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  1. Hi Versatile Yeah it's an Epi, I can't do full fat Gibsons as I'm allergic to the nitro coating! Thanks for the info, I guessed that a Korean would be better than the Chinese modern examples (the knobs are on straight for example!), but it's good to have it verified. I am buying from a guitar store here in Exeter, so they would have checked it out and sorted any issues (and I'll at least get some form of warranty). The action seemed fine and comfortable to me, so I will sit with it for a while before seeing if I feel I need it tweaked. I can't wait for the 21st as that's when I'll be getting it.
  2. Hi All I have just put a deposit on an 05 Korean built Thunderbird, is there anything I should be wary of with these models? It looks great and plays very nicely, but this is my first step into the world of bass, so I know next to nothing. Any feedback would be welcome.
  3. I have just put a deposit on an 05 Korean built Thunderbird, is there anything I should be wary of with these models? It looks great and plays very nicely, but this is my first step into the world of bass, so I know next to nothing. Any feedback would be welcome. -- Sorry I forgot to put this in the bass forum. Please delete this --
  4. I have owned a couple of Epi Les Pauls and each time the knobs have been wonky. This is just how they are put on, the pots themselves are fine. You just need to remove the knobs and carefully reattach them. I use a bandanna and wrap it aorund the shaft underneath the knob and pull up. Some people seem to think a shoe lace is best, but whatever works for you. IMPORTANT - if you have coil splitting pots tou need to pull the swithch out first, then remove the knob, this will help to prevent too much force being applied to the coil tap and breaking the shaft. Oh and welcome to the forum by the way! You have a very nice looking guitar there.
  5. I'm not convinced by it to be honest. I am not a Wilshire expert, (I'm sure someone here will step up to that plate) but even doing a quick Bing image search shows that the scratch plate and controls look all wrong for the Wilshire. Also the price says be wary. The only new one in the current Epi line up is the Phanto-matic version which Sweetwater are selling for $549. Vintage ones on reverb.com are going for thousands. I tend to live by the maxim, 'If it looks too good to be true, it usually is', especially when it comes to guitars. I know that I may miss an uber bargain, but I also won't waste money on a dud. Oh and welcome on board by the way!!
  6. Hi Folks I have just created a chart which shows all of the notes on a guitar tab in relation to each other and to the notes on a music staff. Hopefully it will help someone, please feel free to download and distribute if you want to. Anyway here is the file.
  7. Welcome on board Mr Wilson. That is a lovely Wildkat you have there. Have you managed to tame it yet? I was toying with one of these myself, how are they to play?
  8. It's great to see that Epi has at least got a new Firebird (http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/Designer/Ltd-Ed-Joe-Bonamassa-Treasure-Firebird-I.aspx), but it's just a damn shame that it's a Firbird 1 and is a JB signature model. I know that I will be treated with derision here, but I find JB to be rather fake. I always get wound up by middle class white boys playing the blues, and yes they are playing at it, not livng it! For a true (Epiphone playing) modern blues man, try Gary Clarke Jr. Sorry about that side alley there, I do really hope this sells well and encourages Epi to put out another model with 2 pickups in, hell why not do an Allen Collins model with a dog ear P90 in the bridge and the bridge mini 'bucker moved to the neck.
  9. I'd agree with the other posters here, you really don't need a roller bridge or locking tuners to maintain stable tuning with the Bigsby. Oh you will get people tell you that the tone is much cleaner than with a TOM bridge, but all I can say is that Gretsch use TOMs on their stock models, and many don't have locking tuners either. Never had an issue with mine. As you say, you won't be dive bombing with it, or you'd be putting a Floyd on instead of a Bigsby (I'd hope!). Install the Bigsby and see how it plays for you, if you think it will benefit from upgrades, then go for it. But if you like it the way it is, well there you go. Most of all, have fun with it! Lovely Casino by the way, and welcome aboard.
  10. Hi Jeff Welcome on board and congrats on joining the family! The stock pickups are great for classic rock, but if you want to experiment without spending too much cash try Iron Gear pickups (http://www.axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_069.htm) They do a range of options from pure Kosoff/Page/green type to full on metal. I'm sure you'll find your new best friend in there somewhere... Oh and +1 on the pics!
  11. Thanks for the heads up Jersey. It's just a shame that postage to the UK will be prohibitive
  12. I am in the process of upgrading my LP Traditional Pro and I was thinking about switching out the pickups and have stumbled across a pickup manufacturer called Iron Gear. They seem to be getting some excellent reviews for their pups, so I am currently toying with a set of their Rolling Mill with overwound bridge for £60 for the pair (from Axetech in the UK). I am wanting to have a crackj at the Jimmy Page wiring for it and wondered if anyone here has any experience of Iron Gear Pickups? I know there are reviews on their site, but being a cynical old git, I tend to distrust these. I have done the obligatory You Tube search which has a few people playing them, but not many actual reviews. So far in the upgrading I have replaced all of the plastics with black versions (I have a Wine Red LP and the cream just didn't do it for me), I am going to replace the pots with push/push pots for ease of switching whilst playing and I will change the capacitors as well.
  13. Very nice looker you have (or are about to have!) there. I think the Alnico Classics are pretty good and should definitely be played with before switching them out. Well I can vouch for the neck anyway. I have a LP Traditional Pro which has a ProBucker in the bridge position.
  14. I know his avatar says he's an Advanced Member. I'm not sure about advanced, but he sure as hell is a member!
  15. Sorry you ended up with a fake. It seems one of the giveaways on most fakes of modern Gibson Les Pauls (and by extension it seems the Epi's as well) can't get the stop bar tail piece distance right. This one is too far back. The stop bar on my 2014 Traditional Pro is further forward than the neck volume dial, whereas yours appears to be in the middle of it. Like everyone here, I can't understand why anyone would fake an Epiphone, surely it can't be economically viable. But before writing it off permanently (who knows, your serial number may actually be the one other fakes have copied!) I'd have a chat with Gibson's customer service just to make sure.
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