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Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jul 19th, 2017 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another example of over capitalising... (and possibly sacrilege - Fender pickups in an Epiphone???)

I recently acquired an ultra-cheap Epi LP Special II.
I know there is nothing particularly "special" about these at all, but they are actually a very good platform to build on.

With my recent attraction to short scale necks, 2 pickup guitars and Vintage Noiseless pickups, I couldn't help myself!

I really like the mahogany body & neck, 24.75" scale, 2 pickups, single V & T controls and the 3-way switch position. Also, I liked the idea of the bolt-on neck as well as the neck profile working really nicely for me.

The hardware is probably the least impressive of the whole assembly (and stock pickups).
I upgraded the tuners to Gotoh but ended up keeping the stoptail & bridge as they both fit well and function just fine. Maybe upgrade one day...

Fret work was surprisingly good but I did do a little work to the fret ends and some minor levelling.

The Vintage Noiseless sound absolutely great in this guitar. The best way I can describe the tone is very "spanky". (that may become my nickname for this axe!)

At the end of it all, I've now got a great playing, great sounding "LP-shaped" guitar for short money. (I had a lot of the parts on hand).

Oh... I also made some cosmetic changes just to personalise it a bit.
But anyway, behold...

...the Epi-caster!!!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 07:53 AM, Jul 19th, 2017)

Therealfrogman

Pueblo, Co

I suck at it but it is still fun!
Jul 19th, 2017 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One word...Awesome! That guitar looks killer and if it sounds even close to how it looks I would be proud to have it my collection.

steve_crocker

North Wales

over the hills and far away
Jul 19th, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nice job


Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 19th, 2017 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool, looks better than a lot of expensive off-the-rack guitars.

Are the pickup surrounds a stock item, or did you fabricate them?

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Jul 19th, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang that's cool looking. Spanky! I like that!

Since you like short scale, have you messed with a Fender Jaguar? Very comfortable little beasts.

Peegoo
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Jul 19th, 2017 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

VERY nice, Mick.

That looks fantastic. I'll bet it sounds great too.

You are getting fearless with modifications--and that is when great things begin to happen.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 19th, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys! Just tried something different and it happened to work!

"Are the pickup surrounds a stock item, or did you fabricate them?"

Te: I got the "conversion" plates from GFS and used standard Epi mounting rings. I picked up a spare set of rings because I had to do some minor tweaking to them to get the SC plates to mate properly. (ie: adjustment screw hole for slanted bridge)

"Since you like short scale, have you messed with a Fender Jaguar?"

Hammond: Not the Jag, but I have a Duo Sonic & Mustang from the recent Fender Offset Series :^)
Actually those guitars were the inspiration for this project!


wrnchbndr
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Jul 19th, 2017 04:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With a little attention to detail these can be really awesome and delicious feeling guitars

rockstar_not

USA

Thank God for guitars!
Jul 19th, 2017 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought you might actually be referring to an Epiphone nighthawk custom reissue. I have one and it's a better Strat than the two Strats I have owned. Set neck gives WAY better sustain and the bound neck is a joy compared to cheaper strats. I've never owned an American strat, fwiw

(This message was last edited by rockstar_not at 11:08 PM, Jul 19th, 2017)

LeftRightOut
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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jul 19th, 2017 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool Mick

and like the personalized truss rod cover


Might have to send a guitar up to you to mod for me one day ;)

hotblooze

World Traveler

Wood, magnetic coil and strings.
Jul 19th, 2017 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice. I have tried P90 to Mini humbucker conversion rings but never Strat single coil ones.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 19th, 2017 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LRO - I can't take credit for the t-rod cover. I had that made years ago. It's been just sitting in my parts box so I had to get a guitar to put it on!

How's that for rationalisation???!!!

And btw, I work for cheap :^)


Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jul 20th, 2017 01:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One other improvement I made on this guitar was replacing the plastic jack plate with a metal one (chrome).
I just don't trust the plastic ones, even though I'm pretty careful with my instruments.

Twangmeister
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Retired
Jul 26th, 2017 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice!

Reminds me of my old SG-200 that I bought at Ted Herbert's Music Mart in Manchester, NH in 1971.

BbendFender
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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 26th, 2017 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nothing wrong with that at all.


Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jul 26th, 2017 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Reminds me of my old SG-200 that I bought at Ted Herbert's Music Mart in Manchester, NH in 1971."

Hey Twangmeister, I haven't thought of Ted Herberts in years!

I just did a search to find out they're no longer on Elm St. and were purchased by a MD-based company few years ago. Kind of sad, but the days of old are just that...

I bought a few things there when I playing in a band based out of Manchester from '94 -'98.

Small world hey?

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