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  1. I gotta admit, this guitar has put the "hook" in me pretty good! I love the looks and I also love the sound of a Gibson P94 ( I have them in a Gibson ES195) ... really a superb pickup. There is just a small niggle I have with it ... $800 for an Indonesian made guitar and they won't even bump you a case? Any Epiphone I have ever purchased at and around that price point has come with one. Epi is getting a little stingy lately ... the Black and Blue Casino is mysteriously missing a case too. Jim
  2. ... and it's a Gibson, right? That was sort of the point ... Eiphone has never done a completely correct version of the Firebird. Anyway, here are a couple of pics of the Epi Firebird that I used to own. Nice guitar ... just not a Firebird in the sense that an Epiphone Les Paul is a real Les Paul, is it? Jim
  3. I ownwd an Epiphone Firebird years ago. Great guitar, but a "Bird without neck-through construction and banjo tuners just isn't really a Firebird is it? This is my Gibson Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Firebird ... one of my favorite guitars! Jim
  4. "One of each" is the only possible answer, Shakey! They are each so different from one another that of course, you will want both! Jim
  5. I was eyeballing the very same Casino on the Sweetwater Gear Gallery, El. It is beautifully grained and altogether gorgeous ... I'm glad it went to someone in The Forum. Big congrats! Jim
  6. I own a '61 Anniversary, and I can't imagine the Elitist being THAT much better ... but I still want one just in case it is! Jim
  7. Great work, Fromnabulax! I have that very same guitar and so far mine has remained completely stock ... but this post is inspirational. I have P94 pickups in a Gibson ES-195 and they are extraordinary. I bet they sound amazing in the Florentine! Enjoy your unique guitar, man ... you had a vision and saw it through to completion! Jim
  8. A very different take, but Firebird all the way. The Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Firebird ... Jim
  9. You hear that, Ug? Even the cork sniffers are calling you a CORK SNIFFER! Jim
  10. What they WILL sound is ... different, Steve. Especially if you've been using humbuckers or "Fender-style" single coils up to this point. Don't forget that 'buckers were developed as a replacement/improvement over P90's and that it was player demand that kept them around. They do have a different tone though ... one that I love ... but different. They can be warmer, thicker, grittier, harder that their twin coiled counterparts ... and I find them to be quite a bit more reactive to your picking hand as well. You'll get 'em dialed in, don't worry. You amp will be a big part of the puzzle, so
  11. I picked up this guitar a couple of months ago and just never got around to taking pictures and posting about it. I have always loved the look of Firebirds, but other than owning an Epiphone Firebird VII for a while, never took the plunge on a Gibson model. Then this thing came along and really but the hook into me! To begin with, as much as I like and admire Jeff Baxter, I've never seen him actually PLAY a Firebird, so that whole connection was kind of lost on me and didn't play the least bit into my purchasing decision ... the sound and feel of this great axe, however, did. In the ve
  12. Just took this out of the box the day before yesterday ... it's been a wonderful Honeymoon so far! Here are the Sweetwater pics as well as a couple of lousy ones of my own when I could force myself to stop playing ... A 2014 Les Paul Traditional Goldtop w/P90's and a Bigsby: Jim
  13. If any of you ever get over to the Gibson side, you might have noticed that I ordered a Gibson Les Paul Traditional with P90’s and a Bigsby last weekend. Well, it showed up and is a marvelous guitar … a real home run for Gibson. So … I decided that I no longer really needed my 2011 Epiphone Les Paul ‘56 Goldtop. I grabbed it and a couple of others that were no longer getting any attention and headed off the my old stomping grounds at Guitar Center top see what I could get for them. We always used to treat folks pretty fairly there and I figured, as a former employee, I had a better that a
  14. "The sun'll come out ... tomorrow." Jim
  15. That it is, Lazarus. Gibson used the Vibramate adapter to install the Bigsby on this model. They also include the regular stop tailpiece with the guitar (although I don't think its going to get much use on this axe!) Jim
  16. I haven't read a single bad word on this guitar. I personally wish they had left the 50's neck on it instead of going 60's slim taper, but I can deal with it. These are the Sweetwater pics and I'll be blasting paint off the walls before next weekend!!! The Les Paul Traditional Goldtop w/P90's and Bigsby: Jim
  17. Thanks for the kind words. guys ... I am really loving this guitar! The roller bridge is pinned, RS and is completely stock on the guitar. I must say that coupled with the six-in-line headstock, this thing stays in tune beautifully. I am a bit of a Bigsby nut, and speaking strictly from a tuning stability standpoint, this guitar kind of puts my Gretsch's to shame (yes, that's a White Falcon and a Penguin you see in that pic!) It sounds quite different from my ES-345, Steve. The ES-195 is a full hollow-body and those a P94 single coils you see on there. The depth falls in-between a 335
  18. I just got this delivered a couple of days ago, and I've finally been able to put it down long enough to share a few pics with you. It is a brand spanking new ES-195 from the good folks at Gibson Memphis. It joins my ES-345. I know that there have been a couple of pretty positive posts about his one and, while I try not to get overly hysterical about a new guitar, this one could easily end up being my #1! It is simply an absolute pleasure to play, hear AND see ... a real homerun in my opinion! Not going to bore you with specs that you already know or can easily find out ... so here are
  19. Buy it from a place that has a return policy ... that way you can see if you bond with it over a period of time instead of just a few minutes of playing. Personally, I've never had an SG that I could bond with. I love the way they look, love the way they sound, and love guys that can play 'em ... but I'm just not that guy! Best of luck! Jim
  20. Sada is quite right. It all depends on whether you cab get it shipped to your location ... Here it is on the Guitar Center site: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-WildKat-Ltd-Electric-Guitar-101392074-i1149949.gc $349 brand new with return privilege and a warranty ... and a nice, flamey, natural top. We Americans sometimes forget how good we have it guitar-wise. Best of luck in your d]search, Christy ... a Wildkat is definitely worth owning! Jim
  21. Thanks, guys! I've been having some fun getting to know her a little bit. The pickups are nice. They are Alnico V's that the sales blurb refers to as " Classic Open-Top™ Humbucker's". They look a little like black-top Filtertrons to me. There is no maple at all on this guitar so the sound is quite dark and mellow ... but not "muddy" ... and she sustains like a beast! Here's a link to Gibson's spec sheet: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Epiphone/70s-Inspired-Les-Paul-Custom-Blackback/Specs.aspx Jim
  22. So here's a fun one: Almost two years ago, I posted this review of a "new" guitar that we got in at the store: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/67846-snapshot-review-epiphone-limited-edition-les-paul-custom-blackback/page__p__920018__hl__midiman56__fromsearch__1#entry920018 If you recall (or just read the review again) I was VERY impressed with this LP Custom ... and I SOLD the darn thing within minutes of taking the one and only picture of it. So that was it ... we never got another one in at the store and I moved on to other things ... UNTIL TODAY! I got called over to t
  23. For what it's worth, I think I get where Victek is coming from on this one ... I own several guitars with the coil splitting option. I didn't buy them BECAUSE of this feature ... they just came that way, and I very rarely, if ever use the "single coil" voice on any of them. They just don't do it for me sonically. As Bluesman so perfectly illustrated in his post, traditional single coil tonalities are a combination of several production methods ... each having a distinct and "different" voice. Split hummers have one too ... just not one that I find particularly pleasant. Nope ... n
  24. I got my first Epiphone way back in the early 70's ... and I really didn't like it very much! Despite that, I kept coming back for more. Epi's are by far the MOST represented brand in my collection. I'm continually impressed by their quality and "bang-for-the-buck". They allow many of us who might not otherwise be able to own the variety of guitars we do the opportunity to create music on fine instruments ... at a fraction of the cost of other brands ... and THAT is what is most important to me! Jim
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