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Should Epiphone make an Elitist Alley Kat?


JefferySmith

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Epiphone has a lot of entries in the 335-sized Elitist series (Casino, Dot, Sheraton, Country thing, discontinued Riviera), but I think there is a market in the WildKat/AlleyKat size. Gibson recently released a 339 that is a diminutive ES 335, and Gretsch has made a few Jr-sized thin hollowbodies, like the Country Classic Jr.

 

I would like a WildKat/AlleyKat sized Elitist guitar with humbuckers (and PLEASE, not that ugly metal thing on the head), either with one or two cutaways.

 

Epiphone has enough Les Pauls and enough 335-sized guitars. How about a hybrid that is well-balanced, semi-hollow, and one that doesn't put wood in my armpit when I'm playing it on the sofa?

 

Am I alone here?

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Interesting idea but I don't see a big market for it. Truth is that the Kat series are highly underappreciated... excellent guitars in their own right and an indication of what Epiphone is capable of when they step out from Gibson's shadow.

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The Eastman guitar company now builds a thin semihollow in AlleyKat size (with two cutaways).

 

And, as for that metal headstock thingy...maybe they could put an alternate one in the box so those of us who shudder when we see it can swap it out.

 

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only fan of the smaller size. Maybe a WildKat would be a good intro to P90's for me. The price is certainly right.

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Hi Jeffrey, I assume you are referring to the El Rey guitars from Eastman. I've played a couple of them and they really are first rate instruments. The Chinese made Eastman's really are top tier guitars and are made with superb materials and craftsmanship. I have been able to fight off the El Rey GAS attacks but one of these days I will fold. I own two Eastman's a Custom Shop 910 ce and an 810ce and they are fantastic in every way. Seek one out and you will be greatly rewarded.

Svet

 

 

 

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I'm referring to their double-cut thinline models. I've been having an email conversation with Jeff Hale (my go-to guy for some of the better, offbeat guitars...a top-notch guy), and he's really opened my eyes to the Eastmans. Who would have thought that China would start making HAND MADE fine guitars with lacquer finishes in this day and age? It's what Epiphone should have done (not so much the hand-made, but the lacquer finishes).

 

And I have to admit that I like the classic brown finishes. I bought an Aria LP guitar just because of its rootbeer finish.

 

So here's my second request to Epiphone in the past 24 hours...how about a nice rootbeer or caramel burst finish on your guitars? The caramel burst finishes on Washburn guitars make my mouth water.

 

There's a review of the thin Eastmans in the March, 2008 Guitarist issue. They definitely like them!

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