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  1. Actually a $250 new amp is cheap, electronics and speaker both. I would never gig with my Roland Cube 30. Their Blues Cubes from 10+ years ago sounded much better, but were discontinued because they didn't have amp modeling. True, a nice guitar thru a cheap amp won't sound all that good.
  2. Cheap amp, don't expect a lot from it (I know, I have one!). Also, you'll get much better tones with upgraded PU's. Cheap amp + cheap PU's = less than ideal tones.
  3. You're not getting very good PU's for $37 a pair, not any better than what you have now. Waste of money, and you'll lose money reslling them. GFS aren't all that impressive either. Your best bet is to look for higher quality used PU's, like Duncans (not 'Duncan Designed') and DiMarzios on eBay, a lot of time they'll go for around around half price, and you're getting a far better PU.
  4. Big difference; it pays to upgrade PU's! I have a number of Gibson PU's, but have ended up changing magents in almost all of them, as the '57's and 490's tend to be dark, and the 498T's bright and scooped. They're well-made, high quality PU's, but for me they usually sound better with different magents (which shapes their EQ's). My favorite Gibson PU's are the unpotted Burstbuckers from several years ago.
  5. I got a Dot Royale myself last year. Nice guitar, too bad it's been discontinued. I put a pair of Lollar P-90's in mine.
  6. Regardless of what strings come with a guitar, I always put on 9's, as that's what I want. Doesn't really matter what the manufacturer put on, he's not the one playing it. The nut slots and saddles work for a variety of string gauges.
  7. Try a pair of Seymour Duncan Seth's, the most authentic PAF made today. Rich, open, airy tones.
  8. +1. Wood is the biggest culprit. No two pieces are the same, even if cut from the same tree. Throughout the entire tree there are differences in grain, density, water content, mineral content, compression, etc. During an extended dry cycle, wood will form differently than during normal rainfall years, and especially an extended wet cycle. And all of this effects the wood's tonally qualities. Stradivarius violins were made from trees growing during an unusually cold period known as "the Little Ice Age." Tough times for human survival, but it worked great for tone.
  9. I have one of these too. Love them maestros! Gotta be one of the world's most beautiful electrics. I'm so glad Epi did a run of these. I put a few Duncans in mine: a C5 (with an UOA5 magnet) in the bridge, a Phat Cat P-90 in the middle (with twin A4 magnets), and a '59N in the neck. I rewired with 3 push-pulls and a blend pot, so I get about 30 combinations of HB, coil cut, and phase.
  10. I'm tempted to get another one too. Light as a feather. And unplugged, mine is almost as loud as an acoustic guitar.
  11. Standards have a little more bling that's all. They're going to feel, play, and sound about the same. A Studio has everything you need, a Standard has a little extra.
  12. The hollow body design feedbacks more than the P90's. I've got P-90's in solid bodies and feedback's not an issue (LP's and SG's). What happens with hollowbodies is that the soundwaves from the amp vibrate the top of the guitar (soundboard) and that gets the strings moving and then you have 'acoustic feedback.' You can control feedback by covering the strings with your hand when you stop playing and watching where you stand relative to your amp. Actually HB's feedback more than P-90's, as the covers tend to vibrate against the coils unles the cover is pretty snug (tape around the insi
  13. Nice! I remember those turqoise ones, I like them, wish they weren't discontinued. I've got one of the black ones, another discontinued color. Nice guitar.
  14. PAF's and LP's are made for each other. Duncan makes some of the best PAF's. PG's and A2P's are very popular, as are '59's. My favorite is the Seth, and exact duplicate of the 1955 original made by Seth Lover. Look on eBay for used PU's, and you can save some money. That's where I get mine, and almost all were used.
  15. Excellent choice. I have a few Epi 335's, love 'em.
  16. Check out the Duncan site and forums for info on changing PU's. It's very easy. We'll teach you how to change magents too, and make a 'new' PU that way (also cheap and easy to do). HB's sound best unpotted, so unless you're playing metal really loud, I wouldn't be in a hurry to pot anything.
  17. True, Leo made some good business moves. I'm a big P-90 fan myself. Have you tried swapping magnets in your P-90's? Each P-90 has two mags (same size as an HB mag), and you can pair up any two you want. They sit side-by-side, repelling (not attracting). Most P-90's come with two A5's. To me that's a little bright and thin in the bridge slot. So to add mids and make a fuller sound I use these pairs: A8/A5, A8/A4, A4/A4 (Fralin uses this), and UOA5/UOA5. If the neck P-90 is a little too bassy with twin A5's, an A5/A3 fixes that.
  18. What do you need to know? It's a Dot 335 with gold hardware and a flame maple veneer top. Maple body; necks are usually maple, but mahogany is possible.
  19. Most PU manufacturers don't give the output, usually they'll give resistance (ohms), and some don't even do that. The type of magnet used will change the output, even though the resistance will stay the same. Epi uses a lot of A5's, which are relatively high output mags; A2's and A3's are low output; A4's & UOA5's are medium output, and A8's and ceramics are high output. HB's and P-90 use the same size mags, so you can swap them wherever you want. I wouldn't design an amplifier system built around the stock Epi PU's. They're not made to be on a par with high quality aftermarket PU
  20. You could tell that from what I wrote? ;) What gave it away? Everything has it's strengths and weaknesses. All depends on where you're looking from.
  21. Yes, unfortunately full hollowbodies are a miniscule part of the electric market, and floating PU models are much rarer still. Teenagers buy most of the guitars, and they prefer pointy ones with morbid pictures on them (apparently taste is something you grow into).
  22. Good move! Much better sounding PU's. If cost is a concern, as it often is, check out used PU's on eBay, which is where I get almost all of most.
  23. Leo's priority was reducing manufacturing costs so that everyone could afford his guitars, which was admirable; he made them sound as good as they could under those constraints, and that did involve periodic tweaking. He was a talented electrician and innovative designer, not that every innovation is welcomed across the board with open arms, and his certainly weren't at first, especially the Tele. Leo took the existing luthier standards of design and quality and threw them out the window; took a while for the public to warm up to his approach. Gibson wasn't focused on cutting costs in the f
  24. Since Gibson owns Epiphone, by having signature products in both lines, they allow more players to own them, who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them. I think it's a great idea, which is why I bought an Epi 'Lucille.' What good does it do to have a signature model priced out of reach of most players and fans of that artist?
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