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

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  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I just checked the Epi website and it looks like the ' Inspired by Gibsons' are incorporated into the Menu, buy it sure is clunky, pages jumping around, but no big deal...
    I know which Epi I'm getting NEXT year! (well, hope!)
     
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    Yep, that website is terrible...but I am glad they are spending their efforts on the guitars!
     
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    It would make more sense to market Epiphones that are not inspired by Gibson.
     
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  4. backporchmusic

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    Yeah, that's helpful, thanks for stopping by.
     
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    I told myself I wasn't going to buy anything from Gibson under its' current management (Cease-&-Desist orders to anyone making a V or Z-shaped (Explorer, Firebird) guitar? Really?)

    But I have always been a not-so-secret admirer of the Olympic/Coronet/Wilshire/Crestwood lineup. In a perfect world, I kind of wish for a bit of a "modernizing" of the lineup, instead of another "reissue" series-- think the mid-60's body type with the smaller lower cutaway horn, combined with the earlier 3+3 headstock and rear body routings with a new pickguard pattern-- but, as it is, I see a lot to like about this "reissue" lineup that I can admire. I totally forgot how the pickguard pattern of the coronet matches the contours of the dogear P90 pickup!

    In summary... I think I see an Epiphone "NGD" in my not-too-distant future!

    My real hope is, if this is successful, Gibson will bring more Epiphone-specific models in the future, and fewer Gibson-knockoffs. The Genesis reissue they did a few years ago made me salivate, but, alas, I didn't have the money for a new guitar at the time.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Exactly!
    Me and my buddies 'unloaded' Epiphone of 3 SG's this Summer, and they are all killer:
    Mine is the '66 SG with batwing pickguard ( in Cherry)
    - one buddy got the '62 style with small pickguard ( Cherry)
    * both of these have coil- taps which are just fantastic, for us Fender players!

    - then he and his siblings bought his brother ( 40th Anniversary as a Priest) the SG Special with P-90's in Pelham Blue! Beautiful
     
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    If the new acoustics are anything like my 2005 Masterbilt DR500 they will be more than worth the money.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just noticed your name/ avatar
    Do you drive a Jaguar? Or just like them?
     
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    I had been trawling for a nineties MIK J-200 since I don't like the fact that Epiphone's regular production made one has a cutaway, it simply doesn't look right.
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    So the fact that they have the non-cutaway version returning is good news.
     
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  10. mimmo

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    OK Epiphone, now you have my attention.

    They announced a Coronet a few years ago but it never went on production and I have been waiting since then. Now I have to have one in red (and maybe in black too :rolleyes:) and the J-200 which finally comes with no cutaway.

    Well done, now just take my money :twisted:
     
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    I was in my local shop to buy strings today, and of course I played a couple of guitars - they had one of these I think, a Masterbilt Hummingbird. It looked really nice but had a tiny thin neck. Sounded nice and balanced and woody but not a lot of projection.
    Maybe it wasn't this newer line, but it did seem to be so. Not for me but I can see somebody liking them.
     
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    They're calling the Hummingbird a 'rounded C' neck, so it seems weird it would be 'tiny'. But I guess we have to have a few people get them in-hand to get some sort of idea, that one may have been smaller.

    I have two Epi Les Paul Deluxe from around 2000. One is accurate slim-taper, the other is noticeably beefier, almost 50s style. Same factory.
     
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    You mad bro?
     
  14. backporchmusic

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    No, bro, not mad. I've just always wondered why some people feel the need to go in and crap on whatever the thread topic is just to show their ill-tempered nature. You don't like the thread topic, don't open it. You have that choice.

    Or you can open it, crap on it, and leave your unwanted stink behind. I suppose it depends on what kind of person you are.
     
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    So I just ordered one (J200 in AAN) ... let's wait and see!
     
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    I am a big Marriott fan and of course that makes the Coronet cool to me.

    Are the P-90s on these models any good? I don't know if there are different variations between Gibson USA and Epiphone etc. So I am really asking can I play this out of the box or would I need to upgrade the pickup?

    Also, I assume the finish is poly? I've never played a modern Epiphone but I've read very good things and I am interested in this guitar instead of the new SG Junior I am looking at.
     
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    The finish is poly as it is on virtually all modern Epiphones, with rare exceptions.

    I have a 2020 SG Special and found the P90s to be really good, far better than my 2000s Casino and Sorrento. They aren't boutique, but they are quite good. I played mine when I first got it and kept thinking how they are really dialing in their pickups manufacturing.
     
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    I've tried plenty of Epiphone acoustics, Masterbilts included, and have yet to find one that is not just plain bad. Dead acoustics can record well (ask the Beatles, or look at all the Hummingbirds used by singer-songwriters) but aside from that, Epiphone acoustics are, IMO, so dead that they actually still surprise me with their awfulness whenever I pick one up to see if I'm wrong. At a time when reasonably-priced acoustics are a real bright spot in the guitar world, Epi lags badly, and certainly cannot compare at all with their electric offerings, which are continuously improved (though still over-rated, IMO). It will be interesting to see if Gibson's ownership change will elevate Epi, as surely seems to be the intent.
     
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    Well my Crestwood has arrived and I will have a detailed new guitar day once I've had a chance to let it settle in. Out of the box it looks really great and the tailpiece cover is actually made of real wood, though it is light and dry and will need some oil. Also the saddles are nylon which was unexpected and similar to my vintage 1969 Gibson SG standard. 20201119_123205.jpg 20201119_130026.jpg
     
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    The Wilshire and Coronet are on my wish list (like I need another P90 axe (YES YOU DO).
     
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