Epi LP Standard - plastic and hardware customized!

BluesZep

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Hi there!

I've customized my Epiphone Les Paul Standard with new plastics and hardware, and I'd like to share with all you!

Electronics:
- Switchcraft toogle
- Gibson Classic '57 piclups
- 50's wiring

Plastic parts:
- Pickup rings: Allparts brand (Gibson size. I've had to re-drill screw holes). The color is too much better. It's really cream-white, not yellow like original epiphone rings, and not cream-pinky like Gibsons. They're small than Epi originals, looks better too. Maybe someday i put historic rings, white ones. The screws have small heads, like old Les pauls.
- Pickguard. Allparts, same color as pickup rings. I wish it was more white than pup rings, but that's OK. The Gibson historic pickguard is very expensive.
- Switch ring: Almost white, with gold fonts. Very vintage-vibe. i've tried Gibson original, but i didnt like it. The Gibson one is darker and more pinky.
- Switch tip: Ambar, not too beautiful, but better than orange Gibson.
- Knobs: I've taken off the ambar and put gold ones, with nickel pointers.

Hardware:
- Gotoh tailpiece and bridge. Nickel ones, but I kept the old bushings. This mod has improved acoustic volume.

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Sinmastah

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Nice, I was looking at the same guitar and finish, but I ewnt the cheap way and got a faded cherry SG G-400 =D. BTW, whats up w/ the strings over the tail piece?
 

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I run my strings over the tail piece of my les paul. I dont know if it makes it sound better but Joe Bonamassa, and Billy Gibbons does it... so thats good enough reason.
 

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Looks great! I'll bet she sounds great as well. ;)
 

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BluesZep, What country was you Epi made in?

Looks great. Do you have Allparts part numbers? (Because their descriptions are terrible on their website)
 

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BluesZep, What country was you Epi made in?

Looks great. Do you have Allparts part numbers? (Because their descriptions are terrible on their website)
Poorman, my Epi is a 2005 Made in China, EE serial number

i haven't the Allparts numbers, cause I've bought them on Ebay. There are some sellers listing allparts parts. In example, these are the pickup rings I've bought:
Pickup Ring Set - Creme with curved bottom - eBay (item 130156250607 end time Feb-19-08 14:01:15 PST)
 

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That looks GREAT BluesZep!

It's so rewarding to upgrade an allready nice Epi Les Paul.
 

mi_canuck

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wow!! super nice LP bro!!!

just curious what made you go with gold knobs? is that truer to the original 58-60's Les Pauls?

i'll be getting new knobs for my '91 LP (Epi) - to go with new CTS pots - and debating getting the Gibson amber or gold top hat knobs...


cheers
 

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I have a question about the factory code EE or DW. Both are, China made. Have any of you folks in the know about Epiphone heard that the DW plant is producing a Consistantly better built and sounding guitar. Sounding more like the gibson les paul woods. I heard this buzz at the guitar store twice now. Figured the crowd on this board would know. Thanks
 

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wow!! super nice LP bro!!!

just curious what made you go with gold knobs? is that truer to the original 58-60's Les Pauls?

i'll be getting new knobs for my '91 LP (Epi) - to go with new CTS pots - and debating getting the Gibson amber or gold top hat knobs...


cheers
mi_canuck

I like gold ones, but I'll try Gibson amber. They seem to be less red than epi amber.
I hate that epiphone stock red knob.


If you decide to buy gibson amber, post a pic please!
 

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Wow, nice job! You've inspired me to do the same to my Epi LP Standard Ebony someday. Right now I'm just a beginner and this is my first guitar! I'm glad I've joined this forum because you've all inspired me to get out there and play! :)
 

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Thanks diceman!
In my opinion she sounds very good. i like too much her sound and playability.
Watch some videos of me playing my Epi: YouTube - BluesZep's Channel

:fingersx:
Sounds GREAT! I should really spend some time and pick up some blues riffs. I love listening to the blues, but don't play them.

I also noticed that the Tonepros bridge made a large difference in acoustic sound compared the stock Epi bridge. I'm considering getting a Gotoh/Tonepros bridge for my Elitist as well - they're very nice! Very nice looking Les Paul, it sounds great, and you play it well!
 

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That is a sweet axe! Love the color- is that vintage sunburst or honeyburst? If I get a Standard (which I want to)- that's the color I want.
I'd almost be scared to play it- 'fraid of messin' up such a beaut!!
 

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I love the sound of those 57s!:applause:
Is that a 57+ in the bridge?
 


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