Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Pickups: Bridge - Epiphone 700T Humbucker, Neck - Epiphone 650R Humbucker
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Number of Frets:
  • Nut Width: 1.68”
  • Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way Epiphone toggle

Pros

Many users describe it by phrases like "great value for the money", "great beginner guitar", and "great quality for the price". And while most of the raves are from beginners, there were experienced guitarists who shared their positive sentiments, specifically pointing to its build quality and playability. And while many cheap guitars are plagued with mass production setup inconsistencies, the Epiphone Les Paul Special II gets a lot of kudos from users who found that it plays nicely right out of the box.

Cons

This guitar would've rated better if not for some users who rate it lower because of unfair comparisons to more expensive models. Still, there are valid complaints, including the quality of the tuners and minor cosmetic blemishes.

Overall

The vast majority of people who bought this guitar are very happy with it.

It's very hard to find one available in shops these days, so if you're looking for an alternative then check out our guide to Solidbody Electric Guitars Under $200.

Here is Guns n Roses featuring Slash playing the riff and solo on a Gibson Les Paul replica of which Gibson later released their own replica version called the Slash Appetite Les Paul: