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  1. The most obvious difference from my 2001 Peerless-made Korean Casino is the neck shape. The Korean model, and even recent Chinese versions I've played, have a thin neck with noticeable flat back. The USA model has a round 60s neck very similar to my actual 1964 Epiphone Cortez. The pickups are also more mellow and clearer than the Korean pickups, which can be harsh sometimes. I've almost always had the tone knobs set at 8 on that one.
  2. They are Masterbilts except by name. They use the same spec woods and electronics, and even say "Masterbilt" (or a short code for it) on the shipping label if you get an original box. I suspect the branding was changed very late in development. The prototype J-200 that they sold through the Gibson Demo Shop (which Trogly then bought and re-sold for double the price) even says "Masterbilt J-200" on the label. Aside from the AJ-45ME, past Masterbilts have never been so closely based on Gibson models to get a direct comparison. I'm strongly considering the Hummingbird 12-string, if I can
  3. I'm very curious about the thought process in using different covers on different finishes. My local store initially got one of each finish, with the Royal Tan pre-sold, then a week later got a second Royal Tan that had been ordered for me. None since then. They have a waiting list of a dozen people, and almost everyone wants the Royal Tan. I'm curious if it's due to the finish itself or because of the pickups. Although in my case, it was both.
  4. I'm 50:50 on that. The most famous Casinos have an hourglass headstock, but I like that this one doesn't. It's only the second time (the first being the 2011 50th Anniversary model, which has many cosmetic differences) they've done that since 1963.
  5. People are acting like Epiphone announced this as a 1963 reissue and then got the specs wrong, but they never did. This is simply a modern Casino (therefore using modern Gibson specs) that takes some design cues from the 1962/1963 models in the headstock shape and pickup covers.
  6. I've had mine for about three months now. I spent a year questioning how it could be better than my Peerless-made 2001 model, but it was obvious from the second I picked it up (before buying it). The Gibson USA P-90s are smoother and more mellow than the Korean P-90s, but with more clarity. The neck is a round 60s profile that I've come to expect from my 60s-inspired Wilshire and actual 1964 Cortez, rather than the flat profile on my original and still on recent Qing Dao-made models. I haven't been able to play it as much as I should, but I really enjoy it. It is absolutely a better
  7. I don't have any official source to reference at the moment. The serial number change coincides with ownership change, so there are early 2018 models that are still using the old system. I do have some corrections: The first batch of the day is actually 0, not 1. Since Gibson Acoustic doesn't use the 9-digit system, Gibson USA now starts at 001 instead of at 500. Gibson Custom also doesn't use this system, and certain Gibson USA models don't either - 1994 100th anniversary guitars all starts with 94, and certain Les Paul Classics use a 50s-inspired serial number format, beginnin
  8. Gibson's own website is outdated. As they state, starting in 1977, the serial number format became YDDDYPPP - Y being the third and fourth digit of the year, D being the day of the year, and P being the daily production number. At the time, 000-499 were Kalamazoo and 500-999 were Nashville. For a few years after Kalamazoo closed, no guitars were below 500. In 1993, Gibson Acoustic got 000-299 and Nashville stuck to 500+. Eventually, it reached a point that they could produce more than 500 guitars per day, so they started including a batch number for Gibson USA (not Gibson Acoustic) i
  9. Collectors and guitar historians. Since the ledger including 1959 is famously missing, Gibson can't prove that Wilshires were shipped that year. The only proof would be an actual guitar that indicates 1959 according to the 1953-early 1961 Kalamazoo serial number format. They didn't even publish an Epiphone catalog until 1961, and that includes a round-body Wilshire with cream pickups. I don't know if the prototype included them or if it was just changed for better contrast in the black and white photo. Even a 1960 is harder to find than a 1961 or 1962. I'd love to be wrong. If a squ
  10. Epiphone also claims the USA Collection Texan is the first American-made Texan since 1970, so they aren't the best at their own history. Gibson Acoustic made Texans in 1994 and 2005. If the Wilshire was made in 1959, one should have turned up by now. I want one to turn up just to see if the specs are as people claim, but no one has found one.
  11. What is your indoor humidity? Wood cracks when it's dry. If it wasn't cracked when it left the factory, or later when you received it, you can't really blame workmanship. They may cover it under warranty. If not, it's a relatively easy repair, though time-consuming and not inexpensive.
  12. People (including Epiphonewiki) keep saying that the Wilshire was introduced in 1959 with a square body and P-90s, but no one has ever been able to prove it with an actual guitar. The first Epiphone solid body electric guitars were the Coronet and Crestwood. They had 1 3/4" thick bodies with square edges and pickguards only over the treble side of the guitar. The Coronet had a wraparound tailpiece (non-intonated) and a single Tone Spectrum pickup. The Crestwood had an ABR-1 bridge and stop bar tailpiece and two Tone Spectrum pickups. The Crestwood Custom was added soon after, with a
  13. You want to ask a local dealer about a Made 2 Measure order. I don't know if they will do an Epiphone-branded guitar, but I'm curious.
  14. I'm working on a more complete resource like Epiphonewiki. Aside from its gaps, it also stops at 2016. Are you looking for a specific model? I may already have it written down.
  15. Unless you (or a former owner) replaced the pots, you need to get metric knobs. Gibson are not. Metric knobs and pots are "fine spline" with 24 splines. You might see them marketed a "Alpha" knobs. These are on most Asian import guitars. Standard knobs and pots are "course spline" with 18 splines. The knobs might be marketed as "CTS." These are on most American guitars. You can salvage the knobs you have if you happen to have an old "Alpha" pot that doesn't work. You just heat up the shaft with a soldering iron and press the knob on; it will melt it to fit.
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