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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 though the Indonesian and MIC models are quite good guitars,I'd take my 2001 MIK non-cutaway acoustic EJ-200 over any MIC or MII EJ-200-CE acoustic-electric any day.
  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 early 2000's non-cutaway Korean made Samick factory model.
  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 is one of the best guitar buys around today.
  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 installed in her.
  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 that it was far superior to its current Gibson counterpart in both playability and tone,in fact he said that it was closer in tone to a '50s or '60s J-200.As far as the EJ-160E John Lennon model goes,its tone-although similar to the '60s original,doesn't exactly reproduce its tone.All that changes when the guitar is plugged into an AC-15 or 30.When I first plugged my EJ-160E into my AC-15 for the first time and played the opening riff of "I Feel Fine" I immediately got a serious case of goosebumps-the closeness to the sound of the original was uncanny.I'd have no problem recommending either of these beautiful guitars to anyone,they are first rate playability and excellent tone.
  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 Natural Finish one.and I'm really glad that I did.The guitar just is an incredible instrument from it's flawless construction and meticulous attention to detail with the binding and inlays as well as the internal bracing.The tone of the guitar is perfectly balanced throughout the whole tonal spectrum and it is the loudest acoustic guitar that I've ever heard,but it isn't at all overpowering or unpleasant to listen to.The neck is also the most comfortable acoustic neck that I ever played,the action is incredibly close the whole length of the fretboard but there is absolutely no buzzing at all.I'm after losing my dating and factory codes info for Epis from reading the serial numbers.Could someone please help me refresh my memory by deciphering the Serial No. of my new baby? The Serial No. is: S020830633 am I close in figuring that she's made at the Samick plant in Korea and was made on August 30,2002 or have I completely forgotten my code deciphering?Thanks in advance. BTW: Those who have been on the Forum for a few years,may remember that I'm a complete Luddite when it comes to computers and consequently have no skills in posting pix etc. I'm hoping that some time during the upcoming week,I can enlist the help of one of my computer literate buddies and I can post pix of my Epis as well as the additions I have made to my guitarsenal since I was last on the Forum,I now have 39 little darlings which isn't a heck of a lot when compared to the number of guitars that guys like Rick Neilson,Joe Walsh,Keef Richards etc. have,nor is it a lot when you consider that I've been buying guitars since the late 60s.There may still be pix in the Forum archives under the heading of Bonzoboy's Guitar Family or possibly Bonzoboy's Babies.Cheers.
  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 just is an incredible instrument from it's flawless construction and meticulous attention to detail with the binding and inlays as well as the internal bracing.The tone of the guitar is perfectly balanced throughout the whole tonal spectrum and it is the loudest acoustic guitar that I've ever heard,but it isn't at all overpowering or unpleasant to listen to.I'm after losing my dating and factory codes info for Epis from reading the serial numbers.Could someone please help me refresh my memory by deciphering the Serial No. of my new baby? The Serial No. is: S020830633 am I close in figuring that she's made at the Samick plant in Korea and was made on August 30,2002 or have I completely forgotten my code deciphering?THanks in advance. BTW: Those who have been on the Forum for a few years,may remember that I'm a complete Luddite when it comes to computers and consequently have no skills in posting pix etc. I'm hoping that some time during the upcoming week I can post pix of my Epis as well as the additions I have made to my guitarsenal since I was last on the Forum,I now have 39 little darlings which isn't a heck of a lot when compared to the number of guitars that guys like Rick Neilson,Joe Walsh,Keef Richards etc. have,nor is it a lot when you consider that I've been buying guitars since the late 60s.There may still be pix in the Forum archives under the heading of Bonzoboy's Guitar Family or possibly Bonzoboy's Babies.Cheers.
  10. I would never get rid of a guitar with such a beautiful maple cap on it.If the guitar plays well,has good action and holds its tuning,you could always opt for changing out the pickups to Epis own excellent Pro-Buckers,Gibson Burstbuckers,Bare Knuckles,Lollars or the fabulous Vineham Sweet V'59s.Don't sell,swap or throw out the pups that you remove because there will most likely come a time in the future when you say to yourself "She sounded pretty goog in the first place with these original pickups,I wish I had kept them." I have always come to eventually regretting getting rid of every bit of gear that I ever sold or traded-so 32 guitars later,I don't for one minute regret keeping any of them.
  11. I just watched the Them Beatles videos and was floored by their covers and the attention to detail from the exacting vocals and instrumentation right down to the stage movements,facial expressions and body language of the guys-they have studied their respective roles intensively and it shows.
  12. I tip my hat to you my friend,your expertise and obsessive attention to detail is incredible,Clarkus will certainly look and sound even moreso the part of John Lennon when Them Beatles do their Madison Sq. Gardens part of their shows-you are a true artisan.I would love to see one of their performances because they have obsessive attention to detail in replicating every aspect of The Beatles' performances.To those who weren't around in the halcyon days of The Beatles and those who were there are want to relive them Clarkus and company are doing a great service and now you are also part of that great service.Take a well deserved bow guys.
  13. Bach's Greatest Organ Works-Peter Hurford.It's an unbelievable album,Hurford's manual dexterity and footwork with the bass pedals is astounding.BTW the organist of Iron Butterfly was the son of a church organist and the intro of Inna Gadda Da Vida was inspired by a Bach fugue.
  14. Epiphones are all premium quality guitars that are way beyond the quality of other brands in their price range.The fit and finish and attention to detail as well as the tone are sll superb.
  15. @ Lord Summerisle: The problem that you had with your Korean Firebird must have been inherent in the bolt-neck models.I have an '06 Custom Shop sunburst and it's simply a great guitar and what really makes it outstanding is that it sounds just like a mid 60s SG.The guitar is also a great player too and stays in tune for hours of constant hard playing. It's a pity that your guitar was plagued with problems because the black finish is reallt striking.
  16. I have bought 6 Epiphones so far and have never been anything less than thrilled by either one of them.I know enough about about guitars not to buy into brand snobbery, as far as I'm concerned people who show prejudice against certain brands or can't see beyond one particular brand are only displaying their ignorance about guitar brands.I tried out my first Epiphone with an open mind and was so amazed by it that I bought 2 more besides it then and there.I have 2 John Lennon models and I was so impressed by them that I wrote Yoko Ono and thanked her for letting Epiphone release the John Lennon models-she actually answered my letter,but that's another story.Thevery best Les Paul that I've ever played-and I've played many over the past 45 years of playing and repairing guitars-was an Epiphone 1959 reissue Les Paul,it was absolutely flawless and sounded and played like no other I'd ever had my hands on,regretably my finances at the time didn't allow me to buy it. When I did go looking for a Les Paul I looked into the Epi Traditional Pro and the second I plugged it in I was sold on it as it sounded identical to the PAF Les Paul that Robert Fripp used on the very first King Crimson album on songs like Epitaph and I Talk To The Wind.AS far as I'm concerned Epiphones are giving their parent brand Gibson a really good run for the money lately as their quality is just sublime.
  17. With regard to the Gibson/Garrison plant in Mt. Pearl,Newfoundland,Canada.That plant was shut down at least 2 years ago and all the inventory even Garrison guitars that people had left there in good faith and had nothing to do with Gibson for repairs were packed up and sent back to the U.S.All the manufacturing equipment was also disassembled and sent back too.I know this because my daughter worked there installing tuning pegs,necks and electronics and her old boyfriend was in charge of the finishing/refinishing part of the plant.The closure was dropped on them one Friday,they were simply told that they were not to show up any more. There were a lot of people who had nothing to do with this very put out about it.There at least 2 dozen Garrison guitars that had absolutely nothing to do with Gibson left there to be worked on and some of them were the top shelf models that were there for little more than a truss rod adjustment.I don't know who ended up with these beautiful guitars as Garrison is no more and with its innovative design and bracing it is destined to become quite collectable.A very good musician friend has tried several times in vain to trace his prized Garrison that he used gigging and it was their most expensive model.So far nobody from Gibson or the ex CEO of Garrison has been forth coming with any answers.
  18. Hi Morkolo,What part of the province are you from?I'm on the Southern Shore and about the only musician here not into Irish music,I love Beatles,Hendrix and British Invasion as well as blues and alternative.Bonzoboy.

  19. If it's an '05 Elitist model it would be worth anywhere from $900-$1100.That's the only Epi C.G. I have info on.
  20. I found the perfect cure for insomnia.....sleep.
  21. As others have stated a guitars sound is purely subjective,it depends on your genres of music,the feel you get from the guitar etc.I love the sound of my Casinos and I love my old Hagstroms but their sounds and feel are quite different.I'd say try out each on the same amp,then make your choice. ----------------------------------------------------------------
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