NGD (first new Epi in about 10 years)

Malikon

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2020 has for me been the year I discovered the Beatles, so when I found an Epiphone last week that looked so similar to Lennons Gibson, I jumped on it.

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It came yesterday and I oiled the board to darken it some, and it has a truss rod (luckily) which required a bit of tweaking to get the strings lowered and the neck straight, it did have some bowing and the strings were pretty high at the 12th fret, but that's what Truss Rods are for so that was easy enough to fix.

Got it all cleaned up and the cover back on today. The silver 'E' on the pickguard fell off, which is awesome I didn't care for it anyway. I think they know people remove them because it was barely stuck on the pickguard.

All in all it's a fantastic guitar that I'm enjoying very much. It definitely does the early Beatles stuff like I Feel Fine very well. Sounds and plays great. Plays in tune. Fret work is great. Electronics and everything works. No complaints at all.

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thumb cutters on the knobs. I love/hate those things. They hurt if you hit em wrong, but I miss them when they're not there. I think they look cool.
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the pickup is total stealth, you barely notice it. I think it's a p100 and it sounds really good when the guitar is plugged in. I imagine I could even string the guitar with electric guitar strings if I wanted.
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I want to get a Natural colored Casino next.

...and that 1959 Les Paul coming out..



...and a black Les Paul Custom. :laugh2:

the new Epis are looking might fine.
 
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Couldn't have found a better home! I know you'll get full use and appreciation out of it!

Congrats, and enjoy!!

:cheers:
 

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I could never afford a Gibson j160E at the time (and I WORKED for the damn company, lol) but a rep got fired, we got his samples to send back to Nashburg and there was a gorgeous 160E that came from some dealer. It had been sent to Bozeman for a repair...almost everything from the top to bridge for replacement. Darn thing was rebuilt, but it was magnificent. I put a bridge transducer in it and replaced tone control with a 2nd volume. Was a lovely guitar.

My point tho is that despite all the convos about solid vs. laminated tops, I found that the Epi sounded much like a Gibby since the Gibby may be nitro, but it's a laminated top, Epi is a solid top with poly finish. To me it was a wash in comparison. One day I would like another 160E, and yours is giving me big time GAS. Nice score.
 
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yeah the finish on it is very thin. And it sounds great, and gets VERY loud if you start strumming it hard.


you can see how thin the finish is, looking at the reflection of the tv you can see the ripples of the wood grain in the finish...

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I never paid this much for an acoustic. I always bought "cheap" acoustics around $100-$150 just to beat on and drag out on camping trips and stuff. But I'm really glad I found this one. It plays and sounds fantastic.

Ordered a case too but it's back ordered.


....now to start planning on the Epi Casino. hahaha.

(I really love that Sheraton Pro I saw with the Bigsby and three p90's? That thing looks awesome but I don't like 3 pickup guitars and really wish they made it with only two p90's instead.)

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So sick looking. What a cool guitar, ... just too many pickups. :laugh2:

Hopefully soon I'll pick up a Casino to mess around with.

The Beatles really have me liking and appreciating acoustic and semi-hollow and hollow body guitars. Instead of just LP/SG/Strats and Teles.
 

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Great looking guitar Mal. Very cool.

I love “thumb cutters.” Put them on all my guitars. I opt for the less pointy ones from Philly.

 

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(I really love that Sheraton Pro I saw with the Bigsby and three p90's? That thing looks awesome but I don't like 3 pickup guitars and really wish they made it with only two p90's instead.)

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So sick looking. What a cool guitar, ... just too many pickups. :laugh2:

Hopefully soon I'll pick up a Casino to mess around with.

The Beatles really have me liking and appreciating acoustic and semi-hollow and hollow body guitars. Instead of just LP/SG/Strats and Teles.
OK, passing right by how one could discover the Fabs a half-century after they broke up..........that is a Riviera P93, Mal (differentiated from the original Riviera by the Bigbsy instead of a Requensator tailpiece, and the 3 P-90s instead of 2 mini-humbuckers) .
You'll find the Sheraton Pro here. (And you'll find a '92 Sheraton in my avatar; they're wonderful guitars!)
And yes, get a Casino; I regard it - and it's twin, the Gibson ES-330-TD - to be the apex of electric guitar development.
 

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OK, passing right by how one could discover the Fabs a half-century after they broke up.......
When Lennon was killed I wasn't even in kindergarten yet. I grew up listening to heavy metal and thrash. I heard Beatles songs but I didn't really get into them until late last year when i heard She's So Heavy.. . That ending riff is way heavier than I ever thought the Beatles could be.

Then I went full tilt and bought every album multiple times. Original Capital releases, Parlaphone reissues, books movies t-shirts etc.

And they led to Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins.. (Harrison did anyway)

... music is a journey. It was time for me to discover them apparently
 

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When Lennon was killed I wasn't even in kindergarten yet. I grew up listening to heavy metal and thrash. I heard Beatles songs but I didn't really get into them until late last year when i heard She's So Heavy.. . That ending riff is way heavier than I ever thought the Beatles could be.

Then I went full tilt and bought every album multiple times. Original Capital releases, Parlaphone reissues, books movies t-shirts etc.

And they led to Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins.. (Harrison did anyway)

... music is a journey. It was time for me to discover them apparently
I am of an age to have been part of Beatlemania, so have trouble imagining not being into them on at least some level.
Well, better late than never. I find it amazing that the same kids who did "I Want To Hold Your Hand" became the guys who did Sgt. Pepper; mind-boggling growth!
 

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I am of an age to have been part of Beatlemania, so have trouble imagining not being into them on at least some level.
Well, better late than never. I find it amazing that the same kids who did "I Want To Hold Your Hand" became the guys who did Sgt. Pepper; mind-boggling growth!
Check out my Beatles thread...


I've gotten more stuff since. The 3 Anthologies, solo records, another Gretsch guitar....

When i find a band i really like i try to get all their stuff. It's a little daunting w The Beatles though, there's a lot of stuff.
 

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When Lennon was killed I wasn't even in kindergarten yet. I grew up listening to heavy metal and thrash. I heard Beatles songs but I didn't really get into them until late last year when i heard She's So Heavy.. . That ending riff is way heavier than I ever thought the Beatles could be.

Then I went full tilt and bought every album multiple times. Original Capital releases, Parlaphone reissues, books movies t-shirts etc.

And they led to Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins.. (Harrison did anyway)

... music is a journey. It was time for me to discover them apparently
This is a great post.
Those of us who grew up with the Beatles sort of assumed that they would not only always be around, but they would be respected and ubiquitous.
The ubiquitous part turned out to not be true and there are many younger music lovers/players who just don't feel the love for the Beatles in the way that we were sure would be the case.
Of course their music stands on its own, but take away the context...the time when they changed the world...and a big chunk of their magic goes away.
Same with Jimi.
 


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