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  1. It's just a clear poly, on top of the natural wood, the colour is the natural colour of the maple. As has already been said be VERY careful sanding. The poly is thick on these it takes a lot to get through but very little to go too far. If your dead set on carrying on yourself I suggest using a tinted clear to darken or 'age' the finish.
  2. I have an epi dot studio, two sheratons and two gretsch. The dot studio is excellent for the money, fat neck flawless finish, needed a good setup. Best sounding epi buckers I have. First Sheraton is Korean, fast slim neck as normal with most Sheratons, again flawless finish, its 16 years old nearly and the gold hasn't tarnished to bad. Pickups are a let down and I always finish playing and want to change them but haven't yet. But in terms of playability it set the standard by which all others much match. I couldn't bring myself to sell it. Second Sheraton is a Union Jack special with mini hb's and frequensator tailpeice made in China, slim neck. Sounds amazing but I just cant bond with its playability, this was mainly a looks purchase anyway. First gretsch is a 5422 double cut full hollow Korean made, slightly thicker than a '335' body, feel, sound, everything way above my epiphones. Second gretsch is a 5622 double cut semi, Korean made, about same body thickness as '335' type. This. This is it, one guitar for life? This one. Medium neck, versatile pickups, cover a lot of sounds, finish details above the epi. I love my epiphone semis, I will buy more and I hate the fact epiphone seems to have recently become a platform for various les paul models, when they have so much more to offer. If you are simply looking for instant relief try the dot studio, leaving you more to save for a Gibson. But ultimately I urge you to try a Gretsch.
  3. By coincidence I may be able to advise you. My friend has one for her daughter, she asked me to look at it yesterday as it had an intermittent fault with the pickups. I thought I could be the usual dust in the switch or pots. It wasnt it was a really loose input jack, I just bent the pin to give a more secure hold on the lead. Does your cable move around alot when its plugged in? Personally I would contact the store you purchased from first, being brand new. If you are confident in your abilities take the plate off and look at what lies beneath, it could be simple, like I had, or could be loose cables etc.
  4. When did he buy it? It was made 9 years ago, in china, and sold in the USA. Its 100% a worn G400 model, in faded satin brown. Whatever modifications have been done were not done by the Gibson factory in Nashville. They dont do it.
  5. He's shown you pics of him sitting in the Gibson factory, receiving this guitar? Gibson custom shop did not take a standard base model G400, finish it in one of the two available finishes, that Gibson dont do. They spray nitro not poly. Then add a custom inlay from a parent brand, that isn't named on the guitar at all, then fit badly some different tuners. And then to finish it off, this person seriously expects you to believe that Gibsons finest custom shom luthiers cant even stick the stickers on straight? If you want to believe him, go ahead. It's still a lie though.....
  6. Hi, spart from the tuners and sticker, it's a standard epiphone ' worn G400' model. The tuners have just been replaced, the sticker added. They dont just finish epiphones in the Gibson custom shop for people, the obvious fact is IF it were genuinely hand finished in the USA custom shop why would they then put the same crappy inspected in the USA sticker on the back with the other standard stickers seen on all other epiphones, but not on Gibson's? He's attempting to show off or make way more money for it.
  7. Who knows, unless it's a numberd production like the 1962 sheraton reissue, where you would have say number 1000 of 1962. They just keep building for whatever period they want or sell, not usually more than 12-18 months with signatures. For example I have a 'limited edition' dot studio bought in 2010, still available to buy as limited edition today. Number 1000 of 1200000 probably. The real question is how limited is limited?
  8. Is this the one on Ebay, in Wolverhampton? I constantly search sheratons on Ebay and this one is right by me, i noticed the label and wondered the same myself. The trems were only fixed with one screw into the top in the middle so could possibly be disguised with wax filler etc. Could possibly be a label error, it's not something I've really heard of but certainly wouldnt rule out, and could so easily go unnoticed by many people. The seller says collection only so at least close inspection can be done, also says no case and no mention of certificate.
  9. Nice, i considered getting one for a while but I dont need a 12. Forgot about them until now. Theres something special about minis in a semi hollow, This is where epiphone need to go. Beauties like this should be offered in 6 string versions permanently as part of the line up,with 12s as special runs, it's the history of the company. To quote the owners 'iconic' Enjoy for a long time.
  10. Your close for his live set up at the time, but who knows what he really used to record the tracks. I know he had a vox ac30 around this time and had a mild obsession with orange amps, orange altered one for him around 95 I think. The roland space echo was also a huge part of his sound. Then on to guitars, Noel claims he wrote slide away on a 1960 lp 'given' to him by Johnny Marr but I think he had smashed over someone's head by the time they recorded the album, i think Marr then gave him a lp custom. He also had access to epiphone semi hollows and who know what was in the studio. Ultimately you will get close but just enjoy it.
  11. First congratulations on the Sheraton, for me and most they are epiphones best. However I agree with the 'muddy' pick ups on the older models, I have a Korean 04 it feels and plays beautifully, with a rich unplugged sound but when plugged in its left lacking. I constantly think of changing pickups and wiring but so far haven't got round to it, it's not that bad just doesn't do itself justice and my Gretschs dont need anything so they tend to get the majority of plug in play. My plan has always been to go for a traditional PAF set and replace wiring. On the matter of feedback, it's a semi hollow, they are more prone to it, stand further away and you will learn to control it. If your 2 feet away from your amp you will be amazed how different it sounds further away.
  12. Beautiful, both. Tastefully done. Im not an lp player at all, barely ever play mine but I always wanted one of these, even if to just look at. I know they were top priced epiphones but it really is these model runs that puts the pricing of Gibson to shame, in my opinion of course.
  13. Congratulations on the NGD. As far as I know any specific limited number runs usually come with a certificate of authentication with a number out of a number. Example 1 of 100. Maybe try looking at epi wiki to see if you can get any more info about your specific model.
  14. Maybe I'm lucky but my now 15 year old Sheraton, no problems, hung on the wall since day one same as the others, dot studio cheapest of them all, no problems, my epi lp like said above needed a spray of contact cleaner once, union Jack Sheraton I'm sure came with switchcraft and cts pots stock, the cts pots can be scratchy none of my others are. Try a 'better' quality switch maybe?
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