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Gibson Snob here Will an EPI measure up?

#181 User is offline   tweed2 

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:27 PM

View PostSG player, on 17 October 2016 - 10:09 AM, said:

How can you compare an hamburger with a musical instrument ... ?

My 2000 SG Limited is an incredible guitar , the best !


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Sorry, she' not made in China ...

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#182 User is offline   Wee Davy 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:37 AM

I popped over here from the Gibson Acoustic forum to see if I could pick up some advice about an epi electric I'm considering.
I owned a G400 but it didn't suit me.

It seems I have discovered the reincarnation of GuitarLight!
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#183 User is online   kidblast 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 11:35 AM

View PostWee Davy, on 09 January 2017 - 10:37 AM, said:

I popped over here from the Gibson Acoustic forum to see if I could pick up some advice about an epi electric I'm considering.
I owned a G400 but it didn't suit me.

It seems I have discovered the reincarnation of GuitarLight!


so...

what is it that you are considering Davy?
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#184 User is offline   Wee Davy 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 11:45 AM

View Postkidblast, on 09 January 2017 - 11:35 AM, said:

so...

what is it that you are considering Davy?

I'm considering a Les Paul Special II
I don't play electric much any more but I wanted to have a go at 5 string open tuning (Keef style) just for fun.
So I don't want to spend much in case it's a disaster!

I'm 67 next week so I'm hoping there's some new tricks in this old dog.

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#185 User is online   kidblast 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:12 PM

ah ok don't have much experience with those, but I do have a few epi's that I find have been great additions to the arsenault.


namely a sheraton pro II, Swingster Royale, and a Broadway specifically.
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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:23 PM

This thread just won't go down without a fight. [tongue]

Try out the special ii and give it a whril
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#187 User is offline   Jeff Summers 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 08:46 PM

$160 on Amazon. Not much to lose. Also, if the 5 string doesn't work out, raise the strings and experiment with slide (if you don't already).

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#188 User is offline   cody78 

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 03:45 AM

Epi Special II's are great for the money. I got one for £80 used last year. Only problem I had with mine is the cheap tuners they use on them need swapping out. I'd try a few though, just to make sure you get a good one.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:02 AM

Thanks everyone, I'll give it a go.
Going back to my acoustic home for now.
See you another time.
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#190 User is offline   Sérgio 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 09:57 AM

Man, I'm new here and just read this thread.

I don't remember ever having laughed so much about a guitar-related thread [biggrin]
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#191 User is offline   Pinch 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 08:48 AM

Quite a few bloodied foreheads and dented walls, Sergio.

That said, I kind of miss him, in a Stockholm Syndrome way. I haven't had anyone tell me my Epi is a joke for months and months now.

I admit it took forever to get the sweet spot back after I lowered the action to playable, but it sounds so good now, I'm ready to argue again!
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:06 AM

I've lost interest reading this whole thread but I just want to point this out to anyone who thinks Epiphones are merely "copies" of "the real deal" gibsons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphone


Gibson's parent company acquired Epiphone because they were their main competition.

IE a lot of what we value in Gibson-style electric guitars we owe to Epiphone, either by Epiphone's original designs or by the process of competition that pushed these guitars to a higher standard than they would have without competition.



Credit where it's due.


I get that you're a gibson snob, but posting here about how epiphones are crap is just a plain troll move. You've probably antagonized everyone you know in real life enough that they won't spend time with you anymore so you have to try to antagonize us about something.

I play epiphone because I love epiphone. I love the rawer sound, the raggedy feel, the fact that I don't feel scared to take my guitar anywhere or mod the crap out of it. You can keep your gibsons dawg, but don't act like the rest of us don't know what we're talking about.
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#193 User is offline   MichaelT 

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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.
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