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  • 1972 Epiphone ES-250 rebuild

    I am rebuilding a EA-250 and am looking for reccomendations on pup's.
    What can and can I not use in the hollow body. I play rock and blues.
    Thank's
    Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
    Gibson Explorer
    2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
    Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
    Washburn HB-35. Modified
    Washburn J6
    Schecter Damien
    Jackson Dinky
    Greg Bennett Concord CD3
    Squier Strat. Modified
    60's Kay K20T. Modified
    Epiphone Tele. Modified
    Fender DG-22S Bubinga
    72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
    Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
    Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

  • #2
    think you can use whatever pup you want.
    Bet alot of people will chim in with GFS pup suggestions.
    Ive also got an EA250 and considered long and hard about changing the pups. Nothing seemed to match the tone and it sounds sweet so its still packing the originals.

    You going to ditch the flimsy trem unit for a trapeze or a Bigsby?
    Gretsch G5120 modified
    Epiphone EA-250 modified
    Epiphone EA-260 bass
    S101 335 copy
    Hondo bass modified
    Gretsch Synchromatic
    Epiphone Dot Studio
    Stagg Tele modified
    Montana Acoustic
    Gretsch Pro Jet
    Epiphone Casino
    Crafter Acoustic
    Fender P/J Special Bass

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    • #3
      uh, pics?
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      • #4
        I am rebuilding a ES-250 and am looking for reccomendations on pup's.
        What can and can I not use in the hollow body. I play rock and blues.
        Thank's


        I have a semihollow and go for Rock and Blues too. I installed a set GFS Mean 90s that are P90 in humbucker size. I was very impressed by these inexpensive pups. They sound wonderful in a semihollow.

        Better still, I later bought and installed a set of Pure 90s from BG Pickups. Although a bit more expensive than the GFS, lightyears ahead in tone.
        http://www.bg-pups.com/h90.html
        They are handwound by Bryan Gunsher and if you contact him, he'll build the pup to fit your needs.

        A lot of companies advertise P90 sound from an HB sized pup. IMO, this one gets the closest.

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        • #5
          Here is a pic of the project. I have all of the original electronics and they work. It did not have a bridge when I got it. So I could not play it. Any suggestion on what bridge to use? Well can't seem to upload image. File size is 1.17 mb
          Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
          Gibson Explorer
          2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
          Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
          Washburn HB-35. Modified
          Washburn J6
          Schecter Damien
          Jackson Dinky
          Greg Bennett Concord CD3
          Squier Strat. Modified
          60's Kay K20T. Modified
          Epiphone Tele. Modified
          Fender DG-22S Bubinga
          72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
          Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
          Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

          Comment


          • #6
            bilsky,
            just resize the image.

            I dumped the feeble trem unit for a trapeze tailpeice and ended up going with a Gretsch aluminum bridge. The trapeze lowered the action enough to compensate for the high action but the original brisge was too high. The aluminum bridge had better adjustment and just sat lower.
            Gretsch G5120 modified
            Epiphone EA-250 modified
            Epiphone EA-260 bass
            S101 335 copy
            Hondo bass modified
            Gretsch Synchromatic
            Epiphone Dot Studio
            Stagg Tele modified
            Montana Acoustic
            Gretsch Pro Jet
            Epiphone Casino
            Crafter Acoustic
            Fender P/J Special Bass

            Comment


            • #7
              I have been looking at the Gretch bridges. And you say you like the sound of the original pup's. Again I have not heard them. Other than taps through the amp. But pots do not scratch etc.... What trapeze did you use? I have read quite a bit about the neck shimming and all that needs to be done to get the action down.
              Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
              Gibson Explorer
              2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
              Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
              Washburn HB-35. Modified
              Washburn J6
              Schecter Damien
              Jackson Dinky
              Greg Bennett Concord CD3
              Squier Strat. Modified
              60's Kay K20T. Modified
              Epiphone Tele. Modified
              Fender DG-22S Bubinga
              72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
              Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
              Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

              Comment


              • #8
                the guy who did the work on my guitar is in Texas. The basic trapeze tailpeice wors fine. Scored mine off ebay for about $16 shipped, same for the aluminum bridge.

                The original pups sound great! Maybe try them out before spending cash on new ones. You already have them, why not?
                Gretsch G5120 modified
                Epiphone EA-250 modified
                Epiphone EA-260 bass
                S101 335 copy
                Hondo bass modified
                Gretsch Synchromatic
                Epiphone Dot Studio
                Stagg Tele modified
                Montana Acoustic
                Gretsch Pro Jet
                Epiphone Casino
                Crafter Acoustic
                Fender P/J Special Bass

                Comment


                • #9
                  Think I got the photo thing together. Here she is. I am trying to decide what color I want. I have three red guitars now so I want to do something different. I think I will try the original pups. Doe anyone know where I can get a new headstock logo?
                  Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
                  Gibson Explorer
                  2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
                  Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
                  Washburn HB-35. Modified
                  Washburn J6
                  Schecter Damien
                  Jackson Dinky
                  Greg Bennett Concord CD3
                  Squier Strat. Modified
                  60's Kay K20T. Modified
                  Epiphone Tele. Modified
                  Fender DG-22S Bubinga
                  72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
                  Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
                  Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    man,
                    I would leave it a natural finish myself. Such a nice peice of wood to cover with paint but thats just me.

                    Here is a pic off ebay of the same type of bridge thats installed on mine,


                    and the trapeze tailpiece,
                    Gretsch G5120 modified
                    Epiphone EA-250 modified
                    Epiphone EA-260 bass
                    S101 335 copy
                    Hondo bass modified
                    Gretsch Synchromatic
                    Epiphone Dot Studio
                    Stagg Tele modified
                    Montana Acoustic
                    Gretsch Pro Jet
                    Epiphone Casino
                    Crafter Acoustic
                    Fender P/J Special Bass

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Very nice! I would not have sanded it down but there were many chips and dings that went to the bare wood. Since I only paid $157.00 for it I figured what the hell. I have refinished 3 other guitars and enjoy doing it. I do have some cherry stain from Stewmac. Still trying to decide.
                      Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
                      Gibson Explorer
                      2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
                      Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
                      Washburn HB-35. Modified
                      Washburn J6
                      Schecter Damien
                      Jackson Dinky
                      Greg Bennett Concord CD3
                      Squier Strat. Modified
                      60's Kay K20T. Modified
                      Epiphone Tele. Modified
                      Fender DG-22S Bubinga
                      72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
                      Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
                      Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        My other gear:

                        Epiphone Les Paul Custom. CTS pots. Bumble bee cap, Gigson 57 classic neck, Angus Young at the bridge.

                        Epiphone Les Paul Custom. same deal but Gibson custom shop zebra pups.

                        Epiphone Les Paul standard Birdseye maple with Seth Lover pups

                        Washburn HB-35 natural with screamin deamon

                        Epiphone tele copy with Fender Texas specials and wilkinson bridge.

                        Old 60's Kay K20t ( garbage pile find) Refinished in satin white. All original except pots and Grover tuners.

                        Fender Strat with EMG vintage pups.

                        Jackson Dinky stock

                        Mesa Boogie DC-2 tube amp
                        Marshall AVT 50
                        Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
                        Gibson Explorer
                        2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
                        Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
                        Washburn HB-35. Modified
                        Washburn J6
                        Schecter Damien
                        Jackson Dinky
                        Greg Bennett Concord CD3
                        Squier Strat. Modified
                        60's Kay K20T. Modified
                        Epiphone Tele. Modified
                        Fender DG-22S Bubinga
                        72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
                        Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
                        Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          if you do decide to swap the pups out, let me know if you want to part with those originals.
                          Gretsch G5120 modified
                          Epiphone EA-250 modified
                          Epiphone EA-260 bass
                          S101 335 copy
                          Hondo bass modified
                          Gretsch Synchromatic
                          Epiphone Dot Studio
                          Stagg Tele modified
                          Montana Acoustic
                          Gretsch Pro Jet
                          Epiphone Casino
                          Crafter Acoustic
                          Fender P/J Special Bass

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Will do. I will give them a shot. The covers are in great shape once cleaned up. This guitar had been sitting for quite a while. I think I am going to go with the heritage cherry finish on it. I refinished a Les Paul with 13 coats of laquer and wet sanded and polished and it looks excellent. I will send pics when complete.
                            Fender Strat: 2007 body, 68' re-issue neck. Modified.
                            Gibson Explorer
                            2 Epihpone Les Paul Customs. Modified
                            Epiphe Les Paul Standard. Birds Eye. Modified
                            Washburn HB-35. Modified
                            Washburn J6
                            Schecter Damien
                            Jackson Dinky
                            Greg Bennett Concord CD3
                            Squier Strat. Modified
                            60's Kay K20T. Modified
                            Epiphone Tele. Modified
                            Fender DG-22S Bubinga
                            72' Epiphone EA-250. Rebuilding
                            Epiphone Custom Shop SG-400. Modified
                            Mesa Boogie DC-2 Studio Calber, Marshall AVT50

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Most Ea250's were closet keepers as the set up from the factory was Jim Morrison high. The trapeze and the bridge do away with that problem making them a sharp player. Vintage look and sound without the price.
                              Gretsch G5120 modified
                              Epiphone EA-250 modified
                              Epiphone EA-260 bass
                              S101 335 copy
                              Hondo bass modified
                              Gretsch Synchromatic
                              Epiphone Dot Studio
                              Stagg Tele modified
                              Montana Acoustic
                              Gretsch Pro Jet
                              Epiphone Casino
                              Crafter Acoustic
                              Fender P/J Special Bass

                              Comment



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