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Old February 26th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recommend a Jazzabilly box please

Hi all

I have 2 Epiphone already, new Les Paul standard Gold Top humbucker version and a 1990 Firebird V with OBL minihumbuckers from the factory - both great guitars.

But I am now thinking about either swapping out the pickups in my Cort YorkTown BV or trading for an Epiphone jazzbox,

Mostly looking at something that can do rockabilly, blues and classic rock in that order. I thought ES 295, ES175 or Emperor Swingster. Any views?

The Cort YorkTown is very good just not quite vintage enough with the tone even though they are supposed to be mighty mite vintage ALNICO 5 HBs.

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Old February 26th, 2017, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If this one doesn't say Rockabilly, then nothin' does!
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But really, any of the Kat series would fill the bill.

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If this one doesn't say Rockabilly, then nothin' does!

The Epiphone Flame Kat



But really, any of the Kat series would fill the bill.





Mmmm yes it looks the part. I wonder how those mini humbuckers sound compared to the P90s in normal wildkats- I must say though I am not so keen on the small body of the wildkat... but I should try one out.

Here are the guitars I normally play rockabilly on, but they are good blues/blues rock/classic rockers too. The former has Seymour Duncan APH1 pickups with series/parallel on each and a custom varitone - it's Dearmond M65 heavily modified



Heres the YorkTown - totally standard.


Neither have the right twang but they both get close, the Dearmond gets pretty close when the pickups are in parallel.


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I thought about that, but I am thinking it's going to be very similar to the YorkTown


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I considered Gretsch but I I think it's too obvious and a bit cliched - and not the original rockabilly guitar - even Duane Eddie didn't use one to start with, he played a Guild.
Most of those early Sun recordings were made on P90s (Scotty Moore ES295, Carl Perkins Les Paul P90s) then a lot of strats - Buddy Holly, the blue caps played them (although in the end Cliff Gallup played a solid body Gretsch Jet).
I find the black top filtertrons what they have in spank they lack in depth- a bit thin and the P90 I think epitomises the 1950s sound. Even Eddie Cochran got a P90 in the neck of his Gretsch to fill out the middle position.
If I got a Gretsch it would need those dynasonic pickups and the ones with those are out of my price range...


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Mmmm that's nice. Those are hard to come by and the gold tones are awesome. I do have s Dearmond m65... not quite the same as it's a solid body...


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