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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...
  12. They are beautiful, aren't they? Are you sure you can't be tempted by one of these instead? ...and save yourself a few thousand bucks in the process!
  13. Looks like an Epiphone SG "Bully." You can read reviews about this model at the Harmony Central site: http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/product/Epiphone/Bully+SG/10/1
  14. Well, it has (famously) been done with the neck pick-up before. I believe some blues God or another tried it back in the 1960s. Supposedly produces a very distinctive nasal tone. A bit like this: [YOUTUBE] [/YOUTUBE] ...not sure about the effect on the bridge pick-up though.
  15. The "e" fell off my Sheraton. I was in two minds about whether or not to reattach it, and then decided that I would. The Sheraton, like the Casino, is one of the original Epi models and as far as I know they have always had an "e" on the pick-guard. I used superglue, but not the usual messy liquid stuff. I bought the superglue gel - applied some to the back of the plastic "e" logo, waited a few seconds for it to get tacky, and then stuck it back on. If you try this, make sure that you stick the "e" exactly where you want it on the pick-guard, because you only get one shot. I marked the place with a few scraps of post-it note in advance...Oh, and remember when using this stuff - "less is more." You don't want it oozing out from under the badge when you press it down. A few drops spread on the back of the badge with a matchstick is all you need.
  16. Yeah, Epi cases do seem to stink when new. I have a Gator 335 case for my Sheraton, and not only does it not smell unpleasant, it's actually a pretty good case too.
  17. What about a Squier Custom Tele II? Has a P-90 at the neck position, so a mini-humbucker would surely be an easy fit. Of course, you then have the question about what to do with the bridge position... http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0327602506 These seem to retail for £189 in the UK. http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/10513-squier-by-fender-tele-custom-ii-p90-blonde.html/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=base
  18. Well, the thumb-picks I am familiar with. I've picked them up in local guitar shops from time to time. Maybe it's just me, but I find that they break very easily, so I gave up on them. Just use the outer side of my right thumb these days! Re: Telecasters Not sure about a mini-humbucker, I don't think I've ever seen such a beast. I suppose one option would be to buy a Mexican Tele and route it. Alternatively, have you thought about one of the 1972 Custom reissues? They have Fender's modern version of a Fender wide-range humbucker in the neck. Quite a unique tone. (photo nabbed from the Tele forum). When I was looking for a Tele I was sorely tempted by one of these, or it's near cousin the Deluxe. But the Deluxe has a hulking great neck on it, so it was a toss up between a new Custom or a lightly used American Series. After a lot of thought the American Series won out, but I still have periodic episodes of Custom GAS.
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