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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 1977CJ5, May 31, 2011.

  1. 1977CJ5

    1977CJ5 Tele-Afflicted

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    I had to sell a couple of Jazz guitars last year due to the economy. I swore to myself if I ran across a deal I would replace one. This Epiphone Joe Pass came up on CL this morning for $300 with original case. It is a 1993 Samick Korean Factory model. I drove over an hour to check it out. Wow, it was set up terribly, but looked almost new with the exception of some hardware tarnish. I grabbed it hoping I could get it set up right. Worked on it for about an hour, new strings, truss rod and bridge adjustment. Plays and sounds great now. I am a happy camper.

    Not sure how long they made this color, it is actually darker in person than the picture shows, but I like it. Now they only make the natural and tobacco burst.

    Any info on these older Joe Pass models would be appreciated.

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  2. outlawyer

    outlawyer Tele-Holic

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    Nice! Love the Pass Epiphones.
     
  3. msfenderarg

    msfenderarg Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats!

    Happy NGDay!
     
  4. kenfolk

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    my cousin has one in natural
     
  5. Joe-Bob

    Joe-Bob Doctor of Teleocity

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    I used to have one exactly like that. Bought it new. Couldn't make it play in tune to save my life. Got rid of it.
     
  6. 1977CJ5

    1977CJ5 Tele-Afflicted

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    The floating bridges are kind of a nightmare. Got the intonation really close on this one. It was way off when I got it. Sounds really nice now.
     
  7. Joe-Bob

    Joe-Bob Doctor of Teleocity

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    I tried several different bridges, even adjustable ones with the wooden base. Different strings didn't matter, either. Nothing made it better except for getting it away from me.

    Good luck with yours, I'm sure mine was just a fluke or something.
     
  8. mr natural

    mr natural Friend of Leo's

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    I'll bet you could play Great White Buffalo just like Ted Nugent on that thing at 170 decibels if you had the right amp and stuffed it with enough socks. Congrats. Nice Guit.
    -Mr. N.
     
  9. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Really nice! I'm not a Jazzbox guy, but that one seems to be a steal at $300.
     
  10. DOGMA Dunn

    DOGMA Dunn Friend of Leo's

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    Very epic guitar.
     
  11. jaimed

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    1977CJ5,

    Congrats on the JP purchase.

    What a beauty. I've only seen the natural models.

    Jamie
     
  12. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That's a good deal you did there, congrats.

    Now you need to look for the Ibanez Joe Pass signature model.
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    Which in my opinion is one of the classiest guitars Ibanez ever made. Japanese made, and all solid woods (not plywood like the Samick made Epiphone Jazz boxes), they are highly collectable.
     
  13. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    That's a really great deal you got there! The stock pickups aren't bad, but an upgrade to a set of Duncan '59s or Seth Lovers really make these spectacular guitars.
     
  14. tooncaster

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    Pass can swing!

    Beautiful guitar. Epiphone does a great job on the jazz boxes. Have fun!
     
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    I would love to try one of these. I find the position of the single pickup very intriguing and you can't argue with J.P's. sound.
     
  16. 1977CJ5

    1977CJ5 Tele-Afflicted

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    That's a beauty! I actually had a late 70's blonde Ibanez ES175 copy which was stunning. I don't like to think about how stupid I was the day I sold it...
     
  17. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    300 Bucks? That's one of the best guitar deals I've heard about in recent years.
     
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    Thanks, I think so too. I'm even more excited now, it appears the year mine was made was the first year they came out as a signature model. I read he signed the agreement with Epiphone in September of 1993. He then sadly passed away in 1994. Mine was made in November 1993. Pretty cool.
     
  19. Soon

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    Like others have said, you got a good deal. The naturals list $100 more than sunbursts and I paid $100 more than you for my '04 MIK natural w/case. Seems many replace the pups but I'm leaving mine as they make a good jazz tone into a Phat Kat. My pick guard buzzed and sucked tone so I took it off and am currently using flat wound 12's and will try fw 13's next. Intonation on mine is quite good but I'm not particularly demanding of that on an archtop. Mine came with very low action that I really enjoy and haven't messed with.
     
  20. Red Square

    Red Square Friend of Leo's

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    I had one a few years back. I put flatwounds on it and it became a pretty cool rockabilly sounding guitar. $300 was a very good price. You did well.
     
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