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  1. Okay, maybe I was at guitar shop looking at Legacy guitars during a stocktake sale... but yeah. Not an Epi.
  2. It's common for Epi factories to churn out other brands as well (Samick have supplied Australia with Samick-badged models for a long time as well as making Epis), but that doesn't mean that they're the "same" guitar. I'm not sure if Legacy are made in an Epi factory or not but it wouldn't surprise me if that was true. However the guitars do have some differences besides the badging, which betray a different manufacturing process. Not just the logo but the headstock shape is different on the Legacy guitars, the position of the truss rod cover has changed, and other small details like the shape and screw positions of the scratch plates differ. Also, Legacy do a Fender Strat copy, Epi don't really do anything as close to the Fender Strat as the Legacy model picture in your link. I have students who play Legacy guitars, one girl I used to teach had one of those "Emerald" series Les Pauls, it was light as a feather! Sounded quite good actually, although the electronics were shifty, the thing would crackle a lot. Legacy do fully-binded and blinged out LPs for the same price as an Epi Special II so you know there's some corners being cut somewhere along the line...
  3. Well there you go, you SOUND okay and that's what a guitar is for, to make a SOUND. He probably also believes in the Tooth Fairy. Most people who are into "tubes" will bang on and on about how transistors are crap and tubes are great, and then put their $2000 guitar and big tube amp through a tiny transistorised distortion pedal - sometimes even a whole daisy-chain of the little things in a pedalboard. So much for then hating on transistors when they're using dozens of them to get their sound anyway. The best sounding Stratocaster I've ever played is one of my student's Squier Affinity Strats that he got in one of those beginner guitar/amp package things. It sounds better than the Fender Strat Plus that I used to have. The Squier Hello Kitty comes a close second. Strat feel, light wood, fixed bridge, one humbucker in bridge position, simple controls? Yes please. When you're going from Epi to Gibson, what you're paying all that extra money for is: 1. Someone in the US was paid to make it instead of someone in Asia 2. The pickups and electronics might be a little bit better made if you're lucky 3. A neck made out of one bit of wood instead of three, thereby making it less durable 4. Nitro finish that will wear off if you play a lot, and also cause problems when going through some airport security systems (it happened to a guitarist in my band while on tour, he spent over an hour trying to explain the "traces of explosive" to airport security), instead of nice glossy durable poly finish 5. Gibson on the headstock so you can brag to your friends, feel like part of the cool club, and possibly get robbed later 6. Higher resale value, which will definitely come in handy if you didn't want the thing in the first place 7. Maybe they got the wood from a different tree or something It's mainly point 5 that matters to most people. It's the same reason why people spend hundreds on Rolex watches. Your ten dollar watch still tells you what time it is.
  4. Return the guitar. No way should a Kat have binding that bad. The Kats look like pure sexxx and if yours doesn't you need an exchange or refund.
  5. My girlfriend is a model. She did a shoot last week and because I was giving her a lift there, I thought I'd drag along a prop, my trans black Wildkat. Thought you Epiphone fans might appreciate the aesthetic marriage: This photo I took from my camera phone during the shoot. The photographer who was there hasn't released the actual modelling shots yet but when he does, if I get permission I'll add them to this thread later if people want to see more. The Wildkat is Korean from 2005, stock, no mods apart from straplocks. The girlfriend however is heavily modified.
  6. Wildkats are awesome. I have one and I love it. Perfect for recording, great for live too, as long as you don't want super-saturated distortion it'll do the job. Be aware it's a warmer sound than the artists you like, but just dial some extra treble into your amp and that will compensate. The Wildkat deal you're being offered is a steal, especially as getting hold of the Kat cases is difficult sometimes. I'd pick it up over the Dot any day. Expect to change out the pickup selector switch in a few years, apart from that the Kat sounds good stock.
  7. Things to know: * The Wildkat isn't a true hollowbody in the sense that it's blocked in the middle, therefore it doesn't have as much of an acoustic sound as the Gretsch. * The Gretsch is bigger in every respect - thicker, wider, etc. Both guitars weigh about the same, with slight variations. * The Gretsch has humbuckers, the Wildkat has single coils. Neither guitar has an overly bright sound, don't expect Tele-style twang, but you'll get more brightness out of the Gretsch, the Wildkat sounds darker. * Build quality varies from guitar to guitar but generally should be good, the Wildkat feels more 'solid' in this area. * The Gretsch has name-brand bragging rights, but the Wildkat has far sexier colour options such as flame tops.
  8. I have a Wildkat. I won't mod it unless I have to. So far the only thing I've done to it is put straplocks on it. It's not a high-gain or very bright-sounding instrument. If that's what you want, get something else. It also can't handle big distortion. It's excellent at what it does, though. It's the only instrument I've played live where people have come up to me afterward and said "wow, your guitar has amazing tone". Nobody ever said that when I used to play a Fender Strat. I have no tuning issues. Yeah it goes out of tune a bit sometimes, more when you use the trem, but then what guitar doesn't... The pickup selector switch is a bit crappy. I'll have to get mine changed soon. I guess the stock Epi pickup switches aren't up to much. No problems with any of the other electronics. Personally I like the way it's wired up but I can't see why you couldn't do a Les Paul wiring scheme if you really wanted, but then people seem to think you'd have to replace the pickups, so seems a bit pointless... if you want that you might be better off finding a Les Paul with P90s in it.
  9. Is the neck bolt-on or set? If it's a set neck, then you've got a G-400 which is essentially the Epi equivalent of an "SG Standard". You've probably also got Grover tuners on that. If it's a bolt-on neck then you've got the cheaper G-310 with different pickups, a bigger scratch plate, no fretboard binding and probably non-Grover tuners. Both good guitars though.
  10. You have to upload it to an internet site like imageshack or photobucket that can host the image, then you can link to the image with IMG tags. Anyway doesn't matter cos like I said, I don't need to see it to know that your guitar is not fake.
  11. Your picture link doesn't work. You're linking to a file on your computer which we can't access (because it's on your computer). That's not how you link a picture. It doesn't matter anyway. I guarantee you absolutely 100% that your Special II is not a fake. There are simply no recorded fakes of Special IIs. Counterfeit manufacturers don't waste their time faking the budget models.
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