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  1. So it seems that this headstock is exclusive to the '89 LP. Or, if its an Epi LP with this headstock its an '89, whichever way you you want to say it. Right?? I know that it was used on the semi-hollows but I think the logo on those had the typical Epi slant/tilt, whereas the LP's logo was straight across. Someone with that era Samick semi can clear that up real quick........J
  2. Just going back over old posts and came across this one. SH's 1989 catalog is obviously correct, however, on the ehow.com/about Samick site it states that LP's were not produced there until the mid '90's. Don't understand why there's confusion on this point but that just adds, or detracts, mojo to the guitar. All in all, I have mine and being that I have no S/N I am comfortable saying that its an '89 with a dark cherryburst. Still plays great and as I've stated before if I had to sell the entire stable this would be the last to go, including the '88 pre-historic '59 RI Gibby. The only identifying mark on it is the number 6 or 9 in the bridge pup cavity shown in the pics. I don't know about the 17 degree headstock being accurate on the Epi though. I think we had a way to measure that on the old old forum but I never did try to measure it. Whatever, its a good guitar and I'm glad I have it..............J www.ehow.com/about_5427510_early-samick-lp-guitars.html
  3. I really didn't want to change the bridge, but at the time it was the only guitar that had the sound that I needed and the stock bridge wasn't quite right. So the story goes. Walnut huh? Works for me! I've had it since 1970 and it was given to me. Thanks...........J
  4. Aha.... Maybe my '65 lower S/N starting at 225 indicates the lower end of the guitars made then. I think brand new this one was about $110 retail and included a brown 'cardboard' type case which I discarded quite awhile back.........J
  5. Thanks for the info. I was thinking that 'most' of the headstocks at that time were pretty much the same for all the acoustics. I just posted a pic of my '65 Cortez, S/N 225200 in another post and thought that the El Dorado would have been in the same ballpark.........J
  6. Don't know for sure but that doesn't look like the correct headstock and the S/N should be in the 225000 range shouldn't it?.............J
  7. This is a '65 Cortez FT45N. (N = natural). It has solid mahogany back and sides. (EDIT.... or is it rosewood?? I dunno). I replaced the adjustable bridge in '93 and had a Fishman pickup installed. Still a nice guitar...EDIT... No way I'd sell it for a mere $200.. NO WAY!................J
  8. I wonder what JL used for his Casino... Any Beatle guys know?...............J
  9. I've never looked into this, but just wonder how many icons, like Jimmy Page, Angus Young etc., play or played with open coil pups. It obviously will make a difference, but just how much who knows. I'm an old dog and don't like the cosmetic look of open coil, but understand that the sound is what's most important......................J
  10. Just curious. Is this the pup that everyone is changing out of their DOT's? I'm usually the 'odd man out' on the pickup controversy but these are stock in my '05 EE and I think they sound good. 'Course, I'm not doing any stage or recording work. Maybe if I was, I would need to change them out?? I play the DOT thru a '60's Magnavox Estey tube amp with one twelve and its sweet.....................J
  11. Andresmess........ Just my opinion, others will have more to say. At least you're looking at two very fine instruments. I hate to steer anybody away from a guitar but, to me, its kinda simple. What style of music do you play? The Electric Spanish, ES-175 is an excellent jazz style guitar that can also be used for only a few other syles of music - i.e., manipulating your tone knobs can get you into the Brian Setzer (sp?) Stray Cats sound, but only kinda. I had a '68 Gibson ES-175 in my collection for years. I finally sold it because I simply never played it being that I did Top 40 cover songs during the '70's and '80's. A fine instrument but not very versatile. IMO The DOT, is another animal that is very versatile indeed. You can get very "close" to the ES-175 sound and also a plethora of other sounds. I say go for the DOT. Much more versatile. Again, this is based on the style you play. Don't limit yourself with your choice.......................J
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