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So, what is your DREAM "Epiphone!"

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We haven't done this, for awhile. So....what's your Dream Epi? One you have, or want/covet, one you may

never get, but would LOVE to?

 

I have mine, already. My AIUSA Sheraton II. I only wish (now), that I had bought 2, the one I have, and

a "natural" with frequensator.

 

I DO wish Epiphone would make a Sheraton, Riviera (mini-humbucker version) with pre 1970 Kalamazoo spec's,

(Headstock shapes, Gibson Truss rod, and 2 hole Truss rod covers, etc.), in several different colors.

Natural, Vintage Cherry, Sunburst, Black, and Dark Walnut! With other "custom" colors available, by special

order with only a reasonable surcharge, of maybe 20%.

 

So, what are YOUR Dream Epi's?

 

CB

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It's two. First is my Elitist Casino. Only mod was to add a Bigsby (see avatar)

Second, is my modded Dot (changed the p/u's, pots, wiring, switches, etc. after a year or so) then added a Bibsby. This guitar does it all.

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My dream Epi is one I've already had... and SOLD! I had one of the original koa '58 Flying V's! It was a great guitar and I sold it to pay some bills. I have regretted it every day since(about five years!) I used to love bringing it to my jazz gigs just to see people's faces! Not only that but, it was a great guitar for jazz... what a tone! I love the '58 - '59 style with the delta tailpiece and the three in line knobs! I paid $300 for it new! Fortunately, I have some video of me playing it and it's also on a recording or two! If I can ever afford another...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL834vnGlR4

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My current dream guitar, the Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue In White....................

 

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[scared] In the beginning Epiphone introduced a lot of classic Hollow and Semi-Hollow Body designs. Also several unique Solid Body guitars that were easily recognized apart from Gibson. One thing most of them had was the large Epiphone "E" on them that usually denotes an original Epiphone design..

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I don’t really have a ‘dream’ guitar - but if I did, it would be a Martin, and I already own it.

 

But if we limit ourselves to what could theoretically be built in QingDao, and if it were possible to custom-order at a reasonable price, I would order like this:

 

Based on a Sheraton, but the neck 3-piece ‘mahogany’ rather than maple (with two maple veneer between the ‘mahogany’). Thinnest possible poly finish. Fralin Humbuckers, Bourns sealed pots, Switchcraft switch/jack. Faber hardware, with hardened steel bushings. Tusq or bone nut. Schaller ST-6K tuners. Simpler headstock. Split parallelogram inlay. Thinner laminate (3-layer? Probably not possible). Jack on the side. Access hatch on the back to get to the wiring harness.

 

That would do it for me.

 

Steven

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The four I have right now pretty much do it for me (3 Terada, 1 Kalamazoo).

 

But if I allow myself to dream a little bit:

 

A Terada made short-scale Elitist Byrdland, with the following changes:

> 16 frets clear of the body.

> One floating P90-type pickup.

> Early '60s Epi headstock shape.

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Made in Japan?

 

CB

 

Yes sir, it sure was.

FT-145, from 1976 if I recall correctly.

 

Felt just right, and I sat and thought on it too long.

When I went back to get it, the thing was gone.

 

[unsure]

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Here's mine: Elitist Broadway. It's as close to an L-5 as I ever need to get. It actually plays and sounds better than some Gibsons I've played.

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Blue P93 , yes , soon , this year , maybe , well , everyone has hopes and dreams . Yes , I do believe that :)

 

 

:) well , hopefully :)

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In terms of investment, I wish I'd gone out and bought a handful of IBJL Casinos and put them in the spare room. This thought did occur to me when they were new and available. From what I can see, for Chinese manufactured Epis, they now go for silly money on eBay and Reverb.

 

Saw one on Reverb recently for $1000. And that was a refurbished one with a headstock with the "Used" stamp! Had been played a fair bit, too. It seemed to sell quickly. "Mint" ones go for crazy money.

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In terms of investment, I wish I'd gone out and bought a handful of IBJL Casinos and put them in the spare room. This thought did occur to me when they were new and available. From what I can see, for Chinese manufactured Epis, they now go for silly money on eBay and Reverb.

 

Saw one on Reverb recently for $1000. And that was a refurbished one with a headstock with the "Used" stamp! Had been played a fair bit, too. It seemed to sell quickly. "Mint" ones go for crazy money.

 

Interesting , I do have a IBJL Casino and , that being said , the thing is a truly spectacular electric guitar . I can't say much more about that , than that :) I wonder ? how much it might fetch . I have played it only a few hours , if that as I do play the P93 Rivieras , well , all the time :) hmm , I wonder . I have other Casinos , hmm . It is too nice of an electric guitar to let go , well that is what I think about that , presently , what do you believe about that ? msp_mellow.gifmsp_glare.gifeusa_think.gifeusa_think.gifmsp_glare.gif

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I like to post photos , as well as play these things . I don't believe anyone minds if I do just that :) :)

peace :)

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Hmm...having said that, among the ones at silly prices, there are still ones for sale at around $900:

 

https://reverb.com/item/8823915-epiphone-casino-inspired-by-john-lennon-2014-vintage-sunburst-sd-antiquity-p90-pickups

 

Perhaps I'd have needed to hang on to those IBJLs I never bought for a few more years, yet!

 

But I buy guitars to play and enjoy, not as investments, so this is all hypothetical!

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So....what's your Dream Epi?

 

After acquiring numerous fine Epiphones, I finally got the dreamy one....

 

Masterbilt EF500RAVS.

 

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Sonically spectacular, too!

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I'm currently saving up for the Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX in Black Cherry...it's like Epi's answer to the Gibson Les Paul Supreme-except I'm head over heels for the Prophecy! msp_love.gif

I can't wait to get my hands on it, hopefully sometime later this year eusa_dance.gif

 

We haven't done this, for awhile. So....what's your Dream Epi? One you have, or want/covet, one you may

never get, but would LOVE to?

 

I have mine, already. My AIUSA Sheraton II. I only wish (now), that I had bought 2, the one I have, and

a "natural" with frequensator.

 

I DO wish Epiphone would make a Sheraton, Riviera (mini-humbucker version) with pre 1970 Kalamazoo spec's,

(Headstock shapes, Gibson Truss rod, and 2 hole Truss rod covers, etc.), in several different colors.

Natural, Vintage Cherry, Sunburst, Black, and Dark Walnut! With other "custom" colors available, by special

order with only a reasonable surcharge, of maybe 20%.

 

So, what are YOUR Dream Epi's?

 

CB

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bring back the Regents, and -- use less wood on the head stocks, don't need to be used to paddle a canoe..

 

I prefer the smaller headstocks too. I was really interested in getting a 339 but couldn't get past the large headstock. Wish they would put something like the Wildkat style headstock on the 339.

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The standard issue 339 head-stocks are still SMALL when compared to the Regent, Broadway and Sheraton headstocks.

 

I bought one of the last prod runs Regents in 2010. I do like that one.. Plan to hold on to it. They can be hard to come by.

 

I also have a 2012 broadway that's been listed a few times on eBay,, apparently, the interested "window shoppers" are waiting for me to GIVE it away

it's a great player, but just not getting much use in my crib.

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Yes, I too much prefer the old (Kalamazoo) type headstocks, on Sheraton guitars. The earlier, more Gibson like,

or the later one, prior to 1970, when they went overseas. We can hope/dream, they'll bring those back, I guess?

[tongue][unsure]

 

CB

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After acquiring numerous fine Epiphones, I finally got the dreamy one....

 

Masterbilt EF500RAVS.

 

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Sonically spectacular, too!

beautiful , yes , that is what I do believe about that :)

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The headstocks on the AIUSA Sheratons are a real thing of beauty, imho.

 

Perfect size, shape, & inlays.

 

Although similar overall, there are clear differences in execution.

 

Of course, the same could be said of the whole guitar. After drooling repeatedly over CB's, I happened to have come across a near mint 2000 sunburst w//Frequensator a number of years ago, and it will never be sold. Incredible feel & workmanship on the fingerboard - your fingers virtually float over it.

 

Anyone having the opportunity to sample one of these should absolutely check it out.

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I DO wish Epiphone would use that AIUSA headstock, on ALL Sheraton models. But, then again, "I" wish they'd do the

correct spec's, down to the 2 hole TRC, and Gibson truss rod. They're making really nice Chinese, Korean, and Indonesian

examples, so I don't really care, that much, WHERE they're made. Only that they be spec correct, to the originals.

But, again, that's just ME! [tongue][biggrin]

 

CB

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