I read this entire thread yesterday, and what a thread it is! I'm curious though, since this started in 2008, with a LP Custom that was either that same age or older, I wonder if current 2014 models might actually be better made now, more consistent and all, with less of a need for a total overhaul setup like this one had from Roman. I had a MIK LP Custom (wished I still had it) but it's actual build quality, was not as good as my 3 MIC models, the most recent being a 2010 Tribute model. The MIK had some years on it, and maybe a complete setup was exactly what it needed. But now that Epi has been made in China for a while now, with much fewer problems that they first had, I'm willing to wager that the actual need for full setups like what Roman performed here, are probably not as necessary. But I could be wrong. In any event, I learned a lot here, and might try some of these techniques on my current Tribute model and a few other non Epi models as well. Off to Home Depot later this evening for a few supplies!