Saw an old EA255 in a pawn shop today...

Discussion in 'Other Epiphones' started by lung plunger, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. lung plunger

    lung plunger Senior Member

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    I dropped by a pawn shop outside of town on the way home from work today. I saw this old bolt on epiphone, and it just caught my eye.

    Dude, she's beat... and in rough shape along the cutaways and neck area. Some idiot used sheet rock screws to secure the top back down at the neck joint, that's what I'm guessing anyway. In the same area, the binding looks shittily "repaired". The bridge sets down as low as it can go, and if possible...a little neck adjustment would make the action sweet. But yeh, no fret buzz and it actually plays pretty good given the tiny neck. All the electronics work just like they're supposed to. Actually sounds really decent.

    I think I can get it for $100. It's marked $139... am I nuttz? Should I forget about it? I know it's old, older than I am. And old doesn't mean valuable. But would 100bux be worth picking up a little project for a beater grade player???

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    LSAR Premium Member

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    I hadn't seen one like that before - I came into this thread expecting one of the ones with the abnormally shaped pickups and the orange/red finish.

    This looks like it could be neat to have around. I wouldn't pay over $100 with the funky screws holding it together though, and I'd only pay $100 if the truss rod and everything else could be confirmed to work and it really seemed solid.
     
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    This model is known for soft neck pockets that are not economical to fix and that one is as bad as I've ever seen.

    $100 would be far better spent on a modern Epi Jr. or Special.

    I would not waste a penny on that thing, it has no value except perhaps in parts, and it never will.
     
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    lung plunger Senior Member

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    Yep. It's the next day and the excitement is wearing off. I'd still give 50 for it though...maybe.

    I wouldn't put much into it. Maybe just sink the screws in flush and putty the holes. Smooth out the inner cutaways with bondo, and slap some surf green on the top. Give it a ratrod vibe. Hell, i dunno. Its tax time soon and my brain is stewing. I'm a Gibson SG type of guy, and this was a cheap departure I could possibly get into. With funds being limited, i could get this for a different flavor, or i could save the money and eventually trade up on my SG. Impulses.
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    They probably foolishly paid $60 and now they're stuck with it.

    Don't let it become your own bad impulse buy, that thing is not worth 5 minutes of repair work.
     
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    electricfactory Senior Member

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    I still think it's cool although others are right in pointing out the repair hurdles.
     
  7. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    hmmmm ...wait a minute this is an old thread...dam thing is prolly gone

    https://reverb.com/price-guide/guide/16055-epiphone-ea-255-casino-1970s-walnut

    but i dont know if i agree with everyone

    i thought some of the older epiphone were pretty good quality and this is early japan made

    this from the 70's?

    if you like to repair stuff what the hell, maybe a nice little project....

    how many nights have you been out and spent $100 and didnt get laid?

    i would grab it...what state and pawn shop?

    but i just saw this is an old thread so its gone im sure

    MISSED OPPORTUNITY...or maybe its just me:dunno:
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Many of them are. This model is not one of the many. It's from the worst days of Epiphone history. As I said before - that model had a soft neck block that made them unaffordable to repair, and that specific unit is the WORST example of that particular problem you are likely to find.

    OTOH, if you like throwing money away, go for it. Seriously, just look at it:

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  9. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Wall hanger.
     
  10. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    to each his own

    it would have been mine in a heartbeat

    with no regrets...

    but i will admit those drywall screws in the front dont give you a good feeling of how much work you have to do to get it playable...that is always my goal...
     

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