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  1. I'm fairly knowledgeable about guitars, but I made the same "mistake" thinking that replacing tuners would help. I replaced a set of no-name tuners with brand new Grovers, and it changed NOTHING. I've yet to determine what the problem is (the guitar itself may be just a bit more unstable than my others), but the tuning machines weren't it.
  2. The "Les Paul" type bracket should work fine.
  3. I don't know jack about effects processors and the like, but I do have something for you to consider regarding your desire to differentiate the Sheraton and the Dot, and that is P90 pickups in one of them. That would be a real and distinctly noticeable change, whereas different humbuckers will probably yield a much smaller, more subtle difference (and maybe not enough "improvement" to justify the cost and effort). I have GFS Mean 90s in my Dot - they are VERY different from the stock humbuckers, and to my ears they sound excellent.
  4. http://www.epiphone.com/default.asp?ProductID=76&CollectionID=9 That's it on the Epi site
  5. Fact: Genuine Epiphone factory seconds have "2ND" stamped on the back of the headstock, the serial number is NOT obliterated, the guitar is fully covered under the warranty for defects that affect playability. Fact: Guitars stamped "USED" are factory rejects/repaired items that are NOT covered by the warranty.
  6. Some..... For sure, it won't hurt to wait a bit. During that time, you can try to assess better what's causing the excessive fret buzz. Assuming there's nothing structurally wrong with the guitar (high frets, twisted neck), the causes of "abnormal/excessive" fret buzz may be any one or a combination of: - Action too low - Neck back-bowed or too straight (slight relief is commonly desirable) - Too-low nut slots (would mainly cause problems with open string buzz)
  7. There are multiple possible causes of fret buzz, so it's impossible at this point to advise you. But let's continue by asking you a question: What is the action at the 12th fret? Edit: If you haven't replaced the factory strings yet, you should oughta do that first.
  8. Loosen the strings before trying to adjust the bridge.
  9. ....because, like I've mentioned before, most Epi Electrics are simply minor variations of one another. I've played many Epiphone guitars, and the similarities far outweigh the differences, especially if they come from the same factory. Does anyone actually believe that Qingdao makes different necks for Les Pauls and Dots, for example? (the neck on my DW Dot Studio feels exactly like the neck on my friend's DW LP standard) So, what do you have - same neck, same electronics (OK, the LP has the hot bridge pickup), same hardware. The only real difference is the body, that's all. Believe what you want, but they're virtually the same thing, functionally. So, to the OP: buy the one you like - either one will do the job, and will sound pretty much the same.
  10. Pots - CTS 500K Audio/Log taper (you'll need USA knobs) Switch & Jack - Switchcraft Caps - Orange Drop .022 The above list would probably be the most commonly recommended. The CTS pots have a bigger shaft than stock, so the holes in the top of the guitars (potholes?) must be reamed out a bit. The individual parts can be gotten for as little as $30-40; pre-wired assemblies can be over $100. AllParts, Stewart Macdonald, and other online retailers carry this stuff in stock. And here's a link to a handy how-to video: http://www.mojotone.com/iMojo-Videos/Installing-a-Mojotone-335-Assembly
  11. The Epi website states, "3-piece maple". http://www.epiphone.com/default.asp?ProductID=8&CollectionID=1
  12. Seems to me that the neck needs to be shimmed for the proper angle, which is less drastic than grinding hardware. And I often suspect that many players have "experienced" intonation problems only after visiting guitar forums and seeing all the posts about intonation, how to check it, how to correct it, etc.. Then they buy themselves a high-end tuner and drive themselves crazy trying to get their guitar to intonate perfectly, WHICH IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. There are zillions of guitars that don't have adjustable bridge saddles, or even any bridge compensation, yet play perfectly fine.
  13. Why don't the British make computers? Because they couldn't find a way to make them leak oil. Honda!
  14. Regarding pickup height, here ya go: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/Tone%20Tips_%20Pickup%20Heights/
  15. PayPal makes online buying just plain easier, and more secure. More and more vendors use it, and it's nice that if you're using PayPal, you don't have to type name, address, etc., as it is automatically passed to the seller for shipping purposes. Also with PayPal, your credit card/bank info stays in one place, instead of having to provide it to every seller every time you buy something. I do agree that the setup/verification process is annoying, and PayPal customer service sucks if you have a problem with your account, but the benefits outweigh the deficits.
  16. The slant compensates for the arched top design and the neck angle, making the pickup/cover more or less parallel with the strings. Humbucker mounting rings are much the same way.
  17. Late model China Sheratons don't have the laminated neck.
  18. RJ, Home Depot (and I suppose other hardware stores) has a nice little 6" precision ruler that's perfect for guitar setup. It has scales down to 64ths, and works well as a straight edge to use for checking for high frets. I think it cost me about 3 bucks. Guitars are made of wood, and therefore vary. If you took 10 identical guitars made on the same day in the same factory, and set them up exactly the same, measurement-wise, they'd each play a little differently. Such are guitars.
  19. RJ, if there's a CH of clearance at the 1st fret (with the string depressed between frets 2 and 3), the nut height is fine. There are many variables that can cause fret buzz, and it often takes many fine adjustments over time to get a guitar right where you want it. And even then, a weather change may necessitate an occasional tweak. That's why so many of us learn how to do basic adjustments on our own. Many guitars have minor fret buzz that isn't really an issue for many players, and may be considered normal. I suggest you take some time to learn more about setups via websites and books on the subject. I'm wondering where your action is set. With no strings depressed, what are the 12th fret clearances of the E strings. The Epiphone owner's manual states the nominal clearances as 4/64" and 6/64".
  20. Genuine Epiphone factory seconds (which are fully warranteed) have "2ND" stamped on the back of the headstock, and are often sold as "B Stock". I own one. True Epiphone factory rejects (not warranteed) are stamped "USED". QC seems to vary quite a bit, I've seen.
  21. Maybe it's just a terminology thing, but the height of the nut slots is not what would be adjusted for different gauge strings - the width would be. If the Tusq nut was one of the pre-slotted ones, they're usually set up for 10s, but will often work just fine for 9s or 11s, too.
  22. Here's how you check the nut height: With the string(s) depressed between the 2nd and 3rd frets, the gap between the string and the first fret should be about .015", or the thickness of a standard business card. Keep in mind that a too-low nut height can only cause buzzing with open strings.
  23. Neil, you've stumbled upon something that is true for many of us - that the differences between pickups is often negligable. There have been some recorded comparisons of major pickups in the past, and it was the same thing there - some heard differences, many didn't. I think ya gotta trust your own ears. What kind of amplifier/effects do you use?
  24. Of course, you can play any type of music on any type of guitar. It's just that when I think of the Ventures, or "surf" music in general, I think of twangy, single coil, Fender-esque sounds, not fat, Gibson-type humbucker sounds.
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