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  1. Any stock or "near stock" saddle replacement for Epiphone Masterbilt DR500 M. Doesn’t matter if it’s bone or Tusq. 72mmx8mmx3mm 14” radius I noted that the fretboard radius is 14” by the printed specs for the guitar, and honestly not many 14” radius saddle choices around. I have used Bob Colosi before and he does superb work, but is a bit pricey at 28 bills plus 7 ship. I have spoken with stewmac/allparts and no available precut. They have 14” radius saddles but only at 70 mm length. If I could find something close at that radius to sand down, other than a
  2. Well true, but I left out that the necks are bowed to the point that on the first five frets or so you can't get a complete note on any string. I noticed that although each had a truss rod cover, the actual truss rod nut was in the sound hole at the base of the neck. If they were at least decent fake players they might be worth a couple hundred, but I passed. They are new no doubt, but the machine heads functioned pretty poorly. Better as a wall hanger in a club maybe. That amount of money would be better invested in a new Epi Dove or EJ200, or a used Masterbilt, IMHO. Hell
  3. Hello All, Hope the New Year finds all of you in good spirits. I wanted to pass this information and photos along concerning a couple fake Gibsons (J-200 and a Dove), at a local Pawn Shop. This pawn company has over 10 stores in my town. But to their credit they are mostly an honest group of merchants. Just before Christmas I came across this J-200. It was labeled as a Gibson with a price under 400 bucks. I told one of the staff there that it was clearly a fake and he was very pleasant and said that they had a person that made the rounds of their shops, and would take appro
  4. Wow I just marvel at what those guitars and that super reverb amp would be worth today? What guitar are you holding and what is that amp behind you, if you remember?
  5. Oh these are great pics.......feel free to contribute. Don't worry about what family, friends and others think. Here you are stars.
  6. Oh these are great pics.......feel free to contribute. Don't worry about what family, friends and others think. Here you are stars.
  7. Hello all. I joined the forum in about 2008 or so, but I am no longer an active posting member. I just wanted to pop in and look around and say Hi. The place still has great conversations and ideas and opinions. . And this, well this is just a fun post to give you a break from the serious Gibson business. And yes you need bone pins, bone saddles and the best of the best strings. I recalled a thread started in 2011 "Post your Old Band picture or your Old Self picture ". The responses on the thread showed us a time when we were young, played the music, and our creativity seemed
  8. Hello again. Sold for the "buy it" now price, so I got the price I wanted (always a good thing). Thanks to all those that looked in on it.
  9. Hello All, With some regret I am listing my 97 Casino (Peerless) with original (VT) vibratone. May seem a bit pricey to some, but you do not see this ebony with original VT from Peerless factory. I did add some upgrades that left no footprint. Over the years I received a couple offers from members but it I wasn't interested in selling. In any event here is the listing. If it goes for that price …then great…if not, then I will try again in future when the whim hits me or not. LOL http://www.ebay.com/itm/1997-Epiphone-Casino-rare-MIK-Peerless-w-E-vibratone-w-OHSC-/2719
  10. I would have given a "blanket" endorsement of any Korean made guitar over Chinese, but after picking up a Chinese made Masterbilt, I am impressed indeed. The Chinese know how to make guitars and it's all about quality assurance and following the design to the letter. Bravo China
  11. Glad I stopped in to see that. If you pop your head in GG, "big hello to you", and spending more time on something else like horses is a good thing. Enjoy. I have jumped out of this Gibson nonsense as well. Guitars are just a piece of wood and strings regardless of who makes them. A great guitarist can make any brand sing like a nightingale, but a brand can't make a good guitarist. There are clearly examples of each on this forum.
  12. Hello all. I have posted less and less over the years, and now I am officially released from Gibson ownership. Fabulous guitars no doubt but I really got kind of tired babysitting the thing. When prices reach the amounts paid for a Gibson, then you tend to have to do that. I feel strangely relieved and free of the expensive guitar bondage, I spent more time caring or worry over my J45 than playing it (Was it out of the case too long….should we move out of the desert….what's the humidity…..is my damp-it dried out…..did I wipe it down…..does it know I am complaining about it"? So, when
  13. +1 Just as good as the computer software recording setups and easier. I still use the Akai DPS 24 (but those are no longer manufactured, and hard to find, most are scooped up when they hit ebay). Let us know what you ultimately decide.
  14. In the same spirit …….. Any more on GG (Karen)?
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