LP Specials

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  1. preactor

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    Special II with Bootstrap P-90s. A "Basic" guitar but it really plays and sounds great after the Mods. DSCN3191.JPG
     
  2. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    I had the yellow. Paid less than $90, IIRC. It sounded great and was lightweight, of course. But the frets were horrible. It was not worth paying to get it properly setup, and I don't have fretwork tools (or any experience thereof). Local guy offered me $100.

    I now have the new 2020 Epi Jr in TV yellow (set neck). It's LIGHT YEARS better. I paid $320 after 20% discount. Frets aren't perfect out of the box, but definitely playable after some setup tweaks I can do myself. It's a keeper, so I'll eventually get it leveled. It's not bad enough to keep me from playing it. Which I do. Almost everyday.
     
  3. 3-Chord-Genius

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    What's the "problem" with the bolt-on neck? I seriously don't get that.
     
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  4. charlie chitlin

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    I kinda get it.
    Gibson and bolt-on aren't exactly synonymous.
    Set neck Tele or Strat, anyone?
     
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  6. howardlo

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    Nothing at all wrong with the bridges. Intonate just fine. There are many, myself included, that think that the one piece bridge with no moving parts adds a bit of ‘magic’ to the tone. I have three Epis with it.

    Acoustics have zero adjustment on the bridge but intonate just fine.
     
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  7. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Full neck, frets fine, plays and sounds really good. Replaced tuners and nut. I like the funky color too.

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    Rong assumption. o_O The Special I neck doesn't have the one-piece, Gibson-style construction that's weak. It has a glued joint where the headstock attaches to the neck. If you break the headstock off one of these it's because you forgot to load the case into your car's trunk and you backed over it in the driveway. :eek:
     
  9. archetype

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    Mine, too, intonated fine with the lightning bolt bridge.

    Just as an aside: The Gibson Historic lightning bolt bridge, alone, has the same price as the guitar we're discussing.
     
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  10. Danb541

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    Why are the knob placements different on the DC models in your picture?
     
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    I'm not a vintage expert but my understanding is that the early 59 LPSs had a very weak neck/body joint, leading to many heel breakages (including mine!!). Later in 59 they moved the neck pickup back towards to bridge to strengthen the joint. That had a knock on effect on the pick guard and knob placements.

    So my 60 is the later design and that guitar indeed hasn't suffered a break.

    I'm happy to be corrected by people who know more than me, but that's my understanding.

    They're both great guitars. In fact the 59 with the repaired heel break has done 500 gigs since I bought it in 1989. Its set up for bottleneck, strung to open E with 11s, and has never moved.
     
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  13. charlie chitlin

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    Very light.
    I'd say in the 6# range.
     
  14. Danb541

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    That's interesting. I didnt even notice the neck pickup location was different on the guitars. My question is more about why they changed the volume nobs, tone nobs, and switch location. I don't see how that related to the weak neck joint change Gibson made. If you look at the guitars in the picture, the nobs and switch didn't need to be moved 20170701_123058.jpg unless I am missing something.
     
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    FYI - this Gibson beauty cost me $100 more than that new (2012):

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    You beat me to it. Yes. These are tough little guitars.
     
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    Wow! I was thinkin' it would landed somewhere in the "8.5+" pounds range.

    Good deal! ;)
     
  18. FenderGyrl

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    I have 3 of the Epi's,
    The PUPs are really good on the earlier ones. Mine have fairly thick necks.

    I bought them during the $80 Blow Outs.

    Honestly, 2 out of the 3 were good to go outta the box. One needed some TLC, but ended up being the best of the rest.

    Of course, new tuners...
    Eventually they all got Wilkinson Wrap Arounds installed on them.

    Just great players for what they are.
    Mine are gonna stick around and get played regularly.
    FG
     
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    Yeah, I like my LPs "special" as well.
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  20. PBO Blues

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    Mine's 6lbs 10ozs.
     
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