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Old February 27th, 2018, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello.... and a question

Hi there. I'm Tom from Long Island NY. I joined about 5 minutes ago and have a question. I've got this old Epiphone (Casino I believe), and I'm thinking of parting with it. I'm not here to sell it to one of you. I'm truly looking for some knowledge. The tailpice on this guitar seems, different. I'm wondering if it's just an aftermarket one, or a factory one I haven't seen.

If I don't sell it I'm thinking of sanding it down for the "Lennon" look.

BTW, I also have a Turquoise Casino that is perfect. This red one is in need of some TLC as you can see. But overall it's in pretty nice shape. I think it's from the 70's, or earlier.

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Old February 28th, 2018, 01:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Tom,

She does look a little rough. Before you part it out, if you could take a picture of the serial number for us first, it should be on a label inside the "F" hole.

With that we might be able to get the model and the year.
Epiphone dating is not as easy as a Gibson, with multiple manufactures and serial number not recorded as not sequential it can be daunting.

But let start with this first.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 05:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hi and welcome to this place. I would start with the manufacturer first and ask them if they have any info on the guitar. They will need to see pics including the serial. The worst that can happen is they can say they don't know.

I wouldn't bother with those internet sites that profess to date guitars. They are often inaccurate
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Old February 28th, 2018, 06:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Tom and welcome to Gibson Talk. I would clean it up and ask Epiphone/Gibson like John said. Looking at the tuners, I don't think it's a Korean or Chinese made one. Could be US made and of some value. So before you go crazy with sandpaper, get the info.

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Old February 28th, 2018, 10:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old February 28th, 2018, 09:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to Gibson-Talk, Tom! Yeah, removing the finish, regardless of its condition, definitely removes a lot of whatever value it has.
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Old March 1st, 2018, 12:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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"removing the finish, regardless of its condition, definitely removes a lot of whatever value it has."
The proper procedure is to clean, with a good cleaner and polish like Virtuoso. The tailpiece is original and could be repaired or a period correct replacement might be found. These aren't super valuable, but they are getting rarer. They play well and sound a little brassy, but pickups can be swapped and may have been.
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Old March 1st, 2018, 02:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi and Welcome to Gibson-Talk, Tom3.......looks like a good project guitar, myself wouldn't remove anything on the finish. I would find out all the information on it before doing anything to it.
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Old March 2nd, 2018, 04:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Tom. I live on Long Island and I happened to see your CL ad this morning! I just saw this thread and realized, man that guitar looks familiar. And then I saw Tom from Long Island. Good luck with your sale and welcome.
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Old March 2nd, 2018, 07:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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" Good luck with your sale and welcome."
Smart money says he's a "one and done." Just dropped in for a free appraisal.
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