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epiphone semi-hollows: humbuckers or mini humbuckers?


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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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that one looks really nice! It seems like they've ditched the glossy studios though? most of the ones I've seen are the worn cherry/brown

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My friends epi with humbuckers sounds GREAT. Another friend of mine has an 80s Gibson 335 with P90's and his guitar sounds INCREDIBLE but I never know if it's because of the aged mahogany or the P90's...probably both :thu:. To be safe though, I'd go with humbuckers. Never had anything bad to say about humbuckers, but P90's can sometimes have a bit of buzz to 'em and sound weak sometimes.

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that one looks really nice! It seems like they've ditched the glossy studios though? most of the ones I've seen are the worn cherry/brown

 

Yeah, the satin finish seems to be all they do nowadays. Think they used to have glossy black and glossy white....

 

I dunno, I might've lucked out with mine, I tried another worn cherry Epiphone Dot Studio at one of my Guitar Center visits and I wasn't so fond of that one....different weight, neck felt different, was kinda off-putting.

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Yeah, the satin finish seems to be all they do nowadays. Think they used to have glossy black and glossy white....

Right - when they first came out, they had the black and white glossies as well. Well before they started pumping out the glossy Lemon, Dolphin, etc. colors which only had 1 binding stripe on the body, not 2 like the 'originals'.

 

I got mine used but in perfect condition last year and it was totally by accident. Went into the guitar shop to pick up a guitar I sent in for some repair (bridge lifting off an acoustic) and while I was waiting I picked this up to noodle on. Felt, played and sounded great, so I grabbed it right then and there!

 

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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.
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Well... I'm not the luckiest guy in the world, so I just figured the 3 or so I've tried in music stores just had fresh strings or something... and I quickly moved on. They were all Chinese made.

 

My most recent encounter with an Epi Casino was about a year ago and it was a Korean leftover from a guy's out of business music store. A Bass playing friend was thinking of buying it so we spent the day with it. It was even worse than the MIC models I tried.

 

I was surprised, cuz I'm no Epi snob and love my Korean LP. After that I just concluded it must be the tailpiece, since all the stop tailpieces I've tried were alright. I guess I'll have to check more out now...

 

There's some lookers in this thread... especially Ben Co.'s Dot.

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I've owned a Sheraton II reissue since 06.  This particular set of Sheratons had the necks and bodies made in Japan at the Matsomuku (sp?) factory, and then sent them to the Gibson factory in the US for finishing and electronics.  It has the Gibson mini humbuckers, and has a distinct sound from full sized humbuckers, brighter and with more low end definition.  The low end is almost as full as the regular HBs.  I also had a piezo pickup equipped bridge installed, giving it a crispy acoustic presence that I can roll in as wanted.  Since I play clean most of the time,  the mini humbuckers have become my favorite pickups.

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