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  1. Hngd! You get bang for your buck for sure with the tribute model!
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    Kind of off topic but does anyone know when John added the gold Grovers to his casino? I know that all of the pics from the rooftop performance show it with the original oval button tuners. ***Edit just resized the pics and see the Grovers***
  3. The only major change to the burst pattern of this model was from the initial run ( however many years ago that was?) Until about a year in. The first run was almost black with no brown fade into a lighter shaded center. Ever since the second run they have had a 60's style burst.
  4. If you look at the blue tag with the sn#, the first two numbers are the year an the third and fourth numbers are the month.
  5. Note this is just my opinion but Epiphone really improved the IBJL Casinos from the first run to the one produced after mid 2011. The first run had the wrong color burst,the f holes were painted and unplugged they sounded tbe same as a standard. The ones after 2011 had the correct burst, no paint on the f holes and the finish seemed to be a bit thinner giving a better acoustic tone and much closer to the Elitist in sound. Lile I said this is my opinion after playing several IBJL models and Elitist.
  6. We can keep our fingers crossed! Cherry,Royal Tan,Vintage Sunburst would be sweet!
  7. I too am beginning to wonder about the availability? Sweetwater has the two naturals available and that's all I have been able to find on any US websites, no other places are accepting backorders? I am not trying to be negative but the fact The Music Zoo has them on b/o means nothing more than they have them on order not that they will get them. I am sorry guys I am just frustrated having to hunt down new guitars that I would like to purchase.
  8. Congrats! Great lookin refin! The old Royal Tan is one of my favorite finishes. Maybe we'll see it on more semi-hollow/hollow bodys in the future.
  9. Love the 60's Sheraton headstock, now if we could get a Sheraton with the vintage headstock. There is also something that looks right about a Les paul or an SG with an "open book" headstock.
  10. That Riviera was an awesome reissue but availability ( atleast in the US ) was spotty to near non-exsistant.
  11. HNGD!!! These have really got my attention, I love the Goldtop. I haven't had a chance to play one yet, about how much does yours weigh? Thanks!
  12. Looks sharp! 1 of 40 is truly a "Limited Edition" model!
  13. Congrats, you can't beat a screamin P-90!
  14. I like the 61 SG, the neck profile is the same as the SC Special they released a couple of years ago. Now if they had only put neck binding and strip tuners on the specials! We can alway mod though.
  15. I noticed this past weekend looking at Casino's on Sweetwater. I did a little research on the web and have found this to be the case atleast as far back as mid 2011, could have been earlier. I wonder if all current MIC Casino's ( IBJL & Standard ) are made in the same plant? If so it may be a case of leaving the tooling specs the same for production/continuity sake. Either way I am always a big fan of Epi using vintage specs!
  16. Can't see the top real good but it looks like a 1989 one year wonder openbook type headstock.
  17. HNGD!!!! How does it play? Seems like that outfit is alot of bang for the buck!
  18. When I get home tonight I'll do a comparison,I have a 66, 96 and an 07. I know I am probaly being picky but why does historical seem to be so difficult? The current Sheraton is back to a 5pc neck but a generic body, I guess my point is there are certain appointment that make a Sheraton a Sheraton or a Riviera a Rivera. i understand that there sales market and price point is different than what it was in the 60's but I don't think that era correct headstocks and body shapes are too much to ask for or would change the price point that much?
  19. Mark was yours made at the Unsung Plant? I have an 07 ( MIK Unsung ) that looks like yours, It is more of a bright cherry red as apposed to the darker ones from the Peerless plant. Really the only difference between the MIK 07 and the MIC re-issues is the headstock inlay and the trc.
  20. Yeah "Vintage Burst" 6 string Elite/Elitist seem to be non-exsistent, the few used one that co me available are cherry. Good luck in your search! The Epi marketing stratengy does make you scratch your head. The Japanese market seems to be a higher quality market ( the laquer series Les Pauls, Riviera reissue, Riviera II,335's w/openbook headstock ) with more variety. I hate to complain much here in the US because I know our friends from abroad have a harder time getting some models than we do here in the US. There have been a few model that have been out there but nearly impossible to find, the Riviera reissue in the US, the 59 DOT reissue ( the one with binding, tulip tuners and some gorgeous finishes. ) I was unable to find either model. I like the 345 & 355 reissues but would really like seeing a vintage correct Sheraton or Riviera but that's me. Sorry if this got a bit long winded!
  21. When these first came out there was a statement in one of the official Epi press releases stating they would be available in the US through the Alliance of Independnt Music Merchants, so I got my hopes up that I might be able to locate one. I then called Gib/Epi cs and was told that Model wasn't even listed on there North American inventory list ( Ugh!!! ). I truly appreciate the offerings of the last couple of years but could we please get a Sheraton or Riviera made to original specs ( headstock shape,inlays, body shpe etc...). since they did the 61 Casino maybe there is hope??
  22. I don't think you are being too picky either. I know the main thing that I would like to see from Epiphone are guitars that are true to there heritage, thet have done a fine job with some of the reissues ( ie 61 Casino ) but I too would love to see a Sheraton with the correct headstock & body shape or a Riviera with the correct headstock inlay but maybe I am just being picky myself?
  23. The wrap around bridge is another one of those "great divide" prefrences. Yes some people don't like them because of the lack of inotation range but some people swear that they add to the sustain and depth. I have two with wrap arounds and the inotation is spot on for both.
  24. The initial run in 09 had the Vintage Sunburst in two tone somewhere along the line in 2010 the VS went to the more Lennon like 3 tone VS and they stopp ed painting the f-holes black on both models offered.
  25. HNGD! It's gorgeous! Was this one that was on your "Bucket List" ? I'm dyin cause I traded three in for a new Gibby VOS TV yellow sc LP Special but it's being shipped in.
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