Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The Netherlands
Re: Check out this pair of lezzers!!
Yup, a good Epi can be a great guitar.
I believe the Korean made ones from the mid-90s are some of the best.
I have one from 1995 from the Samick factory (with a figured maple top in honeyburst, looking exactly like the one in your picture). I bought it new. It's a heavy sucker and has a beautiful Les Paul tone and tons of sustain.
I looked around for secondhand Gibson electronics (some people are silly enough to replace the Gibson electronics with something from DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan, isn't it great?). I found a set of pickups from a Les Paul Custom cheap. So I now have a 490R and 498T in there, doing a great job. I also replaced the switch, cables, pots and jack with proper USA parts.
When I had the frets redressed recently, I also had a Graphtech nut installed.
The guitar still isn't worth anything, but it plays like a charm, and it sounds as good as the real thing.
I tried to sell it, and I also tried out some real Gibsons... But well, people won't pay enough to make me part with this guitar, and the Gibsons... well, why spend all that money on something I already have?
I've used the guitar on lots of recordings, and nobody ever even suspects that it's an Epiphone (for those who've heard the song Alive that I posted in the multimedia-section... that's her right there).
Last edited by Scali; 12-23-2007 at 04:48 PM.