Just In! I love Florentine Cutaways! NGD!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by dreamingtele, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    I think I’m done. I dont need anymore guitars. This new one brings it up to three, and I certainly cannot handle any more than that. Ive had 5 and it became problematic. Lol.


    After falling in love with Florentine Cutaways, specifically the ES-125TDC, I searched high and low for an affordable, yet built solidly, and has quality feel to it.


    The new 2019 Epiphone George Thorogood ES125 was a surprise, I was really thinking of buying it, but I have my hesitations, especially after having a Casino made in the Epiphone Factory in China, that has some issues I cannot get over with, I’m afraid that I might receive another guitar I will not be happy with. So I kept looking..


    This leaves me with plenty more choices, but some are even harder to find. The only things I want are 2 P90s, Florentine Cutaway, With/without Bigsby, must be made in Korea or Japan. I’ve found a few new production guitars from Japan made in Terada Factory, but it would require me to sell my telecasters to fund it, and I dont want to do that. I also found a vintage Es-125TDC in players grade condition, but it would also require selling of my guitars plus additional luthier fees for checking, maybe resetting of the neck, and other various issues that a vintage guitar has.. so I passed on it.. I also want it in the same exact shape of an ES-125TDC. Maybe a little variation of the cutaway but not too much.


    All the waiting and searching paid off. Finally I was able to track down one guitar in my list and in the color that I want. A Peerless Factory made 1996 Epiphone Sorrento


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    The quality is very nice. If you’ve ever had the newer Gretsch Electromatic (5xxx) from Korea, it has the same quality feel to it. Solid and not flimsy. Good weight and The neck, even if it’s slim, feels stable. The nut width isnt as narrow as I was expecting it to be; making it a pleasant surprise as it is close to my vintage spec teles (42mm nut width), so very little adjustment when switching between guitars.


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    But there are tons to do. Since my luthier’s shop is closed, this will be my first ever guitar that I will perform some minor fretwork. The frets are tarnished and I just need to remove that greeny stuff and polish it again without changing the fret level. I dont want to risk removing any fret material. I just want to enjoy playing it and do some bends without the scratchy feeling frets. Then setting this up with 11’s and tweaking the pickup, specifically the pole pieces to get that sweet spot!


    The nut looks good, and the fretboard feels nice! It doesnt feel like cheap rosewood. It actually feels like an old growth rosewood and it isnt even dry! Its dark chocolate looking and little streaks. Maybe put some wood conditioner after I’m done with the frets.



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    Came in a good time before the really strict quarantine rules get implemented. I’ll have no problem staying at home with this one.



    Keep safe y’all.
     
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  2. EsquireBoy

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    Congrats, that's very nice!
    I myself feel more and more tempted by an es225. If I can fund it, I think I'll try to buy an original 58: for the price of a custom shop, you can own an all original late 50s Gibson. The es225 has a hard maple block below the tailpiece, so it has more sustain than an es330 and tends to be less prone to feedback. The one pickup version is tempting me a lot.
    Enjoy your NGD, take care and have fun at the same time!
     
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  3. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    I love everything about that guitar (the color and the binding is perfect!)...I remember when they first came out, I dang near ached for one. Unfortunately, that was in the middle of the Great Guitar and Amp Collection Massacre of the 1990’s.

    Congratulations on your new acquisition!
    I’m happy for you.
     
  4. brookdalebill

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    Neato!
    I’m an equal opportunity cutaway lover.
    Venetian, Florentine, single, double, don’t matta’!
    All my (dirty dozen) instruments have em’!
    I require it.
    I enjoy venturing to “the dusty end” as our British friends so cleverly say.
     
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  5. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    it actually re-ignited my desire to own a really good and original ES-125TDC. Its not a priority at the moment but Id love to own one and rock it hard!!

    Japanese stuff is legit. Check these guitars out. Terada made (think Pro-Line Gretsches).. the Archtop Tribute brand is under Westville (higher end) and owned by Walkin Japan store.

    https://reverb.com/item/11182160-ar...ew-brown-sunburst-incl-hardcase-made-in-japan
     
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  6. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    thank you so much. I really hated the sharp cutaways before. But when I saw an ES-125TDC in the flesh, i was hooked man. Totally hooked.
     
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  7. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    hahaha! Nice to know I’m not the only one!!

    although, the only double cutaway shape I like is the mickey mouse 335, a 17th fret Casino (Japan, Korea) and the Les Paul DC. Hehehe
     
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    Like our illustrious colleague from Texas, @brookdalebill, I'm a cutaway fan as well.

    Congrats & enjoy!
     
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    Love it.

    A friend of mine has one since 1998 or so and he swears by it. He send it to me as pickups were a bit microphonic and he wanted me to waxpot them. The result was a much vintage tone, less harsh.

    I have one in my sight. I maybe start playing in an old Rockabilly band here in Madrid. I will need a guitar for that band and semihollow and P90s are my only needs...

    Gretsch, Casino, Sorentos, Rivera P93 and Wildcats are on my view now...
     
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    Congrats! Glad you found one that works for you.

    Have to admit, the Sorrento has been on my radar for a little while now.
     
  11. dreamingtele

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    if its a Korean made, you wont regret it. It feels and built really good. MIC ones (not all but most) still need work.

    if its a Casino, the Korean and Japanese (Terada late 80s to mid 90s) have a nicer shape because they’re joined at 17th fret. The orig kalamazoo spec is 16th, and thats what you’ll find in current MIC and Elitists.
     
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  12. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    thank you so much!
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Yes definitely works for me! Its so hard to find a really good quality hollowbody ES-125ish. I feel like the guitars I want are the ones that are so hard to find
     
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    Great find! I love orange and that shape. My first electric was a late 1963 ES-125 TDC in cherry burst. I used and abused it until 1975 when it had to go to fund some car repairs. Most of that time it was my only guitar except for an occasional acoustic. In 1980 I found a NOS 1968 model that had been lost in the back of a music store. Sadly, you really can't go back, it felt and sounded so different that a couple of years later I traded it for a Tele. That orange is really tempting, especially if some cream pickup covers could be found. Then again, I'd probably lose the pickguard, just because.
     
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    how did you find the ES-125TDC?

    the one ive found played well, but worn. Not ignored-worn, but just well played, and has been in service since it was built. Still pretty good, and the tone is magic, but like all vintage guitars, im hesitant because of the neck joint, and other issues.

    This one, is actually, kind of, feeling a bit overbuilt, if you know what I mean. Its not light, but its not heavy. And rigid, unlike a resonant old archtop that has been an archtop for a long time. Am i making any sense? LOL

    and yes I ran all color combinations in my mind, I like the chrome ones (some say it affecrs the high end) but I want a black PG. i am a pickguard-on type of guy. Hehehe.

    If it was cherry red or sunburst, black PG, and black pickup covers.
     
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    Nice guitar! Congratulations.
     
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    jackal Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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  18. dreamingtele

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    talk about some luck!! @jackal

    im intrigued, what didnt you like about the new one? Is it because it hasnt been played? Like the guitar hasnt had the chance to, kind of, rest in it’s shape as an archtop?
     
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    thank you sir!
     
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    Pissed off the wife?
     
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