Have Epiphones gotten a lot nicer lately?

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  1. MissoulaGriz

    MissoulaGriz Senior Member

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    I'm not very familiar with the solid body Epiphones, but the hollow and semi-hollow body guitars they are putting out right now are simply fantastic. It's getting harder for cork sniffers to discount Epi...I should know, I used to be one of those a$$holes until I bought this baby.

    She plays as nice as my Gibson LP and '65 Melody Maker. Fit and finish is flawless. Resonates and has tone for days. Just a joy to play.

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  2. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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  3. notjoeaverage

    notjoeaverage Senior Member

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    If you look at my signature you can probably guess I have a bit of experience with recent Epis. 7 of them have been made since 2010, 5 since 2012. 5 had been purchase new, 1 a few months old and 1 was 4 years old with the original strings and still had the plastic on the pickguard and pups. All of them needed a little fret work ,usually just a few high frets leveled and then a polish. Every one of my 20 stringed instruments has needed this except for my Squire Classic Vibe Tele.

    The fit and finish on all my Epis has been good to great. They all have the original pups still, but I have been upgrading nuts, wiring harnesses, pots and caps as time and cash permit. I plan on trying some BB 1&2s I picked up recently from a member here on my 339 Black Royale, Thanks again Matt.

    Right now there is no reason not to buy an Epi, you still will find the odd guitar that is just not good enough in one aspect or another, so just put it back on the rack and grab the next one. That's the same with any manufacturer of any mass produced guitar.

    Epi seems to actually have been listening to their customers the last few years and producing guitars players want to own.

    Yes I know it flies totally in the face of what most other companies do especially one we know very well here and have mentioned their complete lack of awareness to customer wants, needs and preferences at length and one completely delusional owner in particular. Yes Henry we're talking about you.

    I've pretty much got everything I want now that I have the 339 P90 PRO, but would be open to a nice 335 and maybe a Casino (Coupe) or Shearton.

    Epi has something for everyone they are defiantly not a one trick pony.

    If you play it and you like it, buy it. Yours is the only opinion that matters since yours is the only wallet being emptied.
     
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  4. El Kabong

    El Kabong Senior Member

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    Indeed they do... but only under the veneer... :wave:
     
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  5. Brians Evil Twin

    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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  6. El Kabong

    El Kabong Senior Member

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    According to Epiphone it is a Carved Hard Maple w/AAA Flame Maple Veneer...

    The Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus

    Scroll down to the specs to get the verification if need be...
     
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    jc2000 Senior Member

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    I have nothing from the past to compare it to, but my es339 is one of my favorite guitars...
     
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  8. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Depends on the guitar doesn't it. Those specs say w/ Flame Maple Veneer. So yes, they are not FIGURED maple caps when a Flame finish is used. And CURRENT model only has Flame finishes. But older models had plaintops. So, Bobs ET is also correct about the older Plaintop models. No flame, ergo no need for a Flame Maple veneer. Those indeed appear to have a solid maple cap. Would make no sense to put a plaintop veneer on a plain, non figured cap.
     
  9. El Kabong

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    Ah... din't know there were older models... that do 'splain a few things though... :thumb:
     
  10. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Does a veneer make a maple-top any less 'solid' ?
     
  11. chupe442

    chupe442 Confused as ever..... Premium Member

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    The goal typically is to have the best possible product in the most cost effective way.

    My 08 Standard Epiphone was definitely not the best guitar that rolled off the line that day. Like everything else, there are good runs and bad runs.
     
  12. El Kabong

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    Technically I believe it does. I have quite a few Veneered Epis and I love 'em... in some respects the veneer adds to the strength of the top... and it possibly affects the tone... and it certainly adds to the beauty... and although still technically solid (in the sense that two pieces of wood glued together are solid) I do consider a glued on top different from a non-glued on top and hence, less solid... and IMHO I don't think they should be called solid tops, but rather veneered tops... since it is in fact two pieces.

    I'm not saying its worse... just different... and there are cases where it is necessary to distinguish between the two. I've seen cases of the veneer separating from the top... and that could never happen with a true "solid" top. So again, no disrespect intended for veneers (or their owners... as I happen to be one, many times over) and while some folks might refer to veneers as slights or somewhat lesser... I use it to merely distinguish between veneers and true solid tops. :)
     
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    I have an '07 G-400 and '014 ES 339 Pro. Both a very good guitars for not a lot of money. I think Epiphone is making their finest guitars today since moving production to Asia.
     
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  16. El Kabong

    El Kabong Senior Member

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    I know... Big Lebowski vs Princess Bride = mucho LAME! But...

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    You're never going to survive in this place if you insist on pursuing this course of being reasonable, measured and articulate. I mean, what are you trying to do - undermine the very foundations of MLP? People like you are a menace, and there ought to be some kind of rule to bring you into line. I shall be contacting the mods about this.
     
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  18. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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  19. El Kabong

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    Ah... the old wooden lego build... :laugh2:

    Yet still I'm drawn to it... :thumb:
     
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  20. edselman

    edselman Senior Member

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    Some are nice. Some are crap, just like the US guitars made by the parent company. I went to the local Guitar Center yesterday hoping to come out with a new Epi. I walked out sadly disappointed. The only Epis that were built well that I saw was a Sheraton (I didn't want to spend that much) and a Masterbuilt acoustic. The acoustic was astounding!
     
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