The Epiphone Les Paul Special II is a no-frills Les Paul style electric introduced in 1996. It has two exposed coil humbucking pickups controlled by one volume knob, one tone knob and a three-way pickup selector switch. The pickups were originally Epiphone Alnico Classics but more recently this model has Epiphone 650R and 700T pickups. The bridge is a Tune-O-Matic with a stop-bar tailpiece. They typically have a basswood or mahogany body with a bolt-on mahogany neck and a rosewood fretboard (with plastic dot inlays. There is no binding or carved top on this guitar. Finish is black, white, red, cherry sunburst or vintage sunburst. Hardware is either nickel plated, chrome or black finished.
Epiphone sometimes refers to the Special II as their most popular Les Paul model - it is a good no-frills Les Paul style instrument at a budget price. Although the design has gone mostly unchanged over the years, Special IIs have been made in various locations, most recently in China. Some older models had a "Gibson" labeled truss cover and some players prefer these models.
A left handed version is available. A Special II plus model was available in the late 1990s, with coil tapping OBL pickups and die-cast machine heads.