Epiphone Zephyr - Ltd Ed John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary

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  1. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    This is going to be my next new guitar:

    http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/2018/Ltd-Ed-John-Lee-Hooker-100th-Anniversary-Zephyr.aspx

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    Been following this ever since it was announced at summer NAMM, and supposedly they will start shipping in mid-October, I already placed a pre-order for one.

    It's not even the JLH connection - but this one does ring a lot of my bells - love the looks & color, love that while it is a full-sized "real" hollowbody (no center block), it is also a thinline, love the transparent fake-tortoise pickguard, love the metal logo on the headstock,...

    Just worried about two things:
    The neck - it's 1-11/16", with a "Vintage C"-profile - I prefer wider necks (1-3/4"), but can do 1-11/16", if it has at least a chunky profile (that reason has kept me away from getting one of the affordable Gretsches - they all have narrow AND thin necks...).
    The other worry: the pickups - I'm generally a single-coil guy, never found a humbucker I loved. But then, I've never tried mini humbuckers before, and in the soundclips from this Epi it does sound quite bright and snappy, the way I like my guitars. (And there are a few guys that make single coil replacements in a mini HB form factor...)

    If that one turns out what I hope it to be, it will get a Bigsby B11 slapped on...
     
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  2. Uncle Daddy

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    Some of the newer Gretsches have a modern U with a bit more shoulder. Works for me on my Sparkle Jet.
     
  3. bgmacaw

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    The Probucker minis are new so it's kind of a guess as to what they'll sound like. Best case, they'll sound great, like a Gibson LP mini, smooth and maybe a bit mellow, especially on the neck. Worst case, they'll be like the new Casino P90's, a big overwound mistake. If you want a more single coil-ish snap, you could swap them out for Firebird style minis.
     
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  4. brookdalebill

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    That looks ultra cool!
     
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  5. ukepicker

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    Thanks for this! Very cool.
    This one ticks a lot of my boxes, too.
    I'll be watching for one.
     
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    that is lovely.
     
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  8. savofenno

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    There is some bright and lively sounding humbuckers, if you look around. I recommend Höfner pickups in their archtop guitars for reasonable prices, Rickenbackers are known for rich bright buckers, but to a price...

    I purchased a Höfner Superluxe E2 J-17 style jazz archtop for 700 euro in august, you can play Mr.Tambourin Man and Beach Boys songs with it`s buckers with convicting sound if you have roundwounds installed, with flats it gets perfect 50`s jazz tone!
     

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    Epiphone are doing some amazing stuff at the moment, really cool signature models and their QC has improved dramatically over the past ten years or so. At the moment I'm loving both the 1955 Les Paul which I think might be out of production at the moment but rumours are it's coming back early next year and I'm also looking to get myself a Johnny A at some point. Only Epi I have right now is a 2010 Sheraton with a few upgrades which is a fantastic guitar considering how little I have in it.
     
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  10. ukepicker

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    So this thread has turned today into John Lee Hooker day for me.
    It Serves You Right to Suffer is one of my favorite albums.
     
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    that's a great idea, i think i'll do the same :)
     
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  12. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, I bought a 10 CD John Lee Hooker box a few weeks ago, to tide me over till they start shipping that Zephyr.
     
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    I'm liking it!
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    It is similar is construction to the 1962 Sorrento reissue they did in 2012--but that one had Gibson mini-hums and a rosewood fretboard. Had one, loved it. Sounded great. It was a three-piece neck (heel/neck/headstock), so the JLH neck looks 'nicer'.

    I am on the fence about this JLH but it is super cool.
     
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    Hmmmm! This has made me think about trading my Casino Coupe for it. I already have an ES-390 which is the real deal version of the Casino Couple anyway. I'll think about it when they start shipping.
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    It is a fairly limited edition. so a pre-order is a good idea. They did 1260 of the Sorrentos, and only 500(?) of the JLH.
     
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    schmee Friend of Leo's

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    The older Zephyrs were 25.5 scale, is that one? That's what I like about them. I've been wanting one for quite a while.
     
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    I wish I could sit down with one. I've had a couple of Les Pauls with mini-hums, and they sounded very nice. It's really a pretty versatile unit. I usually get along with a variety of neck profiles, so that should not be a problem.
    I'm just not feeling good about the paint job. Maybe it will look better in person.
     
  19. RomanS

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    According to the spec sheet, unfortunately not - 24.75" scale (I too would have preferred 25.5").

    LOSTVENTURE, have you looked at the videos linked on the Epiphone page? Color looks much better there than on the overexposed photos...
     
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    There are still great older ones on Ebay and not expensive either. many similar models out there and it's pretty confusing. Different pickup configs etc! They are not too expensive,the ones from the 1990's and 2000's anyway. Emperor Regent, Zephyr Blues Deluxe, Broadway have 25.5 scale I think. But always ask as minor name changes sometimes change things. I bought a long scale Gretsch instead, but often wish I had one of these too!
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=183417250024

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=332817906383
     
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