James Bay's first ever guitar. He captions his Instagram photo, "#Tbt to the first guitar I ever bought. Hand painted when I was 14 and still hanging in my room at my parents house" The body shape, pickups configuration, knobs, switch, and rosewood fingerboard match those of a Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar. James Bay's is of course hand painted by him. James talks about selling his Yamaha Pacifica to buy the Epiphone Les Paul Special II https://youtu.be/3DQJSkYl5rY?t=13m31smore
I have a black model. Stock everything, though I'm planning on replacing the pickups and adding some custom electronics - built in fuzz circuit, built in octaver, you know - the usual.
I use this guitar for 2,5 years but I found the original pickups a bit too thin, and I decided to put a set of Johnny Elca pickups but it was not all my sound yet. I received a package from my father's friend with Semour Duncan SH-4 pickups a week ago and that $ 100 guitar sounds really cool. The SH-4's have a pretty dull sound, but it certainly sounds really good. The neck pickup has a nice, non les paul sound but very cool.
I call this guitar DJ. He is absolute crap; within a month of getting him, the bridge pickup went microphonic. Instead of wasting money fixing a shitty guitar, I did something worse.
I took a 42 gauge string that I had lying around, snipped all the strings off of DJ, and put the spare 42 gauge where the D string should be. I tune it down way low and use it to sort of djent when I'm super bored.
Obviously, it doesn't work well. It's just a shitty guitar that I can't sell and don't want to throw away for sentiment.
This guitar taught me the value of setting the intonation and working on the bridge. I also replaced the bridge pickup with Reilander Reverenb humbucker to get some definition and clarity of sound from the bridge position. This guitar can be a solid work-horse, just needs attention paid to it.
Updated the pickup set with a pair of Gibson 59's, updated bridge piece from a SG custom shop, and Kluston Machine Heads for stable tuning. The neck plays and feels great, and very light.
Highly recommended to start playing, still has a great sound. Affordable. My second one in 3 years i've been playing. Really comfortable, goodlooking, amazing clean sound and nice distortion.
I have that guitar for 3 years. So I changed the bridge pickup to the seymour duncan JB and it sounds awesome! Also want to tell that I have the wine red version of that model
Very nice sound for a guitar that cost me around $350. May not be very reliable, as the pickups stopped working due to disconnected wire within about 8 months of use, but was an easy fix with a solder. Very nice looking guitar, and very portable, as you don't need to treat it like a diamond (unless of course you are romantically attached, like me).
This guitar is sure to give you intonation issues in the first 5 mins of playing. 1 to two semitone bends are sure to knock this guitar out of tune! Not to mention the fact that the 17th and 18th fret on the high e string are the exact same note. And the pickups... they are like apple earphones mics hooked up to an amp. HORRENDOUS!
This is an amazing first guitar. Had it for over 9 years and it still plays very well. You can get great heavy sound and is very comfortable to play on. Definitely needs set ups and intonation checks to play shows with it but for practice it is outsanding. The only upgrades done from the original was the tuners as getting standard Fender tuners seemed to help a lot of the strings stay in tune longer
I've been learning to play on an accoustic for the last 2 years, but decided to purchase this to get used to playing on electric. Bought it as part of a starter pac from Epiphone with an amp, etc. It sounds ok, but I am still a novice, so not really in a position to provide any meaninful review. Except to say if your new to playing this is a good starter guitar.
As a beginner I do not regret that I bought this. Although I got some mechanical noise from the low E string. And the tuning jumps up and down while trying to tune it properly. The second problem might be solved it I restring it but for the first I thing the strings would need to be further away from the neck. Maybe possible to fix, but these are things which bother me and having played more expensive guitars I did not had these issues.
You don't just go head over heels for the first one you see. I've had the opportunity through the years to purchase several different guitars at amazing prices however, If it doesn't resonate (See what I did there?) with me, I know myself well enough that I would have a 6 string collecting dust. Now that Is not to say that I am being a gear snob and I'm sure most pickers will agree that if it doesn't look tasty, You're not gonna eat it no matter how expensive or delicious it may be under that gommy exterior. The vintage sunburst is as beautiful as this guitar sounds.
This Epiphone was one of the first guitars I ever got. I've had it since I was 12, and I absolutely love it. It sounds great and plays nicely. Couldn't have asked for a better first guitar.
I don't play guitar too much except for my Bass VI, so I keep this around to record with when I need a bass... after about 10 years, the electronics are starting to fail, and I need the pots and connectors replaced.
I hate the sound of cheap humbuckers, but the instrument as a whole is very sturdy. I really like how the pickup toggle is by the knobs, so you can't accidentally hit it. Decent starter.