Price paid: $ 80
Purchased from: Craigslist
Sound — 7
Surprisingly the sound coming from the basswood isn't as bad as I would've thought. This guitar is my only guitar at the current moment but I have played everything from low end guitars to high-end Les Paul Customs. I currently just use the guitar for recording and playback via my Line 6 Guitar Port. The pickups do grab a bit extra unwanted noise, and even though you can use a noise gate/reducer in some situations... It ends up taking away a lot of the bite. The harmonics are still very good even with the mentioned limitations. I'd say this guitar puts out a very solid rock sound but is still only mediocre at best for heavy rock or metal.
Overall Impression — 7
I tend to lean on the heavy rock/heavy metal side of the guitariverse, but it works well for me. It keeps things simple, just how I like them. I've been playing for over 6 years now and this is one of the better feeling guitars I have played. Unfortunately if it were lost or stolen I wouldn't buy another one as I believe it would be time to try out a different model.
Reliability & Durability — 6
As I said in the features section, this guitar still feels like a quality instrument. I make no bones about it, I would feel comfortable playing this guitar Live and it feels like it could last a very long time under the correct care. The strap buttons though, I would replace those before playing too much Live as they are a bit flimsy.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Unfortunately I didn't purchase this guitar from the factory so I only know the condition in which it was given to me in, and it was set-up really well. It felt a bit stock so perhaps the original owner didn't tinker with it too much. The action is probably the main feature on this guitar that I love. You can glide up and down the fretboard with ease. Unfortunately the thin fretboard does hold you back from a lot of non-power chord driven songs.
Features — 5
This Les Paul Special II was manufactured in 2007 in Indonesia. It has 22 frets (a little thin) on a Rosewood Fretboard. This model has the Ebony finish on a basswood body. The bridge and stop piece is the Tun-O-Matic and comes with 1 volume knob, and 1 tonal knob (with a three-way Switch) to control the 700T(bridge) and 650R(neck) passive pickups. The features as you would expect from a low-level Epiphone, but they aren't too bad. You can still feel a bit of quality while playing.