How are the Epiphone hollowbodies?

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    I plapyed a used one at a store yesterday. Didn't have time to plug it in, but it sounded and felt great not plugged in. It was used and I think they wanted about $350 for it. I think the tag said ES-355. Is that right? How are these? Anyone gig with one?
     
  2. XKnight

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    The new import Epi's are pretty good for the price. They can usually benefit from pup and electronics upgrades.
     
  3. JohnCovach

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    I agree. I have bought a copy of Sheraton II's and they are a tremendous value. The pickups are usable and so replacing them is something you can do when you can afford it--not a pressing concern.
     
  4. semi-hollowbody

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    if it doesnt have 4 digits in the price tag it SUCKS!!!



    just kidding I have a 2005 epi dot and it is awesome...needs a pup upgrade and the gold hardware is tarnished but it is my favprite guitar.
     
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    I had an earlier blonde Sheraton II Samick made for years I got for under $600 w/case new and was a great guitar, then I got a 1990 Gibson ES335 sunburst in perfect condition and needed the cash to help pay off the 335 so I sold it to a friend who still gigs with it.
     
  6. III

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    I got a B-stock Dot Studio last Fall. Just to have a hollow body and pretend I'm Chuck Berry. It's great... except the low E is just a hair outta whack intonation wise, the string needs to be longer but I'm outta saddle.

    I was worried about not having a Volume/Tone control for each pickup to dial in the Rhythm pickup separately to taste, but it's working out fine. The guitar plays good and if ya get drunk and fall down ya ain't out a bunch of money.

    No fret buzz or fretting out and the neck feels great for cheap. Anyone know how to fix the intonation? Bigger/smaller gauge string? Tonepros bridge? It would be my LP backup if it weren't for this.
     
  7. bek

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    Some bridges will have longer saddle travel; that's all you need, although some swear by TonePros, etc. Sometimes you can just remove and rotate a saddle and have the contact point go where you want it.
     
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    Thanks man, but the saddle is turned for the max length already and just slightly off enough to bug me when I really listen. I've been looking into the Tonepros for longer range, unless some one knows of something easier.

    Sorry to go off topic a bit squeally dan... I love my Epi's.
     
  9. booj

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    I've noticed that on the epi's, the inside body curve below the fretboard cuts to about the 20th fret as opposed to a gibson which cuts to about the 21st fret. Could be wrong, and it depends on the model. I'm thinking of the 335's. That's the only reason I got a Gibson. easier access to the top frets.
     
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    Here's a Dot studio with enough upgrades to nearly triple the price of the guitar, which was $199.00. I love it. Poor man's Gretsch.
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    She's a looker Tinman!
     
  12. squeally dan

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    That is pretty? Original pickups? How does it sound?
     
  13. SpaceOddity

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    If it's a used one, check to see where it was made. I had the chance to play two Joe Pass models, one from Korea and one from China, at the same time to A/B them and there was a huge difference. The Korean made Epi's were the ones that gave the hollowbodies the great reputation they have today while the Chinese made guitars don't live up to it at all.
     
  14. Tinman

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    Thanks! No, the pickups were the first thing that had to go. These are TV Jones Magnatrons. This guitar actually looks a little better since this photowas taken. I put some small conchos where the stop tailpiece bushings were.
    It really sounds good! I was serious when I said it's a poor man's Gretsch.
     
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    I think it'd be really cool to be able to buy epis with as much or little hardware as you want. So if you're a change everything type guy you're not buying it all twice.
     
  16. Chicago Slim

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    I've always been a fan of the MIK, Saien made Epiphones. Their serial number begins with an "I". Although I have owned a vintage ES335 and a new Heritage 535, I have sold them both. Today I still own my 2004 Epiphone Sheraton II.
     
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    I test drove a Casino that sounded fine to me.
     
  18. squeally dan

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    Can anyone tell me which epiphone would be the best to check out? Also, whats the biggest differences between an Epiphone and an actual Gibson?
     
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    I recently got a great Sheraton II in black. Intonates perfectly, and the pups are decent.
    It's a Korean one, and I played three of those before I considered this one worthy of purchase. I found much more inconsistency with the Chinese models.
     
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    My Dot was made at the Peerless plant in Korea June of 2003. I played a bunch of hollowbody guitars before I finally found this one. It was literally one that I couldn't put down and one of the very few guitars that I've bought new. I'm still playing it stock but may change the pickups some day. Since I've owned this one I have played a couple Sheraton IIs that I would also like to have.

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