NGD Epi LP Custom Pro Limited Edition in Koa

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Just had UPS drop this Limited Edition Custom Pro Koa off at home. Sealed box from Epiphone in China, and very tight quality control. Beautiful woods, decent set-up, and priced about $150 less than typical street prices.
Little buzz on G string on 2nd fret, and binding "blurred" in small area by cutaway. Nothing bad enough that it would constitute a deal breaker, or return.
Plays great. Sounds great. I am glad I pulled the trigger on this one online.
 

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Ooolala ! We need to see more of her. Give us some soft porn here.

Strip her of her store attributes and show us her bare back, gorgeous neck, sculpted curves, etc. Do it outside, so we get the blunt truth about her.

How's her neck, Slim and Taper or with some girth ?
 

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I was nervous about getting somebody elses returned product, but this is a pristine example without so much as a fingerprint...
Musician's Friend must have a warehouse in Nashville with stacks of product fresh from China. I love this one.
Neck profile is a flat, wide "D" shape, and nothing like I currently own. Over the weekend I went to Guitar Center in Knoxville, and played 2 other Custom Pro models that had the exact same neck profile...
The top on this is a solid cap, as I can see the grain change at the cutaway. Probably a Koa laminate over that, but what a beauty!
 

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I got the same guitar just over a year ago. Mine was perfect except that the rosewood fingerboard needed to be lemon oiled. And I have to say that of my 6 LPs, 4 Gibson, 2 other Epis, this may be the nicest neck of them all. The ProBuckers are one of Gibson/Epi's most versatile pickups. Enjoy !!!
 

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Yes, the neck is comfortable, and I think it will work out fine. Nice fretwork. Kinda feels plastic coated, but maybe with use it will settle in. My impression was that the wood might be pau ferro rather than rosewood. It IS really light, and getting an oil treatment tonight.(With a string change...)
 

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Here are some fresh pictures, less the advertising stickers...
Cool guitar that is growing on me. I was looking at Gibson LP Standards, Eastman SB 59s, etc., but thought I would give this a try for something different. Have had Samicks, Edwards, Dillions, Tokais, in the past, so pretty up to speed on import models. Epiphone has made great progress with fit/finish and overall quality on these. Just beautiful work.
So far, so good.
 

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Never seen one of those in person but in pictures I think that is one of the prettiest guitars out there.
 

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Probuckers are one of Gibson/Epi's most versatile pickups. Enjoy !!!
Agree.

Gibson raised the bar including these pickups on some Epi models along with Grovers at the other end of the neck.

Nashville performance without the price.
 

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Agree.

Gibson raised the bar including these pickups on some Epi models along with Grovers at the other end of the neck.

Nashville performance without the price.
And on top of it all, this thing is easy on the eyes.
 

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The build quality along with the koa top and block inlays really got my attention. For what these cost, it is a good value, IMHO. I love the chocolate streaks in my example. Have had various bursts over the years, and think I like this every bit as much, or maybe even a little more...
 

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Yes, I bought a Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro "KOA" a few years ago. I stripped all the Epiphone hardware and Epiphone electroniccs which I replaced with "genuine" Gibson hardware and electronics. 490R & 498T Humbuckers, ABR-1 Bridge with conversion posts, tailpiece, metal output jack, Grover keystone tuners, Switchcraft 3 way toggle and output jack, braided and cloth wire throughout. Gibson "stamped" potentiometers, and "Bumblebee" tone capacitors. New Gibson black speed knobs to fit the new pots. This particular Epiphone Les Paul Custom "KOA" is a really great value as the "KOA" top is the "real deal" and NOT a veneer. Very solid construction too. Very nice neck profile and big frets.
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I would like to make some upgrades to my koa, too... Good to see that you have pulled it off. I already have a new HSC from Gator/Guitar Center that was at a huge discount...on it's way.
 

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Hi Junior. Changing the Grovers is a simple direct fit. FYI, Grover makes two different sets of tuners. "Made in China" and "Made in Korea". You can tell the difference by looking at a U.S.A. made Gibson's tuner buttons. You'll notice there is a raised crease in the middle of the kidney button. If you look at Grover buttons on an Epiphone the kidney button will be completely flat. To change the bridge you'll need conversion posts. You can buy them at Philadelphia Luthier Tool & Supply Company. You can either get the conversion posts for an ABR-1 Bridge or for a Nashville Tune-O-Matic Bridge. A Gibson Tailpiece will fit an Epiphone but maybe not the posts? I'm not 100% sure. I suggest looking for a used set of Gibson 490R & 498T Gold Humbucker's on eBay. I got a set for less than one Gibson humbucker would cost "brand new". Obviously you'll want to get Switchcraft 3-Way Toggle and Output Jack with the Gold Plate. I bought a set of the smooth black back plates. The toggle switch plate fit. The control cavity plate needed some grinding to make it fit but it wasn't too difficult to do. Of course you'll also want to get Gibson potentiometers and good tone capacitors. I like the Emerson "Bumblebee" Tone Caps. I hope this helps.
 




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