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  1. http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Archtop/Casino.aspx Seeing if anyone knows about or has played one of the new spec Casinos yet? Hope a moderator can answer if any Casino from 2018 with the Pau Ferro fret board will also have the new P90 "Dogear P90" = the lower wind vintage correct vs the past overwound ones. Also will there be new PU stickers to help identify these new Casinos vs the old stock ones? Will probably wait for one of the new Turquois to make sure getting the newer low wind P90s. Thanks in advance.
  2. Duncan did a complete rebuild of the pickup, wire, magnets etc. It was still a stacked single or humbucker but major improvement. It has been years ago now and I no longer have the guitar. The pickup once pulled is more along the lines of a Fender single in shape and size vs a P90. With the rebuild it sounded closer to my modern, solid top X bracing, Gibson J160E plugged in but not like my 62 spec ladder braced one. Both Gibsons had the P90s. My solid top did not have the P100. I would guess the Duncan custom shop would still do the rewind for customers. At the time I let them know try to make it as close in tone to a P90 as possible. I remember they did question what guitar it came out of and when I explained they told me, which I knew once removed, that it did not resemble a P90 at all or a P100 = a stacked P90. Other that having the thing rewound, it is an odd duck pickup and do not know anything else that would fit in the same spot. As stated above a P90 will not fit and this pickup is not P90 shaped or sized.
  3. I had a 2005 EJ160E and never liked the stock pickup. You are right it is an oddball. Despite what Epiphone claims in the specs it is NOT a P100,a Gibson P100 is 2 stacked P90s. Anyway I had mine yanked and rewound by Duncan. They did the work around 10 years ago for me so you might contact them. My direction was to try to make it as close to a P90 as possible. Once you remove the pickup to ship to them for rebuilding you will find, it more resembles a Fender single than a P90 of any kind. Duncan did a good job on mine and I think just under $100.00 plus shipping. The stock pick up can be rebuilt, so hope this helps.
  4. Agree with all of this. I bought the 2009 IB from MF for a very reduced price and was really surprised at what I ended up with. Just the luck of the draw. My friend was looking for a good acoustic at the time and we spent some time the next couple of years playing all the IB Texans we could find at GC and Sam Ash trying to find one as good as mine, since I paid under $300 USD for the first one. Never found one that sounded as good as my 2009, so he ending up buying a Gibson Songwriter instead. We both played several of those as Gibson around 2010-2011 was all over the place on assembling the Deluxe Songwriter models, some had the mustache bridge and some just the reverse belly, some had all the bling and binding and some others did not. Gibson themselves were all over the map just slapping that model together, some had the smaller pickguard some the large. He found a good one after much searching and dropping that kind of money on a Gibson/Martin is something I would never do without playing a pile of them first. For the cost of the IB Texan had no problem with the on line order and getting the luck of the draw for the kind of price I paid.
  5. I have never owned a 60s or Elitist Texan as you have owned examples, and proves that guitars of the same model vary greatly from example to example. I have noticed on the whole that the made in Indonesian IB Texan models from every one I have played at GC every time I see them and grab them off he wall seem very consistent from one to the other both in sound and fit/finish. I have never found one in the same tone range of my 2009 and did not expect to. Since I travel for work and wanted a decent hotel room guitar, bought the 2016 from MF when I found a reduced price level 2 as I figured it would be consistent to all the others I have played. It is what I expected and like it for what it is. If I ever do get a job again where I no longer travel for work the 2016 will be the one to go.
  6. Right the first IB Texans were MIC then production shifted to Indonesia. My 2009 is MIC my 2016 in MII. Both are of equal quality, but the later ones on my examples are different in width of the neck heels, headstock beveling is slightly different and position they glued the bridge on. The MIC is mounted back a bit so the saddle route is forward and the MII is forward a bit so the saddle route is in the center of the bridge. This is more in line with the 60s Gibson's where the route was right in the center of the bridge so there was plenty of room for the adjustable bridge hardware.
  7. Interesting I have the same guitars as you a 2009 IB Natural Texan then a 2016 IB Burst Texan. The top on the 2009 has a very tight grain pattern while the 2016 rather wide spaced typical of any other I have seen. I always grab them at GC off the wall and pretty much put them right back after a few strums. I will have to look at the inside bracing when home next to see if mine have any differences. My 2009 has a wider neck heel and the bridge is mounted a bit back so the saddle slot cut more forward towards the neck. My 2016 as you say has the painted black bridge with the bridge mounted a bit more forward so the saddle ends up routed in the middle. I find the black painted bridge to look cheaper. The Indonesian 2016 has more of the correct shape Gibson neck heel to it. If the internal bracing changes you state, to me then on my 2 examples not for the better tone wise. Both guitars are well constructed, tone wise miles apart. I own Gibson's and the 2009 MIC Texan sounds very much in the same tone range of my 64 J45. The same no, but in the Gibson camp midrange acoustic tone yes. This guitar is voiced very Gibson family like. My 2016 MII Texan sounds like.........well what it is an import acoustic......kind of sharp sounding, voiced more in the Taylor type range nothing Gibson tone wise about it at all. It sounds like most other solid top import acoustics. I have played many of the IB Texans since they came out and every one I have played sounds in the tone range of my 2016. I travel for work so wanted a nice acoustic for the road and found a the 2016 as a level 2 from MF at a good price, so bought it. I actually got the 2009 back in 2010 same thing as a level 2 return someone did not want. That guitar cost me less than the burst 2016, but is the keeper of all my low end gear. The 2016 a nice road guitar and fine for what it is but compared to the 2009 not even in the same league. Just goes to show how much the wood pile varies and guitar vs guitar.
  8. Red you are correct on what you are saying: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/gibson-les-pauls/190712-tell-me-about-gibson-p100s.html My point is they use P90 bobbins to wind these PUs and they look like stacked P90s with the covers stripped off = size and shape of 2 stacked P90s. The P90 and the real Epiphone Mini by happy chance both fit in the same P90 route = All those LPs with Epiphone minis dropped into the P90 routes. The thing that is in the Lennon is just what the spec used to say a "MINI" HB = As in strat size stacked Mini. I had mine out years ago and sent to Duncan to rewind. I remember the emails, which I still have, at the time back and forth asking me what did I pull this from and how did I want them to rewind it and magnets to use. None of the Epiphone EJ160Es I have seen, mine, my bandmates etc...... use the P90 size bobbins, or is P90 in size. They were Mini HBs and they were made by Epiphone or their vendors, but they are not anything like a real Epiphone/Gibson Mini HB or Gibson P100 other than being some kind of Mini HB made by Epiphone. That was my point. I don't know if this new EJ160E has a P100, but the old ones sure did not.
  9. A real P100 is 2 P90s stacked to make a HB. The old EJ160E and the one I own is some kind on mini hb as they said in the specs and in no way a P100 like used on the old Gibson J160E standards before the swap back to the P90 as it should be. I played Gibson J160E standards with the P100s. My standard is a 2008 with the P90 so I have seen them both ways. Curious to see when someone gets one of these if it really is a P100 (at least an Epiphone P100 clone of 2 of their stacked P90s) or the same mini hb that was in the Lennon sig.
  10. Looks like they are finally doing it in the correct scale. I know several of us had asked Epiphone for this in the past, if so this would be nice upgrade and available in Natural very nice also.
  11. I am a middle PU strat player or neck. Never thought of rewiring them just have to make a conscious effort when changing to my strats to pay attention to what my right hand is doing for a bit then all good. I am 85% a Gibson guy.........but still like my strats and use them for certain things.
  12. HA! Saw you ordered from Sweetwater? Guess their 55 points did not catch that either! I have been hit or miss with them through the years on guitars. 2 had major problems though to their credit offered to make it right........but both were so obvious had they really done the 55 point thing would have caught them at the time and pointed that out to them. Like their business model and the last one I ordered got everything right so still a customer when they have something I can get from them spend my money there when possible.
  13. I still do when I go from my Gibson acoustics to the Texan or my old AJ-500 but get used to it right away. I have all the same string gauges on my acoustics 12-53s. My electrics I have to think more about when first changing as palm damping on the strat is different because of the bridge and have to move my hand up a bit not to knock the volume knob and turn myself down.
  14. I own an IB Texan and am still happy with that. If I was in the market for this price range acoustic again and the new MB was available at the time I had bought my Texan would pay the extra $ for the MB over the Texan. More lively and can feel the body and the wood vibrate like a solid wood acoustic should. Plus the same feel or tension as my Gibsons.
  15. You get used to it right away when you play. Like going between my Strats and Gibsons it is there and they feel different. One is not better than the other. The string tension for the same gauge strings on both will be less on a shorter scale just the laws of physics.
  16. The AJ-45-MEs are finally at the Sam Ash and GC by me and played them at both. They are much shallower than a real Gibson J-XX by at least 1/4" or more, and still have the wrong shape to the bottom lower bout still kind of rounded like the old AJ-500s instead of flat across the bottom like a real J-45. Still have that strange Masterbuilt side/rim bracing from the bottom to the top like nothing I have ever seen in any Gibson I own, have owned or ever played. ( I think I might have seen that top bottom bracing in the old Gibson/Garrison acoustic line?) They are voiced nothing like a real J-45 and to me this model sounds voiced more in the Taylor tone range. Not a bad guitar but nothing to be billed or labeled with the J-45 name = apples and oranges. Oh well figured they would not really put out a J-45 for this price..........that would be the role Gibson has for the J-35 (affordable acoustic line that or the J-15 in walnut) Being at GC I was able to play multiple guitars right after the Epiphone AJ-45 so grabbed a real Gibson J-45, J-35, and grabbed some Taylors also. I also grabbed an IB Texan and the Masterbuilt has it over that one in pure acoustic guitar tone in it being all solid wood though IMO the Texan is voiced more along the lines of a Gibson with the strong Midrange honk and not the shiny high and low end thing. So a nice guitar for the money and I'm sure the finish most here say they don't like can be buffed to a nice shine as I had done on my AJ-500-ME burst that came out well. Anyway just my opinion/review for those who do not live in or near big cities and don't have a place to compare the named guitars one after another in the same place and have to rely on on-line ordering unseen or played. Again a nice guitar for what it is and a good value, but do not expect in any way for it to sound like or resemble in construction the Gibson J-45 it is named after. If you are in the market for a nice guitar and don't care about the Gibson voicing and trying to decide between the Texan or new MB I think it is worth the added $ over the Texan in pure acoustic guitar tone. Plus it is the correct Gibson scale and feels it over the Texan = not as stiff and lower string tension.
  17. You are thinking of the OLD 90s very early 2000s Riviera's with the full size HB's. You would have to route a correct version Riviera as they are supposed to have minis. My Peerless from 2004 had the correct minis. Would like to see a correct version back again always available as it is like the Casino an Epiphone only model.
  18. Agree sold both of mine (an Elitist and standard to finance more Gibson's) Would like to see it back and just labeled a P94 (did not buy mine for the Valensi connection) Epiphone has done the limited run stuff like 61 and 62 reissues, and has had some nice hollow bodies every few years like the 355, 345. Nice if they would continue the trend and do a year long run of one or a couple a year. The P94 would be a nice one again A 345 stop bar in Burst Really need a correct Riviera offered to us again in both stop bar and freq. versions, like the Casino an Epiphone only model and always should be in the HB line
  19. If only owning one and can afford it Gibson is the way to go. On the Sheraton might want to wait for the Sheraton II Pro that disappeared from the site with the upgraded PUs and coil tap.(Spring release maybe?) The stock Sheraton has the old Epiphone PUs so when you are done swapping stuff closer to price of the Gibson anyway.
  20. I had both versions the Elitist and the standard line. Really nice guitar! Enjoy.
  21. The AJ500s are/were a mixed bag. The very thin construction that contributes to the tone also caused some to really shift around/hump and crack........as mine did and it was stored humidified with my Gibsons. I would warn any buyer only buy if the opportunity to play first........and then an old stock one so you know the wood had settled-stabilized, really check well for any cracks or top or bridge humping and random buzzing from loose or not seated braces.
  22. Different plants are using different CAD programs to make the guitars. I have seen the AJ500 Masterbuilts in the shapes you have mentioned. Mine is a 2006 AJ500ME is a bean shaped one...........same body shape as the Peerless EJ160E used.........Epiphone used the same CAD program for the IB Texans. My EJ160E from the Peerless plant is identical in body shape to my IB Texan. The newer Indonesian EJ160E's are closer in shape to the real Gibson version. Different plants different CAD programs being used............Epiphone should really update their files. The old AJ45s (1998-2000?) made by Peerless was identical in shape/scale to my Gibson J45. I would guess the contract plants and even Epiphone's own use what files Epiphone tells them to for what guitar. Kind of annoying but then again an Epiphone and not a Gibson.......if you want a Gibson buy a Gibson.......Epiphones are a good value but they are what they are.
  23. Since you bought it "new" and have the receipt see if Epiphone will fix the issues under warranty........if not back to MF with the thing! That is the route I would try. You should have enough time with the 45 day MF/GC return policy to get an answer from Epiphone first.
  24. If you have an Epiphone dealer you can get a set of Lennon IB P90s........I have ordered several sets in the past.
  25. No not normal and unacceptable for a new guitar. Return it for another.
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