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  1. essai ici, mon ami..epi http://fr.euroguitar.com/guitare/epiphone/emperor/ii-joe-pass/116253.html bonne chance
  2. That guitar is beautiful Very pleased for you Michael that is a guitar that would grace any collection... Congratulation on your new acquisition.....
  3. I picked up a Zephyr Blues Deluxe yesterday built like a "Sherman Tank" paid US$700 £455 For the price it came with its original Epiphone case with gold latches and red trim The guitar is in "Excellent" condition just a little wear in the top of the bridge, which shows it has been enjoyed The guitar is heavy and has a beautiful finish... The Serial on my guitar is R99M 0XXX Guitar Info Your guitar was made at the Peerless Plant, Korea December 1999 Production Number: 0XXX Peerless Korea Co., Ltd. Peerless Korea Co., Ltd. is a Korean-Japanese joint venture company headquartered in South Korea and has been in the guitar-manufacturing industry since 1970. With the core expertise in guitar manufacturing initiated from Japan, Peerless has provided 2.9 million pieces of guitars in the worldwide market so far. Peerless had once manufactured 30,000 pieces of guitars per month in the past in order to meet the order quantity, however have gradually changed their focus from quantity quality. With this in mind they have cut down their manufacturing capacity to 2,000 pieces per month just to ensure the high quality of our products. Peerless produces guitars via OEM for brands such as Epiphone by Gibson, Alvarez, Hoyer and Gretsch by Fender. Note: While not explicitly stated it is believed that Peerless is part owned by Aria of Japan. EDIT: Does anyone have any idea how long these were in production and how many were made...????
  4. My brother in England who plays guitar (far better than I ever will) follows my threads on this forum and he knows my tastes in music and he sent me this link to this youtube clip with Steve Cropper and his trusty Tele... [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg[/YOUTUBE]
  5. We all go crazy now and again... I loved my Sherri so much I wanted another one to have slightly different came to my senses and just sold it. The funds went to 1/3 of a Gibby Firebird V I have just ordered... Sit down and have a good think another casino just to sport a a set of of flats........... That sounds like a bad case of TIGAS that is Totally Irrational Gear Acquisition Syndrome..... sometimes we get GAS because there are real gaps in our collections..... TIGAS is something different, duplication, repetition, been there done it.... I try to guard against duplication and aim for variety in my small collection these days.... But what the hell, fill your boots, if that is what you want go for it.......
  6. Brad thanks man.....there is no doubt they are both fine guitars but what is swinging me in the direction of the Squier Classic vibe Telecaster 50 S vintage blonde is I like the fact I can have the guitar as is with the alnico 3 pups and then with a new pickguard I can experiemnt with those 5 or so mini's I want to A/B I have a lot of excellent options there seem to be a lot of well priced very nice Teles out there at the moment. Any one of those 3 well priced well performing guitars word do the job for me.... Really enjoyed this thread I have learned so much....Thanks guys
  7. He is a very lucky guy here he is with three of my all time favourite guitars [YOUTUBE] [/YOUTUBE] [YOUTUBE] [/YOUTUBE] [YOUTUBE] [/YOUTUBE]
  8. I was just going by Euroguitar's website http://en.euroguitar.com/guitar/squier/classic-vibe/telecaster-custom/129833.html Technical specifications Squier Classic vibe Telecaster Custom : Alder body 1-piece maple neck C shape Rosewood fingerboard Scale length 25.5" (648mm) Width at nut 1.625" (41.3mm) Fingerboard radius 9.5" (241mm) 21 medium jumbo frets Vintage style tuning machines 2 Custom Vintage style single coil Tele pickups with AlNiCo V magnets Vintage style strings-thru body tele bridge 3-ply mint green pickguard Fender Super 25L nickel plated steel strings Gauges .009 to .042 Chromed hardware and Thomann's FENDER SQUIER CLASSIC VIBE TELECUSTOM http://www.thomann.de/se/fender_squier_classic_vibe_telecustom.htm Fender Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom E-Guitar' date=' Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, Modern C Shape, 21 Medium Frets, Scale 648mm, Nut width 41mm, 2 Custom Single Coils with Alnico V Magnets, Vintage Style Bridge with String thru Body, 3 ply mint green Pickguard, Vintage Style Tuners, 3 way Switch, Finish 3 Color Sunburst this is the one I meant But I think the one Ricochet and AS90 are raving about is this one which is pine http://en.euroguitar.com/guitar/squier/classic-vibe/telecaster-50-s/122983.html Technical specifications Squier Classic vibe Telecaster 50 S vintage blonde : Body Pine Neck 1-Piece Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Gloss Polyester Finish) Fingerboard Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm) No. of Frets 21 Medium Jumbo Frets Pickups 2 Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele® Pickups with AlNiCo 3 Magnets (Neck & Bridge) Controls Master Volume, Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups Position 3. Neck Pickup Bridge Vintage Style Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge with 3 Brass Barrel Saddles Machine Heads Vintage Style Tuning Machines Hardware Chrome Pickguard 1-Ply Black Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm) Width at Nut 1.625” (41.2 mm) Unique Features “C” Shape Maple Neck, Knurled Chrome Control Knobs, Vintage Tinted Neck, Black Dot Position Inlays, Gold Squier Logo, Original Barrel Switch Tip, Synthetic Bone Nut I am just getting confused with the reviews now..... Just need to know which Classic Vibe is the one for me....I presume they are both pre-routed for mini's under the pickguard...so which is the best out of these two and why..? I suppose I take the one closest in spec to this Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster The Telecaster was first introduced in 1951 with a number of changes made in the 1952 version. The Vintage '52 Tele is one of Fender's American Vintage Series guitars. The original '52 version had an all maple neck (which this guitar has) and the serial number stamped on the ashtray bridge. This guitar has the original style bridge with an 'Ash Tray' cover and three brass saddles. Many guitarists think that the 3 brass model bridges are superior sound wise because there is more pressure holding the string against the body. This is because there are two strings per brass saddle. It's true that it’s a little more difficult to get the intonation correct but it’s very doable. The maple neck has the original 'black dots' as inlay position markers and the silver spaghetti 'Fender' logo (the F is reversed as usual). The truss rod adjustment is found at the bottom end of neck, near the neck pickup. You adjust it using a 'flat headed' Phillips screwdriver. It wasn't until the early 70's that the bullet truss rod adjustment was introduced. The tilt of the neck was only adjustable but placing small pieces of wood (shims) in-between the neck and the body to change the pitch angle. This again was replaced with the bullet truss rod that allowed you to change the pitch of the neck. Also on the original '52 neck there was another neck serial number which was written in pencil next to the Phillips head screw adjustment. The neck is also made of a single piece of maple and has a skunk strip down the back side. It wasn't until the late 50's and early 60's where the neck was made using a separate 'fretboard' which was glued on top of the neck. This allowed the truss rod to be placed inside the neck without the need of routing out the back and having a skunk strip. This guitar has the original style neck with the neck shape being the classic 'U' shape which is thicker than necks found on latter models. Many of the modern day Fenders have a 'C' shaped neck which is considered to be easier to play. The 'U' shape is said to deliver more tone and sustain mainly because there's more of it. The electronics on the '52 tele where somewhat different to that of the earlier version. The normal 3-way pickup selector wasn't introduced until the last 60's which meant that there was no 'both' pickup setting that included a tone control (See next paragraph). This is somewhat significant in that the '52 version has a slightly more 'advanced' pickup selector system than that found previously. The '52 electronics consist of two single coil pickups, a volume control and a tone control. The tone control worked when the selector was in the rear and front settings and not in the middle setting. Fender calls this the 'Vintage Circuit' in that the 3-way pickup selector does select between the pickups but there is no setting where both pickups are on simultaneously. The pickup selector when in the rear (bridge) position turns on the bridge pickup with the tone control working normally. In the Middle position the front (neck) pickup is turned on with the tone control working as you would expect. Now when the pickup selector is placed to the bridge pickup setting the front (neck) pickup is turned on and has a more dark sound. The tone control does nothing. Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: * Back Position - Bridge Pickup with Normal Tone Control * Middle Position - Neck Pickup with Normal Tone Control * Front Position - Neck Pickup with No Tone Control (Dark Vintage Circuit) The guitar also includes a Capacitor and Wiring Diagram which allows you to change the electronics to the more modern pickup selector circuit (but why would you want to do that?). On the earlier versions (before '52) still had two pickups, a 3-way selector switch, a volume control, an in place of the normal tone control there was a balance control. The selector switch when moved to the back position would enable both pickups with the balance (which is now the tone control) control knob controlling the volume of the 'neck' pickup. This allowed you to blend the two or turn down the neck pickup completely. When the pickup selector was in the middle and front positions the 'balance' control did nothing. When the 3-way pickup selector was in the middle position it gave the neck pickup a normal tone and in the neck position gave a bassier tone. The pickups are made using to the same specs and with the same materials as that found on the original. They use Alnico3 magnets with enamel coated wiring. The bridge pickup has the original copper plated steel base plate which gives the pickup more midrange. The neck pickup uses alnic3 magnets as well and is covered with a nickel plated chrome pickup cover. Very vintage looking and sounding. The body is made of premium quality ash and is only available in butterscotch blonde with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish just like the original. The single cut-a-way body shape is to the same dimensions as that on the 1952 version. Over the years apparently the specs/sizes had changed slightly. The pickguard is single-ply and black in color. This is what was used on the earlier Teles. In 1954 the pickguard was changed to white. As mentioned the bridge used is a vintage style bridge. The 25.5 inch scale length neck is made of a single piece of maple and has the classic 'U' shape. Being a single piece of maple it has a maple fretboard and 21 frets with a radius of only 7.25 inches. The Standard version has a radius of 9.5 inches which is slightly more flat. The position markers are black dot again like the original while the machine heads are Gotoh Vintage style tuners. The electronics and pickups are vintage as well. They are made to the same specs as used in 1952. The pickups are American Vintage single coils with the slant rear pickup and the front straight pickup. The 3-way pickup selector was previously described above. It's not your normal switching arrangement. This Telecaster is Fender's longest running guitar which was introduced back in 1951. This is very close to the first models and still has the original tele sound. It includes a tweed hardshell case, strap, ashtray bridge cover, guitar cable, and polishing cloth.
  9. Epi-Man You got the light right with that photograph man....that Dot looks stunning.....in fact right sexy....
  10. Thanks AS90 and they are different woods and as argued the wood used in the CV Alder maybe truer to the Tele than the Red Cedar... Big thanks to Ricochet for PM'ing this image of the route on the "Classic Vibe" it will take a mini humbucker and given the reviews I am going to go for a "Classic Vibe"
  11. Banastre welcome to the forum I think Bender has the answer here...sell that beautiful guitar on as a project and buy in a nice Sherri in natural plenty out there....I have learned a big lesson lately, instead of trying to transform a guitar to your ideal, just find what you want exactly in the first place...In your case if you want a Sherri in natural and you do not like that finish sell it to someone who will enjoy the guitar for what it is...
  12. Brad that is Beautiful and they have them in Euroguitar are selling those for 2900sek US$400 brand new....Are these as good as the classic vibe????? http://en.euroguitar.com/guitar/squier/telecaster/vintage-modified-ssh/122687.html Because that is exactly what I have been after ready routed...
  13. Torresfan......I would wait and find an Unsung Epi Firebird I nearly jumped on one a couple of weeks ago for 4500swedish krona.....$625......£406......here is the thread They have a set neck and are ready routed for minis...the one I nearly bought had a set of duncans ready fitted. Those firebirds with full size humbuckers are not firebirds in my book....it must have that firebird "voice" and you will only get that with a good set of Firebird pickups.....Lollars, Gibson, SD............I decided to save my 4500sek and sold two of other guitars and went full hog and ordered a "VS Gibby Bird V" Maybe I just could not handle the thought of owning a white guitar.... http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=14370
  14. My favourite Epi logo of all has to be from the period around 1962-64 I would love to know exactly what material it was made of, how thick it was if it was really shiny when new or always had that "pewter" sort of dull silvery colour. I have ordered some black pickguard material and will a pickguard for my Sheraton the same shape as the 64 Sheraton 1. Will also try to to do a faithful replica of that beautiful logo as well. If anyone has any input fire away...
  15. Great job Bender.....I know what you mean about the older speakers I really like what comes out of my Pacemaker and I am sure that is a lot to do with the Wilder speaker. Its a bit of a beast.....
  16. Thanks guys Just having a little bit of fun..... Just find it amazing the whole new set of terminologies you have to learn once you walk around and start looking in the back of a amp instead of just plugging into the front of it.... Thanks for the help
  17. I know jackshit about guitars and even less about amps... I bought a amp recently that has a Wilder speaker and on another forum someone hit me with this: I have several Wilder speakers I bought from a local guy that parts out organs. They come from Gulbratsen organs. Wilder did make some solid state amps for a couple of years, maybe 70/71 or so. I have read that Kieth Richards used one on some recordings and one US tour about that time. I also read that several Chicago based rock bands from that time used the Wilder amps. They were a Chicago based company. I had a picture of a 4-12" speaker cabinet, no head, but I had it on my old computer when it crashed. I've spent quite a bit of time tryng to find out more, but this about all I know. There was a Harmony Central review or two, but I haven't been able to dredge them up with thier new system. I have one Wilder 12" with a jensen style cone (no whizzer) in my Deluxe Reverb, I love it, that's why I bought the others. There are 10" and 12" that come from the organs, they appear to all be 1 1/2" voice coils, large round alnico magnets (quite like a P12N) and I have three different style cones in the 12" speakers, one is quite like a P12N, another one looks much like a british cone (no whizzer), and the others all have the whizzer cone type. All of the 10" that I have also have the whizzer cones. The whizzers can be cut out, and experimenting with one of the 10's I installed a large H-type dustcap, that warmed it up quite a bit. my 2 cents, JD Questions... 1) Who is Keith Richards....only joking...got ya didn't I... 2) What is a whizzer....no I am serious this time.... 3) 1 and a 1/2 voice coils well....excuse me.....please explain 4) Cone styles...al a.......P12N......British cone Whizzers....stop now I knew there was something weird about you guys who hang out in Epiphone Amps & Accessories CONFIRMED
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