Ever see and Epi Standard with unusual binding?

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  1. Lemonhead

    Lemonhead Senior Member

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    A buddy of mine offered me a barely used '05 Epi Standard Plaintop for $189 (I shop at his store all the time and he has a ton of Epis). It played pretty good for the few minutes I was checking it out and then I noticed that the cream body binding had a black line around it where it meets the body. Around the whole perimeter. Almost like part of a "Custom" binding. Also, the back looked like a veneer to me since none of the grain lines matched up with the butt ends.

    I passed on it but can swing by any time and pick it up just for fun.

    Anybody see anything like this?

    Also, I noticed that Epi headstocks are all over the place when it comes to tuner placement. This one had the tuners very far north, with the two "E" tuners WELL above the truss rod cover.
     
  2. overdriver

    overdriver Banned

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    Maybe the black line could be some kind of filler or something, like the stuff used around the fret markers. The tunners off a little, ya happens. The back veenered, yes it is on all the EE (Gibson owned China plant) so is the back and side of the head stock, I think the Top is also veener, plain veener , some say it is not. Hey if the guitar plays nice and sounds good 189. not much to put out. 189.$ what do want for 189. A person could order one in at 300-400 and get an example with issues as well.:applause:
     
  3. Lemonhead

    Lemonhead Senior Member

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    Definitely not filler. It is a perfect line.
     
  4. BluesZep

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    Mine is a '05 flame top and has this black line too, where the binding meets the body side.
     
  5. MIDNIGHT

    MIDNIGHT V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    hmm.. :hmm:

    i can't quite picture it in my head.. :rofl:

    got :photos:?

    :fingersx:

    :hippie:
     
  6. BluesZep

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    It's a thin line, almost imperceptible. I'll take a photo now.
     
  7. BluesZep

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    It's very hard to take a good photo, but I think you can see it now:

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    BTW, I think this is the "black line" 83135 is talking about
     
  8. InTheEvening

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    Woah I think I see what you mean, not on my standard plus and I don't think I recall seeing it. Then again those lines are pretty hard to notice unless your looking for it so the Plaintop might have had it...
     
  9. Lemonhead

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    Played a 2002 Plus top at GC tonight and it had the same line.
     
  10. coldsteal2

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    Maybe its black glue?
     
  11. lifele55

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    Hmmm interesting...I don't really notice mine...

    Let me check up on the pics of my standard and get back to this.
     
  12. lifele55

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    Lol I tried zooming in on the pics (at work now so can't check the guitar physically) but I think I might have the line on my standard as well..

    But I did have to zoom in reaaaal close.... and I'm having a headache now. LOL.
     
  13. coldsteal2

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    I cant see close up anyway,
     
  14. Samantha

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    you never know every guitar company puts out a weird guitar now and then.
     

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