First post, much Epiphone love... and a Hello

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  1. Jam Handy

    Jam Handy Member

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    Hi Folks,

    New here and happy to find an Epiphone forum.

    Me >> 58 years old, been playing since Christmas 1975 when I got a copy of a Gibson Hummingbord acoustic for Christmas (later learned it cost $44 from a related cousin that gave lessons and sold guitar stuff out of his house). The next Christmas I got a Crestwood Strat copy and a silverface Fender Vibro Champ and been loving electric guitars ever since.

    Cut my teeth as a teenager playing what they now call "classic rock"... Ted Nugent, Rush, Led Zeppelin, REO Speedwagon, Styx, listening to Jeff Beck "Blow by Blow" and "Wired", Carlos Santana, Lynyrd Skynrd...

    Lost interest in the 3-chord rock thing in about 1984-ish, started studying jazz with Robert Conti in Jacksonville, FL. Moved to L.A. in about 1986-ish, studied privately with Phil Upchurch (arranger and rhythm guitar for George Benson back in the day). Met and studied with Ted Greene '87-'89. Filled my head with music. After taking private lessons for the first 14 years of guitaring, never needed any more lessons after Ted.

    Moved around a lot, when living in the mountains of North Carolina, decided to create an original sounding blues act, minimized all the jazz chord stuff into righteous and real electric solo blues (never really liked acoustic guitars much.) I invented my own type of blues slide, and played authentic blues music 6 nights a week with a harmonica player in a duo.

    I have 30 songs officially copyrighted at the Library of Congress. The first ten were Gospel oriented songs. Not bluegrass type Gospel, more contemporary Christian style. The next 20 were blues songs I have wrote. I have hundreds and hundreds of more songs I've written, some CCM, some blues, some stuff sort of like Pink Floyd-ish...

    I love the electric guitar. I've lost count of how many I've bought then in hard times sold. I have just a couple in my current collection of about 20-ish guitars that made it through all the buying and selling.

    My current philosophy is to NOT buy guitars online. I would rather sit down in a music store, chat and socialize with the guys, see if the thing has a "soul" and if it does, it comes home with me... if no soul, it goes back on the rack. Which means I don't need to swap pickups and stuff later. It either has a keeper sound, or it stays at the store.

    Another of my philosophies is economic-related, I don't generally buy any guitars over the $1,000 price tag. I have one really nice 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II that was a $1,400 used mint purchase. I also have a Fender American Elite HSS Stratocaster that if new would have been $1,800-ish, but I fould this one, mint w/ original case and all case candy at a pawn shop for $675, still well under $1,000. What a deal.

    I have several Epiphones, Jacksons (not made in USA), Reverends, and many other brands. Except for bragging rights on a forum like "TheGearPage" I just can't see paying big money for a guitar. The USA-made Paul Reed Smith guitars do nothing for me, except run like hell away because of the huge $3,000+ price tag. I do like their SE models (previously made in Korea, now made in Indonesia). I do however love G&L guitars. That is (I think) the only brand I'll pay over $1,000 for these days. I love how you can pick and choose any option and make your ideal guitar. I've also had several of their Tribute series (now made in the same factory as the PRS-SE, Reverends, and many other branded guitars in Indonesia). If you didn't know, the folks in Indonesia have been doing fine quality hand-made wood working for centuries, long before there ever was a Leo Fender or Orville Gibson, or an electric guitar of any kind.

    I own an Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Re-issue (made in Indonesia)... paid $200 for it... and I love this guitar. So many tonal options. The ting about an Indonesian-made guitar... has nothing what-so-ever to do with the color of the man's skin or his physical location on planet Earth. The only reason there is a quality difference, if any, is because the upper management of these companies restricts the sian-made guitars from having better quality electronics, woods, and hardware. If they ever equalize the playing field and allow Indonesian guitars to be made with the same woods, electronics, and hardware as USA Gibsons, there will be no reason to buy a Gibson, unless you just like the logo or name.

    That's my take on a large share of Epiphones.

    Enter the new catalog of Epiphones. I am Gassing badly for an Epiphone SG Modern Figured. Wow. AAA maple veneer cap, locking Grover tuners, Graphtech nut, "a pair of Epiphone's ProBucker humbuckers with coil-splitting, phase switching, and treble bleed circuit for a multitude of tones" (I figure if I don't like them, they're easily swapped out for something I do like), EBONY fingerboard (wow), 12" radius, and CTS electronics -- $549.00 MAP... the Gibson version of the same is $1,999.00 (and why?), That is my next new Epiphone purchase. I'm already sold on what the guitar is, and one I wouldn't necessarily need to play in a store. The description has enough "soul" for me.

    I also have an Epiphone EB-3 SG bass... a 2011 Epi LP Traditional Pro... a kid was selling it on the Craigslist WITH the Epi LP hard case for $150... for both... burned rubber to get there... it needed some tender loving care... was missing both strap buttons, and missing the PG, and he'd busted off one of the volume knobs. Replaced the pickups with Dimarzio John Petrucci Dream Catcher/Rain Makaer set, re-wired it 50s style with all new USA pots & wires, jack & switch. I'd put it up against any USA made LP. I also have an Epi LP Custom (considering a similar electronics upgrade for her). $275 at the pawn shop across the street. Big huge fan of Epiphones here, and I could care less about the headstock thing, not an issue with me. More importantly when buying a used guitar, I eye-ball down the neck to see if the neck is straight, I don't look at the headstock design.

    Well, that's a lot for an intro post, now I'm gonna delve into the forum and see what things I can see.


    Jam Handy
     
  2. Donutz

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    Wow! I'm the exact opposite in that, after weeks of practicing, I'm finally not deading the hi E on my A & D chords all the time on my first ever guitar that I did buy online! LOL Welcome :)
     
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    Welcome. Come on in and stay as long as you like. But we'll need pics of your Epis and other guitars.
     
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    Welcome! we'd love to see your guitars, guitar porn is always welcome.
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    Here's my 2005 SG Deluxe, one of my faves. Let's see yours!
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker

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    Hi,

    Welcome here @ €piTalk
    :wave:

    We need pics to believe.......:D
     
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    You got street cred alright ! Welcome and show us that gear.
     
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  7. Jam Handy

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    OK, so for $200 I stole this off a guy who told me he couldn't form chords anymore because of arthritis... I promised to give this super mint baby a good home Nighthawk Custom Reissue - 02sm.jpg
     
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    more Nighthawk pics... (it's a 2011 by the way)
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    ...I haven't figured out this web page... no way to delete a post if I screw up... ugh... noobs... haha...and there is a 10 photo limit, and most of my pictures are getting errors "too big"... so... drop your c__ and grab your socks... gonna need to figure out stuff before pictures... sorry all you drooling porn lovers, haha...

    <<how the hell do you do this... arrgghh>>
     
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    ...why do 5 out of 5 of the replies here all demand pictures, hahahaha

    sounds like a guitar porn complex... LOL

    ????????
     
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