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  1. For a tad more (ok probably $200 more) you can get a new 2015 Gibson Special DC with P90's and a Hard Case. I've played a few of these (always had another call on my cash just as I was about to pull the trigger) and they are REALLY really guitars. This isn't a generic Epi good but Gibson better post but simply, in this case, the Gibson is staggeringly good and staggeringly good value .
  2. I'd be VERY surprised if your guitar was wired with coax. Also the vast majority of pickups are designed to be High Z as Low Z ones would be very noisy in a normal amp due to the low signal strength. Any additional increase or decrease in impedance from the internal guitar wiring would have a negligible effect on tone due to the very short length of the wiring involved.
  3. Interestingly I also have quite small hands with slightly stubby fingers but I absolutely loved the neck on the 2015 LP Special DC. Having said that I like the profile of a 58 LP neck so fat wide necks are my preference.
  4. I know this might seem slightly heretical but I would suggest you take a serious look at the 2015 Gibson LP Special DC. By all accounts the majority of the Gibson 2015 offerings are rubbish but the Special DC is an absolute steal. OK it comes with the weird tuning thingy but it isn't actually intrusive and is easily replaced if you want but the neck is gorgeous, the P90's are some of the best Gibson has produced for a long time going from sweet to snarl without becoming harsh, the body is light and resonant and best of all - it's stupidly cheap (£589.00 inc hardcase in the UK) Unlike the majority of low/mid priced Gibsons this one is something special.
  5. Not certain if it is a genuine Elitist but on the basis of the photos it looks genuine. Priced at £600 so seemingly a bargain. No skin in it (if I had the cash I'd poss make an offer but alas skint!) https://www.facebook...&type=1 https://www.facebook...&type=1 https://www.facebook...&type=1 https://www.facebook...&type=1
  6. Exactly Generally the difference between high end and budget laminates (at least in terms of guitar construction) is the choice of filler wood in the laminate along with the thickness of the outer laminates. In a budget guitar the outer laminates may be effectively veneers whereas high end guitars the outer laminates will be of similar thickness to the filler layers. I don't know for certain but I wonder if the Casino was designed with a 5 ply laminate top as opposed to the ES330's 3 ply top as a way of addressing the fact that pop bands were playing at higher volumes (hence greater potential for feedback) and the stiffer 5 ply top would be more resistant therefore a significant usp.
  7. I think you'll find that the bracing on the 2015 (i.e. basswood) is probably the same on the 2014 and has nothing to do with top construction. The maple/poplar/maple of the ES330 refers to the laminate top ply spec (i.e. 3 ply) whereas the the Casino is 5 ply.
  8. If we go by all the classifieds then seemingly it's any Epi built in Korea because they're SO much better quality than anything from Japan or China - apparently! On a more serious note - are we talking Pre or Post GIbson Epiphone guitars cos there's a huge difference.
  9. Might not be bogus - I had a similar experience a few years back with a MARANTZ CD 63 Mk2 Ken Ishiwata Signature player which I'd won at a real giveaway price. The buyer refunded the money and also cited a family emergency so I contacted him querying this and it transpired that the actual seller had suffered a major heart attack and was in intensive care. His son had cancelled the deal because he didn't know when (or even if) his father was going to be coming home, he obviously had more important things to worry about and didn't want me hanging on and on as he felt it would be unfair to me. We had a brief exchange of emails in which I said for him to reinstate the transaction, tell his father that I hope he recovers soon but don't worrry about me and that I would happily wait until his father had recovered. Six weeks later an immaculate classic CD player arrived on my doorstep. You never know!
  10. Hate to say it but most of what's been written above might apply to Gibsons but NOT to Epiphones. The Plain tops, Plus Tops and Quilt tops will have a different veneer but the underlying construction will be the same (other than the Ultras no Epiphone Les Pauls are weight relieved) AFAIK the only real difference between the Pro series and the rest are the pickups.
  11. Had terrible problems keeping my LP in tune when I bought it which was cured completely by replacing the badly cut oem nut with a correctly cut one. Cheap(ish) fix and well worth doing before anything else on the guitar.
  12. I've always adored the look of the T Bird bass but for various reasons have never got round to actually playing one until today when I had the chance to drop in to Dawsons Music in Basingstoke. They only had the Classic IV-Pro in white (which I think looks awful compared to the Vintage Burst) but I reasoned if I closed my eyes I wouldn't be biased by this. First impressions were pretty good, felt really comfortable both on the strap and sitting down, but there was something which didn't feel quite right. OK the setup was terrible with really light strings and an action so low there was buzz on pretty much every fret but that wasn't it. Amp was a tiny Fender Rumble which tried hard but simply couldn't move the air but again that wasn't it. The it hit me - I remembered that I was playing a bass not a six string and the neck was shallower than my shallow C profile strat and the fretboard felt narrower than my LP. The narrow fretboard I could probably eventually live with as surprisingly it didn't feel cramped but that shallow profile just felt so wrong and uncomfortable - almost like a shredder neck on a bass. Even after a solid 40 mins playing it (the shop was empty so I had all the time I wanted) it never felt right. In addition the paint finish was sticky as hell and really grabby (would have needed a serious sanding.) which made the whole experience unpleasant. Finally I've got to say that it didn't feel alive. When I play my AXL PJ bass (an equally budget priced model) it talks back but the T Bird was dead which was not what I had expected or imagined. The T Bird has always been one of my two dream basses and I now wish I'd never picked this one up because it left me feeling disappointed and somehow cheated and I'm now really wary of trying a Ric 4001 in case that dream is shattered as well.
  13. One thing I would seriously council is, if you are going to swap out either the pickups or loom on ANY semi or hollow body then it makes massive sense to fit the loom with some form of quick connect. That way if you ever feel the need to swap out the pickups down the line it is a 5 minute job rather than a couple of hours of swearing and frustration. Actually I would suggest that once you've got a good wiring loom in ANY guitar then quick connects are the way to go.
  14. Personally I'd swap the oem pickups back into the Dot and drop the price by $100 to $400 ono and either keep the 57's or sell them for $120 ono.
  15. Built into the power socket (underneath where the lead plugs in) is a small fuse drawer. Bet you a pound to a dollar that the fuse has blown (most people miss this fuse) **EDIT ** Missed the bit where you said some of the lights come on. In that case it could be the standby switch has burnt out (Epiphone amps are quite notorious for this).
  16. That's not a serial number - it's a secret code which holds the link to the meaning of the universe and which can only be decoded by me after several years of close physical contact with the guitar. Therefore I think you should send it to me as soon as possible One of the nicest looking Emperors I've seen. Wonderful colour and patina.
  17. If you want to be totally pedantic then the Epiphone Les Paul IS a copy but then again so are all the Gibson Les Paul models subsequent to the Twin P90, trapeze equipped, Gold Top model released in 1952. Humbuckers - nope - the guitar originally sold as a Les Paul didn't have them Stop Tail and Bridge - Nope didn't have them either. Maple neck - Nope Flame maple top - Nope No maple cap - Nope If it has any of the above it is a variant but it ain't a Les Paul. Ditto Juniors, Specials, Double Cuts, SG version, Depends on just how far you want to take it.
  18. When reinstalling the jack on my Dot Studio I found pluging a lead in actually created enough resistance to get the nut tightened up sufficiently. Having said that those Jacktites are fantastic tools and def on the shopping list
  19. They do both imperial for US made guitars and Metric for Imported guitars. The metric ones are available in wide and narrow spacing (you need to double check with the before you order that you've chosen the correct one)
  20. Guitar Fetish is your best bet.
  21. wiggy

    Capo?

    There was an interview with Glen Campbell years ago in which he said that one of the reasons he was in such demand as a session player at the beginning of his career was down to his use of a capo. Whilst all the other musicians had to work out the chord inversions when the key was changed on a take he would simply move the capo and be ready to go (particularly useful in his case as he could't read notation or tab at that point)
  22. If you've got a DAW such as Reaper or one of the others (Reaper can be downloaded for free BTW so worth checking out) you can load up a .MOGG file which is basically a multi track audio file. These are available on the web (see link below for a really good site) and contain the full multi track mixes for 100's of major songs. You can then play along or take the place of your favourite guitarist, vocalist, etc. As an example I've got Ramblin Man by the Allman Bros loaded up right now and I can mute Dickey Betts guitar and take his place in the mix or I can jam along with them. These are often the actual multitrack mixes that the songs were mastered from. Multitrack Downloads Blogspot (several Gb of tracks for download)
  23. It's also worth adjusting both pickup and pole piece heights. Lowering your pickup will open up your sound and reduce muddiness then raising the pole pieces will add definition to each string. Also by adjusting the pole pieces you can balance the response across the strings.
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