To V or not to V...

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  1. vintagecrunch

    vintagecrunch Senior Member

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    Hey Guys,
    I found a super clean Epi 58 Korina V in a pawn shop for $250 and was wondering if I should pick it up and put some aftermarket PAF's and a new wiring harness in it? It has a nice acoustic ring to it, but the electric tone is lacking and on top of that I always wanted a vee so this could be a project to see if a V is really what I want.

    Any one like these?
    Thanks
     
  2. baimun

    baimun Member

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    I've GAS'd over those as well... I'm a big fan of Limba wood.

    You may end up wanting to replace the tuners and maybe use a tonepros bridge as well... but if I were in your shoes, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.
     
  3. 1959burst

    1959burst boogieman

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    not a fan of epi's but it sound like a good economical alternative. [​IMG]
     
  4. straightblues

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    That sounds like a great deal. Do it, you will always be able to get your money back out of it.
     
  5. vintagecrunch

    vintagecrunch Senior Member

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    Nice V... If I find a real '58 or a historic in a pawnshop for $250 I let you know, but till then are the Epi's worth upgrading?
     
  6. Todd Lynch

    Todd Lynch Member

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    For your stated price - 'yes'.
     
  7. michael patrick

    michael patrick Supporting Member

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    I had an Epi V that I threw some High Order pickups and an RS kit into. Sweet player, and sounded great. And your price is right....
     
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    great looking by i find it hangs funny
    :munch
     
  9. jeffwith1f

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    obviously I am biased, but I'd say: most any V is a good V.
    [​IMG]

    here's my take on the epi's
    well made. ho-hum electronics.
    I'd definately recommend upgrading to a nice set of Gibson 498-500's (as would come stock in a 67RI, or V-factor as they are now called, or perhaps even a set of Classic 57's) while you are having the work done, you should consider adding another $50 to your tab and have your tuners updated as well to a good set of Grovers or Gotoh sealed tuners.

    here's the problem:
    once you've dropped $250 on the instrument, and then another $450 on pickup and tuner upgrades, perhaps you should simply have bought a new faded?

    The Real un-altered gibson will be able to be resold for much more than the Epi at some later point, should you not love it. just food for thought.

    you may have some cheaper replacement pickups in mind. obvioulsy this would change the price structure here.
     
  10. Mattbedrock

    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    [​IMG]

    While I concur with Jeff, I have kept stock pickups in my 3 EPI Korinas. No, they don't sound as good as my Gibsons, but they're decent. My EPI Moderne sounds particularly good (not sure if these are different pickups), but the V is probably my favorite slide guitar for both upper register access and sweet tone with a chromed brass slide. The only real issue I have with them is their tendency to squeal at extreme gain/volume settings.

    Of course, I am much more comfortable taking the EPI's out to bar gigs than my Gibsons. If it rains, who cares? Stolen? Buy another. Knocked over by a drunk? Glue it back together.
     
  11. scottlr

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    I had a 67 V in the mid 70s. Unfortunately it got repossessed as I was a struggling kid playing in a rock band. Of all the guitars I have let go over the years, that one has the fondest memories for me. I think I'd look silly with one now, but even so, I may one day grab another V. I now want the 58 style. But the 67 was wonderful then, as I was a huge Wishbone Ash fan. And mine was just like Andy Powell's.
     
  12. Mattbedrock

    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    Ditto, Scott, WA was the only band that came close the Allmans and Skynyrd for multiguitar mayhem back then. Because of all of them I ended up with V's, LP's and Firebirds!
     
  13. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    Damn!!!!
    I missed the '01 Hempfest!!!!!

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  14. TattooedCarrot

    TattooedCarrot Supporting Member

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    Maybe try a used faded Gibson V instead? I don't care for the feel of Epi necks (although $250 is hard to beat).

    Here's my once faded Gibson V, now refinished with tung oil and other upgraded goodies.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Mike9

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    The truth is they are mahogany with Korina veneered top and back. Still nice guitars though I had one and it was a good player when I got done with it. Some of the MIK Epi's are very good guitars for their price point and $250 is a good price if it's in good shape.

    Personally I like the look of Dean V's - and the Dean Z's as well for the Explorer style.
     
  16. jeffwith1f

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    I feel I must respond in kind:
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  17. chrisrob

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    the answer is always not to v.
    this is important so i'll type it twice
    in every situation the answer is not to v....
     
  18. jeffwith1f

    jeffwith1f Member

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    please qualify your opinion.

    here's why I'm Pro V
    -unprecedented upper fret access
    -super hot pickups
    -styling that stands out amidst a sea of Tele's, Strats and Les Pauls - yawn
    -light weight
     
  19. Mortebpmb

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    That's bloody cheap. Go for it![​IMG]
     
  20. vintagecrunch

    vintagecrunch Senior Member

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    Thanks guys, I got it and I have a set of 57 Classics that I am gonna through in there.
     

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