Les Paul Special II review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (939 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Special II

Price paid: $ 250

Purchased from: Samash.com

Sound — 10
The sound is the classic Les Paul sound, except for the sustain. It has and Awesome mean crunch to it, so the guitar works perfectly for classic and hard rock, metal and some sorts of punk, which is basically what I play. Definetely not the guitar you're looking for if you want some smooth tones, but hard and heavy describes it pretty well. The 3 way selector creates three different sounds, and when used with the tone controls, it can definetely chuck out some cool sounds. The mini amp it came with makes it sound really metal-ish, but I bought a Roland Cube 30, and the guitar sounds Perfect under the different settings. It has a slight amount of humming, but hey what more did ya want?

Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar, period. Its mean crunch and smooth looks make it a great choice for any beginner who would like to play rock, metal and punk. If it got stolen or lost I would definetely but the guitar again, specially because of the great price. My only suggestion for anyone who is up to buying the guitar is to get a good amp for it...don't take the crappy turd it comes with.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have played live once or twice with the guitar, and it has survived everything from head first falls to water spills right in the humbuckers, and it stills plays as if it were spankin new. The finish seems solid, and it hasn't been scratched yet, and the hardware is yet to be harmed. I feel like I can rely completely on the guitar, without a backup, after all I've done that already.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar didn't have any factory flaws at least until now... Everything was right were it was supposed to be.

Features — 8
This gorgeous guitar was made in 2002, dunno where though. It has 23 frets, with a dot inlay fretboard, and bolt neck, made out of mahogany wood. It has chrome hardware,and its body is made out of maplewood, with a laminated top satin finish. It has two open coil humbucker pickups, one volume and one tone control, with a three way Switch that goes from treble, to normal to rhythm. It has a Les Paul style cutaway body, after all its a special LP model. Mine came with a gig bag, a nice strap, a cable, electronic tuner, an instruction video, a mini 10 watt studio amp and some picks. The whole package was awesome, but the cable was kinda short and crappy, it only lived through about a month and a half. The amp wasnt that good either, but for a beginner player it filled in the spot for the time being.

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