Epiphone Les Paul Special VE - Vintage Worn Cherry

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Poplar Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Worn Cherry
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An Affordable Les Paul with a Broken-in Look

The Epiphone Les Paul Special VE gives you a broken-in look and feel at an amazing price. The Les Paul Special VE delivers a fat and nasty tone, thanks to its two open-coil humbucker pickups. It features a poplar body that is acoustically resonant, and the mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard add warmth and sustain. The Epiphone Les Paul Special VE also boasts a cool vintage worn finish that feels just right. This is the go-to guitar for those who want to learn on a Les Paul-style guitar but don't want to break the bank.

Epiphone Les Paul Special VE Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Iconic Les Paul heritage
  • Quality tonewoods
  • Epiphone's vintage worn finish
Iconic Les Paul heritage

Since its release in the early 1950s, the Les Paul has been one of the most popular solidbody electric guitars in the world. It's used in genres ranging from country to metal and can be found in the hands of players as diverse as Zakk Wylde, Neil Young, and the man whose name adorns the headstock. These dual-humbucker beauties are capable of sounds that are rich, warm, and clear, while they can get aggressive, cutting, and mean with little effort. Just about every guitarist at Sweetwater has a Les Paul in their collection - and for good reason.

Quality tonewoods

The Epiphone Les Paul Special VE sings with all the fatness and clarity of its more expensive cousins. That's due in large part to the body's poplar construction. Poplar is a well-known tonewood for its mix of a balanced tonality and great sustain. And the Les Paul Special VE maintains the legendary LP mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard to attain the model's rich harmonic content.

Epiphone's vintage worn finish

Worn finishes, such as the Les Paul Special VE's vintage worn finish, are incredibly popular for the way they lend an air of vintage vibe to an instrument while giving the sought-after feel of a guitar that's been played for years. The vintage worn finish isn't as glossy as some finishes and mimics the way older instruments age. Its feel also helps the guitar seem smoother and faster when playing hot gigs that can cause you to sweat. And best of all, the vintage worn finish will only look better with age.

Epiphone Les Paul Special VE Electric Guitar Features:
  • Affordable Les Paul with a broken-in look
  • Poplar body sounds fantastic
  • 2 open-coil humbuckers sound warm and full
  • Single volume and tone controls
  • 3-way selector for pickup switching
The Les Paul Special VE looks good, sounds great, and feels even better.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Poplar
Color Vintage Worn Cherry
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape 60's slim taper D profile
Radius 14"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic fixed bridge
Tuners Premium covered, 14:1 ratio
Neck Pickup 650R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup 700T Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Manufacturer Part Number ENSVCHVCH1

Customer Reviews

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4/5

Good with set up, great for practicing luthierie

My high rating is not for the quality, but for the VALUE of these inexpensive guitars. With few notable exceptions, like hand made custom guitars, absolutely ALL new guitars require set up. That's why it's nice that Sweetwater actually inspects guitars before shipment. Few, if any, other large dealers do that! But even with a cursory set up, each guitar will change over time. Wood moves. It will expand and contract. Frets bulge from the neck. Someone will need to do those adjustments and minor repairs. Would YOU risk working on a fine instrument without the best tools and plenty of experience? My reasoning is, EVERY kid who wants to play guitar also wants to modify it. I've been teaching for over 40 years. In all that time, almost every youngster or teenager puts stickers on his-her guitars, draws on them, tattoos them, refinishes or carves them! You wouldn't want them to do that to a fancy expensive instrument. Also, every guitarist must eventually learn how to work on his guitar: restringing at a minimum, but adjusting action, making small electronic repairs or upgrades. Bolt-neck imported guitars like these or Squire are wonderful platforms for learning that craft without fretting about destroying a fine instrument. "Fretting"... get it? If your young guitar enthusiast wants to learn re-fretting, that's much easier to do on a bolt on neck with no binding like this. Want to hear the difference between pro-pickups and these inexpensive imports? Swapping pickups is an inexpensive upgrade. Even less expensive is trying different capacitors or potentiometers. Your fledgling guitarists may become a computer whiz kid in the future. Some electronic knowledge and basic soldering skills will give him a "leg-up." The fact is, a good guitar technician can make one of these cheap guitars play almost as well as an expensive one. You won't have the bragging rights, but you will have a useable guitar that sounds good and inspires practice. With just a few inexpensive tools, any kid can learn to level and dress frets. During that learning process, he will make mistakes, but those are also inexpensive to repair and provide a crucial learning lesson: NO ONE gets it perfect the first time. Only consistent daily effort brings improvement. What parent wouldn't want their kids to experience that crucial life lesson? It is no longer speculation, but a well known fact that music lessons improve other scholastic scores because only daily practice improves any new skill. It doesn’t matter if that skill is playing rock and roll, or practicing math. Do it every day, and you WILL improve. Learning music helps inculcate that great life lesson. Learning to fix and personalize your own guitar makes that lesson deeply engrained yet FUN! NO, as-is, this is NOT a great guitar, but it is plenty good enough for beginners to learn with. With a few tweaks here and there, these can be made to play as easily as pro-guitars so they don't hurt young fingers. And if you consider all the other factors in a child's development, these may be a better choice than funding an expensive guitar. Over the decades, I've repaired, adjusted and modified hundreds of student guitars and taught hundreds more how to do their own guitar work. That is one advantage electric guitars like these have over other instruments. You would not want a kid to mess around with a grand piano or a fine violin or classical guitar. Further, the young student can express his individuality, learn to be self reliant, and learn the great lessons of relentless steady effort. Some may think sports provide some of those life lessons too, but with guitar, you don't risk critical injury or regular public humiliation. What could be better for your kids? These and the Squire brand guitars are a great positive gateway instrument that brings life-long appreciation for music and craftsmanship. They can be a springboard toward learning electronics, circuit design and even some computing basics. If you are clever and know an experienced guitarist / teacher, you or your kids can learn about economics, how businesses make compromises at different price points, and what is REALLY valuable in instruments. You might just learn what is valuable in life too. THAT is why I love cheap guitars like these, and this particular model is one of the best for all those lofty noble goals.
2/5

Expected better

Sweet water has great customer service! The guitar p purchased for my grandson arrived in a timely manner. I was expecting a nice student guitar. What I received was les than execrable but do to the late date I was stuck! I understand that temperature and humidity change can effect the guitar but Wow! Action so high I could have used it as a Bow! I could have cut wood with the neck, the frets were that exposed and sharp! 2 days later it is playable. This guitar should have never left the factory I'm that condition!
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