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  1. Common problem, easily fixed. On most tune-o-matics, the saddles on the 3 high srings point one way, the other way on the low 3 strings. The first time I change strings on a new guitar, I turn around the saddles on the G and D strings to get the most movement. That just almost always allows me to get the intonation dialed in. Every guitarist should own Dan Erlewine's book "How to make your electric guitar play great.' Teaches you all about set ups, lots of pics and text. You can get it from StewMac.
  2. +1. Yes it was. They were some great times though. The excitement of all the heavy British blues groups in their prime. Besides Fleetwood Mac, early Zeppelin, Cream, Savoy Brown, Jeff Beck Group (Rod Stewart era), Ten Years After, Bloodwyn Pig, etc. Wow, great music coming out constantly for a while. Those were the days.
  3. +1. Very responsive, and maestros have the best handle of any vibrato.
  4. +1. There are a lot of very good Dots out there. I picked up a used Dot, natural finish, with a thick 1950's (dark) mahogany neck; put in a pair of Seth's, and wow, what great tone. I've got $400 into the thing, guitar and PU's, and I wouldn't hesitate to go up against Gibson 335's with it.
  5. Peter Green in his Fleetwood Mac days is one of my favorite guitarists. Such emotion in his playing, and those string bends...whew.
  6. +1. Just takes a few minutes to do both. because of seasonal differences in temp and humidity, necks will bow or backbow a little from time to time, no big deal. If you don't have it already, you should get Dan Erlewine's 'How to make your electric guitar play great' from StewMac. Teaches you how to do set ups yourself, lots of pics and text. Excellent book that every guitarist should own.
  7. +1. '59's were the first high quality PU's I bought, and what a difference between them and the stock Asian-made PU's that come on imports. That's what made me a believer. Duncan makes 5 models of PAF's: '59, PG, Seth, Antiquity, and A2P. I eventually got all of them.
  8. I used to be that way, but I was at the mercy of what the guitar happened to be, and I got tired of that. I did two things that forever changed that: got Dan Erlewine's book 'How to make your electric guitar play great', which has pictures and text to show you how to set up Gibsons and Fenders just the way you want them. The other thing I did was just the Duncan forum and there I learned the words they live by: "Take control of your tone." I've learned a lot about PU's, magnets, and pots and significantly improved the tones on all of my guitars. Like night and day. I don't expect any guitar I buy to sound or play it's best. There's too many players with different tastes for that to happen very often. I dial in the set ups and tones to get just what I what, I enjoy doing that. Epi PU's vary, some are better than others, but none can compare to the quality and artistry of high quality PU's made by Duncan, DiMarzio, Gibson, Lollar, Fralin, Rio Grande, Bare Knuckles, Gunsher, Smits, etc. These are the upper eschelon, and they have much better tones. Epi makes no attempt to compete with these. It's like Porsches and Pintos. Yes, both are forms of transportation, but there the similarities end.
  9. +1. Loose wire, easy fix. Should be able to see it.
  10. I don't spend a fortune on PU's, I buy almost all of them used, for around half price or less. I just bought a nickel-cover Gibson 60ST/50SR set (from an Epi Elitist) for $50 delivered. That's less than a pair of new GFS or Duncan-Designed would cost, and they're much better than either of those. Actually, the Epi alnico classics are nothing like Gibson '57 Classics; the Epi's have A5 magnets, which have a lot of treble and bass, scooped mids, a sharp high end, tight low end, buried in wax, and are fairly high output. Gibson '57's are PAF's with A2 magnets, which have a lot of mids, not much treble, a loose low end, very little wax, and are low output. Gibson '57's are an accurate remake of an original 1950's PAF; Epi '57 Alnico Classics are not. Very different PU's.
  11. Yes, to get the best out of an Epi, you have to change the PU's, regardless of whether you like the stock PU's or not. You can get decent, acceptable tones from a stock Epi (whatever model), but to get tones that qualify as 'great' you have to take that next step. I upgrade PU's, do my own set ups, swap magnets in PU's when needed, and I get compliments on my tones everytime I play on stage. It's the PU's that make the difference.
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    Nice score. Those Rivieras are hard to find. I don't think they were ever made in any kind of quantity. Too bad.
  13. Yes, you're either incredibly lucky, or play with a lot of distortion and effects, or don't have a good tube amp, as upgrading PU's on Epi's invariably gives much better tones. No comparison. Example: I bought a used Epi Korina '58 V last year. Plugged it in to test the electronics. It sounded incredible, like no other Epi I've ever owned, and I've owned dozens. I was blown away by the clarity and articulation. Never heard an Epi anywhere close to that quality of tone. Took off the strings and flipped the PU's over. They were Dimarzios, the seller forgot to mention that. I've probably played and owned more Epi's than just about anyone here, and let me assure you that Asian-made Epi PU's do not, and cannot compare to high quality ones. They don't try to. PU winding and manufacture is an art, full of many closely-guarded secrets. I understand if you don't want to spend the money, but in the USA there is a thriving online market in used PU's, and you can get many Duncan's, Dimarzio's, Gibsons, etc used for around half price, like $35 to $50 in many cases. Being content with stock PU's and actually comparing them side-by-side to quality ones are two different things. If you don't mind settling for 'okay' tones, keep it stock. If you want great tones that close the gap with $2,000 and $3,000 guitars, you ain't going to get anywhere near that unless you upgrade your Epi's PU's. For a modest investment, you can make your $400 Epi LP sound pretty close to a Gibson LP. I've done it many times with Epi's. No one is going to confuse the tones of a stock Epi vs a stock Gibson. Maybe it's coincidence that of all the Epi's I've owned, every one of them sounded much better with upgraded PU's.
  14. 490's have A2's, which means lots of mids, rounded high end, loose low end, and lower output. What makes A2's so popular is that they have a lot of dynamics which gives them an organic sound. 498T's have A5's, which have a lot of treble and bass, sharp highs, scooped mids, a firm low end, and relatively high output. Paired together the bridge is pretty bright and the neck pr...

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