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  1. For many years, and until the last four or five, most imported Epiphone acoustics were long-scale. Not only that, the bodies of the slope shoulder models (like the JL EJ-160e) were also differently proportioned to the Gibson originals. The Pac-Rim manufactures (who were contracted by Epiphone to make guitars for them) were adept making affordable Martin style and proportioned acoustics, and simply softened the shoulders of the long-scale dreads they made to produce an inexact Gibson slope shape. To change the body shape and scale length more would have required a bigger investment than they we
  2. Your guitar neck is constructed with what is called a "stacked heel"--the heel is made of several pieces. It looks to me like the piece closest to the back of the body may not have been planed as to fit to the body just so, or perhaps the channel for the binding (the groove the white plastic stripe fits in) was imperfect, or the groove was ok but the width of the binding itself is not consistent there. Any of those things could account for that slight gap (given that it didn't just suddenly appear). It's also possible that that piece of the stacked heel shrunk slightly, resulting in some separ
  3. I believe it's been gone for several years, at least. Red 333
  4. Yup. I have a solid topped Standard and a Sixties spec model with laminated top and adjustable bridge. I play the Standard a lot. It's not the most resonant of my slopes, but it has a very tight, muscular sound. I believe the way the bridge is relocated closer to the soundhole due to the neck joining the body at the 15th fret (instead if 14th, like a J-45) accounts for that. And for that reason, too, I think it has the most Gibson Thunk of any of my guitars. And it's dang cool looking. I wouldn't call it the traditionally best sounding of my guitars, or even my favorite, but it is distinct.
  5. Thanks to your post, I read up on them earlier. The Mean 90s do seem better suited to me. Thanks so much for your help and suggestions. Happy Thanksgiving.
  6. That looks fantastic. Very nice mods. Did those P-90s drop right in? I'd like to do that with an IBG ES-335. Red 333
  7. It looks fake, but more photos would let us reach a more definitive conclusion.
  8. When someone comes over and plays one of my guitars, I'm often astounded how much different it sounds from a listener's perspective than what I'm used to in the player's position. That said, I think these sound very nice, and represent a terrific value. They also sound different from the round and square shouldered all solid wood and similarly speced Masterbilts (which are also very pleasing sounding guitars). This leads me to think they are braced differently, and not simply the AJ500M and DR500M appointed with Gibson cosmetics. And though my experience with it was limited, this also seemed
  9. Plus bird's beak on the fretboard, two-piece neck with mahogany stripe, and a much more modest rosette (a good thing in my opinion)!
  10. The AMS printed catalog also shows an all solid wood Masterbilt Hummingbird. Red 333
  11. So glad you found one and like it. It's good to learn how it compares to the excellent original Masterbilts. I hope you enjoy it for years Red 333
  12. UK luthier, you are right. As you surely must know, it takes a lot of skill to work with hot hide glue, as there is actually less open time to get parts in place before it begins to bond and the parts can't be refit or rearranged as compared to synthetic wood glues. I was wrong to say to was more slow drying. It is less efficient in mass assembly though--especially when building a lower cost instrument, because not only would workers be required to be more skilled to use it, the entire building process would have to be more precise as well. Besides just being easier to work with (and less st
  13. Delrin is a synthetic material similar to the Nylon 6/6 material that Gibson and Epiphone used for nuts in the '50s and '60s. It imparts a unique tone different from bone, as it seems to make for a softer attack and more snarl (at least to my ears). Since George's guitar is of that vintage, it makes sense to use it in order to best try to reproduce hs guitar's characteristics. I have a delrin nut on my James Bay 1966 Century, John Lennon Revolution and 1965 Casinos, McCartney Texan, and Gibson John Lennon J-160e. I believe the high-end Gibson Historic Les Paul reissues like the R59s, etc. have
  14. Yes indeed. I have mine. It's a fantastic guitar, and unique in the Gibson/Epiphone line up. Mine doesn't have a pick guard. I have a Gibson 12 fret Rosewood Stage Deluxe, too, and the cedar topped Epiphone holds its own with it. Enjoy yours! Red 333
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