NGD - Epiphone Les Paul Special 2020

cliffenstein

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Been looking at these since they were announced, but felt I had no need since I had a lovely butterscotch Dillion Les Paul Junior, but still...knowing these Epi's had a big 50's neck and the new headstock shape and, with the reviews being so killer, I just kept thinking about making room for one. I gave in and bought one from Zzounds a couple Wednesdays back (6/24)...it arrived at my house the next day.

I am sooooo glad I decided to buy this guitar. It's lighter than the Dillion, while feeling no less substantial. And my gosh...unplugged, the Epi is extremely resonant. The neck is just perfect for me...measuring at .94" at first fret and .99" at the 12th.

I cleaned and treated the fretboard with F-One oil, adjusted the neck to get it to little to no relief, put on a new set of D'Addario 11-49 strings and set the intonation.

Finally, I replaced the stock strap buttons with a set of Dunlop straplok buttons and replaced the stock tuners with a set of Kluson Revolution 19:1 ratio locking tuners. While I realize these Klusons don't have the proper Les Paul Special white oval buttons, they do have the classic keystone buttons we're used to seeing on Gibsons and I think they look fantastic on this Epiphone.

I'm amazed at how much this Indian Laurel fretboard looks like proper rosewood and I'm happy that I got one that is uniformly dark.

The pickups are awesome...I will not be changing them out.

I love love LOVE This guitar!

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They are nice. Just got one a week ago and I left for a month. It'll be like NGD again when I come back, except that it will be one with a perfect setup :)
 
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They are nice. Just got one a wek ago and I left for a month. It'll be like NGD again when I come back, except that it will be one with a perfect setup :)

Right on...I was amazed at how easy this guitar was to setup myself. A tech friend of mine is gonna look over it on Wednesday to ensure I have it right and make any further adjustments he deems necessary, but I think I got it dialed in just right on my own. It'll be nice to have that extra bit of confidence from his once over though.
 

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That dark bound fretboard looks nice. There's also a bit of natural sheen coming off that fretboard.
Fretboard is really nice on mine, it has nice figured grain. I'm nowhere near that guitar for a while, so I can't show you. Remind me at the end of summer :rofl:
 

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My tech friend (who is also the best guitar player I know in real life) was blown away by the looks, feel, playability and sound of this guitar. The only thing he changed from my setup was pickup height (he raised ‘em). So I’m pleased to know I did it right!!! Haha. For real though, he couldn’t put it down, he kept playing it and asking me how much it cost and was going on and on about how awesome it was.

Made me feel even better about the guitar I was already quite enamored with.

Again...I’d like to highly HIGHLY recommend this new Epi Special to anyone who may happen upon this thread.
 

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This is one of my favorite guitars these days. I've had it for about 4 months. Although not a required upgrade, I did replace the wraparound bridge with a Wilkinson. It made intonation spot on.

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Intonation is 100% perfect with the lighning bolt on mine.
Ditto...have the intonation grub screws just about all the way in but yeah...pin point on. I had the same Wilkinson one he’s got on my Dillion DLJR-58 (fantastic guitar too!) and I removed it and replaced with classic lightning bar setup instead because I wanted the classic appearance. All good there too.
 

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I decided to buy some normal size LP Special buttons for these locking tuners. They don't make ones that will fit the Revolution tuners in white so I went with nickel ones. I'm happy with it and think it looks much more proper overall. This guitar is such a keeper that I sprung for an Epi branded case, too.

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