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  1. @QuestionMark, Hard to tell the position of the volume control, as there's no detent as there is with the tone. Nevertheless, I've found the only way I can play amplified, either through the PA at Church or through my Boss Acoustic Singer Live is to turn the tone control all the way down on the guitar and the volume somewhere below half, then increase the head amp gain on the mixer to a 'normal' volume, fine tuning it at the guitar as needed. That mixer channel is assigned to me, as it's way too hot for the other guitars in the ensemble. With the Boss amp, I need to turn off the tweeter, se
  2. I bought my Vintage Sunburst "Epiphone by Gibson" Sheraton new at Guitar Center, I believe it was 1989. Swapped out the tuners for Gotoh (large buttons - look much like the originals), and a pair of Pearly Gates pickups - one with a gold cover, the other zebra. Shaller strap locks and a Nearvana nut. I'll pull it out of the case in a couple of days and post some photos. Not sure which stickers remain. Just curious -- what's the count so far?
  3. @PaulSA bit over a year into it and I still love the guitar. After lots of experimenting with my channel on the Church's PA, I found I can quiet down the shrillness and the excruciating string squeal if I crank up the head amp gain on the PA to not quite maximum (other guitar channels are at about 50%) and keep the volume on the guitar's internal preamp at about 50%. Tone control on the guitar is all the way down. Plugged into my Boss Acoustic Singer Live, if I kill the tweeter and set the treble at about 25%, it sounds very nice - again, the volume on the guitar is at 50% and the tone cont
  4. I'm not sure exactly what you're describing, but it sounds like something you shouldn't need to do ...ever! This is the first guitar I've owned (and I've owned some real crap over the past 50+ years) that required any kind of adjustment on the tuners unless they were soon to be replaced. I recently installed a set of Cleartone 12-53, the same strings that are supposedly installed at the factory and the same strings that were used when it was Plek'd. I plan to replace those with Elixir Nanoweb Light soon, which are the same gauge as the Cleartones (Cleartone just doesn't have the same
  5. Love the guitar, but as has been reported by pretty much anybody who owns one, the tuners leave something to be desired. Great looks, and 18:1 is a nice ratio. But they're sloppy as all get up! It takes a quarter turn to get a perceptible increase in pitch, then, if you overshoot it by just a bit, it takes maybe a half turn in the opposite direction to even begin to correct it. I guess I kind of got used to it, but I pulled out my DR-212 12 string the other day (about 1/5 the price of the Zenith) and the tuners were instantly responsive. It was almost a joy to tune! (yeah, I know, that so
  6. It seems Customer Service either doesn't read the emails sent via Talk 2 Us or just doesn't care enough to reply. Are there any forums that maybe Customer Service monitors that maybe we could use to ask questions? Any other way to get in touch about issues with our instruments? FWIW, my questions are directed to Epiphone (maybe that explains it? )
  7. If it's just the button (I probably would have called it a knob), you should be able to get a replacement pretty cheap. Worst case, if you can't get an exact replacement, you can replace all 6, maybe even upgrading the look of your guitar in the process.
  8. When I say I've raised the bridge several times, I mean multiple turns on the thumbwheels, cumulatively. These are not minor tweaks. The length of the exposed posts is now about 3/16" or half the thickness of the base of the bridge (for lack of a better term), so I assume there's still a bit of room before it tops out. When it was new, it was about half that on the bass side, nearly fully hidden on the treble side, with virtually zero fret buzz. Regarding string gauge, it was equipped from the factory with Cleartone Light (12-53). Those are the strings that were used when it was PLEK'd,
  9. I raised the issue with the dealer. He said they'll happily send me a third case, but I'm not confident that will fix the problem. Instead, I asked if maybe the would have any better luck reaching out to Gibson/Epiphone on this issue, as Customer Service seems to be ignoring my emails. I've got an old Fender gig bag that I may use. I've got to retire this case for now due to the damage it appears to be doing to the guitar - the bridge posts are nearing the limit of travel. This may turn into a much bigger problem than simply a defective or poorly designed case. This case has the bulge
  10. This is the case that Epiphone specifically recommends for this guitar. Even the model number (ZENCS) suggests it's a Zenith case. It's not just the depth that's wrong. There's tons of room at the head, more consistent with the big-*** pegheads typical of an Epiphone. That doesn't bother me because it gives me a handy place to store my 2.5" 9oz leather strap.
  11. I wish I had done more research before I dropped a hundred and a half on the ZENCS case for my Century Zenith Archtop based on looks alone - and the gross assumption that it would be a perfect fit. As numerous others have observed in various forums and reviews, this case was clearly not designed for this guitar. It's far too small. The top presses hard on the bridge, eventually deforming the case so that the latch side no longer lines up, making it very difficult to close and, when I manage to close it, there's a gaping hole at the bottom. The dealer graciously replaced the case once, but
  12. I absolutely love the Century Zenith Archtop I got a month or so ago. It's insanely easy playing, it sounds like nothing I've heard before, and it's damn pretty! It's hard to put it down. That said, the electronics are probably the worst I've ever heard in an acoustic/electric guitar. Either the Shadow Nanoflex HD undersaddle pickup is a piece of cr*p or it just doesn't play well with the eSonic HD preamp (preamps are easy, so I'm leaning toward the pickup as the weak link). Either way, it's hard to believe that Epiphone let this beast out of the door the way it is (I'm assuming they're
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