I have owned and played so many basses in my time I can't remember them all. I mainly have been a Fender man. I recently got the urge for a Gibson Tbird or Les Paul because of how the sound would fit some of our music. Because of the price's I was seeing on them I started checking out Epiphone. I quickly learned the difference's between the two (Gibson and Epiphone), and I became skeptical of Epiphone.
I went to a local store and played an Epiphone Les Paul, and it seemed alot better than the other Epiphones I had already played. Then I went on-line to one of larger gear sites, and saw the Les Paul Special, read the specs on it, looked at the price, and figured: how could I lose?
This bass is well-made. The weight is not an issue as it was with older Gibson Les Pauls. I am very pleased with the electronics Epiphone used in this bass. The action was ok from the factory, but the intonation on the upper frets was off. I took it in and had the intonation problem fixed and the action tweaked. At this point I must say this is one of the best playing basses I have touched and the sound is also making me very happy.