i say go for the vendatta because the epi lp looks like a low end epi plus the vendatta has 24 frets (2 octaves YAAY!!!)
yeah , i'd go for the dean unless you REALLY want a les paul, but I the epi special really isn't anything like the real one, its not even shaped right...go for the dean and get a epi les paul studio later when you can afford it
save little more...
but if your not going 2 go with the dean.
i <3 my gibson.

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