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    Avid collector of more than 50 instruments including...

    Gibson Explorer Mahogany1985;
    Gibson Flying V 60s Reissue 2000s,
    Gibson Les Paul Faded 2011,
    Gibson SG Faded, Angus Bridge pup, 2000s,
    Gibson Midtown Custom Black 2012
    Epiphone Tony Iommi, 2000s
    Epiphone Les Paul Plus Honey, 2000s
    Epiphone SG-400, Gloss Cherry, 2000s
    Epiphone Explorer GT

    Fender Telecaster Highway 1, 2011
    Fender MIM Stratocaster, 2009
    Fender Blacktop Stratocaster, 2011
    Fender MIM Precision Bass, 1990s

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  1. well since you got your glam fix with a LP custom, you can opt for a scaled back SG option for variety when you go for your SG fix. I recommend the worn mahogany brown, cheapest set-neck premium-pickup grover-equipped Epi there is that still has trap inlays. About the Best deal in the whole Epi catolog in fact, $300 new street and seconds on ebay for around $250. I have these in cherry mahogany as well as the brown and I like the brown better. I also have the cherry SG-400 in gloss, and I do prefer the cherry color in a gloss, and now kind of wonder how the brown mahogany would look in gloss. Those street for $350, and when you consider how much more Gibson charges for gloss over faded, one extra Grant for a gorgeous guitar with alot of the pop of a Gibson 61 reissue seems more than fair. They have the G-400 in 1966 style now, too, adding "PRO" to the designation for some reason, as in G-400PRO. These are Epiphones, some of the finest intermediate guitar values in the world, I love, collect and play the crap out of them. But they are not PRO, even though they are perfectly suited for pro work and allow working musicians to be able to afford a wide variety of guitars. You have to reserve that word for the levels of craftsmanship and materials above Epiphone, IMHO.
  2. Just ran across the new les paul satin models, yellow and fireburst. i won't even take yellow in an ibanez but i must say the fireburst color intrigues me as it is a nice change of pace from the other offerings at Gibsons $800 street entry-level les paul price point. Before fireburst, you had to settle for a "faded" woodgrain or, more recently, satin blacks and blues. The blue looks kind of denimey, and the satin black kind of washed out. But this fireburst color puts everything together in a nice $800 package, guess it will be my first baked-maple neck Gibson because I want one for sure...
  3. Thanks Bobouz, do you think from the pictures the caps on mine look wider than on the gibson custom? and what about my fears that wear might occur at different rates since they are different materials, thus potentially creating a catch, plastic side wearing faster so string catches on the way back? i think i am going to get my gloss black gibson semi-hollow fix a different way, looking at a $300 epiphone es-339 and then buy some Gibson USA pickups (not sure which ones, recommendations welcome) and of course my trademark MIK-style GIBSON truss rod covers that i put on almost all my epis. Meantime, I've still got my Greg Bennett when i need a semi-holla
  4. I also compared the midtown customs binding to a similarly-hybridized semi-hollow, my Greg Bennett Royale III (it too routs out sides from a solid mahogany block, but all the way through, the back is added.) The Greg doesn't have nibs or bumps. I guess this is a desired, upscale feature for some, not for me though. And maybe I just got one that wasn't sealed properly? Its very unsettling to be able to slide a string across the fret end and get tones. And these poor man's eyes just can't get used to that classy bumpy-ride look. };=D
  5. @stein...it looks like you are right about other bound Gibsons having nibs or end caps, never being able to afford one i just didn't known. My four other Gibsons are unbound. I have bound epis, they do not have those nibs at the ends...just metal all the way. Here are closeups of Epiphone and Gibson Les Paul Customs...it still looks like there is more plastic across the top of the fret on the midtown the les paul.
  6. OK here is a closeup for everybody....you can easily see the point where the fret meets the binding, not at the edge of the playing surface but a couple mills in. E-strings catch at that point, and they wouldn'[t on a tradionally fretted instrument. thats just how it is.
  7. @Peter thank you for saving me the trouble of posting a closeup of the midtown's richlite neck. it clearly shows the ugly plastic binding bumps at each fret. thats a couple millimeters of plastic across the top plane, scrape an e-string across where that plastic meets the metal and - on my midtown at least - "ping!". whereas with Gibson wooden fretboards - i have four of them - the frets go all the way to the edge of the board, they slopes off of course but it is an unbroken composition, meaning no place for the string to catch. Betterplayers than me might not have a problem, but I sure do. I'll wait for a Midtown Custom with awood fingerboard because I do like the size and look. But I'm betting this richlite version of the midtown will not hold its value so its a good thing you are satisified with yours! @flight959 thanks, but can't post elsewhere yet cuz I'm a newbie. @stein- I read that there's a groove for the frets of course but not a ridge below the groove to hammer frets into, so they are glued in place and that it has something to do with the composition of the richlite, thus the endcaps coming up from the neck binding to help keep them secure. There has been extensive bloggage about the difficulties that may arise from changing frets set in this manner but very little (so far) about how the construction might affect play.
  8. FINGERBOARD ISSUES: The Gibson Midtown Custom goes back unfortunately. Blame on the Richlite board - not its controversial paper and goo composition which looks and feels fine, but it's construction....just finished a practice session, and the problem is how the frets have to be set in richlite (no ridge underneath like into real wood boards). Instead frets are WTFfully laid into grooves with plastic end caps coming up from - and part of - the binding (i guess all richlite boards have to be bound because of this). This means plastic meets metal across the TOP PLANE, where naturally, it can catch (and does) on every fret at that join point. And i realized, even if its as smooth as glass there at first (and it isn't), the two sides will wear down at different rates because plastic and metal have different compositions. It creates quite audible (and tonal) pings when soloing and a finger on the e-string goes a bit south of the stringline. Or when chording and your e-string note comes down a little off, you slide into place and - ping! - it catches as you do so. Very sad - and shocking, Gibson. You can actually play the joins like a xylophone with a hammer-slide action, except i don't need a $1500 xylophone. Sure, Martin and Gibson-owned Steinberger do plastiboards, but acoustics and basses are tighter, bigger strings, and going south of the board not as likely. Had high hopes for this one WilmNC music friends but final verdict is the Midtown is a letdown: NOT RECOMMENDED. }:=(
  9. My new Midtown Custom smells like vanilla. Damn, I ordered the chocolate!
  10. That SG reissue looks like a worn epi g-400 with the orange pup switch. Yikes! };=D
  11. I collect epiphones and gibsons. Love them. I have several SGs including epi Special, G-310, two worn G-400s, a gloss cherry G-400, Tony Iommi SG and Gibson faded SG with an Angus in the bridge. My advice is to find a Tony Iommi used, it has GibosnUSA Iommis and they are about the same price in exc. used condition as the Chinese Custom you are lusting after. Or...I would go for a faded Gibson used and put an Iommi in the bridge when you get more scratch. Epis are great - I'm always grabbing another set-neck epip when i can find one for a hundred or two, but when you get up over $500 for one you have ask yourself if the better route isn't scraping another hundred or two for a used Gibson.
  12. Also have an Epiphone Iommi with GibsonUSA Iommi humbuckers. Thursday March 22 I'll be bringing the Midtown open mic for the first time, will post peoples opinions and my own shortly after!

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