The Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

Epiphone's number one selling model is more than just about the price.

The Epiphone LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar with real Les Paul tone and feel. But seasoned pros love the Special II also because it's a great-sounding, workhorse guitar that lets them leave their more expensive axes at home.

Superior Materials and Design Makes a Superior Value: The authentic LP power starts with an all-Mahogany, trademarked Les Paul body with a bolted-on "1960's" SlimTaper(TM) Mahogany neck featuring a Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay. The Special II is voiced by a pair of hot open-coil Epiphone 700T and 650R Humbucker pickups, giving it massive, unmistakable Les Paul tone.

Like all of Epiphone's electric guitars, it comes standard-equipped with 500K potentiometers for the master volume and master tone controls, plus Epiphone's heavy-duty 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack. This value-champ also now features Nickel hardware including the Epiphone LockTone(TM) locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stop-bar tailpiece for amazing sustain and even more mind-blowing value. It comes in your choice of Ebony, White, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst finishes and also in a special Wine Red version with black hardware. There is even a left-handed version in Heritage Cherry Sunburst or Vintage Sunburst finishes for southpaws.

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A Little History

Epiphone started in 1873, in Smyrna. The Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos started out making his own fiddles and lutes. In 1928 they took on the name of the "Epiphone Banjo Company" and produced their first guitars.
The 1960 Les Paul initially carried over the same basic specifications as its predecessor from 1959. Among these details were the full, rounded "D" shaped neck profile, top-hat control knobs, and optional Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish. I have noticed that these characteristics can be found in Epiphone's new "Version-1" 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard. However, the later part of 1960 the specifications were changed. The most significant change is the new "SlimTaper" neck profile that's slimmer and considered "more modern" than the fatter 1959 profile. The "new" SlimTaper neck profile can be found on Epiphone's new "Version-3" 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul and went on to be the neck used on Les Pauls throughout the 1960's.
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