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  1. Congrats! Looks like a beaut! Best to you, playing great music on it! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  2. The design in the middle of the headstock in the photos is indeed different that any I’ve seen, but everything else about the guitar, headstock, pickguard, sunburst looks the same as my EL-00 Pro, except the one in the photo’s pickguard is missing the removable E. Exact same Epiphone lettering on the headstock and the exact same headstock shape. As well as tuners, washers. Except mine has the same shaped truss rod cover plate, but mine only has an E on it, something I’ve noticed differs from most other EL-00 Pros I’ve seen. Go figure. Unless the label inside the sound hole indicates it’s some different variation of an EL-00 Pro/VS, I suspect it’s design in the middle of the headstock just somehow got through Ephiphone’s quality control somehow. Or, maybe even could have been added on by an engraver post production. Not sure what else to think. Any one have any theories? Maybe try sending the photos to Ephiphone’s customer service to see how they respond. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  3. I’ve heard only good things about the early EL-00s. I’ve played both the early EL-00 and the EL-00 Pro. Both are very good. The only difference I found was the non-Pro version had a slightly thinner nut than the Pro’s nut. Plus, the Pro has electronics, although I use a soundhole pickup on mine, not the built in electronics. When I traded for mine, I actually thought it was not the Pro version because I didn’t realize it’s electronics (battery and controls) were in the soundhole. I have been happy to have either the non-Pro or the Pro when I traded for it. As mentioned I do not use my Pro’s electronics. Both are solid spruce top guitars. Both are very good IMHO. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. I can’t pull up your photos. But, without seeing them, I will comment that all EL-00s sell for an inexpensive price. New for $299 to $349 in recent years. Possibly less in some distant prior years. I traded a $125 guitar I bought some years back for a used EL 00 Pro about 5-6 years ago. I know there was at least two versions of the EL-00. One had a slightly narrower nut and was not acoustic electric. And, one is called the EL-00 Pro and has a slightly wider neck and is acoustic-electric. That is the more recent one. There also apparently once was an EL-00 with a slightly different shaped body from what I have heard. And, I think there has also been an all mahogany EL-00 Pro. My EL-00 Pro is an exceptional guitar. It ranks in one of my favorite 4 of all the guitars I own. And, that is in the company of high priced Gibsons. My EL-00 Pro plays great, sounds great, and is super responsive to fingerpicking. It amazes me how such a low price guitar can be so good. I did put in a tusq saddle on mine that has a great break angle. I also use a Fishman Rare Earth Humbucker sounds hole pickup if I play it through an amp rather than it’s built in pickup. Without seeing its photo I can’t say much more, but even with a photo I am not too sure I could say much specifically about its authenticity as at times Ephiphone’s practice of using overseas manufacturers to produce its guitars, sometimes results in some variations of models. But, realistically, it is a bit hard to fathom that anyone would spend the time and effort to try and counterfeit what to begin with is a low priced guitar. (Seems to me they would try to counterfeit a high priced guitar Gibson L-00, not a EL-00, but who knows.) Just my comments without being able to pull up the photos and on the one I own. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  5. It definitely is a Texan shaped pickguard on it. However, the fretboard seems to be kind of wider than normal for a 6 string and when I enlarge the photo on my iPhone it looks like what appears to be doubled up strings on bridge....which would mean its a 12 string guitar. So it’s not a Texan. The E on the pickguard makes it an Epiphone. The photo appears to show a 60’s vibe, so I would have to guess that the guitar might be a Epiphone FT 85 Serenader 12 string, which was made from 1963-69 in Kalamazoo, next to where Gibson’s were being made. Serenaders were 12 string guitars and had mahogany backs and sides and were natural not sunburst and had for inlays. That’s my best. QM aka “”Jazzman” Jeff
  6. Great story! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  7. Thanks for the info. I automatically associated LG1s with ladder bracing. I had no idea the mahogany LG1s were X braced. No wonder those mahogany LG1s are special! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  8. Both sound great! But, I am curious as to any differences, if any, between an all mahogany LG1 and an all mahogany LG-0 (or the Kalamazoo-made all mahogany Epiphone FT30 Caballero)? Both are ladder braced, yes? My only visual observation seems to be the mahogany LG1 has a gloss finish where LG0s have a satin finish and most Kazoo Epiphone FT30 Caballeros generally also have a satin finish, although I say generally because I own a 1965 Epiphone FT30 Caballero that has a gloss finish. Any insights into the differences between a mahogany LG1 and a LG0/FT30 Caballero? QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  9. I use Mediums (13s) on my 2006 CS J-45 1964 Reissue. I also use either Light-Mediums (12.5s) or Mediums (13s) on some of my small bodied guitars. Otherwise I use Lights (12s) on my other dreads/Jumbos or small bodied guitars. It depends on the instrument. Some respond better to one of the three mentioned gauges. In terms of playability, volume, or its tone/sound. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  10. Best to you in your relocation! Happy pickin’ there, too! I have been going to a beach cottage getaway for a week all of my life and it’s great for inspiration. Also, now that I am retired, my wife and I go to a beach town for the entire winter and that too is super inspiring. Living full-tine in a cottage near a beach has to be awesomely inspiring. Best to you there! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  11. Leonard-that's being harsh to state that a musician who has enough ear sensitivity to detect musical nuances needs a therapist. Many musicians have such ear sensitivity to be able to do so while of course some may not. It’s a gift to be able to detect such musical subtleties, not something that needs a therapist or a listing in a book of records. Jeez. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff (someone who CAN tell the difference between wood and plastic bridge pins or a tusq or bone saddle in my guitars and glad to be able to do so.)
  12. Though it’s not a dreadnaught or jumbo size (which some of the subsequent models mentioned aren’t), surprised no one has mentioned Gibson’s LG-0 or it’s Epiphone counterpart, the Kalamazoo made FT-30 Caballero. (Not the reissued laminated top Caballero, but the solid mahagony topped Gibson LG-0 and Epiphone FT-30 Caballero...circa 1960’s.) I own a 1965 solid top mahagony Epiphone FT30 Caballero in my collection. Have owned it since 1973 (for $75 at the time.) For some reason mine has a gloss top finish, where most other ones (including the LG-0) do not. All are ladder braced I like my 1965 FT Caballero. It has a nice sweet mellow sound for fingerpicking and melodic instrumentals. Strumming is only so so because of the ladder bracing, but for individual note finger picking it’s great. Through an amp (I use a Rare Earth Humbucker sound hole pickup), it is sweet but punchy. Quite a good value to them too for fingerpicking....for a low priced Gibson or Kalamazoo made Epi. (Note: I am not familiar with the laminated top mahagony Caballero in recent years. Or, any of the other imported Epi Caballeros throughout the years.) QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  13. To me, it looks like it might be the binding on the neck possibly slightly separating from the fretboard. That would make it not the neck separating from the guitar, but just a cosmetic thing as it appears to only be the binding trim. However, if you just bought the guitar online and received it from the online purchase, and it’s new, and it bothers you, I’d consider sending it back because of the cosmetic glitch. If it’s a used instrument, and it was represented as being in perfect condition, my suggestion is the same. Don’t get me wrong, I have some well worn instruments that have similar glitches of glue missing which I usually just add a very small touch of wood glue to, to cosmetically fill a in a space or I just leave it.. But, if the instrument is new, that’s a different story. For starters if I were you I’d contact the seller about the raised binding. I hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  14. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have a nitro finish. I am not aware of any overseas made Epiphone having a nitro finish. Only the Kalamazoo made ones and the occasional Montana made ones have nitro finishes. And, maybe some of the higher priced special run ones made in Japan. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
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