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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bruxist, Jan 11, 2020.
Open book is a good headstock shape, but cameltoe is even better.
I have always preferred the old Epi headstock better than the Gibson one.
New one does look nice though.
My 90's Sorrento hollowbody has an open book headstock with a 3 screw trussrod cover. I really enjoy and appreciate this guitar for what it is at the price I got it for. I had a Masterbilt dreadnought with solid rosewood back and sides that I REALLY regret trading on. It has the offset open book headstock shape that I think looks great.
If I'm a hypocritical snob about anything guitarwise, it's the aesthetic.
Some things don't fit the overall design. The "clipped" Epi headstock on most Gibson body shapes always bothered me. Bound, on a LP Custom or Sheraton, no problem. But on others, it just doesn't work for me.
That said, the new Epi headstock along with other design details has caught my attention.
We'll see what comes next week from NAMM.
I have wanted a Les Paul Custom since I started playing guitar. Don't think I could ever justify to cost of a Gibson and never found an Epi I liked. Have looked at Edwards, Navigators, Orvilles, and Epi Japan models online but never pulled the trigger.
May have to take a look at one of the new ones. I like the look. Hopefully will have real ebony, though nitro is probably too much to hope for.
They will probably never do it on the casino as that has always been a classic epiphone design I think they will only do it on the gibson copies
As far as dots and the epi es line I’m curious what they will do
As for me this is definitely making those epiphone sg’s more appealing
Looks like an improvement, still a little funky looking.
It's just a different version of "Not a Gibson headstock." Meh.
I like it better--I thought the old Epi headstock, the standard one from the last couple decades, was really ugly
I don't care about theheadstock,but the new models are exciting.
have a Burny LP Custom arriving next week..psyched !!
+1 Yup, I have an ugly paddle headstock on my Sheraton too. I have two other Epis with ugly headstocks. Too bad they didn't do this sooner. The headstock didn't keep me from buying them, but they are butt ugly. A good move by them and I wish them luck, but I am done buying guitars. Too little, too late for me.
Well, unless they make an Epi L-1. Hint, hint.
Good to know, I have a gold maestro, I was planning on building an SG similar to this, loved this look since I saw one on CME. I always thought the maestro would help balance the neck dive of the SG.
Looks like a mustache to me.
I like it!
I like the traditional headstock on the casino, and the offset one on the old masterbilt acoustics, but I don't like the common 'clipped' headstock.
The old headstock never bothered me, this seems like a very minor upgrade to me. But if that black custom has an ebony fret board, then I want one now!!!
I see they're releasing different ranges; stuff like 'inspired by Gibson', and others. No precise information yet.
I wonder if they're planning some new top of the line Epiphones? If so I'm intrigued. I've had a few Epiphones over the years (first one a Special II I received around the year 2000, the latest a hummingbird I got my wife last year). Most have been ok to good, but ultimately they weren't quite the quality I wanted. Sometimes the electronics or hardware didn't quite seem solid, sometimes the neck had a minor ridge that didn't feel right, or it just didn't resonate/feel quite right.
An exception is a (now discontinued) Masterbilt acoustic that is absolutely fantastic in every way. Sound, feel and looks are everything you could expect from a good acoustic.
I never got to try the (mostly discontinued) Elite/Elitist series, but they seemed great.
For my preferences and budget, I like the top of the line MIM Fenders (Baja for example) or Japanese made Gibson style stuff (Edwards in my case, but Tokai is similar).
If Epiphone produce something on that level of quality, or as good as the Masterbilt, I will be very intrigued.
Something that lies between the normal lineup and the Gibson guitars, and that competes with the Japanese makers would be great.
The headstock is an improvement in my opinion, but the new line up is bigger news. Definitely interested in trying the SGs.
Threads like this are why I'm beginning to hate guitar forums more and more.