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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-23-2004, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Should I do this? Trade my RG550DX for Epi Les Paul Custom?

Im thinking of doing that, its not that I dont like the RG550, its just that I want a guitar without a trem, and I was looking and some guitars and saw a white Epi Les Paul Custom, and thought it would be really interesting to get one and put some 13s on it, but would I have to do any mods on the Les Paul's neck? (I will be tuning it to C)

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P.S, any one willing to trade, please conctact me.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 12:13 AM
 
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maybe if i had... 6 550s id do it, if its my only 550, id keep it
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 12:49 AM
 
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Please, for your own good, put down the Epiphone and slowly back away!

I owned one a few years back (Epi '56 Goldtop LP) and it was a total piece of junk. If you're expecting tone anywhere close to a Gibson LP, you'll be sadly disappointed. Mine had a body made of mahogany plywood. The tuners were junk and the guitar had to be tuned after every song I played. I tried Schaller locking tuners and a fine tuning tailpiece. Those solved the tuning issue, but I could not get a sound even close to the Gibson '56 LP reissue model. I even tried some DiMarzio soapbars, but it was like trying to polish a turd; even after it was all nice and shiny, I still had a turd.

Your actual mileage may vary, but I'd recommend the following $500 - $700 hardtail guitars over the Epi LP:

Ibanez Artist AR300 (my personal favorite on this list)
Ibanez SZ720FM
Gibson Faded SG
Gibson Faded Flying V
Schecter C-1 Elite
Schecter S-1 Elite
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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No, im not looking for the "gibson" tone, Im looking fo rmy own tone, thats why I want to put some 13s on it, but before I sell/trade my RG550DX, I need to know if any mods will need to be done to the Les Paul to accomadate the heavy strings.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 07:31 AM
 
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My personal opinion is ABSOLUTELY don't do it.

I hate Epis and Epiphones and I'm pretty sure you are better of with your 570.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 08:10 AM
 
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the quality of a 550 is far better - Epi is good, but Japan is a bit better. look into a few other guitars before you get the Epi. i liked the one Epi i "had", but the key word is "had".
i think the neck and intonation/action might be the only things you would need to adjust for 13's
as far as mods go, new pups (JB/59 Seymour my choice), tone pro bridge, better frets, better tuners... need i go on?

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 02:31 PM
 
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u should keep that RG550 and block off the tremelo, so it doesn't really do much lol...
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK, thanks for the feedback, I decided that I dont need another guitar with a trem, so I dedided to sell my RG550DX, thanks for the replys.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 04:12 PM
 
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i would've went with blocking the trem too
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 04:44 PM
 
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another one here for blocking the trem. can't beat the playabiltiy of the 500 series.


and another one here for hating epis. i had the epi slash les paul signature. terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible!!!
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-25-2004, 12:19 PM
 
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u should keep that RG550 and block off the tremelo, so it doesn't really do much lol...
Just send your 550 to EKG or LGM and have them change it to a fixed bridge.

Problem solved!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-25-2004, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I decided to sell it to whoever seems interested in it, this is what it looks like, http://s13.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=8...EF3B16BC9C5E84

check the classifieds section for more info.
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