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  1. I know for a fact that the newer style (MIC) and older style (MIK, Unsung) Sheraton IIs were built and offered at the same time, since my Unsung-Sherry is made 2012 and I've seen some 2013 examples. Would be interesting to know, if they still produce Epis in Unsung and if they only made Sheratons in recent times or other models, too.
  2. I just made some more pics of my LP, maybe someone could tell me what wood it is made of. And if I read the S/N correctly. Here we go: Haha, I love cats. And my cat loves to sit in the LP case...
  3. I'll start with one that hasn't been mentioned yet: Edward Van Halen!!! Especially for his DLR-era playing style and sound. I've got to say, if I open a can of "Favorite Guitar Player", they all pop out like rainbow colored confetti: Jimi Hendrix Steve Howe John, Paul and George Eric Clapton Jeff Waters Tommy Emmanuel Dave Mustaine Satchel from Steel Panther (I love those guys) They are too many to not forget one, so I will simply forget a lot. :)
  4. Ooooh, good question! I dunno, I guess I'd have to play a few more of todays LPs to answer that. But I think todays overall parts quality is better and these chinese guitarmakers must have learned a lot in the past years, 'cos some of the new Epi Les Pauls I've seen in stores have the most beautiful looking sunburst I've ever seen on an Epiphone (Elitist or vintage ones excluded). Mine is a little lighter than most other LPs I've played, and I think it's not made of mahagony, although I can't really tell through the finish (and it's finished everywhere). Maybe I'll take some more pictures in the next days.
  5. I'm usually not into those semihollow Les Pauls, but that thing looks insanely beautiful. Congrats!
  6. Vintage style round core strings are said to be less stiff than modern "industry standard" hexcore strings. I've never tried them, though.
  7. It's always hard to tell what could be wrong with a guitar without actually seeing or hearing it. Do you play in standard tuning? Have you checked the neck relief? Play the g-string on every single fret, note by note: Is there a noticable difference on certain positions? Try to tune the guitar a halfstep higher or fullstep lower. If that solves the problem a change of stringgauge might help.
  8. My Sheraton actually adds some nice percussive chunk to thrashmetal riffs. The centerblock seems to help a lot, although you might wanna turn down the bass a bit on some amps. I have to say though, that it wouldn't be my guitar of choice for something like technical deathmetal, so it depends a bit on the kind of metal you wanna play... Let's just say, it's possible, but there are guitars that are better suited for metal.
  9. A "painted stripe" would put a lot of labour in the painting process (especially on a transparent finish) and therefore making the paintjob more expensive and the result would still look cheap... so why would Epiphone put painted fake bindings on their guitars? Doesn't make sense if you think about it.
  10. I finally found some time and good daylight to take pictures of my two Epiphones together. The LP is - how I only recently found out - one of the czech-made Bohemia Musico Epis (made in '96 if I read the S/N correctly), where I changed the pickups to Duesenberg Dominos (P90s). The Sheraton II is a 2012 MIK (Unsung). Does anyone know where to find a switch-tip that fits those czech pickup selectors? @Crust Nice little kitty you have there. :)
  11. I'm not convinced it's a fake. The control layout on Epiphones isn't very consistent, just look at pictures in the wiki, and the scale lenght was just wrong measure. What makes me suspicious is this: Why would someone fail in such obvious ways attempting to fake a Les Paul, but on the other hand get's so many details right? The "Epiphone" and "Les Paul Model" logos look right, the cavity covers have the right shape and position, bridge, pickup selector and TRC seem to be original parts, even the overall shape of the body and the carved top seem to be right. Except for the serial number, the unusual paintjob und the wrong bridge pickup position, everything looks as original as any other Epiphone Les Paul I've seen. To me it looks like some sort of prototype for a special edition or something similar the former distributor (in GB it was Rosetti) ordered. Former distributor is the keyword here: Maybe they restamped the guitar with a different serial number to avoid warranty issues... but I'm just guessing. Anyways: @neilsf73 If Epiphone Europe tells you they know nothing about your guitar, it's probably because they don't, Gibson/Epiphone Europe as a distributor was established in 2008 and they prolly lack information about what the former distributors did. Ask Rosetti, they might know something or have some information in their archives. Good luck!
  12. Hi, I don't think there's any way to be sure that the sunburst finish on the guitar you are buying other than seeing it first, with your very own eyes. 1. You really rarely see two absolutely identical sunburst finished guitars. Even George Harrisons and John Lennons looked totally different. Sunburst finishes are applied by hand, and even if the paintjob would be identical every time it's still applied on naturally grown wood. 2. Photos nearly never show the exact colours. I took some pictures of my sheraton lately, and the sunburst finish looked at least slighly different on every picture, depending on angle, distance, camera settings and most importantly light. The red for example is only visible on pictures where I used the flash. My friends ESP in "transparent smurf blue" as he calls it, looks extremly different even to the naked eye, depending on the actual light: Under bright light it's a really deep blue and the flame maple looks really beautiful, in dim light it's almost grey with the maple looking sort of "milky", and on some live pictures he showed me it appears to be pitch black... So don't trust photos! I'm pretty sure the sunburst finish on the I.B.J.L.C will be similar to the one on John Lennons Casino, hence the name... ;) but I'm not so sure if it looks exactly the same. Imagine, no one has seen the original sunburst finish on Lennons Casino with their own eyes for 45 years. The only way to find out what it looked like is to look at photos. Over 45 year old photos. And as I said, you can't trust photos...
  13. btw.: I'd also think of the Beatles first as famous Gretsch or Rickenbacker users...
  14. Maybe it's just a way of reading the topic: Is it FAMOUS guys, that use or used Epiphones? Or is it guys that use or used EPIPHONES, and just coincidental happen to be famous? In other words: I didn't say that I immediatly think of Epiphones as THE guitars of the Beatles, but I think of the Beatles as FAMOUS Epiphone users ;) Stahlbiest
  15. When thinking of famous Epiphone users, I think of these guys. And George Harrison doesn't even appear on the list.
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