Les Paul Special II review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (939 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Special II

Price paid: C$ 175

Purchased from: Long and McQuade

Sound — 9
Plays beautifully, and the 3 way switch gives a huge range of sound clean or distorted. Playing through an Orange crush amp, can give a selection of jazz to metal to brit 60's rock. Gives a nice full sound that can fill a room nicely. Compares well to my 650$ PRS SE Akerfeldt.

Overall Impression — 10
Play anything you can name and so far it has sounded good. Been playing about 3 yrs. If it were stolen, it is cheap enough I'd probe go get another one. For a price difference of over 500$, my PRS only has an edge in a few categories.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Already gigged it and some people thought I was playing a Gibson LP Special. Hardware worked fine for all my shenanigans. Played varied selection on the single guitar. Very thick and sturdy finish.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Just got it recently and haven't had to change anything yet. Pickups worked well straight off the shelf. No flaws I have found yet.

Features — 8
- 2011 Malaysian made Epiphone Les Paul - 22 fret neck, seems to be a bit thicker than usual, but with the thin width, and smooth feel its easy to roll along decently - Basic black finish, gets lots of fingerprints, but they come off easy enough - LP style body with tune-o-matic bridge - Tone and Volume knobs, and 3 way treble - rhythm switch - Came as is, but it's a good deal.

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    Got one of these for my first guitar about 6 years ago and its still going strong, never had any problems with it at all. Since then Ive got a bc rich gunslinger and a vintage v100 paradise with slash alnico pro's and I still use it for drop tunings. Sounds and plays well for a 100 guitar
    Probably the best guitar for starters and a back up for later, I bought one as my first guitar a year ago and taught myself using Gibson's L&M DVDs couple that with a Roland Cube 15XL and you got yourself the best starting bundle ever.