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The latest issue of Vintage Guitar magazine is overflowing with Epiphone mojo, cover story on the Casino and Beatles, review of the Emperor Swingster, and feature on a Stathopoulo harp guitar. I only subscribe to three magazines, and this is far and away my favorite.

 

http://vintageguitar.com/current/

 

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brianh wrote:

 

 

OK Teegar, I'll bite.

What are the other two magazines?

 

Fine Woodworking and Scientific American. I have to work this evening so I can't even dip into that VG until tomorrow, or the weekend maybe. But I love that mag, even with all the GAS it gives me![biggrin]

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The staff at VG are super friendly, I bet if you shot them an e-mail they could tell you of a seller in the UK - or just ship you one directly. Check their website for contact info.

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Thanks for the heads up.....

 

My wifes parents got me a subscription to a fishing mag as a Christmas present will drop some heavy hints about this if it can be made available to Sweden.

 

Also, Teegar you are gentleman with fine tastes post a nice photo of your harem sometime soon when you are not too busy.

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JoeSamick wrote:

 

you are gentleman with fine tastes post a nice photo of your harem sometime soon when you are not too busy.

 

Thank you Joseph for the compliment. Folks on the Kalamzoo thread seemed to enjoy the Heritage 575! Here's the gang once again, Top: Epi-made '35 Sorrentino Arcadia, '34 Blackstone, '39 Broadway, '52 Devon; Below: '99 Taylor K-22, '07 Heritage H-575, '06? AIUSA Sheraton, '07 Elitist Casino, '09 Wilshire '66 reissue; on the floor, homemade A-style mandolin,and 1917 Maurer mandolin. Now I need a good amp!

 

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Teegar

 

How did it go with the Wilshire are the NY Mini reproductions the problem or the wiring. Hope you got them too your liking anyway.

 

Are they they Gibson vintage minis or ones Epiphone have reproduced?

 

Either way I hope they are sweet for you now. With a guitar like that has it is advertised you should not have had those problems.....that is pretty poor.

 

Would love to try one of those out probably not available here I saw one repro Wilshire with soapbar P90s.......

 

but just found this on Thomann is this the same guitar??

 

http://www.thomann.de/se/epiphone_aged_wilshire_reissue_ch.htm

 

Pretty cheap they cannot be decent repro NY minis (they actually refer to them as NY Mini Humbuckers) at that price.......

 

the Epiphone blurb on the pups is amazing reading after your report on their performance:

 

But here's what separates the Wilshire from the SG. Most early Epiphone guitars including the Wilshire were equipped with mini-humbucking pickups and Epiphone carries on this tradition. With its smaller size, narrow magnetic field and unique design combination, the mini-humbucker produces bright and focused output while retaining famous humbucker "hum-free" performance. A replica of the originals, they feature adjustable pole pieces, enamel wire, bar ceramic magnets and rounded nickel plated covers set in an original style black mounting ring with height adjustment screws.

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How did it go with the Wilshire are the NY Mini reproductions the problem or the wiring. Hope you got them too your liking anyway.

Are they they Gibson vintage minis or ones Epiphone have reproduced?

Either way I hope they are sweet for you now. With a guitar like that has it is advertised you should not have had those problems.....that is pretty poor.

 

Hi Joseph, honestly I've been too busy to pursue it. I got the guitar because brianh forwarded that discount code,and I could pick it up for $320 USD - but just as work got too busy to really give it a work out, or make any mods. Remember the thread on the '66 Wilshire, seemed to be quite variable reports on quality, johhnyg loves his, Musikron gave it a C-. I found the general quality of my example to be very good, but electronics not so much, and I haven't had time (or frankly enough expertise) to troubleshoot just where the bad hum and rather weak output are coming from, wiring or pickups - or probably both.

 

The whole NY minihumbucker designation is a bit beyond me. They were never made in NY. The original tone spectrum pickups made by Epiphone (pre-Gibson) came out while the factory was still in NY, but anything from 1952 on is in question since Epiphone moved to Philly in its first sign of death throes. Supposedly minihumbuckers were made by Gibson for Epiphones in the early 60's after they used up the stock of remaining tone spectrums, and wanted to produce something different from the standard Gibson humbucker, or as some have claimed to produce a pickup that kept Epiphone second to Gibson (don't know if I buy that assertion). But they were never New York minis, I guess they can call them what they want, of course.

 

The pickups that come with the '66 Wilshire are definitely not Gibson made, or dare I say Gibson quality. I would bet that quality varies from one example to the next, just as build quality of the wood and hardware varies. I got a good body and hardware (frets etc.), but fell short on the electronics. Since I had thought of upgrading at some point even before buying, I look on this as a fun project (once classes end in May) that will give me a nice guitar at a decent price. You sure know about modding, it sounds rewarding, and anyone who has advice on modding a Wilshire I'm all ears. I also want to mod my Epi Valve Jr. combo, maybe with the Mercury Magnetics transformer mod - but i don't want to electrocute myself so that may have to wait until I build my knowledge base.

 

Happy strumming!

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Fair comment enjoy the May project...it is a fine looking guitar....

 

I must admit your acoustics and sherri give me thoughts that break the 10th commandment...

 

"You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor"

 

Please forgive me Teegar....I was raised a Catholic I will have to go to confession.........I think my thoughts will cost me a lot of Hail Mary's and a good number of Our Fathers.....[blush]

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Thanks Musikron, will do as you suggest, in that order. Joseph made me aware of GFS minibuckers, which look good especially for the price - do you (or anyone else) have additional options to suggest? (Lollars seem so expensive).

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Yes, just some high quality reliable minis. I love the minis in my AIUSA Sheraton, they are I suppose Gibson USA pickups, and sound great. Those too are pricey, like $115 or so. I'm all ears.

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