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So' date=' if you were thinking about upgrading from the stock Eipi LP - say one like mine, a Standard - what would you look at upgrading?

 

And, what would you use as the replacement?

 

 

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My dream upgrade would be having the neck molded to that of my FrankenPaul Jr.'s neck that i sanded and shaped.

 

That but finished satin cherry. Also, having the neck heel joint sculpted to a more low profile and more accessible shape

 

Those are my dream upgrades. I say dream cause i dont have the guts to sand up a LP standard that i paid good money for. The LP jr i used for my project frankenpaul was only like 40 bucks. Plus, I couldnt figure out a way to sculpt the existing neck heel joint.

 

Other than those, my real attainable upgrades are :

-TUSQ nut

-TUSQ string saver saddles

-Wilkinson Deluxe Vintage Bell (Kluson) style tuners

-490R/490T for LP, 490R/498T for SG or wilshire or similar shapes

-Epiphone Locktone bridge and tailpiece (if not already on stock)

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I like my Epis pretty much as they are. My SG and Casino are both stock. I generally love the way they both sound and feel. I wouldn't mind getting some new tuners for the Casino though, and might go with some of the Wilkinson Kluson style ones if I like the ones I'm fitting to my LP. A bone nut would be nice, but the stock plastic one is perfectly adequate and, as I said, the guitar sounds fine, so why change? As for the SG, it's got a new Tusq XL nut, and the full size pickguard I had custom made for it, but it's otherwise fine. I suppose I wouldn't mind some new pickups, something not quite so hot, but still with plenty of bite when driven, like the SD Alnico Pro II's in my LP. And as for the LP, it's getting new tuners and will get a Gotoh bridge at some stage. A bone nut might be good on that too, but again, the stock one is fine and it sounds fine as it is.

 

I guess I've listed a fair few things there, but I'd hardly say they're 'dream upgrades', nor are they necessary or 'must haves' for me. If I had an abundance of money I might have those upgrades done, but since I don't, I love my guitars as they are.

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I like my Epis pretty much as they are. My SG and Casino are both stock. I generally love the way they both sound and feel. I wouldn't mind getting some new tuners for the Casino though' date=' and might go with some of the Wilkinson Kluson style ones if I like the ones I'm fitting to my LP. A bone nut would be nice, but the stock plastic one is perfectly adequate and, as I said, the guitar sounds fine, so why change? As for the SG, it's got a new Tusq XL nut, and the full size pickguard I had custom made for it, but it's otherwise fine. I suppose I wouldn't mind some new pickups, something not quite so hot, but still with plenty of bite when driven, like the SD Alnico Pro II's in my LP. And as for the LP, it's getting new tuners and will get a Gotoh bridge at some stage. A bone nut might be good on that too, but again, the stock one is fine and it sounds fine as it is.

 

I guess I've listed a fair few things there, but I'd hardly say they're 'dream upgrades', nor are they necessary or 'must haves' for me. If I had an abundance of money I might have those upgrades done, but since I don't, I love my guitars as they are.[/quote']

 

the wilkinsons are nice and tight. youll love em.

 

the Gotoh bridges are top notch!

 

Though, admitedly I prefer the epiphone bridge cause it "locks" down. I get descent intonation with it.

 

Im not as anal as some when it comes to intonation. If it aint broke why fix it? is my bridge attitude.

 

not for other stuff though.

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the wilkinsons are nice and tight. youll love em.

 

the Gotoh bridges are top notch!

 

Though' date=' admitedly I prefer the epiphone bridge cause it "locks" down. I get descent intonation with it.

 

Im not as anal as some when it comes to intonation. If it aint broke why fix it? is my bridge attitude.

 

not for other stuff though.[/quote']

 

My Epi's don't have the Locktone bridge, or whatever it's called. I'm not all that pedantic about intonation either, close is good enough for me. Guitar tuning isn't all that precise anyway. I know it's not really all that sensible to give a rats about the aesthetics of what is pretty much a purely functional part of the guitar, but I like the look of the Gotoh bridge, it just looks nice and clean to me, the studs are machined nicely, the screws are nice and minute and there's no retaining wire. I suppose I could get a similar one from GFS and save some coin, though the shipping makes it about the same as a Gotoh, and anyway a Chrome or Nickel Gotoh ones isn't all that expensive (gold is though, I bought one for the Firebird).

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My Epi's don't have the Locktone bridge' date=' or whatever it's called. I'm not all that pedantic about intonation either, close is good enough for me. Guitar tuning isn't all that precise anyway. I know it's not really all that sensible to give a rats about the aesthetics of what is pretty much a purely functional part of the guitar, but I like the look of the Gotoh bridge, it just looks nice and clean to me, the studs are machined nicely, the screws are nice and minute and there's no retaining wire. I suppose I could get a similar one from GFS and save some coin, though the shipping makes it about the same as a Gotoh, and anyway a Chrome or Nickel Gotoh ones isn't all that expensive (gold is though, I bought one for the Firebird).[/quote']

 

they have graphtech tusq saddles for the GFS tuneomatic. I have one of GFS' import Lp bridges and it is amazing. I have it on a LPjr customization...also put the GFS bent steel vibrola on it too. ahh my FrankenPaul Jr.

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I suppose you could say my 'dream upgrade' is more of a modification, but I would really like to put a Midi XY Touchpad below the bridge on my LP. It would be great for controlling something like a Digitech Whammy or a Kaoss Pad. My favourite guitarist is Matt Bellamy, and he can get some amazing sounds out of the Touchpad on his custom Manson guitars. But, alas, the price would probably be a bit much, and I'm not sure I'd have the guts to cut a hole in my guitar...

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Damn, that last one speaks volumes - and I would sure love a bunch of that as well - though I think my dreams are already quite full of it.

 

I've read all the posts here and in the other threads about tuners. I've read about the quality of various ones. I'm quite happy with the stock tuners so I doubt I will be changing them ever (that is unless one or more of them implode or something similar).

 

I probably won't ever mess with the bridge either. The nut is a different thing though. I can see replacing it someday in the future. I have a small piece of paper stuck under my Low E string which was needed to eliminate some buzz I was experiencing.

 

As for the pickups - I guess when I get that talent I'll have to change them - for now the level of talent I possess can't tell the difference, besides I play my Epi LP more without an amp then with one.

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My dream upgrade would be having the neck molded to that of my FrankenPaul Jr.'s neck that i sanded and shaped.

 

That but finished satin cherry. Also' date=' having the neck heel joint sculpted to a more low profile and more accessible shape

 

Those are my dream upgrades. I say dream cause i dont have the guts to sand up a LP standard that i paid good money for. The LP jr i used for my project frankenpaul was only like 40 bucks. Plus, I couldnt figure out a way to sculpt the existing neck heel joint.

 

Other than those, my real attainable upgrades are :

-TUSQ nut

-TUSQ string saver saddles

-Wilkinson Deluxe Vintage Bell (Kluson) style tuners

-490R/490T for LP, 490R/498T for SG or wilshire or similar shapes

-Epiphone Locktone bridge and tailpiece (if not already on stock)

 

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What is the size for the TUSQ nut replacement for an LP STD? Did those saddles make a difference in the tone?

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Damn' date=' that last one speaks volumes - and I would sure love a bunch of that as well - though I think my dreams are already quite full of it.

 

I've read all the posts here and in the other threads about tuners. I've read about the quality of various ones. I'm quite happy with the stock tuners so I doubt I will be changing them ever (that is unless one or more of them implode or something similar).

 

I probably won't ever mess with the bridge either. The nut is a different thing though. I can see replacing it someday in the future. I have a small piece of paper stuck under my Low E string which was needed to eliminate some buzz I was experiencing.

 

As for the pickups - I guess when I get that talent I'll have to change them - for now the level of talent I possess can't tell the difference, besides I play my Epi LP more without an amp then with one.

 

 

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+1!!

 

I too play unplugged with my LP. They resonate soooooo well.

 

Especially my new to me ultra.

 

 

What is the size for the TUSQ nut replacement for an LP STD? Did those saddles make a difference in the tone?

 

Guitar electronics.com sells TUSQ XL's made specifically for import LPs and epiphones.

 

SKU: GTN6060

 

or

 

part number PT-6060-00

 

All you gotta do is fine sand it to get it to seat perfectly to your liking.

 

The saddles are for the epiphone bridge and are SKU:GTS8633 or part number PS-8633-00

 

Graphtech.com has info on which will fit which bridge and guitar nut.

 

Having the graphtech nut and saddle combo actually does what they claim. Harmonics are just jumpin out while playing.

 

It also gets rid of the treble spike and "ping" sound that metal saddles add. You'll hear this difference unplugged.

 

Makes the tonal spectrum more even instead of having an exagerated treble spectrum.

 

I like em, and thats good enough for me. Fleabay sells white saddles if you opt for the white TUSQ nut.

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+1!!

 

I too play unplugged with my LP. They resonate soooooo well.

 

Especially my new to me ultra.

 

 

 

 

Guitar electronics.com sells TUSQ XL's made specifically for import LPs and epiphones.

 

SKU: GTN6060

 

or

 

part number PT-6060-00

 

All you gotta do is fine sand it to get it to seat perfectly to your liking.

 

The saddles are for the epiphone bridge and are SKU:GTS8633 or part number PS-8633-00

 

Graphtech.com has info on which will fit which bridge and guitar nut.

 

Having the graphtech nut and saddle combo actually does what they claim. Harmonics are just jumpin out while playing.

 

It also gets rid of the treble spike and "ping" sound that metal saddles add. You'll hear this difference unplugged.

 

Makes the tonal spectrum more even instead of having an exagerated treble spectrum.

 

I like em' date=' and thats good enough for me. Fleabay sells white saddles if you opt for the white TUSQ nut.

 

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Thanks for the info. I will look into this.

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I suppose you could say my 'dream upgrade' is more of a modification' date=' but I would really like to put a Midi XY Touchpad below the bridge on my LP. It would be great for controlling something like a Digitech Whammy or a Kaoss Pad. My favourite guitarist is Matt Bellamy, and he can get some amazing sounds out of the Touchpad on his custom Manson guitars. But, alas, the price would probably be a bit much, and I'm not sure I'd have the guts to cut a hole in my guitar...[/quote']

 

You ought to do that to a hollow-body. I believe Matt Bellamy's Masons are hollow aluminum bodied. Or just save up for the Manson Matt Bellamy Signature. It's got the Kaoss Pad built right in.

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You ought to do that to a hollow-body. I believe Matt Bellamy's Masons are hollow aluminum bodied. Or just save up for the Manson Matt Bellamy Signature. It's got the Kaoss Pad built right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

hollow aluminum guitars are available from normandy and alumisonic

 

normandy has a stock archtop and a hollow V

alumisonic has hollow telecasters and they'll do a custom flatback '335 style guitar for 'ya if you ask 'em to

 

both of them use warmoth necks, and normandy has "custom shop" guitars (you can ask for pretty much anything... i hope they do that forever, it'll be a while before i can afford one...)

 

and the normandy guitars are FULLY hollow, but they're supposed to be feedback resistant. (awesome tone + high gain distortion? i'll take that!)

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hollow aluminum guitars are available from normandy and alumisonic

 

normandy has a stock archtop and a hollow V

alumisonic has hollow telecasters and they'll do a custom flatback '335 style guitar for 'ya if you ask 'em to

 

both of them use warmoth necks' date=' and normandy has "custom shop" guitars (you can ask for pretty much anything... i hope they do that forever, it'll be a while before i can afford one...)

 

and the normandy guitars are FULLY hollow, but they're supposed to be feedback resistant. (awesome tone + high gain distortion? i'll take that!)[/quote']

 

yuck. poop.

 

sorry!

 

i know i know!

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I have a Martin clone with a brass nut. Sounds good' date=' very clear. Not for every guitar though.[/quote']

 

Some guy around town uses a brass nut for his les paul.

 

whats the advantage?

 

I would think itd be real twangy

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