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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tonyj, Oct 17, 2020 at 4:04 AM.
I love my LP special. Definitely a keeper.
Casino Coupe and Hummingbird Pro. Probably the two best built and nicest playing guitars I own.
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I think that is what they used to be, but not now. I’ve said this before: Gibson May have to sue Epiphone. I am definitely in the Gibson demographic, but I bought an LP modern and Hummingbird Pro this year. The Bird was a GC sale item, so for $1100 total I get 2 guitars that are close to Gibson quality at about 20% the asking price. Take the LP for example. There is no way the Gibson Modern is so much better to justify the price.
Epiphone has been doing a great job all around for a long time. I'd say the only area lacking are their easily changed electronics. My three keepers for life:
Some interesting replies from some well informed Epi fans. Thank you!
There is now a lot of genuine pride.......once again.......in owning an Epiphone guitar, and in my humble opinion it can only continue to get better if we keep well clear of the recent debacles that Henry J attempted to bestow upon us.
Many Happy returns to Epiphone, and a big thank you to those wise folks at Gibson who allowed this to happen.
I played a new SG Muse the other day, something like $399.00, and was floored by how good it was. If i was looking for another SG it would be mine now, it was easily on par with a Gibson.
The Epiphone Firebird 2020 is at the top of my G.A.S. list
Still digging the SG Classic
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i rented a DC pro that looks like the one in this picture. it is an excellent guitar, especially for $600. i keep going back and forth on buying it. my indecision isn't over the quality of the guitar, but because non-stratocaster guitars, even this beauty, tend to just sit around too much at my house.
but this thing is really fine! plays very well, 24 frets, the rib cut is comfortable. and it is so gorgeous to look at. the top is just a veneer, but i don't care. the back of it is so pretty to look at that i hate to think about buckle rash. the only thing about these isyou want to watch out for neck-heavy. they had a couple at the shop earlier that were pretty bad on that.
if i keep it, i'll switch out the pick-ups for classic 57s. or maybe p-94s.
man i would have loved to have had a guitar this great when i was a teenager. yes, epiphone has made a great leap forward.
I have a '55 LP Custom Epi that is very good. I did swap out the bridge for insert adapters and an ABR1 and it now has Throbak P90s in it. All mahogany, ebony board, fairly light for an LP, nice neck profile. The controls had already been swapped to CTS/Switchcraft. Used, 400 bucks.
My Epiphones are both MIJ. The Sheraton's body and neck were made in Japan, but finished and assembled in the Gibson factory using (I believe) nitrocellulose and all Gibson USA hardware and electronics, ca. 2006. The 12-string is an Elitist Riviera 12 string, MIJ ca. 2002. Both are exceptional guitars in playability, fit and finish. The Gibson USA minihums are killer pickups, so much so that I have equipped my other HB with Epi Probucker II minihums as well. Love the sound. Sorry for the duplicate pic.
My 2020 LP Standard 60s is top notch all around. The playability is good enough to make me want to adjust to the guitar, and not vice versa. It is my first (but definitely not last) Gibson-like object, so I don’t really have a frame of reference for the sound, but I have no complaints there either. It has yet to meet an amp it doesn’t like.
I have only two superficial gripes. First, the finish is flawless but thick. Way thicker than my 2008 American Standard Strat, and about the same as my 2001 American Series Tele. I notice it more on the LP though, probably because it covers the neck as well.
The other thing I notice is that while the CTS pots feel solid and smooth, the knobs feel thin and sharp in the hand. If I do anything to this guitar (and it’s a big if, as they do not affect functionality at all) it would be to put some speed knobs on it.
Guitar player in my old band had an early 2000s Standard (same color as mine!) and it was one of the biggest dogs I ever held. If this huge uptick in quality is representative across the new line, my guess is Gibson is adopting the Fender/PRS model of bringing out greatly improved import guitars as a way to push closer to the $1,000 price point. My guess is the new Epiphones will get more expensive soon. Some special models are are already at $800.
That was the former Garrison Guitar company, which was bought by Gibson and as far as I know, the factory was eventually closed.
The Garrisons were distinguished by their carbon fibre bracing and high quality. Apparently they have started to gain a following in the collector market now.
I own two Epiphones. This 335 Dot, manufactured in March 2014, purchased new in August 2016:
And this Flying V Korina special run, purchased in April 2020, manufactured in May 2020, and delivered on September 8, 2020:
The quality difference between the two over a six-year period is obvious, even taking into account the Dot’s lower cost. The feel is much improved, the electronics and pickups (the “same” Alnico Classic/Alnico Classic Plus set) are demonstratibly better, and the playing feel is that of a more expensive instrument.
As I see it, there’s no reason not to buy an Epiphone, other than an inability to stomach Gibson Brands’ management.
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It used to be like that, but now that most of the built is CAD, quality is up there and once that kid bond with his "lower quality" guitar, he won't want/need to get a more expensive one for the bling factor it provides. He'll just keep rocking it.
You should start by playing with pickup height. You have no idea how often a simple screwdriver will make those good pickups become stellar.
I'm pretty fond of my EPI Standard and it's all the quality that I could ask for. The stock pickups really weren't bad but I put in some Gibson Classic 57/57+.
I had a grey Epi SG that I traded in for some other gear and I kind of regret it; it was a really nice guitar.