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  1. Or Crosby, frankenstein, and Estevez.
  2. Steekers?....Steekers?? I don't need no Steenkin' Steekers!
  3. I've taken a little Hiatus from playing my guitars what with the lovely weather... Fishing is my other main hobby and the fishing has been excellent both at the seaside as well as sweet water fishing. Going to take a week to do some light maintenance on the guitars; That said, I want to do a string change and light nut filing on the Union Jack....just wondering what any of you guys used as replacement strings and how would you rate the playability of your guitar after the change? Peace, luke
  4. Makes a great excuse if you are one that is habitually running late... 'Oh, I forgot to set my clock back an hour...':--)
  5. So essentially what you are saying the Silvertones took a licking and kept on ticking? That's a pretty good testimonial considering their war record and action you described they've seen.Hoo-ah!My little 1481 saw a few minor skirmishes at the DAV and The Ted Mack Original Amatuer Hour audition, jr.high dances, etc.and held up quite well. My main amps when playing bar gigs later on in life were my 69 Silverface Bandmaster reverb and my 80 Music man 210 75 rp.Both amps had the snot beat out of them and never quit on me.
  6. If you are speaking of Silvertone amps, yes... I have my original 1481 that I got from Sears for my 12 th birthday, along with a bronze and white 1300 Silvertone guitar made by Danolectro for Sears...Dolphin headstock, single lipstick PU.Amazing how the value of both of these items have risen over the last few years...spurred on by nostalgia and guys like Jack White playing them. The guitar is still pretty funky, I always loved the tone(s) you can squeeze out of it. The amp...well, I seen the1481 touted as being on par with a vintage Champ......Nah, no way, but It is still a good little practice amp and also a decent studio amp...it's not going to cut it playing out even in the smallest venue.I have kept both amp and guitar since 1963 since my parents sacrificed to buy me them. They were relatively inexpensive compared to a Fender or Gibson but still a financial stretch for my parents at the time... Hardy little sucker too...original tubes, original everything...there has been 5 year stretches where it hasnt been fired up...but it's always ready to go when the switch is clicked.
  7. Nicely written narrative there Billy, :--) Thanks for the tip about the Tusq XL nut as I have been encountering a similiar prob. 9 bucks is indeed not a 'princely' sum so I am going to go for it... Just filed the fret ends on my MIM Tele with a set of files I purchased from MF, so since that paltry little chore exhausted my limited skills and patience for guitar maintenance I will have the local guitar guy install the nut for me.... He owes me since I recently restored his Grandmothers Antique Walnut Eastlake Bed that he inherited from her estate. I hesitate to call him 'my luthier' since a rather large 'Dust up' arose on a well known Gear Page when one member mentioned he had taken his guitar to 'my Luthier'....:--) Again thanks for the tip. Luke
  8. See the 'Epiphone Sheraton Union Jack Waiting Thread' here in Epiphone Electrics...lenghty thread, I'm sure a lot of your questions will be answered and more.(:--)
  9. Still lots of used, refurbs, and new UJ s on ebay.Major issues are the cracked paint at the top of the fret board and some are being sold with the mini humbuckers replaced with epiphone pick ups. For me, one of the draws of the guitar was the gibson pickups......I wouldnt care for the epi pickups.
  10. Hi and Welcome...got mine in Nov. Also...and like you, this thread had been very helpful in discerning the particular faults and oddities of the EJs.I'm sorry I can't help you with the lower string buzz...I had none of that before or after a pro set- up...can't remember that issue coming up here or on the official Epiphone site of the EJ in the comments section. Also, I have kept the original strings on it...Probably change them in May but don't know what I will swap in yet. The only issue mine had out of the box was the lower two strings would keep going flat (I only own one other Epi, a LP pro plus top ) and I had the exact same ussue with it.. Those situations were remedied by the set up by the Guitar guy.Sorry I couldn't be of more help....PeaceLuke
  11. I remember your saga well...probably had more UJ s than anyone...Glad you got one you were finally happy with...Gibson really saws them up....?! Beasts...Savages!
  12. I sent questions to both sellers on eBay about the PUs. In the refurbs...one guy said the OE gibby mini humbuckers were faulty so he replaced them with P90s...the other said it arrived at the refurb fctory with no p.u.s so they were replaced with Epi mini humbuckers. For the prices they are asking this seems unacceptable...no warranty, one has no case... You can get a brand new one for a few bucks more with the lovely gibson PUs , free shipping and possibly 15% off the price of 899.00 bucks.
  13. Just saw a couple of Refurbs on eBay for sale...not much off List price and one with no case....Both dealers have replaced the OEM pickups ...one claims guitar came into refurb factory w/o any pick ips and the other says Orig. Pickups were defective.Sounds strange...One said pick ups were replaced with EPIPHONE mini humbuckers...
  14. Cork Sniffers are often people who have insecurities regarding their talent or social status. Buying an expensive brand name and showing disdain for a less expensive item can often be a futile attempt to mitigate their insecurity. Just sayin'. :--)
  15. Like Charlie brown says, it's a pretty easy fix...wood putty, some shaping with sandpaper a little paint for the front and a 'stain stick' to match the finish..good ones are made by Minwax company. Reasonably priced and you could use it over again for any little nicks you might get in the future. If you dont want to do the repair, just color in the boo-boo with the stain stick so it doesn't stick out so prominently. Or you can just leave it as a memorable 'mojo' battle scar as someone mentioned...Giving that 'relic' look.Good Luck....and BTW your English is just fine. Luke
  16. Don't hold back or sugar coat Lord Raptor....tell us how you REALLY feel about Effing Gibson and p* ssing Epiphone.
  17. Wow, it that is the problem Gibson should heed your advice, save themselves some money and bad press...like they are not getting enough with the atrocious price hike and much hate for the headstock decal.... The non- response to your e- mail is indicative of their entire customer service attitude.If you visit any of the music boards and forums you will see Gibson taking a well desrved licking on most sites.
  18. I use my Martin Dreadnought almost everyday...it's what I use for songwriting along with my Yamaha keyboard. Electric is my old warhorse 79 Gibson SG....gets action a few times a day. I only have two Epis an LP pro top plus and a EJ Sheraton which maybe get picked up once or twice a week. My Ric 360/12 gets a lot of play...if it didn't take so long to tune it would probably get more play..:-) The Ric is going for a string change/ neck adjustment in March at Pic of the Ricks in Lindenwold NJ.
  19. Thanks for the heads up on that about the 5 piece lami neck. Also happy you finally got a keeper EJ after the ones you had to send back. All the EJs being sold as used or refurbished seem to have thst problem with the surface cracking at the nut.Some have been repaired.I 'm wondering if that is an inherent problem with the build or it happens during shipping? If it a construction issue, I'm wondering if more EJs will develop or have developed that problem, and will that be covered under the manufacturers warranty? I have 'spider' cracking about an 1/8 inch long on the top side...I see no separation from the fretboard/ neck at this point will watch it closely to see if the cracking lengthens.
  20. Who are you kidding?You KNOW the collection is never complete. :-) Short time satisfaction after a new purchase and then the heat is on again. Luke
  21. Funny how that happens huh? It's like they sprinke stardust in your eyes.
  22. After I bought my Pro top plus two years ago it just didn't play right so I put it back in the case where it languished for two years ...Finally, before Christmas I took it in for a set up,new nut, and a string change...Can't believe I let it go that long... Long story short, it plays like a dream, still looks brand new, and didn't really cost all that much to get it right, I cut a 'two-fer' deal with the tech who also did some work on my 2002 American Strat... Paid cash, no tax, great deal! The cherry burst epi les paul pro top plus is now a daily player.Good luck on your set up/ bone nut and please report back with the results. Peace, Luke
  23. From the pics you've posted of all your guitars and now the mention of the guitars you have in the shop, I've come to the ultimate conclusion that you don't have nearly enough guitars in your collection.... I am being facetious Of course.:-)Luke
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