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Tremotone has already broken...
By: Chris from North Metro ATL      Submitted: 4/17/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Looks awesome, looks better than it plays. The tremotone arm, when moved down out of the way for playing, ends up jutting out over the saddles, making it difficult to palm mute the bottom couple of strings. No biggie, there are three holes in the arm, with the middle position being the factory default. I planned to just move it to the last position. Ultimately had to slide the entire arm off in order to access the nut on the bottom of the arm inside the spring, and when replacing the arm on the threaded base, the clamp broke. Cheap die cast metal. Probably not a deal-breaker. I think the screw that tightens and holds the clamp on will still hold it on, even though the clamp is now in two pieces. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? This is really a beautiful guitar. The mahogany grain shows well with no indication of where the seams are in the front; only slightly noticable from the back. The most appealing characteristic for me is the symmetrical double-cutaway. I'd probably own more of Epi's recent Wilshire offerings if the cutaways were symmetrical like the '62. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The neck is not chunky, but wider than I expected. The string spacing is the same as most of my other guitars, though, even though the neck/fretboard itself is wider. Controls are not easy to get to when the vibrato arm is moved downward out of the way. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The pickups sound okay. I'm not a humbucker guy, but I like that these are brighter than most standard humbuckers. They're a bit brighter than the Mega'Trons on my CVT. The output is close as well. I don't have to change any amp or pedal settings when switching from the Gretsch CVT to the Crestwood. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Great! Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I can't really compare it well to others, but I think it stands on its own merits. Playability How was the action out of the box? It came well set up.
Great Reproduction
By: Daniel from Cottleville, Missouir      Submitted: 10/10/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I owned an original as my first Electric Guitar in 1962. Unfortunately I no longer own, so once I saw that Epiphone was re-issuing these I had to have one or two. I am satisfied with the Guitar. Originally I thought that Epiphone was only going to re-issue a quantity of 1962. Is Epiphone issuing more?. This is my second purchase. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Made very well, I had no issues with one I received. Finish was perfect. The Tremolo was different than original. This one has a spring and my original just used tension. The re-issue has a Screw on the Tremolo holding it to the body. On my original it did not have one. The shear pin in the tremolo kept breaking on the original so the tech drilled a hold and put a screw in. This kept the shear pin from breaking. so the re-issue has this modification.. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Playing the original I always did like the wide neck. Fits my hand very well. Most players I talked to think it is just too wide. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Very sharp, crisp on Bridge pickup, nice blues tone on Neck. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Finish was perfect Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? Price on Original was around $300 and the reissue at around $500.00. I think the price for the re-issue was in line. Playability How was the action out of the box? Action is too high. Needs to be set up. I don't think I ever got a guitar out of the box set the was I like. But it is close and playable as is.
Beautiful Eye Candy
By: Michael Andreano from Oldsmar      Submitted: 12/10/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Excellent. I am an Epiphone fan and own 5 assorted models General Your general opinion of this product. Beautiful to look at. The volume pots and 3-way selection are fighting for the same space as the trem set up (which is very lively). I'm constantly looking over the top of the trem assembly to see certain setup combinations that are hidden from view when holding the quitar normally. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Superb tone. Great pickups. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Flawless. There were a couple of spots under the plexi pickguard where the paint had pulled away from the pickup and some dust under the plexi, that could be fixed by removing the screws and giving a good coat of Dunlop cleaner/polisher, but I only do that on guitars I intend to purchase.
Finally re-issued!
By: Dan from Cottleville, Missouri      Submitted: 11/15/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I went through the guitar and the Quality was Excellent. Not a blemished anywhere. The finish was perfect.. General Your general opinion of this product. Came with a Certificate within a Hard Card Folder, Poster, Nut Wrench, Epiphone Bumper Sticker, Very Nice Dark Grey Case with Epiphone Logo and the Guitar. For the price I feel this is well worth it. Even though it is collector grade I plan on using. I had a 1962 Epiphone Crestwood Custom and this is really close to what the original is. The Tail Piece “E” Logo is raised, the original was flush. I could see this getting caught and come off in the future. Also on the Tail Piece the Tremolo has a Spring and the original didn’t. This could be a good revision as on the original the sheer pin is all that would hold and it used to break all the time. Last on the Tail Piece the Original did not have a Screw to hold down the tail piece but after the last pin break the tech drilled a hole in mine and put the screw in. This helped prevent further breaks. On the Butterfly Pick Guard the White part is painted on the re-issue the original was not, somehow it was permanent. The White is already scr Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Like the sound of the Mini Humbuckers, sharp biting sound.. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Perfect, no issues what so ever..
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