Have Epiphones gotten a lot nicer lately?

Discussion in 'Other Epiphones' started by Monster, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I was just looking at a LOT of new Epiphones today at an area GC - especially a new Sheraton II. They are very CONSISTANT - I do not think you will find much variation from one to the next, and they are very solidly built and finished, and use high quality hardware. I think the old idea of instantly replacing the Epiphone electronics is fading away, too. They are VERY impressive guitars and I won't bother to add that traditional classifier "for the money"...IMO they can keep up with almost any standard production guitar, period.

    FWIW, I just bought another Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic today, but an older one...
     
  2. markbastable

    markbastable Strange kind of blues-coloured moon Premium Member

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    I have a late 90s Epiphone, and it's got a lot nicer lately. So, yeah.
     
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    Kungphugrip Senior Member

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    no it does not make it less solid,
    just less good.
     
  4. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    so they can catch up better to those 'bad' Fenders....
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  5. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I had a Gibson Les Paul Special Faded that was built like that. Sounded great.
     
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  6. DPhillips

    DPhillips Senior Member

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    I really have no skin in this game, other than being somewhat of a Gibson "loyalist". However, we bought my brother-in-law (wife's brother) an Epiphone EJ-200 SCE for his birthday last year because he always loved playing my Gibson J-200 every time he visited.

    The Epiphone is amazing. Maybe the wood isn't quite as pretty as the Gibson, but dear lord, that Epi is amazing. As I mentioned in the thread I originated about it, if that would have been available when I bought mine, I'd have definitely chosen it because of sound, playability, value and everything else that goes into making guitar decisions. I'm still trying to justify another acoustic so I can pick one up for myself....

    Original Post (and hint: my respect has only grown...) http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/other-epiphones/301712-nice-acoustic.html
     
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    Bytor1958 Senior Member

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    I was going to say something but I'll keep my mouth shut for now.....:iough:
     
  8. doyouread me

    doyouread me Junior Member

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    I'm happy with mine, the 339 p90 pro did have what felt like a loose truss rod and the input jacks exterior nut stripped it's thread, I've thought of sending it back but it looks beautiful and has the sound to match, the trussrod works, I've not had it a year, maybe I should take it back what do you think guys?
    I've also bought a 56les Paul pro,I really like it looks cool and sounds GREAT!!
    I would say the electrics; pots, pickups wires are definitely better than my 8year old G400 custom.
     

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    notjoeaverage Senior Member

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    I'd just put a Switchcraft jack in it and you're all good.
     
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  10. Louie

    Louie Senior Member

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    I have no experience with Epi Les Pauls, but their (semi) hollows are great guitars.

    Yesterday I went to buy a Gibson ES-330 and left the shop with a Gary Clark Jr. Casino and a Fender Vibrolux instead, for the same price. Honestly, there isn't a single thing wrong with this new Chinese Casino. Compared with the Gibson, it's almost as perfect.
     
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    My 57 Reissue Les Paul jr is really nice, after a rewire and a P-90 installed in place of the P-100. One of my Favorites!
     
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    I bought a Riveria P93 because I was really hankering for a semi-hollow and I love p90's and Bigsbys. I am really impressed with how nice it is, an exceptional value considering what I've paid for my Gibsons over the years.

    Manufacturing quality is at a very high level these days, creates excellent product at very low price points. I also grabbed a $99 PR 150 acoustic, other than a very dry fretboard and crappy strings (quickly remedied) it is an very nice all wood acoustic.
     
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  13. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    Almost perfect and several thousand dollars less...
     
  14. SteveGangi

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    It looks like an old wooden floor :laugh2:
     
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    This. It just takes a few minutes.
     
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    Having owned quite a few epiphones over the years, I have to say that my last few Epiphones, ad especially my Joe Pass Emperor II I just purchased are awesome. The action is curly hair low on the JP and its a joy to play. TOnewise, the stock Epiphone pickups are very sweet. Totally impressed
     
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    Can't speak for the older ones, but the ES-339 to (humbuckers) That I bought in January looks, feels and plays like a far more expensive instrument. Hard to see how the fit and finish could be any better, regardless of price. Much the same could be said for the honeyburst Traditional Pro LP I bought used off CL a few weeks ago. Both very nice guitars.
     
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    rich85 Senior Member

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    I dont think they have gotten better, I think they have always been great.
     
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    I just got the same guitar yesterday and the truss rod did the same thing. The neck was bowing pretty bad so I tightened it and it just got looser, then past a certain point it tightened up again and worked fine. I'm not sure if that means it's a double action truss rod or what but there seems to be a loose point in the middle, but keep turning either way and it tightens back up.
     
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    ScottMarlowe Senior Member

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    If it's a 4mm allen wrench truss rod in a modern epiphone it's a dual action truss rod.
     

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