Youtube demos of several Epiphone archtop guitars, newer and older...

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  1. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    These are to illustrate how GOOD all these Epi archtops can be...Many people automatically assume they are junk or need modding to be useful guitars. I own 6 Epiphone archtops and what mods made are mostly changing the bridge to a GOTOH because I feel they are more solid...

    First is a '90's MIK Emperor...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNTWDWNrUck[/ame]

    Next is a NEW Epiphone ES 175...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkRO0txCyzY[/ame]

    Epiphone Dot - 335, the limited edition - all factory stock...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2JOobVEsmI[/ame]

    Older - '90's - Epiphone Sheraton II, factory stock -
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyDCAN4Iva0[/ame]

    New Riviera...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWgimjE19w[/ame]

    Last, a new standard, Chinese Epiphone Casino, all stock...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHu6gFnVl0M[/ame]


    FWIW, I have a '90's Sheraton II, old and new Casinos, a new Dot, and 2 '90's Sorrento's...all very fine guitars.
     
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    old mark Senior Member

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    Thanks, Rob! I was looking at the new ES 175 and found that first demo...I have since read reviews that say it is very close to the Gibson original that costs around $4000 more...Has Gibson '57 Classic HB's in it, standard...
     
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    RaSTuS26 Senior Member

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    Sounds like a good thing Mark, are you contemplating scoring one mate ?
     
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    The Epi hollow and semi-hollow bodies are nothing are quite good guitars, once, properly setup and adjusted, but that is true with any guitar. The only reason my 94 Sheraton II has new electronics and pickups is because the stock pots were frozen/stuck. Since I was replacing the harness, I figured I'd thrown some Phat Cats in there.

    I'm probably going to be upgrading my bridge and tailpiece soon. They are starting to really show their age.
     
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    I just watched the video of that Dot. Damn, that is a great tone. It was pretty much perfect.
     
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    old mark Senior Member

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    I have 2 older Epis right now that will get GOTOH TOM bridges. I get noise ffrom the bridges on there now, and I find GOTOH's are very solid, smooth and give you a bit more play to adjust intonation...and no springs.

    rogue one My Dot is a 2011, that had a repaired neck crack when I bought it used...it also has a set of Gibson 490's installed. I since added a GOTOH TOM and an aluminum TP...Great player, very little money. I like them a lot, old or new. I have nothing against people "modding" anything, but I have seen a few posts by new guys who just bought an Epiphone and don't even have it in hand yet asking about what new pups and tuners to get for it...I think people might at least play them first to see what they can do. FWIW, I have also replaced TOM and TP parts on several of my Gibsons...

    Here's the Dot, in the 1980's Gibson 335 case that came with it...like getting the guitar free...
     

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    old mark Senior Member

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    Rob - It crossed my mind, but I need to sell a few more first and really I have too many (!) now...never thought I would say that...:)

    But I still have the 2 '90's Peerless - made Sorrentos which is pretty close to the 175 - I have jazz flats on one and Slinkys on the other...
     
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    Here's a Sorrento. Honestly the only thing you might want to change on a Sorrento is the strings. And even then I'm not so sure:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxHzzeJqt6c"]Epiphone Sorrento[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CEQjjtHqIk"]Deep River Blues[/ame]

    And some unknown noob named Lenny Kravtiz on one:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VQWmFhlnIg"]Be[/ame]
     
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    Ugh you guys are going to get me in trouble- these guitars excite me in a serious way. I admit I don't really need them though as I have a lot of guitars, including Epiphones, but I want. I have an Elitist Les Paul and, more appropriately for this thread, a newer Pelham Blue es-355, which is how I know I want more I guess.

    Nothing will give me more gas than this thread though.
     
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    Life is short, do it :thumb:


    I love my 90's Emperor, it may not get the most playing time out of the group but it is just a beautiful sounding guitar.
     
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    old mark Senior Member

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    I was just looking at the Gibson ES 175...A little under $8000 list...

    OK...

    Scott Marlowe - My 2 Sorrentos are both from the '90's, both made in Korea by Peerless, about a month apart...Got them from different places about a year apart - both are even the same color, Sunrise Orange...

    The first one below has an old Gibson mini humbucker installed at the neck, cut into the dog ear housing and drilled so it is height adjustable...it also has a Gotoh TOM...the other with chrome pickups is stock as far as I know, and now has flats on it...
     

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    Such beautiful and underappreciated guitars. I only have the one Indonesian made one, but it's stellar w the Gibsin mini buckers in it.
     
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    old mark Senior Member

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    I have several Indonesian made Epiphones, in fact most of their acoustics are made there. I BELIEVE the factory there is a subsidiary of Samick. They also make some of the solid body electric guitars there...they are great!

    I have been considering a new Sorrento with the mini's, too...they sing!

    But I am a hopeless case...:D
     
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    When they put the natural finished Sorrento's on sale for $499 with case I couldn't resist any more. GC or MF had the oliveburst on sale for $499 during president's day sale. But honestly I think oliveburst is not very pretty.
     
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    Great videos - I hadd just watched the Casino one as I was debating whether to make an offer on a used Casino. Fantastic tone!


    Shane
     
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    I'm a big believer in Epis and have played hundreds of gigs with them.
    They have some faults.
    I wouldn't gig one with the stock output jack or selector switch.
    And many older ones have those crap dime-sized pots.
    Other than that, they can be great instruments.
     

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