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Posted: 12/30/2005 12:16:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 8:57:11 AM EDT by natedog375]
Well, with help from people on AR15.com, APS and other places, I finally chose and bought my first "real" (I don't think the youth sized plywood acoustic I had before counts) guitar: an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, a Fender 15 watt amp w/ reverb, cable, and picks for about $550 out the door. Thanks everyone!

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:30:23 AM EDT
Red X.

Good choice. I've played a few, and my friends have owned a few. Decent guitar. Now you need a half stack 4x12 amp..
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:31:31 AM EDT
Wow a 15 watt solid state amp with reverb? How does the reverb sound?


What did just the amp cost?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:33:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FredM:
Wow a 15 watt solid state amp with reverb? How does the reverb sound?


What did just the amp cost?



I used to have a tiny Crate amp that had reverb. The only time I used it was to play surf songs. My current amp (mesa dual rectifier) doesn't have reverb.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:36:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By inferno715:

Originally Posted By FredM:
Wow a 15 watt solid state amp with reverb? How does the reverb sound?


What did just the amp cost?



I used to have a tiny Crate amp that had reverb. The only time I used it was to play surf songs. My current amp (mesa dual rectifier) doesn't have reverb.



Did it have spring reverb? I'm a reverb maniac. Boogie tone is not what i seek.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 1:19:26 AM EDT
I have no idea what kind of reverb it had... I had a couple different Crate amps...they all kinda sucked but they had reverb.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:41:52 AM EDT
Sell it and get the Strat.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:56:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 8:57:53 AM EDT by natedog375]
Amp was $45 used, $100 new. It sounds pretty good, but I get a little bit of buzz at really high volumes.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:07:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 9:09:47 AM EDT by ED_P]

Originally Posted By natedog375:
Amp was $45 used, $100 new. It sounds pretty good, but I get a little bit of buzz at really high volumes.



That buzz could just be your pickups on your guitar.

I've found to get a really quiet amp at high volumes, you have to go tube. Solid state amps hiss like crazy when you're playing with a distortion setting.

Enjoy your gear!

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:08:09 AM EDT
If you do ever step up to a nice, powerful amp, you're gonna need to swap out those pickups. I have a Samick Les Paul standard (IIRC, Samick makes the Epiphone LPs, so mine's pretty much the same thing), and playing through a 50W tube amp, the PUs just squealed so bad. I tried wax potting them, but that didn't help much at all.

Dropped in a pair of Seymour Duncans, and the problem was resolved... AND the guitar sounded SO MUCH BETTER! The cream-in-your-pants kind of tone.. Anyway, I put a JB in the bridge position and a '59er in the neck position. Excellent combo.

(btw, I don't play it anymore... I'm gonna try to sell it soon... comes with a strap and hard case, I want $450 for it... )
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 9:15:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Midnight-Sniper:
Sell it and get the Strat.



Hey, that's my line.

Seriously, nice choice.



Originally Posted By natedog375:
Amp was $45 used, $100 new. It sounds pretty good, but I get a little bit of buzz at really high volumes.



Make sure you have a good ground (don't use a 3-into-2 adapter), and don't skimp by using a cheap cable.

And remember, practice, practice, practice.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:03:16 PM EDT
Damn. The output jack on the guitar has like collapsed somehow into the body of the guitar. I have no idea how that happened, I just came home and picked it up and it was like that. I could just as easily open up the port and pull it out, but that'd void the warranty...to guitar center tomorrow.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:10:50 PM EDT
Nice! I've got one Eppie and a Gibson, and they run through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (tube). The reverb is beautiful! Just a touch adds a little character to everything.



Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:13:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By natedog375:
Damn. The output jack on the guitar has like collapsed somehow into the body of the guitar. I have no idea how that happened, I just came home and picked it up and it was like that. I could just as easily open up the port and pull it out, but that'd void the warranty...to guitar center tomorrow.



No the nut just fell off... find it, probably in the carpet, pull out the jack (4 screws) and tighten the nut back on the jack. Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:19:08 PM EDT
Ooooh nice!

I don't have an Epiphone or a Gibson... but I have this....

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:23:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 11:30:32 PM EDT by natedog375]
I have no idea where that nut went. The guitar has literally stayed within 3 ft of that corner in the picture since I pulled it out of the box the other day. I'm going to need a metal detector to find it in my shag carpet.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:25:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By natedog375:
I have no idea where that nut went. The guitar has literally stayed within 3 ft of that corner in the picture since I pulled it out of the box the other day.



on the jack of the cable? Shit dude I have a bunch of those, If you were close by I would just drive one over.. hate to see you have to go all the way to GC just to have them fix it
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:28:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
Nice! I've got one Eppie and a Gibson, and they run through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (tube). The reverb is beautiful! Just a touch adds a little character to everything.

alan.strawinski.net/images/guitar/DSCN0977-WEB.JPG




I think your Epi is a better looking axe.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:30:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 11:32:34 PM EDT by Daytona955i]

Originally Posted By ED_P:

Originally Posted By natedog375:
Amp was $45 used, $100 new. It sounds pretty good, but I get a little bit of buzz at really high volumes.



That buzz could just be your pickups on your guitar.

I've found to get a really quiet amp at high volumes, you have to go tube. Solid state amps hiss like crazy when you're playing with a distortion setting.

Enjoy your gear!




Most likely the lights that are connected to the same circuit, or grounding of the pickups.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:31:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
Nice! I've got one Eppie and a Gibson, and they run through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (tube). The reverb is beautiful! Just a touch adds a little character to everything.

alan.strawinski.net/images/guitar/DSCN0977-WEB.JPG




I think your Epi is a better looking axe.



I think the only notable difference in appearance is the pick guard. Interestingly, it plays nearly as well as my Gibson at half the price. The pickups are a bit "dull" sounding, and the frets aren't as large, but it's not bad for $400.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 10:17:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

I think the only notable difference in appearance is the pick guard. Interestingly, it plays nearly as well as my Gibson at half the price. The pickups are a bit "dull" sounding, and the frets aren't as large, but it's not bad for $400.



The big difference I've noticed is that Ephiphones do not use quite as hard a material for the frets, so if you bend strings alot on Epi's, you'll start seeing gouges in the frets alot faster than on a real Gibson.

Though I love Gibsons, their QC is very frustrating. I'd buy a PRS or American Fender sight unseen, but with a Gibson you can spend over 2K and get one with a neck that needs serious adjustment right out of the box, and the finish can vary from awesome to mediocre.

Here's some gear porn of my favorite guitars and amp.









Link Posted: 12/31/2005 1:35:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2005 1:38:12 PM EDT by Daytona955i]

Originally Posted By ED_P:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

I think the only notable difference in appearance is the pick guard. Interestingly, it plays nearly as well as my Gibson at half the price. The pickups are a bit "dull" sounding, and the frets aren't as large, but it's not bad for $400.



The big difference I've noticed is that Ephiphones do not use quite as hard a material for the frets, so if you bend strings alot on Epi's, you'll start seeing gouges in the frets alot faster than on a real Gibson.

Though I love Gibsons, their QC is very frustrating. I'd buy a PRS or American Fender sight unseen, but with a Gibson you can spend over 2K and get one with a neck that needs serious adjustment right out of the box, and the finish can vary from awesome to mediocre.

Here's some gear porn of my favorite guitars and amp.

i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/ED_P/DSCN0772_sm.jpg

i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/ED_P/IMG_5284_sm.jpg

i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/ED_P/IMG_5280_sm.jpg





Nice Tele! I wouldn't buy a factory Fender from anywhere sight unseen. I have seen too many with bad paint, loose bridges, and frets that aren't cut at the neck. Gibson and Fender both have big QC issues. Sometimes you get a MIM Fender that is better than a MIA one, and sometimes you find a MIA that you would kill for.

ETA: I would buy a PRS guitar without even seeing a picture of it.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 8:38:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:

Nice Tele! I wouldn't buy a factory Fender from anywhere sight unseen. I have seen too many with bad paint, loose bridges, and frets that aren't cut at the neck. Gibson and Fender both have big QC issues. Sometimes you get a MIM Fender that is better than a MIA one, and sometimes you find a MIA that you would kill for.

ETA: I would buy a PRS guitar without even seeing a picture of it.



I wouldn't buy any guitar without playing it. If I don;t feel the mojo I don't want it. Some of what I call mojo is woodgrain, and sound. Some is not physical.
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