Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:17 AM
It was just getting good, or at least moderately entertaining, and then the guy stopped right about the time my popcorn finished popping. I'm guessing he got banned? He sure did post lots of nice guitars. Were any of those actually his? There was sure a lot of set up shots. I don't know that I'd go to that much trouble taking pictures of my personal guitars.
Anyway, I pretty much only play Gibsons and have for years and they've never let me down. I've played Epiphones in the past, maybe 15-20 years ago, and took the opportunity to play a few recently. The lower end ones were worse than the lower end Gibsons in sound and quality and playability. Or, at least the way they were set up at a store whose initials are GC. Once I got past the bolt on neck Epiphones into the higher end ones, they got better and better. Playing a couple of mid-range Epiphones and a couple Les Paul Fadeds, Studios and Tributes, seemed to be pretty similar, the Epiphone higher end being better than the lower to mid range Gibsons. The higher end Gibson Standards, HP, Traditionals, Classic Reissues definitely felt and sounded different to my old ears. Epiphone has definitely have come a long way in quality and workmanship in the recent models I've played, even lower end. What I've heard again and again is that they're not US made, cheaper electronics and woods, worse fret work. I didn't notice this difference on the more expensive Epiphones and I took about an hour and a half testing different lower end Gibsons and Epiphones for my son. A good playing and sounding guitar is what's important, not so much the name on the headstock. I've played some pretty bad Gibson Les Paul Standards and Customs over the years and a few really great ones as well.
I also have a little piece of crap Dixon Flying V that I had fretwork done, pickups replaced, pots replaced, Kahler whammy put on back in the early 80's and that guitar plays and sounds amazing to this day. $200.00 guitar and $300 to $400 put into it made all the difference in the world. It's not the same as my Les Paul, of course, but still plays well and sounds great for what it is. It's a great backup guitar and the only guitar I own with a whammy bar.