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  1. 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...????

  2. Nah' date=' I don't want a new Casino just so one can have flats and one can have rounds. It's worse than that. I want another Casino simply because its a different color! I have the sunburst, now I crave that natural Lennon. I am justifying the purchase by telling myself I can do flats/rounds. I would also put nylon saddles on one, maybe a Bigsby...try to make them as different as I can yet still keeping them Casinos.[/quote']


    Go Beatlenut.....TIGAS attack let it rip fella.....good luck and enjoy.....

  3. 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.......

  4. Joe' date='


    Here are some of the differences I have found:


    [u']Bridge[/u] - CV - 3 saddle brass barrel vintage style bridge / VM- 6 saddle vintage style bridge


    Neck - I think they are the same. Both "C" type, maple 1-piece


    Fretboard - CV - Vintage Tinted / VM - Not Tinted (both maple)


    Pickups - CV has regular Squier pups / VM has the Duncan Designed pups.


    Nut- CV - Synthetic Bone / VM - I don't know what it is on mine.


    Body - CV- Pine / VM - Indian Red Cedar


    Control Plate - CV- Regular/Chrome Knobs / VM - Reverse Control plate/Black Knobs


    Color - CV -Vintage Blonde / VM - Olympic White


    Generally speaking I think they are both quality guitars. But there are some significant differences.

    My biggest problem with the CV is the tinted fretboard and the 3 saddle bridge. I also like the SD designed pups on the VM

    Perhaps this can help you decide.



    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

  5. The CV is made of pine.



    I was just going by Euroguitar's website




    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 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




    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.....[biggrin


    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.




  6. The neck isn't as nice.


    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"



  7. Interested in an "as is" sale?

    PM me if you are............

    It would take many days meticulous work to get the poly finish off without gouging the wood underneath.


    Welcome to the forum!!


    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...

  8. I just got a Squier Vintage Modified SSH with HSC and.....

    It Kicks ***!!!!!

    It has an Indian Red Cedar Body and it sounds wonderful.

    It's a 2008. Got it for $182.50 with case.

    It's in perfect condition. Not a scratch or ding to be found on it.






    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?????




    Because that is exactly what I have been after ready routed...

  9. 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....[biggrin]



  10. There are many stories' date=' or fables, about what rotating a neck position humbucker will, or will not, do.

    The one thing that I can tell you hand on heart is, it won't recreate Peter Green's infamous sound.

    To do that, is a whole different ball game. Dismantle your humbucker, flip the magnet,rebuild pickup and then, you are a lot nearer. Alternatively, if this sound appeals, but the thought of dismantling seems a bit too much, there are countless Pick Up Winders who have their own version of the Peter Green Pickup. Here in the UK we are blessed with "possibly" the closest recreation, from Bare Knuckles Pickups. But as I say, just about every Winder out there seems to have their own version and their own story about how this fabled pickup was first recreated.[/quote']


    I have bought a set of pickups from a winder called Jon Moore (I went for a low wound set of "Tres Hombres")

    I also went for a harness that will allow me to split the buckers and put them "out of phase" and "in series" just waiting on a Luthier at the moment...


    Jon does a PG set called "Manalishi"

    Manalishi: Vintage wind with out of phase middle position. I’m going to offer this in two styles. 8.6k bridge with an 8.2k neck and a 7.8k bridge with a 7.6k neck ( approximately). I can do a reverse polarity neck ( magnet flip) or a reverse wound neck. I figure this way I’ll avoid all the controversy over the true PG sound. Your choice of magnet.




    I think Jon's work is excellent and his price was right for me.....great guy to communicate with as well...

  11. I cant disguise the fact it's an Epiphone' date=' & I think they look better with the €.[/quote']


    Why would you want to disguise the fact it is an Epiphone........


    I would rather have my Sheraton than any other 335 under $2000 and would never pay more that for a 335 type guitar.


    Therefore I am very proud to own my Sheraton and it will have a big fat 1964 style Epiphone logo on the pickguard....


    I am Sparticus





    (the Stathopoulos family originally came from Sparta, so to me all proud Epiphone owners are Spartans :( we might be underdogs but we will never be slaves :()

  12. 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...

  13. 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




    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



  14. Hi all' date='

    My first post here. Last year I got a vintage sunburst Epi Firebird VII. The neck feels so comfortable and I just love the vibe of the guitar.

    Wondering what folks here suggest as the best height for setting the three pickups.

    Also wondering if anyone has had experience with the Gibson firebird tone pot kit sold by RS Guitarworks and how much of an improvement it makes to the guitar sound.

    I understand they are not metric pots though and will not match my Korean made firebird without some modification.[/quote']


    I guess the reason there are not a lot of responders on this thread is....set your guitar and amp up and get yourself a phillips screwdriver and move them up and down until you it a spot you like....

  15. Yeah' date=' Epi cases do seem to stink when new.


    I have a Gator 335 case for my Sheraton, and not only does it not smell unpleasant, it's actually a pretty good case too.[/quote']


    I bought a Joe Pass/Emperor 17" lower bout Epiphone case for my Levin from Musikborsen in Uppsala. It did not smell as is described in this thead or some of the other threads about the same issue......


    This is my theory....


    Disgruntled sweat shop workers all bring their cats to work and while they take a "very brief" break, laugh, while their cats piss in your guitar cases...


    Just what I would do if I was in their position....

  16. Joe' date='

    Dime was a DR endorser. If his signature set is the gauge you want I say get em! Thats just his preferred gauge so they box em up with his face on the pack to sell more of them. Hell, you may even get a pack without his face if thats whats bothering you.


    If it makes you feel better he was a great guy and guitarist.[/quote']


    Nickel strings the same gauge......they must be the same as "Pure Blues" I was just hesitant in case they were made any differently....windings etc......I will tell you what I will e-mail DR with my problem and if they say they are as near as dammit to the pure blues then I will order a heap of sets of Dimebags from Thomann (they should give me some free after the money I have just agreed to pay them for that 'bird)........:-k[biggrin]

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