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Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by captainfantastic027, Jun 25, 2010.
Is this a good guitar?
No, tried one, didnt like it. save urself the trouble and get a standard...
It's not good, but there are worse things out there. I didn't mind mine and thought it was amazing, at least until I upgraded to my g-400
With the right amp it sounds great. I think purists give this guitar a hard time, but it is a great buy for the money. Repeat must have a good amp!
the guitar wont stay in tune, thats my experience with the special II
Its an ok guitar once properly setup. Can't beat the price point, especially if your a beginning guitarist and don't want to shell out $$$$ for something you may not like / be into a year from now... A good amp is a must as stated above!
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i'm gonna snag another one as soon as i get the funds
i need that...
yes....yes you do, it's a great guitar !
I had one years ago that worked fine. Needed to be set up. If I had one again, I'd rewire it and put in some better pickups.
The new ones are excellent*!
*for beginners or if you just want a cheap banger that don't cost much
Actually I never had any tuning or intonation issues with mine and the hardware has held up over the years. I did eventually buy a Standard and a G400 but the Special still doesn't get too neglected.
I think that they're better than the Squires though.
What do you really think, Sin?
I still rip mine out occasionaly for a shred.for a poverty model from a company you could do alot worse
I'd spring for a Studio.
That said, if it is well set up, it'll get the job done just fine.
It's like...the best guitar of Earth, man! It's even BETTER than those lame ass Gibson Custom Shop Reissues! In fact...it's even BETTER than those old, musty vintage guitars they want tens of thousands of dollars for!
IT'S THE GREATEST GUITAR EVER MADE BY MANKIND!!!
Awesomeness is what it is!!
(PS: I can say that 'cause I don't own one. )
its a good guitar specially if you like a slimmer neck but its not a les paul.
I have a Special II, was my first guitar just over a year ago.
The frets are small and shallow, which actually DOES make it harder to play than something with bigger frets. But it is not a Wal Mart guitar, it does not suck. As a first guitar I think it is pretty good.
I then bought an Epi Les Paul Standard (used). But then I broke the neck on it after only 3-4 months So back to the Special II, which is a noticeably inferior guitar to the Standard. At this point I also realized that the pickups suck for feedback (the Standard had potted pickups). Stuck with the Special II for a while longer while deciding whether to pick up another Epi Standard or go for a Gibson. In the end I went for a Gibson.
However, I still have my Special II. I still pull it out (the Gibson is in a case and the Special II is on a stand) but most importantly I figure that the Epi is a much better guitar to learn maintenance on. I played around with the truss rod adjustment, pickup stuff etc.
I would actually buy another one again if I broke the neck on this one... Just because for the price, as a home guitarist who does not need a backup gig guitar, it is a dirt cheap backup guitar and if I bugger up the maintenance then it can go in the trash without too much pain.
The special 2 got me interested in buing a guitar. Although after similar research I passed on it. When I was in your shoes I ended up saving $400 and bought a great standard with hard case, frets leveled, etc..
you can get a nice standard right here in the classifieds for around $300.
Welcome to the Les Paul club!