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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. WrayGun

    WrayGun Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    57
    May 5, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I like the look of the Epi headstock. Don't care about the name on it, but as someone above said, it would be nice if they improved the string angle from the nut to the tuners ... for straighter string pull.
     

  2. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

    Oct 17, 2012
    Nelson City TX
    I don't really think about it that much, to me an Epiphone is an Epiphone and a Gibson is a Gibson.
    I don't think of my Epiphone as almost a Gibson, or a brand marketed by Gibson, or an affordable copy of a design pioneered by Gibson...

    It's an Epiphone, and I selected it because of its sound, playability and price, and I like it.
     

  3. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR

    I say that all the time regarding our fussing over 'tone', amps speakers, PUs, picks blah blah... Only the other players in the audience come up and ask. ;) The folks enjoying the show and the vibe only really care about that for the most part. ;)

    Having said that and regarding Epiphones, there is tape of John Lennon pissing and moaning about what a piece of **** his Casino is during sessions. Question is did he piss and moan about Gibsons too, or just everything?? ')
     

  4. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    Depending on the urgency/model factor, a used Elitist, wouldn’t be a bad move
     

  5. Hendrixlvr

    Hendrixlvr Tele-Holic

    Yup. Wouldn’t even think twice....hmmmm that’s interesting lol
     
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  6. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    But I think deep in our hearts, while we want to put on a good show for the general public, we secretly want to put on a really good show for the other musicians who may be in that crowd.
     
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  7. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    But not in our wallets? ;)
     

  8. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    52
    Jan 23, 2007
    Denmark
    It would matter to me
    If Im listening to others , I worry about the music , not the gear
    Preferring the vintage shapes are something I worry about for me , not because of who might be watching/listening. I also dont care who built it , or the name on the decal
    I only find the MM/Eb headstock shape look natural on an otherwise vintage-ish design , dont own any though
    So , no GL , Suhr , Epis , or other designs for me
     
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  9. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    52
    Jan 23, 2007
    Denmark
    Let me just add : I really dont have any bad feelings towards other people playing other stuff than what I prefer , I just dont buy them myself , LOL
    I was at a concert at a local club a couple of years ago , and a certain Robben Ford played with the band
    I stood only about 10 feet away from RF , and really enjoyed the first set. It wasnt untill the break that I realized I could reach out and touch a Vintage Les Paul AND a Dumble amp , LOL
     
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  10. Hendrixlvr

    Hendrixlvr Tele-Holic

    Never a truer statement written...
     
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  11. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

    Oct 17, 2012
    Nelson City TX
    Very true. Getting praise from someone you see as a peer or someone
    whose talent you respect is very special.
     
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  12. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Tele-Meister

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    Sep 4, 2015
    Seattle
    I recently bought one of those Masterbilt Epiphone Olympic Archtops. Love the head stock on that. Plus it is just way cool! But I have one of those J160e (john Lennon) that I hate because of the head stock. Thinking of selling the J160e.
    Headstock.PNG
     
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  13. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I actually like the headstock on that one.
     
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  14. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    And that's all good as well. Play what ya' like is how I look at it. I spend my money on what I like and I think everyone else should do the same.
     

  15. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Tele-Holic

    Age:
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    Dec 3, 2011
    Mandurah. West Australia
    I have an Epiphone EJ200 which I love, but it didn't come with a case. I contacted my local music shop and asked if they stocked a jumbo case. The answer was yes
    so I called in and the guy showed me the case and put a Gibson EJ200 in to show me how it fitted. I bought the case and when I got home I tried my Epiphone only to find the headstock was about ½" longer than the Gibson and was a very tight fit. It has now worn some of the padding away but still a tight fit. So an Epiphone EJ200 headstock is bigger that a Gibson EJ200.. The Epiphone needs to be cut off where the white line is. But I ain't gonna do that.. S
     

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  16. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    My vintage Kalamazoo made Epiphone was essentially off the same line as the Gibson 330’s of the time and so has the more Gibson shaped shorter headstock but with a bit of a waist. I think they went the far more elongated style the year after.

    It’s vain and shallow I know but I prefer that it does look more like the traditional gibson shape rather than the other oversized Epi style. I don’t see many other old Epis like it either. Makes it a bit special.

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  17. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

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    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
    Head stock doesn't bother me but every thing else on the Epiphones do for the most part. The pickups are ok ... the rest of the hardware ...pots, switches, tuners leave much to be desired. The Casino Elite model is ok.
    If I was going to spend $700 on a guitar I would look at Ibanez first ..... ignoring the head stock of course.
     

  18. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    58
    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I fancy an Epiphone Dot or Casino, and have always wanted a 1970's Texan.

    But the Epiphone headstock shapes are preferred.

    If I want a Gibson headstock, I'll buy the American made Gibson guitar that comes with it.

    ;)
     

  19. VintageSG

    VintageSG Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Yorkshire
    The name on the headstock doesn't bother me. The shape?, I'm ambiguous about it. The effect it has on the string path though...
    I came very close to buying one of these.
    https://www.dawsons.co.uk/epiphone-casino-coupe-electric-guitar-cherry
    I really dislike the scratchplate, but sounds it made were really rather nice. What I didn't like at all was after a few 'enthusiastic' bends, and a bit of neck wobbling, it was out of tune. retune and off it went again.
    Looking at the string angles behind the nut gives a clue. If they'd straighten that string path out, maybe even give it the headstock from a 'V', I'd be all over it like a blooze daddies cheap shirt.
     

  20. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
    I like the Epiphone headstock just fine...
     

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