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New Epiphones in the 'Inspired by Gibson' electric and acoustic series

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by backporchmusic, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Ooh pretty!

    I have an AJ200 which is my favorite acoustic.
     
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    I love the Gibson Hummingbird, but cannot afford one. The Epiphone Hummingbird Pros I have tried have sounded terrible. I wonder how this new "Inspired by Gibson" version will sound? I love that jumbo too.
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    This is part of the Masterbilt series, which has been around for some 15 years. They feature all solid woods and aren't 'dipped in plastic' as far as the finish goes. While they are not a Gibson in quality, they are a definite large step up from the normal line like the Hummingbird Pro, which really is an awful sounding guitar (I've bought 3 and sold them all).

    Look for 'NGD' threads on Masterbilts, and see what people are saying.

    I bought two guitars today--a Crestwood (coming Thursday) and I ordered a Hummingbird which should arrive within two weeks. Fingers crossed for good quality vs. price!
     
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    As far as I can see, Epiphone isn't calling it a Masterbilt, but I am assuming it is made by the same folks. I'll be looking for your review of both of them!
     
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    I’d much rather play any Guild these days over anything
    associated with Gibson with the possible exception of the
    latest Gibson Flying V.

    Having “The Look” is worthless if it doesn’t have “The Play.”
     
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    I think it's important to pre-judge a new product line before playing it at all.
     
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    @backporchmusic , who did you order from, and did they have all the new Epiphone reissues in stock?

    I am in Canada. It took effort to learn anything worthwhile. Nothing in stock. They did get a part number and price for the Coronet, and I placed an order. Likely 2 to 4 weeks...
     
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    Does Epiphone make a version of the J-45? That's kinda my holy grail Gibson acoustic. Doesn't help that one of my buddies owns a '47 J-45...
     
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    I own a '46!

    Just after the war are THE best sounding ones in my opinion, Mine has a one piece mahogany back.

    Nothing sounds like a Gibson. I walked into a Guitar Center a few years ago and picked up a J-15 and was just amazed with those. I think they are a great value. The neck profile felt identical to my J-45 They aren't as full sounding as a 74 year old guitar, but let that wood continue to age for 74 years and they will be sought after, too.
     
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    Brother, there is something special about those old Gibsons. And it's not limited to them either- the same buddy just got a mid 60's Martin D-21 and it has a similar kind of special going on. That Gibson, though, oh my goodness. I hope you never have to part with that 46!!!
     
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    That Crestwood looks great.
     
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    I think the first batches may sell fast. I ordered a Crestwood from American Musical Supply, and it was in-stock, but now it says only two left.

    I ordered a Hummingbird from Guitar Center, which is expected in stock in a week, and they are only getting 30 in the first batch. Not sure how many have been pre-ordered. I made use of 16% coupon I got in an email from them, so that's a good thing.
     
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    Maybe I'll get the 200... we'll see!
     
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    Thank you!! Guess I could've gotten off my virtual arse and gone to google myself... :confused:

    This is right in my allowable budget for a decent acoustic. I will have to check one out!
     
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    Oops, I was looking at the Epiphone website where they are on a page for "Inspired by Gibson"
    https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Inspired-by-Gibson-Acoustic

    But not on the Epiphone Masterbilt page:

    https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/masterbilt/Epiphone

    Chicago Music Exchange does not have "Masterbilt" in the description either (neither does Sweetwater). I am not saying you are wrong, but I am surprised Epiphone isn't using the term to describe them (unless I am missing it on their site).
     
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