NGD - Epiphone 56 Goldtop

fullspectrum

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Just got it yesterday from Long and McQuade here in Toronto. Looks wise its gorgeous and nearly perfect cosmetically. I found one slightly dark spot on the binding under the clear but its hardly noticeable. Other than that its perfect.

The frets are nice...no sharp edges and pretty level as I was able to get the action quite low. Lower than most of my guitars which was nice.

The gold paint is beautiful and the back is a reddish brown. The best feature is the p-90 pickups. All I can say is this guitar screams! Very clear and crunchy sounding. Compared to probuckers on the same amp and same settings the p-90's win. In comparison the probuckers were quieter and more muffled sounding. After hearing the p-90's I feel the probuckers on my other guitar need to be changed out.

The neck was surprisingly not too thick at all. Kind of a rounded profile but not too thick for my average sized fingers. The neck is definitely not Bonamassa baseball bat thick. The guitar was lighter than expected. Probably still around 8 pounds though.

Bottom line...you will love this guitar. Grab one while they are around. I am seriously thinking about getting another one maybe in blue because I like the sound that much. Basically the only thing I would change is the knobs to gold reflectors.

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Nice axe! I've been eyeballing a '54 Jeff Beck oxblood, but I am awfully tempted by the '56 GTs, just for those P-90s.
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Rocco Crocco

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Great pic, FullSpec.... I like how you can see the "epiphone" stamp of the tailpiece reflected on the finish.
 

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Looks great, one of 2-3 LP's I want right now. Glad to hear the pickups are good, I think older versions had a good reputation too.
 

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Man! You do have the action set low! As I always say, P-90s are the ultimate pickup; it was all downhill after that!:laugh2: Seriously, welcome to the '56GT club. I'm glad to hear fit & finish is first-rate. (Not that there was anything wrong with my '08).
 

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Man! You do have the action set low! As I always say, P-90s are the ultimate pickup; it was all downhill after that!:laugh2:

Yeah I was surprised at how low I could get the action without even adjusting the truss rod. But I suspect that will change once I get her laced up with some 9's.

And yes p-90's really freakin rock! Every guitar I have played with p-90's just howls and has this sound that kinda stirs my soul :hmm: I can't describe it. Another one I just love is the DiMarzio super distortion...
 

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my '56, it's my number one, after my Tele... :D
 

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Congratulations.

Everyone needs a 56GT in their line up.

The P90's in these really rock. They might just
be the perfect pick up.
 

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If you change those amber top hat knobs to something else, you'll lose half your tone. Don't do it.
 

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Question: How can I adjust the pickup height. Looking at the bridge pickup it looks a little tilted to one side. :hmm: Is it the two little screws near the middle of the pickup that will adjust height?
 

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Yep. They go right into the wood. Not real experienced with P-90's, I don't think you raise them as high as humbuckers in general.
 

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I raised my bridge pup considerably, because it was quite a bit weaker sounding than the neck pup now the output levels are equal, plus it screams a bit more now!
 

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