Best Budget Les Paul
Epiphone Les Paul Special II (HH)
Les Paul created an early solid-body electric guitar in his spare time after work at the Epiphone factory in the early 1940’s famously known as “The Log”. It is believed that this was the first solid-body ‘Spanish guitar’ every built. He went on to develop the idea further until he took it to managers at Gibson sometime in 1945 or 1946 who immediately.. did nothing.
Luckily another guitar innovator, Leo Fender, began having some sales success with his solid-body electric in 1950 (initially named the Esquire, then Broadcaster, and now it’s called the Telecaster), so Gibson about-faced and one of the most iconic instruments in music history went into production.
The Epiphone Les Paul Special II is today’s entry-level version and is itself incredibly popular as evidenced by more than 4,100 reviews, critiques and recommendations. Epiphone says this is their best selling electric guitar.
- Body: Mahogany
- Finish: Vintage Sunburst (pictured), Ebony or Heritage Cherry Sunburst
- Bridge: Tune-o-matic
- Pickups: Bridge – Epiphone 700T Humbucker, Neck – Epiphone 650R Humbucker
- Neck: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 24.75”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12”
- Number of Frets:
- Nut Width: 1.68”
- Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way Epiphone toggle
Many users describe it by phrases like “great value for the money”, “great beginner guitar”, and “great quality for the price”. And while most of the raves are from beginners, there were experienced guitarists who shared their positive sentiments, specifically pointing to its build quality and playability. The Epiphone Les Paul Special II gets a lot of kudos from users who found that it plays nicely right out of the box.
This guitar would’ve rated better if not for some users who rate it lower because of unfair comparisons to more expensive models. Still, there are valid complaints, including the quality of the tuners and minor cosmetic blemishes.
The vast majority of people who bought this guitar are very happy with it.