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What was your first Epiphone Guitar, and Why?

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First Epi : '99 AJ18-SNA acoustic. Mrs. Fuelish bought it for me due to my old old OLD Harmony electric's "death" in moving south, and she wanted to see me get back into playing - amazingly, she indulges me and listens to me dredging up all sorts of old favorites, especially now that I've gotten the Std+ honeyburst LP ........ re-perfecting Mick Ronson's Angel No. 9, at the moment. R.I.P Mick :)

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First one i got was an ES-335 in cherry Birthday gift in 1968

As for why i showed my dad the kind i wanted for my next guitar..

Not that i got it that year ,i was a bad boy,he had it, i didn`t get it for two years...

wished i still had it too, burned up in a fire.

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I purchased my first Epiphone in 1966 or 1967 in Huntsville Alabama. I is an Texan model FT79 serial number 096418, it was in Kalamazoo Michigan. I still have it. I was told that the 0 serial meant it was made in 1965. It is the star-burst style, not the blond one.

 

I resently purchased a Epiphone Joe Pass from a very well know music store here in Mobile Alabama. It has the joe Pass pick guard and rod bold cover, but it says Emperor II on the inside sticker, but has N/A where the serial number is on my old Epiphone. The serial number is I06012468, and was made in Korea. The serial number is on the back on the head.

 

If anyone knows were you look up serial number I would appreciate it.

 

Thanks,

Sparkie Waller

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Hi All,

I've enjoyed reading your posts. So I thought I'd join up and type something myself. And ask questions later :-)

 

Sometime around 1986 (maybe 87) I bought my first Epiphone. I should say my parents bought it to be honest.

 

It is a Korean-made or possibly Japanese, late 80's pearly white S-800. I think. Unfortunately, the rather flimsy golden layer on the sticker with the model ID (or was it Made in...?) has worn off long ago. And I don't remember a manual or booklet at all. Just a half a page instruction on how to adjust the neck, that doesn't even mention Epiphone. :)

I liked it because it looked modern (yes it did at the time, to me at least) and it played far better than any other I had tried then (in the same mild price range of course). And it sounded way better also. I still like it.

Here's a picture.

 

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Don´t really know much about it in the way of type of wood or pickups. I don't think the model was a great succes, as there is not too much information available on it on the net. Or pictures. I do recall being told that Epi copied the design of the headstock from Carvin (?) and had to change it rather soon.

I have seen pictures of a similar Epi model in white with a more rounded off headstock. (Ironically, not unlike the one Carvin currently uses on their Bolt models nowadays, as I discovered just now).

I saw what appeared to be the same model on a picture in the "family album" post (tucked away in the back in a group of about 20 guitars, albeit in the middle).

 

Recently I finally bought a LP model Epi. It's a Custom EX Prophecy. And it's beautiful! (Again no booklets though... luckily it's name is clearly printed on it this time :-D )

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Well, that's quite enough for now...

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My first Epi guitar was a bass. A cherry red EBM-5 with gold hardware. It's what got me hooked on Epiphones.

 

My actual first Epi guitar was a late 80's or early 90's (cant remember) Epi strat with 3 single coils. I bought it because I wanted an electric guitar and I found it used at a local guitar shop. I loaned it to a friend and he broke the headstock. I missed it dearly until I got a Squire Strat standard with Alnicos. Now, not so much. Funny thing, last year I went to that same guitar store after not playing guitar for years (decided to start playing again) and found a near mint '94 G-310 for $130. I knew it was the one for me within minutes. I swear, that place calls to me when I'm looking for a cheap but good used guitar. There has been a couple others, but they werent Epis.

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My first Epi guitar was a Viola bass. Played with the bass for a few years, now it hardly sees the light of day. Sad.

 

First Epi guitar is a 2003 Casino purchased about three years ago. Was looking for an electric that would be easy on my middle-aged back; also, wanted a guitar that sounded good without amplification when that is needed. It's association with The Beatles was a plus.

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First Epi : '99 AJ18-SNA acoustic. Mrs. Fuelish bought it for me due to my old old OLD Harmony electric's "death" in moving south' date=' and she wanted to see me get back into playing - amazingly, she indulges me and listens to me dredging up all sorts of old favorites, especially now that I've gotten the Std+ honeyburst LP ........ re-perfecting Mick Ronson's [i']Angel No. 9[/i], at the moment. R.I.P Mick [-(

 

RSDx; Yeh buddy! Mick Ronson's version of "Angel No. 9" rocks. :-k He's really got that wah-wah thang goin' in that song. I think it's much better than the original done by Pure Prairie League. Yes, he's sorely missed. His version

of "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" is great, too; and the stuff he did with Ian Hunter on Ian's 1st self titled solo album.

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I drooled over Epiphones when I was a kid. The music store where I took guitar lessons was an Epi dealer. As bad as I wanted an Epi, I ended up with a Harmony. Later, about 1992, I bought a close out sale Gibson LP Studio in Wine Red. I always wanted a flametop but wouldn't even think about spending the money. When I saw the Epi LP custom flametop, I had to have one. Bought it last year.

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My first (and only to this point) is my 2000 Alleykat in Cherry Sunburst. I had owned a couple of other semi-hollowbodies, like the Artcore AF75, but I really wanted something with better upper fret access and a slightly thinner body. I actually tried a G*bson ES-137 which sounded great, but I didn't like the neck on the Classic (too thick for my taste).

 

I tried an Alleykat and really liked the slender neck, nice flamey top and NY humbucker in the neck position, which really adds a nice dimension to the standard neck humbucker sounds. It's also nice to have a master volume; I can set the individual pickup volume levels and forget 'em, and use the MV to dirty up or clean up the sound as I please. It's also a great size for a smaller guy such as myself; the body size is in between an ES-335 and an LP.

 

I just added a Bigsby B7, and this has become one of my favorites to play.

 

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