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Three Cheers For Epiphone

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by adamlovesgin, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Holic

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    Being a longtime Gibson fan, using an epiphone Les Paul Standard as a backup, my main Gibson Les Paul Studio finally gave up the ghost. Not wanting to drop the best part of a grand on a new Gibson I thought I'd have Epiphone new range a try....

    Have they upped their game or what?

    The build quality, spec and sounds are a million miles away from even my 2006 Epi Les Paul Standard. No more mushy pickups or sub standard hardware to be seen.

    I went for the amazing value 335 Pro. Don't miss my Gibson one bit.

    Who's with me?
     
  2. Obsessed

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    I love my 3 Epis, but just exactly how does a Gibby LP give up the ghost?
     
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    Love my Casino. Wouldn't swap it for a 330.
     
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    If the headstock has been stuck back on a few times like my one...
     
  5. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Congrats. I've heard nothing but good things about the EPI 335 Pro.

    By the way, how did your Gibby give up the ghost?
     
  6. Chris S.

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    They absolutely have. Their new PRO line is head and shoulders above anything they've produced in the recent past.

    I'm with you 100%. I've been singing the praises of my recently purchased Epi 56 LP Chicago Blue P90 PRO for a few months now. Fit, finish, fretboard, frets, pickups, electronics -- It's just an excellent guitar at any price -- but hundreds below a comparable Gibson.

    I'm completely sold on the PRO models. All IMO, of course. CS

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  7. adamlovesgin

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    The Black nitro got a bit of moisture beneath it and it peeled away. I sanded it off and refinished but it was never watertight. Felt and sounded dull after that.
     
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    Nitrocellulose !
     
  9. adamlovesgin

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    Sadly, the ES335 Pro has now ceased production.

    A case of being too much competition for Gibson?
     
  10. amplifiedhermit

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    Yeah, love both my recent Epi's. One thing I really like is that they use larger, more substantial shipping boxes than other brands. My recent G&L and Squier both came in thin little boxes that were only barely larger than the guitar and didn't offer much protection, but the Epi boxes always seemed to be twice the size of the guitar and included plenty of padding. I wish every manufacturer did that. It sucks getting a brand new guitar with bent knobs because they were pressing against the outer wall of the box.
     
  11. Serenity23

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    I really liked my 335 Pro, the pickups are a huge improvement over older Epi's, but i prefer the feel of my MIK LP Custom. I still think it's worth hunting out older MIK Epi's and upgrading the hardware, mine plays better than any Gibson Studio i tried. I'd still go with a higher end Gibson if i had the cash, but my Epi certainly doesn't disappoint.
     
  12. Tonetele

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    A GOOD luthier friend of mine has contracts with major firms for repairs.
    He says he can just about make a living repairing that weak neck area on Epiphones. He told me he does at least one a week.
    I like the new range of high end Epiphones- especially the Riviera with mini- humbuckers. I do hope their range has improved as they were once equally as good as Gibsons ( the Casino of the 60s etc.).
     
  13. J. Hayes

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    I've been into Epis for a long time now.... I currently have these.......

    A style mandolin that I bought in California around '82 or '83 which was MIJ...
    Old Dreadnought bolt neck acoustic that sounds great...MIJ.
    Elvis Tribute acoustic/elect. with all kinds of inlay and Elvis decorations
    Masterbilt dreadnought which is my best sounding acoustic...
    '92 Sheraton II (MIK) tobacco sunburst w/Bigsby Palm Pedal & custom wiring...
    '12 1962 Sheraton reissue, red w/gold hardware & BPP with custom wiring & small Humbuckers....
    Silver sparkle top LP with Gibson Pat.Pend. reissue & Dirty Fingers Pups w/BPP & custom wiring.
    Cherry Sunburst LP with custom wiring & Bigsby Palm Pedal.
    Zephyr Blues Deluxe natural archtop w/3 P-90s & Bigsby vibrato
    '90 Emperor, natural w/ gold hardware
    SG, goth version, satin black...
    small F-hole (can't remember model) black w/ red flame job...
    Casino, natural w/Bigsby Palm Pedal & custom wiring....

    I've got a couple more but I can't recall now without my list.........JH in Va.
     
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    Congrats on your new Epiphone! I love my limited edition Epiphone "59 ES 335 Dot". Got it 3 years ago for $440. It has a bound neck, Gibson-shape long guard, and nickel hardware. Other than that I suppose it's the same as the standard Dot. And it's just a great guitar. The pickups are good, but I put in Seth Lovers and rewired with 50's style wiring. Now it's even better. I have A/B'd this guitar with my buddie's 2010 Gibson 335, and it leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. Ephiphone, like Squier, has really upped its game.
     
  15. 4 Cat Slim

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    Quite a few years ago I bought an Epi Joe Pass/Emperor II model (early examples didn't have Joe's name on the
    truss rod cover or pick guard). I've been very pleased with it over the years. Don't get me wrong, i'd still love to have a Gibson L-5 or an ES-175, but I'll probably never have that kind of money to spend in this lifetime.
    I figure that if Joe himself recorded with one, it's good enough for me.

    I wish I'd picked up one of those Wildkats. Do I hear any love for those among you Epi fans?
     
  16. eugeneoh531

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    They seem to be going in and out of production, from what I see. Just looked at the GC website, and it's available for sale. May be a system issue, but I have seen them come and go. Really wrestling between getting this or saving for the Gibson.

    +1. Joe Pass/Emperor II models are beautiful. I can definitely justify getting that over the L-5, as I'll probably never get myself to drop that much cash for one.
     
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    As I recall, I picked up the JP/Emperor II and still had enough money to get some repairs done on my house that year. I like Epis, I keep thinking of some of the good examples I've encountered at all price levels.
     
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    I bought an Epi unseen. It has Gibson pickups (P94s). It's semi-solid, like a 335, not hollow like a 330. The build quality is great. It's an elitist, from Japan. Nick Valensi?

    The Wildcats are not true hollow bodies. They are chambered solid bodies, I think. I am curious about them, too. I'd really like to get a Lucille, though! If I get one I will insist everyone acknowledge I sound like BB!
     
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    I've got a 56 Goldtop Epi that I swear by.
    Better made than the last Gibson I owned....
     
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    I have two Epi's, a 50th anniversary Casino and a '49 Zenith. Both are great guitars.

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