James Bay's first ever guitar. He captions his Instagram photo, "#Tbt to the first guitar I ever bought. Hand painted when I was 14 and still hanging in my room at my parents house" The body shape, pickups configuration, knobs, switch, and rosewood fingerboard match those of a Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar. James Bay's is of course hand painted by him. James talks about selling his Yamaha Pacifica to buy the Epiphone Les Paul Special II https://youtu.be/3DQJSkYl5rY?t=13m31smore
I have a black model. Stock everything, though I'm planning on replacing the pickups and adding some custom electronics - built in fuzz circuit, built in octaver, you know - the usual.
I call this guitar DJ. He is absolute crap; within a month of getting him, the bridge pickup went microphonic. Instead of wasting money fixing a shitty guitar, I did something worse.
I took a 42 gauge string that I had lying around, snipped all the strings off of DJ, and put the spare 42 gauge where the D string should be. I tune it down way low and use it to sort of djent when I'm super bored.
Obviously, it doesn't work well. It's just a shitty guitar that I can't sell and don't want to throw away for sentiment.
This guitar taught me the value of setting the intonation and working on the bridge. I also replaced the bridge pickup with Reilander Reverenb humbucker to get some definition and clarity of sound from the bridge position. This guitar can be a solid work-horse, just needs attention paid to it.
Updated the pickup set with a pair of Gibson 59's, updated bridge piece from a SG custom shop, and Kluston Machine Heads for stable tuning. The neck plays and feels great, and very light.
Highly recommended to start playing, still has a great sound. Affordable. My second one in 3 years i've been playing. Really comfortable, goodlooking, amazing clean sound and nice distortion.
I have that guitar for 3 years. So I changed the bridge pickup to the seymour duncan JB and it sounds awesome! Also want to tell that I have the wine red version of that model
I don't play guitar too much except for my Bass VI, so I keep this around to record with when I need a bass... after about 10 years, the electronics are starting to fail, and I need the pots and connectors replaced.
Idk about you but this guitar provides a fat full body tone with a smooth hand feel definitely a good buy for the price although mine is modded with PRS pick ups this guitar will give you exactly what you need
i bought this as my first guitar, and as that it functions as it should. it isn't a flashy or all too "special" ( bad pun) but it really is a hard to regret purchase even if you have a more expensive guitar, since this baby can take a beating. so it makes her perfect for experimentation.
This guitar is a solid body guitar, with double coil pickups, regular dot inlays, basic tone and volume knob. Probably a better beginner guitar if your going to/or think to play rock and metal. Even though any genre can be played on any guitar this one has double coil pickups so it has a crunchy tone
borrowed this one from my brother to get the hang of the epiphone/Gibson feel It's easy to play and has a beautifal sustain for a guitar in the price range it's in.
I have a 1999 Epiphone Special II in Alpine White bought used at the Cherry Hill, NJ Guitar Center in 2002 used for $100. Unlike some newer Special IIs, the body is laminate. Its been my main electric guitar since and is a good player. The tuners have been replaced with used Gibson tuners I got for $5 which really helps keep that G string in tune. The pickups were replaced with Gibson '57 Classics taken from a Gibson Les Paul, and the electronics replaced at the same time. This work was done by Rick at the Music Place in Berlin, NJ in 2005. Last year (2016) the stock plastic nut cracked, so I had it replaced with a bone nut at Fret Mill Music in Roanoke, VA. The B string slot was filed too low, so there's a slight buzz when playing it open, but its barely noticeable. The nut slot was filed in a sloppy manner, so the bone nut doesn't fit snuggly in the slot, but it plays OK. Action is pretty low and easy to play. The guitar lacks the sustain of a set neck Les Paul, but other than that I am happy with it. The white poly finish has now faded to a nice cream colour.