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Rick13175

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Hey all,

 

I purchased a Les Paul Florintine hollow body about five years back mainly because I was smitten with it's good looks. That being said, I don't know too much about the guitar itself other than they haven't made them in several years. The gold hardware is getting quite tarnished. Without taking it apart, I don't know what it has for pickups. My playing ability is somewhere between beginner and beginner-first class. I can always entertain myself and depending on the alcohol involved, I can sometimes entertain others as well. I like a warm blues sound--not much into deep crunch and overdrive. Does anyone know what pickups this guitar most likely has? Is there a recommended set of pickups to install to get the sound I'm looking for or are the one's in it the ticket? Can the hardware be polished or do I need to look for new hardware. Probably stupid questions for most in the know; however, I am a novice in training. Thanks in advance.

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Tarnished hardware is an Epi trademark - consider it a "feature". It can be cleaned somewhat, but the plating is thin so any abrasive cleaner will remove the finish altogether.

 

For hardware you can remove from the guitar, use Goo-Gone Extreme: http://www.magicamerican.com/googone/product/86cf48f0-a3d5-49e1-90ed-5f0a4b7c1eb5.aspx

 

It's very nasty stuff though (mostly Acetone) - use only in a well-ventilated area, and DO NOT let it anywhere near the finish or any plastic parts.

 

http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=11494

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I'm using a G-dec amp right now and I don't particularly care for it--can't get anything other than a sound that sounds synthesized. As far as posting pictures goes. I'd be happy to however I'll be damn if I can figure out how. I click on insert image and it gives me something that looks like html tagging. If someone would give me a touch of schooling, I'd post the pics. Thanks, Rick

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I'd be happy to however I'll be damn if I can figure out how. I click on insert image and it gives me something that looks like html tagging. If someone would give me a touch of schooling' date=' I'd post the pics. Thanks, Rick[/quote']

 

You have to host them on another site and then link the file to the message. The process is described nicely on the link Midi posted above. I use Photobucket, works oK if you can handle the pop-up ads.

 

Let's see that thang - It's the one LP I've been really curious to play and perhaps own some day.

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Okay folks, I'm giving the image thing a try. My wife has our good camera with her so I had to resort to the old 3.3 underwater camera. Lighting isn't the best unfortunately. I have a factory pic on my work computer and will see about posting it tomorrow--it looks exactly like mine,but much better quality.

 

 

 

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Almost forgot--thanks for the instruction on how to post pics. On the subject of amps, I never intended for the Fender GDec to be much more than something to practice a little bit with. I don't like the 'tinney' sound it produces. Haven't been able to get any warm tones from it. That being said, any recommendations on a decent amp, perhaps tube, nicely priced, that will give me some nice blusey sounds? I don't plan on giging with it--not sure my playing will get to that level.

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Guest icantbuyafender

Oh my gosh.

 

That guitar just hit my GAS meter super hard.

 

That is friggin amazing.

 

It doesnt have the deep florentine cutaway though... but I still love it.

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Just took a look at the epi valve senior--very impressive. I'd been looking at the Marshall amps' date=' but I think I like this better. The price is very agreeable as well.[/quote']

 

 

A blues custom is all the amp anyone could need!

 

And you should try a blackheart!

 

ValveSr.'s are certainly very classy lookin.

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Here is a professional picture of the Epi. Mine looks just like this minus a touch of wear and tear and some tarnishing. I just can't create a photo that does it justice. I'm including a link to a site that sells these and other hollow bodies from time to time. I hope it enables someone to pick up a nice guitar. http://exceptionalguitars.com/inventory/index.php?subcat=9

 

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