Tips for a new Epi?

Discussion in 'The Epi Center' started by Epitune, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Epitune

    Epitune New Member

    Got a new (2017) Epiphone LP Standard Pro w/Probuckers, newer owned one before (and it fills my heart with joy!)

    I read in threads and player reviews on guitars, people fix or alter various things when buying new guitars. Any tips or experiences for my new epi, personal preference or otherwise?
  2. SAguitar

    SAguitar Well-Known Member

    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!
  3. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    Welcome to Gibson Talk. Congrats on the new guitar. Stan is right, don't do anything until you've put some hours on it. Epiphones come with good hardware these days.
  4. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Hi and welcome to this place.

    As Stan and Rob says, never make changes on any guitar until you have played it for a while. I never understand those who talk about making pickup and other changes before they have even bought the guitar. If you don't like the sound of a guitar, then move on try another.

    Good luck.
  5. Epitune

    Epitune New Member

    Thanks all for confirming what I suspected, sour sounds on a new guitar is most probably NOT the guitars fault... :D

    Play it like a madman i certainly will, "Violent Pornography (SOAD) is up for this evening!
  6. vinnie1971

    vinnie1971 New Member

    Those pickups are really good pickups - I'd not change anything apart from maybe add coil splits and or series/parallel on each pickup.

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  7. vinnie1971

    vinnie1971 New Member

    Good advice - unless it's a cheap used guitar and buying g it plus adding new pickups give the tone in your head but still costs less than buying one out the box

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  9. Rallybratt

    Rallybratt New Member

    Just got new LP Standard Pro for Christmas; it's amazing so far. I'm, not changing a thing except removing that dinky pick guard that looks like an after thought by somebody that didn't like pick guards.
  10. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    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.[​IMG] large_6017-1.jpg

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  11. SAguitar

    SAguitar Well-Known Member

    I'm voting with Rob on this one! It just looks right with an LP pickguard on there.
  12. shupe13

    shupe13 Member

    I like that! Nice!!

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  13. Epitune

    Epitune New Member

    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. :)
  14. Jeffytune

    Jeffytune New Member

    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.

    I hope this helps.
  15. Epitune

    Epitune New Member

    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. :)


    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.
  17. Stratman54

    Stratman54 New Member

    Agreed 100%

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  18. Epitune

    Epitune New Member

    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?
  19. Biddlin

    Biddlin Member

    View attachment 3464
    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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  20. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    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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