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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. NewKid

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    Headstock is better.

    Why degrade the Epihone brand by promoting it as “inspired by Gibson?”

    I’m going to stop thinking about Gibson now.
     
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  2. RadioFM74

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    Way cool, and I very much appreciate the quality of recent Epiphone guitars. It might be my way to a Les Paul if ever I feel the need.

    Well, the point is to make them look like the “originals”, and the beautiful “hourglass” headstock of the Casino is the classic Casino headstock. So that’s one headstock that I’m fairly certain they won’t change

    EDIT: @Fretting out got there first ;D
     
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  3. dreamingtele

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    The Gibson headstock is sweet, but the Epiphone headstock isnt really a big deal for me.
     
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    Much better!
    My 62/63 Texan had the “short” headstock.
    I much prefer the short to the long.
    The “open book” is much better, too.
    I always thought the long “waisted’ headstock looked weird, and often did not fit in some cases and gig bags.
     
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  5. nathanteal

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    According to a few different articles I've seen on this now, it's an across the board change, with a few exceptions for models that had their own distinct headstocks anyway.
     
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    I sure hope so. That elongated mess on the ES line now is a serious eyesore. If they fix that—and the pickguard—I could maybe be persuaded to stop looking at an Edwards.
     
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    Honestly this is an old headstock design if you look back enough. The early Epiphone led Paul had the Gibson headstock . And the early take over days had that style of headstock


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  8. Guitarteach

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    About time. It’s an old trademark.

    My original ‘63 Epi Casino predates the ugly, elongated later headstock.

    The waisted design never looked right and balanced to me.

    A reissue like this should be popular.

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  9. Skydog1010

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    puttin' that on my Christmas list 2020. hope it's a pro with coil tapping.
     
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    I actually like the 'clipped' corners headstock with binding and fancy inlays, especially on archtops (as in the Sheraton), it is a nice tip-of-the-hat to the design of the old Epi jazzboxes (like the Emperor).
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    The new design looks great, I'm still not tempted, but those that hated the old one, this must be a real bonus for them.
     
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    I really like the look of the new headstock.

    This is a very speculative observation, but it looks like the angle of the string leaving the nut to the tuner pegs on the g and d strings isn’t as sharp compared to the old design or a Gibson. Wonder if that will give them a touch more tuning stability? Probably won’t make much difference.
     
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    i think the old headstocks were fine.

    why not fix the angle so they don't break? that would be a meaningful change.
     
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    Because collectors and guitar players in the 70s hated the volutes, and newer guitar douchebags learned their craft from them.
     
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    it's a dealbreaker for me.
     
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    They chickened out.....bad marketing decision...
    The guitars that are Gibson designs should have the Gibson headstock..LP's,Sg's,Hummingbirds etc...they'd sell like hotcakes.
    The original Epiphones should have their original headstocks....Casino,Emperor,Texan...they sell very well and would continue to.
    Fender,Martin,Guild,Taylor.....doesn't harm them.
    My wifes '88 SQ180 above...
     
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    My early 60’s Epiphone USA Wilshire has the “new style” Epi headstock. I think it is a great change by Gibson and is historically accurate.

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    My 2013 limited edition Epi Crestwood with the same headstock.

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    I saw some prices $550-$650. Always wanted a NR Firebird.....the LP Special has my spider sense tingling....
     
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    I think everyone is missing a really important point...

    The sub-text of this thread is that Epiphone's lineup has been almost 100% revised from top to bottom-- the only "carry-over" models I spotted were the Sheraton, ES-335 (Lord only knows why, when just a little more gets you a Sheraton), Casino Coupe, and the LP Custom.

    What this means for us-- clearance sales of the outgoing models!!! :D
     
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    I do like the look of the "new" (old) headstock. I never understood the long headstock thing. I don't currently own any Epiphones, but I still yearn for a Casino once in awhile for nostalgic reasons.
     
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