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  1. I have a Korean made (Samick factory,2001) EJ-200 acoustic non-cutaway that I bought a couple of years ago.The solid Sitka Spruce top is beautifully bookmatched and what is really different is that the back is made of a single piece of maple that has been split down the center and had a checkered middle strip separating the 2 halves.I have played some of the more recent EJ-200-CEs cutaway acoustic-electrics and I have to say that there is no comparison when the Korean model is put up against the Indonesian or MIC models,the Korean models are as close as you can get to the $5,000+ Gibson.Even t
  2. I bought a used 2001 Korean made EJ-200 (Samick factory) a couple of years ago.She's a non-cutaway non electric with a natural finish and she sounds HUGE and certainly gives her Gibson counterpart a run for the money.I have been considering putting electronics into her but she sounds so incredible played acoustically that I just can't get around to electrifying her.My EJ-200 was in near mint condition when I bought her for $400 Cdn. and I have kept her in the same condition ever since,if you can find a good used EJ-200 either with or without electronics,you can't go wrong-especially if it's an
  3. Congrats on buying one of the best guitars around today.I bought one of the first Trad Pros way back when they first came to market-that was about 10 years ago and I still get blown away by her amazing tonal response and ease of playing,I can play for hours and my hands never feel fatigued.
  4. Back when the first Epi Les Paul Traditional Pro came out about 10 years ago,I made a bee line for my local music store to try one out.I plugged a beautiful wine coloured Trad. Pro into a Fender Blues Jr. and was blown away by how much the guitar sounded like a vintage PAF 'burst Les Paul and immediately bought the guitar.No matter what amp I play this guitar through,she never ceases to amaze me-she is exceptionally heavy when I turn up my old JCM 800 2204 stack and let her wail-of course she also can weep like an angel when you coax some classic blues riffs from her.For my money the Trad Pro
  5. I have a 2002 Epi EJ-200 Natural made in the Samick Korea plant and she sounds huge!!!!She came from the factory with a Gibson logo imprinted in the truss rod cover and certainly sounds much better than any of the current EJ 200s and I'd have no qualms about putting her back to back with a current Gibson J-200 in a sound comparison.The only criticism I have about my EJ-200 is that it's not acoustic/electric.I am hoping to put a Fishman pickup system in her some day down the road because she sounds so fabulous aux natural she would no doubt sound phenomenal with a quality pickup system installe
  6. As far as a favourite Epi acoustic goes,I'd have to declare a tie between my Korean made (Samick plant) 2002 EJ-200 (the early Korean made model with GIBSON printed on the truss rod cover and my Indonesian made 2009 EJ-160E John Lennon model. The EJ-200 is a natural finish non-cutaway model.I'd have no qualms whatever putting my EJ-200 up against any current Gibson made J-200.The tone of the Epi is incredibly well balanced and its volume and projection is incredibly loud and clear.My nephew is a tech at Canada's largest guitar retailer and after playing my Epi J-200 for quite a while he said t
  7. Thanks for posting that info,I had lost my list of Epi date and factory codes and had to try and guess from memory,the date/factory code of the beautiful near mint EJ-200 natural finish Epi that I bought a few months ago.I had figured that she was made at the Korean Samick factory in August 2002 and was the 30633rd unit made that month and I got it all right-my ancient 63 year old brain can still retain the important things in life,such as guitar and amp specs.....what a relief.
  8. Hi Folks,I haven't been on the Forum for quite some time,I had a lot of different things on the go and also had some unexpected health issues to contend with,anyway I'm back in the swing of things again-I hope.Two weeks ago I picked up my 7th EPI,a guy I know was selling a pair of Epi EJ-200s:a Gloss Black EJ-200-CE (Cutaway Electric) and a Natural Finish EJ-200 acoustic non cutaway.Since I have always been a fan of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash I have always lusted for a Gibson J-200 (or the EPI equivilant)I prefer a natural finish and I just don't like the look of cutaway acoustics,I picked the
  9. Hi Folks,I haven't been on the Forum for quite some time,I had a lot of different things on the go and also had some unexpected health issues to contend with,anyway I'm back in the swing of things again-I hope.Two weeks ago I picked up my 7th EPI,a guy I know was selling a pair of Epi EJ-200s:a Gloss Black EJ-200-CE (Cutaway Electric) and a Natural Finish EJ-200 acoustic non cutaway.Since I have always been a fan of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash,I prefer a natural finish and I just don't like the look of cutaway acoustics,I picked the Natural Finish one.and I'm really glad that I did.The guitar ju
  10. Last week while perusing the guitars at the Reverb.com website,I came across a beautiful "Lawsuit" copy of a Martin D-28 made by Terada,Japan in the '70s.I have found out that this guitar was not only made in the Terada factory but it was one of the last guitars made by the old Mr. Terada himself.Needless to say I ordered her and she arrived across the pond in Newfoundland,Canada,the most Easterly point of North America from Manchester,England in just 4 days.The guitar is spectacular and in surprisingly great shape for a guitar approaching 50 years old.She rings out just like a D-28 and has th
  11. Last week while perusing the guitars at the Reverb.com website,I came across a beautiful "Lawsuit" copy of a Martin D-28 made by Terada,Japan in the '70s.I have found out that this guitar was not only made in the Terada factory but it was one of the last guitars made by the old Mr. Terada himself.Needless to say I ordered her and she arrived across the pond in Newfoundland,Canada,the most Easterly point of North America from Manchester,England in just 4 days.The guitar is spectacular and in surprisingly great shape for a guitar approaching 50 years old.She rings out just like a D-28 and has th
  12. It's a fact that a guitar that sits in a case in a closet etc. for years,won't sound nearly as good or lively as an identical guitar that was constantly played over the same time period.The wood that's exposed to regular playing is regularly vibrating which allows the cells in the wood to open up and consequently vibrate more freely.The wood-especially the top-of a guitar with little or no playing with eventually tighten up the cells and the grain will get tighter and therefore not allow the wood to vibrate as freely or project the sound as loudly.This is why a lot of acoustic guitar makers wi
  13. I have to laugh when I see people putting so much silly emphasis on guitar brands and especially those who insist everything other than "their" chosen brand is junk etc. As far as I'm concerned nothing screams complete ignorance about guitars more than brand snobbery.I have been playing guitar since 1964(when for my 10th birthday- 1 month after seeing The Beatles for the 1st time) when I got a no name acoustic hand-me-down from my uncle.I haven't put the guitar down since and played my first paying gig in 1969.Over these past 50+ years I have played,restored,repaired,set up etc. literally hund
  14. I own 6 Epis 1. A '61 Les Paul Custom tribute (3 humbucker,SG body) 2. A 2006 MIK Custom Shop sunburst Firebird V 3.A Les Paul Traditional Pro 4. A 2009 Indonesian made natural finish Casino 5. A Limited Edition 1965 John Lennon Casino-one of the 1st 50 made 6. A John Lennon Limited Edition EJ-160E .Of the 6 Epis-which are all exceptional guitars the 1965 John Lennon Casino is an easy pick for the Best Epiphone.I have played many Epis over the years and I have to say that the 1965 is absolutely sublime in every way,it is the easiest and most comfortable guitar on the hands that I have ever pla
  15. I think that the difference in the exchange rate maybe partially due the US dollar getting stronger but the biggest culprit is the tanking of the Canadian dollar that was largely due to the financial mismanagement of the Harper administration,which after spending over 10 years in power really managed to make a complete balls of Canada's financial standing on world markets.The worst thing is that the new Trudeau government will have to spend and devote much of their time untangling the financial mess that was Harper's legacy,time that they should have been able to devote to social programs and
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