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What's the best Epi?

#1 User is offline   Stevie Nazarenie 

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

So you give a new player a tip on getting an Epi... but which one?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

My reply would be questions back to the person.
What music do you like to listen to most? What kind do you want to play?

After I get a reply from that I can now recommend certain models.

Or if they're a new player, and like "all kinds of music" and don't know what they want to play I'd say........get an acoustic. Or a Dot. :)
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:27 AM

Definitely need more info. What kind of sound do you want? Have you looked at all the different Epis out there? Have you narrowed down at all?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:34 AM

All of those made prior, to Gibson's takeover! [flapper] [biggrin]

OK, seriously? The "Best" Epi (or any other make) is the one YOU like
best! Otherwise, it's pretty subjective. Try out a bunch! [thumbup]
The "Best" quality, construction, and finishes (IMHO), will be on the Made in
USA, and "Elitist" (Made in Japan) versions...period!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

It's kind of like asking "What's the best car?" Depends on how you intend to use it. Do you need room for passengers? How many? Do you plan to tow stuff or haul a lot of heavy gear? Will you be taking long trips where comfort is important, or is speed a bigger factor? How important are looks, and which designs do you find attractive?

So the questions asked by the other folks as to what kind of music you want to play are critical. I'd also add the following:

How big or small are your hands?
Do you have any back problems where weight of the guitar might be a factor?
How important are looks?
What guitars do you consider attractive?
Will you be using the guitar by yourself or with a band? Or both?
Do you want to be able to practice unplugged?
What players' tones do you like best?
What's your budget?
Do you already have an amp,or does your budget need to include both a guitar AND an amp?

Until you can answer these questions with some certainty, we won't be able to give you very valuable help, but if you CAN answer these questions, we'll be able to give you some suggestions as to which might be a good guitar for you to try out. Even so, you might find one that we suggest uncomfortable or awkward, and find another one much more to your liking -- and that's perfectly fine. The best we can offer is a place to start in finding what works FOR YOU.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:31 PM

View Postcharlie brown, on 03 April 2012 - 10:34 AM, said:

The "Best" Epi (or any other make) is the one YOU like
best! Otherwise, it's pretty subjective. Try out a bunch
The "Best" quality, construction, and finishes (IMHO), will be on the Made in
USA, and "Elitist" (Made in Japan) versions...period!


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:41 PM

All agreed so far...

Plus...check out what your favourite artists play

Then purchase the Epi that closely resembles that....

Personal favourites...

Dot

Sheraton

Casino

Nighthawk

Tom Delonge (ES 333)

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:15 AM

charlie brown said:

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OK, seriously? The "Best" Epi (or any other make) is the one YOU like
best! Otherwise, it's pretty subjective. Try out a bunch! [thumbup]
The "Best" quality, construction, and finishes (IMHO), will be on the Made in
USA, and "Elitist" (Made in Japan) versions...period!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

View PostStevie Nazarenie, on 03 April 2012 - 10:10 AM, said:

So you give a new player a tip on getting an Epi... but which one?


If you want an Epiphone design then get something like a Wildkat or a Casino. However, if there's a particular Gibson you like and you want an excellently made authorised "copy" then take your pick based on what you play - a good guide will be the styles your favourite bands use. They choose those styles for a reason.

In general if you buy a set necked Epi rather than a cheaper "bolt on" then the guitar is more upgrade worthy. More recently, a lot of Epis in the top end of their range are pre-upgraded with name brand hardware and pickups.

That's about all I can say based on the information you've given so far.


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

I was always under the impression the question was hypothetical or rhetorical, Stevie's been an active member for quite some time, his previous moniker was "prolife".
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

mine and you can't have it ! ! ! !

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:52 AM

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:58 AM

Any one that has "Custom" after the model name. [biggrin]
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:30 AM

I have 4 and I'm keeping them all!

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:33 AM

Rhetorical or not he's not giving us much to go on.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:21 AM

My 3 Epis are keepers but if I had to choose only one, my "highly customized" Sheraton II it would be
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

View PostPete.R, on 03 April 2012 - 10:27 AM, said:

You won't find it - I've already bought it


My Epis are the best..... [flapper]



I am sorry to disappoint you and anyone reading this but, MY Epis are the best. No. Really,mine are the best. All others pail...pale....whatever....mine are better dammit. [woot] \:D/ ](*,) :-({|= [thumbup]

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:00 AM

Ok, since this is stil an open platform for an answer, I'll say that without any resrevation whatsoever that the best Epiphone ever produced was the 2009 Limited Production 1962 Wilshire USA Reissue produced in the Gibson Custom Shop.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

And that's the one you own? [flapper]

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