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  • What's the best Epiphone guitar you've ever played?

    This thread about Squiers caught my attention... and got me thinking about Gibson's budget brand - Epiphone. So in the interest of equal time, what is the best Epiphone guitar you've ever played?


    For me, I think the prize would have to go to my 2001 MIK Epiphone Casino. It was made in the Peerless factory in Korea, and man if they didn't get everything "right" with that guitar. The neck is fantastic - it's thin, fast, and comfortable, but not too narrow - it's exceptionally easy to play. And it sounds fantastic too. It's definitely a keeper!


    Phil's '01 Casino


     


    How about you? What's the best Epi you've ever played? Pics are always welcome! :smiley-popcorn:

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  • #2

    I have four Epiphones, but one of them is an archtop acoustic from 1951 (a Devon), when they were Gibson's competition rather than their budget brand.  That one is best, but I don't think it counts for this thread.  So, I'd say my Dot.  I think it's a '97, and it's MIK.  The pickups are Duncan Alnico Pro IIs, and they sound really fantastic. 

    http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h470/kayd\_mon/IMG\_1008.jpg

    I also have an Epi Les Paul from either '96 or '97 that plays very well.  My SG needs a new nut, but is otherwise pretty good.  Epiphone makes solid stuff.  I have liked a lot of the models that I've tried at shops, and I come back to them a lot - the Riviera P93, the Wildkat, and the Nighthawk, to name a few.

     

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    • Rich4Once
      Rich4Once commented
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      I have had two Epi LPs, a Classic and a '56 reissue. The Classic I sold to a guy in my band almost 10 years ago. The '56 I still have, and will never part with. My wife got it for me in 2007 for Father's Day. Here is a pic. 


      http://s127.photobucket.com/user/one4rich/media/Gear\%20Pics/LP2.jpg.html?sort=3&o=47


       


      Epi '56 Les Paul

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    • Phil O'Keefe
      Phil O'Keefe commented
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      kayd\_mon wrote:

      I have four Epiphones, but one of them is an archtop acoustic from 1951 (a Devon), when they were Gibson's competition rather than their budget brand.  That one is best, but I don't think it counts for this thread.  So, I'd say my Dot.  I think it's a '97, and it's MIK.  The pickups are Duncan Alnico Pro IIs, and they sound really fantastic. 


      http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h470/kayd\_mon/IMG\_1008.jpg


      I also have an Epi Les Paul from either '96 or '97 that plays very well.  My SG needs a new nut, but is otherwise pretty good.  Epiphone makes solid stuff.  I have liked a lot of the models that I've tried at shops, and I come back to them a lot - the Riviera P93, the Wildkat, and the Nighthawk, to name a few.


       




       


      Nice looking Dot.


      My Les Paul is also an MIK Epi, and from that same general time period ('96) - it's not quite as special as the Casino, but it's also a very solid guitar that plays and sounds great. It's a limited edition in Trans Red... here's a picture of it.



      Epi Les Paul in Trans Red - and friends


       

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  • #3

    The best import Epiphone I ever played was probably a Broadway that would be six or seven years old now.  But the best Epiphone I ever played is my mid-1960s Riviera.

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    • #4

      Best Epiphone that I've ever played?

       

       

      The one that hasn't come out yet...

       

       

       

      Not a fan.

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    • #5

      The best Epiphone I've ever played is from an era where Epiphone was not Gibson's budget brand (although they already owned Epi).  A friend of mine has a 1967 Emperor.  What a fantastic guitar!  Not only the the best Epiphone I've ever played but one of the best guitars period.

      Two types of people you don't want to argue with.... geniuses and fools. .....it helps if you can tell the difference.

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      • BeanoBoy
        BeanoBoy commented
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        stormin1155 wrote:

        The best Epiphone I've ever played is from an era where Epiphone was not Gibson's budget brand (although they already owned Epi).  A friend of mine has a 1967 Emperor.  What a fantastic guitar!  Not only the the best Epiphone I've ever played but one of the best guitars period.


        I have had the same experience. I played a 60s Casino that more than held up it's reputation. I keep trying Epis every so often......... I'm still looking........


      • MephitBlue
        MephitBlue commented
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        I only have experience with one Epi, but it is one of my favorite guitars to play, and that is out of a PRS, Heritage and an Eclipse LTD.  My Epi is their Korina Flying V reissue.  I picked it up used and while it looks a bit beat up, it plays and sounds great.  Plus, it's just a really cool looking guitar! 

        Epi Korina Flying V

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    • #6

      Their G300 set neck SG's and the doublenck SG 6/12 when they made them with solid mahogany wood body instead of plywood. 

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      • #7

        Tough call. 

        I played a 1992 MIK Sheraton a couple of months ago that was sweet; just played and sounded great.  Debated buying it but was feeling broke, and by the time I decided to feed my GAS someone had already bought it. 

        The other contender was one of the 56 LPs that a couple of other people mentioned.  Again, played it in store and it was a dream, but I had ordered one of the gibson 50's tributes, which was also a p90 LP, and was waiting for it to come in.  Turned out the epi was a better guitar in every way, especially as the gibson ended up going back to the factory a month later with a neck that went back-bowed.  By the time I figured that out the epi was gone, and others of the same model I tried just weren't in its league. 

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        • guitarcapo
          guitarcapo commented
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          Epihone Elite Broadway. Bought it 10 years ago. Really a honey of an archtop electric.


        • AJ6stringsting
          AJ6stringsting commented
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          My Gal gave me money ( $600.00) to buy a guitar in 2007 .... she said , "Buy a guitar without a Floyd Rose , you sometimes sound like Vai or Satriani on acid or peyote".
          I bought an nice Alpine White Epi Les Paul Custom, put on Schaller bridge with fine tuners , dropped in some Dragon Fire Vintage Golds Screamers, did a truss rod adjustment and put new caps in it. The Epi Custom wails as much, but with more growl than my 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom.

        • Imthere
          Imthere commented
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          epi

          '97 Unsung 

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      • #8
        I'm glad I have the Epi...I have heard some grousing about Epi's P-90s, though. I like 'em, except for they're too noisy. I'd change them if I found a silent replacement that still sounded like a P-90.
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        • burton4snow
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          (Here - let me fix that for you. Edited by Phil)


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      • #9

        Still has to be my 2004 LP Std

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        I've recently replace the pups to Toneriders AC2 (after me ruining the stock ones after me experimenting and ruining a pot in the process all fixed now after this pic was taken). It wont be parted with.

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        I'm Me.<br><br>Guild GAD M120E<br>2006 50s Classic series MIM Fender Stratocaster 2 tone sunburst.<br>2004 Epi LP Standard in Trans Blue With Tonerider Alnico 2<br>97 Epi LP Junior Red with pots, caps and the magnets in the pickup repleaced.<br><br>Vox pathfinder 15R<br>Vox VT 15

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        • gardo
          gardo commented
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          My pre-Gibson, American made Epiphone 

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        • Phil O'Keefe
          Phil O'Keefe commented
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          plasticscouse wrote:

          Still has to be my 2004 LP Std


          IMG\_1006.JPG


          I've recently replace the pups to Toneriders AC2 (after me ruining the stock ones after me experimenting and ruining a pot in the process all fixed now after this pic was taken). It wont be parted with.




           


          Wow... that looks stunning! :smileythumbsupsmall:

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      • #10

        My Broadway (after a few small mods). dig it

         

        epiphone

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        • #11
          My buddy had an older Sheraton which was probably the nicest I've played. I have a more recent LP Custom which plays great.

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          • xStonr
            xStonr commented
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            The Sheraton I got last year is a fantastic guitar. The way the neck feels is just incredible. I usually mod my guitars but this one sounds great so I left it stock.

            My Sherry

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        • #12

          My ES-295 "Scotty Moore" model

           

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          • #13

            Phil O'Keefe wrote:

            This thread about Squiers caught my attention... and got me thinking about Gibson's budget brand - Epiphone. So in the interest of equal time, what is the best Epiphone guitar you've ever played?

            For me, I think the prize would have to go to my 2001 MIK Epiphone Casino. It was made in the Peerless factory in Korea, and man if they didn't get everything "right" with that guitar. The neck is fantastic - it's thin, fast, and comfortable, but not too narrow - it's exceptionally easy to play. And it sounds fantastic too. It's definitely a keeper!

             

             

            How about you? What's the best Epi you've ever played? Pics are always welcome! :smiley-popcorn:


             

             

             

            Great question Phil. I think the quality varies from factory to factory that Epiphone contracts with. I'm a very long time Gibson/Fender/PRS guy, aka "Asian guitar snob".

             

            That being said, I couldn't resist a blonde ES339, $415 WITH the case! It looks great, like all my Gibsons, and a blonde to boot, like all my Gibsons and PRS.

            Nicely balanced, great  neck shape-somewhere between "59" and "60" LP. I like this particular headstock shape too, sort of like a Buscarino from behind. The Classic '57 style pickups suite me just fine on this guitar, I probably wouldn't want to swap pickups or pots on this. The push-pull pots are very deep.


            This guitar sounds great with the Chinese made Marshall SL5. Sounds great through an (American) Ethos as well.

             

            I can honestly say, after nearly 35 years of playing, I'm no longer an Asian guitar basher.

             

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            • Gitter
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              VagueSubscription wrote:

              I can honestly say, after nearly 35 years of playing, I'm no longer an Asian guitar basher.


              If you've been playing for 35 years, you're old enough to remember the era when Asian guitars were 'knockoffs' by default. Hell, it wasn't until shred and metal came along in the 80s when Japanese guitars  finally found an opportunity to create their own identity in the instrument world, rather than just being 'the cheaper, knock-off alternative to the American version".


              With global economics being what they are these days, with CNC being what it is, with established manufacturing best practices being what they are and the genius of WE Deming taking Asia by storm,  'Industry" can make some scarily good products for very little money, relative to what similar products used to sell for in the past.

              Doesn't matter if its a guitar, a crescent wrench or a toaster oven. You can buy American on principle, but in so many cases, you can pay a lot more for an American made instrument and get literally no added value in return.


          • #14
            @bucksstudent

            Nice!
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            • #15

              I have changed my mind. That Broadway is super nice, but this one is probably the finest sounding, best set up "out of the box" guitar I've ever owned. It is a 50th anniversary 1962 reissue Sorrento (number 811 of 1962). This is the best Epiphone I've ever played.

              Sorrentosorrento1

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