- Mar 6, 2010
- magnolia, ms
I traded recently for a 2020 Inspired by Gibson, Epiphone Les Paul Junior. It was dead mint. I put it through my normal tests and it passed. The action was a little high but there was plenty of room on the stopbar tailpiece to take it down. All of the frets rang true and I am sure that I checked the intonation by playing some Sabbath bar chords up around the 12th but I couldn't be 100% positive. When I got it home I broke out my calipers and discovered that the previous owner had a set of 12 gauge strings on it. The strings seemed to be relatively new but I took this as the perfect opportunity to F-One oil the fretboard, clean and set up the guitar with my customary Ernie Ball green pack .10's. All went well until I go to set the intonation. I do not have any experience with the lightning bolt tailpiece and I assumed that there would be a compromise in setting the intonation. I adjusted the grub screws and got every string just about perfect using my Snark hertz tuner except for the A! It was WAY sharp. If I moved the bridge back the E and D strings would go flat and the A was still way sharp. I then thought it must be a poorly cut nut slot just on the A. The nut was fine. I took the string off and put it back on - same thing. I didn't have any more strings so I had to wait until the next day to try a new string. Well, I put the new string on it and it was perfectly intonated. I have only had 2 bad strings in 25 years of string changes and they were about 24 years apart. I emailed Ernie Ball and they were cool, shipping a replacement set to me free of charge. All's well that ends well...