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  1. I don't like the D shaped neck on mine; wide but thin. Doesn't fill my hand. The binding on the neck looks out of place, doesn't belong on a Special with a wrap-over bridge. I urged Epiphone to introduce this model several years ago (I'm sure many other guys did too), but they went off track with the neck shape and binding.
  2. Beautiful guitar, and excellent choice of PU's (They're better than Gibson '57's). I have a Deluxe this color too, don't see many around.
  3. It's still a Dot. 'Dot' has become synonomous with 335's, regardless of the inlays. Some of the Epi Dot Deluxes have small block inlays. You can't turn it into a 345 or 355 with stickers ;)
  4. Good idea. PAF's, like '59's are what you want in hollow bodies; low ouput PU's allow more harmonics and wood tones to come through, and are less prone to feedback. Rio Grande's are wound so that they're both warm and clear, without being muddy. I think the bridge is 10K, which isn't that hot; some original PAF's were close to that (they were all over the map). Something like a Duncan JB(16K) or Custom (14K) are much hotter, more than what you want. I have two sets of BBQ's and love them. I don't replace anything on my Epi's except the PU's. That will do more to improve your
  5. Me too, every one gets upgraded PU's.
  6. I have both. I like the (ebony) '56 LP much better. Just like an LP Std should look and feel. I upgraded the PU's, but the stock ones are decent. Very nice guitar, enjoyable to play. I was really looking forward to the '61 SG Specials, but am disappointed in the 'D' shaped neck; it's wide and thin. Too wide for small hands, but too thin to fill big hands (like mine). I have a few Epi G-400 SG's, and all have 'C' shaped necks, which are much more comfortable. I'm not entirely thrilled with the wrap-around bridge, as you can't adjust the intonation like you can with a TOM bridge/stop bar
  7. Nice! I've got one of those too.
  8. My preference for Gibson PU's is Burstbucker 1 & 2. The tones are better than '57's. Some of the best PAF's are Duncan's Seth's, which were co-designed by Seth Lover, the guy who invented humbuckers. These are exactly like the originals.
  9. BBQ's are hotter than '59's and much warmer. They're great PU's. Rich, full tones. Do it!
  10. That's how Epi's and all the imports I've played have been wired. I rewire all of mine to independent volume controls so I can blend the PU's.
  11. There's other approaches too, especially for someone like me that prefers a warm crunch. I use 250K pots on my bridge PU's volume and tone pots (both HB's and P-90's) and often put in warmer-toned magnets too (UOA5, A8, A4, and A2). I don't see any point in having all the extra treble; I'll never use it. This way I bring the bridge and neck PU's much closer together in EQ. With the guitar's volume and tone pots on '10', I set my amp EQ to the bridge PU, dial in a rich, warm, full tone, and the neck automatically sounds very good and clear. I also wire my guitars for independent volum
  12. For that price... definitely!!! We expect a full report when you get it.
  13. I have and have owned a bunch of Epi's (probably more than just about anybody here), and like the MIC's best. High quality and consistent, of course that's a result of having their own factory and state-of-the-art equipment. They do a great job. I upgrade the PU's on all of my imports, as that's the weakest link, but then, they're not trying to compete with Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio for that level of tone quality. If you like the stock PU's, you'll really like Epi's with a set of Duncans. Much more definition, depth, and clarity. The better your amp, the more you'll hear it.
  14. Epi necks have varied a lot over the years, partly due to different factories making them. I think this is intentional to some degree, so players can get the model they want with the neck they want. I have a few Dots that were made in the last 5 years, and one has a very thick '58-type neck, thickest I've ever seen on an Epi. Epi models will usually have one size neck on most of any given model, but there's no guarantees. I talked to Lindy Fralin (highly respected boutique PU maker) and he said that thick necks transfer more vibrations and produce better tones, and that they need to e
  15. +1. Probuckers are popular here; the other Epi HB's ('Alnico', Classic '57', etc) leave a lot to be desired.
  16. Yes, that's called 'dependent volume controls'. I don't care for it, as you can't blend PU's. I change all of mine to independent volume controls. Easy fix. There's a post from last week expalining what to do.
  17. Several things: 1) Pull out (but don't disconnect) the toggle. Look at it when you're flipping it and the guitar is plugged in. Make sure it makes the same connections for the bridge and neck. If not, gently bend the prong(s) so it makes the connections. To keep problems from happening in the future, keep the toggle in the middle position when the guitar's not plugged in. Sitting for years in the bridge PU position the toggle may suffer from metal fatigue and eventually make the neck PU connection not work (and vice versa). 2) Go to a website with diagrams, like Seymour Duncan,
  18. Right, it's wound hotter to sound darker for the bridge slot.
  19. Korean-made Sheraton I's aren't worth as much as Sheraton II's according to guitar value books. I think the recent manufacture Sheratons are better made and more consistent than the older ones.
  20. To change from dependent to independent volume control is very easy. I do it to all my guitars. I get an infinite amount of blending options that way. Looking from the bottom of the pot, the left lug is ground, middle is toggle, and right is PU and tone pot. To get independent volume controls, make that (left to right): ground (no change), PU and tone pot, and toggle. All you do is switch wires on the right and middle lugs, takes a minute or two.
  21. Great price! I have a bunch of Epi's, and have upgraded PU's in all of them. Big improvement in tone. Epi doesn't try to make PU's that compete with high quality ones. If you want more definition, depth, and clarity, you need to move up to Duncan, DiMarzio, Gibson, Rio Grande, Lollar, Fralin, etc. I get most of my PU's used, online, usually for around half price. Better PU's will do more to improve your tone than everything else put together. That's where to put your money. PAF's always seem to sound good in LP's, and many PU manufacturers make one or more PAF models. I repl
  22. +1. Well done. At your age I had one electric and one acoustic.
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