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Everything posted by Gunner

  1. Did the pots come with two nuts each? If so, you can adjust the inner nut (inside the guitar) so the shaft doesn't stick out so much. If they only came with one nut, then add another nut or add some washers inside the guitar.
  2. Several years ago I wanted a 335 but couldn't afford a Gibson at the time. In researching online I heard about the Elite/Elitist Series, and found a used Elitist 335 for a good price locally. It is a great guitar. I have since bought an Epi 355 and bought/sold an Elitist Casino and an Elitist Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.
  3. When I bought my 2012 Traditional, I really wanted a Honeyburst. I was holding out for the MF end of year sale and the best price was on a Light Burst so I snagged it. It plays great and the color has grown on me.
  4. Since this is the Les Paul forum I will say teardrop as that's what I like on a Les Paul. I really like a perimeter burst on an Epi Casino though, and on some other 335 shaped guitars, like CB's.
  5. I put an Aluminum TP on my Traditional for the heck of it. I got an aftermarket brand (Gotoh I think) off the Bay for about $30. I thought it sounded a little brighter compared to stock, but my experiment was not scientific and I am well aware of the placebo effect, so I'm not claiming any real difference. I was amazed how much lighter the Aluminum TP was though, a few ounces lighter IIRC, and I'm all for reducing the weight of an LP. No way would I drop $200 on one.
  6. I have no idea whether the TPs are screwed all the way down or not on any of my stop-tail equipped guitars, or whether any of the strings are touching the bridge. Nor do I care.
  7. Three things: 1. If 5 of the strings are OK and one is buzzing, then you likely have a bad fret or bad string. If it's a bad fret, then a truss rod adjustment may help, but it will only be masking the fret issue. A fret dress by a competent luthier would be a better solution. Not uncommon to have fret issues on an Epi. 2. The nut only affects open strings. If you are getting buzzing when fretting a string (you mentioned 1st through 5th frets on the B string), the problem is not the nut. 3. Adding relief is not the same as raising the bridge, though both will raise the action i
  8. Started in early 1979 at 16 and bought a new LP Custom in late 1980. It was a Norlin era non-turd with Shaw pickups and I still have it.
  9. I don't care for the smaller bodied versions of the "335 shaped" guitars such as the 339 and Casino Coupe. I like the larger bodies and think the smaller versions look funny.
  10. I agree. Sometimes just flipping it up and down several time will cure it.
  11. Gunner


    Hard to say without pics. Most Norlin LPs in decent condition are in the $2,000 range. Check the COMPLETED listings on Ebay.
  12. When you say the two together work fine, does the bridge pickup actually work in the middle position? You can tap it lightly with a metal screwdriver to check. It sounds like a bad connection or a problem with the selector switch. Pickups and pots don't typically just die, though it can happen. To check the pickup you can disconnect it and measure the resistance across the leads if you have a meter. It should read 7k to 15k ohms depending on the pickup model, but definitely not zero or infinite resistance.
  13. I believe the quality of the Chinese Epis has improved quite a bit in the last couple of years, especially the pickups. The newer pickups with "pro" in the name are supposed to sound pretty close to Gibson pickups, though I haven't played them yet myself. I don't have an Epi LP, but I have a Gibson ES-355 and an Epi ES-355 (both white ). The Gibson has 57 Classics and the Epi came with the older Epi "Alnico Classic" pickups. The Gibson is clearly a better made guitar with better wood and more attention to detail, plus an expensive nitro finish. Stock the Gibson sounded much better a
  14. Gunner


    I have to agree with Ryan on this one. Since no magnet equals no tone, it makes sense that different magnet strengths would affect tone. I experimented with magnets in my Epi Elitist 335 just for fun. The Elitist pickups came with A5 and sounded good to me, but had more bite than my other guitars with PAF type pickups (57 Classics and Tim Shaws). I tried A2 (weaker) which lowered the output and made the pickups sound somewhat muddy. Then I tried Unoriented A5, which is between A2 and A5 in magnetic strength. This made them sound closer to PAF tone but maybe with a little less output. I
  15. How old are the strings? I would only set the intonation with new strings. Truss rod adjustment won't affect intonation much as long as it is in the ballpark. Tuners are probably OK. If you have tuning stability problems some work on the nut, or better yet a new nut may be in order. Tusq nuts are pretty cheap and easy for the do-it-yourselfer to install and can be a big improvement. Epiphone is not in the business of helping people set up their guitars, and the warranty is not transferable so no reason to be unhappy with their customer service.
  16. I just reread your post and noticed you said they are unraveling at the ferrule. That sounds like a bad set.
  17. Switch to 10's? I have played D'Addario 10's for years with lots of bending and never break them. In my early years I used 9's and broke them all the time.
  18. I have never done it to a guitar with coil split, but I would think the mod is the same. There should be a wire between the tone and volume pots for each pickup. Just move that wire from the end lug of the volume pot to the wiper (center) lug and that's it. Repeat for the other pickup.
  19. Buzzing on fretted notes has nothing to do with the nut. Think about it.
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