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About hollowdan

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  • Birthday 06/20/1955

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    California
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    Blues Guitar and Vocal music
    Playing Mandolin
    Collecting Blues CDs
    Playing at Nursing Homes
    My Grandchildren (Now three - a new grandson recently!)
    Writing and Singing Acoustic Rock and Folk/Country
    GUITARS AND AMPS
  1. I think my thoughts have more than likely been covered in previous answers, but I would say it is a matter of tone and feel. I have a full hollow body Emperor and it is more acoustic and woody in tonal character, while my Riviera with the semi-hollow gets a more beefy electric tone. I love both sounds, but if you have to pick, I would think the 335 would give you enough of a contrast over your LP. The Sheraton is a sweet and versatile guitar for blues and rock, as well as jazz. I have owned all of the guitars we are talking about save the Casino. I think you will be happy either way, but if you try them first unplugged and plugged in, your heart will guide your decision.
  2. The tuners are working out fine, stock. I put some 11-49 strings with a wound G on and it is staying in pitch quite nicely. Sounds warm and full, too. Thanks again!
  3. Not necessarily. I was just thinking if something could drop right in... Well, I think the first step would be the nice flat wounds and go from there. These guitars are very nice. I know Jazz players put them below Eastman, but man I can't see how. The tone, action, and pickups all surprise me. It is a 2000ish MIK (Unsung factory). Thanks for the recommendation.
  4. I sold a USA 2001 Fender Strat, an Ibanez AG75 and a USA Breedlove Mandolin oval hole A style. I love these guitars and they sound really good plugged into my Classic 30 tube amp. The only thing may be tuners for the JP. The Riviera has mods-- tuners, switch and pickups. I love the look, tone and feel of these guitar. I play a guild and a martin both vintage guitars, but I am considering singing and playing with my Emperor. I want to get input on tuners that would fit and a set of flatwound strings that would stay tuned and give me a lot of tone-- fullness.
  5. I have both of them pictured here: Joe Pass Unsung Factory and Riviera Peerless Factory (both MIK)
  6. Turns out the knobs on my Riviera were fine. I saw something in the photo due to light and contrast that made them look warn. No-- just fine.
  7. Thank you for the link. I appreciate your help!
  8. Hey Paully! I am glad you wrote. I am looking at upgrading the tuning machines and purchasing the appropriate truss wrench. I am not sure the tuners aren't fine-- with the colder weather and new strings I would probably be retuning constantly anyway. However, the Wilkenson you mentioned is something for me to look into. I love the tone and the pickups are sounding sweet. The color combination matches my Orange Amp in a weird way!
  9. The other is a 2004 Riviera with the 2 pickup configuration. It has yet to arrive, but it is in route.
  10. Sorry for posting twice. It was inadvertent. Thanks for understanding!
  11. My first of two new to me-- a 2002 Unsung factory in Korea Emperor Joe Pass: Hardly a scratch. I just pulled the Gibson clear plastic off of the pickups. The case is immaculate. I think this guitar was unplayed and sat on a stand, thus a bit of tarnish. It plays with loud acoustic volume and sounds sweet plugged in. I will need to redo intonation right away. I am going to fit with flat wounds.
  12. My first of two new to me-- a 2002 Unsung factory in Korea Emperor Joe Pass: Hardly a scratch. I just pulled the Gibson clear plastic off of the pickups. The case is immaculate. I think this guitar was unplayed and sat on a stand, thus a bit of tarnish. I plays with loud acoustic volume and sounds sweet plugged in. I will need to redo intonation right away. I am going to fit with flat wounds.
  13. I need to replace my black top hat knobs on a 2004 Riviera. Any recommendations for a great fit and look? Thanks!
  14. I did win the bid and have purchased the above Emperor. I am grateful to be able to afford one used for $355 plus shipping. This, alongside my MIK Riviera from 2004, also in route, is going to give me my Epiphone blues guitar arsenal. I love the shape and sound of Epiphones over all other electric guitars. :)
  15. I am hoping to land a Joe Pass Emperor-- Unsung factory-- I believe. I love the build quality of the Chinese instruments Epiphone is producing. I believe this one will be near that Pro you bought. I gave a bit less, so I can do some tweaking and adjusting if I am the winning bidder.
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