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Dissapointed with the Unsung factory.


Everdying

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well...i just got a G-1275...'07 from Unsung factory.

this being the 3rd epi i have from them...the other 2 being a 2002 Epi LP custom plus and 2005 Iommi SG.

 

those 2 were near perfect...i just wondered wtf happened til now...

 

check it out...they missed out putting a strap button on the back...

tho i guess thats a good thing so i can now put a button right between both necks or anywhere else i choose to without having an extra hole...

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check that wood chip in the cavity...

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file marks in front of each of the last 5 frets...

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there are a couple other finish flaws which i find it unacceptable coming from Unsung.

other than all that which dont affect playability...well...the 12-string is so so so beautiful :-#

 

tho i find the pickups to be abit dark sounding...must resist the temptation of putting EMGs into the 6-string neck...

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G'day Everdying,

 

Welcome to the Epi forum, hope you enjoy it mate.

 

Whilst there is a lot of support for the ""EE" serialed product from forum members, I'm not sure that QC overall is that wonderful yet with any of the manufactures supplying Epi. Without wishing to bore the socks off you, I might offer the following as an experience I had recently.

 

Certainly the advice to choose your guitar in person if you can which is repeated so many times in this forum, is the way to go can given that each one has it's own personality, and perhaps problems.

 

Recently after driving 4 hours to the retail outlet owned by the Epi importer in Melbourne I was surprised and disappointed to find that of the 4 finishes of Dots on display 3 had obvious problems and all were Qingdao production. The one that was good was a "blonde" and the finish looked bland, to be kind. Although I really couldn't afford it I then looked over the 3 Casinos on display only to find that 2 of them were crook also, and they were "EE" models.

I bought the third, a VS which was made in Korea by Unsung. Most problems were loose output sockets, not something I could fix on a hollowbody, and why should I after saving for the best part of a year to get a nice new guitar!

 

Even then I have since had to have 4 frets lifted and reseated, work carried out by a luthier as where I bought the guitar is just too far away to chase warranty, and after seeing how display stock was left with obvious problems I really can't have confidence in their commitment to Epiphone nor to respect them for the way they do business.

 

It seems that the overall experience is better than you and I have had but the lesson is that you can't simply trust that even an "EE" serial number will be perfect from new. Unfortunately my experience has soured me a little towards Epiphone which is a shame as they undoubtedly beautiful guitars when everything works as advertised, and I do love my Casino.

 

I guess that everybody's experience will be different, but it saddens me to see Epi go 99% of the way when a little more would get it right! The argument about lower prices does not wash with me in accepting faulty product, as they are not that cheap in this country anyway.

 

Good luck with your guitar mate.

 

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check it out...they missed out putting a strap button on the back...

tho i guess thats a good thing so i can now put a button right between both necks or anywhere else i choose to without having an extra hole...

 

check that wood chip in the cavity...

 

file marks in front of each of the last 5 frets...

 

Well, I guess everybody has an 'off' day. Usually QC would have flagged the omission of the strap button but it must have been Friday just before closing. If that happened to me I'd just have a little giggle over it and as you say, install my own. Maybe I'd bug the distributor to send a replacement.

 

Wood chips in the cavities happens a lot. Doesn't really constitute a 'flaw' since it's not normally visible nor does it affect the performance of the guitar.

 

Maybe you're starting to understand the difference in quality that marks an Epiphone as compared to a Gibson. I suppose you should just appreciate that it's only happened on one out of three guitars.

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the strap button gone was a favor!

the wiring is a mess.. I'd change all of that. Look at that green wire that loops around the other pot.. sheesh. snip it and solder it back on short.

 

black paint fixes the chip.

couldn't see your file marks pic, but that sucks.. they could have fixed that easy without hurting anything. Just shows how rushed they must be on the line in china.

the pickups I've used from epi all seemed to have a dark quality to the lows about them.

 

But I dig what you're saying, too. It's a shame.

A few flaws at the factory.. a couple hanging on the rack.. and you have some pretty serious disappointment building.

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couldn't see your file marks pic' date=' but that sucks.. they could have fixed that easy without hurting anything. Just shows how rushed they must be on the line in china.

 

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but this is a korean.

oh well, nothing that affects playability.

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I've been working for about five years now at a store that sells Epiphones and I've come to the following conclusion:

 

Seven out of ten Epis are OK, but may have minor, easily fixable, mostly cosmetic problems.

Two out of ten Epis have some sort of serious flaw.

One Epi in ten is really golden.

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