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  1. Hi, I thought that I would post a summary of my experience with this. Today I bought the D'Addario Planet Waves Dual-Strap Lock, and I am quite impressed by it. However, on my Casino there is so little room between the strap and strap button/lug that once I had struggled to get the Dual-Strap Lock on, and I was testing it by pulling on the strap as hard as I could, I did eventually manage to get the Dual-Strap Lock to fly off (it was not easy to do that, though). A strap lug with more depth is definitely needed for this guitar. While I was at the guitar store, I successfully managed to avoid buying anything really expensive and/or unnecessary, and I also found and bought one of the Lok-It straps, which I had forgotten about. As you can see if you play the video in the link below, the Lok-It strap has a strap block kind of arrangement built in to the parts of the strap that go over the guitar strap buttons/lugs. I have to say that I am rather impressed, but we will see how long these last. Lok-It Straps So, to summarize my experience, I will in future: 1. Make the Grolsch rubber washers the first choice as strap-blocks on guitars on which they fit properly, as the cheapest and one of the most secure ways of preventing guitar straps coming off while playing guitar. 2. Try to find new strap lugs/buttons with extra depth/length to fit to a guitar onto which I cannot comfortably fit a washer. 3. Consider the Lok-It straps as the next - relatively expensive - choice 4.. Also consider the D'Addario Planet Waves Dual-Strap Lock as my third choice (again, like the Grolsch rubber washers, making sure that the Dual-Strap Locks can comfortably fit on the specific guitar on which I want to use them. If not, go to choice 3., above).
  2. Hi, I am wondering how I would go about making a bigger space between my strap lug and the body of the guitar on my Casino in order to let me put on a Grolsch rubber washer, or a metal washer, for use as a strap block. I am asking this because, while this works on my Strats, there is not quite enough room on my Casino to get the washer fully over the strap lug; and the strap itself is not exactly thick. Could I simply get a longer screw of the same type that is currently in the strap lug, so that the screw goes into the Casino's body to the same depth, but so that it also allows more space to fully get the rubber washer over the lug? Has anyone tried this before, or tried another method of increasing the space between the strap lug and the guitar body? If so, what worked and what did not? Thanks in advance for any replies.
  3. Hi Clarkuss, Thanks, once again, for going to the trouble of posting photos of the Casinos. The red that I was talking about is not a thin band, but is a very pronounced (in comparison to the photos that you posted) 'thick'/wide band of about 3 1/2 inches. I will see if my cousin has any photos of his Casino so that I can post them. Thanks, once again,
  4. Hi Stahlbiest anc clarkuss, Many thanks for your replies, and for the photos. While I appreciate what you say, Stahlbiest, about photos being an unreliable source of telling the colour of a guitar's finish, I think that that applies to whether one is looking for a very precise idea of the colour, and that is not what I am talking about - sorry, I should have made that clear in my post. For example, the photos that clarkuss kindly posted reveal the same, basic colour, and even show some differences in finish (more red in one of them). I am talking about a colour difference which is obvious, even in photos, and which I was able to immediately identify (1) as being different from the colour of the burst in my Casino, and which (2) was 'accurate' enough in the photos I saw of the IBJL Casino as to be immediately recognizable when I actually saw my cousin's IBJL 'in the flesh', several months later. There is a photo of JL from 'The Beatles Monthly' which has a great flash photo which shows the colour very clearly (as a former professional photographer I can say that flash has the advantage of having the 'colour temperature' of daylight, which means that it shows how colours would look if viewed in daylight at about noon during an overcast day - i.e., a time when the cloud cover diffuses the light to provide even coverage of the subject). Another interesting thing I remember about that 'Beatles Monthly' photo is that the finish on JL's Casino appeared to be matte, rather than glossy - my memory might be failing me here, though, or I might be influenced by the more matte finish on my cousin's Casino. Thanks, again, for the replies.
  5. Hi, Apologies if this question has been posted before, but I could not find answers to this question by searching the forums. I am interested in buying an Inspired by John Lennon Casino, and am intrigued and curious about what *appears* (from photos on the net) to be a colour change in the finish of the guitar. I have a regular (bottom-of-the-line) Casino, in a colour which I would describe as a 'Tobacco burst'. About 4 years ago, my cousin, living in the U.K., bought an 'Inspired by John Lennon' Casino (which, I think, he ordered from Germany). My cousin's I.B.J.L.C. had a kind of red in the finish which seems to be the same colour as that of John's original Casino (if judging from photos is any guide), before he had it painted white, and then had it stripped down to the original wood finish/colour. So, to my questions: 1. Has the colour of the 'Inspired By' changed? 2. If the answer to the above is 'Yes', is there any reliable/consistent source from which I could order one of the original colour (other than looking on ebay, and similar sites, and relying on chance to come across what I want), and if so, what is this source? 3. If Gibson (Epiphone) did change the colour, why? Thanks for reading, and for any replies.
  6. Hi, I was hoping that people would share their knowledge about any specific techniques/'do's' and 'don'ts' for setting the intonation with my recently purchased Epiphone G-400 SG. Unlike my Casino, on which the intonation screws in the saddle sit higher than the pickup, providing easy access with a screwdriver, the screws on the G-400 sit below the level of the bridge pickup, making direct access all but impossible. I would be grateful to hear recommendations on how to set the intonation for the G-400. Thanks, Gvdv..
  7. Hi Everyone, Thanks for your replies. Have not yet had a chance to take the guitar to a guitar store to try it out with other modelling and non-modelling amps. I will, however, have a chance to try the G-400 through a tube amp in a couple of days, maybe tomorrow, so that should yield some more 'data', although I think that the fact that this problem does not appear on the clean channel on the Cube 30, and affects four of the seven emulations points to the fact that this does have something to do with the amp models. Probably will get a chance to visit a guitar store for another week. Good to know (sort of) that digital artifacts do actually exist. Thanks, once again, Gvdv.
  8. Hi Everyone, I am really enjoying my new Epiphone G-400. However, after having played around with it since getting it 4 days ago, there is one thing about it that I have noticed that I would liketo get your opinions on, and which I am slightly worried about. When I plug the guitar into my Roland Cube-30 , combo and I play the 2 notes of what I assume is a major 3rd, on the 1st and 2ndstrings of the G-400 (e.g. an E note at the 5th fret of the B string and G noteat the 3rd fret of the E – 1st. String), I get a kind of 'sympathetic' or 'shadow' note sounding in addition to the 2 notes of the major 3rd.. This effect occurs when I play a major 3rd at any point on the 1st and 2nd strings, and as I move the frets at which I play the interval, the 'shadow' note changes in a logical fashion. For example, when I play a D note on the 10th fret of the 1st string, combined with a B note on the 12th fret of the 2nd string, this causes a G note to be produced (it is exactly the same as the note at the 3rd fret of the 6th string). If I slide the interval down a fret, so that I am playing the 9th fret on the 1st string and the 11th fret on the 2nd string, I get an F# note, as if I am fretting the F# at the 2nd fret of the 6th string. If I move the combination up one fret, it is as if I am playing a G# at the 4th fret of the 6th string, and so on. This 'shadow' effect does not occur on the amp's 'clean' channel, and similarly it also does not occur on the first and second of the amps 7 settings on the gain channel (the 'Acoustic', and 'Black face' emulations). But, unfortunately, one can hear this effect in the following emulations: 'Brit Combo' 'Tweed', 'Stack Classic', 'Metal', and 'R-Fier'. That would be good news if I did not use any of these emulations, but of course I noticed that this happens because I use the 'Brit Combo' 'Tweed',and 'Stack Classic' all the time. This effect also does not occur if I try any other kind of interval – only with the major 3rd.. The effect occurs on all 3 of the pick-up selection options. Has anyone experienced this phenomenon before? If so, is there anything that I can do to get rid of it? At first I thought that maybe one of the guitar strings wastouching the fingerboard or a fret or something, but that is not the case. I also tried palm-muting the strings that I was not playing, but that does not help, either. And I am quite confident that the speaker is fixed securely within the amp's cabinet, i.e., that it is not loose and moving back and forth. Maybe this is purely a drawback of the amplifier emulations,or maybe, for some reason, it is what happens when you use this particular guitar with these settings on this particular amp. It is interesting that this happens with the emulations on the amp which are affected by gain – one cannot overdrive the 'Acoustic' and 'Black Face' emulations, even though they are on the gain 'channel'. I would very much appreciate your opinions, and help withthis. All the best, Gvdv..
  9. Hi Folks, I will probably put the 57 Classic and 57 Classic Plus into my new G-400. Are these the same pick ups that came with my 1998 Les Paul Standard, do you think? And what is the 490T? All the best, Gvdv.
  10. Hi Everyone, Many thanks for the kind words, and suggestions for sites to which I can upload images. While I get the hang of the site I registered with (Photobucket), please see the attached thumbnail images of my new G-400. Let me know what you think. All the best, Gvdv.
  11. Just thought that I would share that today I took delivery of my new Epiphone G-400 (was at the store half an hour earlier than it opened, because I had not checked the messages on my cell phone yesterday, and only discovered that the guitar had arrived at the store when I checked my messages after I got home - I am sure that you can imagine the frustration I felt when I heard that message). Here are my first impressions: A colleague of mine, who had been married to a guitar teacher, but it does not play guitar herself, said that the G-400 sounded nice unplugged – I had that impression too, and I do not necessarily think that that is a good thing, because it points to the lightness of the wood (to me, the more dense the wood of an electric guitar is, the quieter the strings ring out when the guitars unplugged). To do with the above, I find that the neck is very similar to the Epiphone neck on a Casino, although it seems to be a little chunkier (I will have to check on the specs. to see what the case actually is, and will also drag out my Casino to compare the guitars side-by-side). This is the best set up guitar I have ever played in my life. The fret dressing is immaculate, not the merest hint of sharpness anywhere, and the body is flawless in color, and finish – the only thing that is somewhat off-putting is that the pick guard looks like it has some scratches on it – however, I'm not sure whether that is actually a piece of plastic film which they have screwed down onto the pick guard, and which one can remove – I will have a closer look at that over the next couple of days. Sound. Well, I do not really know what to say about this. I really like the sounds that one can get out of the guitar, but I cannot get that Les Paul standard kind of 'straight' sound that I love – that kind of 'thick', 'clean' sound which is particularly apparent on the b and e strings when the guitar is played 'clean'. So, I think that at some point I will go ahead with my plan to 'swap out' the Alnico V pickups which are in the guitar for the '57 'Burstbucker', and the other type of '57 pickup which I forget the name of right now. Overall look. I am in love. Weight/handling. Even though the guitar is neck heavy, as we all know, it is fairly manageable in that respect, although I did notice one point when I was playing standing up that my arm was getting a little tired from holding up (but that could be my repetitive strain injuries showing). The body is surprisingly light – the whole guitar is a fair bit later than the Les Paul. The action is superb. I was a bit worried when I saw the guy in the shop tuning the guitar because I noticed that the strings set between 3 and 4 mm above the fingerboard, and I had visions of my wrists hurting after only a few minutes playing (I have repetitive strain injuries). However, rather than the strings being of quite a high tension, they are really easy to fret. Actually, in a way the action is quite 'springy', in this respect. I do not have any photos to link to yet - anyone know a good site for that, as it seems that one can't insert images here directly. All the best, Gvdv.
  12. Thanks a lot for the advice, guys. If I do decide to get the Maestro Vibrola I will definitely have a friend do the work for me and pay him to do it, because I cannot draw a straight line with a pencil and a ruler. All the best, Gvdv..
  13. Hi Paul, Thank you very much for your continued interest in my G-400 purchase :-) And thank you so much for taking the time and effort to search eBay on my behalf. I am in 2 minds here – I really want to get the Maestro, however I also want to make sure that the guitar is to my liking, so that part of me is telling me to wait to purchase the Maestro. Can I ask you, and others here, are Maestro Vibrola's regularly available through eBay, like the one that you found, and is that $95 price typical? I also wondered if the fact that the seller had put the word "Nickel" in capital letters means that this is desirable and/or the metal that the original was made out of, with the implication being that there are copies which are not made of nickel – am I on the right track in thinking this? Thanks so much, once again, Gvdv.
  14. Hi Paul, Many thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately (for me), I don't really like the pickguard on the '66 - I am trying to get as closely to the sound and look of George Harrison's SG as possible (but with the compromise of staying within my budget). Here are some photographs and an article about George's SG - George's SG I have, however, been considering trying to fit a Maestro (if I can get one) on to the G-400. Thanks, once again, Gvdv.
  15. Hi fretter, Thank you for this link. However, the reason that I decided to buy the G-400 is that the Gibson SG's are too expensive for me. If I were to go for the Gibsons, I would go for the SG Standard Reissue with Maestro VOS Thank you, once again, for your message and your suggestion. All the best, Drutgat.
  16. Hi stickman, Thank you for sharing your experience with the G-400. I will see how the guitar sounds to me, and take appropriate 'action', if needs be. All the best, Gvdv.
  17. Hi Everyone, Many thanks for your replies. I am going to do some more asking and looking around for a Cherry G 400 with the Maestro, just to satisfy my curiosity. And,I am definitely going to pursue trying to talk to somebody in the upper echelons of Long & McQuade in order to try to get to the bottom of the message that I was given. Thanks, once again, Gvdv..
  18. Hi Everyone, Many thanks for the replies. At this point, I was really just wanting to know whether or not the Epi G-400 advertised on the dv 247.com site was different from the G-400s for sale here in North America (i.e., I wanted to know if the pickups described on the dv 247.com site were different than the Alnico V's, or whether there were just 2 different ways of describing the same pickups). As I said in my original post, I am "thinking" of swapping out the pickups, but of course, I will have to reserve judgment about whether or not to do that until I get the guitar, play it, and see how it fits with my needs. Thank you for the discussion here – it has been enlightening and helpful. All the best, Gvdv.
  19. Hi, In googling around, I just noticed that the Epiphone G-400 Vintage Worn Cherry described on the English/European website dv 247.com lists the G-400 as having "a 57N and a HOT-B Humber" as the standard pickups included with the guitar. All of the North American-based websites list the guitar as having Alnico V pickups. I am pretty ignorant of the different pickup configurations, although I am thinking swapping out the Alnico V's from the Epiphone G-400 that I ordered yesterday, in favour of putting in the 2 versions of the 57's which are in the standard Gibson SG ( I think that the Burstbucker is one of them, but do not have the information that I saved about this kind of thing readily to hand). Can anyone help me out here? Is the G-400 shown on the dv 247.com website different from the North American-based G-400s? Please forgive my ignorance of the different pickups and their configurations. Gvdv.
  20. Hi, Congratulations on your purchase. I think that I may have read somewhere recently that the Faded Cherry G-400 comes with a visibly bound neck (and I know that I did read, also, that the regular Cherry version does have a bound neck, but that the color is very similar to the Cherry, so the binding is difficult to notice). Gvdv.
  21. Hi Everyone, Well, after thinking about it on and off for a few years, I decided I just had to have a Cherry (high-gloss, not Faded) G-400. Interestingly, I have had a bit of a problem locating one. I usually buy new, commonly available, musical equipment from one of the Long & McQuade chain of music stores here in Toronto, Canada, but I was very surprised to be told yesterday when I phoned to order a G-400 that they could only get the guitar in Pelham Blue. I have actually seen the new versions of the Cherry G-400 hanging in the store in the past, but I was assured that a Cherry model could not even be ordered in its standard configuration, and that no G-400 was available with a Maestro Vibrola, which is what my preference would be. So, I ordered the guitar from another store – and the salesperson there also told me that the Cherry version of the G-400 could no longer be ordered with the Maestro Vibrola. From what I can tell from looking elsewhere on this website, the Cherry G-400 is still available with the Maestro Vibrola – am I right about this? Also, can anyone – particularly those of you who might live in Canada – cast any light on why Long & McQuade told me that they could only order a G-400 in the Pelham Blue? Seems fishy to me. Thanks, Gvdv.
  22. Hi Ray, I completely agree with you. And thanks for the link; I would love to try that guitar. gvdv.
  23. Hi Wayne, Thanks for this. I have to say that volume is not really an issue for me, as I would probably be mostly recording with the guitar, and even if I were gigging, it would be amplified. I did have a chance a few years ago to buy a 12 string Yamaha that sounded (from the ad I saw) that it was exactly what I was looking for, but once again decided that I could not allocate the funds. I have a great Yamaha 6 string from the 80's, although I have been really unimpressed with some of their more recent offerings. One issue for me with 12 strings is the 'width' of the neck (measured from 1st. string to 6th. string) - I often find that 12 strings are a bit to wide in that respect for me to play comfortably. Has anyone here played an Ovation 12 string? I imagine that the necks would be narrower than on other (Fender, Yamaha) 12's - is that right? Of course, the budget would probably also be outside what I am prepared to pay. Thanks, once again, for your message, All the best, gvdv.
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