Complete EPI custom setup

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by Roman, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    OK, we are wrapping it up now! This thread is almost coming to a close.

    I let the Truss Rod settle and she is great.

    I set the bridge height to where I wanted it to be.

    Here we have a Fender heavy pick slid in under the string at the 12th fret.

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    wantsa58 Senior Member

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    Thanks, ill check that out. BTW i just did the razor blade scrape on my 9 year old epi and i could not believe how much crap came off of the board, and i have previously serviced it, just not with a razor. It feels much better now and the board looks much darker. :thumb:
     
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    Damn Roman you know how to keep the suspense going!:thumb:

    Just a tip on the camera work,you might want to switch it to macro(little flower setting) and experiment with that.You might get better clarity of smaller items.like the pick.

    Are you available for pickup early morning tomorrow 10-11 or is that too early?LA traffic sucks so if your available we can pick up at that time or if your not then i we can arrange some other time.Thanks for the work and the picture documentary of the process itll help alot of people!

    Oh yeah Roman does my epi feel a bit too light compared to any other epis you may have handled?It seemed a bit too light to me but im not sure.
     
  4. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    I did the final nut height adjustments and she is playing pretty sweet!

    Except for one thing.................Sticky neck!

    We fixed that by sanding it with 400 grit to take off the gloss. Then followed it up with some steel wool.

    The back of the neck now has a satiny matte finish and is MUCH smoother to play.

    Of course I would not do this unless some one asked.

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    After steel wool.

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    As It gets played it will shine up a bit more but will still retain the slinky feel.
     
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  5. Hectgore

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    The neck looks AWESOME Roman!
     
  6. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Epiphone stinger FTW
     
  7. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    The last thing. Intonation.

    I play the open string........check it on the tuner.

    Hit the 12th harmonic.......check it on the tuner

    Hit the 12th fret.........check it on the tuner

    If sharp, the saddle goes back.
    If flat , the saddle goes forward.

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    On a side note; Epi bridges are not that great. The good news is that the import version of the Gotoh/tonepros is a DIRECT fit.

    It is a much better bridge. It is pre notched and you wouldn't even have to install new studs and inserts. Just put it on and set the intonation and action.

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  8. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    A little polish and it is time for the glamour shot!

    We are done..................till the next edition. pickups and electronics.

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    And maybe sending it to EGGY for his Epi relicing
     
  9. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    In closing, She plays great. I would not hesitate to take it to a gig and play it.

    We'll see what Hector has to say:thumb:


    Cheers,
    Roman
     
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    GREAT JOB! what kind of polish did you use?
     
  11. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Car stuff. Maguires.
     
  12. Hectgore

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    That looks Incredibly nice Roman!Cannot wait to pick it up and see how sweet it plays!idk if any other "tech" would have gone through the trouble of sanding the back of the neck for me.THANKS!:thumb:
     
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    im looking at their website... they have a whole bunch of cleaners :D

    which one specifically? or do you use multiple types?
     
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    yeah!!!
     

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    how much would you charge for that?
     
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    :laugh2: at last! someone else on the forum with dark humor!
     
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    wow... please do that for my epi lol
     
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    what do you mean by dark humor?:hmm: ARE YOU IMPLYING THAT IM AN EMO!?!?!?!?:shock::shock:

    im insulted!!!:(:(:(
     
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    "Now we take the nut off. First I score a line through the finish. we do not want the nut to take finish along with it when we remove it.

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    I will tap at the nut with something hard and a hammer. my preferred tool for the tapping is a fret file. "



    Great post!:thumb: I made that mistake when I changed my nut. I scored it at the fingerboard but not at the top. When I popped it off it it chipped the headstock finish. Lucky for me my TRC hid the damage so I just left it.
     
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  20. Hectgore

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    Got the guitar back from roman and boy does it make a difference!:applause:
    Great job Roman you did an awesome job on this!:applause: If anybody wants to ship there guitar to Roman for a setup i would not hesitate!It plays really well now.May have to get the action a bit higher but ill give lower action time to settle and see if i like it.

    The bone nut and the sanded neck made the BIGGEST difference and i cannot stress it enough.If your thinking about sanding your neck just do it,it feels ALOT better and alot smoother to run through it.I liked it so much i may even sand the whole body out for the satin finish!Thats just thinknig in the future though im not doing it till i upgrade everything i want and see how it looks glossy.besides it gets rid of those damn fingerprints!:laugh2:

    Good job i give Roman a A+++ but its expected:dude:

    Will be giving Roman a visit later on to set up my carvin and will be paynig a visit anytime i buy a new guitar.heh my guitars already all mudged up from playing it haha but thats just cause of the glossy black!xD

    On a side note they sell REALLY (IMO) good burgers across the street from the shop.We stop buy right after visiting Roman and were very satisfied.:laugh2:
     

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