Epiphone Les Paul Special VE (HH) 6 String Electric Guitar


90 out of 100. Incorporating 450+ ratings and reviews.

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Epiphone Les Paul Special VE - Vintage Cherry Sunburst

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 450+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Les Paul is easily the most iconic dual humbucker guitar, used by equally iconic artists like Les Paul himself, Neil Young, Slash, Zakk Wylde and many more. And to this day it is being cloned and copied by so many manufacturers.

Gibson's sub-brand Epiphone, is at the forefront when it comes to affordable Les Pauls, the Special VE being the best rated one among its siblings.

It features the same unmistakable single cutaway body, but using more affordable materials which include poplar for the body.

Other features include having a mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and Tune-o-matic fixed bridge.


  • Body: Poplar
  • Finish: Cherry, Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, Vintage Worn Walnut, Ebony, Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic fixed bridge
  • Pickups: 650R Humbucker Neck, 700T Humbucker Bridge
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75" ( 629 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
  • Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)
  • Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way


Given its price, most reviewers are surprised to find themselves liking the Les Paul Special VE's tone. It gets a lot of kudos for how good it sounds, especially when overdriven. Being light and easy on the hands are also often commended in reviews.


There are some reports of quality issues, from minor cosmetic concerns to neck setup problems. Some users recommended getting this guitar properly restrung and setup to make the most of it.


If you're looking for an entry-level Les Paul, then this is your best bet.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Beginner Electric Guitars Under $200.

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