EPIPHONE SPECIAL (American Series)

  • Epiphone Special II electric guitar
    Epiphone Special II (American Series)


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1982 to 1983

The Epiphone Special (American Series) was an SG style electric made in the Kalamazoo factory from 1982 to 1983. The Epiphone Special came with either one pickup (the Special I model) or two pickups (the Special II model). The American made Epiphone Specials were supposed to be a low cost model to fight back against the imports from the far east that were hurting sales, however they were not cheap enough to compete with these Asian imports - the Special II sold for over $500 dollars! For this reason from 1983 onwards they were rebranded as Gibsons and sold as Gibson Special and Epiphone production was moved to Korea.


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Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups


Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings


Body styleSG-style body


BridgeSchaller 455 bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointset neck

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