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Epiphone Les Paul Special II
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The Les Paul Special was introduced in 1995 as a double cutaway with P-90 pickups and a set neck. Though not the first Epiphone Les Paul model to sport a flat top, it was the first Epiphone Les Paul model to heve the "Special" name attached to it. There were two prior versions of the Les Paul with flat tops; the LP-1, 2 & 3 with bolted necks and a later, short and currently unidentified run, with a set neck.

The Les Paul Special II was introduced in 1996 as an entry level guitar at a lower price point than the LP-100. The Les Paul Special II is commonly seen with a flat top, bolt neck, single volume & tone controls and up until 2012, had no pickgurad. There have been many versions of the Les Paul Special over the years, including the Special I, the Invader, double cutaways, P-90 versions and Deluxe models.


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Models


Les Paul Special Single Cut

Epiphone Les Paul Special
Epiphone Les Special - P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Special
Epiphone Les Special - P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Special
Epiphone Les Special - P-90
  • 2010-2011

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Gold "Les Paul Model" silkscreen on headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover - blank
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 P-90 Single coil pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge & stopbar tailpiece
  • Black tophat or speed knobs
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Grover diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Ebony & Pearloid (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • TV Yellow (TV)
  • Korina (KO)



Les Paul Special Double Cut

Epiphone Les Paul Double Cut
Epiphone Les Double Cut
Epiphone Les Paul Double Cut
Epiphone Les Double Cut

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Pearl crown inlay on headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover - blank
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 P-90 Single coil pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge & stopbar tailpiece
  • Black tophat or speed knobs
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • TV Yellow (TV)



Les Paul Special I

Epiphone Les Paul Special I
Epiphone Les Paul Special I
Epiphone Les Paul Special I
Epiphone Les Paul Special I
  • 2012-2013

Body:

  • Basswood body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck with "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Gold "Special Model" silkscreen on headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover - blank
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Epiphone 700T & 650R humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Stamped tuners
  • Black speed knobs
  • No pickguard
  • Intonated, one-piece wraparound bridge-stopbar
  • Older models may have Tune-o-matic stopbar/tailpiece bridge

Colors:

  • Worn Cherry (WC)
  • Worn Black (WK)
  • Worn TV Yellow



Les Paul Special I P-90

Epiphone Les Paul Special I P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Special I P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Special I P-90
Epiphone Les Paul Special I P-90
  • 2012-2013

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Satin finish

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Gold "Special Model" silkscreen on headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover - blank
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Epiphone P-90R & P-90T pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Compensated wraparound bridge
  • Stamped tuners
  • Black speed knobs
  • No pickguard

Colors:

  • Worn Cherry (WC)
  • Worn Black (WK)
  • Worn TV Yellow (??)




Les Paul Special I (Invader Pak)

Epiphone Les Paul Special-I Invader Pak
Epiphone Les Paul Special-I Invader Pak
  • 2004

Body:

  • Laminated mahogany/alder body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Gold "Special Model" silkscreen on headstock
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 open-coil humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge & stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

Invader Pak Includes:

  • Epiphone Special-I guitar
  • Epi EA-300 guitar amplifier
  • Gig bag
  • Nylon strap
  • Instrument cable
  • One set of strings
  • String winder
  • Three guitar picks

Model, Info & Pic Contributed by StijnV



Les Paul Special II

Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Headstock
  • 1996-Current

Body:

  • Basswood or Mahogany/Alder Laminated body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck with 1960's Slim Taper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R covered humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware (1996-2009)
  • Nickel hardware (2010-Current)
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HC)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

Limited Edition Colors:



Les Paul Special II Wine Red

Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Wine Red
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Wine Red (2014)

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck with 1960's Slim Taper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R covered humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Chrome hardware (2014 Limited Edition)
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Wine Red (WR)



Les Paul Special II GT

Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT
Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT
Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT
Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT
Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT
Epiphone Les Paul Special-II GT

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on hard maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Gold "Special Model" sinkscreen on headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "GT" inscription
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • USA Designed 700T/650R Open-coil humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone Controls
  • Integrated push/pull Kill Switch
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 2-layer black/white pickguard
  • 6-screw vintage style tremolo
  • Premium 14:1 ratio diecast tuners
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

See also:



Les Paul Special II Deluxe

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Deluxe
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Deluxe
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Deluxe
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Deluxe

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R covered humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



Les Paul Special II with Covered Humbuckers

Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Les Paul Special II with covered humbuckers
  • Limited Edition with Covered Pickups

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R covered humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Special II Zebra

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Zebra
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Zebra
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Zebra
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Zebra

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R zebra humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware (WR)
  • Black hardware (AW)
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Wine Red (WR)
  • Alpine White (AW)



Les Paul Special II Flame

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Flame
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Flame
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Flame
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Flame
  • 2004

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body
  • Flame graphics

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Special II Dr. Skull

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Skull
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Skull
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Skull
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Skull
  • 2004

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body
  • Dr. Skull graphics

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • "Anarchy" graphic on headstock
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)



Les Paul Special II Plus Top

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Top
  • Available in Epiphone All Access Pack

Body:

  • Basswood body
  • Flame Maple Veneer

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 700T/650R humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Speed knobs
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:



Les Paul Special II Plus OBL

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Headstock Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus Headstock
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus
  • 1997

Body:

  • Laminated alder/maple body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Gold "Special Plus" silkscreen on headstock
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Two OBL dual-rail humbucker pickups
  • Coil tapping
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Die-cast tuners

Colors:

  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Ebony (EB)



Goth Les Paul Special II

Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
Epiphone Goth Les Paul Special II
  • 2004

Body:

  • Laminated mahogany body

Neck:

  • Mahogany bolt-on neck with Slim Taper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays at 12th fret only
  • "Gothic Cross" silkscreen logo on headstock.
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Open Coil 700T/650R humbuckers
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • No pickguard
  • Stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Pitch Black (PB)

See Also: Goth Series



Les Paul Special II LTD

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Epiphone Les Paul Special-II LTD
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Epiphone Les Paul Special-II LTD
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Epiphone Les Paul Special-II LTD
  • 2013

Body:

  • Solid Alder body

Neck:

  • Hard Maple bolt-on neck with Les Paul Special profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics"

  • Open Coil 700T/650T humbuckers
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 Ratio stamped tuners
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

Player & Performance Packs:

  • Epiphone Electar 15R Amplifier (Performance Pack)
  • Epiphone Electar 10 Amplifier (Player Pack)
  • Medium picks
  • Strap
  • Gigbag
  • Instrument cable
  • Clip-on chromatic tuner
  • Free on-line lessons from eMedia


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