Les Paul Special review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 6.2 Neat
  • Users' score: 6.7 (28 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Special
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Sound — 5
For Standard rock the guitar is quite good- not great but what do you expect for a 120 pound guitar? The pickups don't have enough kick to play heavy/thrash metal very well although due this weakness they are good for blues and less overdriven/distorted music. There isn't a lot of variety the guitar can do, it either sounds quite good with the volume fully up and tone high, but not too great (in my opinion) as soon as they drop- you lose a lot of sustain with loss of volume and the sound becomes very unclear with the tone dropped. If you want versatility with this guitar you'll need to put some good money into a decent amp or buy a load of stompboxes- you wont get a lot from the guitar.

Overall Impression — 6
I'll keep this bit short as my review was a little long-winded but then if you're reading it, chances are you're considering buying one and would like to know as much as you can about the guitar. If you have any more questions about it drop me a message on UG and I'll get back to it ASAP. Basically, I'd advise you to save up and get a Standard Les Paul or SG for between about 50-100 pound more- this guitar should only really be a first guitar, trust me, you wont want to be using it when you get live shows going unless you've modded it considerably which will cost more than saving for a better guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The reason why I left this review so long is to give a good review on how durable it is. After a couple of years (of being treated well) there is still visible rust appearing on the pickups which has happened to none of my other guitar. Everything else is as good as when it was new aside from a little buckle rash from live playing. Once you swap the tuning pegs I'd say it is reliable to be an only guitar for playing live as it will stay in tune then although it's not my first choice-it's my backup's backup- like I've said, I don't get enough power out of it. But that's the sound I have a problem with, not reliability- so that wont affect this score

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
On this category it's almost faultless- the action is quite low, frets are perfectly aligned, pickups at a decent height. The finish I have is pretty sweet, but the others available are just Standard colours. But I say ALMOST faultless because I heightened the pickups to get a little more out kick from it although that's just to make it more to my liking and the main problem is the tuning pegs- due to them being cheap they don't hold the guitar in tune for too long- I've swapped them out for grovers which work a lot better and aren't too pricey.

Features — 5
It has a mahogany and rosewood neck, basswood body, 22 frets with Dot inlays. Mine has a black finish that bursts inwards into a greyish colour (I've never seen this colour elsewhere so I do not know the name of it sorry, probably ash burst or something). The tuners are stock Epiphone ones I believe (not the grover ones you get on slightly more expensive epis). It's equipped with stock Epiphone passive pickups that are quite weak and have no cover and a tune-o-matic bridge. It has one tone and one volume knob so you can't flick between pickups with different volumes (to do the killswitch effect)

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    sewoo55
    It has a mahogany and rosewood neck
    ..... what? so it's a 2 piece neck? i think you meant to say "mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard"
    Linkerman
    A friend of mine has one of these. Awful guitars. They look and feel cheap, and sound terrible.
    HoddiDarko
    In my opinion, this is a great beginner guitar. I gave my little brother one of these when he was starting out and with a good set of strings and a nice set up, it's a fine guitar. Of course it sounds pretty bad, but I think it comes with a split coil thing that is actually a nice feature for beginners so that they can learn about the difference of single coils and Humbuckers. I bought it used for 60 pounds I think (not in the U.K) and for that price, you cant get many guitars that have more value for money. It has a big flaw of getting out of tune easily tho, but hey, beginners need to learn how to tune
    Fender Dane.
    It's nice with a review of a beginner guitar that is usefull and doesn't go: "Best guitar ever!!!!"
    Mrfussytabs
    HoddiDarko wrote: In my opinion, this is a great beginner guitar. I gave my little brother one of these when he was starting out and with a good set of strings and a nice set up, it's a fine guitar. Of course it sounds pretty bad, but I think it comes with a split coil thing that is actually a nice feature for beginners so that they can learn about the difference of single coils and Humbuckers. I bought it used for 60 pounds I think (not in the U.K) and for that price, you cant get many guitars that have more value for money. It has a big flaw of getting out of tune easily tho, but hey, beginners need to learn how to tune
    the tuners arent grovers. they need to be broken in. and btw for the guy who did the review im pretty sure this is actually the speciall II. and there are quite a few reviews for it already (mine included). just saying
    richyt93
    Mrfussytabs wrote: the tuners arent grovers. they need to be broken in. and btw for the guy who did the review im pretty sure this is actually the speciall II . and there are quite a few reviews for it already (mine included). just saying
    Agreed
    HoddiDarko
    Mrfussytabs wrote: HoddiDarko wrote: In my opinion, this is a great beginner guitar. I gave my little brother one of these when he was starting out and with a good set of strings and a nice set up, it's a fine guitar. Of course it sounds pretty bad, but I think it comes with a split coil thing that is actually a nice feature for beginners so that they can learn about the difference of single coils and Humbuckers. I bought it used for 60 pounds I think (not in the U.K) and for that price, you cant get many guitars that have more value for money. It has a big flaw of getting out of tune easily tho, but hey, beginners need to learn how to tune the tuners arent grovers. they need to be broken in.
    I know they ain't Grovers and I never said that. I've had the guitar for 3-4 years. How are they supposed to get more broken in?
    Reesy666
    Im_Broken wrote: i believe that finish may be Silverburst.
    I don't think it is, it's a matt finish and the grey is really faded- unlike the other gibson silverbursts i've seen which are really silver and highly visible.
    HoddiDarko wrote: this is actually the speciall II
    The photo is a stock special II photo, because my camera is broken so i can't take one of my actual guitar yet, and the guitar i have was released before the special II and is actually just a special
    lespaul4eveR
    in my personal opinion, any guitar that costs less than $500 is absolute crap, but for beginners .. what the hell? why buy a good guitar if you dont know if your gonna play forever?