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  1. It is a great feeling of acomplishment to play a guitar you made play correctly. Played it tonight in church. While tuning up before service, I got a compliment on the guitar's sound and appearance. It sounded and played great. With the light, light action I used bar chords tonight more than I have in a long time with simple ease.
  2. It sure does--especially when its a brand new guitar.
  3. I did the adjustment and the buzz problem is gone and the B-string-third fret is not fretting out now. Before I adjusted the truss rod, I raised the action just a bit on the bottom end of the bridge, that supporting the first two strings, but that did not solve the problem. I did that check for relief holding down the 6th string at the first fret and last fret at the same time and the string lay right down on the frets. The neck was either plain flat or perhaps there was a bit of back-bow; I think this because the problems were occuring just at the first three frets. After the adjustment, the guitar responded quickly; I gave it about an hour to sit and now the fretting out is gone. Thanks all!
  4. Did the card test and it checked out fine. There is no buzzing at all with open strings indicating the nut is okay. And the buzzing I do get, I think, is due to me striking the strings too hard. As stated before I'm coming from acoustic play back to some electric play after a long time. The only real concern is that slight fretting out at the third fret, B-string. Even that is still usable and I can go ahead and use the guitar but you can tell its not ringing as good as the other notes all over the neck. From all I studied so far, the various videos describing the very symptoms the guitar is exhibiting, it seems a truss rod adjustment is indicated. I'm just getting up the courage.
  5. I've been watching videos on adjusting the truss rod and just wanted to double-check before I proceed to adjust my Dot Studio. I've put the action back to a really low position and have some buzzing around the first three frets especially at the B string-third fret where its almost fretting out; otherwise its fine all down the neck. It seems the neck may be a little too straight and I may need to increase the relief. To increase the relief, I should loosen the truss rod by turning it slightly counter- clockwise, in other words turn it to the left, correct? Thanks.
  6. Yes, it does make a difference. I'm still using the 10s on the DS and have gotten a little more use to them. Now that the strings have been broken-in a bit the DS is holding tune better.
  7. I've looked over that page before. While looking again just now I spoted a slight detail that needs correction: it says PR200 had satin finish but mine has a gloss finish. I did not see a PR200s listed so maybe I am misremembering this, but its possible a model is missed in listing. There have been so very many.
  8. Found a video on the PR-350s. Not best recording scenario but good enough to provide a pretty good representation of how the guitar sounds in general. I thought it sounded pretty good: I'm looking for a video of the PR-200s. Found some on the PR-200 but not the solid top version yet. P.S: Might be a little name confusion going on with this thread of mine. Epiphone changed the PR to DR some years back and its possible I've been thinking PR-200s when I've should have been thinging DR-200s. However, I'm still kinda sure there was a PR-200s. I've found videos on the DR-200s; here's one:
  9. If I recall correctly, the S in PR-200S meant the solid top model as with the current model AJ-200S which also has a solid spruce top.
  10. Does anyone have a PR-200S, long discontinued, the S standing for, of course, solid top? How does it sound? As stated before, I have a PR-200; it has a select, meaning laminate, top. Of course solid tops are always preferable; but I'm just wondering if, in this case, if really makes all that much difference.
  11. Is a nut described as 1.68" the same length as one described as 1-11/16"? Thanks.
  12. For years when I played the Strat only (have had it for thirty years now) I used 9s and was quite use to that light action. Went years, I think, not touching an acoustic. About 12,13 years ago got interested in acoustic again and got a little acoustic and very soon after got an Epiphone PR-200 dreadnough which after eleven years I still have—the little acoustic long gone. Then went years not playing electric. Now I use 10s on the Strat and they work pretty good; I have the action somewhat high. I raised the action a bit on my new DS and that helped some. So far, I've used the DS in church only once; played rhythm and used my Behringer acoustic amp with reverb and chorus effect. It sounded awesome! At home, using my thirty year old Princeton Reverb 2 with just spring reverb it also sounds awesome.Still so glad I got this guitar.
  13. Have not tried a new set of 10s on the Dot Studio as intended. Instead, I compared my Strat with the Dot Studio side by side and eyeballed the strings. They look the same size to me: 10s like you guys said. So I guess my little theory of the store putting on smaller strings goes out the window. I'd forgotten the Strat has a longer scale than the Dot: 25.5 vs 24.75. So I'm sure that accounts for the difference in feel. As recommended, I'll try 11s if I do change out; but first I think I'll give it some time to see if I can get use to the lighter feel. I knew coming back to electric play from acoustic (still mostly acoustic) would take some adjustment both for me and the guitar.
  14. I'm going to try the 10s I mentioned and if they're too light I can move up to 11s.
  15. I just checked the 10s on my strat and they feel much stiffer than the strings on my Dot Studio. It occurs to me that if the original strings started to look too nasty on the guitar hanging on display maybe the store changed the Dot's original strings out and used a lighter gauge than what came with the guitar, I think I'll try a set of 10s I already have on hand: D'addario XL 12-46; an 18 3rd wound in place of the plain 17. I like them on my strat and they sound very good. I don't play aggressively; rhythm and a little thumb-style. Thanks all, good info. (12s! What was I thinking?)
  16. What string gauge comes on a new Dot Studio? Are they 9s? These strings are, for me, a little too light; I'm so use to playing an acoustic. I may go to 11s or even 12s. I've already changed out the plain 3rd string for a wound nickle 18. Thanks.
  17. I just replaced the nut on my PR-200; it was damaged by a fall. During this operation, I measured the nut width at 1 and 11/16"; however, the string spacing was 1 and 1/2". Isn't that string spacing quite wide for that nut width or does that happen a lot? And is a 1 and 1/2" string spacing unusual for an Epiphone acoustic? Over the eleven years that I've had this guitar, I've noticed the neck is very playable; it's generally a great neck with a nice hefty, somehow "Gibson" feel to it. But I've never taken the time to measure the string spacing. By the way, I used a Tusq nut. It is, I guess, a generic type for no particular name brand guitar; it just said 'jumbo acoustic' in the describtion. It is a 1 3/4" wide nut but the only one I could find quickly with 1 1/2" string spacing. It fit like a glove with only a very light sanding to remove a couple of rought bits sticking to it left over from manufacture. Because its slightly wider than the original nut it sticks out a slight degree on the top side but not to the point of posing a problem. Broke the truss rod cover trying to remove it out of the way, the one that had Gibson imprinted on it. Shame.
  18. Thanks for the info. Mine must then be an early Chinese Epi.
  19. No pics as yet. I don't even have a camera. It's of course a gloss cherry finish with a deep luster. I don't see how this guitar is sold at this price, but I'm glad it is.
  20. For many months, I've been thinking about getting a Dot Studio. I've seen it on the web in ads, photos and videos and really liked what I'd seen and read. So a couple days ago, I finally went to a store to take a real look and bought a new Dot Studio for my upcoming 60th birthday. When I saw it in the store, Guitar Center, Durham, NC, I was amazed at its striking beauty. The photos and videos I'd seen on the web in no way do it justice; the appearance is awesome! I played it in the store and was delighted at its terrific tone. I really like the simplicity of operation using just one volume and one tone control with a pickup selector switch; I usually use both pickups. I can quickly adjust the volume using just the one control. And I really like the big knobs; they turn quickly and are easy to grasp. It was a hundred dollars less than another model I was also looking at but that is not why I bought it. I just simply liked it better than the other, more expensive model. After getting it home and setting the action, I was so pleased at how well it played. I'm glad I finally got around to getting it!
  21. SJ02080037 is the serial number for my 2002 PR-200. Does SJ indicate the place of manufacture? If so, where was it made? I couldn't find the answer on the web. Any help appreciated, thanks.
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