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About bynapkinart

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  1. I dunno, have you played a vintage Casino? I've played two...one was a junker, a very beat up 68 Casino on its last legs, didn't play nice at all. It had nice pickups though! The other was a 65 in great condition, and sounded just about the same volumewise...again, nice pickups. Also, one of my closest friends has a 1966 ES 330 which sounds and plays great, virtually identical to the Casino. Interesting note: every single one of these guitars had a soundpost in it. The crap Casino had a post made out of a wooden dowel, and the other Casino and 330 both had a small block of wood under the
  2. I'd have to see the price of one, but I'm really glad they're remaking the Epiphone Trem. I always loved the look of those.
  3. +1 on the Hagstrom....really freakin cool guitar!! Honestly, when I first was looking to get an ES335 style guitar with humbuckers, I started playing every guitar that I could find in that kind of mold. I was looking for something inexpensive that felt great to play, regardless of brand. Played sooooo many...Dots, Vikings, Schecters, Rivs, felt like I played everything till I stumbled into this ES-type guitar at a local dealer. It was an Arbor (instantly recognizable brand name, I know ), and it played like butter. Amazing playability. I just couldn't get over how nice it felt. I was
  4. I have the Gator vintage ES style one with the pink inner lining, works fantastic and has tons of mojo!
  5. There is a huge difference in sound between the two. The metal covers act as a magnetic shield, muffling the sound quite a bit. The plastic covers don't have any effect whatsoever on the magnet coil, and therefore it makes the pickup sound very open, powerful and chimey all at the same time...the classic P90 sound. A Casino/330 with plastic-covered P90 is a beautiful and versatile guitar. I was inspired to make my change based on a friend's 1967 ES330. He originally had chrome covers on when he got it used, and we both played it and weren't too impressed. The guitar sounded very mut
  6. Awesome!!! I bet it sounds as nice as it looks! Reminds me what mine used to look like...
  7. That headstock looks soooooo much nicer with the real Epi logo. Looks a lot classier than even Gibson. I think you guys should seriously consider going with the Nighthawk/Casino/Riviera logo on all of your guitars. I think the Epi LP and SG headstocks are so ugly....maybe all it is is the Gibsonized Epi logo. These look really nice. My $.02.
  8. Oh no, I think I might have something that might get your GAS going.... It's my modded Casino which I just spent 4 hours playing some blues out live, along with some Beatles covers and Radiohead covers. You will not be disappointed at all in your choice! Good luck!!
  9. My experience with the P93 is limited to playing 3 different ones 3 different times whilst expecting to be impressed. It didn't get my attention at all. With any new guitar I'm GASing over (and trust me, a beautiful red Riviera with P90s and a Bigsby was extremely GAS inducing), I try to pick one up and test it with a Vox AC15CC1 or something of the sort. Usually I can work something out but with the P93 the P90s were so....un-P90-like. They didn't react and breakup like a good P90 should, they didn't impress me at all...I was very disappointed because the stock P90s in my Casino were incr
  10. Well I'm glad it is working out for you right now...I'm just very surprised that someone willing to shell out $3k+ for Elitist Epiphones doesn't make an amplifier a number 1 priority. A good amplifier makes a good guitar sound great. A great tube amp makes a Casino sound like heaven. Just my 2 cents...
  11. Fingers, I don't want this to come across the wrong way, but why spend $1000 on a nice electric guitar and then not get any amp? Plugging your headphones in doesn't do anything, you can probably barely hear a signal coming out and it's mostly the acoustic sound anyways. If you want good sound/tone/volume, you need to get some sort of amplifier. You don't even need a tube amp, although I highly recommend it. You should get something...anything at all really. The poly finish will not significantly effect the tone of the guitar. Both are roughly the same thickness even, so not even a n
  12. Well the stock P90s are fantastic, just fyi. I liked them before I did the chrome to plastic conversion, too, I just had to crank the treble on my amp. They were very one dimensional, and they didn't really have the P90 punch I was expecting them too. With the chrome covers on, and the hollowbody construction, you end up losing all that chimey high end that you would expect out of a Casino. With the plastic covers, though, you get that high end back, along with a fuller low end and bright mids. With the plastic they just sound so much fuller and stronger, with more chime. Modding is a
  13. Thanks!! It is actually a custom pickguard done by TWANG, another forum member. He did a great job and communicated great to get it to fit perfectly. The pickups are actually the stock Epiphone...kind of. I cut off the chrome covers and decided to try my hand at unwinding the pickups a bit. Messy, but it turned out great! I just replaced the covers with black plastic, which sounds leaps and bounds better than the chrome (the chrome always sounded muddy and dull to me). Also, I like the Cherry/Black combo...always have! I'm thinking about popping a GFS P90 in the neck for kicks, but
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