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Old November 16th, 2017, 05:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Body and neck construction are significantly different between the two.
Gibson uses a one or two piece select mahogany body and a fairly thin lacquer finish.
Epiphone uses multiple sections of low grade mahogany glued together with a thin mahogany veneer cap on the front and back all coated in a relatively thick urethane finish.
Gibson uses a one piece select grade mahogany neck with a 17 degree headstock, again with a relatively thin lacquer finish.
Epiphone uses a two piece neck with a scarf joint near the 15 degree headstock, again finished in a relatively thick urethane finish.

These differences all contribute to the differences in sound and resonance when unplugged.

The Gibson is typically more resonate, louder and brighter unplugged. This difference can't help but be included in the sound when plugged in playing clean.

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Old November 17th, 2017, 09:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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And those are just a few of the differences that you get when you pay for upscale guitar. That's not to say that you can't get some very good Epiphones and make great music with them. I have been playing for a long time and have just been fortunate enough to own some great Gibsons that I enjoy playing.
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Old July 8th, 2018, 03:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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And sometimes you will get a dud Gibson.
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Hah! Epiphone does make some good guitars, but they don't sink as much into materials as Gibson. So sometimes you get fortunate and find a great one among the masses.
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