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epiphone semi-hollows: humbuckers or mini humbuckers?

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What do you guys prefer on a semi hollow epiphone: Mini humbuckers or proper humbuckers?

 

I am still unable to choose between both:

 

this:

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or this:

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or even this...but that's sooo nice...

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basically it's a riviera and casino :love: thread

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i had a Riviera with the mini hums, it was kick ass. i'm still kicking myself for getting rid of it. i think if i were to go with a hollow body again i would get something with P90s or p94s.

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None of the Gibson/Epiphone ones. I tried out all the Epiphone ones the other week, they were all equally crap.

 

The best semi-hollow I tried that day was a Hagstrom Viking- insane guitar, extremely well made, very little feedback even at high volumes & high gain, beautiful player and sounded excellent.

 

The Epiphone semi-hollows, the Casino in particular, were just made of fail and feedback.

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Then I must've really lucked out in picking out my Epiphone. Had it more than two years now, it's worn in very nicely, modded the electronics with some GFS Mean 90s and a five-way switch to allow for series and out-of-phase wiring....this is gonna stay with me until I either wear it out or it breaks.

 

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Even the lowly Dot Studio has the chance to be awesome. Pardon the dust.

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None of the Gibson/Epiphone ones. I tried out all the Epiphone ones the other week, they were all equally crap.


The best semi-hollow I tried that day was a Hagstrom Viking- insane guitar, extremely well made, very little feedback even at high volumes & high gain, beautiful player and sounded excellent.


The Epiphone semi-hollows, the Casino in particular, were just made of fail and feedback.

 

Viking or Hofner Verythin CT

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Viking or Hofner Verythin CT

 

This man knows. Hofner Verythins are also made of awesomes.

 

Another brilliant one... Hamer Newport. Lots of beans to buy, but fuck me they're incredible.

 

Hagstroms are great for that kind of budget.

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The Hagstrom headstock is horrible. The Hofner Verythin is really nice.

 

You're telling me the Epiphone one is better...? At least the Hagstrom one is interesting to look at. And you wouldn't notice because it plays and sounds so much better than the relevant Epiphones... in my holy as fuck opinion.

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You're telling me the Epiphone one is better...? At least the Hagstrom one is interesting to look at. And you wouldn't notice because it plays and sounds so much better than the relevant Epiphones... in my holy as fuck opinion.

 

Holy as fuck, eh? Do you want me to kiss your ring too, father :)

 

The Epi headstock is a lot nicer than the Hagstrom. I wouldn't describe a headstock that looks like it's melted in the sun as being 'interesting to look at'.

 

The older Korean Epiphones play fine. The Samick, Saein, and Peerless Epis are particularly nice. I sold a Peerless-made Epi Dot six weeks ago and had an email from the buyer two days ago saying how badly he's fallen for it in the last few weeks as it has a neck that feels as good as his 60s Gibson SG. I love my Korean Dot.

 

I won't say Chinese made Epis are bad but there's enough grumbling on the Epi forum to suggest quality control was a problem.

 

My next guitar is going to be an ebony Hofner Verythin.

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The Epi headstock is a lot nicer than the Hagstrom. I wouldn't describe a headstock that looks like it's melted in the sun as being 'interesting to look at'.


The older Korean Epiphones play fine. The Samick, Saein, and Peerless Epis are particularly nice. I sold a Peerless-made Epi Dot six weeks ago and had an email from the buyer two days ago saying how badly he's fallen for it in the last few weeks as it has a neck that feels as good as his 60s Gibson SG. I love my Korean Dot.


I won't say Chinese made Epis are bad but there's enough grumbling on the Epi forum to suggest quality control was a problem.


My next guitar is going to be an ebony Hofner Verythin.

 

There was nothing wrong as such with the Epis I tried, quality-wise. Except for the fact I thought they were all consistently low-quality.

 

But this, of course, is the beauty of opinion...

 

Some Korean guitars are amazing. The neck on my Korean Tele feels beautiful!

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I have a 2001 MIK (Peerless) Epiphone Casino. I have more expensive guitars, I have both newer (and much older) guitars, but the Casino is one of my favorites. Everyone who has played it (including some pretty serious cats) has commented very favorably about it. It's a great guitar. :philthumb:

 

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I can get down with any pickups on a cheap hollowbody, just have to find one that resonates well and smoothly feedbacks/endless sustains in a key you like... but all the Epiphones with Trapeze tailpieces I've tried sucked at staying in tune - even slight palm muting was a lost cause.

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Ive got one of these.

 

Changed out the stock humbuckers which were a bit dull / muffled to HB size P-90s.

 

P-90s were really nice actually but i wanted a slightly fuller sound so back to humbuckers (Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays). They're very very clear and also make all my drive pedals sound so much fatter than the p90s did.

 

In short you cant really go wrong, they're all just slightly different flavours of win

 

I took the pick-guard off as it looks a bit shit with the signature on it, but its my main guitar and I :love: it

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There was nothing wrong as such with the Epis I tried, quality-wise. Except for the fact I thought they were all consistently low-quality.


But this, of course, is the beauty of opinion...


Some Korean guitars are amazing. The neck on my Korean Tele feels beautiful!

 

That Peerless made Epi Dot I sold was spectacular. The poly finish wasn't far short of my Japanese Orville ES-335. The guitars Peerless produce under their own name are lovely, really good quality.

 

I don't disagree that a lot of modern Epis do feel poor. I wouldn't buy a new Chinese made Epiphone.

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Get humbuckers. Because, if you're not happy with the humbuckers, it's much easier to find a replacement set. Although finding some mini-hums aren't that hard.

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I can get down with any pickups on a cheap hollowbody, just have to find one that resonates well and smoothly feedbacks/endless sustains in a key you like... but all the Epiphones with Trapeze tailpieces I've tried sucked at staying in tune - even slight palm muting was a lost cause.

 

I'm a certified tuning fascist. I'm very aware of stuff being out of tune, and I have a very low tolerance threshold for it, as do a lot of studio guys.

 

I've still got the stock bridge, nut, tailpiece and tuners on my Casino, and it stays in tune fine. IDK - maybe the later MIC models are not as good in that regard, but my MIK is fine.

 

The only issue I've ever had with mine was the pickup selector, which I had to have replace after a couple of years. Other than that, and removing the pickguard, it's bone stock, and ready to rock. :):rawk:

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I'm a certified tuning fascist. I'm very aware of stuff being out of tune, and I have a very low tolerance threshold for it, as do a lot of studio guys.


I've still got the stock bridge, nut, tailpiece and tuners on my Casino, and it stays in tune fine. IDK - maybe the later MIC models are not as good in that regard, but my MIK is fine.


The only issue I've ever had with mine was the pickup selector, which I had to have replace after a couple of years. Other than that, and removing the pickguard, it's bone stock, and ready to rock.
:):rawk:

 

Pics or it's a Hagstrom.

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Like Wulver, I also scored a sweet playing Epi Dot Studio for cheap... $190.

 

This was one with the double body binding and gloss finish. Replaced the pickups with a pair of Sheptone Tributes, changed some hardware and pots and the thing puts my PRS to shame now. Sweet, clear, almost Tele-ish tones that are to die for. So I'd go with humbuckers... much easier to find a set you'll like than if you stick with mini-hums and end up not caring for them.

 

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