An extra $20 won't change the quality of your guitar dude.

Both brands are great - I'm a Yamaha Pacifca dude. Have been playing for 10 years and still think it's awesome.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
Pacifica for sure. It's way more versatile than the Les Paul, and it'll probably last you longer as well. They're really good guitars for the price.
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Id go for the pacifica. its more versatile. you can get your heavy rock sounds out of the bridge humbucker and more clean and hendrixy tones out of the singer coils.
Get the Pacifica, don't get a Special II, if your going to get an Epi Les Paul, get the LP-100
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I'm with DeltaFunk
Get the Pacifica in the natural satin finish. Amazing quality and price for what it is.
get the pacifica, even though its 20 bucks cheaper, its better than the special II, with that your paying for a crappy guitar just because its a les paul.

Pacifica is pretty good for the player starting out though.
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