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  1. Like you, OP, I picked up an Epi Les Paul Custom Pro that also has the coil taps. I found that I got more out of the coil tap feature once I stopped thinking of it as "Strat/Tele mode," and started thinking of it as "clean chicken pickin' mode." The coil-tapped Sheraton won't sound like a Tele, but it will cover much of the same stylistic ground quite well.
  2. Let's say hypothetically that you had the chance to design your own signature guitar. What would you come up with? If you want to create a visual, here are a couple sites you can try (feel free to suggest others). If you just want to type out a description, that's cool too. http://www.frankmontag.com/sc_guitar.htm <- LP-style http://www.frankmontag.com/sg_guitar.htm <- SG-style http://tctwp.com/kisekae/ <- Various (scroll down) I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with! Here are two concepts signature Les Paul Custom models I've thought up: #1 - Mahogany Burst All-mahogany body, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard Gold hardware, including Grover tuners Pickups: Seymour Duncan Seth Lover set (neck & bridge); Phat Cat neck (middle position). Controls: neck volume, middle volume, bridge volume, master tone; you can switch between the neck & the bridge like a regular two-humbucker LP, and blend in the Phat Cat P90 as much or as little as you want. Gloss finish in transparent...sunburst? Tobacco burst? Tea burst? I dunno. Since the finish shows off the mahogany underneath, I call it the "Mahoganyburst." #2 - "Custom Deluxe" Mahogany body, maple cap, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard Nickel hardware, Grover tuners, Bigsby trem + roller bridge (though the website doesn't have a roller bridge option) Pickups: Gibson "Deluxe" style minihumbuckers (neck & bridge); Gibson vintage-style Firebird neck pickup (middle position). Controls: same as above - n/m/b volume, master tone; switch between n/b, blend in the middle. Matte finish in flat black.
  3. What everybody else said. All the oddities/quirks/imperfections you see are standard for the era (part of the reason why I laugh whenever people talk about MIK Epis being the "golden age"). One thing I always look for is the headstock shape. I've noticed that the earlier MIKs have rounder, less defined contours on the headstock compared to today's Epis. Case in point, compare this (MIK): ...with this (MIC): Sure enough, your guitar has that distinctively rounded-off MIK headstock.
  4. Going off of what Robin The Hood said, this is not the Custom Pro - it is the older Custom, and in this case likely a Korean one based on the tuners (unless those were aftermarket replacements). The main difference will be the pickups & electronics; this guitar, the Custom, will have the older Alnico Classic pickups, which are alright but IMO don't hold a candle to the Probuckers on the newer Custom Pros. That being said, if you like the way that guitar plays and if you can get it at a good price, you can swap pickups/electronics for not a lot of money and have a good player on your hands.
  5. Before changing anything, I suggest you think carefully about this: do you currently find that there's something missing with that guitar? Is it something specific, or is it more like "I see all these other guys online upgrading their parts so I wanna try that too"?
  6. Yeah, one thing I notice on the body is that the treble-side cutaway looks awfully tight. I wish that the horn would flatten out more, like on the '66 Wilshire.
  7. I was curious about people's thoughts on the new DC Pro model, especially the neck.
  8. To be honest, "Slimtaper D" can mean a lot of things. For instance, both the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO and the Les Paul Traditional PRO are advertised as having a "SlimTaper™ 'D' profile" neck. However, if you try out 10 Custom Pros and 10 Traditional Pros, you will find that every single Traditional Pro has a thicker neck than any Custom Pro, and the difference is quite noticeable. The neck on the Traditional Pro will also be much more round than the Custom Pro.
  9. The quotes around "Pau Ferro" are there probably because the wood has a few different names - besides pau ferro of course, there's also "Bolivian rosewood," "Morado" etc.
  10. I'm kind of with you on that. I think the Cherry Burst would look better/more "complete" with a pick guard for whatever reason.
  11. Not even one of those are photoflame. They are neither photo, nor flame. They are mahogany veneers. *facepalm*
  12. The serial number looks like serial numbers I've seen for "seconds"/manufacturer refurbished Epiphones. Is there a "used" stamp on the back of the headstock?
  13. Any clue when these will be available in stores? I'm VERY strongly considering canceling my order for an Epi LP Custom Pro in favor of the DC.
  14. The Tribute line didn't come out until 2009/2010. I've attached a screen shot of the Epiphone site as it existed in 2004, with a full list of the Les Paul models Epiphone was putting out at the time (other than the Elitist line). The serial dater website is not a database; it's not like they have a list of all the serial numbers out there. Instead, the site is coded to recognize certain serial number patterns, and then translate those patterns into information: year, month, factory etc. However, the website is incomplete, and it's missing several patterns - most notably the pattern for the entire Tribute line, including the 1960 Tribute model. As an example, I went to the Sweetwater website to find a brand-spanking-new Epiphone Les Paul Tribute (so 2017 or 2018) with a "Made in China" sticker on it. I took that serial number, entered it into the serial dater website, and got "made in Fujigen, Japan in 2003." That's clearly wrong, as this was a guitar made in China in the last year or so. Here is a more complete resource on Epiphone serial numbers: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/139846-epiphone-serial-number-decoding/ Here is the section from that post that is relevant to you:
  15. Yeah, the difference is pretty pronounced IMO. The Alnico Classics are notoriously muddy, whereas the Alnico Classic Pro & the Probucker both have much greater clarity. I don't get why Epiphone doesn't just put Classic Pros in their black LP Standards.
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