The Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar is a musical instrument that embodies the dream which everyone can afford. This is an excellent choice for beginning musicians who want to get acquainted with the sound and feeling of a Les Paul. Providing first-class quality of a Les Paul at a low price an electric guitar replicates the look of the classic Gibson Les Paul that has defined rock music for generations. Of course this is not necessary to compare with the legendary guitar, but from a practical point of view this is really worth the money spent. Many musical instruments of Epiphone that is a trademark of the famous Gibson look the same as expensive Gibson models being as though their economic copy.
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|1||Epiphone Les Paul Special II||Mahogany body||Tune-O-Matic||1|| Check|
|2||Schecter SGR6||SGR by Schecter Pickups. Black Chrome Hardware||Tune-O-Matic||2|| Check|
|3||Ibanez GRX20||Alder Body, 2 Power sound hum bucking pickups||Tremolo||3|| Check|
|4||Ibanez GRX140||Solid poplar body bolted||Tremolo||5|
|5||Fender Squier Bullet Telecaster HH||Solid-wood body||Tremolo||4|| Check|
|Epiphone Les Paul Special II|
|Body Material Type||Mahogany body|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tune-O-Matic|
|Body Material Type||SGR by Schecter Pickups. Black Chrome Hardware|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tune-O-Matic|
|Body Material Type||Alder Body, 2 Power sound hum bucking pickups|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tremolo|
|Body Material Type||Solid poplar body bolted|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tremolo|
|Fender Squier Bullet Telecaster HH|
|Body Material Type||Solid-wood body|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tremolo|
Meticulous attention to detail lies in every aspect of this electric guitar’s construction. Recognized sound begins with choosing the right wood.
- The guitar body is made of mahogany that gives us a thick, velvety timbre rich in bass and lower middle.
- It is complemented by the neck of the same mahogany with the rosewood fingerboard and is bolted to the deco with standard inlays. There are also the 22 fret with inlay in the form of white dots.
Guitar takes the leading position on the quality of assembly in this price category. This can be seen not only externally, but also to the touch. The electric guitar has a convenient shape; it is pleasant to hold in hands, it is well painted and varnished. Guitars Les Paul of less well-known Chinese manufacturers is not even worth comparing, so this model is made qualitatively and soundly. There are two Epiphone humbuckers installed, which can deliver a typically warm, but also full rich sound. In addition, the model is available in three different designs.
Often for budget guitars offers only one color option. But this guitar is different. Perhaps the look of the guitar is the least important factor that is taken into account when buying but one can agree that it plays its positive role when choosing. Various finishes are especially attractive for teenagers who want to look like their own favorite famous players. With regard of the outer finish three color options are available; ebony, cherry sunburst and vintage sunburst. Perhaps the epiphone les paul special ii electric guitar ebony does or “vintage sunburst” not show the striking color version, but “Heritage Cherry Sunburst” definitely will appeal to those who love the brightness, although it is likely that this choice will have to be paid a little.
The hardware is chromed; this takes away a bit of brightness in the sound which is good. We must use strings preferably in nickel to increase the durability of the instrument.
- Grip profile: 1960 SlimTaper “D” Profile
- Nut: 1.68” (42.67mm)
- Bridge: Tune-o-Matic
- There are two Epiphone humbuckers installed, which can deliver a typically warm, but also full rich sound
- The tailpiece is registered trademark of Epiphone, Stopbar.
The quality of the two pickups is without a doubt one of the best guitar features. They help create the type of tone that you expect from a musical instrument inspired by a Les Paul. The Epiphone is equipped with two pickups of the humbucker type. On the one hand with an Epiphone 650R and on the other hand with an Epiphone 700T which are able to deliver from rich, warm sounds to sounds with sparkling highs and lush depths. The neck pickup gives a tone that is perfect for jazz and blues. However the guitar explodes with sparkle when it is distorted using the bridge pick-up. It gives a powerful rock tone which one can hear in the performance of famous rock bands.
The guitar is not overloaded with extras which are certainly a big plus and a safe choice for beginning musicians. There is a basic master tone; master volume knob and a three-way pickup switch for high frequencies and rhythm. Of course they perform their functions and provide all that is appropriate to the style of this guitar. The stopbar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge delivered a good quality tuning.
There is no doubt that the Epiphone Les Paul is some of the best-known guitars in the world of musicians. They are ideal guitars to start playing and practicing, since they are quite economical and its price-quality ratio is quite good.
What makes the Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar so special? To begin with the very low price, of course this is the most impressive feature. But that’s not all.
- It gives you all the essential elements of a Les Paul.
- Pickups offer the player the opportunity to experiment in various sounds and tones.
- In comparison with other models of Les Paul Epiphone Les Paul Special II weighs significantly less which makes it much easier to transport and makes the playing or training much easier.
- A relatively flat body with a low angle for the neck and the headstock means that there is a much lower risk of damage to the tool if it is tipped over or stacked.
The most prolific range within Epiphone is the Les Paul with more than 40 models, all of them super iconic. It is the founder of the Les Paul model, as it lent the workshop to Les Paul to create his massive guitar model of the same name. In an interview, Les Paul said that competitor Gibson wanted him as a poster boy, and he replied, “I’m only going to Gibson the day you make quality guitars like Epiphone”. When the owner and founder of Epiphone (Epi Stathopoulo) died in 1943, the company went into crisis. But Gibson became so big that, eventually, it ended up buying Epiphone. The Chicago Music (owned by Gibson) buys Epiphone and leaves it only with semi-acoustic production (which was already well-known and respected) and left the massive Epiphone guitar as a cheaper and modest version of the “famous” Gibson Les Paul.
All of the most famous Epiphone models, except the Casino, are replicas of Gibson’s most famous model, the iconic Les Paul (also known as “paula”). Obviously, the construction is not the same as that of the Gibson, that’s why they are its low range. For example, the frets are put mechanically, not manually and the woods that are used are not the same, except in signature or higher priced models. The construction of the bodies is usually made of mahogany or maple, palladium diapasons and glued or bolted fingerboards. The pegbox is usually a Grover and the pickups are typical of Epiphone except in some models where we can find PAF (Gibson PAF). Epiphone has long since moved its manufacturing to Asia, so it is usually made in China or Korea.
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First of all we must consider the wood of the neck, because it affects the sound of the guitar, so you should know that a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard gives the instrument a darker tone, while if the keyboard is in maple the sound will tend to be more ringing. As for the pickups instead, you need to know how to choose between single coil, humbucker and both, since there is a substantial sound difference. Single coils consist of 6 magnets wrapped in a copper coil and give the instrument a clear, precise and brilliant sound. Guitarists usually use them when they play in “clean” mode, but in general they prefer to get a strong and not particularly saturated sound.
This guitar is the brand’s attempt to enter the market of economic instruments. Schecter SGR6 comes with linden and uses rosewood for the fretboard, two microphones double Schecter Diamond Plus, brings quality pegs and simple bridge, selector of 5 positions, volume and a tone.
- SGR by Schecter Pickups. Black Chrome Hardware
- 12th Fret “DAGGER” inlay. Maple Neck – Rosewood fretboard.
- SGR series guitars include a Schecter Gig Bag
For lovers of the most modern designs the Ibanez GRX20 has put this model within our reach. The body comes in linden and the neck is made in maple, the fretboard comes in rosewood, it brings two Ibanez powersound double microphones, the FAT 6 bridge is of high quality and versatility, however it can be a bit annoying to calibrate for the inexperienced guitarist, comes with reinforced plugs, a 5-position selector, volume and tone control.
- 2 Power sound hum bucking pickups
- Alder Body
- FAT 6 bridge
- 22 medium frets
- Rosewood fingerboard
In our ranking of electric guitars, certainly we could not miss what for us are the Rock and roll symbols of the early 80s, still today many models are the symbol of the Ibanez electric guitar in the world. The Ibanez GRG model is an electric guitar that has long been an important success in sales and many did actives recommend the purchase, by virtue of this, many guitarists have grown practicing on this instrument that has taken the form from the model RG produced by same as Ibanez. The GRG140 belongs to the economic series GIO, among other things, according to many musicians; they are the best Ibanez electric guitars with the best value for money. Developed for musicians who want a quality product at an affordable price. All guitars belonging to the GIO series are subjected to a rigorous quality control, receive an accurate set-up by the IBANEZ experts, receiving the same attention applied to the higher-end models. The body is in linden, maple neck and 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with white dots, chrome hardware.
- Easily Portable 14W Ibanez Amplifier Model No. IBZ10 With Kettle Lead
- Good Quality Guitar Stand from Clifton Musical Instuments
- Ibanez Black Fabric Carry Bag
The Fender Squier Bullet Telecaster HH is a guitar that stands out in the aesthetic aspect, comes in basswood with maple neck and rosewood fretboard, an excellent combination of woods, coated pegs, two double microphones and single bridge, 5-position selector, volume control and a tone.
- Chord with comfort and bend strings with ease from this ‘C’ shaped satin finished neck, 21 medium jumbo frets and modern 9.5 fingerboard radius
- Explore Jazz to Punk Rock sounds from the 3 single coils pickups, two tone controls, master volume and the 5 way pick up selector switch
- Express yourself by creating sharp and flat pitch variations via the chrome Synchronized Tremolo indicative of the Stratocaster
- Enjoy maximum playability with various string gauges via the adjustable truss rod and the adjustable saddles of the chrome Synchronized Tremolo
- Enjoy peace of mind that the gloss polyurethane gloss finish will protect this beautiful body for many years
The passion for music is deeply associated with the instrument that each person chooses to play, however, it is not always so simple to choose a team of this modality, because you have to opt for the one that is most comfortable for you, and that also emits a decent sound or acceptable At least this is the case of electric guitars.
And buying an electric guitar is a very exciting adventure, but you have to understand that there are many elements involved, as well as multiple brands and models. This means that you do not have to hurry when making a choice just to show off an attractive design that can make us think that we are going to listen to ourselves as our guitar idols.