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  1. It's an E-Series Epiphone Basher made 2001-2002. Bolt neck, laminated body, nothing special. Epiphone Wiki on the Basher
  2. It has nothing to do with the quality of wood, but rather the type of wood. Mahogany is an open grain wood, and susceptible to breaking where the headstock angles back. As the headstock angles, the mahogany is cut across the grain creating what they call short grain. Not only is that the weakest part of the wood, it's also the exact point that absorbs most impact when the end of the headstock hits something. As we say in Latin, Neckum snapum en teum. All mahogany necks with an angle headstock risk this damage, even Gibsons. Ask anyone who ever knock a Gibby off a guitar stand. Actually, since most Epiphones use a scarf joint to attach the headstock to the neck, they might even be a bit less likely to break. If you're worried about it, why not consider a Sheraton with a maple neck? You don't have the same problem with weak grain - maple is closed grain. Plus maple absorbs shocks way better than mahogany. But you don't get the same warmth with maple. It's part of the Gibson sound, set mahogany neck with an angle headstock. Yes, it's a bit more fragile but I wouldn't worry, just be careful and don't drop it. Don't leave it in a vulnerable place where someone might knock it over, and if you gig, get strap locks!!!
  3. Hey Twang, whatcha been up to??? The Samick bridges are 72mm post-2-post, as opposed to the standard 74mm bridges so it's pretty close. Some old MIJ bridges are 72mm as well. I've done that trick once or twice as well. I still get an occasional email now & then asking about those bridges. What I suggest is buying a standard bridge and then elongate the outside of the post holes with a drill. Shave a mm off of each one and it will go right on.
  4. Hey Cal, it's LongMan's Sherry that has the Samick bridge. Your guitar looks like an early to mid 90s MIK, (but not Samick) just like you suspected.
  5. You're talking about this guitar? There's no doubt that's a Samick bridge, and I'd like to verify that Saein also used them. Do you have a picture of the serial #, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
  6. Here's what Blue Book says: "...available in Natural or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1982-1992 (as Emperor), 1993-94 (as Emperor II), 1995-current (Joe Pass Emperor II) . In 1994, Heritage Cherry Sunburst was introduced. In 1995, silk-screened Joe Pass signature added to pickguard. In 1996, select Spruce top replaced laminate maple top; Metallic Gold and Wine Red finishes were introduced. In 2000, Metallic Gold and Wine Red finishes disc." They don't distinguish the MIJ Emperors from the MIKs, which explains the 1982-1992. I always thought Joe Pass became an Epiphone endorser in September of 1993, so I was surprised by the 1991 ads with him. I just checked and found the origin of the confusion. Joe wrote a letter in September 1993 stating: "I endorse Epiphone Emperor for Gibson but play ES175 they made for me last year - a great guitar." There's no mention of when he started endorsing the Emperor in the letter, but I guess people assumed that the letter corresponded with his endorsement. Here's an actual scan of the letter: Hope this helps you out. Thanks, and take care.
  7. Yep, that looks like a 1999 Spruce top to me. "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sherlock Holmes
  8. That bridge is an Samick bridge, not the standard TOM you would expect to find on a 2000 Saein. The bridge, tuning pegs, Gibson TRC & painted E on the pickguard indicate an early Samick, between 1989 - 1992. Is the serial # on a sticker rather than engraved? Around 1992 they started stamping / engraving serial #s starting with a letter to indicate the factory. Samick is S, Saein is I if I remember correctly. Prior to 1992, there was no need for a factory code, Samick was the Korean supplier for almost all Epis. One word of caution, those bridges are nearly impossible to find and the spacing is not the same as a standard TOM. I used to be able to get them for forum members, and I ended up getting the last couple of gold ones available. So keep it clean, wipe it down to keep the hand oils from corroding the saddles. The early Samick Sheratons are great guitars, I've had a few of them over the years.
  9. Sure thing, but no guarantees. Actually, I was trying to tell from the photo of the guitar you posted, but there's not enough detail to distinguish the grain pattern. Spruce is the most common top on an acoustic guitar, and typically it has straight line grain pattern like this: Maple is usually not that uniformly straight grained: So if you can get a good photo of the grain, we'll take a look at it and see if we can figure it out (no pun intended).
  10. 57 CH G are the standard PAF style pickups used on Korean Dots. F & R = front and rear. There was also a 57 HOT-G used for LP bridge pickups. The CH indicates chrome covers (I think). Honestly, I don't see the problem with the serial #, 00 = 2000, 04 = April, 0006 = guitar #6 that month. Samick declared bankruptcy around 1996, and Epiphone subcontracted with many Korean manufacturers to handle their needs. Even the major factories like Unsung, Peerless & Saien could not handle the volume, at one point Epiphone was the largest selling brand and Samick made over half of the guitars in the world (I think they still do). The fact that there's no factory code might just indicate that it was made by one of the other Korean factories Epiphone would use on occasion.
  11. Here's a quick rundown of the Korean Emperors as I understand it: Prior to 1993, it was just called the Emperor. Joe Pass endorsed the Emperor in 1993 (September I believe), moved the switch moved from the lower horn to the upper bout and it became the Emperor II. Joe died in 1994, and in 1995 the Joe Pass signature was added to the pickguard & TRC and it officially became the Joe Pass Emperor II. An original Emperor should have the switch on the horn, so we know yours is an Emperor II. Maybe it's a really early Emperor II, possibly manufactured before the Emperor II was announced in 1993. I'm sure Epiphone had anticipated the endorsement and wanted to have the new model ready to ship when the announcement was made. And as far as the signature, I wouldn't be surprised if Epiphone upgraded their existing inventory with the new pigkguards to make them current. It wouldn't have been difficult. Here's a good way to decipher the clues. The original Emperor IIs had maple tops, they changed to spruce tops in 1996. My guess is that JP wanted spruce but they decided to use up the leftover maple Emperor bodies. If yours has a maple top, it's one of those crossover models. If it's a spruce top, you're serial # makes no sense at all. We tend to think of the serial # as an absolute, at least I do. A guitar isn't made on a particular day, and a production run of Emperor bodies might have taken months to finish. And what started off as an Emperor might have ended up an Emperor II. And that run could have supplied Epiphone for a couple of years. Just to make things more confusing, and just to demonstrate that things are not always as they seem, look at this interesting ad that is on the excellent Epiphone Wiki page: This wording of this as implies that Joe Pass was still alive, and it's an original Emperor (note switch) with a signature pickguard. I assume this was a really early ad, and they wanted to sell off the original Emperors before rolling out the Emperor IIs. I don't think I've ever seen an Emperor with that particular signature pickguard.
  12. Thanks, but I'm getting so old I think it actually stands for "Mack Grand-Daddy"! The effort you've put into EpiWiki is much appreciated.
  13. Absolutely, the distributor in Japan handled American Gibsons and Korean Epis in addition to MIJ Epis & Orvilles. I was only addressing the fact that it wasn't MIJ as the OP suggested. FYI, the 1998 Epiphone on line catalog did list Alder / Mahagony: LP-100 Studio Features & Benefits Scale Nut Length: 24.75" Nut Wide: 1.68" Specifications Pickups 2 Humbuckers Hardware Chrome Scale/Nut width 24.75" / 1.68" Neck Joint Bolt Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard/Inlay RW / Dot Body Material Alder / MahoganyTop Alder / Maple 1998 Epi Catalog
  14. Peter is correct, the LP-100s are Korean. All the Japanese LPs are high end set neck models made by Fuji Gen (hollow bodies were made by Terada). Also, I'm pretty sure that there weren't any Epiphone LPs made for the Japanese market at that time, they were Orville by Gibson (or just Orville) to distinguish them from the Korean Epiphones. The Orville brand was used from 1988 - 1998, and when the Orville brand was discontinued, they started using the Epiphone brand on the MIJs. The domestic Japanese models can be distinguished by the headstock which was the same as the Gibson open book headstock. When Epiphone Japan created the Elitist line for export, they designed a unique headstock to distinguish them from the JDM models. That's a rough history, hope it helps. Why not post some pix?
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