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Old January 5th, 2018, 09:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm voting with Rob on this one! It just looks right with an LP pickguard on there.

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Old January 6th, 2018, 03:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Really?? LP's have had that pickguard for 60 years and this is the first time I've heard it described as an afterthought. I would prefer a clear one on a plus top but I think that on a monotone top, you need to break the monotony.

Check out the two photos...I added the guard just to add some colour. I can't see any other shape guard on a les paul. Sorry, just my personal opinion.Attachment 3394

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Old February 25th, 2018, 09:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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OP here, 6 months later, first ajustment: raised the action on the bass side half a turn.
The only thing I miss on my Epi is nitro lacquer, I would like it to age.
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Old February 25th, 2018, 04:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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While I agree with the advice given here about playing it for a length of time before modding it, Most of the player I see that buy and swap stuff out are doing it for the reason that they are trying to mimic one of there guitars for gigging.
These days, a Gibson Les Paul can set you back 2-5K depending on the model, not taking into account if it is a older more valuable item.
I have freinds that will buy an Epi or a MIM Fender and change the electronics out to mimic the guitar that if someone stole it (Like that never happens) or some drunk get up and stage and trips over it (Again, that never happens, right?) the replacement of that MIA Fender or that Gibson is just too much money to risk.

Do, if your a Gigging player, and you got this Epi to take to those gigs, well then I say yes go ahead and change it out to mimic

Now, if your not gigging, then no, don't. The value of that guitar will never increase with better stuff hung on it, so the money you invest is money down the drain as it were.
And it is far better to keep the epi as is, because it has good pick ups in it, and you should be learning to get the tone out of your fingers.....because that is really where it all starts from.

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Old February 26th, 2018, 12:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've bought a set of 11s for the fun of difference at string change time, considering nob pointers (at the age I need glasses now..), and thats about the only thing I'll change.
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Old February 26th, 2018, 06:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You might want to test the volume and tone pots push-pull capabilities. I'm almost sure that they include coil tapping (with the volume pots) and phase reversal (neck tone pot). That's how my 2017 came.
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Old February 26th, 2018, 09:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I would recommend that you play it like a madman for months before even thinking about changes. You may find that it is just great the way it came from that factory!


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Old March 7th, 2018, 02:41 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Don't have the phase reversal, but had much fun with coil tapping. It seems though that the connection on the neck tapping might be bad, sometimes I have to work it a bit to get sound. Bad soldering mayee? Anyone experience the same?
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Really?? LP's have had that pickguard for 60 years and this is the first time I've heard it described as an afterthought. I would prefer a clear one on a plus top but I think that on a monotone top, you need to break the monotony.

Check out the two photos...I added the guard just to add some colour. I can't see any other shape guard on a les paul. Sorry, just my personal opinion.Attachment 3394

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LP Pickguards are kind of conic.
I'm gonna add one to my 2014 LPMM
I already did to my LPJ
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Old March 7th, 2018, 09:19 PM   #20 (permalink)
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LP Pickguards are kind of conic.
I'm gonna add one to my 2014 LPMM
I already did to my LPJ
Ya, I thought the LPMM needed the pickguard....and reflector knobs. Those were just for "aesthetics". The only functional mod that I did was to replace the plastic button Kluson tuners with vintage Grover split shaft ones only because I like the tuners that come on vintage Fenders. They make string changes soooooo easy.

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