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  1. How much do they cost new? Used Epi's often go for around 50-60% of retail (not list). A 20 year old guitar is worth less than that.
  2. For a double cutaway solid body, my preferences are SG's and LP Double Cutaways. To me, Wilshires have a lot of Fender influence in the body design, pickguard, and tuners. I'd rather have something that's all Gibson origin. Mini-HB's are an interesting idea. I have an Epi Firebird and they're great in the neck slot; more clarity than a full-size HB. You can get mounting rings to put mini's in a regular HB guitar. Tempting idea.
  3. Looking like a new set of strings should have been your first move. Get back with us after you've changed them.
  4. +1. There have been guys on the Duncan forum that have done A-B tests, with different brands and types of pots and caps (some like to rewire things and have a lot of time on their hands), and the audible differences are neglible to zero. The reason to get expensive pots and caps is the added reliability; some players assume there's noticeable tonal benefits too, which is pretty optimistic. Nothing wrong with upgrading pots and caps if you want to spend the money. But for the $50 they cost, you could buy a used Duncan, DiMarzio, or Gibson humbucker, and really have an improvement in tone.
  5. The Epi PU's that have 4-leads are Probuckers and Alinco Classic Pros, which both come with push-pulls. I'm thinking 339's have had both models of those PU's in the last several years (initially Probuckers, then recently ACP's). On most Epi's the push-pulls are the volume pots, on others they're the tone pots. Tributes have 4-lead '57's. Gibson guitars with coil cut push-pulls also have 4-leads, and '57's in models that don't have push-pulls are single-lead. I don't know why they don't make all their humbuckers 4-lead, as it probably only costs them a dollar more to do that. I don't
  6. I've changed PU's dozens of times in F hole guitars, it's not hard. Gibson usually puts sigle-lead HB's in their guitars, and 4-lead in their aftermarket HB's, so you'll have to ask the seller what they have. I've never seen a 339 in person; if they have a back plate (unlike 335's) that would make it easier. If your 339 has push-pulls for coil cut, it has 4-lead PU's, and I'm assuming you want to keep that. Single-lead PU's won't work for that. It's best to connect the new PU at the pots, or close to them. What I'd do is cut the old PU wire an inch or two from the volume pot, and sp
  7. There's no moving parts in a PU, nothing to break or wear out. I've never heard of one pole piece not working; I didn't think it was possible. They either all owrk or none of them do. All 6 pole pieces are positioned above a single bar magnet; one pole piece can't be skipped. Your best bet is to ask the members on the Seymour Duncan forum.
  8. Nice work. How do you like the PU's?
  9. It's a great color, wish I knew what Epiphone called it. I thought that was 'heritage cherry' too, but have also seen cherry bursts (with separate yellow and red sections) called heritage cherry.
  10. Are you talking about the pot stem? If that's come out, the pot is shot and needs to be replaced. They're cheap (several dollars) and it takes no skill to replace one yourself. Take off one wire at a time on the old pot, and solder it in the same position on the new pot.
  11. What they're calling honeyburst these days is more of a dark yellowish color, not reddish brown like these pics. It's confusing. If you look at eBay, some sellers have no idea what the official color of their guitar is, and can call almost anything 'honeyburst.' Does Epi have a something with color samples, like they do when you buy a can of paint? That would clear up a lot of the guessing. Maybe some of the problem is that they had contract makers in Korea whose colors weren't quite Epi specs, and they may have varied a lot. I think what comes out of China now is more likely to be the o
  12. For 50 quid, yes, worth working on if the break isn't too bad.
  13. A hollow or semi hollow with F holes is a good idea. You get a more complex tone and less feedback. I think there's a market for it, if it has traditional looks and PU's.
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