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  1. Lester

    How much does your Norlin weigh?

    If you return it to a goldtop, you could fill those pickup cavities and re-install the mini's, the way God intended it to be. FWIW, Gibson originally painted the "lower grade" tops black or gold because they didn't think the wood was good looking enough to qualify for burst. That's not to say...
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    Epiphone neck profiles

    Can verify that they have a baseball bat neck! Definitely wasn't for me, but I know others love them.
  3. Lester

    Epiphone neck profiles

    Are you sure they are actually closer together? Did you measure with a ruler? The reason I ask is that I've played a number of necks recently. Some feel like the strings are close... some like they are spaced wider. Then I measure with a ruler and they are either all the same or perhaps opposite...
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    Epiphone neck profiles

    Me too. Tried a new LP Special with P90's. Baseball bat. Not for me... it's slim taper. Love a ridiculously thin early SG neck or a slim-50's LP. I also have a modded slim-D Epi-SL. Very comfortable.
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    2010 50's LP / P90's - why so cheap?

    As in "recently"? That's a nice price.
  6. Lester

    2010 50's LP / P90's - why so cheap?

    Thanks. I'll have to familiarize myself with the new models and pricing. I guess my head is more vintage oriented.
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    2010 50's LP / P90's - why so cheap?

    Wow... I shouldn't post while distracted! Updated my post above with more details and better questions.
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    2010 50's LP / P90's - why so cheap?

    I'm not familiar with the newer parts of the market... but shouldn't this be a lot more money in today's market? Also, do these have a thin 50's neck or a thick 50's neck? EDIT: Whoops... Sorry... I was distracted while browsing & posting. The one I was looking at was an ended listing for...
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    In praise of the not special LP Special II (+ show your Epi projects)

    I've got an Epi SL with mods, build thread around here somewhere. I've been seriously thinking of doing the horn mod - much like yours - probably sans-bevel - to make it more SG like for the upper fret access. If I still had my shop with a band saw and a drill press / drum sander, it would...
  10. Lester

    Any love still out there for Epi SL and projects?

    That's a heck of a price. How do they compare to Gibson vintage mini's? Same brightness and roll off warmth? I have another guitar that might like them : -)
  11. Lester

    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    Ran the tests this morning. Used values from 0.0015uF to 0.010uF. Tried the P90 machine in question along with HB's and Strat single coils. It was both helpful and inconclusive all at the same time. I might be able to toss out values below .0033, but I could see using all the others. It...
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    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    Back where I started, I tried a Gibson Firebird with P90's today through a VOX amp. Close to the Epi, although I think the Gibson pickups have a bit more clean in them. But, they got dirty easily. As mentioned, probably in keeping with the "historic" nature of the "1962 reissue" pickups...
  13. Lester

    On the lighter side, shipping

    Aye, there is a pestilence upon the fields... --- I used to have lot of heavy-ish stuff shipped to me. UPS always broke the boxes and damaged the good or came close. FEDEX boxes were always intact. FWIW. I once talked to a guy who worked in a UPS distribution center. I learned why everything...
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    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    @freefrog : In the diagram you linked to (and most suggested circuits) I typically see a 1M pot used for the "bass contour control". Do I understand correctly that in this design that the pot essentially "pushes" more of the signal through the filter cap as you move the wiper to the side that...
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    Any love still out there for Epi SL and projects?

    What mini's are those? I'm still rocking the Stratosphere pickups. Getting some nice tones from them. This is anice neck shape for me and an enjoyable guitar.
  16. Lester

    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    I did measure the pickups already. They come in at 9.6 and 9.8K. So, not much difference there, although I see that they are factory marked neck/bridge. So, that might just be to get the right length of pickup wire in the right location for assembly. There is a major tone difference for sure...
  17. Lester

    Testing the 1M vs. 500K pot effect w/o a 1M pot

    Didn't hear any noticeable effect with the resistor in there using a switch for back to back tests. I'm going to set up the 50's wiring next. I'll use switches for that to allow for back-to-back testing.
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    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    Thanks. I went out and listened to some videos. Not the ideal test, but back to back, with a good mic, with the same headphones at my end: it's a reasonable comparison at least, if not a quality sound sample overall I think I'm going to put it down to amp issues with my test (although I had the...
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    Epi P90's vs. Gibson P90's; Thoughts? Not what I expected

    I'll pull one out and at least pull the covers. I didn't pay all that much attention the last time I had them out, nor am I familiar enough with a Gibson P90 for something to have caught my eye with a 'oh, that's different". I should also mention that I did lower them... particularly the neck...


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