Korina V Advise

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I have been offered a Korina V in trade for some work wiring a few strats. Brand new out of the box. They got it this year. Are these anygood? I would obviously rip the electronics out, but I an curious what you all think of them. So I am not getting like Korina veneer over OSB glued into a guitar or something:rofl:

PS I also think this would be a cute vehicle for my Seymour Duncan Seth Lover set:fingersx:
 

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I played the Joe Bonamassa "Amos" V and it was a great guitar. I've also played other Epi Korina Vs and they were also good guitars. I always play them when I come across them; there's one at a local store, I think it's a 06 or something, and I dig it. Don't know if that helps but that's my two cents.
 

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Pretty sure most of them are veneered, and the Amos is solid Korina... (?)
 

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Seths would be great in that guitar, unless you use a ton of preamp gain and volume as they aren't potted. But if your style depends on touch-sensitivity, they are ace.
 

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I like mine just fine. Enough to gig it a bunch of times. The pickups are even pretty good. The "blackwood" fretboard is beautiful.
Atiny bit of neck dive, but a grippy leather strap cures it.
 

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They are veneer, but some are very well done, as I was lucky that my 1st issue was. But, I routed to get the bridge pup closer to the bridge, made a new pickguard. Gibson BB#1's, Gibson TOM and tuners, chicken-head knobs, PIO caps & elect. My #2
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I would obviously rip the electronics out,
Why? The Epiphone Pro-Buckers are great pickups, and honestly, there's nothing wrong with the pots and switches. Caps are caps and you aren't going to hear a difference between an orange drop, green chicklet, ceramic disc, or a bumble bee given they are all the same value.
 

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Why? The Epiphone Pro-Buckers are great pickups, and honestly, there's nothing wrong with the pots and switches. Caps are caps and you aren't going to hear a difference between an orange drop, green chicklet, ceramic disc, or a bumble bee given they are all the same value.
I mostly agree with this, but we part company at the jack and switch.
AFAIK, Epi still hasn't upped their game enough on these parts to make a dependable gigger.
 

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A good Gotoh TOM made a difference in my V's tone, plus the crap metal that most Asian TOM's are made with allow bridge collapse far too easily.
 

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I mostly agree with this, but we part company at the jack and switch.
AFAIK, Epi still hasn't upped their game enough on these parts to make a dependable gigger.
I agree that they aren't the most durable parts in the bin.
OTOH, I replaced the switch in my Epi SG and within 6 months, the Switchcraft started getting flaky, and I do not live in a humid environment, so no reason for corrosion to be a problem if the switch wasn't already corroding when it was installed.
 

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Why? The Epiphone Pro-Buckers are great pickups, and honestly, there's nothing wrong with the pots and switches. Caps are caps and you aren't going to hear a difference between an orange drop, green chicklet, ceramic disc, or a bumble bee given they are all the same value.
Anyone know what pups would have been in a year 2000 pls.
Thanks
 

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I am still thinking about the V. I can accept a veneer top, but when the body itself is junkwood I got a problem lol.

I would put my Seth's in it because they are going to be sitting otherwise. Great pickups but the feedback problem is out of hand lately.
 

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I don't have the korina V but an early korina explorer. These are korina veneer over multiple pieces of korina. So they are all korina. Seems the ones made in Czech could be solid 2 piece without veneer
 

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I don't have the korina V but an early korina explorer. These are korina veneer over multiple pieces of korina. So they are all korina. Seems the ones made in Czech could be solid 2 piece without veneer
My Korean V from 2000 seems to be two piece (can't see any more joints on the rim of the guitar other than one in the centre) but it still has the veneer. I can only assume that the 'solid' centre is either not Korina or is just ugly.
Ps still wondering what the stock pups would be on mine.
Thanks
 

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My korina Explorer (1998) is 3 part (2 large one really tiny) with 2 part veneer. Is stock apart from pickguard, guy i bought it from had used it in a U2 cover band. So White pickguard on...
No idea what is under the veneer, no need to find out on mine, not all korina is probably as pretty looking.
 

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Why? The Epiphone Pro-Buckers are great pickups, and honestly, there's nothing wrong with the pots and switches. Caps are caps and you aren't going to hear a difference between an orange drop, green chicklet, ceramic disc, or a bumble bee given they are all the same value.
Secret is L U B R I C A T I O N. A spray can of cleaning-lubricating juice will get you years of flawless "cheap" electronics components reliability.
 
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I would put my V up against any Gibson. Play and sound-wise. At 21 years, it's the longest I have OWNED a single guitar. Patty Lou (avatar) came 4 years later.... I will never sell it.
 




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