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Everything posted by brianh

  1. I have a bridge like that, scratched easily to show copper-colored metal below. Eventually put the fixed compensated bridge back on, doesn't seem to make any difference, and it sounds better I think.

  2. That should be interesting - any pics?

    I haven't tried an Xtrem yet, but they look good.

  3. Original bridge and a $30 counterfeit Bigsby from eBay. Here's the makeover thread at MLP: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/epiphone-les-pauls/197521-80-plywood-junior-makeover.html

  4. Epiphone's are played by some of the world's top performers and even welcome in the White House, so what's to be ashamed of? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_q5HCm2_WQ&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1JCWH_NNvo&feature=relmfu I'd worry more about your chops than what the label on the headstock says. If you're a smokin' player nobody really cares what brand guitar you own. And if they do care, they're whatcha call "cork sniffing brand snobs" and are just hiding behnd their expensive guitars because they know they can't play so that's they only way they think they can get any credibility. Think about it, when was the last time you heard anyone say "That kid's playing sucks but he has good gear so he must be good." or "I saw this band last night and they were awesome but played Epiphones so I'm not going to see them again." Don't get caught up in the snobbery hype, it's a fool's rationale. BTW, Gibson cases run $150 to $300. Epiphone LP cases are $79 new and are the same thing: http://www.samash.com/p/Epiphone_Les%20Paul%20Electric%20Guitar%20Case%20E940ENLPCS_-49994760?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Electric%20Guitar%20Cases-_-Les%20Paul%20Electric%20Guitar%20Case%20E940ENLPCS-_-ENLPCS Or less if you don't want a logo on it: http://www.rondomusic.com/egc-200lp.html
  5. I'm happy to report that my Ultra 399 came back today, only 9 days after I sent it out. Arrived in perfect condition, very professionally packaged too. The repair tag says: - p/u's are out of phase - neck pickup incorrectly polarized - straighten neck - reassemble/restring and adjust - replace p/u's Elsewhere on the tag it says they just replaced the neck pickup, I assume because you can't actually change the polarity of one pickup in an out-of-phase pair of humbuckers. In any case, all's well that ends well, glad to have her back and ready for action. Thanks Gibson for making this a fast and relatively painless warranty repair. PS, I just plugged her in and she's dead quiet, no hum, and no drop in output in the middle switch position. Maybe it's just the new strings they put on, but I'd swear it's also louder and more articulate as well. Probably just my imagination.
  6. Why not? That's half the battle and the jack and switch are going to fail and will need to be replaced in the future anyway. Good quality wiring will let the pickups shine, same as high-quality guitar cables. Plus, you'll have to resolder to the cheap Asian pots and may damage them, so why take the risk? Pots are relatively cheap and super easy to install in an LP. Myself, I wouldn't bother if not going to upgrade the whole kit. If your soldering skills aren't up to it or you don't have the patience, you can buy pre-wired assemblies from Mojotone among others.
  7. Did not know that, good deal. EDIT: Gibson CS called with an RMA, and the guitar is now packed up and ready for a trip to Nashville to get the pickup hum sorted. Tough to let her go, but I'd rather see her handled by Gibson than a local shop who may or may not know what to do.
  8. Hard to do on a Sunday. I sent them an e-mail hopefully they'll respond.. I'd actually rather keep the guit and fix it myself, but they specifically said not to.
  9. OK, I called Musician's Fiend today to see about getting the hum in my Pelham Blue Ultra 339 repaired and they said that they don't repair anything, that I would have to work with Gibson about it. I also asked if I could return it and they said no, that Gibson had not informed them of any special return option for the Ultras. They said my options were to take it to a local authorized repair station or talk to Gibson directly about a replacement. The rep I talked to said there wasn't anyone higher up I could talk to about the issue so I got his manager "Sterling" on the phone. He said that because it was beyond the exchange period, it was a Gibson warranty issue and there was nothing he could do. Now what?
  10. Although it can vary from year to year, Sheratons have an access hole through the bridge pickup rout so you can fish pots, jack and wire through there. The was an extensive discussion with pics on the known upgrade methodologies a few years back, I'll see if I cant dig it up. BTW, welcome to the forum and congrats on your new Sherry.
  11. Jeez, how do you guys keep all this minutae straight? I can barely remember what I had for breakfast....
  12. Wow, I've found just the opposite. I'd go for an older MIK Epi any day. I've had to return two new MIC Epis for serious defects, although my MIC IBJL Casino and Ultra 339 are keepers. I guess the key is to try before you buy:
  13. I can only surmise that since full hollow body archtops are a very small sliver of the overall guitar market, and single floating pickup type even less popular within that segment, that Epi pulled the model due to minimal sales. Same with most of the Elitist line. Nice HR, BTW. http://www.epiphonewiki.com/index.php?title=Howard_Roberts
  14. Welcome to the forum mcook. All of the Epiphone Sorrentos that I'm aware of were spelled SORRENTO. Not sure what the deal is with yours, but pics would help a lot. Here are some links that might be useful: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/67501-my-pink-metallic-sorrento/page__p__915333__hl__sorrento__fromsearch__1&do=findComment&comment=915333 http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/62231-sorrento-1997/page__p__842887__hl__sorrento__fromsearch__1&do=findComment&comment=842887 http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/40U-4899.htm http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76707-2011-fall-philly-guitar-show-new-pics/
  15. I'd agree with that, except the new Sheratons have a 2 x scarfed solid neck and the older ones have a 5-piece laminated neck, no scarfs. IMO, the laminated neck is going to be stiffer (and therefore need less adjustment), last longer, and take more abuse on the long run. For this reason alone, I'd take a used Korean Sherry over a new Chinese version any day and have done.
  16. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  17. I don't think Epiphone made any Sheratons from '82 to '92, so you may be incorrectly reading the serial number. Post some pics of the guitar and the serial number for a more intelligent answer. Anyway, older Japan/Korea Sheratons typically sell for between $350 and $450 depending on condition, whether it has a case, and local availability/demand. Also whether it's a cash deal or eBay/Paypal. A completed sale search on eBay is the best gauge of actual current value, but here's what the 2011 Blue Book says:
  18. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Emmylou Harris
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