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#21 User is offline   Dodger11 

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 02:32 PM

Yes Cougar mine is from 2007 I think
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#22 User is offline   DrRogerFisher 

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 10:21 PM

View Postbobouz, on 30 October 2016 - 11:04 AM, said:

Have to mention one other favorite:
The Kalamazoo-made FT-45 Cortez, which is a clone to the Gibson B-25 (and earlier LG-2).
Some of these can sound incredibly sweet!


My first and favourite guitar of all time. I'm now the proud owner of 3 early '60s Kalamazoo FT Cortez.
I always get compliments on their beautiful sweet mellow tone. And I think they're beautiful.
For those who haven't seen this pic, here's my little collection:

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#23 User is offline   Br1ck 

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 09:17 PM

View Postsparquelito, on 29 October 2016 - 06:22 AM, said:

I covet a 1960's vintage Epiphone Texan, but I haven't found one for sale that I can afford.
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The deal is, my 65 Texan was an inexpensive alternative to the banner J 45 I really wanted. Fantastic guitars.
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#24 User is offline   olie 

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 06:03 AM

Hey Doc-lovely collection. Is there any way you could mic them and share their sounds with the rest of us? It would be very interesting .
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#25 User is offline   DennisB643 

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 06:27 AM

The information that I have is from 60-70' the Epiphone were made on the same line as the Gibson. Only after 1970 did they go to Japan.

Yes, a Fronteer from that Era is highly desirable but they are pricey.
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500PNS
Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RE
Epiphone DR-100
Epiphone Dobro
Epiphone EL-00 Pro
Martin D-41
Fender Stratocaster
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#26 User is offline   Jase81 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 12:54 PM

I only have one Epi Acoustic so far, but IMO they have made so many beautiful ones. So, I would have to go for the one that I own...Masterbilt DR-500RANS. I wanted to post a nice picture of it here, but for some reason it is not letting me...saying the file that I can attach can only be 43k, which is weird, but oh well.
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500 RANS
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#27 User is offline   Jase81 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 12:58 PM

View PostCougar, on 29 October 2016 - 01:24 PM, said:

Wow, those are impressive. I've got to go with my 2008 EF-500 RAVS, which never ceases to amaze me how good it sounds.

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Wow...beautiful guitar!! I have a DR-500RA, which is basically your guitar in the DR Series. Mine is in Natural Satin(NS) though.
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#28 User is offline   Cougar 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:34 PM

View PostJase81, on 01 December 2016 - 12:58 PM, said:

Wow...beautiful guitar!! I have a DR-500RA, which is basically your guitar in the DR Series. Mine is in Natural Satin(NS) though.


Thanks, Jase. Welcome to the boards. Glad you got that photo posted. Nice! Yeah, I had an EF500RANS but opted for the RAVS when it came along, which happened to come with nice fossilized walrus ivory bridge pins and saddle. It's got great tone.

The RANS, now gone....
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#29 User is offline   Skeet1 

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 04:46 PM

My vote goes for my 91 SQ 180 (I also have a 94 and an 06). Per Gibson's former web page manager and assistant historian, the 89, 90, and 91 models were all made in Gibson's Bozeman MT plant not that long after Gibson acquired Flat Iron. Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides. Only part of guitar made in Korea was its neck, which is narrower than the Gibson J 180 (1.65" at the nut on the Epi). Trade regs at the time required that if any part of the guitar was made in another country, the product was labeled as such. Per the former Gibson employee referenced above, he has seen the production runs for those three years out of the Bozeman plant, and these were made there. My 94 is all laminate, and I switched out the plastic nut, bridge and pins for bone. Greatly improved the sound, but sounds nothing like my 91 which goes to a different level totally. Has that percussive, punchy Everly Brothers/J-180 sound that you recognize instantly. These 89, 90 and 91 models turn up on Ebay for $400 to $600 on occasion (one on there now to be bid on starting at $450). I found one in mint condition in Nashville and paid $950 for it and haven't regretted it one bit. Have played it with guys who have J-180's and I'd put this up against those any day. After playing it, the reaction from Martin, Gibson and Taylor players is "hey, let me see that thing."
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#30 User is offline   Seagull 

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:20 AM

http://www.epiphone....15-AJ-45ME.aspx

AJ-45ME is my favorite so far.

If they ever come out with a Masterbilt Hummingbird that might be a solid running up...
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#31 User is offline   Mulloy 

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 01:09 PM

It would have to be the only one I own. FT 155, it can sing.
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 10:36 PM

EL-00 Pro.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:52 PM

Epiphone Masterbilt® De Luxe Classic, my favorite so far!
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:23 PM

1964 Bard on the right.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 12:45 PM

My favourite Epiphone acoustic models are the Excellente and Frontier (with the cactus & rope pickguard).
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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:22 PM

View PostEnzo Heavenly, on 09 October 2018 - 08:52 PM, said:

Epiphone Masterbilt® De Luxe Classic, my favorite so far!


Nice! How is it plugged in? With that adjustable saddle setup, I don't see how it could have undersaddle electronics. But it's got nice hidden controls in the f-hole!
  • 2018 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12-string rosewood burst
  • 2011 Guild F50R burst
  • 2002 Guild JF30-12 burst
  • 2014 Martin GPC12PA4 12-string
  • 2012 Epiphone Lennon EJ-160E VS
  • 1972 Epiphone FT-160 12-string burst
  • 2012 Epiphone Dot trans cherry
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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:26 PM

View PostEnzo Heavenly, on 09 October 2018 - 08:52 PM, said:

Epiphone Masterbilt® De Luxe Classic....

Wait a minute. Do I see ebony fretboard in the specs for this guitar?

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:39 AM

My Masterbilts are great, AJ-500RNS, AJ-500MNS, DR-500PNS. But my $199 Hummingbird with Hardshell case is hot on their trail. (Sorry for the large photos)

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