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Sjael last won the day on January 22 2012

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  1. 'Course not. Like I said, that neck bit won't be shaped perfectly for it, but it will most likely work anyway.
  2. Don't forget that the neck on a 7-string is a bit wider than a 6. That case looks like it's got a shaped neck support - it might not fit so great there. As to whether it would stop you being able to use it, I imagine it would have enough give.
  3. I think you're on to something here. The Passenger Guitar. It has traditional Les Paul looks, but also seats 5 comfortably. The guitar features Epiphone's patented Locktone tailpiece and bridge, complimented by side-impact airbags. Alnico Classic humbuckers give that classic Les Paul tone, and a 3-tonne towing capacity. Medium-Jumbo nickel-steel frets and ebony fretboard combine with the extended wheelbase to guarantee smooth playing. In a modern spin, the guitar now features automatic tuning (and transmission.) I think this could be a new market for Epiphone. Actually I probably just blew the lid off Gibson's next headline product.
  4. Yup. As far as I know (it may have changed.. or just never been true ) the Dot uses two 57CH pickups, whereas the Les Paul Standard uses a 57CH in the neck and a HOTCH in the bridge - a hotter wound 57CH pretty much.
  5. I bought it practically as-new from someone who presumably didn't take to guitar because he never had it set up - when I got it, the low E string was actually touching half of the frets. Because of that I managed to get it for NZ$350 (instead of the $899 retail) so I overlooked its other flaws. Totally glad I did. There are actually two kinds of E2 Explorer. There's the original, with a 5-layer alternating walnut and maple body with contoured edges - which looks like this: And then a couple of years later, they also started making the model in your post, and called it the E/2 or CMT Explorer. They're now both commonly referred to as E2s. Both pretty awesome guitars. Pity very few ever came to this end of the world, so I've never had a shot at one. Hell, I'd even settle for a Thunderhorse..
  6. Sure, let me just crank up my Marshall.. er wait, wrong feedback. I have a 2004 Korean Epi Gothic ('58) Explorer. I can't speak to the whole batch that mine came from, but my one is/was an absolute dog to look upon. One of the tuners is about 3mm out of line with the rest, one of the pickup rings doesn't cover the route at one end, and the other ring is noticeably crooked. There is a decent chunk of wood missing from the high edge of the fretboard where the neck joins to the body. The radius around the edge of the body varies wildly, and even the Epiphone logo printed on the truss rod cover is nowhere near straight. But hell if it isn't the best playing guitar I've ever owned. I think that's all I really need to say. It's really up to you if the difference is worthwhile. A Gibson will have more expensive wood. It may well be better finished. It certainly has more expensive hardware on it. For me, that isn't enough to justify the price, not when the Epiphone is still a perfectly capable guitar in every right. Although if you could get your hands on an old Gibson E2, or a 50th Anniversary Explorer, that's a whole different kettle of fish.
  7. This is the key thing for the LP Special II. Don't get me wrong, I have a Les Paul Jr and it's easily my favorite guitar at the moment - but it's nothing like a 'real' Les Paul. It's way thinner and lighter, not to mention it has a flat top. Get a Special because you want a Special - not because you want a Les Paul on the cheap. And starter packs are always garbage. Far better off putting the money towards a 'real' amp.
  8. TV Silver Explorer Pro? Excuse me while I find some new pants... Thanks for the post, Jim.
  9. A thousand times this^ As a matter of fact, there are a few blues players who prefer EMG pickups. Key points about EMG pickups: they are very clean, and so often described as 'artificial' sounding. This works well with metal because they are super quiet and accurate. Most people like a little bit of dirt ground into their sound though. They are also very high-output - so with full volume they will overdrive just about any amp - another boon to metal. If you ever do use EMGs, I highly recommend either using EMG-X pickups, or standard ones running on 18V - standard EMGs at 9 volts are notorious for having a fair bit of compression happening in the pickup - which isn't that great for clean tones. I personally have a first-gen Les Paul Prophecy EX and it's a truly superb guitar. Literally flawless. I have of course done my best to correct that in the time since... That said, I did swap the pickups around - the EMG 85 just sounds so sweet in the bridge position.
  10. Well then. For a start, Epiphone's Chinese guitars have come a long way since earning their bad reputation. I'd put any les paul made in qingdao today toe-to-toe with the very last paul made in Korea. I have a 2006 Les Paul prophecy from China that is one of the finest-assembled instruments I've played, practically flawless. My 2004 Explorer (Saein, Korea) is incredibly sloppy; one of the tuners is about 4mm out of line with the rest, one of the pickup rings doesn't even cover the whole pickup route, and someone went overboard on the edge bevel in a few places and gave it about four times the radius of the rest of the body. There's also a decent chunk of fretboard missing at the 20th fret on the treble side. Even if you get a Chinese one, at this stage of the game it'll still be right up there for quality (discounting any lemons, which you occasionally see from every brand, let alone plant) with the Koreans. When Epiphone first started in Korea, they earned a really bad reputation then too. Processes evolved, and now they are put on a pedestal... That said (and if there's some other motivation for avoiding Chinese-made guitars,) I'm pretty sure that they were built in Korea until at least 2008 - as co-founder, administrator, some-times editor and occasional contributor to the Epiphone Wiki, I do try to keep track of these things, and Georg's post is the first mention I've ever seen of a Chinese V. :P
  11. Very interwesting. If they have finally moved to China (as georg says,) then there might be now. As far as I know (until recently,) Epiphone's Explorers and Vs have always been fabbed in Korea - presumably because they are relatively low volume guitars (re: sales ) compared to the LP and SG, they probably didn't warrant the expense of setting up new production lines or something.
  12. Don't forget the Special II GT has a strat-style trem. Independent string-height adjustment and all. Although the OP does mention a tune-o-matic. Dun dun dunnnn. In any case, you can do it yourself. You'll just need to do a little (teensy tiny bit of) research so you know how.
  13. Depends on your budget (and obviously your style.) Tube amps? A Les Paul paired to a Twin Reverb is always a beautiful thing. A Marshall Haze goes amazing with a Les Paul if you are a more rock-centric feller. Solid State? Roland's Cube series is fantastic. Orange's Crush line is also very good, but they aren't modeling amps so I'd listen to one first to make sure it's your thing. Hybrids? Vox Valvetronix amps are very good modeling amps. If again you're into solid rock tones, you may also consider the Marshall Valvestate series (my personal favorite.) I think both lines have been more-or-less discontinued though, so they'd have to be second-hand.
  14. You are a legend! On and off for over a year, I've been looking for photos of what the schaller one actually looks like. The 2 or so photos of it on the entire internet are from bad angles that give away nothing. My towering pillar of hats off to you, sir.
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