New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

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Re: New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:08 am

rbrcbr wrote:
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Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
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Some of these are nice looking and I've been wanting a semi-hollow/hollow-body with P90s for a while. But, the few places I've looked make it seem like Gibson has left us lefties behind again.
Idk if you saw my post earlier with the 2020 USA Casino but they are issuing those in lefty versions as well! Just a bit steep, $2699.
I did, but I was referring to the less expensive models. Gibson always has the really expensive models available for lefty, but rarely the affordable ones. In the early 2000s, there was an inexpensive Epiphone semi-hollow or two, and now there isn't.
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Re: New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

Post by BoringPostcards » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:55 pm

Watched a video of the Crestwood Custom reissue, and noticed they have the proper nylon saddles of the original models.
Cool to see Epiphone trying to make them vintage correct.
Besides the finish, everything else seems to be correct.
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Re: New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

Post by Musjagjazz » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:27 am

On the Crestwood Custom, think now there is a Bigsby type spring on the Tremotone which was not on the original models

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Post by sookwinder » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:47 am

that bigsby type spring will help the action of the tremotone immensely. Bring it back in tune easier.
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Post by MrFingers » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:36 pm

I was just going to say that: good to see they are using an external coil-spring instead of the internal torsion-spring of the originals. The original Tremotones are a bit... temperamental :P

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Post by RIORIO » Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:18 am

I desperately want one of those white customs...

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Post by pacemaker » Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:08 pm

I've been hung up about finding a 330 or Casino for a little while now – what's the consensus on polishing up the "worn" finish on these with Virtuoso or some such to get a less raw finish?

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Post by MrFingers » Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:56 pm

I think that worn-finish is just a thin color-coat on bare wood, meaning it's a rather textured finish (that can't be buffed). Will require clearcoating and buffing that.

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Post by Larry Mal » Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:18 pm

Could be. I can say that I once had a 2008 or so Melody Maker, and I thought that maybe I would be able to finish that to a gloss.

But there wasn't any grain filler used, so you could feel the grain of the wood with your fingers. Even if you would have put clear on top of that, you would still have the un-buffed matte finish beneath it.

There wasn't anything to do with it. Nice enough guitar, though. I wouldn't buy one of these with the expectations of finishing it yourself.

Also, I bought an M2 later, which is a double hum bucker update to the Melody Maker. It was finished gloss but insanely thin, the finish started wearing away to the wood within six months of light use.

This is poly, though, so that might not happen here. Regardless, when Gibson puts on a cheap finish, don't count on it being anything more down the road is my advice.
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Post by BoringPostcards » Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:55 pm

Forgive me, if this was already mentioned, but apparently these new Epiphones all have full size CTS pots and decent pickups, in case anybody was worried about immediately having to fish out the electronics from the f holes to upgrade.
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Post by RIORIO » Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:24 pm

RIORIO wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:18 am
I desperately want one of those white customs...
Annnnnd I got one :w00t:

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Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:52 pm

Even though I've no immediate need to buy another guitar I have (and have always had) an unhealthy obsession with those Tremotone units. I don't even know how they feel (are they closer to a Bigsby or a Jazzmaster vibrato) but they look so fucking cool!!
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Re: New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

Post by MrFingers » Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:45 am

The originals feel rather Bigsby-esque but with a really floppy spring.

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Post by sookwinder » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:02 am

essentially:

small movement on a strat trem = large trem action on strings
large movement on Epiphone tremotone = small trem action on strings
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Re: New Epiphone semi-hollow guitars for 2020 (Riviera, Worn Casino, ES-335, )

Post by BoringPostcards » Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:34 am

sookwinder wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:02 am
essentially:

small movement on a strat trem = large trem action on strings
large movement on Epiphone tremotone = small trem action on strings
Does it have less action than a JM unit? I played an Epi with one once, but the owner had removed the arm, so I couldn't try it out.
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