Epiphone by Gibson Special II Limited Edition: Classic Orange Burst with Gothic Cross

An especially-affordable Les Paul, the Epiphone Les Paul Special II is a great guitar for new players — or for veterans looking for a backup axe. With a pair of open-coil humbuckers, and a great-feeling bolt-on mahogany neck, this Epiphone is comfortable enough for experienced pros to pick up and play, and is also a great guitar to learn on.

Classic Les Paul Looks and Humbucker Sound
The Epiphone Les Paul Special II is a great way to get the Les Paul sound for less. The Special II has got all the vital elements of the Les Paul guitar, including a pair of humbuckers, a mahogany neck, and the classically beautiful Les Paul body type. The Les Paul Special II has also got a Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, like other Les Pauls, so you get the stability of tone and tuning that you would expect from a more expensive model. This guitar’s playability makes it a great choice for either a backup guitar or a beginner’s first axe. Carrying on in the tradition set Gibson over 50 years ago, the Epiphone Les Paul Special II is a fine guitar.

This is a limited edition version. I cannot find much information about this model with the Gothic cross on the headstock, but it is clear it was designed to be a bit heavier version of the typical Special II. Only have this one…..


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Instrument Specifications

Refurbish Type: Factory Authorized Refurbished
Dexterity: Right Handed
Brand: Epiphone
Color: Vintage Tobacco Burst
Guitar Type: Solid Body Electric
Number Of Strings: 6
Guitar Scale: Full Scale


– Alder-maple laminate body
– Bolt-on mahogany neck
– Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
– Dual open-coil humbuckers with master volume and tone controls
– Chrome hardware

The Les Paul Special II is a great choice for budding players — offering the beefy dual-humbucker tone that is the Les Paul’s trademark at a price that anybody can afford.

Pickups: 700T and 650R ceramic humbucker pickups

Hardware: Chrome

Scale: 24.75 in.

Nut Width: 1.68 in.

Neck Joint: Bolt

Neck Material: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood/Dot

Binding: None

Body Material: Mahogany

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II is an entry level Les Paul. That’s what everyone will tell you. But I’ll tell you that of all the Epiphone models, this one is the most misunderstood and most varied of their model line. So, when you shop for one, you need to understand what you are looking at, and what makes it the same, or different.

Different versions have different pickups, tuners, and/or electronics….. The basic structural design is the same… 2 humbucker pickups (Neck, Bridge) controlled by a 3 position toggle, (Neck, Both, Bridge) on the bottom front side of the guitar, with two controls, one volume, and one tone, controlling the pickups selected. Some, like this one, are marked as Limited Edition. Different wood, different pickups, and different hardware are the features of the limited editions.

Epiphone makes good guitars. A Special II, regardless of what version it is, is a good guitar. This version has the classic Tobacco burst finish, is marked as a limited edition, and also marked with a Gothic Cross on the headstock. Research says this model was intended to be a “harder” Special II with very hot and “dark” pickups. It was built in 2018-19.

Refurbished Instruments

In addition to recovering, rebuilding, and refurbishing intermediate priced guitars and folk instruments from the last 30 years, we also sell factory authorized refurbished instruments, sourced through one of the largest instrument recyclers in the US. These are a great deal for anyone that wants a quality like new instrument with a limited budget. You don’t get an equivalent you get an original.

This is a professionally refurbished instrument. They mostly come from the factory, or from large dealers. Some instruments have flaws, like a paint glitch, while some need simple repairs, not visible, like repairing a lifting bridge or fretboard. Some have a repair that is visible but makes the instrument good again, like an acoustic with a cracked soundboard that needs repaired. Sometimes it gets rejected because the color is not quite right, or it was sold with accessories, and the factory ran out of accessories.

Unlike a new instrument, or typical used one, this instrument was completely checked out, and tested by factory authorized skilled Instrument Technicians (Luthiers). After it was inspected at the refurbisher by experts, then repaired and/or verified as “like new”, it was distributed to dealers like me, to get to smart customers like you. You get a great, as-new instrument, at a great price, less than discounted new! Why buy a cheaper knock-off when you can have a Genuine Epiphone by Gibson for the same investment.

If there is any visible repair or flaw on any instrument we sell, we note it here.

This instrument has no visible repairs.

By law, since it was handled after it was released, the instrument is marked as “Used” by the Refurbisher with a light stamp on the headstock, and assigned a new sticker serial number.

I offer my instruments at a fair price, but open the option for a best offer. I always reject lowball offers, but always consider honest ones. Try it; I may be in a good mood today!

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