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New Epiphone Models with the new headstock design

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bruxist, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Bruxist

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    I never minded the old Epi headstock, but I think a lot of people are going to be happy about this.

    Interestingly enough, this isn't a totally new headstock for them, some of the early MIK Epi Les Pauls had the same "Not quite Gibson style" open book headstock. I have a 1989 Epiphone LP that has that same headstock on it.
     
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    Actually pretty nice. The old one was often ugly.
     
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    I’ll take a Firebird, Special and P90 SG please, thank you.

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    If it is functional... headstock is not an issue for me ...
     
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    Man, that sg with the maestro is sweet!
     
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    I have an SG with a Maestro and it isn't really my thing but I would love to try one on a 335/345/355 where the fulcrum sits further back.
     
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    Double post.
     
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    Me too. And I'll add the maestro SG too.
     
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    It’s my first time seeing them. I like it. It would look especially good on the jazz guitars. And it’s nice that they are providing us with a sort of “paddle“ headstock. It has enough meat on it for those of us who might want to go through the work to shape it into the proper Gibson shape for aesthetics’ sake.
     
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    It looks good. Not that the old one bothered me, but this looks a bit better.
     
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    I like it, but I didn't mind the old style. What I did mind was the "tombstone" headstock" on an Epiphone Elitist LP I used to own.
     
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    The headstock is a nice change, but this sounds like they’re doing it for a limited high end series that will probably cost $800. You know who doesn’t charge $800 for their flagship models and still manages to have the same headstock as their parent brand? Squire.
     
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    I feel like they could have open book headstock on Epis and I don't think it would affect their bottom line.

    I imagine cost difference makes people choose an Epi over a Gibson, not the headstock.

    And most you wouldn't be able to easily sand off and put a new label on like you can with a Squier.
     
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    I am really really glad they brought that style back. It is not the first time they had the Gibson style. I used to have a 70's sunburst Epiphone FT130 000 and those had it. As mentioned before, I let my brother-in-law borrow it cause he had nothing. Him and my nephews didn't take care of it and literally destroyed it. I never said nothing about it. I wish I had it back so bad. I actually have a picture of me playing it sitting in Nashville at the Parttheon. I'll see if I can find it. Man, I really like the blonde faces too.

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    The new headstocks looks like he headstock on my old 1960 Epiphone Wilshire. It is a big improvement and I see myself buying an Epiphone this year. How much of an increase will they be over last years models?
     
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    I have a 90's Sheraton that I love, with a headstock I hate.
    Why Gibson did the dog eared thing for so long , I'll never understand.
     
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    Much better. Are they putting it on any of the hollow bodies? I wouldn't mind seeing a casino with that headstock.
     
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    I had one of those, an LP Custom, same year. I sold it and a few other guitars last year to pony up for a Gibson LP.

    And as good as the Gibson is, I still regret letting go of that Custom. It was a great guitar.

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    Eh, it's ok. Just like the previous headstock was ok.
    They could have made the tuners more compact, shorter headstock, and straighter string pull.

    They kind of missed the customer point though ... all the buyers that complained about the Epiphone headstock want Epiphone guitars to have the Gibson open book shape with the Epiphone logo. Gibson fears doing that because of the number of potential fakes that could show up ... oh wait, they already have that problem.

    The Epiphone buyers see how the Squier brand uses the exact same Strat and Tele headstock shape as the Fender models but with different silk screen logos. That's what Epiphone buyers really want, some will be ok with the change and some will continue to complain.

    The 'new' Epiphone headstock shape doesn't look like an open book ... it looks more like an open ... something else.

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