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Epiphone les Paul special GC sale

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RhythmFender, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Nice rehouse on the Super Champ, too, DrBGood!
     
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    IMHO, best deal for a cheap guitar going.
    Everything about it is reflective of LP history. LP slab body, wrap around bridge, P-90 Soapbar pickups, Gibson style short scale neck and got mine in historic TV Yellow.

    The only mods I did to mine was Keystone tuners and top hat control knobs. Mind tended to nose dive, so got a sweade Leather wide strap stopped it. The P-90's sound great to me! Platefire
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  3. Deeve

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    The single P90 is the one I've been looking for - on craigslist if they won't sell it new @ GC.
    @DrBGood is on to something, friends...
     
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    Besides the bolt on version, Epi now also has a set neck one with a bound neck and two vol and two tone controls for $399.
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    The one piece bridge/ tailpiece is not upgradable just like the bridge on my new squire tele.
     
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    I would spend the extra money on the model that has the tune o matic bridge and tail piece. you will have upgrade options. hope you dont have intonation problems with the one piece bridge.
     
  7. DrBGood

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    Absolutly no need to upgrade that lightning bolt wraparound. It's been on Gibson guitar since the beginning and it intonates 100% true. I love the minimalist look, comfort under my hand and I beleive it resonate better than a Tune-O-Matic. I have 5 guitars with that kind of bridge and have no problem whatsoever with intonation. People are just too lazy to adjust it properly.
     
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  8. DrBGood

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    Yep, it was red. I always wanted to do it with the TV Yellow, but couldn't resign myself to do it. Then somebody gave me a red one. That was my cue.

    Pretty easy to do since the finish is very thin. Got to be careful not to go throught the paper thin veneer though. I finished it with tung oil.

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  9. RoscoeElegante

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    +1 to all the positives on this thread. Fantastic bargain.

    I keep meaning to fix mine up right--new tuners, new nut, some fret work. But it's so much quirky fun, like that dog whose crooked running and one safari-hatting ear defines it, that I keep leaving it as-is. Plus, when the cowboy D chord is going to be out of tune because the A and G strings must be tuned that way to be half right and another way to be another half right, it forces you to innovate/look up inversions....
     
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    I bought one used just to mess with it and I like it. Nice and light. I replaced the tuners, the nut, and the bridge and it needs a new switch. I ended up buying the 2020 Gibson version which really feels like a completely different guitar. Epi pickups are slightly hotter than Gibson.
     
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  11. RhythmFender

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    So the bridge is upgradable then? Someone here said they weren’t... hmmm
     
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    they are, but really not necessary. I have two Special 1’s, one red with HB’s and another yellow with P-90’s. Both have the stock wraparound bridge and both intonate just fine. Also have an Epi Jr., also with that same bridge, also intonates just fine.

    After all acoustics have one piece saddles with zero adjustment but intonate just fine.

    There are many, myself included, that think that simple bridge with no moving parts adds a certain ‘magic’ to the sound.
     
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    Love the SCXD in the finished wood cab, did mine in a PRRI cab so I could pair it with a Weber 12F150. Sounds great!
     
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    Yes, you can swap it out. The idea that the bridge on a guitar like this can't be replaced is kind of silly.

    It's not absolutely necessary to swap it out (close enough for rock and roll as they say), but I think adjustable saddles are just easier to work with; especially if you plan to use strings that are heavier on the bass side and lighter on the treble side, for example.

    I also did it for cosmetic reasons because I switched to gold hardware-- I thought it would be neat to coordinate with the black and gold scheme of my Epi LPC.

    One thing to note is that some replacement bridges will be thicker than the original and the resulting action will be higher. Other adjustments may be needed to get the action lower.
     
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    Just plain fun.

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  17. Electric Warrior

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    Well, this thread got me. I pulled the trigger on a used yellow p90 one. It should be here later in the week. I have some spare parts around to dress it up as a little project.
     
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  18. Paul G.

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    Wraparound has a different sound than a tune-o-matic/stud. A solid piece of metal is tougher, tighter than 14 floppy pieces. As far as intonation, yeah, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    Can anyone recommend a good replacement wraparound? Asking for a friend: 20200531_225614.jpg
     
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    Good choice. I got the TV Yellow one. Replaced the tuners and nut and it is a really fun guitar to play.

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