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  1. Well, Red... I have one. They're a diamond in the rough. If you have the skills and a weekend you can make them really come alive, and you'll loooooove the "different" sound. I've found that my '56 prefers my '63 Vibroverb w/ 2-10's (clean) over my SFDR (with pedal board) with a Weber. P90s are a tone of their own, not like other single coils. Noisy, true, but that can be mitigated without a lot of work. Lot's of posts here in the Lounge. _heretic
  2. ...or the $21.95 triple-chromed brass GFS roller DROP-IN that I have on my US Bigsby'd Epi '56 Gold Top. Excellent craftsmanship. Rock solid with sustain for days. Did I mention it's under 22 dollars? _heretic
  3. Loooove A2. Even got a Weber 12" Alnico in my Silverface Deluxe Reverb. 1's and 2's. I think have one, sweet, 50th Anny V3, but I had to work it to get there. Epiphone provided a great start with beefy, long tenon neck and an authentic maple cap on a mahogany body. But, it needed CTS pots and cloth wiring, a Gotoh bridge, an aluminum stop bar, a Tusk nut., TonePro Klusons. 11's. Fantastic neck. Sustain unplugged you won't believe. Rock solid stable. Great playability. The Ibby is a great 335-like guitar. Fantastic neck and beautiful in natural flame maple. A stunner! Very easy to go La
  4. I put the 57's in two guitars. A '62 SG G400 and an Ibby AS103NT. I have Burstbuckers in my Epi 60 50th Anny LP Std. Best investment, EVER. Honestly, I think these two Gibson pups truly have the "mojo" tone. Sweet and soulful Alnico 2 or bold in-your-face Alnico 5 attitude. Fiddle with the knobs a tad and you can recreate all the good licks. If you're a player, and you have an Epi that feels good but lacks "something", putting the current run of REAL Gibson pickups is a wise investment. The gits may come and go, but as for me, I keeping those pickups. _heretic
  5. RaSTus, No worries. I had a bunch of guitar projects that I needed to complete, deal with the Holidays and STILL work 60hr/wk to pay for it all. Just a little "distracted". The smiles on the faces of the owners of the gits I "laid hands upon" were worth it. Good start for this coming year. Now, I get to do my stuff. _heretic
  6. Good sir, it is I who is honored.

  7. Isn't it obvious? It's holding up me cap. Right behind my BLT. That one I call Bad Luck & Trouble. That '60s V3 is developing quite a personality. One step backward, three steps forward. _heretic
  8. Back to the Future...or upgraded to "vintage" specifications. _heretic
  9. To all, Got busted by the Missus. Yesterday. Not pretty. This is how it went down. I have a personal checking account that I only use for online purchases. I use it for ebay, paypal, etc. If things get wonky, I'm protected. I also purchase whenever zero interest is available. I also use it to buy gifts for her to keep her surprised for the special times. It works. In the closet in "the office" there are as follows: '73 Gibby acoustic, '78 Ibby Randy Scruggs Pro, '91 Am. Std Strat, '92 Am. Std Tele. All purchased before we were married. But, then this happened: Guild JF-30, Morgan Monr
  10. BrianH, "Everything happens for a reason." I had wondered why I got such a good deal from MF. My 50th Annie was 256 of 1960 with all the case candy. Thought it was strange that I got such an early number at the end of 2011. I found out this morning while finishing the final upgrades. I was replacing the Wilkinson keystone tuners with TonePro Kluson "drop ins". The stock tuners were "grindy". They kept in tune, but they felt bad. I had removed the strings, and had just started removing the collars with a neat little puller I made. Guitar was face down on workbench. Flipped it over to c
  11. Morkolo, My '58 Korina Explorer doesn't appear to have veneers. Epi veneers are quite visible when viewed edge-on. _heretic
  12. Full disclosure time Blue...This was the sweet deal of the century that I got from MF on a Back-to-School close out. $599.99 w/HSC, free shipping. It's not the highest-priced Asian-made guitar that I've "violated". IMHO I'm not "customizing", I'm just channeling the assemblers that actually DID the original work back in the day. I know this is a controversial issue with collectors, but as a player, I want the best stuff and skinny wire, dime-sized pots with pot metal nuts and such... is not for me. How can those parts possibly increase in worth over time, or the lack of them decrease the value
  13. I thought about it. I shielded the '56 GT to mitigate the notorious P90 hum. But, when I popped off the cover and saw how cleanly routed the cavity was, and seeing a real, maple cap, I really couldn't. That, and they didn't shield real 1960 LP Standards. I never noticed any hum/hiss when using my gain pedals before the changes, nor do I hear any, now. It sounds soooooo good, plays "like buttah", and the new pots feel great, and had to use real, Gibson knobs. I'm just sayin'...
  14. Yeah... so much for leaving well enough alone. 2010 Epi 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard V3 wired the way they did it back in the day. Even put an aluminum stop bar on it, but if you've seen one nickel-plated stop bar, you've seen them all, so no pix. Wifey asked me "why?" In the words of The Captain: "What we've got here is... failure to communicate." __heretic
  15. Motown, my brother... I, most solidly, do not, WORK, for The Man. Thus the handle... heretic.
  16. Dear friends, I have been playing an electric guitar since the age of 12. I'm 59, now, and I never stopped playing or buying electric guitars. My first electric guitar was a used Japanese import. A "Conrad". Strat-ish shape, tri-tone burst, 2 pickups, a bunch of switches and knobs. And a tremolo. I just wanted an electric guitar and amp. Leveraged my 8th grade graduation for a guitar. My guitar friends had Mosrite Ventures Models or Fenders. Way out of my price-range. But, between the three of us, nobody understood what an electric guitar was. How pickups work, intonation, neck relief,
  17. Can't. Stop. Modding. The '56 GT needed a real B-7, you've seen her before. The really pretty girl on the right was a deal too good to pass up. That, my friends, is your 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard V3. Fat neck, long tenon, real maple cap, USA Gibson BurstBuckers, Mallory 150 capped, Wilkinson/Kluson tuners, Tusq Nut, No. 256 of 1960, Brown/Pink HSC from MF shipped 2-day Air to get it to me for my birthday, that THEY covered. That's CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! For 6 Benjamins. Mo pictures to come. __heretic
  18. Casino4Life, I changed all of my Epi's bridges and stop bars with the Gotoh 1511, nickel and gold finishes. Superior product IMHO to stock. Great sustain and stability. _heretic
  19. OMG!!! RaSTuS, I clicked your link. You're the FIRST person I have ever seen with a 1971 Les Paul Recording. I bought mine when I was overseas doing gov't work in 1973. Heaviest git in the world. Never liked it, actually, so I traded it and some cash for a import guitar (which I still have) ...a 1978 Ibanez Randy Scruggs Professional. Yeah...the one with the Vines and the Cloud. No regrets. _heretic
  20. Thanks, Willy and Mud. I used the method from the DIY Lounge. Hand orbital sander with 3M-type scratch pads, then hand rubbed with "clear coat" car polish. Took about 20 minutes. Made the neck really, really slick as others have described. It just "feels" right. I have an American Standard Strat with a satin finished neck, and this feels faster. Comfy, like a worn out t-shirt. Gotta LOVE this forum.
  21. ...The Daniel Lanois Tribute. Dulled, Klusoned, Switchcrafted, CTSed, PIO capped, cloth wired, shielded, GFS roller bridged, Bigsby B7ed, Vibramate mounted, real vintage correct Gibby speedknobs, pointers, pickguard, cavity covers. Thanks to BrianH for the encouragement, and a "purist" who doesn't like beveled pickguards. Now, all I need is talent. Enjoy! _heretic
  22. Tri, The solution I found for my former neck-diving G400 was to replace the full-size, stock Grover machines with Kluson vintage-style tuners. It's NOT a straight swap, because your have to fill the old screw holes (using round toothpicks. See DIY Lounge) and drill new ones. You'll need the "bolt" version NOT the "press-in". The Grovers are a great tuner, but they are HEAVY. I swapped out mine for the vintage look, but was very surprised to find that it corrected the neck-diving. I picked up 2 sets of TonePro-Klusons from an online vendor. One set for the SG400, the other for my '56 Goldto
  23. I think you need to LOWER the BRIDGE pickup (the Plus). I have two Epi' s with '57s and to get a good balance I lower the hotter pickup. --heretic
  24. JP338, You're "half way" to Tone Town. You should finish what you started, and you've already spent the big money on the SD's. Now, do the easy/cheap stuff. Replace the stop bar and bridge with Gotoh instead of Tone Pro. Much cheaper and IMO as good in quality. Then, replace the ceramic caps with Orange Drops or any PIO (paper in oil) capacitors. You just need to know how to solder, and it only takes a few minutes. Intonate the new bridge by moving all of the saddles on the Gotoh to the same position as on the stock Epi. That will get you close, then fine adjust the Gotoh. Then adjust yo
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