Epiphone Studio worthwhile?

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  1. Mike Petras

    Mike Petras Active Member

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    I'm looking at Studio for $350 CDN:
    188472128_10159410673432716_353221330380618147_n.jpg Haven't gone to see it yet but is it worthwhile at that price? There doesn't seem to be much info/opinions out the about Studios and I would appreciate hearing what you guys have to say about them.
    Thanks all and stay safe!
     
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    It is a solid blingless rocker. A year ago I would have told you that $350 is not that a great deal, but nowadays I guess it is one.

    As long as it's not a Studio Lite, those have a bad rap.
     
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    You've touched on the reason why Studios appeal to me, that being the bare bones/no frills way that they're made: it's almost like a guitar that plain is defying you to justify owning it on nothing else but your skill as a guitarist. A few of the customs that I've built for myself embody that philosophy, like my go-to for the last coupla years: Offset and Epi.jpg
    It has an alder body, two IronGear P90s in HB shells, Tel three-way switching, and that's about it. It's a blast to play and that simplicity that it has pushes me in a weird way in that it forces me to be a little more creative than I would otherwise be.
     
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    I really like Studios. They play and sound great. That sounds like the right price, too. I saw one here in Central California in similar condition for $275 US.
     
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    If you built from scratch, why did you settle on P94 instead of real soapbars ?

    Minimalism is my middle name.

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    Oh, the Alchemists that I used were a personal choice based on a guitar that a friend overseas has with them. Her offset Tele had a pair of Alchemists and I really liked the way that they had that P90 snarl but there was also, I dunno, a kind of clarity that They had that conventional soap bars seemed to lack to my admitidly lousey hearing. I WAS going to build a guitar identical to Pats but in the end opted for a Strat neck to make it a little more different. IronGear does have a set of soapbars in there line which I'll be giving a shot at some point in the future in a Mustang body. I'm routing a few bodies now but I'm doing them up thiner, like you find with Squier Bullet Mustangs(1 5/8" VS 1 3/4' I believe)
     
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    Hell if I could find one at that price locally, I’d try to haggle down another $20 and call it a day!! That’s about perfect for the next project I have in mind....
     
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    That's what I've been thinking too. The prices of guitars and a Lot of things has gone up a lot in the last year(this was a topic discussed at another forum that I belong to BTW) and this seemed like a not bad price for a Studio with a natural finish. I'd do a little tweeking with this one, like a Tusq nut, heavier strings, and maybe some different value caps, but no more.
    What kind of project did you have in mind?
     
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    I’m looking for a living room beater. Just a bridge humbucker, set to height, coil split, single knob, always plugged into the living room amp, just something to beat the livin snot out of so I can give my #1 a rest lol!

    EDIT: El Numero Uno
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    See, now That is class and I Love it:thumb:
     
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    If these are the models with the flat tops and thin bodies, they're nice in that they're very light and ergonomic, but at the $350 price point, they're not made especially well, and they don't really feel like a Les Paul. They remind me more of an SG.
     
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    For example?
     
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    I don't remember where and what it was, but I read some negatives about its tonality.

    Or maybe not ... :rofl:

    I like its simplicity though, the LT and its better designed neck heel.
     
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    I have one. sounds good. resonates well, loudly (not connected). The neck was incorrectly positioned. Tilt angle. The sixth string is very high above the body. But I fixed it.
    Yes, I like simplicity too.
     
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    I picked up a mint condition 2003 Studio the other day. Very much worth the $350.00 I paid for it. I like it better than the two Gibson Studios i used to have.
     
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    I found a living room beater to give my goldtop a break...
     
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