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i have and Play my favorite epiphone ever , a joe bonnamassa goldtop , it is as close to a 1959 les paul as you can get with out the $200,000 price tag , it is just like the 1959 LP standard tribute epiphone

i also play this guitar on a new song by Hip hop Group Funkdoobiest

called CALIFORNIA FUNK (YOU TUBE) i play all the music on that song , and i have my epiphone bonamassa sounding like a strat.. [thumbup] (slinky strings)

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I really enjoy the acoustics. Older the better for me. I love the way the aged wood has a boomy sound. For the money, I can't think of a better guitar. Currently I'm trying out an LP standard and it's a lot of fun, so my opinion may change but the jumbo bodied older Epis are what I play out with mostly.

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If we go by all the classifieds then seemingly it's any Epi built in Korea because they're SO much better quality than anything from Japan or China - apparently!

 

On a more serious note - are we talking Pre or Post GIbson Epiphone guitars cos there's a huge difference.

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I'd rather say what is my favorite, rather than opine over what is best. I play and Epi SG-400 Korean made, which I picked up a couple of years ago second hand. I replaced the pups with a Duncon JB bridge and Dimarzio PAF neck. I love the SG neck and found that the Epi plays better than the Gibson 1972 SG Special I used to have (but which got ripped off from my house years ago). The Gibson had P90s and a great sound, but I am happy with my Epi.

 

However, my go to guitar for playing live is my Epi Genesis Pro. I got the blue one (convinced my wife to let me buy it 'cause it's pretty, heh). I figured I would have to upgrade the pups, but after playing it for a few days I realized that would not be necessary. I really like the pro-buckers and see no need to swap them out. I like both smooth, jazzy sounds, and lots of dirt, and the Genesis does them both great. The Geni seems like a hybrid with an SG neck and a Les Paul type thicker body, though with a better cutaway for getting those high frets. Love that guitar so much I'm thinking of getting another one and putting P90s in, just for variety. Only thing missing is a Floyd Rose, so I am thinking about getting one of these http://www.stetsbar.com/.

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I'd have to say that my Elitist Casino (avatar) is my "go to" followed by my (highly modded) Dot, then Wildkat, then Gibby LP and so on.

 

If acoustic, then my Masterbilt AJ500m, followed by my Ovation Elite LX

 

Edit: just re-read the thread title. Forget references to other makes, my preferences remain the same.

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I really enjoy the acoustics. Older the better for me. I love the way the aged wood has a boomy sound. For the money, I can't think of a better guitar. Currently I'm trying out an LP standard and it's a lot of fun, so my opinion may change but the jumbo bodied older Epis are what I play out with mostly.

 

Yeah, I've kind of drifted back to the acoustics for the most part. I think I've got a couple of the best non-cutaway EF Masterbuilts built. [smile] PNS and RAVS. Big tone makers....

 

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If we go by all the classifieds then seemingly it's any Epi built in Korea because they're SO much better quality than anything from Japan or China - apparently!

 

On a more serious note - are we talking Pre or Post GIbson Epiphone guitars cos there's a huge difference.

 

 

How do you know which ones where from Korea?

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The Japanese Epiphones are the same as Orvilles, but with a different name on the headstock. There is no comparison to anything built in Korea. The Japanese models have the correct headstock, correct body thickness, SAE hardware, 2-screw truss rod cover, and the correct headstock binding and overlays (on top of the headstock, not routed under the nut). The only real difference between a Japanese Epiphone and a Gibson, besides electronics, is the lack of nibs and the polyurethane coating. Also, LP customs and whatnot will still have rosewood fretboards in lieu of ebony.

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How do you know which ones where from Korea?

 

 

 

I would have agreed with you until I bought my Slash Rossa Corsa played the Gibson & Epiphone NO difference whatsoever besides the price tag..... And the Thayer blows my mind, probably because I'm a Duncan guy and it has two JB's and grovers over Kluson. I'd say (just my opinion of course) whoever Gibson is putting in charge of QC now is doing the job....

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