NGD - Epiphone Les Paul Custom Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty

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I received my new guitar, and it is beautiful. I got it from Sweetwater and I didn't have much time to play with it when it arrived today. The short amount of time I did get with it, is that it will still need new strings and a setup to my liking. It was just setup ok from Sweetwater. Although... it was on a truck all day out in the 90 degree weather. Maybe it just needs to settle down in normal temps for a day. I will mess with it more when I return on Saturday.

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Finally! A properly sized diamond. Nice!
 

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Thanks Everyone!

It feels pretty good and the neck is not a baseball bat, I would say it is like a medium C neck.
 

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Thanks Everyone!

It feels pretty good and the neck is not a baseball bat, I would say it is like a medium C neck.
That's a really good description. I just got done playing with mine and am pretty much in awe. This is as nice a neck as any non Custom Shop Les Paul style guitar that I've played. I once played an SG with a neck like this that had zero neck dive and didn't grab it (I probably couldn't and I've never seen one like it since except for a lefty Historic, of all things.)
 

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Ok, after the string change, oiling of the fretboard and some minor adjustments she was ready to go. After sitting for a couple of days after travel, the setup was not bad and just needed a couple tweaks. The intonation from Sweetwater was spot on, love it. I went back and forth between my Gibson Custom and this Epiphone Custom BB and they feel great, very close to each other. The Gibsons action is a little bit lower, maybe a little lower than I like it so it was a little smoother to play. I will have to take my Epiphone to my Tech to get it a little bit lower, not as low as the Gibson, and just give it an overall professional setup since I now know I am keeping this bad girl. They both sound very close to one another even though the Gibson Custom has 490R neck and 498T bridge. Here is a quick clip I put together just so you could here them side by side so to speak.

http://www.rj-zero.com/misc/guitars/soundclips/epigibsoncompare.mp4
 
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Ok, after the string change, oiling of the fretboard and some minor adjustments she was ready to go. After sitting for a couple of days after travel, the setup was not bad and just needed a couple tweaks. The intonation from Sweetwater was spot on, love it. I went back and forth between my Gibson Custom and this Epiphone Custom BB and they feel great, very close to each other. The Gibsons action is a little bit lower, maybe a little lower than I like it so it was a little smoother to play. I will have to take my Epiphone to my Tech to get it a little bit lower, not as low as the Gibson, and just give it an overall professional setup since I now know I am keeping this bad girl. They both sound very close to one another even thought the Gibson Custom has 490R neck and 498T bridge. Here is a quick clip I put together just so you could here them side by side so to speak.

http://www.rj-zero.com/misc/guitars/soundclips/epigibsoncompare.mp4
Thanks for this demo, they both sound great! Really excited for mine. It's due start of next month.
 

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You're going to love it, they feel/play and sound as good as a Gibson Custom. My Gibson Custom has a richlite fretboard and the Epiphone Custom has an ebony fretboard, but they both feel pretty much the same to me. Going back and forth, both necks are very similar, a medium C neck with a smooth easy playing feel to them.

I do have some Hipshot GripLock tuners coming tomorrow, because I think the tuners on these are just ok. I did pick up the Epiphone Custom today and it was still perfectly in tune and I did not have to adjust a thing. But... I want the gold keystone type tuners to match the rest of the guitar as well as of course having locking tuners is a plus.
 

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You're going to love it, they feel/play and sound as good as a Gibson Custom. My Gibson Custom has a richlite fretboard and the Epiphone Custom has an ebony fretboard, but they both feel pretty much the same to me. Going back and forth, both necks are very similar, a medium C neck with a smooth easy playing feel to them.

I do have some Hipshot GripLock tuners coming tomorrow, because I think the tuners on these are just ok. I did pick up the Epiphone Custom today and it was still perfectly in tune and I did not have to adjust a thing. But... I want the gold keystone type tuners to match the rest of the guitar as well as of course having locking tuners is a plus.
Fantastic Guitar! I picked up one myself and immediately installed some Gold Hipshot Tuners. Big improvement for me because I must have locking tuners...
 

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Take a look at this from Sweetwater. In my years of buying there this usually means they are never getting them back in stock. If this is true I believe this is a very limited edition...only time will tell. I'm glad I got one!

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Take a look at this from Sweetwater. In my years of buying there this usually means they are never getting them back in stock. If this is true I believe this is a very limited edition...only time will tell. I'm glad I got one!

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I'd be surprised if they tooled up to make them exactly like the ones we just got. That neck profile is unlike anything they make so it was a special run. That was part of the reason why I decided to grab one. A triple pickup custom with an ebony fingerboard and a case for under 800 dollars, for less than 20% of a Gibson Custom shop ... IF you can find one that weighed this much? LOL about the price in 50 years. I sure as hell won't be around to see what they'lll be worth, I highly doubt if I'll live to be 112. If I do, I bet 100K won't be that much money anyway.
 

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