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Digger

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Went to Melbourne on Friday to look for a semi, at that stage I was thinking Dot. The dealer here is the retail arm of the Gibson/Epi importer and so I thought there would be multiple examples and finishes to consider.

 

When I got there I realised that they had one of each finish in each model and that it was a "dogs dinner" of manufacturing sources, i.e. DW, EE, U etc. I had my heart set on a guitar sourced from Quindao after all the good comments on this forum.

 

Picked up the first Dot and started going over it to find that the output socket was already loose, so I put it back. The second Dot was the same. At this stage I had run out of my two colour choices and so I picked up a "blonde" which seemed alright, but to say that I was extremely disappointed with the acoustic performance was an understatement.

 

O.K. I cant afford a Casino but while I'm here I'd better have a look at one anyway. Giving it a look over the first thing I noticed was an obvious"woof" in the neck....I couldn't believe it! The 3 guitars I had picked up with problems were all "EE" serial numbers! I picked up another Casino "DW" this time and yet again another loose output socket and by now I was becoming a little agitated.... I mean 4 hours each way is a fair commitment.

 

Last try, a VS Casino, she was breathtaking! Went over everything , neck, string height, switches, intonation, machine heads, binding, f hole finish and concluded that this one was a keeper. Had a good play and it sounded fine too so I thought even though $300 more than I had intended to spend, this was my guitar. She wasn't the "EE" that I originally sought, she was Korean with a "U" prefix...but that ain't bad anyway.

 

So two points, 4/7 guitars I tried were crook, 3 of those were "EE" prefix. It may be that stock has been picked over leaving mainly the problematic guitars or it may be that the "EE" origin enjoys a reputation beyond what it deserves, or maybe I was just unlucky??

 

Secondly, without all the knowledge, advice and experience I have absorbed from you, the members of the Epi Electric forum, I could have easily bought a lemon! So please when you dispense good advice please know that the sharing is appreciated and is put to good use by those of us that are less experienced than yourselves.

 

I want o thank you all for putting me in a position of knowing how to identify a good guitar from one with problems and let you know that from first hold of this guitar it has been love at first sight! Dig.

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I had a wall full of Epi's to choose from at Guitar Center in Austin and the EE dot was the best of the bunch. So far they've been good from what I've seen but there are good and bad from all factories.

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I would have to concur with you on that "U" epi. It took me over 3 hours to decide which Epi LP to get. I went through a wall of Epi LPs at Guitar Center in Totowa, New Jersey. Tried out the Standards, Ultra, Ultra II, and even the $800 Gibson LPs. Then I saw an Epi LP hanging high up out of reach on the used guitars wall. Had a store hand reach it for me and plugged it in. Check the whole thing out from top to bottom and back again. And for the price I got for it, it just made sense to me to pick this "U" Korean-made Epi LP Standard Plus-Top. The Ultra and Ultra IIs were very desirable but they were about $200 more.

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