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  1. Ditto Modoc 333. Dry bridge...too dry. ..maybe you have oily skin that transferred to the bridge...? (were you eating bacon (YUM!) when you installed it?...just combed in some Brylcream?)
  2. I've tried various fixes on varoius guitars to get rid of that nasal/treble sound. the most effective (and CHEAP!) that I've found is simoly replacing the capacitors on the tone controls with .22 mfd Orange Drops. I have also use foil and paper and oil filled with excellent results. I was ready to sell a couple guitars that responded very well to this simple fix, I play mostly slide blues, and have settled into Open D. less strain on the neck and bridge that "E", and is apparently what Elmore James used, judging by his recordings/ I found open C difficult to keep in tune on the lower two strings...but it has a very low, ballsy sound...I liked ti play John Lee Hooker down low like that, although he was in "A" mostly.,
  3. The Tributes also have the deeper - set neck, Switchcraft switches and jacks. They are killer guitars, and I flagellate myself daily for ever selling mine!...another will eventually slide into its former spot in the rack, though.
  4. I love playing slide on a Firebird!...but I advise you to slack down to Open D to save that long neck! You can always capo for an "E" bass.
  5. Yeah, I've had many great Epiphones, and I've had a couple Gibsons that ...well...I sold them. This Epi is a good one, and I wanted to weigh them both to show its as heavy as concrete (we, I'm sure over 9 pounds, but I don't have a scale to use). The Gibson is like "Ahhh" shoulder relief! The Gibson has very good sustain. I was dissatisfied with the Gibson's tone when I got it home and played it for an hour or so, so went diggin' in my guitar parts and found a couple sets of capacitors I acquired, but never use, so I tried these big, fat Orange drops, and now I am a happy camper. that was a first stab before I replaced the pickups, which I would have done.. I have put various caps, ceramic, oil filled, paper wound, mylar film, etc. in various guitars over the years, never with negative results, and sometimes, like this time, they have added a dimension to the tone that sounds good to my ears. Many disagree about caps,tubes, strings but hey, just humor me, OK? I can't describe how the tone was re-shaped other than to describe it as a bit thicker now, but not muffled I have been playing for over 50 years, and play mostly slide blues, and know what I like. I have long been a Duane Allman slide fan, and these get me there. I get to play it in a loud Blues Jam tomorrow with full band, so I'll see if it still makes me happy after that.
  6. I bought a well-used 1999 Gibson LP Studio a few days ago, and when placed in my guitar rack I noticed it was notably thinner than my 1997 Epiphone LP Standard. Both are great sounding guitars (both have has 0.22 Sprague Orange drops installed (which notably improved the thickness of the sound in each)...I didn't care for the Gibson's sound until I did that, but now it smokes! The Epi is 2" thick at the rim next to the toggle (using calipers), and the Gibson is 4/10" less, but its maple Cap is as thick as the binding on the Epi, and thicker in the cut-a-way. I had a beautiful really thin Gibson LP back in the 80's,and in my mind it seems like it was maybe even 1/2" thinner than the Studio (about like an SG). It was beautiful Tobacco Burst...sold it through a music Store in Jackson Hole, and wish I still had it...very comfortable weight, yet still had good tone. (Studio on left)
  7. Generally you'll lose some value when you refinish, plus the $$ you put out for the job itself is gone. Think carefully about just selling the guitar and buying a black one, if that is what you want...you could steel wool the finish down to a nice even matte and be $$ ahead. Or maybe pickup a black worn/satin finish LP, they sell for about $1,000 less, and can sound very good! Just my 2 cents worth.
  8. T'would really be cool to have such a device mic'ed off the lead guitar amp, with little displays on the stage monitors...for thos many times when the set list is abandoned, or using sit-ins. I'd also like it to use on tunes I find on YouTube to figure out some chords. Good Find!
  9. Well, my Epi LP Junior I purchased NEW ( not refurb or returned) from Guitar Center in Austin. Has spent its brief tenure at my home cradled in its stand...never traveled out of the house. Was tuning it (always Open D...a looser than standard tension tuning) when I noticed the neck lifting. The front two screws were stripped out to where the heel gap was 1/4". I unstrung it (I use DR 11's for my slide work on all my guitars). This is what I found...each of the screw holes has been drilled three times . I'll talk to GC tomorrow (I bought a few guitars from them before, nice folks in the South Austin store). I did not buy the GC extended warranty...never needed it before on any guitar...does my Epi carry a warranty? (I bought off the rack, so no case candy, warranty card, pamphlet, etc.). Its an inexpensive guitar, and one of many Epis I've had over the years, and I can probably fix it with some inserts...but did my guitar get shipped with this really crappy neck attachment work?
  10. This is a June 2013 China (non-identifiable factory) Epiphone Les Paul Junior I bought new from Guitar Center three or four months ago. It has been in my home sitting in a guitar stand, never taken out. As I was tuning it (Always Open D, DR 11 Strings) I noticed my string clearance was excessive, and closer look showed neck was separating from the body, with the two screws closest the headstock pulled up 1/4" or so/ The two behind them were holding the neck on, but loosely. Upon removing the neck, this is what I found. Clearly three attempts had been made to screw this together, and the neck itself has given up like a piece of particle board! very ragged. The screw holes in the body were actually drilled crooked! This pictures shows a the angles of the holes. The screws are firmly threaded in these holes, no wiggle or slop...note the cockeyed alignments. I bought this as a new guitar, not a refurbished, not on sale, etc. I did not buy the GC extended coverage, but will show them this soon and get a reaction (they are 1 1/2 hours away, in Austin). Its a cheap enough guitar to just do glue and toothpicks...I've even ordered a set of inserts and screws...but the more I read on them, the more reluctant I am to try the installation. This neck has no pocket to speak of other than what's right under the fretboard. At first I thought the screws were bent, but no, the holes were drilled crooked! I called Guitar Center today with the SN and they checked to make sure I had not been sold a return...and I had not. I've even wondered about gluing this neck in, using the screws to set the fit and angle, then leaving them in...'would appear as untouched, and removal would not be worth the effort.
  11. I traded for a DOT Deluxe, and wish I hadn't turned around and traded it away. It had The improved electrics and Classic 57 pickups all stock. They may be Gibson 57's in that deluxe model (as they are in the Tributes), because they sure sounded exceptionally good! It was one sweet guitar, but joined the long list of other really sweet guitar that I never should have let go.
  12. ...and I agree. It lacks any visual appeal, plus I suspect its a dud acoustically. Note the missing saddle, also. If they didn't destroy the neck pocket and back, I'd pull that goofy top off and peddle the back and sides with neck attached (have to build jig to support the sides while the top is off.
  13. When I rescued my 1954 Gibson from a barn ($5.00 !!), it had 9 dirt dauber nests inside, plus evidence of various other visitors through the years. All the braces had fallen out, and were rattling around inside. It had the expected top and back splits, warped pick guard, etc...but definitely worth saving...Kinda like picking up a little wounded bird and taking it home to heal. I took it to a luthier in Austin to consult about my plan (at the time) to simply re-glue the braces in myself, and play it as a beater "Willie-type" guitar...but she (yes, a lady luthier), feeling a certain empathy for the gutar, suggested I leave it with her for a long time, and she'dwork on it every now-and-then, in her slack time (which is seldom!). My computer crashed, and I lost the pictures of what carried home from the barn, but it was very dry. I lived with the structural rebuild (sounds excellent!), but kept the cool alligatored finish for ayear or so, carrying it to festivals and various picking circles. ...but the old finish started coming off in larger flakes all along the back of the neck, and in the heel area, where the neck had been removed to re-set., so I took it back, and had it totally refinished (reluctantly), but it came out very well. This is the inside of my top after LG 2 bracing was installed Inside back Chips, flaking upper bout Neck chips Finished front (lower reflections from gravel) Finished back I would rather it not look "so new", but I play it a lot, so the lacquer will assume a "better" finished patina through time.
  14. Forum will not accept my image when I try to post larger..
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