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Joe90

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Hi, everybody! I am completely unknowledgeable when it comes to electric guitars so please bear with my ignorance. I bought a used Epiphone -- I'm not sure if it was second hand or more -- and there have been some changes done to it. I've done some research on the 'net but the information I've found seems contradictory.

 

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From the serial number, it appears to have been made at the Korean Unsung factory in March 2007.

 

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It is marked "Custom Shop" and I'm curious as to what makes this Dot different from others. You can see that the last owner installed some Grover locking tuners...

 

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A TonePros Tune-O-Matic bridge... And added a stop tail-piece that converted the guitar from a vibrato to fixed bridge configuration. Note the hole from the previous tailpiece...

 

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I can't find information about any Dots coming with anything but a fixed tail piece.

 

If this really is some sort of Custom Shop Dot that anybody can identify? I really like the guitar, and I'm not too concerned about what it is or isn't but I'd like to have a bit of knowledge about it, especially concerning what would have been original specs. If you have any advice on what could be upgraded to make playing a more pleasant/fun experience as I grow into this guitar I'm all ears.

 

Thanks!

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My take is that this is a regular Dot.

The custom shop designation more than likely because of the gold hardware.

The bigsby would not have been factory, or the stop piece would not be there.

Late Korean model should be ok with electronics.

 

 

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What makes it different from others is that it now belongs to youmsp_smile.gif. Play itmsp_thumbup.gif, looks like a nice guitarcool.gif. You got a great guitar for a "complete novice". I didn't have a nice guitar like that in my "novice" years. msp_unsure.gif. Again, looks nice. I'm not sure what makes it a "custom shop" guitar. I think Epiphone uses that designation and "stamp" on the back of the head stock (the "limited edition/custom shop" stamp, like my avatard) on many guitars that aren't all that particularly special, custom or unique. Why, well I have no idea, other than it looks cool and if you go to sell it, you can possibly tell the potential purchaser "look, it's a "custom shop" guitar, limited edition" (even though there's 10's of thousands of them)...lol. Maybe you can talk the potential purchaser into giving you more $ for it...it is, after all, a "custom shop" guitar...loleusa_think.gifrolleyes.gif Me, I'd just play it. eusa_boohoo.gifmsp_wink.gif

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My take is that this is a regular Dot.

The custom shop designation more than likely because of the gold hardware.

The bigsby would not have been factory, or the stop piece would not be there.

Late Korean model should be ok with electronics.

 

Epi's Custom Shop doesn't exist, per se. They do runs periodically with different colours and hardware, etc. The gold hardware and quite possibly a factory Bigsby as well as the black colour is probably why this guitar was designated Limited Edition.

 

I owned an Epi LP classic quilt top, trans amber with black hardware. It was a Custom Shop Limited Edition. Just different options.

 

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Thanks, Guys!

 

Good information. Sounds like "Custom Shop" in the Epiphone line is interchangeable with "Limited Edition" or "Special Tourist Price."

 

I think that I got lucky with this guitar as it was a real bargain -- so much so that I paid the asking price and didn't bother to haggle. It pretty much dropped into my lap.

 

I'm certain that I will never sell this guitar because I have a superstition about selling musical instruments. If you've read Flann O'Brien or Victor Hugo -- or know what Simony is -- you'll know what I'm talking about. If I ever outgrow it I will gift it to someone.

 

Or give it a Viking Funeral. [wink]

 

Thanks again.

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There is something weird about the location of the stop bar though, much lower than standard : I've never seen an original stop bar on an Epi or Gibson that far away from the bridge. Could be the Bigsby was original from a limited run and the stop bar added.

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There is something weird about the location of the stop bar though, much lower than standard : I've never seen an original stop bar on an Epi or Gibson that far away from the bridge. Could be the Bigsby was original from a limited run and the stop bar added.

 

Yes, there was originally a Bigsby on it. As you can see in the 4th photo above, there is a hole just behind the stop piece. I gather that the previous owner chose to use the Bigsby holes for the new stop. It's chrome and kind of sticks out amongst all the gold finished hardware.

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Yes, there was originally a Bigsby on it. As you can see in the 4th photo above, there is a hole just behind the stop piece. I gather that the previous owner chose to use the Bigsby holes for the new stop. It's chrome and kind of sticks out amongst all the gold finished hardware.

 

Don't worry all that gold finish eventually wears off anyway. <_<

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  • 3 weeks later...

I met a guy who bought one of these brand new in 2007. The Bigsby came stock, hence the "Custom Shop" designation.

 

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I won't bother putting a Bigsby on it to take it back to original, but I'm going to replace the oddly placed fixed tail with a trapeze.

 

EDIT: Here it is with a trapeze tail with a decal covering the repaired holes...

 

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