Thinking about buying this, 56 Gold Top.

robgil

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Does it look legit? Dater says,

Your guitar was made at the
Unsung Plant, Korea
on December, 2001
Production Number: 991

What are these 56's like? Do they have a thin neck?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Just by looking at the truss rod cover, it's very likely a Korean. I haven't seen any fakes with that truss rod on. Seeing the serial would help in identifying it.

They have a fat C section neck, I'd love to have one, but I heard they weigh a ton and I'm all for light guitars, but maybe I could get used to it.
Oppps, its a 56 not a 65….
I think you can go back to your first post and edit the title with the right year..
 
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I picked up a 15 yr old Les Paul Gold Top 56 a few months ago. It is Korean made and the workmanship is beautiful and the Epi P90’s sounded great. Mine looked in great condition but actually it was not well cared for. One of the P90’s died so I took that opportunity to upgrade all the electronics, pots, wiring, switches, jack and put in Gibson P90’s. I committed that effort, did it myself, and that $ because I love that guitar.

Great looking and has a stunning neck and fingerboard and sounds great.



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I’ve owned a 1999 made in Korea Epi 56 GT for about 18 years now and it’s a fine guitar. I’m pretty sure it’s all original, I know I haven’t changed out anything.

I never felt the need to change out anything, Pickups sound good, tuners and nut are fine, (I know that because it stays in tune). It’s the perfect weight.

The only thing I did to it was some fret work. I always check the frets when I buy a guitar, new or used. Most of the time they need at least a couple of frets leveled. This one needed quite a few frets leveled as well as the fret ends dressed.

It’s also got a Limited Edition screen print on the lower part of the back of the headstock. I think back then, these 56 GTs were offered randomly and when they did offer them they were referred to as Limited Edition.

All in all it’s a nice guitar, it plays and sounds great. Epiphones are great guitars for the money, one of the best values available,....along with MIM Strats.

One thing for sure, I don’t think anyone with a good amount of guitar knowledge would mistake an Epi for a Gibson. There something about the way a Gibson feels and plays that distinguishes it!





 

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I picked up a 15 yr old Les Paul Gold Top 56 a few months ago. It is Korean made and the workmanship is beautiful and the Epi P90’s sounded great. Mine looked in great condition but actually it was not well cared for. One of the P90’s died so I took that opportunity to upgrade all the electronics, pots, wiring, switches, jack and put in Gibson P90’s. I committed that effort, did it myself, and that $ because I love that guitar.

Great looking and has a stunning neck and fingerboard and sounds great.



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Thumbs up to the sparkly paint!!!!! :dude: .
 

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Those are a thing of beauty! I would love to have one. It has a thick 50's profile neck doesn't it ?

As for the Limited Edition, that must have been the early stamps. Now all I see is a Custom Shop Limited Edition stamps. Not to disappoint you, but every Epiphone I've had up to now, except for a 2004 Vintage G400, have the stamp. Even my simple LP Special 1 with P90.

As for the Custom Shop on the stamp, I don't think Epiphone ever had a custom shop.

It's all marketing.
 

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Those are a thing of beauty! I would love to have one. It has a thick 50's profile neck doesn't it ?

As for the Limited Edition, that must have been the early stamps. Now all I see is a Custom Shop Limited Edition stamps. Not to disappoint you, but every Epiphone I've had up to now, except for a 2004 Vintage G400, have the stamp. Even my simple LP Special 1 with P90.

As for the Custom Shop on the stamp, I don't think Epiphone ever had a custom shop.

It's all marketing.
Epiphone may have a custom shop for Casinos and such but not for LPS- MY 1997 mim Fender Strat still has the Fender 50th sticker on it in perfect condition too!, doesnt add value just a cool little memento.
 

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I had one of those for a few years. I really don't care for Epiphones much, but I LOVED that guitar. It had a great sound, great feel, nice medium chunky neck. I put a bigsby on it and even after that tuning was rock solid.
 

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Does it look legit? Dater says,

Your guitar was made at the
Unsung Plant, Korea
on December, 2001
Production Number: 991

What are these 56's like? Do they have a thin neck?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Seems legit, those are good guitars. No, they dont have a thin neck. Are you going to buy it? How much is the seller asking?
 

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Not sure yet, Im off to see it in the morning and take it from there, fingers crossed. Out of curiosity how do they compare to the current Chinese 56's? There are a few shops that still have them in stock, usually in Blue or Red.
 

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Not sure yet, Im off to see it in the morning and take it from there, fingers crossed. There are a few shops that still have them in stock, usually in Blue or Red.
Good luck tomorrow, if its been well cared for it should be easy. The red sparkle ones from china look neat, they are all really nice!
 

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You are really going to enjoy that 56.

I also have a Tele and a Strat, just put the Strat down to check the forums. If you are like me you will enjoy the occasional change to a 12” radius from what most likely are your 9 1/2” Fenders. Also, I’m not a medium chunky neck guy, yet I enjoy the 56 neck even though it is chunkier than my Fenders.

Enjoy


What’s the fun of a forum without pics, to that end, here is my EC Strat

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Oooh, I like that, that's well nice. My Strat is a 1974 Aria Matsumoku built, its 7.25 radius, lovely old thing but sadly I have to let it go, strict one in one out policy, its got quite a chunky neck, a bit like my Baja Tele. I am loving this 56 though, its right up my street and those p90's sound so edgy, Im setting it up as I type this and have pretty much got there with it, after adjusting the neck relief I am letting it rest a while. So far though I am impressed, the neck is really nice, I don't do slim necks very well and this feels just right. The nut was cut a little low hence the high neck relief so a new nut will have to be put on it, Ive raised the bridge to compensate but it isn't right, the good thing though is it has no fret buzz even with the low nut.
 

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You could for right now just shim the nut with something like a business card until you get a new nut. I did that on two guitars, works pretty good, ya don’t really even need to glue it in.

Sounds like the neck is the perfect size for you. I wonder if you will play cleaner on a 12” radius fingerboard, I tend to.

You have the same policy I do, one in one out.
 

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Its very playable as it is, shimming it still wont get it right without a lot of work but it is an option. Ive had a little play with it and holy god! It sounds lush! When I do nuts I tend to take off the bottom rather than gut the slots deeper, I find its more accurate and consistent across the strings. I am finding I have to adjust my playing style quite a bit having primarily played a Tele all this time but the reason I bought this was to set it up as a dedicated slide guitar but Im beginning to think it might just stay in normal tuning for a while.
 




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