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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 at 1:36 PM.

  1. Ebidis

    Ebidis Tele-Meister

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    I have an Epi Les Paul. It plays and sounds fantastic, so I don't care if the headstock looks like Rosie O'Donell.

    Well, maybe I would care if it looked like Rosie O'Donell, but you get my point.
     
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  2. LiteAsh

    LiteAsh Tele-Meister

    DOnt have problems with this...

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  3. felis

    felis Tele-Holic

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    Bought my first Epiphone (1966 Century) a month or so ago. Saw it hanging on a wall in a Musicstore and was attracted to it aesthetically. Didn't notice something wrong with its headstock shape.

    Saw this thread, submitted it (headstock shape/size specifically) through another inspection!

    Still like it, aesthetically nothing wrong to me. o_O;)
     
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  4. JazzboxBlues

    JazzboxBlues Tele-Holic

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    I’d be very hard pressed to buy a modern Epiphone. I owned a dot and not only did I not like the headstock, I couldn’t get over the excessively thick poly. Not to mention the amount of money spent correcting its problems.
    I would however buy a pre Gibson vintage Epiphone jazzbox. Probably anything that was built up until the late 50’s.
     
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  5. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR

  6. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Tele-Afflicted

    No problem what so ever and can't understand anyone being so shallow as to actually care...?

    I could afford a Gibson LP if I truly wanted but have never found one that played or sounded any better than the Epi Lp's I have...in fact some were set up a LOT worse, with sharp frets ends etc. (and they were the "plek'd" ones!!!).

    If I could hear or feel a difference I would easily be able to convince myself to spend 3-5 times more but just haven't so would rather save my money.

    IF I had spent the money and couldn't still tell the difference, I would then care about the head stock shape, The mind is a funny thing for reasoning and justification!
     

  7. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I'm actually at a point where instead of purchasing what is obviously a budget version of a Gibson, I'd go to an unknown ambiguous brand name or something by Yamaha or Ibanez, companies that use the same brand name across their entire line of products.
     
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  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Headstock doesn't matter to me.

    If the guitar sounds and plays great, then it's worth picking up.

    The is my 1st Epi guitar in my collection.

    I found this AMAZING '03 Epi Elite LP Custom in a pawnshop for $300.

    They didn't know what they had and priced it like a regular Epi LP Custom.

    I'm not crazy about the tombstone headstock on this one, but it's a really killer guitar.

    It's actually one of the best playing and sounding guitar in my 51+ guitar collection.

    It's in the top 5 for sure.

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  9. cyclopean

    cyclopean Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA

    i don't care either way. gibsons just look expensive, not better. and i tend to see more epis in the wild anyway.
     

  10. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Keeping the Gibsons different from the Epiphones is part of the branding strategy. Regardless of fit and finish coming and going with the years, even with the lowest models you know a guitar with Gibson on the headstock has pro quality hardware and electronics from the factory. That's what bothers me about the newest $500 Firebird and other models; on top of build quality, they compromised on the parts.
     

  11. KyAnne

    KyAnne Tele-Holic

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    Oct 8, 2011
    Swamps of Louisiana
    It's like "Big Freddy" said: "It all pretends on which Epiphone you're talkin' about".
     

  12. KyAnne

    KyAnne Tele-Holic

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    Swamps of Louisiana
    How 'bout "poor quality". They should be ashamed.
    It's all over their models. They've compromised on all. Even Epi outshines them on some of their models. Good grief!
     

  13. Widerange Hum

    Widerange Hum Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Call me weird, I've always preferred the Epi headstock shapes. The Casino's graceful headstock is much prettier than the standard Gibson.
     

  14. blackspider57

    blackspider57 TDPRI Member

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    On sale. Get one, you will like it :)
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/ES-339-P90-PRO-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar.gc
     

  15. blackspider57

    blackspider57 TDPRI Member

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    My favorite answer thus far :)
     

  16. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Nobody "plays the headstock" . But a lot of somebody's put a priority on astetics according to one's own druthers.

    I alway disliked the long EPI headstock... But, admit the Historic Series Revolution Casio cured me of it mostly. Probably the best instrument i've owned/played electic wise.

    Still prefer the uncommon EPI ones shown in the thread. Just because they are more different than the same as usual i think.
     

  17. beninma

    beninma Tele-Meister

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    Sure we all play the headstock, it's design has an impact on the # of headaches the guitar can cause.

    I just recently watched a video comparing the Epi, Gibson, and PRS versions of the LP design. The original Gibson headstock is the worst design in terms of tuning stability when bending strings and also in terms of risk of breaking the headstock. The changes to the Epi headstock on that particular guitar result in less binding at the nut.

    Looks like the Explorers and Flying Vs posted in this thread have the Fender style headstock, which also is immune to all these issues.
     

  18. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    From a visual standpoint, yeah, I'd be more likely to consider one, for sure.

    But then I'd play it and stop considering it. Just like I do now.
     
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  19. Ebidis

    Ebidis Tele-Meister

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    I don't much care about the headstock when the rest of the guitar looks like this.

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    Of course my headstock is a little different

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  20. blackspider57

    blackspider57 TDPRI Member

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    This makes me smile :)
    I have seen many bands over the years with first rate, top of the line gear that sounded awful.
    On the flip side, I have also seen bands that had budget gear that blew off the roof.
    Honestly, only fellow musicians notice the headstock or brand.
    Most people at the show just want to rock!!!!!!!!!
     

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