ISO - Epiphone Purple Flake Les Paul (Korean made)

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by Mark Josey, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Mark Josey

    Mark Josey Junior Member

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    hey guys, I’m in search of a ~1996 Korean made Epi Les Paul in Purple Flake. Anyone have one in good shape that would be willing to part with it?

    Sample image attached.

    Thanks all,

    Mark
     

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  2. JDG

    JDG Junior Member

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    That's similar to my 1997. Mine was the Gold Flake version with the Bigsby style vibrato. I know the Purple Flake is supposed to be harder to come by.


    That guitar feels great, the neck is slim and fast on mine but the bigsby was a pain to string and had tuning issues. I ended up doing a lot of work to it, first I swapped the bigsby for a traditional stopbar. Then I upgraded electronics and added coil tapping pots, changed the pickups to a GFS Protube humbucker in the neck and a Dream 180 in the bridge. I added a Tusq nut and chrome grover tuners and since there were holes in the body I sanded it to bare wood (which was extremely time consuming) filled the holes and painted it satin finish vintage aqua. I recently ordered a red tortoise pick guard to replace the cream stock pickguard and replaced the cream pickup rings for chrome ones. I think of it as less of a Frankenstein and more of a Robocop.

    I was tempted to stain it because the maple top was covered in birds-eye and flame but in the end I really wanted it a certain way. I figure if I change my mind I can always remove the finish with a heat gun and sand it. I didn't used a heat gun the first time because I feared that there were cracks in the top where I installed the stopbar studs and didn't want the cracks to get worse. It was fine though, the cracks were only in the finish. IMG_1604.JPG IMG_1612.JPG
     
  3. 61LPSG

    61LPSG Senior Member

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    Mark,
    I've only ever seen one. It belonged to a (former?) member here on MLP named Glen. I don't remember his screen name ... maybe Monkeyboy. He worked for member BCRGreg at BCR Music & Sound. It had humbucker sized P 90's installed. It has been a few years.
     
  4. Gtarzan81

    Gtarzan81 Senior Member

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    I remember those from catalogs in the mid-90s..I was supposed to be paying attention in class instead.

    My 96 Standard has a pretty slim neck and had terrible electronics from the factory.

    If you get one, ditch the stock pickups and caps
     

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