What did you do to your Epiphone today?

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Saturday after a long weekend of yard work I picked up my Casino for the first time in a while. I was instantly hit with a "why has this been in the case lately?" It plays beautifully even though I still need to work on the low E buzzing. I played it again Sunday evening after my yard work was done and was captivated again.

Last night I reached for it, then paused and instead grabbed my 59. I had the same feeling.

Today I'll go back to the Trad Pro that has been keeping me away from thw other two. Having too many good guitars is a wonderful problem to have.
 

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59 got a new set of nyxl strings, lowered the action on the low side a bit, rubbed some D65 on the frets, and gave the whole thing a good wipe down.
 

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not much I’ve oiled my board that’s about it,don’t need to do anything else to my 59.
 

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Played my casino for the first time in a few days. It's so different from my go-to les pauls. The way it vibrates and practically swells when the bass comes out. Feels alive, I like it.
 

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I haven't played in a few days. While waiting for my afternoon coffee to... become coffee, I picked up my Trad Pro. As soon as I swung it around to play, I heard that rattle I mentioned before. As good a time as any to hunt it down.

I pulled the truss rod cover expecting to see a screw or nut bouncing around inside, nope. I started thumping the headstock and touching the tuners. It was the tuner on the low E, the nut left enough space for the washer to rattle.

@Raiyn you called that.

I got out the box end wrench and snugged it up, then made a pass at the others to be sure. The A string tuner was also a bit loose, the rest were snug. No more rattle.

Now for another item I have wanted to do something about. I don't like how things have the word "Pro" on them lately. Toyota has the TRD Pro package for trucks, Home Depot has Pro parking spots, and my Epi has Pro on the truss rod cover. I'm on the hunt for a sticker to put over that and carefully cut to fit with a razor.

Considering this one, but it's a few MM too short. I could fit the skeleton though.

Edit- yup that works for now.
 

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I haven't played in a few days. While waiting for my afternoon coffee to... become coffee, I picked up my Trad Pro. As soon as I swung it around to play, I heard that rattle I mentioned before. As good a time as any to hunt it down.

I pulled the truss rod cover expecting to see a screw or nut bouncing around inside, nope. I started thumping the headstock and touching the tuners. It was the tuner on the low E, the nut left enough space for the washer to rattle.

@Raiyn you called that.

I got out the box end wrench and snugged it up, then made a pass at the others to be sure. The A string tuner was also a bit loose, the rest were snug. No more rattle.

Now for another item I have wanted to do something about. I don't like how things have the word "Pro" on them lately. Toyota has the TRD Pro package for trucks, Home Depot has Pro parking spots, and my Epi has Pro on the truss rod cover. I'm on the hunt for a sticker to put over that and carefully cut to fit with a razor.

Considering this one, but it's a few MM too short. I could fit the skeleton though.

Edit- yup that works for now.
I went down that rabbit hole myself. Thought I had a good one off a seller on eBay and it was fine for a bit until the humidity started screwing with the decoupage and things started separating.
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Ended up with a brass job from Hell Guitars in Japan
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Yes it's a stock photo.... I can never get the lighting right.
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Best shot I've ever gotten of it.

They also made the gambling token for my switch.
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That said, Philadelphia Luthier Supply offers full color TRCs.

I have zero experience with this product from them, but their rep is good enough if you wanted to take a shot at it.
ebay.com/itm/Custom-Personalized-Truss-Rod-Cover-w-picture-or-logo-fits-Epiphone-guitars/111884654259?

You supply the art, they make it work.
 

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It wasn't today, but when I got my Lazarus I wanted it to look a bit more like the real thing so I got some aged parts and replaced the tuners, strap buttons, pickup covers, knobs, bridge and bridge posts, tailpiece and tailpiece post, and rewired it with Gibson style wire, VIPots, Switchcraft switch and jack, and Russian paper in oil caps.

Looks great. Could you please post details of the parts you’ve used (tunes, knobs,buttons,covers). It would be good to know which upgrades definitely fit without modifications.
 

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So i took my Sheraton to get fret level and a local guitar store. He tried to tell me i just needed a setup an charge me 50 bucks.

I think he thought I wouldn’t notice he did nothing to it. I tell it had the same strings and bunch of dead stops on the A string. Said must have been a mix up.

Gave him the benefit of the doubt. I used to send it to a guy in Delaware; phenomenal work. After he opened a Luthier class I didn’t appreciate him using my alleykat as a teaching tool.

Anyways, so i need a luthier and an amp tech (reverb and trem died) or should just learn to be a luthier on the side
 

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So i took my Sheraton to get fret level and a local guitar store. He tried to tell me i just needed a setup an charge me 50 bucks.

I think he thought I wouldn’t notice he did nothing to it. I tell it had the same strings and bunch of dead stops on the A string. Said must have been a mix up.

Gave him the benefit of the doubt. I used to send it to a guy in Delaware; phenomenal work. After he opened a Luthier class I didn’t appreciate him using my alleykat as a teaching tool.

Anyways, so i need a luthier and an amp tech (reverb and trem died) or should just learn to be a luthier on the side
I sure hope that it was a mixup. Imagine not getting even a pack of new strings in a $50 setup…

It certainly doesn’t hurt to learn how to do your own maintenance/ setup/ minor repair work, esp. with the hourly rates people charge for tech work these days. Learning how to be a luthier takes years to gain sufficient experience - might not even be that fun if your objective really is to play guitar rather than build them (though I suspect you’re just using the term loosely to refer to a guitar tech as well).
 

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It certainly doesn’t hurt to learn how to do your own maintenance/ setup/ minor repair work, esp. with the hourly rates people charge for tech work these days. Learning how to be a luthier takes years to gain sufficient experience
I completely agree.
Another aspect is knowing what you're comfortable doing. I'm not a woodworker. I can make things that are plenty strong, but I lack the finesse required to do things like properly fix a broken headstock ie: with splines etc.
I watch the twoodfrd channel on YouTube and marvel at the man's skill.
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I'm good with setups. electronics, part swaps etc. Saves me plenty, and occasionally I do work for others.
 

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My Sheraton from Japan came with some mystery pu maybe Maxon brand; brass cover and plate with and Alnico magnet. Sounded like all the terms we call bad pickups. Muddy, compressed, shrill highs, etc.

the bridge read 14.8k and the Neck was 7.26. I change the magnets to ceramic and for some reason they both now read 7.8? I lost track of which was which when putting on the cover.

now they’re back in and sound clear as a bell!
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now what to do with the Gibson 57’s i don’t need anymore...

That's a beautiful guitar.
 


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