Submitted July 6, 2019 by Jerry C in Southwest, PA
"Good Deal, Great Guitar"
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Looking for an affordable jazz box, one that had a lot of "air" around the notes, had that "amp in the other room" woody, sound. This one is it. Replaced the stock strings with flat wound chrome 11's. There's the sound I wanted! Volume and tone knobs dimed on the guitar, 50 watt tube amp (lots of headroom), volume as high as you can without feedback, Bass-7,Mid-7,Treb-3-4, Rev-3, Pres-1-2. The tones that I was looking for.
Love the pickups. Hot enough for my liking. Split coil may come in handy. Real interesting tones when alternately splitting coils while using both pickups.
Ease of Use
The action out of the box was really good. A little concerned after I replaced the strings. Had to raise the height of the first three strings. Easy enough. Had a little more bow in the neck than I care for after I changed the strings. Left the guitar in an air conditioned room overnight. The action was PERFECT in the morning. No truss rod adjustments needed. I like a low action.
The quality out of the box was perfect. There was a very small smudge on the finish on the back of the guitar where it must have rubbed the packing bag during shipment in the box. I honestly don't know how that could ever be avoided. Anyhow, a little polish and it was gone. This guitar is beautiful! Was gonna wait till July for a wine red model. So glad I didn't and got this one! Absolutely beautiful color combination. Much nicer in person. I know sunburst guitars probably all differ a little bit in color. The colors on mine seem to blend very nicely. Beautiful five-layer bindings all around. The tuners seem smooth and even while adjusting. The grooves in the nut look even and true. The "C" shaped neck fits my hand ( a little small) fine. No complaints about the hardware. Knobs turn smoothly. Huge headstock. I'm sure it makes a big contribution to the sound too.
Compared prices on similar guitars made by different manufacturers. Have always heard a lot of good reviews about Epis, never owned one before. The price for this model was comparable. Used the 6 month "play while u pay" financing. Very easy, no credit checks to affect the credit score for a luxury item. No interest either. I like it.
Haven't had reason to find out. Hopefully, it stays that way. No comment
The Wow Factor
Great looking guitar, Looks very vintage, very " rich", for such an affordable instrument.
Playing guitars for fifty plus years. Have played professionally. Play for enjoyment now.
Rock, blues, light jazz, easy listening.
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