Top positive review
NOT just for ‘beginners!”
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
I’m a seasoned musician of over a half century. I love my strat, but still, it didn’t produce sounds that I was seeking, so I thought I’d take a chance on the Epiphone Les Paul Special II. WOW! This one was 200 bucks, and I was expecting the usual cheapo guitar problems, like cheese-grater frets and being in need of a decent setup. Instead, I unboxed a guitar that had been set up beautifully! Smooth frets, no buzzing, straight and true neck, every fret was smooth, no obvious defects in body or finish, and when I played it, I couldn’t believe how it felt! Beginner guitar my azz! This plays, feels, and sounds like a pro guitar, and for the price, that is absolutely astounding! Now, it isn’t the ‘real’ mahogany, it’s a lighter version of the wood, but it’s much better than basswood or the cheaper woods normally found on budget guitars. The Pups are just exactly the humbucker sound I was looking for, and my only gripe is the bridge not being able to adjust individual string height. That’s the only thing I might replace, but I’ve lowered the action to where I like it and still, NO BUZZ! This guitar is really well set up. I could not be happier with this instrument. Well done, Epiphone! Now I see why they market it as a beginners guitar: in reality, it competes nicely with their more expensive lines, including the Gibson versions.