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  1. I had a post on the "old" Epiphone forum about this gtr. I bought one last year but I don't remember specs (to my shame!) & was hoping to get valid specs from Epiphone. I had a guy who was interested in buying mine & as we talked specs I realized I'm not 100% sure about the neck. Might be maple, might be mahogany. Here's a link to a page that describes it. Pics at bottom. This is about all I can find about it. http://www.fretbase.com/guitars/1791-epiphone-59-es-335-dot
  2. I find very little data on the Epiphone '59 Reissue Dot 335 guitar. A local store has one but details are sketchy. For all the sales people know, it's just another "dot" even though it says "Custom Shop" on the back of the neck. I understand the CS means it's pretty much just pulled off the standard assembly line & given special detail, like neck binding, etc. Does this gtr have a maple or mahogany neck?
  3. Brought this CS '59 Reissue Dot home. It belongs to me now & I get to use it in rehearsal tonight for the first time. My paying gig is on staff at church where we do everything from Brooklyn Tab to Hillsong to Gateway Praise to Lincoln Brewster to.....pretty much anything contemporary in Christian music. Funk, soul, rock & some traditional are the norm; 1 piano, 2 keyboards, 1 acoustic gtr, & 3 electrics. This '59 Epi 335 should fit nicely. Pix next week.......if I can stop playing this thing long enough. ;-)
  4. Put it back today & I pick it up Monday. The manager was off so we couldn't finalize the deal but that's cool. I bought an Ibanez RG3770 & returned it in a week, so the store credit pays for this 335 & a lot more. This 59 Reissue is officially mine now. I've played it today & two days earlier this week while in for lessons, in an effort to determine if I really like it or if it was just a "fling". Each time I put my hand on the neck, the feel is *it*. The entire gtr is solid yet feels responsive. The feel of this '59 Reissue neck, while big, just fits this 335 perfectly. I'm still a 60s Slim Taper (a real 60s slim taper) fan but I find it hard to stop playing this thing. Looking forward to bringing it home & recording with it.
  5. I think I'm going to buy this gtr when I go in for my Monday lessons. Street price around $480 but with my teacher's discount I should be able to get it for $350-$380. I'll have to get a bag or case for it. After my final lesson yesterday, I sat & talked to a couple of the salesmen at the store for an hour or so. It was only when my wife called & I had to answer my cell phone that I realized I had been playing it for hours. In a way I felt kinda silly, because I continued to be inspired by it so much that I wasn't even aware that I was playing it that long. Then again, it was a testimony to the fact that that's what a great gtr does for you: it inspires you to play. If you can find one, check it out before it's snapped up.
  6. I happened an older post here as I was searching for info on Epi Custom Shop models. Yeah, I know the term "custom shop" used with Epiphone evokes cackles from seasoned players & those who deem themselves such, so I found the older post interesting to say the least. I frequent this forum but seldom post because I'm currently an ex-Epi owner. I've been playing over 25 years & I've owned several Gibson Les Pauls & SGs & Explorers, so I'm familiar with a "Gibson feel". I teach gtr at a store that sells Gibson/Epiphone & this week they received a Custom Shop '59 Reissue ES-335 Dot. There are two other Epi ES-335 Dots in the store, both of which arrived when the '59 Reissue arrived. I must say that the difference between the CS '59 Reissue & the other two "dots" is night & day. To what can this be attributed, pray tell, since there is no Custom Shop by American definition. Epi CS runs are really just kinda......special runs, right? I can tell you I used the '59 Reissue in 3 lessons today & it never went out of tune. Not once. I stretched the B & G strings trying to make the tuners slip waaaay out of tune I've seen many Epi's do at the store. However this gtr was solid & would not slip. I thought I'd be yanking the Kluson styled tuners all over the place but such was not the case. The gtr played great & felt very very solid. The pots were ultra smooth, too. It had a big rounded '59 neck but it felt great on this gtr. I know Epi-dissers will have no part of it but this gtr was well made. Again, compared to the other Dots in the store, this gtr was so much better than those in fir & finish. There are very obvious differences. I couldn't help but think that this Epi CS gtr played better (imho) than the last two very expensive Gibson ES-335s the store sold earlier this year. I tried for months to like those Gibson 335s (since I used to play one) but they felt like stiff brittle planks. Maybe it's me & I don't like the way Gibson's feel any more. Odd...... I do know that the '59 Reissue ES-335 Dot CS I played is a killer gtr that I'd buy with little hesitation. I'll play every Epi that comes in because, like Fender or Gibson, you never know when you'll play one that's "a good one" or one that seems to "speak to you". This one, is a good one.
  7. Don't know what I'm looking at? Really? I see the neck pickup removed showing the long neck tenon. I see a mahogany body. I see no evidence of anything other than a piece of veneer on top of the mahogany body. There is a "top" if a veneer strip is considered a top. But there's no top like a Gibson LP Std.
  8. Go here: http://www.epiphone.com/slash/default.html & click on "pics". The next to last pic is the one showing the gtr with the neck pickup removed. No "top" here mates.
  9. A local store had a '56 Goldtop a year or so ago & I played it several times. I liked the sound a lot but I'm not sold enough to pull the trigger on an Epiphone yet. Some things matter more than others with a gtr, like where the wood comes from, veneer or cap top, fingerboard radius, etc. I want a 12" radius, like a Gibson. I don't want a 14"-15" radius; I already have a flat fingerboard shredder axe. I want a more traditional LP & I'm into P-90s right now. I have a 2006 LP Double Cut Jr & I really like it's P-90 sound. Having an arch-top LP, even if it's solid mahogany w/out maple top, would work for me if it's a 12" radius. Knowing where the wood comes from &/or verifying top/veneer is more info to consider. The deal breaker for me with this gtr would be *not* being a 12" radius. I'm considering this because I'm having a hard time justifying $850+ for a Slash Signature since it appears to be not that much different from other stock models. For instance, what/where is the Epiphone Custom Shop that the Slash Sig is supposed to come from? Personally, I would assume that sticker meant that model gtr got special treatment compared to the stock models, as oposed to being made in a *custom shop* division. Special treatment being the after market p-ups & the long tenon neck but that's it. The Slash Sig still appears to be exactly the same as say, an Epi LP Std. All in all, I remember liking the '56 Goldtop & like you I may get one from MF & try it out. But before I do I'd like verification that the radius is 12". The Slash Sig is 12" by the way.
  10. Does anyone know what the fingerboard radius is on the '56 Goldtop LP (with the P-90s)?
  11. Hi guys; I lurk I, don't post, so don't flame me, bro! Any Slash Signature Gold Top users here? I'm curious about this gtr. I've seen several for sale & I have questions. Looking at Epi's site where they remove the front pickup to show the long neck tenon, it looks to be a veener on this gtr, not a true maple top. It's not a Tone Pros bridge. like Slash's gtr. Also, where does the mahogany come from that is used for this model? Are the frets the same as any other Epi LP Standard or Custom or are they a little bigger? I do like the fact that the Slash Sig Epi has a 12" radius. I want that but other questions have me balking. Any input appreciated.
  12. If the Standard Plus Top is a veneer on top of a maple top, that's cool. And a veneer "top" would be cool, too, as long as I know what it is beforehand. I'd hate to believe it is a flame maple top the Plus Top, only to discover it's a veneer & no maple at all. As far as the mahogany goes, maybe it's African mahogany & not Nato?
  13. New to posting though I've lurked on & off for quite some time. Is the current Chinese made Epi LP Standard Plain Top & Plus Top veneer top or solid? The Epi web site says "flame maple" for the Plus Top & "maple" for the Plain Top. The LP Standard Ebony is solid mahogany I understand. I'm looking at an Ebony Standard & a Vintage Sunburst Flame Top Standard locally & they're both very nice but I want to know (for sure) if the top is veneer or maple. Thanks in advance.
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