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Well, just got my new Dot, and judging by the last few hours I think this is the beginning of a very expensive habit ](*,)

 

So, where do you all (since you have more experience than me :D/ ) think I should go next? I'm a classic rocker and now have a semi-hollow in my arsenal (and the curse of being left handed), so any suggestions? I'm planning on getting a new amp soon (maybe a Epiphone Valve Junior Combo, not sure yet), and was wondering if you think I should set my sights on something new or get the Dot configured exactly how I dream of it being.

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...such begins a long, very expensive habit ](*,) I can hear my wallet gently weeping... (I need to cut the Beatles puns)

Edit: Also, are Seymoure Duncan SH-1s much different than their Gibson counterparts sound-wise? I know they're a lot cheaper:-"

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Get that Dot modified!!!

 

Oh, and if you buy any more Epiphones, check out the SG Iommi before the LP custom (the leftie model has a lot to be desired in terms of the gold hardware)....the Les Paul Standard or LP 100 are both good guitars, and of course...why not 2 archtops?

 

The Sheraton II.......doesn't she look nice?

 

EDIT: One advantage to being a lefite.....Epiphone has some models, but not so many you'll go broke over having excessive GAS.

 

Leftie models:

 

Les Paul Special II (Low end...but might make a nice project guitar...they're about to switch from cherry sunburst back to tobacco sunburst for the next production run on left-handed guitars.)

 

Les Paul 100 (I tried one of these out at a Guitar Center....for a bolt-on, it's a really nice guitar for the price, and the honey sunburst sort of grew on me. Although, I did manage to bust the .009 gauge string at the store. It's still considered a beginner's guitar, but it's higher end than the Special II.)

 

Les Paul Standard (I'd strongly recommend trying out multiple versions of this model. Some of them are junk, and some are steals. There's not a lot of consistency off the showroom floor. Part of it is setup, but that's not all there is to it.) There's also 2 variations....one I think comes in black (listed in musician's friend) and the other is a cherry sunburst...the sunburst models are good...if you can find the right one.

 

Les Paul Custom: The gold h/w gave me some fits, and the pickups sounded really muddy in this guitar. But once I slapped in some Burstbucker pros, great guitar....it's actually my workhorse, and the guitar I will go to shows with or when I'm playing out.

 

Iommi SG: The only signature model made for a leftie. I have yet to hear one bad review of this guitar. If you're playing the classic rock, and you want something that will give you a heavier tone than the Dot? This might be the ticket. (those cross fret markers and black h/w are pretty sick as well!)

 

Dot: You've got one. Have fun with it!

 

Sheraton II: The top archtop you can buy from Epiphone in a left handed model. Granted, you already have an archtop, but if gas gets really bad....

 

That's it. I hope Epiphone someday releases more of their archtop models in a left handed model (I'm kind of partial to the Zephyr), but for now it's still a great deal for the price. I also wouldn't mind a leftie goldtop....but eh, maybe someday...

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Roswell, I feel you pain mate, at the moment I have GAS REAL BAD!!!!!!, I'm looking at a Alleykat now boy I like them.

 

Just have to convince that spending the extra money with the Monister for everything is all good therapy for me hehehehehehe or is that I need Therapy :D .

 

I've just spent about 8 hours practising making up a couple of my own solo's boy are my fingers sore at the moment ](*,) .

 

I played all of my guitars, still have to set up the new ones properly but still had fun.

 

Chuck all the names of the guitars you like in a hat then pick out one and aim for that, then as you collect them you get the list smaller until you have your collection. =D>/

 

 

Cheers

 

RR

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"LP custom (the leftie model has a lot to be desired in terms of the gold hardware)"

 

what do you mean? it's going to be the equivalent of the hardware on the RH models...which many people

complain about because it wears off, same as the sheraton...

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"LP custom (the leftie model has a lot to be desired in terms of the gold hardware)"

 

what do you mean? it's going to be the equivalent of the hardware on the RH models...which many people

complain about because it wears off' date=' same as the sheraton...

 

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Yes...and no....

 

2 issues I had? The pups were stained, yes, STAINED by those stupid stickers they put on the pickups. They will look muddy where the adhesive was at its strongest and that will never change.

 

The bridge also left a lot to be desired. Until I got replacement parts, everything on that bridge rattled, and it was a nightmare to chase off fret buzz because in the upper registers I couldn't tell if it was the neck or that stupid bridge.

 

(In any case...I've dumped a lot of money into my left handed LP Custom. It's an OK guitar now that I HAVE dumped so much into it, but it's kind of sad that my used, 400 dollar Les Paul Standard, stock Epiphone pickups, stock everything except for the locking tuners is relative in value to that LP custom. The paint job is nice and all, but....)

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Nah' date=' I think the Elitist is close enough, and with a Gibson in the harem I think I pretty much have the '61 reissue model covered. No, if I was to get [i']another[/i] SG it'd have to be either the VOS or a genuine '64.

 

It's too bad they don't make Elitists in left handed versions. I wish they did...

 

And on that note...I'm not certain about this, but I think the left handed Gibson Les Paul Studio has been discontinued. Musician's Friend doesn't offer it anymore, and that was the next step up in terms of quality at around 1500 dollars. (That's where I also go to track leftie models as far as major manufacturers on the market). If it's a Gibson/Epiphone habit/or humbucking archtop/full bodied sound that's causing the jones for a leftie, the next available models are the customs which price out at $3799USD (they're also running a sale on "scratch and dents", but there's no telling how the guitars are damaged based upon the selling points, and it's also online.) There's also a Gibson SG model that runs around 1600 dollars, and no archtops.

 

So if his GAS gets really bad, he'll probably have to shop somewhere else if he's willing to break the 1000 dollar mark for a left handed guitar. [-X

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It's too bad they don't make Elitists in left handed versions. I wish they did...

They did have an Elitist LP plaintop in lefty for a while.

 

BTW try GHS Guitar Gloss on those pickups. I had one in the store with the exact same staining and the GHS polish cleaned it up.

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They did have an Elitist LP plaintop in lefty for a while.

 

BTW try GFS Guitar Gloss on those pickups. I had one in the store with the exact same staining and the GFS polish cleaned it up.

 

GFS polish? Thanks...I'll check it out. (But, not sure at this point...the gold has already started to fade off the corners....)

 

Anyways, if they were offering leftie versions of the Elitist, they've stopped. I suspect that due to economics and all, leftie models are MD'd due to the sad reality that they're considered niche instruments.

 

(If there's any more GAS in the tank, it'll probably get put in the tank over the used market.)

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Well, the Elitist line has been slowly fading and it's only to be expected that the only lefty would be one of the first to go. FWIW, the Canadian distributor price list now offers only the following five Elitists:

 

LP Custom: ebony, white;

LP Standard Plus: faded cherryburst;

Casino: natural, vintage sunburst;

Byrdland: natural;

Sheraton: vintage sunburst.

 

No more Dots it would appear. I'm just waiting for the day that the Elitist button vanishes from the Epi web page.

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Marshall.
Are the cheaper ones any good? I'd like to spend less than $200 on an amp right now as I'm just playing for myself and have little source of income [-X (plus whenever I do manage to gig, one of the kids I gig with has an extra cabinet/tube head of an unknown origin he lets me use).

 

As for the nice list of guitars, it's a shame the local Guitar Center doesn't stock lefty guitars AT ALL (o.o) and the local private music store doesn't either, probably due to lack of demand.

 

Therefore, I am very much stuck in a rut when it comes to try-before-you-buy.

 

Although, I did have good experiences with the seller I used for the nice Dot sitting behind me, so I told him to let me know if he gets any other left handed Epis in stock in the future.

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Well' date=' the Elitist line has been slowly fading and it's only to be expected that the only lefty would be one of the first to go. FWIW, the Canadian distributor price list now offers only the following five Elitists:

 

LP Custom: ebony, white;

LP Standard Plus: faded cherryburst;

Casino: natural, vintage sunburst;

Byrdland: natural;

Sheraton: vintage sunburst.

 

No more Dots it would appear. I'm just waiting for the day that the Elitist button vanishes from the Epi web page.[/quote']

 

That may very well happen, especially if the guitars are competing with Gibsons directly in terms of sales....

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Are the cheaper ones any good? I'd like to spend less than $200 on an amp right now as I'm just playing for myself and have little source of income [-X (plus whenever I do manage to gig' date= one of the kids I gig with has an extra cabinet/tube head of an unknown origin he lets me use).

 

As for the nice list of guitars, it's a shame the local Guitar Center doesn't stock lefty guitars AT ALL (o.o) and the local private music store doesn't either, probably due to lack of demand.

 

Therefore, I am very much stuck in a rut when it comes to try-before-you-buy.

 

Although, I did have good experiences with the seller I used for the nice Dot sitting behind me, so I told him to let me know if he gets any other left handed Epis in stock in the future.[/quote]

 

The Marshall combo amps are solid state. They sound OK, but as far as combo amps go, if you're looking for that tube sound....nah, you'll have to go with Fender.

 

Now, if this was me, and I was on that kind of budget, one amp I'd highly recommend (and no, I'm not kidding about this)

 

The Roland Micro battery powered amps. Low powered practice amplifiers, they have multiple samples and the most expensive one (the Street Performer) that comes with a guitar and a microphone input runs at $299.00 dollars. The standard Microcube can be had for $130 dollars.

 

These amps are great! The settings available are Acoustic, Black Panel (nice, semi-clean classic sound), Brit Combo (Vox), Classic (Marshall), and something called R-Flier which is pretty much your insane distortion setting. They also come built in with Delay, Reverb, Chorus, Flanging, Phaser, and Tremolo...

 

AND they're battery powered, (6 double A's on that Microcube) and will run for hours. It's great if you're on the road, or if you want something that will allow you to jam with acoustic players and there's no power source available. Before I upgraded, I used to take my Microcube to jam sessions and I would just line out into a PA through the headphone jack...and volume-wise, I was right there with other people who were lugging around larger amplifiers. I can't say enough good things about these little amps.

 

(Line 6 and Vox also make amps like this, but I'd strongly suggest checking these amplifiers out if you're on a tight budget, or if most of your playing is in your home.)

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Are the cheaper ones any good? I'd like to spend less than $200 on an amp right now as I'm just playing for myself and have little source of income [-X (plus whenever I do manage to gig' date= one of the kids I gig with has an extra cabinet/tube head of an unknown origin he lets me use).

 

As for the nice list of guitars, it's a shame the local Guitar Center doesn't stock lefty guitars AT ALL (o.o) and the local private music store doesn't either, probably due to lack of demand.

 

Therefore, I am very much stuck in a rut when it comes to try-before-you-buy.

 

Although, I did have good experiences with the seller I used for the nice Dot sitting behind me, so I told him to let me know if he gets any other left handed Epis in stock in the future.[/quote]

I recently purchased a Vox ad30vt on ebay. I found one almost new, for $189.00 BIN price. I wasn't happy with a slight scuff mark on it, emailed them about it, and they offered me a NEW one or $50.00. I took the 50 bucks and so scored the amp for $139.00. That amp model is $249.00 brand new. I love the amp. It has made my guitars sound so much better. So...look around you can find some pretty good deals out there.

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