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NGD Epiphone Wilshire

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by sloppychops, Apr 27, 2021.

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    Congrats!
     
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    Very nice, congrats!
     
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    Cool guitar!

    Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks for the info. :)
     
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    Might look good with no guard...
     
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    In your very accurate report you omitted the detail that it LOOKS BADASS and has TONS OF CHARACTER.

    Re: China-made Epis. I must say that I've had nothing but good experiences with them. I had a Broadway: sold it because I realized that I'm not too interested in humbucker jazz boxes, but it was a very nice box. I now have a standard Casino, which I love (actually: everyone loves it when I take it out to play… or took, sigh).

    Being a swing guy, I also think of Epiphone as much more than Gibson's overseas brand and am overjoyed to see them revamp their Kalamazoo days with the new guitars (if not yet the New York days… that'd take rethinking the whole business).
     
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    Congrats! I like all three of those new Epiphones, great looking guitars!
     
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    Yeah, I got my son one of the new Epiphone Les Paul Specials awhile back and it's fantastic. Has a fat 50s style neck that feels great. Their new stuff is all interesting and well done. How cool would it be if they released a US made arch top acoustic as an homage to their glory days as a jazz box maker? Their Masterbuilt Century line was decent, but overbuilt. I'm talking about something along the lines of the US made Casino and Texan.
     
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    If they released a true reissue of the later 30s Deluxe, I'd be really interested!
     
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    OK, after playing this some more while standing up I have to amend my original statement about neck dive. This guitar definitely has neck dive. It will dive to a position where the neck is horizontal with the ground, maybe even slightly lower. I play sitting down most of the time, so it's not a huge issue, but it bugs me enough to start looking into fixes.

    The older Wilshire reissues had the strap peg mounted on the upper horn, but it looks as though those reissues had a less rounded neck horn. I'm not sure the horn on this new version is a suitable location for a strap peg because it's so rounded off, although the body where the lower strap peg mounts is also rounded off. So maybe it would work fine.

    I'm not convinced that moving the lower strap peg up a little is going to fix this. There's a 3/4" by 3/4" space inside the control cavity where a weight could be placed, so I'm going to look into some sort of fishing weight to put in there. Seems to be the easiest fix.
     
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    That or a suede strap?
     
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    Tried that. It still slides down.
     
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    Congrats and HNGD.
     
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    So I can’t find a black one in stock anywhere! Was prepared to pull the trigger. Guess I could pre-order....but July! We’ll see (I’m waffling between this and a Squier Esquire, also out of stock except for a ridiculous price on Reverb).
     
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    Fuller's Guitar, where I got mine, had 6 in stock at the time. All gone within in a week. FWIW, all the Squier Esquire's I've seen on Sweetwater's site were over 8 lbs. That's just too heavy. If you can hold out, Chicago Music Exchange is going to have LPB double bound Esquires sometime in June or July, I think.
     
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    Same spot as an SG, 335, so not really odd.
     
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    guess we’ll have to wait thanks!
     
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    UPDATE

    Stained the fretboard with 4 coats of Minwax True Black stain, followed by a light application of mineral oil.

    Before and after:

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    Beautiful guitar..... Epiphone's are great instruments. I bought an Epi '62 re-issue Sorrento on a whim 5 or 6 years ago. Jeez, it sent me down the the rabbit hole of hollow body and semi hollow body, still haven't recovered.
     
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