LP Specials

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  1. SuprHtr

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    I was going to say Nice, but then I saw the bolt-on neck.

    Yuk.
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    I had one of these about 9 years ago...it sounded spectacular, but I just couldn’t bond with the tiny/narrow neck—especially at the nut. If they had made that neck just a few millimeters wider down in the first position, it would still be in my possession.

    it really, really sounded great...
     
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    I’ve come across the hb version of these in pawn shops a few times for $80-$90. I can’t get past the bolt on neck idea either. I know it’s dumb on a forum dedicated to bolt on guitars but it’s just something about a gibson style guitar that has to be set neck.
     
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    Yeah...if I'm going to pony up 130 big ones, I want a set neck :p
    1 switch, 2 knobs, 2 single coil pickups, bolt-on...good thing there isn't too much dislike for this configuration on the Telecaster board.
    I have one of these, and it's a total killer in every way.
    Best gear money I've ever spent.
    Good enough to gig all night.
     
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    It's a $120 guitar, and taken in that vein, it's a very nice guitar. But Epi now makes a more proper version with a set neck and bound fretboard, and it's $399, which is still an amazing value.
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    They also make a cherry SG with P90s, wraparound bridge, and set neck with bound fretboard, also $399. Now, if they'd only make a non-reverse Firebird with minis and a Vibrola, I'd buy one in a NY minute, 'cause I can't afford a Gibson one.
     
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    LP Specials are awesome.

    Bolt on neck never - it's alien to the design concept of LPS.

    One day you might get one of these!
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    That's a 59 and a 60 - ignore the LPJ in the middle.
     
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    I was going to say 'ehh', but then I saw the bolt-on neck! Nice. :rolleyes:
     
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    Geez... :rolleyes:
     
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    What's the weight on yours, charlie chitlin?
     
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    Once set up and dialed in, the Special I is a great player. The P-90s are alnico mag, wax potted, and sound right. The neck profiles have varied, no matter what the spec is. My Special I was a pronounced V profile from nut to heel.

    The neck is held on with 4 screws and a plate? Heavens to Betsy! That must be why all my Teles and Strats sound like trash.
     
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    I have one of these at our place in Virginia. I needed a cheap sofa noodler for when we are there so I got it off Reverb...and also got a pickguard for it.
    I've only got a Blackstar Fly3 to play thru, but the P90s on it seem fine. I really enjoy playing it....so much so that I got myself a Tokai LP Special when I got home here.
    I wouldn't worry about the bolt on neck. Just pretend it's a Fender. At that price it's a good guitar.
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    nd mine doesn't have a thin neck. Kinda chunky, in fact.

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    if I were going to get one of these, I prefer the Harley Benton over the Epiphone, because of the stupid Epiphone headstock shape.
     
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    I'll never get over how people recoil in horror at an Epiphone w/a bolt-on neck....saying it's cheap and crappy and just all sorts of wrong....and then lean over to pick up their beloved Telecaster to noodle around.

    I get how different companies have different design styles/traditions, but at around a hundred bucks...those sorts of things go out the window. If the bolt neck on this guitar makes it cheap crap, we're all screwed.
     
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    Yeah...isn't the bolt on really an advantage? I mean, when you snap off the "Gibson"-angle headstock, you can just replace the whole neck! ;)
     
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    Better turn that Telecaster card in.


    Which is kind of funny ... glue is a lot cheaper than a chrome neck plate and wood screws. Same amount of CNC work cutting the neck and pocket. Then slather glue on to lick an' stick like a postage stamp and hope it doesn't fall off the envelope.


    These LP Specials are the best guitar value out there. Sometimes a fret level is needed. I suspect these are all pre-taken-over Gibson NOS. When they are gone they are gone.

    P90s are awesome.

    The cheapest new entry level Epiphones are $400.

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    I made my pick guard out of a Tele one with hogged-out holes.



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    I'm had the OP model, and a couple other bolt on Epi Juniors, great guitars for being so cheap. Fret buzz was always an issue, in fact I learned how to L&C on a bunch of cheap Juniors.
     
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    i dont mind the bolt on neck at all.....but those bridges are lousy and gotta be upgraded.....no big deal at that price ......just saying
     
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