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Urgently seek infomation of an used Epi Les Paul Goldtop with bolted and scaft neck. It has neck plate with etched wordings saying "Handcrafted in Korea by Epiphone and The Epiphone Company Nashville Tennensee USA" wordings and Serial numbers. A quick check revealed it was made in Samick factory in 1995.

 

Questions:

Bolted-on neck to body and scaft neck jointed at the third fret. Any good? Does it affect sustain and durability of the neck? How does it perform as compare to normal Les Paul with glued necks?

Any kind input would be much appreciated.

 

Thank you

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A scarf joint is a common joint used to attach the headstock to the neck, so that's fine. I've never seen a GoldTop with a Bolt neck though. Any chance of some pics? Of course, this is a mid 90s Epiphone we're talking about, and they probably finished some bolt neck models in Gold.

 

Generally a bolt neck won't have the sustain of a set neck. This is arguable of course. A good bolt neck can be better than a set neck. As for durability, if you happen to break the headstock off it at some point, you can simply get another neck, rather than trying to fix the break, and potentially not being able to at all.

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They definitely did make LP Standards with bolt-necks around then, and seeing as a Gold Top is a Standard with a gold top, I don't see why they wouldn't have been bolted on too.

 

I wouldn't be too worried about the joint in the neck, providing it's a legit Epiphone.

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In view of it rare construction, i wonder would there be any extra value in terms of selling price. Actually i am contemplating whether i should buy from the gentleman. He is asking some US950 with original hardcase in used condition.

Advice appreciated.

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That price makes me shudder.

 

I dunno... Id rather take an Elitist...

 

I say $300-400 at the MAX if it were in mint condition with a nice case.

 

Essentially a deeper bodied LP100 w/ the standard bling.

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Modern day Epis have no real collectibility. The jury is still out on the Eltist line. Some from the early days such as old casinos and the like have some level of desirability but for the most part any Epi purchased after the 1960s isn't going to make you rich. $950 for a bolt on neck LP is ridiculous.

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Hmm....inputs on collectivity has been noted. Pardon my ignorance, all along i thought bolted neck on any Les Paul could be regarded as rare since both Epi and Gib mainly come in glued necks.

 

I knew quoted price is high as back here we can have abrand new epi for less than SGD$780. MIC though.

 

Anyone has more infos on Ephis with bolted neck?

 

Cheers,

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Hmm....inputs on collectivity has been noted. Pardon my ignorance' date=' all along i thought bolted neck on any Les Paul could be regarded as rare since both Epi and Gib mainly come in glued necks. [/b']I knew quoted price is high as back here we can have abrand new epi for less than SGD$780. MIC though.

 

Anyone has more infos on Ephis with bolted neck?

 

Cheers,

Just because something is rare, does not make it valuable, or mean it is of good quality.

Ford Pinto's are rare.

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Modern day Epis have no real collectibility. The jury is still out on the Eltist line.

 

True' date=' but some of the Elitist will perhaps have some collectabilty as they are no longer made.

 

 

Some from the early days such as old casinos and the like have some level of desirability,

but for the most part any Epi purchased after the 1960s isn't going to make you rich.

 

It depends on when in the 60s it was made.... I suppose.

 

I did own a 1969 Epi Triumph made by Gibson in Kalamazoo (Blue label).

If I recall , it cost me around $400 cdn with the Gibson hardshell case in '69.

 

I had to sell it to a dealer in Toronto in 2003, and I got $1800 cdn for it. While it didn't

make me rich, it did appreciate in value being a vintage (34 yrs), inflation over the years,

and perhaps the fact it was still made by Gibson employees in those days.

 

The dealer mentioned it would have been worth more (around $2200), had it been kept stock and

unaltered, but in my youth, I decided to electrify it with deArmond SC pups..anyway..

 

some models, like the Casinos, Howard Roberts, Emperor thinline (3 p_ups) the Broadway

and rarer flattops (Excellente) have a lot of collectability appeal these days.

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