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Still thrashing around on a project for the winter. Got a set of mini humbuckers that need a home, and I want a maestro vibrola, so I'm looking for a donor carcass. I'm wondering if there is a difference between an Epi Junior neck and an Epi Special neck, either physically or quality wise. If I were real smart, I'd just get a 50th ann. Sheraton, but that's just too easy, and this project is another one of my "see how inexpensively I can do this" ones. Any help? Thanks.

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Funny you should mention that thought, I've been looking at Tele thinline modifieds (semi hollow). My only concern would be the post spacing on the pickups I have and going to a Fender spacing. Besides, I already have a Hot Rod clone Tele.

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I'm wondering if there is a difference between an Epi Junior neck and an Epi Special neck, either physically or quality wise.... Any help?

How ya doing Tweed?

Hope all is well.

 

Are you talking about a Special I-P90 or a Special II with humbuckers?

I bought a Special II for my grandson. It just happens to be at my house for a string change.

I also have a Epi Jr. that I bought for $20. Maybe you recall the "Rebuild a $20 Beater" threads I posted. They are listed in A.F's DIY in his first post.

 

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76854-beater-guitar-part-2/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76896-beater-guitar-part-3/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76958-beater-guitar-part-4/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/77220-beater-guitar-part-5/

 

I compared the two for you using wire to check neck radius and circumference. By both measurement and feel I could find no significant difference.

What small difference I did find I would attribute to manufacturing date and place.

I have not had the opportunity to try a Special I-P90 so I can not speak of that.

 

Quality wise, I see no difference between the Special II and the Junior. They are both entry level. I do consider them to be quality built for entry level.

They also make good mod guitars if you can get them used for a reasonable price.

They are better still, if you have some of the upgrades (like pickups and parts) lying around. I did.

 

Personally, I prefer the Special II simply for the two pickups and bridge as opposed to the Junior's wrap around tailpiece.

 

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The biggest drawback to any of them is the economy tuners which, in my opinion, are poor at best.

Additionally, keep in mind that you will need adapter rings if you are going to replace hums with mini-hums.

 

Keep us up to date on what you decide.

 

Willy

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Funny you should mention that thought, I've been looking at Tele thinline modifieds (semi hollow). My only concern would be the post spacing on the pickups I have and going to a Fender spacing. Besides, I already have a Hot Rod clone Tele.

 

Fit the Tele with a LP bridge and the Vibrola then the pole spacing would be fine.

 

Actually had one like it in my old local pub (Gibson scale length as well) - played really nice too.

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Fit the Tele with a LP bridge and the Vibrola then the pole spacing would be fine.

 

Actually had one like it in my old local pub (Gibson scale length as well) - played really nice too.

Hadn't thought about avoiding the spacing issue by changing the bridge. Interesting idea. I'd have to see if there's enough room for one, but that's easy, I'll just measure my hot rod clone. Thanks.

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How ya doing Tweed?

Hope all is well.

 

Are you talking about a Special I-P90 or a Special II with humbuckers?

I bought a Special II for my grandson. It just happens to be at my house for a string change.

I also have a Epi Jr. that I bought for $20. Maybe you recall the "Rebuild a $20 Beater" threads I posted. They are listed in A.F's DIY in his first post.

 

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76854-beater-guitar-part-2/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76896-beater-guitar-part-3/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/76958-beater-guitar-part-4/

http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/77220-beater-guitar-part-5/

 

I compared the two for you using wire to check neck radius and circumference. By both measurement and feel I could find no significant difference.

What small difference I did find I would attribute to manufacturing date and place.

I have not had the opportunity to try a Special I-P90 so I can not speak of that.

 

Quality wise, I see no difference between the Special II and the Junior. They are both entry level. I do consider them to be quality built for entry level.

They also make good mod guitars if you can get them used for a reasonable price.

They are better still, if you have some of the upgrades (like pickups and parts) lying around. I did.

 

Personally, I prefer the Special II simply for the two pickups and bridge as opposed to the Junior's wrap around tailpiece.

 

1001345i.jpg

 

The biggest drawback to any of them is the economy tuners which, in my opinion, are poor at best.

Additionally, keep in mind that you will need adapter rings if you are going to replace hums with mini-hums.

 

Keep us up to date on what you decide.

 

Willy

Things are going pretty good, actually, thanks. Whatever I choose to mod, it'll end up natural, that's for sure (Ya, I know, there's one in every crowd).

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