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Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by Danbgt, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Danbgt

    Danbgt New Member

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    I recently acquired this Epiphone acoustic. All I know about it is that the person I got it from said they bought it a long time ago and it has been in the case under the bed nearly all the time. They learned to play. (Sound familiar?). Anyway. I know nothing about Epiphones. I have been searching for info on this one and everything I find is just confusing. The serial number indicates that it was built in 1986, 1996 or 2006. The person I got it from had it a long time and judging from the condition of the strings it was built in 86 or 96. The real confusion is the “H” before the serial number. Every list of factory codes that I find have a question mark by “H” and say that is maybe China. But there is a sticker on the back of the headstock that clearly states that it was made in Korea.
    Does anybody have any better information?
    I am a new member by the way.
     
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    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Hi. Welcome to Epi-Talk. I see that you posted pics in your album, but it's probably set to "private." I cant see the images.
     
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    Danbgt New Member

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    Sorry. I’ll have figure out how to make them public.
     
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    Danbgt New Member

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    Should be able to view them now.
     
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    Danbgt New Member

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    That is a Gold Tone SM (solid mahogany) Weissenborn. It’s what I use to keep myself really, REALLY humble!
     
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    RTH Moderator Staff Member

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    Definitely a 96. I can tell by the natural headstock for that model.
     
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    RTH Moderator Staff Member

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    @Paruwi do you recall why we decided the H is 'possibly' Chinese OEM? was there no MIC label on that El Nino and we just made a guess?
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    I guess it was a guess...

    fixed it in the serial# sticky
     
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  10. Danbgt

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    I am assuming these Korean made Epiphones are well built. I have a Korean made Wolf Les Paul that is excellent. This PR-200 looks like it was built by someone that cared. It also has a sticker on the back of the headstock that says “100% Inspected &Set-Up In The USA by 6” and has an Epiphone logo. I am looking forward to cleaning it up and putting new strings on it and seeing how it plays.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Some are better than others. On the other hand, the Chinese Epi's have been consistently good for the last dozen years or so.
     
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    RTH Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with that up until we start discussing frets . Korean and indo fretwork is far superior, imo.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Are we talking ends or crown / leveling?
     
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    The frets on this one seem to be pretty much perfect. Other than being corroded.
     
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    RTH Moderator Staff Member

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    Leveling. Mostly in the upper register. Not enough fall off to accommodate the low action i like. Epis are set up at the factory for 10s and action "within tolerance" of specifications. I like 9s and very low action. Never had a problem doing this on Koreans and Indos. Even the 2011 Indo SG Jr. is really good. The chinese SG I had didnt like that one bit. Ive heard of other people with the same issue. I think the majority of people stick to 10s and average action heights though. People that want to go low usually have to take them in for a leveling.
     
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    A little polishing should shine them right up.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, mine's pretty low, but I'll concede the point.
     
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    I cleaned this guy up, polished the frets and oiled the fretboard. Put on a new set of strings and must say I am impressed with the sound. The guitar looks almost new. Has a very small scratch on the front below the bridge. However, I am not going to keep it. I am used to playing smaller body guitars and prefer 12 frets. This thing feels like a giant to me. Does anybody have an idea what I should try to get for it? It also has a very new hard shell case.
     
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    Why does the truss rod cover say Gibson.
    Or was that from a Gibson plant back in the day?
     
  20. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Epi used those 'Gibson' Trussrodcovers to get the connection to the parent-company for some years, IIRC it stopped when they opened their first own factory in QingDao, China
     

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