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  1. I'd love to hear your thought's on this.


    It's one of those I'm about 99% sure I've heard before, but I don't know where from, although those are sometimes the best ones. It was done and dusted in 30 minutes too, one of those thats writes itself.


    I was stuck in a bit of rut and had an idea to do a waltz in 3/4 rather than the usual folky 4/4 fare.


    Hopefully it's put across the idea of a romantic ballroom dance, with a bit a swing. It's also much too high for my voice and I didn't want a really high capo on it, so this is the first time I'm tuned to D.


    Anyway, here it is.



  2. As someone mentioned above, there are a lot of choices out there for 335-type guitars... but speaking as an Epi ES-335 PRO owner your absolutely cannot go wrong getting the Epi (or a Dot for that matter). They are simply fantastic versions of the 335 format. I picked up my 2015 Iced Tea Epi ES-335 PRO lightly used for $319! I did have to put a new nut on it (previous owner had tired to put a TUSQ on it and completely botched the job)... so i had the local luthier I use make & install a handmade bone nut... so add the price of that nut ($65) and I am still under the price of a new one (which even at full price they are a bargain).


    Here she is. :)



    :) :)


    Check out the gold knobs too. Much nicer than the stock black ones on mine :(

  3. Adam,


    check out BUZZ OFF!


    it's a handy little kit that you can use to dress down high frets, has a hand tool that has a beveled edge so you don't lose the crown on the frets as well as a few tools to flush out the high frets.


    Sand paper grades are 220 for the first few passes, then 400 for the final passes then polish and finish the frets off with 0000 steel wool.


    I've had to use this on the Sheraton Pro II, Swingster, Emporer Regent, and Broadway. Some were more involved than others. The Sheraton had about 7 high frets, most in the middle of the fretboard. The Swingster was a chore, that one not only has huge frets, but the factory dress was crap. I spent almost an entire afternoon getting that one sorted out.


    After I used this kit, I was able to get the action set on these where I usually like it.. I had a very reputable luthier look at the frets after just asking "how'd I do??"


    he said he could not tell at all which ones I dressed and ones I didn't. (but since I actually kept a record of which ones, I was able to point them out, he checked those, and said they looked perfect to him.) so, it works!


    What I did was......


    -Got an old wooden sanding block.

    -Placed some coarse sandpaper over a fret (rough side up).

    -Worked the block into the fret.

    -Viola - a sanding block with a perfectly shaped ridge to sand the top of the frets.


    -An old credit card is the perfect size to track down high frets.


    -I bought some sandpaper.


    Saved a lot of money and hassle.


    Of course, if money isn't tight, that kit looks cool!

  4. Unless it's a dual action truss rod (on yours it's not) then they are just the same as any other set neck truss.


    If the buzz is just all at the lower frets, (first 2 or 3) then try to add some relief, loosen the truss by some where around 1/4 turn (this is a left turn looking down the head stock)


    But, if the buzzing is everywhere, it's maybe NOT a truss rod issue... as we eluded to, if you have the action set REALLY low, I would guess you are just falling prey to some high frets.


    Since it seems that you're not experienced in the more detailed aspects of a set up, I'd offer to raise the action so that it's as low as possible without buzzing, then find someone who can check the frets, you may find you have a half a dozen that need to be dressed. which is really not uncommon and before you get other advice, just know that this is NOT a defect in manufacturing. It's very common and very easy to get set right.


    I had buzz above the 14th fret. To cut a long story short I got researched which grade sandpaper I needed (I've forgotten now) and carefully sanded past from the 14th fret upwards.....


    It greatly improved it, but still, I couldn't get the action as low as my Gibson Les Paul Studio, which does play on the mind.


    Saying that.... it's the ONLY thing I would criticise about the ES-335 PRO..... Maybe some got lucky and didn't have this problem. If you are handy with fretwork it's a none issue.

  5. Hey Everybody, Got my new epi 335, beautiful guitar! Started playing and after a few minutes got some serious fret buzz. I know that is to be expected. I love where the action height is now. very low but still has playable. MY QUESTION IS, Is the truss rod adjustment still lefty loosey, righty tighty ?? I am a newbie at working on guitars an like to be sure about what I do. somebody told me that epiphones were opposite of the old way. the neck is very straight. needs a little relief? thanks


    Clockwise - tighten

    Anti-clockwise - Loosen.


    Where is the buzz?

  6. If the 335 is anything like my ES-339 pro, it is a wonderful guitar. Can't go wrong with an EPI



    The 339 is smaller bodied, so it's closer in tone to a Les Paul (more mids). Let's say it's a cross between a 335 and a Les Paul, veering towards the 335.


    What I like about the 339 is the input jack isn't on the face of the guitar.


    What I don't like is that it's a compromise, I'd rather go all 335 or All Les Paul.

  7. Where did the finish start peeling away? Was it all over the guitar or just in a certain spot? That stinks.


    On the top on the edge a little down from the endpoint. Honestly when the eboby finish peeled off to reveal the maple top it looked horrible. I literally had my sandpaper out the same night.


    I'd had the guitar for around 8 years prior to this so you can't say it didn't have a chance to settle in.

  8. over all great values. if you like real low action, you'll most likely need to dress some of the frets. my Sheri Pro II and Swingster Royale both needed some attention when I first got em.


    Agreed, the fretboard on mine was scruffy, and it aint plekked. You'll be lucky if it doesn't need some work.


    Having said that, after a bit of careful sanding, mine worked out fine.

  9. Acoustic Corner : You’ll Find a Way


    The first in a series of stripped back acoustic performances, live from Acoustic Corner.


    I’ll be performing a variety of material from my back catalogue, new stuff I haven’t produced yet, and even the odd cover. Just me and my Acoustic, live, and (hopefully) in one take.


    ‘You’ll find a way’ is a track from my debut Album ‘This is Who I am’ which is available to own at adamharkus.com



  10. Part 2: ‘The Indian’ by Adam Harkus. Live from Acoustic Corner.

    I wrote ‘The Indian’ way back in 1999 as part of my unreleased and un-named third album. It’s song about the plight of the peaceful native American Indians against the cruelty of the ‘White Man’. A powerful message long forgotten, but one we can still all learn from today.


    Played on a Taylor 110e Acoustic.



  11. i have to mostly agree with you. how one can use a guitar as a tool and do no maintenance to it and still expect it to function as intended? he removed the finish and was somehow surprised when the wood started moving... although, from the article i suspect it was the nut that caused the tuning issues more than anything else. i mean, seriously... is that big of a deal to repair an input jack instead of using matches? the truth is, admit it or don't, you abused that guitar, it still served you well, and you're complaining it didn't do better. i think what the o/p really needs is a tele


    I didn't want to remove the finish, but I had to as it was peeling away and looked REALLY ugly (and unsealed). That wasn't my fault. Granted everything else was. I should have taken better care of it :(

  12. The 490R and 498T are great pickups for rock as they have more output than the Burstbuckers.


    Having said that, never having tried the burstbuckers, but my old Gibson Les Paul Studio (with 490R/498T) could always do with a more pristine clean tone and more versatility.


    Overall 490R/498T, great for power, but less versatile.

  13. I don' t like copies,


    The wood is bad quality, hardware is cheap and humbuckers are very bad. Tuners, potentiomètres, switch, ... are very bad quality.


    The body is made of 6 or 7 parts with a photoflame finish. Price is very high


    Honestly, Regarding the Epi 335 PRO, on a semi-acoustic the body is laminate so wood quality is not an issue, the pickups are really nice upgraded models, and the tuners and electrics are solid.


    In fact, all new Epiphones these days have significantly upped the quality.


    And this is coming from a Gisbon man

  14. Nice review,


    like you say, the ONLY issue with these guitars is the fretwork. There just isn't anywhere near the attention to detail you get on a Gibson, and as such you may get a good one, or you may get a bad one....


    Mine was pretty close, if a little grubby, so when I got it home the fret-board got the once over with lemon oil and wire wool. Then after a few gigs I noticed choking out about the 15th fret :(


    I eventually took the plunge and You-tubed some fret leveling techniques, in the end I merely sanded down from fret 15 onward until the problem disappeared. It worked, and now the action is down (almost) as low as my old Gibson Les Paul Studio.


    At the end of the day, if you want the ultimate playing experience, the frets need to be leveled and re-crowned professionally (which all Gibson's are).


    However, for a £299 guitar, my Epiphone ES-335 PRO comes remarkably close anyway, with a bit of elbow grease, love, and luck.


    Here's my review....



  15. I started to learn guitar when I was 17 mainly easy stuff that I was interested in like Nirvana, Then moved on to Oasis that sort of thing. All learned from tabs and really didn't learn any theory,


    I then stopped playing for a few years but recently in the past 2-3 years started playing again. I am 34 now This time more interested in van Halen and Guns n Roses, Led Zep, I found I improved radically this time around learning some new techinques. I can pick up solos relatively quickly. But have a bad habit of learning bits and pieces of things and never going from start to finish. Youtube was a massive help!


    But I would love to be able to jam and improvise in a blues style, I see people online who just pick up a guitar and can do all of this stuff. But I am not able to. I know the scales but I just sound like I am soloing scales, I know the few odd riffs and licks but I don't know where to go from here. I feel like starting from the beginning again.


    Any ideas on how to improve on this? there is so much stuff out there I never seem to find a way to improve on this?


    any suggestions would be highly appreciated!


    The scales is only the foundation. Once you are happy with scales add your own embellishments phrasing, experiment with timing, leaving gaps, sustaining a note, add in two-note and partial chords to it.....


    I know what you mean though, sometimes it does seem that we have nothing new to add.


    My advise would be to just not overthink it, have a bit of confidence and enjoy your playing. If you are bored with it try a completely different style to get the juices flowing (e.g. soloing over a latin-american beat Santana style, or something...

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