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Les Paul copy recommends?

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This website seems to date it to 1989, first of the set necks but last of the 'open book' headstock.

http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Les_Paul_Standard

Seems my model is the 1989 Cherry Sunburst, however darkened by the optional 30 years of nicotine staining: http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/File:Lp-standard1989.jpg

Obviously the bigsby has been added sometime later. I'll need to find some extra long strings though because there isn't enough length on the fitted G and D to lock the string in the tuner, so the G especially is just slipping constantly.

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Good luck with the move to NZ. :) Be mindful of the insurance cost for shipping expensive gear - mine was more than the cost of shipping...!

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[quote name='Kiwi' timestamp='1492818195' post='3283514']
Good luck with the move to NZ. :) Be mindful of the insurance cost for shipping expensive gear - mine was more than the cost of shipping...!
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Thanks mate. What counts as expensive? All together mine adds up, but only my Stingray has a significant replacement cost. I was thinking of taking that on the plane, more for sentimental reasons than value.

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[quote name='No. 8 Wire' timestamp='1492842094' post='3283538']
Thanks mate. What counts as expensive?
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I can't recall individual costs but anything with a replacement value of over £1500 has to be declared separately from the umbrella coverage. (And there I was at the time with a vintage  Alembic, a vintage Stingray, a Shuker 6 and a couple of Celinders...)  Total cost was north of £6000 and that was 10 years ago. Hate to think what it will be now but I sold the Celinders prior to the second shift.

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[quote name='gary mac' timestamp='1492850579' post='3283609']
Good find, that looks lovely :)
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Cheers! On closer inspection and a bit of tweaking, it needs a fret dress really. It plays fine with a fairly high action, but to get it a tad lower frets 14-22 need to be dressed down a bit. Not urgent though, it'll wait until I'm at a mates place later in the year who keeps a tame luthier in the place he manages.

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[quote name='MoonBassAlpha' timestamp='1493371488' post='3287799']
Are you sure that the truss rod doesn't just need straightening a bit? (Sorry if you've already done all that stuff!)
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Yep. The wear is pretty even over frets 1 to 13. So basically frets 14-22 are just higher than 1-13. So it needs plenty of relief to overcome that.

It's not bad at all really, and still plays rather nicely, just prefer a little lower, so that action is more even down the length of the board. No biggy.

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I would chose this vintage
https://musicsquare.co.uk/159694_-Vintage-V100GT-electric-guitar.html
But this one is also interesting
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/G5425BK

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[quote name='blank20' timestamp='1494260897' post='3294484']
I would chose this vintage
[url="https://musicsquare.co.uk/159694_-Vintage-V100GT-electric-guitar.html"]https://musicsquare....ric-guitar.html[/url]
But this one is also interesting
[url="https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/G5425BK"]https://www.sweetwat.../detail/G5425BK[/url]
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I really love those Gretches, could easily have gone for one of those! Now I actually have a Les Paul, in fact a better one than I could have hoped for, I really need to stop gassing! Especially as I am not even a guitar player! And I'm meant to be thinning out the ones I do have.....

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[quote name='MoonBassAlpha' timestamp='1502051595' post='3349041']
I thought the early 90s Epi were meant to have quite poor pickups?
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I don't know about the 90s ones but the 89 epi I got a few posts above had a really weak bridge pickup. Replaced it with a irongear and it made the works of difference. The neck pickup seems good but I'll probably get another irongear in the neck to have a matched set.... if I ever get round to it.

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The early Epi I played was a 335 style, the pickups weren't exactly weak, they just sounded woolly and indistinct. The rest of it seemed ok.

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The Washburn Idol series (can't recall the model number) with the Seymour Duncans as standard are a great LP style guitar. I was looking at them seriously but bought a spalted maple X50-pro (again with SDs) for the same money. After a good setup and fret polish I've had a few pro-guitar players tell me it's the best dual humbucker guitar they've played below USA PRS money... My brother has it now so it's still in the family. And he plays much better than me!

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I have found if a 'budget' guitar is well built and already plays well as is, replacement pickups and a good set up will elevate it to something up there with the big names and often beyond.

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I've recently picked up a superb Les Paul Tribute, USA built, genuine Gibson pickups etc, reveal binding, good quality Gibson padded bag, nice weight and a non-painted back (THANKFULLY!) for less than £600! Ok, it's not budget, but....it's a bargain.

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[quote name='MoonBassAlpha' timestamp='1502051595' post='3349041']
I thought the early 90s Epi were meant to have quite poor pickups?
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The one I had was great. It may have had mods that I didn't know about. I wasn't the first owner. Looked all original though.

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