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  1. If you are measuring the string height at the 12th fret (bottom of string to top of fret), then your strings are plenty high enough, maybe even a bit too high, but being too high wouldn't make the strings buzz. You should have a little bit of relief in the neck. If the guitar is still buzzing with a little relief and the string height you now have, then you've either got a fret badly out of level or something else (such as a loose part) is causing the buzzing. I suggest putting new strings on the guitar, tuning it good, and then checking each string one fret at a time until you locate the source of the buzzing. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
  2. I seldom play less than 1 hour per day and often it's 2 to 3 hours. On average, I'd estimate I play about 10 hours per week.
  3. Is the Epi Wilshire Pro guitar still available? I've looked on a couple of websites and some say that they are discontinued and some say they will be available in April of next year. Anyone know what the story is?
  4. Pete, Thanks for the link. It looks and sounds like the Nighthawk is a very versatile guitar, but I didn't hear enough difference between it and my Wilshire Pro or my 1966 G-400 Reissue to convince me to buy the Nighthawk. Actually, I'm quite happy with both of those guitars (and the Sheraton II also), but just wondered if there was something with the Epi name that sounded even more like the Tele. I don't guess there is. So, it looks like if I want the true Tele sound, I'll just have to buy a Tele...... or perhaps a Tele knockoff. Which raises a different question. Has anyone here tried out the Xaviere XV-820? Perhaps I should start a new thread on this.
  5. Thanks for the replies. Guess I'll have to try a Nighthawk somewhere to see if they sound like, or can be made to sound like, a Tele. Anyone have a link to a Nighthawk audio/video clip that might give me some idea of the sound? BTW, I really would rather have an Epi that sounded like a Tele than have a Tele for two or three reasons. First, I prefer the 24.75" scale of the Epi. Second, I prefer the flatter fingerboard (12") of the Epi. Third, I don't like those darn tiny individually adjusted string height bridges on the Tele. I much prefer just turning one large screw (on each side) to adjust the bridge height. It's just so much easier than messing with those little screws and wrenches. Thanks.
  6. I've got several electric Epi guitars: SG 400 1966 Reissue, Wilshire Pro, and the Sheraton II. But None of them sound like the Telecasters I hear on CD's, radio, etc. Is there any way to make them sound more like a Telecaster? The Wilshire Pro has the splittable coil and, when on the single coil bridge pickup, sounds a little like the Telecaster, but is there another one that sounds more like a Telecaster? Thanks
  7. Thanks! The video was great! Any suggestions on where I might find new knobs (with numbers)?
  8. I recently got a new Epi Wilshire Pro guitar with the coil tapping feature where I can use each of the two pickups as either single coil or humbucker by pulling up or pushing down on the volume knob for that pickup. I'd like to replace the volume knobs with new knobs that have numbers on them. My question is how do I remove the present knobs? I've tried pulling up rather firmly on them, but that didn't work. I also tried twisting them firmly counterclockwise, but that didn't work either. I don't want to break anything by pulling or twisting too hard. So, how do I remove the existing knobs? Also, can you recommend a good place to get the replacement knobs? Thanks for any assistance. Chas
  9. Thanks for the info. Right now, I'm undecided whether I like the single coil or the humbucker pickups the best. I've got an Epi 1966 Ltd Edition G-400 with a walnut body that has really good sounding humbuckers on it. I seriously doubt that the Wilshire Pro will sound any better than the G-400, but it will be something different and will give me the choice of single coil or humbucker with the pull of a knob. I guess I'll find out before too long which type pickup I like best.
  10. Does anyone have an Epi Wilshire Pro? What do you think of it? Any problems with it? I ordered one a week or so ago and when it arrived, it had a defective pickup selector switch. I sent it back and requested a new one which is on its way. I just wondered if anyone had a similar problem with theirs. How do you like being able to switch from humbucker to single coil just by pulling up on the volume knob? Seems like a nice feature to me and is one of the reasons I selected this model. I also like the fact that it is lightweight and has the standard Gibson/Epi type bridge that can be raised or lowered in seconds. I really hate the bridge adjustment on Fender/Squier type guitars where you have to use one of those TINY allen wrenches to turn those two tiny screws for each string. That's a real pain in the a##.
  11. I have 2 Epi's (Sheraton II and a 1966 G-400 Reissue). Both have been purchased new in the past year. Both truss rods act exactly the way the OP's truss rod did. In my opinion, that is exactly the way a single action truss rod should act. When you loosen a single action truss rod, you are relaxing the tension in the rod. It takes awhile for the wood in the neck to adjust to this change. Therefore, the nut will feel loose until you back it off too far..... at which point you can't back it off any more until the wood adjusts to the change. Wait a day or so and try it again. I'm not pretending to be any expert on this, because I'm not. I'm just telling you the way I think it works. Maybe they put a "stop" piece in there to keep people from backing the nut too far at one time. Chas63
  12. About a year ago, I too was wondering whether to buy the Dot or the Sheraton II. I read all the specs and was about to decide on the Dot, but then I went to You Tube and listened to several of each being played. The Sheraton II just sounded much better to me. It also looked nicer. So I bought the Sheraton II. Is the Sheraton II $200 to $300 better than the Dot? I don't know. I just know that I've had no problems or complaints whatsoever with the Sheraton II. I don't play it much now because my tastes in music and guitars has changed some, but still I have no regrets in buying the Sheraton II. Good luck with whichever you decide on. Chas63
  13. Thanks for all the helpful replies. I really appreciate it and I've picked up some useful info from this thread. I've decided to just leave the 1966 Reissue G-400 just as it is. It doesn't quite have the twang of a Fender or Squier, but it has a good growl on the bridge humbucker so I'll just leave it alone. I put some lighter strings on it today and adjusted the pickup heights a little, so it's sounding and playing pretty well. I also tweaked the truss rod a little looser to compensate for the lighter strings. Right now, the limiting factor in the sound of this guitar is the OPERATOR, but I'm working on that problem too. Chas63
  14. I started another thread earlier today about possibly replacing the humbucker bridge pickup on my G-400 1966 Reissue with a single coil pickup. Then I started wondering how modifications might affect the resale value of the guitar. While I don't plan to sell or trade my G-400 in the near future, I don't know what I may want to do in another year or two. This got me to thinking about how modifications (such as pickup replacement) would affect the resale value of the guitar. I think that if I were thinking of buying a used guitar, I would prefer that it be as close to factory original condition as possible. Therefore, if someone had replaced the pickups or some other part of the guitar, that might lower the value of the guitar (in my eyes) rather than enhance it. What do you guys think? How do modifications affect the amount that YOU would be willing to pay for a used guitar? Thanks, Chas
  15. I've got a question about my Epi guitar. I bought it new about 7 or 8 months ago. It's a solid body and I think it's called a SG-400 1966 Reissue from the Custom Shop. It's solid walnut with double humbuckers. Since buying the guitar, I've come to the conclusion that I prefer the sound of the single coil pickups such as in the Fender and Squier guitars to the doube coil humbuckers. So anyway, my question is this. Would it be possible to remove the bridge HB and replace it with a single coil pickup which would (hopefully) give the guitar a more Fender-like sound? It appears from looking at the guitar that the bridge HB just attaches to the front of the guitar by a couple of screws. I've never replaced any pickups before, but I think I could probably do it if it's not too complicated or intricate. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks, Chas63
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