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  1. Well my parts arrived




    Some black pickguard material.....I have made templates for 2 pickguards. I took images of an original 1959 Levin 335 pickguard and Sheraton 1 1964 pickguard (for my E-by-G) and scaled them in photoshop to make the templates.


    So just to get those cut out, finished, and drilled. The Sheraton pickguaard will have a 1964 foil Epiphone logo.


    I have bought two mandolin style brackets gold for the Sheraton and nickel for the Levin.


    4 witch hat knobs for the Sheraton with gold pointers, and a black switch tip.


    My only two disappointments the glass slide was out of stock and the real bummer the Imperial tuning buttons do not fit my tuning machines....GRRRRRRRR


    My Sheraton is off to the guitar tech for its new innards next Tuesday so I will hopefully well have the replica vintage pickguard made by then.......


    TWANG........I am getting there man..........

  2. SVET (without reposting all your pics) & any other learned Epi-heads out there' date='


    Is there such an expression as 'Premature Forumaculation'? [lol





    Muffin is that the first time you have seen Svet's collection....yes it has that effect on people just send your trousers to the dry cleaners, and put it down as a pleasurable experience, were nobody was used....smoke a cigarette, and then have a coffee [biggrin]


    I did and I don't smoke or drink coffee.....Pheww...... they are fine.......

  3. Joseph' date='


    I'm pretty sure the Tele that Scotty Anderson is playing in this video has a mini-humbucker. Grab a chair, sit down and get ready to subject yourself to some other-worldly playing.






    Mike that is an amazing piece of video.....just shows you what constitutes a Jazz Guitar "is the man that is holding it"......




    Yes that is exactly the guitar I am going to have pretty soon a Tele with a mini in the neck position


    However, my Tele will have a Lollar Firebird in the neck that can be split on a switch...that is the plan....

  4. Then HNGD to you Bravo....:)

    Yes Joe' date=' I really do admire the Dot, I was just blown away by the difference between the 2 plugged in with the exact same settings on the Bug.[/quote']


    That beautiful Dot with Gibby 57's is a fine axe.....a bedrock of any collection I have been without a 335 since selling my 89 Sheraton and my E-by-G has at last a time with a guitar tech booked for next tuesday.......Full heart lung operation, bone nut, and complete set up....


    I probably won't go after the Zep with anything other than a classic' date=' or a Benedetto. I'll save the staple project for a different victim. [/quote']

    Very happy to hear that J....... it is strange how you grow attached to other forum members guitars....I am sure you will choose a pickup and harness to make the ZepReg compete with the Dot, without altering the ZepReg's fine original features.....


    Looking forward to see how things pan out...

  5. Hi J


    I had a bit of a "Road to Damascus" experience a while ago a sort of "DoHHHHH" experience...


    My guitars at the time


    Joe Pass (2 full size humbuckers)

    87 Sheraton (2 full size humbuckers)

    89 Sheraton (2 full size humbuckers)

    Samick SG (2 full size humbuckers)


    in four guitars 8 full size humbuckers of various qualities


    Then I thought.....I need a re-think and get some variety in there


    Now here is the hard part.....I really liked the Joe Pass and 89 Sheraton


    but sold them and put the money to a Gibson Firebird


    Also brought into the fold a ZBD with three P90's


    then my final piece in the jigsaw to swap the SG for a Telecaster


    Now I am much happier with my small collection a lot more variety in the mix now...


    I probably have two more guitars than I need so I have an A and B team....


    That is because the Zephyr plays as loud as my Levin unplugged (tones not has nice but OK) and I will play the Firebird before the Tele most times.


    So my point is ......maybe you are too attached to the ZepReg to part with her, but it might be that she should be replaced with something that is ready fitted with say P90's. Before you go modifying the ZepReg consider letting someone else enjoy her in her original form and buy in that variety.


    Thing I really liked about your post is your admiration for your Dot........you really cannot go wrong with a nice 335 with (2 good full size humbuckers)

  6. It's a very strange thing isn't it? I always feel as though I am committing some crime or other when I post about anything on this forum that isn't either an Epiphone' date=' or directly related to one. I do realize it is "The Epiphone Forum", but if one wants to illustrate a point, one occasionally has to post something else if one doesn't have the relevant photo to hand.


    Anyway, I apologize for obviously committing some faux pas. I however will not apologize for owning a pair of Gibson Firebirds, as well as several other Gibsons. My crime I suspect is that I only own one Epiphone. [blink


    You are possibly over sensitive and paranoid. No one, in any way, has said you "committed a crime", just that the context was about guitars around £350, of course if you want a real Firebird it will cost...around £1300 that is all, that was stated......suggestion toughen up or see a shrink....

  7. @Cooper : Thanks for your post' date=' it explained a lot.


    But the thing is I like the SG sound(but i want it a bit less dirty) and Firebird shape. So this guitar is win-win guitar for me... I was just wondering if it was fake and I found out that it's not.



    Then that guitar is ideal for you...enjoy it


    EDIT:.....No check this set neck Epi Firebird out.......save your money and get one of those new.....from Thomann





  8. Then of course....... we have the real thing.




    And here it is with its Little Brother.




    Both of these are true Thru Neck Models unlike some of today's fair which are not.


    Yes and what a hefty price one has to splash for that thru neck plank......I have just paid that heavy premium for the "real deal".......the white set neck Unsung epi was a fine guitar for the price......but if you want a "real" Firebird then there is only one place to go....

  9. Hi Lin689


    Firstly welcome to the forum.....[blink]


    Epiphone make some good Firebirds they have set necks and Firebird mini humbuckers.........




    What I just do not get is when they cut a piece of wood the shape of a Firebird body, screw a bolt neck on it, then put "full sized humbuckers" in it............in my honest opinion that guitar is closer to an SG than a Firebird.....


    I very nearly bought the best Epiphone has to offer in Firebirds that Unsung set neck model......the guy wanted 4500 swedish krona.........I saved my money and sold my Joe Pass and added a little more and have a Gibson Firebird on order.....


    That white set neck Unsung Epiphone Firebird, that the guy was selling in my local town, with SD minis, was a peach ............


    If you want a good decent Firebird hunt down a set neck, with Firebird minis.......It is not just a "shape" that makes a Firebird....


    here is the thread about the white epi bird



  10. A guitar I bought recently from 1999 my Peerless ZBD





    87 Sheraton has the 5 piece neck but 1999 Peerless ZBD has a few signs of of glued joints that could be vulnerable in certain situations...


    Certainly not as robust and confidence bulding as the 87 Samick Sheraton neck...


    EDIT: but just posted after a session with the ZBD beside my Sheraton, I love this guitar......unplugged it astounds me.........

  11. Thanks cooper; I think the guy is asking way to much. He's asking what I would expect an Elite or JLH to go for.



    That is ridiculous......second hand guitars fetch a good price here in Sweden and $625 would be the absolute limit for a mint condition cased E-by-G completely stock and unaltered.


    I am sure and if you look though this thread you will find a beautiful white E-by-G went for around a $500....(the only white one I have ever come across)


    I will check that now....the Baccy Burst in the first link went for $749 and the white one in the second link for $520


    Tobacco Burst E-by-G on ebay


    white E-by-G on ebay


    So your seller is living in cuckoo-land diverden.....

  12. I found an 88 E by G Sheraton on Craigs list. The pics look pretty good. Not sure about the value of these guitars.

    Any idea on original price and what a decent resale should be?




    I bought mine for 2700 swedish krona $375 and I consider one of the best guitar deals I have done.


    Mine has a few slight nicks and knocks but nothing that stops me loving the guitar....In fact I think this particular Sheraton is all the better for it.....


    I was willing to pay up to $625 if in immaculate condition with a case (that would be a fair price here in Sweden...mine did not come with a case).


    PM any of the 9 owners listed for further info. If the one you are looking at is late 88 it may not have the easier access via the bridge route which makes these great guitars for easier modification....


    Good luck

  13. Cooper. There are two types of Casino Trapeze available' date=' those that come stock on the Asian made guitars, (Chinese, Korean & Japanese both Matsumoku & Terada). The measurement you want on those is 35mm or 1&11/32nds (at arrow point). And this trapeze is 5 and a 1/2 inch long (not including nuts). Part numbers are TP-0412-002 Gold, price $24. or TP0412-010 Chrome, price $20. Available from Allparts


    Then there is the U.S. type, found on the Lennon reissues & Gibson 330`s. They measure 34mm or 1 and 6/16ths (at arrow point). And this Trapeze is 6 inch long (not including nuts). This particular version, is also heavier, and if I remember rightly Allparts stock them,

    Part numbers on these are TP-0410-002 Gold, price $60. TP-0410-001 Nickel, price $50. And TP-0410-010 Chrome, also $50. Also Allparts


    Hope this helps.








    That's it then, I have a solution....The frequensator width at that point is, 50mm so I will buy the $11 tailpiece and get some gold coloured rod and bend a piece 50mm at the arrow point and two prongs 6" in length and get the father in law to put a thread on the ends so I can use the string holder of the GFS tailpiece.........


    Then, I have a solution, and the guitar stays stock, no need to take off the tailpiece bracket...


    Thanks Steve

  14. Was changing the strings on my Zephyr yesterday and my favourite strings just about manage with the frequensator and all is OK but I got to thinking.....


    My Zephyr will always be completely stock. The only thing I would ever consider replacing are the pots and only if ever required. Which I do not think is the case at the moment.


    So, I do not want to change the tailpiece bracket, but would like a solution for a bit more reach for the bass strings. I would like a spare long section of the frequensator to replace the short side.


    But another thing I thought of was buying a casino style tailpiece from GFS $11


    GFS Casino style tailpiece


    and just storing the two frequensator arms and hooking the Casino style tailpiece onto the two hooks on the frequensator bracket.


    So if you own a Casino and a Riviera and a tape measure could you tell me if that is feasible.. arrow marks the width to measured and if that would sit nicely on a frequensator bracket...



  15. Michael


    Read my experience similar to yours on the link




    and just imagine instead of the SD's you use your 57's

    (though you could get a set of specially handwound cheaper http://www.tonefordays.com/ [crying] )


    I sent David at mojotone this template and he made a modified Mojotone 335 assembly to fit my Joe Pass no extra cost.


    (Sold the JP to get my Zephyr but that JP was awesome Michael sold it for $625 to guy who plays just Jazz in his 60's and he loves the guitar.)


    here is the template I sent to Mojotone just take the measurements the same and send David an e-mail.




    Good luck

  16. It is with great sorrow and a trembling lip I have to report that JoeSamick has left the forum.........


    He let it be known that he wishes to spend happy days practicing with his beloved 5 guitars.


    He enjoyed his 6 months on the forum and now wishes to ride off into the sunset.......


    Therefore the E-by-G members club is closed at nine members..............


    of course the thread is here as a resource to all E-by-G owners of which I am one to use as a reference.


    Also anyone with questions about 1986-1988 Korean Sheratons now have 9 forum members they can PM for information.


    Of course if anyone else wishes to takeover the maintenance of this thread they are very welcome to do so.





    We have 6,861 registered forum members and have had 7,062 visits to this thread.


    Astounding........still only have 9 proven owners of "Epiphone by Gibson" Sheratons on this forum.


    1986 E-by-G's

    NaturalScience2112 (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 2 (tobacco, sn:6066698))

    Musikron (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 1 (natural, sn:6094580))


    1987 E-by-G's

    cooper (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 3 (tobacco, sn:70105418))

    StevieD (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 8 (tobacco, sn:71107775))

    Albannach (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 6 (tobacco, sn:71108446))


    1988 E-by-G's

    Toredown (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 5 (tobacco, sn:80202658))

    hilleri(2) (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 9 (natural, sn:880603292)

    slawek (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 4 (tobacco, sn:880802010))



    missing serial therefore 1986 to 1988 E-by-G's

    hilleri (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 7 (natural (yellowed), sn:XXXXXXXX)...probably 1988


    who own "Epiphone by Gibson" Sheratons (samick build 1986-1988) with the





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