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  1. Luke, sorry to hear Sweetwater didn't mention shipping charge. You did the right thing. There is no excuse for not mentioning the charge up front. I got a call from my rep at Sweetwater telling me they finally got in a "large load" of UJ's. However, I only saw four listed with weights and pics. I'm still going to wait a bit. I need two refrets badly on guitars I work with weekly, which will run me about $1600 for both guitars to be done. If I thought the neck on the UJ was going to be different from the 50 or so Epiphone necks I tried out, I would get one immediately. On a good note, I was contacted by Diezel amps on Christmas day. They are coming out with an new line and will be sending me one when they are complete. 2015 will be an amp-heavy year for me. I will be getting a Matrix amp and 1x12, as well. I hope everyone here had a terrific holiday. Let's hope we all have a great 2015 in every way. :)
  2. I've decided to wait for possible refurbs to appear. The response to the guitar and it's cost have caused me to reconsider my anxious anticipation. I am happy for those who received it and are happy with it. I am finding that there is a mixture of good and bad comments about Epiphone's quality between different forums. I don't believe everything I read on The Gear Page forums, as they have a strange attitude there about things. They seem to think Epiphone has a much better quality now then ever before. However, reading here has brought up questions on that topic which TGP doesn't consider. I have not read one post there about the UJ. Maybe I missed it?! My personal findings, upon playing as many as possible in local music stores, tells me that these guitars are not what I had hoped for. I am not bonding with the neck profiles. Anyway, I am glad to hear that at least some of you are happy with the UJ. I love the paint job and the looks of the guitar, so maybe down the road, I will find one I can bond with.
  3. Damn, these faults just keep appearing! Sorry to hear that Willsby! Not being from GB, I have never dealt with Anderton's, but I love their online videos. I learn a lot about gear from watching them. They were awarded the 2014 music store of the year this year. They look to keep their business well for customers. I just came from their site and they had 10 UJ's in stock, according to the site. I hope you get a good one this time. Thanks to them, I'm going to buy a Matrix VB 800 and NL12 cab. I called the USA shop on Sunday and got Andy Hunt, himself on the phone. After about 1/2 hour of speaking with him, he is going to give me a nice discount when I order. I'm still going to look at the UJ's, but with all the problems I'm reading about, I may wait and see if a nice refurb will be offered at a reduced price. I hope all of you, who received your UJ, are finding it working out well for you.
  4. I will have to look for that other company putting out the UJ to take a look-see. I won't be getting a UJ from Rondo. I'm so confused at this point that I am not sure what I will ultimately decide. I'm glad yours came in and proved to be satisfactory for you, Luke. I played over 30 Epiphones this past weekend, and none of them excited me. :(
  5. I am sorry to hear this talk about the QC, but happy for you all who were able to obtain a good UJ. This past weekend, I made a trip to Guitar Center and played every Epiphone in the store. They were a really big disappointment. As mentioned, the QC was almost non-existant. Not one guitar would have passed my inspection. The necks were all big shouldered and unfomcortable to play. They felt like they were made by a beginner, not a trained neck carver. Needless to say, I left feeling very disappointed and troubled. After reading all these remarks, I am going to reconsider getting one, as much as I may regret it. Even though the guitars do not resemble a 335 style body profile, on Rondo Music's site, they had their version of the union jack semi. Theirs are all made in South Korea, and sell for $429. Here qre the specs: A True Semi-Hollow Guitar with Center Block!! •This guitar features a true jazz semi hollow body with full body, neck, and headstock binding •The guitar has a natural Spruce top with Maple back & Sides •Die-cast Gold Grover tuners with 18-1 ratio for ultra fine tuning •Set in Maple neck with graphite nut •Rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets (2.7mm) and large pearloid block inlays •All gold hardware with stop bar tail piece •The AS-820 is equipt with two ceramic humbucker pickups •Sound is controlled via two volume and two tone controls (speed knobs) and a 3 way pickup selector switch •Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8"; at the 22st fret: 2 3/16" •Overall length, including the strap button: 42"; Scale length: 24.7 " •Width at the widest point: 15" •Body thickness 1 3/4" at edge •Actual Weight is only 7.5 lbs I don't like looks of them compared to the real UJ's, but Rondo's guitars have been receiving good reviews. One thing they have is good upper neck access to the high frets. Just a thought.
  6. [quote name= ' timestamp='1415378814' post='1587720] The shoulders feel big me me, mainly due to not having much experience with the shape. I find it quite difficult accessing the higher frets. Thanks, Ferdasyn. The higher frets will tend to feel harder to access, but it does take some time to get used to the feel. Sometimes, your thumb cannot find a comfortable place to be up there.
  7. Imorgg, and Luke, How does the neck feel on your new UJ's? Does the guitar neck have big shoulders? Is the neck thin, "D" shaped? Any info would be helpful. Thanks, Stephen
  8. Congradulations Imorgg and Luke! I'm so happy that you guys finally got your guitars and they are all you expected. The pictures are wonderful to look at! Thank you for posting them Imorgg! :) Enjoy them, both of you. :)
  9. Luke, I hope you have a great day fishing. No worry about hurrying up the weight factor. If you are able to do it over the weekend sometime, I would appreciate it, and Thank You!. I called MF just a few minutes ago to see if the UJ might be on sale with a special price on Black Friday, as I may have the money by then or really close to it. If the sale goes on for Black Friday, I might be able to get one then. They told me they have 11 left in stock but maybe getting another order. They don't know for sure about the next order, however. If I get one then, that would be great, but if not, I'll call Sweetwater and ask if I can get a Black Friday deal on a UJ, even if they don't have them in yet. I might as well see what I can do.
  10. I hope all these UJ's are perfect when they come in for you guys. I'm excited for you all. I forget who posted about how ugly they thought the UJ was, but it was from another section on this forum, not posted here. I saw Pin's post. I don't know that it was he who posted in the other section, but I'm laughing. The post was something about how those UJ guys are so excited over an ugly guitar. Hey, anyone and everyone can buy a traditionally painted guitar in the usual color schemes, as I'm sure we all have. That to me is no big deal anymore. Now, after 58+ years of playing, I'm getting into stuff like the UJ. I have a signature guitar from the company I endorse from Europe that I had done with a golden dragon painted across the front and back, which is an original design idea I had, and two shell pink guitars. One of them, which I received two weeks ago is from Jeff Neville, who builds them from scratch. He even cuts down his own trees up in norther Michigan. I love the Union Jack flag and know that when I go out to work with my band, that I will be remembered for playing that guitar. I personally find it beautiful and unique. I learned a long time ago, when I bought a paisley telecaster not to worry about what others think. As it wound up, even some of the nay-sayers changed their mind about it later on. I bought one of the UJ Vox wahs several weeks ago, but I'm holding off putting it on my pedalboard until after I get the guitar. I'm still considering buying that $250 UJ leather strap I posted here two weeks ago. When you all get your UJ's, I'll be interested to know how much each of them weighs, if that is possible.
  11. I don't know what your price point is, but have you seen the Jackson Ampworks website? My gear is getting too big for my live work as well...Diezel and Marshall. I will be going to a Jackson Ampworks Britain amp of either the 4.0 or 30 variety and a Matrix NL12 1x12 cab, which weighs in at 16 pounds. Robbie Macintosh is using Jackson Ampworks Britain 4.0 amps. As for strings, I have to use .007 to.034 gauge strings and since no one makes a set that light, I have to buy my stings one at a time and make sets myself. Sorry I can't be of help in this.
  12. Luke, Thanks for the heads up! If I had all the money right now, I would be on the phone to MF right now. I believe I will have all the money in by month's end. Maybe MF will have a Black Friday deal. Congradulations to both of you guys for scoring such a sweet deal from MF. That's just fantastic news! :)
  13. Good luck to you, Luke. I hope it's all you want it to be. :)
  14. Another Jersey Boy here...Monmouth county. I should have the total paid off by the end of November. If Sweetwater does not have them in by then, I will probably go to MF. They can tell me all day long about their 55 point inpsection and that's nice that they do it, but until I inspect my own guitar, the fat lady hasn't left the building.
  15. Congradulations gentlemen! :) Please let us know how the guitars are when they arrive, and best of luck in getting some really nice ones.
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