I think I may be a goner.

ChicknPickn

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I think it was the mini-buckers that put me over the edge. Frequensator tailpiece says, "buy me now." Can't eat, can't sleep.

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Jack Clayton

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I have a 94' epi casino that I swapped in a frequensator on. It's great for playability.

Little pro tip: more string behind the bridge gives you a little more pull with your fingers. A looser feel. This means you can get away with a bigger guage on the lower strings. Get some of the custom sized stringjoy sets. I got one for my casino that basically tapers from a 9's on the high E to 12s on the low E. The action feels smooth and consistent across the strings, and there's a throatier attack on low notes. It's fun to play with.
 

ChicknPickn

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I have a 94' epi casino that I swapped in a frequensator on. It's great for playability.

Little pro tip: more string behind the bridge gives you a little more pull with your fingers. A looser feel. This means you can get away with a bigger guage on the lower strings. Get some of the custom sized stringjoy sets. I got one for my casino that basically tapers from a 9's on the high E to 12s on the low E. The action feels smooth and consistent across the strings, and there's a throatier attack on low notes. It's fun to play with.

I have heard about this - - I plan to get my hands on one of these this week. When sanity returns, who knows - - I might bring one home, or might continue the search for an ES type. But the videos I've seen on this one, with tone tests played directly into a slightly overdriven amp, kinda made me drool. I want to see what the neck's like.
 

Jack Clayton

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I have heard about this - - I plan to get my hands on one of these this week. When sanity returns, who knows - - I might bring one home, or might continue the search for an ES type. But the videos I've seen on this one, with tone tests played directly into a slightly overdriven amp, kinda made me drool. I want to see what the neck's like.

IMO, this guitar is the closest to a good 335 you're gonna get short of dropping a few grand on an Eastman. That's my personal final destination as far as semi hollows go.
 

BobbyMac

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Yes, the quality of the Epiphone guitars has made leaps and bounds, particularly the "Inspired by Gibson" models. But, in case you haven't noticed, the prices are starting to climb commensurately. For example, in May I purchased an Epi IBG Les Paul Junior P90 for $379. It is now $429. And in July, I purchased an Epi IBG Les Paul Custom Koa for $679, and it is now $749. Last week I bought an Epi IBG ES335 "Figured" for $649 that is on its way to me, because I fear it will be jumping in price soon, as well.
 

JohnnyCrash

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Why? Why did you and Sparky2 have to post photos?

I really have no business picking up ANY more guitars. I don’t have the storage space :D
 

IMMusicRulz

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Epiphone makes some very good guitars. I own a sunburst reissue Epiphone Les Paul that was made around the turn of the century. It has been refretted.

The Epiphone Casino, however, is the way to go. John Lennon is forever associated with it, and newer guitarists like Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Shirley Manson of Garbage have helped rediscover its tone.
 




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