Have Epiphones gotten a lot nicer lately?

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  1. Monster

    Monster Senior Member

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    My only Epiphone is a '92 MIK Les Paul - nice guitar with some upgrades. I popped in to a pawn shop Friday for just a few minutes and looked over a 2014 Epi SG and was surprised at how nice the neck carve was and the general feeling of the guitar - it seemed a significant improvement over others I'd seen. I didn't have time to really look it over in detail, but remember it had humbuckers in rings and trap inlays also. I thought initially it might be an Elitist as the script of the logo looked a bit more rounded, but I took a pic of the serial number and looked it up later - made in 2014 in China. Had some nice looking Grover tuners on it too. Are the newer ones a lot nicer than a few years back?
     
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    Malikon 仮面ライダー V.I.P. Member

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    it's subjective but many think so
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    I have 4 Epi's with EE serials, that I hand picked. They are all excellent guitars.
     
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    The fit & finish on my '14 Joe Bonamassa is very close to that of my Elitist--even the fretwork, which used to be a weak point. Maybe it's because it's a signature model--but, as Mal said, a lot of others think Epi's stepped up their game recently.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Models very.

    My Ultra III LP is a good guitar.

    My '66 G400 Pro SG is a great guitar

    My mid early millennial MIK '56 GT is a very good to great guitar.

    My Lee Malia, Artisan, LE LP is just flat out phenomenal.
     
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    Monster Senior Member

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    What model would it be if its as I described above with "SG" on the truss rod cover and uncovered humbuckers with a set neck? I didn't see one on the Epiphone site that seems to be an exact match.
     
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    Hi,

    Not sure about comparisons historically but my recent (2 years) experience of Epi's is -
    Les Paul Standard Goldtop - had a blemish in the paintwork, got it swapped for ....
    Les Paul Standard Goldtop - weighed a ton, could be used as an anchor. Fret work very good. Tried to like it but it had a thin neck and you know about the weight (even for an LP, this must be around 12lb).
    Les Paul Tribute Plus in Black Cherry - quite light, fret work abysmal. I mean really bad. Thin neck but that is a preference thing not a quality thing.
    Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop - good medium weight, fret work OK. This has now replaced the 'anchor'. Great satin finish on the back, great thicker neck. Love the thing.
    ES335 Pro Vintage Sunburst. Fantastic finish all round, fret work OK.

    If you can do your own fretwork and are happy to do some upgrading then Epiphones are a great platform and get my vote.
     
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    Monster Senior Member

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    Okay, looked a bit more and I guess its probably a G-400.
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Texan, and the Casino. Both very well made and worth keeping. Nicer once both had a case proper.
     
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    FrankTheThird Senior Member

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    I think many imports including Epiphone have a better quality nowadays then most cork sniffers want to give credit for.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Set neck makes it a G400 of some kind.
     
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    MUSTANGCAT Banned

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    They were nice even before 1957 when Gibson adopted the brand. I have never ever looked down on Epis. I don't think negative of them at all. Check out some of their higher end Lesters. You will be pleasantly surprised. Just like all brands they can have some lemons as well. I don't like playing them in the store because I get tempted to spend money I need to live with and pay my bills.
     
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    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    New Epis are horrible! J/K!!

    My last 3 new Epis were a 2010 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback.
    2013 Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Black Cherry, and a 2014 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro Black. All were well put together with very little set up required. Epiphone is doing great job of late!
     
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    I actually like my new Classic-T better than my Gibby and it even sounds better now that I have the SD's on it! :thumb:
     
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    From your description it sounds like a G-400/SG Standard but with new pickups (or with pickup covers removed from the stock ones).
     
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    I picked up a Dot a few weeks ago and it is a very very nice guitar. The frets need crowned but I bought it used so that could easily be down to the previous owner rather than being a manufacturing issue. The store I deal with offers a warranty that includes fret wear, even on used instruments, so my buddy their guitar tech is going to do the frets and it won't cost me squat.

    I had originally planned to swap the pickups and electronics but I am not so sure now. I played some slide on it recently and it sounded really good. I am just learning slide and decided that I wanted a dedicated slide guitar so I purchased a used Gibby SG (it is coming home next week). I had planned to use the Dot for standard playing and the SG for slide. Now I am thinking that I might lower the action on the SG, put on lighter strings, and use it for standard playing while raising the action on the Dot, giving it heavier strings, and making it my slide guitar. I will get the frets done first and the decide.
     
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    I still think a lot of the burst finishes on a lot of epis look like crap though. Also the flametops. They just dont look natural, the colors dont fade together nicely like on the gibsons
     
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    Elite/Elitists and the Bonamassas are awesome guitars and among the finest Lesters Epi has ever produced. The T+ line is also exceptional... if they had solid tops they would rival Gibbo Standards at a fraction of the cost. Plus Tops Pros also look incredible (just wish they had long tenons). So while they indeed have gotten a lot nicer, the question that remains is how well will they face the test of time? :hmm:
     
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    My only older Epi is an acoustic ('99) so can't really compare it to my '07 EE LP and my '13 Wildkat.....all are more than adequate for this amateur :) Fit and finish, just fine...playability, just fine. I have an '08 MIK BMG, no better, no worse build than my Epis.....ya either get a good one, or...occasionally not :)
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    they have solid tops.....:wave:
     
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