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Elias Graves

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  1. That's what I thought. Masterbilt doesn't necessarily mean solid wood but is more like a "premium" label. Nothing wrong with a laminated top archie; many of the best ever have been lam tops.
  2. Gibson bought Epiphone because they were the stiffest competition in archtop guitars. If Epiphone woulda had better management, the tables could be turned & we'd see Chinese built Gibsons and New York made Epis.
  3. These models were never solid wood, were they?
  4. The headstock is a big one...from a hollowbody. Has Epi ever used the big headstock on a Les Paul?
  5. A casino style cover with height adjustment shims not screwed down. You can see it a little better. Dogear, top, has mounting tabs. No tabs on the soapbar. The dogear uses a bathtub baseplate with lips while the soapbar uses a flat one. In many cases, one can swap bases and convert one to the other. As you can see, the bobbins are the same. Only the baseplate and cover distinguish them. Some dogear pickups have no holes for screws through the body, though. Those cant be changed. The 48mm spaced Casino neck pickup would be tough to change. I've never seen a 48mm flat base plate or soapbar cover.
  6. 339 from 2015 Casino MIK 1996 but the pickups are the same as new ones.
  7. They are very different pickups and aren't interchange. The Casino uses a dogear pickup which has tabs that stick out the ends of the base plate. Screws go directly into the guitar top. The Casino pickups are a strange animal. The bridge pickup is tall and has 50mm pole spacing while the neck pickup is shorter, angled and has 48mm pole spacing. The Casino also uses a chrome plated brass cover. Hot hot the pups have been has varied over the years. The last few I played of the more recent ones seemed to have fairly hot pickups. The P90 pro uses a soapbar pickup that mounts with screws that go between the 2-3 and 4-5 pole screws. In most cases, there is a block of foam, spring or tubing to take up space and allow some height adjustability. Both pickups on my 339 read 8.0k resistance, which is a bit on the low end of the spectrum for strength for P90s. Both pickups have the modern 50mm pole spacing on both pickups. Like Gibson, they seem to be both "P90" with no distinction made between a neck& bridge model. I consider them to be the best P90 I've heard in a modern Epiphone.
  8. Single volume/tone and switch is what I finally settled on after 3-4 tries at different schemes. Sounded terrific after that. The maple neck on those gives em a nice snap.
  9. I've played 6 Wildkats and owned an Alley Kat which uses the same wiring. The problem is the extra potentiometer in the chain in the form of the master volume knob. It's an extra 500k load after the switch. P90s and humbuckers/minis (in the Alleykat) weren't designed to have that much load on them and they tend to get really dark sounding. Remove the master volume and they really come to life. On the Wildkat, the chrome plated brass covers also bleed highs off the signal so it's a double hit. They definitely benefit from a wiring job. The way the scheme is laid out, long wire runs are required to the switch and the master volume. Because of the tone control location, an extra run is needed back to it. It's crazy.
  10. I actually did change these pickups out then put the originals back. They sound wonderful.
  11. The E stays. The pickups are the factory Epiphone soapbar p90s.
  12. Oklahoma. I've owned this house five years and can't make any progress on the yard. It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Time for some soil testing, I suppose. The more I fight, the deader the grass gets and the bigger the weeds become. It's cursed.
  13. Bone stock, I'll add. I installed some Duncan Antiquities but put the originals back in. The lower output pups suit this guitar perfectly and they just sing.
  14. The hardest guitar I've owned to photograph. My new camera finally nabbed the color, though. I'm stoked. Best money I ever spent on a guitar. I'm a guy who mods so much I started building my own but this one has taken over #1 duties running away. I can't say enough about it. Thank you, Epiphone.
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