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  1. Have them get you a replacement and stick it in the case compartment in your guitar case until you decide to sell the guitar. Then you super glue it on. In the meantime, you won't have to worry about it falling off again because it is highly likely it would.
  2. Epi's are a good bang for the buck. I love 335 style guitars, but there is a wide wide variance on sound and quality on many of the copies as well as the original. I have owned both a Riviera Deluxe Jorma Kaukonen signature model as well as a ES-335 reissue and a MIK Riviera with mini humbies as well as an SX 335 copy. Unfortunately I have this psycho obsession regarding block inlays versus dots, so the Jorma and the Gibby went to the Bay. I just wish the MIK Riviera had a thicker neck, but otherwise I love that guitar. So for me, the choice isn't about money as much as the guitar itself. Although to be honest at this stage, $3 - $4K for a guitar just isn't ever going to be in the cards cause my level of playing just doesn't justify it.
  3. Do you have to have new? I have purchased a lot of very nice guitars off e-Bay and you could save enough to get an amp. Just make sure you ask the right questions to the seller.
  4. A little late to the party...but I have had one for some time and it is a very versatile guitar. I would compare it more (as already stated) to the 335. The tuners stay in tune and the 57's are sweet. I had it before I got a 335, but the 335 did not sound that appreciably better and the neck was thinner than the Jorma. The JK has a nice comfortable middle plus size neck. Here is a pic of mine.
  5. I owned a Casino and played a bunch hoping to find a "wider" neck as mine was too narrow and I ended up regrettably selling it. I now have a Riviera that has the same darn skinny neck. The only other guitars I have played (I am sure there are more) that were that skinny was the Ric.
  6. Three Rules to Guitar Buying... 1) Like the way it feels/plays 2) Like the way it Looks 3) Like the way it sounds. If any of the three is missing don't compromise. Get the Guitar that will be a keeper. And no advise can make the decision for you, it can only give you guidance. :-
  7. Hmmm... Necks are always of interest to me as I sell more guitars cause the neck is too small. 4 very similar yet different guitars and the pickups have varied over the years in all but the Casino. It hdad and still has the P-90's. CB - your description on the pups and the other hardware is right on, but back to the necks...I will start with trim level from lowest to highest. Dot - They vary but overall come closer to the fatter 50's style Gibby neck. Semi-Hollow 335 style Body with Generic Humbies. Casino - Fast, slim neck 60's style. P-90 pups. Full Hollow-Body 335 style. Riviera - Fast, slim neck 60's style. Full size and Mini Humbies. Semi-Hollow 335 style Body. Sheraton - Fast, slim neck 60's style. Full size and Mini Humbies. Semi-Hollow 335 style Body. Something for everyone.
  8. I know several of ya'll purchased one of these in October. Are you still enamored with it? Have you discovered anything you don't like? CB - How would you compare the neck to your other Riviera? My Jorma Riviera has a thicker or wider neck than my MIK Riv. I much prefer the larger neck. Thanks in advance for your observations.
  9. Can't believe this got 2 pages...Well yes I can.
  10. A second for the Riviera. They pop up on E-Bay quite often in very good condition. I bought a 6 string Riv that was in perfect condition but 4 years old.
  11. Hey I am in my 50's...Normally that means you have a fair amount of life experience and you learn from these. Tolerance is a virtue and lord knows we all have said things or done things that have generated and exhausted a lot of unnecessary negative vibe. Being right is not THAT important and being opinionated is not especially important because we all have those... I have only owned (2) Gibby ES-335's and the durn neck was too small and I have this weird preference about block markers versus dot markers so off they went but they were nice guitars. Now if I could find a fat (50's style) neck with block markers on a Gibby ES-335 for under $2K in cherry, I would be very very tempted to pull the trigger right now but... Anyway...I enjoy the forum (mostly very nice and enthusiastic guitar owners) and I like Epiphones as they are really nice value guitars that can be played, modded and enjoyed. Happy Holidays Everyone!:)/
  12. Interesting topic Charlie. When I gigged I owned 2 guitars, an airline and a Yamaha 12 string. I knew every nuance of both guitars and played 2 - 3 hours a day. Today...too many guitars and not enough time. I probably total no more than 2 hours a week. But after reading this, I just decided to commit to 30 minutes minimum per day. My fingertips have gotten too soft due to my laziness. Of course working 60 hours a week and travelling 2-3 nights doesn't help either.
  13. I started playing in bands at age 12 (I know-a baby) until I was 22. I was in college and needed some cash, so I sold all my equipment. Eleven (I am now 56) years ago I decided it might be fun to play guitar with my son, so I bought a Guild A/E and an amp. Man...It did not come back easily for me. IN fact I still struggle, but I am enjoying it when I have (make) time. The best part is my son and I have shared a lot of time in music stores and playing together and he is very good. THe other upside is I have really enjoyed buying and selling guitars and amps. I am down to 5 amps and 13 ( oh 14 - I just ordered a bass guitar) guitars and my gas has abated for now. Happy THanksgiving Everyone!
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