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  1. I was starting to think I was on the Gretsch forum there for a minute. And I second the thought that the 5622 is a forever favorite. But, a $200 Dot would make me suspecious. Don't go too cheap and end up with problems that only show up in the middle of a gig. $300 is a good deal. Just make sure everything works and you are getting the tones you're looking for. Good luck !!!
  2. I don't know about the Dot, but the Sheraton Pro is a stunner both in appearence and tone. Same body, just dressed up a bit.
  3. Personally, I would keep my eye out for a used Standard model. You get the total LP experience without the expense. If you have access to EBay, they are always showing up there.
  4. From the little that I've read, you are correct. A lot of those YouTube guys get the various switching schemes mixed up. I've yet to see anyone get the swirching on my Gretsch 5622 right.
  5. As far as the tuners are concerned, you will probably have to replace the entire unit. I would start at Stew-Mack, and research parts numbers from there.
  6. I would do the return rather than possibly mess up either the guitar or that new bridge. Now that you know what some of the problems can be, you will be a more experienced shopper. I would also take a look at what EBay has, or talk to the guys at Tru-Arc. They might be able to give you a little more personal advice as to what you're looking for.
  7. Any stable stand will do the job. I prefer the little folding Fender stands primarily for the ease of storage and when travelling. Get the "acoustic" model. It has a deeper rest that works very well with my Sheraton.
  8. Nothing against CTS, but using them to replace the stock pots will not change anything. On the other hand, a Switchcraft jack and switch replacement gives immediate results
  9. Go with a good contact cleaner on both the switch and the pots. After being unused for so long they will oxidize.
  10. Unfortunately, the only one that I've been able to get my hands on was not in the best shape. It was hanging on the wall at GC, and I was told that it was just unpacked. The lack of a decent set up was probably the reason for how it played. It was really difficult to get a feel for what the guitar would play like in that shape. It did appear to need considerable nut work for starters, and that always annoys me, being that our local GC is not big on free set ups. It turned out that the guitar was a return item from an internet sale, so whether they will ever get one in as stock is hard to say. I'm keeping my eyes out for one though.
  11. The neck profile is actually very true to the period. It's large, but you should be able to handle it fine.
  12. I have several Epiphones, and can't say that I've had any switch problem that a little contact cleaner couldn't fix. Although, if a problem persisted, I would also recommend the Switchcraft replacement.
  13. Once NAMM has finished up, I'm told that retailers will start placing orders and get these things into our hands. And I have to admit, that green one is calling my name.
  14. I've had a couple of Sheratons over the years. But the latest pickup addition, with coil splitting, has really made this a much more useful guitar. My main gripe with the earlier models was that I could not get the variety of tones that I needed. This new Pro II model has taken care of that problem, and the updated hardware is just icing on the cake. Mine is a 2017 model, and now one of my favorites.
  15. Seeing that Epi has never had a Custom Shop, I would be skeptical.
  16. Did that new switch fit the current 3-way switch cavity? It looks like a little additional carving might be required.
  17. I'm thinking that a lot of the "good" reviews are coming from guys that play with a certain amount of distortion. I say that because of the few that I've played, I could not get a realistic clean sound out of them. Otherwise, good luck !!
  18. For what it's worth, inconsistent neck profiles is a common trait among all Gibson models, foreign and domestic.
  19. I see that the headstock is angled, which is good, but other than that, I'm not sure that I see the slant that you mentioned. The case also looks good. As long as the neck is properly supported at the body and just below the headstock, you should be good. I'm also a stickler for protecting the neck, and this case looks similar to several of mine.
  20. I have limited experience with the Pro, but I an very happy with the ProBucker. Primarily because the tapped tones are still robust and very useful, to my ears at least.
  21. For what it's worth, I've played several of the latest Epi Customs, including the Slash copy, and the neck profiles and fret work have been as nice as any of the Gibson models. I didn't plug the Slash up, so no comments on the pickups, but the Probuckes on the Koa version that I took home are a couple steps above what I heard just a year ago.
  22. Heat damage should be a concern. Just try to make contact for as short a time as possible. Maybe no more than 3 seconds if possible. (That's assuming no more than a 25 watt iron.)
  23. I got the wine red version with P90s. It felt the same as the Gibson that I tried, but those pickups made the decision an easy one. That's a great size body as well.
  24. I'm absolutely amazed at the build quality of mine. I got sunburst because I thought it matched the rosewood board, but that dark rosewood fingerboard on yours is a great match with the ebony finish. Enjoy !!!
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