Epiphone Special II

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Low-priced, with a mahogany body and neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays and chrome hardware, with 2 humbucking pickups
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Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 1/19/2005, Jared Wilhelm (644) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great guitar for the price
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Larry's Music
Features:
Not sure where it was made,, just know it has a very nice smooth feeling neck and frets. 22 frets,3 way tone selector, 1 volume 1 tone control, 2 open coil double humbuckers. this was my favorite guitar until i got my jackson dinky and now i use this one as my back up. it playes very nice and gets incredible cleans as well as crunching distorted rhythms and leads. this is a great guitar and i highly recommend it for the price.
Playability:
Action was great, some buzzing on like one or 2 frets,
Sound Quality:
Sound quality is great,
Durability:
Have never dropped it or let it get scratched as i treat my guitars like my baby, it does seem to get fingerprints easily [i have the black finish]
On 1/16/2005, Ryan Russell (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this guitar mostly dur to the lower price. I did look at the BC Rich Guitars, and the Epi LP but was initially going to use it for for multiple uses the BC Rich was not as viable an option. and the SPecial II was cheaper than the LP.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $119.99
Where Obtained: www.musciansfriend.com
Features:
Made in China.
Maple conmstruction with a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets.
Pick up selecetor switch, one tone and one volume
H/H epiphone stock humbuckers.
black gloss finish.
slab body with a Les Paul profile.
tunamatic bridge and hardtail tstop tail piece.
epiphone non locking tuners,
Playability:
After some adjusting to lower the action the playability was good.
The neck did have a repaired crack neer the headstock, but this was a refurbished guitar. Compared to my drive strat KO, it played really well for the meaty metal riffs that I baught it for.
Sound Quality:
I run my guitar through a Behringer v-amp II and a Behringer 15 watt amp. I play Metal , country and blues, and this guitar covered them well. It did cover the Metal a little better than the others. I has a nice almost moody darkness to its sound. I have upgraded the pickups to ESP Selects and now this is primarily a metal monster. The pickup selector switch was a little shaky when you were selecting the neck pick up. I resoldered the switch when I installed the new humbuckers and that was resolved. The guitar is heavy but it is still well suited for both the stage and studio.
Durability:
So far the guitar has held up after the pickup change and a full setup adjustment. It has held up intune and in one piece since. I moved from Hawaii to San Diego and only had to retune when it arrived.
On 12/27/2003, Greg Johnson (2721) posted:
Overall Rating:
I got hte guitar with a player's pack, which came with a 10-W amp and gig bag and stuff. Alone I think this guit goes for like $170. The price is outstanding. Great beginner's guitar. It most likely will not be handed down for many generations, but for a kid who wants tl learn guitar you can't go wrong. Great guitar, especially for the price.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $239.99 (new)
Where Obtained: World Music Supply
Features:
Made in China i believe. Mahogony body and neck. Rosewood fretboard. 22 frets with a bolt-on neck. Two stock humbuckers, with one voume and one tone controls, and a three-way selector switch. Tun-O-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece. Stock tuners. Les Paul Jr. style body. Mine is Vintage Sunburst.
Playability:
When I got the guitar, setup was decent, and with a little tweaking I got a great action. I recently changed string guages, however, and the action has gone haywire. The neck needs adjusted I think. The neck is fast, to me at least. Several other more experienced players have commented the same thing. I have played a few Strats, and I like the Epi's neck better. 'Course, that may be because this is my first guitar. The finish gets scratched easily, and the frets wear a little too fast, I think. Just general budget guitar kinda stuff. The bridge p-up cuts out every now and then.
Sound Quality:
I play mostly metal and rock. At church I will play worship music, though. I run the guitar through an Arion Metal Master distortion into my behringer GX-210 combo amp. The guitar is fairly versatile. I can get a really bluesy sound clean and with mild distortion, and when I crank the gain i can get a really heavy Metallica-kinda sound. The bridge position gives a nice metal lead sound. Both working together is great for soloing. The neck pup gets a little muddy. Very warm sound. It can get noisy when I am around other electronics. Other than that it is tolerable.
Durability:
I don't think it could take a lot of bar gigs. The finish is a little weak. However it holds up fine for me at home. Need to buy a hardshell though... Strap buttons are solid. Fairly heavy guitar, too. Hardware is holding up nicely, though a kid at church knowcked it off the stand once and bent a tuning peg pretty good.
On 2/15/2003, Joe Walsh (25) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great guitar for the money. My first "Les Paul" and I'm thrilled!!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $150.00
Where Obtained: Best Bet Music
Features:
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Durability:
On 12/25/2002, Joony Lee (2092) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar and I plan to use it for a long time and I know it will last me. If it had better hardware then it'd be great but for the price, it's very nice.

This is a nice backup guitar or a beginner's guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Made in China Alder/Maple body 22 Frets, .9 strings (stink) Volume, tone, pickup selector switch 2 humbuckers Black finish Les Paul style Tune 0 Matic and Stoptail Non-locking closed tuners
Playability:
Amazingly low action, buzzes a little when I first got it but that was easily fixed. The neck is wide but thin and that's how I like it. Compared to the other guitars up to $250, I liked this one the best. There were no visible flaws, everything worked fine.
Sound Quality:
I have a Marshall MG10CD amp and it sounds very nice with it. I play almost any style of music and this guitar suits me perfectly fine. On the neck pickup, it sounds very full and warm and a little bassy, but that's not bad. On the bridge pickup, it's very bright and mellow but not tinny. I loved this guitar's sound compared to alot of other guitars (Squier, Ibanez, Yamaha).
Durability:
Built like a ROCK! I have dropped it many times already but no damage, just light scratches. The intonation was good, the straplocks are solid, the knobs are tight and secure but the input jack is a little wobbly but you can tighten that up.
On 11/25/2002, Hawkan Forsberg (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
If this guitar was lost I would get a Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker & a Fender Telecaster ( LOL ) P90 pickups for Blues man! Telecaster for country ( No moore to be said) This is a cheap but GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY Guitar Neck is good! All hardware good .Intonation is spot on ( as close as you can get on a guitar, ie no flaws) I would recomend this Guitar to any one wanting a Good guitar (nothing flash but a very good allrouder)
Model Year: 2000
Price: $350.00 Australian
Where Obtained: Local store
Features:
Body & Neck Mahogany with a rosewood fretboard Standard neck 2 Humbucker pickups,1 vol,1 tone & three way switch, Neck-Both-Bridge Finish is dark red with a high gloss laquer All hardware is black in colour, controls , tuners etc Very attractive!
Playability:
Neck and action is great & adjustable The usual adjustments ie harmonic adj can be made, bridge height etc . Neck very straight for a cheap guitar! Great for playing. Thats Why I bought it!! If you want to improve it get a Luthier to install a bone nut (not needed)
Sound Quality:
I play this baby on a Marshall AVT50 with no effects! Not needed for the stuff I do (Blues & Country) Plenty of grunt and a clear bluesy feel out of the neck pickup. The Bridge Pickup I use for the funky-country styles I have replaced both pickups with Seymore Duncan pickups SH1-59 for the neck SH4-JB for the bridge So now I have a Profesional sounding guitar , for the fraction of the price, that absolutely screams when I want to or the warmth of a 59 pickup But for the price & for practising the original pickups work fine
Durability:
This is my main axe The only trouble iv'e had with it is that one of the tuners was loose & getting sticky (simple repair) But may have to be replaced later on ( what tuners dont!!)
On 5/28/2002, Matt Rowan (16) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think this is the perfect guitar for someone looking for the paul look, feel, and sound, and the only thing it really needs is some covered metal pickups!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Features:
U.S.A. made,cherry red, everything on the guitar is excellent, especially considering the price, made be a copy, but it's the best one i've ever seen for under $350
Playability:
Every thing plays very well, no complaints here
Sound Quality:
Run thru a crate gfx 15, it sounds perfect, and is well suited for punk,rock, and the re emerging garage style, only noise problem emerges when next to a computer monitor, and is well suited for the stage
Durability:
Never had any trouble with it's durability, and stands up to about anything one can dish out
On 11/4/2001, Karl Roddis (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
At the end of the day this a lp copy and you'll not gain any cred with your m8's for owning one but put that aside this guitar deserves to be recognised as the best bargain guitar under 200,if you want a les paul but can't afford the big bux get this,it's a top quality copy.you will not be dissapointed.....trust me!.:)
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Dougs Cabin sutton in Ashfield uk
Features:
Standard les paul setup except pickup switch is between the tone and volume pots,rosewood fretboard mahogany neck,my model is a heritage sunburst.for the money its a good well made spec.
Playability:
I've owned original les pauls in the past,but now i'm back to playing i find this guitar very comfortable,it has an expensive feel to it even though it cost considerably less than a squire strat which i feel is its main competitor.once i'd lowered the action and put a decent set of strings on i instantly felt i'd got a real bargain.
Sound Quality:
The sound isn't as warm as a real les paul and doesn't have the same level of sustain but given the price difference that is certainly no problem because to be honest the sound is still damn good!.to compare with the nearest priced products i think the special blows them away for quality of sound/build and product spec.
Durability:
It's certainly a gigable guitar ,intonation was good and strings still held there tune after a hours gig,seems a good allrounder,i was less conscience about damaging it because of the low price so thats a good thing but not necessarily a quality of the guitar.
On 6/30/2001, Mike Bulko (989) posted:
Overall Rating:
Its alot easier for me to play than a strat type
Price: $230.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Music 21, Bolton Ontario
Features:
Very Nice Guitar
Playability:
Very Easy To Play
Sound Quality:
Petty good sound
Durability:
Strong
On 4/26/2001, Jason Henderson (5681) posted:
Overall Rating:
Beyond the real problem with the ringing string, and that she's a bit of a string monster (if you play real hard like me, the strings only last you a few weeks), but that's mostly it. I really don't know why I care for her so much, but she just feels right in my hands. She is very basic and is perfect for beginning guitarists. If she were stolen, I wouldn't buy another like her, 'cause to me, she's one of a kind.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $213.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Features:
My guitar, which I named Cloud, was made by Gibson and is an Epiphone Special 2, 22 frets, 6 strings, two knobs for tone and volume, and one switch for treble and rhythm. She is all black, with two pickups and a black leather strap.
Playability:
The neck is perfectly thin and round, so your entire hand can fit around the strings. I don't know why but when I tried Cloud out for teh first time, I knew she was the 'one'. I'm sure that I ain't the only one that feels that way. I can do tricks perfectly with her, and the only flaw I know of so far is that her biggest string rings against the frets, maybe its teh wrong string for it or something?
Sound Quality:
She has a very rough and hard sound when I put it right, with a whole lot of distortion and a heavy sound behind it. Her two pickups cancel out each other and take out the noise that you hear in some other guitars. But she also has a quiet side, put it right, and she can be one of teh softest elec guitar around.
Durability:
If I can jump around and toss her about in my bedroom, and play her all day without stopping (until my hands hurt and covered in sores and redmarks, the muscles numb and bleeding), I can play it anywhere with enough room or without.
On 3/19/2001, G.Homman posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar represents a good value. If you like the Les Paul look and don't have a lot of money, or are looking for a good starter guitar, this is about the best you can get for $200. With a half decent amp You can have a lot of fun with this one.
Price: $209.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars
Features:
For a inexpensive solid body,this guitiar blows out anything in it's class. The pickups are brite and the action fairly hot. The neck is a little weak at the 14th fret and above, but its still far and away better than other guitars within $50-$100 more.
Playability:
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender automatic SE or a Marshall 30crd This guitiar is great thur the Fender for that Thrash, metal sound, and better thur the Marshall for a blues sound.
Durability:
This a is the one weak point I found with this guitar. New except for a few days on the sales floor the Volume pot was loose and the scratch protectors were a pain to get off. The finish demands a pick guard (which it does not have). However the nut,saddle, and gear heads are of good quality. Never the less, still better than anything else in its class.What do you expect for $200 bucks?
On 3/15/2001, Paul Carmody (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
Chose this 1 cos it was only 1 on my price range no better sound and its kinda cheap so i would buy quality next time fav- the unplugged sound- worst- the strap lock breaking its an ok set
Model Year: 1998
Price: $190.00 190 (new)
Where Obtained: shop
Features:
Made in japan. mahogont neck,22 fret board,switches r volume tone + 1 switch with rythm and treble 2 humbuck pickups a varnish rose wood finish, gibson body style. Gibson epiphone special edition,, not the nicest of guitars but it does the job for a low finance
Playability:
Yup no its not as good as my friends strat obviously but it kicks my bros vintage flaws r when i switch the trble/rythm switch it makes a horrible static sound...
Sound Quality:
Distortion rock-not really yeah-classical full its a lot more pleasent and it plays louder unplugged than most guitars
Durability:
No not reg. very poor my strap lock broke and i never got it fixed yet eny tips on repairing this,, please good
On 12/2/2000, James Smith (78) posted:
Overall Rating:
I read reviews that said it was a very good beginners guitar. And it has lived up to those claims.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Features:
Looks exactly like the picture
Playability:
Very easy to play. Great for me as a beginner.
Sound Quality:
I use a small Epiphone amp, but it still sounds excellent.
Durability:
No problems as of yet
On 9/30/2000, Sgt Katana (33) posted:
Overall Rating:
I've been playing on and off for years now, usually hanging on to a guitar for no more than a year before I sell it and forget about playing for a while. The Special II is just something to hold me until I am able to buy a genuine Gibson LP sometime soon. I am quite impressed with Epiphone so far, and if this guitar were stolen I would very likely buy another if only for the value.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $120.00
Where Obtained: Music Go Round -- Abq
Features:
Just your basic Les Paul style body and feel. Finish is nice and deep and for such an affordable guitar it looks pretty good just the way it is. One volume and tone control for both pickups plus a three-way pickup selector switch.
Playability:
I've had a few guitars through my hands and I can honestly say this one just feels good; frets aren't too high or too dull, neck isn't too strange. It's an excellent beginner's guitar for these reasons.
Sound Quality:
If you plan on keeping this guitar you might consider swapping out the pickups for something a bit better than the factory's.
Durability:
Along with the pickups you might consider upgrading the tuners to something smoother, although the standard tuners seem to be holding up pretty well.