Epiphone LP Special II Les Paul Collection Electric Guitar, Ebony Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Sunday, October 31, 2010

Epiphone LP Special II Les Paul Collection Electric Guitar, Ebony
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I picked up one of these babies about 6 months ago to use as my "travel" guitar, and it has yet to let me down.Granted, the day I got it, I changed out the pickups with a DiMarzio Double Whammy in the bridge and a Virtual PAF in the neck, so I can't tell you much about the sound from the factory electronics.However, the guitar plays wonderfully.The only irritant was that, in order to get perfect intonation in Eb tuning (one half-step below standard tuning on all six strings), I had to reverse one of the saddles.

Otherwise, no complaints whatsoever -- it came from the factory with the truss perfectly set, and it only took minor tweaks to the action and a slight shim for the neck (I'm obsessive when it comes to fast action on my guitars), and I was shredding away in no time.This is an excellent guitar for a beginner, or, if you're a more advanced player in search of some vintage looks on a budget, this is right up your alley.Get a new set of pickups -- EMGs, Seymour Duncans, or DiMarzios will work great -- and you've got looks AND tone.Just don't expect that solid mahogany-body sustain you'd get from a real LP -- this one's plywood.Agathis.Tonewood.Whatever Epiphone's buzzword of the week happens to be.

Bottom line: for $150, you can't go wrong with this guitar.Out of all the guitars I own, I keep coming back to this one.Of course, unlike your average Jackson or B.C. Rich, the Les Paul body design doesn't have any pointy things to dig into one's crotch... That might have a bit to do with it as well.Are you still reading this? Just buy it already!

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Product Description:
That trademark Les Paul shape in an economical package, including to open-coil Alnico V Humbucker pickups for great classic sound and the Tune-o-matic bridge/Stopbar tailpiece combo for sustain and that signature Les Paul tone.

Les Paul Features in an Economical Package.

Angled Headstock
Unlike cheaper designs, all Epiphones feature a 14-degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut and so you get more sustain with less tuning hang-ups caused by "string-tree" gadgets.
Alnico V Humbucker pickups and the industry-standard Tune-O-Matic bridge.
Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays.
Double-Waxed Pickups
Epiphone utilizes a double vacuum waxing process that ensures optimum performance. The pickup is first placed in the specialized wax vacuuming system before the cover is put in place to ensure that the wax fully penetrates to the very center of the pickup and solidifies all parts. After the cover is placed on, it is again given a second vacuum wax bath until the unit is completely saturated with wax.
Output Jack
To increase reliability and ensure consistent performance, Epiphone's proprietary output jacks feature an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel.
Toggle Switches
All Epiphones feature our all-metal, USA designed switches for reliable contact and longer life.
Tunomatic Bridge
Fully adjustable, the tunomatic remains a classic after over 50 years. Unlike guitars fitted with tremolos, there are no tuning or re-stringing difficulties. Plus, tone and sustain are improved because all string vibrations are transferred directly to the guitar.
Epiphone is passionate about performance. That's why their instruments use one-inch diameter potentiometers for better "throw," longer life and reliable service.
For unequalled reliability as well as ease of service, Epiphone wiring harnesses feature quick-connectors.

    Pickups: 700T, 650R
    Hardware: Chrome
    Scale: 24.75 inches
    Nut width: 1.68 inches
    Neck: Bolt, Mahogany
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Inlays: Dot
    Body material: Basswood
    Tailpiece: Stopbar
    Finishes available: Ebony, White, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red

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