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  1. Not doubting that you looked, but aren't a lot of the newer Joe Passes from Indonesia--which brings up the question: how about the Indonesian-made Epis?
  2. the epip picture is posted on the howard robert thread ......

  3. But does it truly exist if there are no pix? I think we'd all REALLY like to see this one!
  4. Thanks so much! I really appreciate this forum when stuff like this--the whole thread--happens.
  5. ...which leads me to my second stupid question of the day (#1 in the Sorrento thread--been answered): with the minibuckers, the frequensator tailpiece, the same body (& neck?) configuration, at base what real difference is there between a Sheraton and a Riviera? I understand that variations have gone in different directions, but seems to me I've seen Rivs that look just like Sheratons and vice-versa, especially in their earliest models. Thank you for your patience, since this is just out of curiosity.
  6. Another older Gibson model that you might have more luck finding and affording would be the LGO, the all-mahogany model. It did very well for me when I had it, playing solo acoustic blues. Needed more volume and deeper tone with a band. I've played the Epi EL00 in stores. I think it might do well to knock around on at home, but I don't think I'd want to use one playing out. There are other small-bodies in your rather broad price range that make a better sound with more volume, and, for my clunky hands, better playability. Have you checked out the EF model Masterbilts? I agree with this appraisal of the Blues King. Not fond of either it or the Robert Johnson model, esp. for the money. You can do much better, esp. for the money, either used or (forgive me) another brand.
  7. Remember that the Casino is full-hollow-bodied, the others semi. That is to say the others have a big piece of wood down thru the middle of the body--cuts down on feedback. Agree with Weslee about the neck on the Sheraton vs. Dot; otherwise, the difference is bling, as far as I can see (and I may be wrong). Never could quite figure out how the Riv figures into this, except the original Riv had mini-humbuckers (right?); now there are models out with P94s and P93s, various tailpieces, etc. hard to keep the riv models straight, IMO.
  8. Still think your best bet, dollar for dollar, is Regal.
  9. I have played both the Biscuit model (wooden body) and the MD100 model (brass). On the Epi website, look for the page for the "Bluegrass (grrrrrr...) Collection" to find specs and pix for both. I play the same kind of material you do, presently on a vintage '73 steel Dobro and a Masterbilt AJ500RC. I also use the Dobro for fingerpicking as well as sliding, so I keep the action pretty low anyway. Gotta practice to get the "touch" to avoid the fret buzz! I liked what I heard from the Biscuit, and certainly the price is right. I was surprised to read from Epi's own specs that the nut width is as small as they say--it didn't feel like it. This would be a red flag for me, but perhaps it still works--or even works better--for you. I was much less impressed with the Epi metal-bodied resonator. It was awkward to hold--I prefer playing standing--as the body was extremely heavy (brass? Specs in one place say steel, in another brass. Sure feels like brass). The sound was too "pretty". Kind of round, bottom-heavy, little "cut" to it, and just dull. My own preference is for a little "edge" in the sound of a metal-bodied resonator, and this just didn't have it. Neither did the Biscuit very much, but it's wood and my expectations are different. And it's less awkward. And cheaper! If you are specifically looking for a metal bodied model without needing to mortgage, try Regal or Gold Tone. Myself, I also don't like the Johnson or Fender models.
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