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  1. Difficult to say. As a guitar - it's a used Epiphone G-400 (well, technically it's used even though you say it's still in as new condition). Remember that a new G-400 can be bought in the US for less than $400. As a collector's item outside of the guitar buyer's market, I have no idea. I'm guessing it isn't really old enough to have appreciated in value as a collector's item yet. If it's any help a seller in the UK has one listed on e-bay with a buy it now price equivalent to around $290. http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-G-400-Pirates-Caribbean-Electric-Guitar-/320534133680?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item4aa152bbb0 Good luck with your sale (and the journey it's financing.)
  2. Well, as some of my other threads may have indicated, I'm in the market for an Epi solid-body fairly soon. Nothing definite yet, just getting some ideas while I save up some money. Once I have the cash together, I'll go out and try a few guitars before making my mind up. But things do sometimes catch my eye. Like this beauty for example, which can be had for £320. See: http://www.dv247.com/guitars/epiphone-g-400-deluxe-electric-guitar-maestro-tailpiece-ebony--69088 As a matter of interest, does anyone know whether the Maestro tail-piece causes tuning problems? It looks beautiful, and I could imagine myself using it here and there...but maybe a good old-fashioned stop tailpiece causes fewer headaches? Great looking guitar though, isn't it?
  3. I'm going to agree with Mr Cooper on this one. I speak from experience, having owned one of those bolt-on Epi Firebirds in the 1990s. They're junk, to be honest. Even though the new Epi Firebird Studios have full-sized humbuckers, from what I've seen they are much better guitars than the bolt-on ones from 15 years ago. I'd consider putting your money towards a new Firebird Studio instead.
  4. Well, it's certainly taken a beating, but that doesn't mean it's a bad guitar. If it were mine, I'd be principally concerned with how it sounded and played...and lastly, I'd form an evaluation of how the repairs are holding together. If they are solid (even though they are ugly) then I'd leave well alone. I tend to agree with Antwhi. Strip it, fill the holes, sand it smooth and stick a nice solid finish on there. You can hide the damage pretty well and have a good double-cut LP on your hands.
  5. Seeing those photos makes me a little sad. Epiphone used to put those lovely 3 piece necks on some of the guitars in their regular line of guitars' date=' not just Elitists. For example, standard MIK Sheratons. [img']http://epiphonesheraton.com/wp-content/uploads/bwbps/1250031331.jpg[/img] ...but those days have now passed.
  6. jonnyg - I just found the excellent review you wrote about your new Wilshire, back in November last year. http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=141351 As a matter of interest, have your views changed at all now that you've owed and played it for 6 months? Oh, and how is the finish holding up? Thanks for your help. I think I might be tempted to track one of these guitars down to try out.
  7. Thanks Jonny that's good to know. They look like Schallers or something similar? I didn't mean to be overly harsh of Epi tuners, but I have been none-to-impressed with the "e" branded tuners I've seen on standard Casinos, so I tend to look for the Grovers by default. But if the tuners on the Wilshire are good, then I'll take your word for it.
  8. ...Hum. I've just noticed something (on account of your photos). It looks like Epiphone haven't put their usual (excellent) Grovers on this. That's a bit disappointing. The G-400 faded can be found for less than the price of this Wilshire, and that comes with Grovers. I don't have much time for stock Epi tuners. I know they can be changed, but still...it's a nuisance on a new guitar. I feel the same way about Casinos (the stock tuners are garbage). The old adage about "Spoiling the ship for a ha'penny of tar." And yet the Sheraton (same price as a Casino) receives Grovers as stock. Most odd...
  9. Just browsing some of the big online guitar dealers this morning, and a question arose in my mind. I'm not saying that I am desperately gassing for a Wilshire...but I'd be interested in having a look at one if/when I find one in a store. But I am somewhat confused by the "worn" finish. One dealer's webpage (imuso.co.uk) says this: "The 1966-style double cutaway Epiphone Wilshire electric guitar has the features and style that made it a standout guitar back in the 60s and has a cool distressed finish with the look of an instrument that has been seriously gigged." Yet it also says this in the spec... "Gloss polyurethane finish. Rosewood with mother-of-pearl dot inlays fingerboard inlays. Worn black." The photos I can find online (such as the one below) don't show a "distressed finish". Rather, it just looks like a matt black finish. It doesn't look like the finish on the Fender Road Worns (for example) - which suits me, because I'm not a fan of damage to my guitars (real or simulated). So what's the deal with these? Are Epiphone simply using a dull black paint under the usual poly finish?
  10. I agree, looks like a Pro Series. Someone over at the epiwiki forum has put together a page about these, which you may find helpful: http://epi.p3net.net/wiki/index.php/Pro-Series This Pro2 for sale on ebay might give you some idea of price: http://cgi.ebay.com/1996-Epiphone-Pro-2-Electric-Guitar-/150436058811?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Guitar&hash=item2306b016bb
  11. A former guitar teacher of mine used to have a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom. He'd bought it new back then, when Gibson first reissued that model. When he was teaching me 10 years or so ago I used to stare at it...he'd really looked after it. Heavily played, but still in excellent condition. I wonder if he still has it? Must be worth a fortune...
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