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Would you be more inclined to buy an Epiphone...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by 3-Chord-Genius, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2012
    New Mexico
    The headstock doesnt bother me, and the pickups are decent. My only complaint about Epiphones are the electronics. Pots are junk, and I swear the switches are made from glass.
  2. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    • Headstock looks appropriate for a Joe Pass EmperorII but it takes a big butt to balance that big head.
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  3. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very Deep South
    I love my Epiphone, but like the masterbuilt headstocks better. I knew a guy that had an older Korean epi Les Paul that had a very different headstock. It looked better. I think thos are rare. Haven't seen too many in person.
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  4. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA

    Don't mind the poly, but they could use a little less of it, while they are at ir...
  5. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    Dec 12, 2006
    I can’t stand the Epiphone headstock, especially on the solid-body models. When I finally got myself a decent-paying job, I sold my G-400, saved up and bought myself an SG Classic.

    Truth be told, even if Gibson were to take the step of revising the Epiphone headstock while avoiding using their classic outline, they have plenty of options:

    1. Slimmer style like recent Gibson M2 series.
    2. “Road hump” style from Epiphone Elitist range.
    3. “Swollen Open Book” style a la Epiphone Dot.
    4. “Less Swollen Open Book” a la Epiphone ES-339.

    Personally, if they went with option 1, I’d grab an Epiphone in a heartbeat. Yup, I’m shallow that way.
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  6. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    I really wanted to like the Epi Casino Coupe, spent a long time playing it. The headstock had nothing to do with not buying it. The price was right, the shape and size were right, but it just felt like a cheap guitar, especially that bumpy tacky logo on the pick guard. I guess for the money it was a good guitar, just not for me.
  7. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

    Sep 11, 2016
    I've never found an Epi that I liked; one that I thought was worth the money. And, no, I can't like the headstock either.
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  8. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    I should add that I have an Epi SG Custom and I think the breadstick looks better with binding than without. I am kinda surprised about 8t.

    (Especially after I replaced those kidney bean tuning knobs with keystones)
  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Headstock and body aesthetics matter to me. Even when they don't affect playability, some shapes are more pleasing than others.

    I'm not a fan of the Epi shape, but changing that one thing wouldn't change how I feel about the guitars.

    While they're nice "for the price", I'd rather pay more, and get more.
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  10. cabra velha

    cabra velha Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    estados unidos
    I like the trad Epiphone headstocks, Epiphone was and is a noble brand. All the Epiphone labeled LP and SG copies (and even ES-175s) is just the parent company being whorish.

    This is just like people bitching about Heritage headstocks.

    . . .embrace the Epi aesthetic.
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  11. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 27, 2007
    It think the headstocks are just fine, just some of the electronicle stuff could be better.


  12. voodoo tele

    voodoo tele Tele-Meister

    Sep 30, 2009
    Wouldn't bother me in the least good guitars crappy electronics.
  13. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey
    Love my epi Les Paul buy hate the hedstock and i can’t help but notice it everytime i pick it up
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  14. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    I near bought a wine red 339 w/p90s last week. at my local GC. I walked due to it not having a gig bag for $459.99. took me years to accept a crappy foam bag (Gibson with the first LP Studio). Now you get a new guitar with an air bag after paying near 5 bills with tax. Next will be air guitars with a bag. Headstock was not an issue: it's an Epiphone.
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  15. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 27, 2007
    I got mine for $279? At Music-go-wrong, still no gig bag, but I have a closet full of those, but I understand on principle.
  16. MrGibbly

    MrGibbly Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 19, 2014
    Never gave it a second thought. My son has a fantastic G-400 PRO and I have a lovely Elitist Casino and the headstock has never once given either of us pause while making music...
  17. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I dont know I love my EPI herd

  18. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    What I can tell you is when I see an Epiphone onstage with a band, I'm thinking "low budget Gibson". I think the same (low budget Fender) when I see a Squier on stage, but more difficult to discern from a distance due to the headstock shape.
  19. elmoscafeo

    elmoscafeo Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2012
    Chicago Suburbs
    I have an Epi ES-339 pro and '58 Korina Explorer. I don't find a problem with the headstocks. They seem to hold the tuners just fine for me.
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