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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Gary View Post
    Well, believe it or not, a "grand" is still a sizable amount of money to many people. As for me, I'm delighted with the guitar, minor issues notwithstanding. The look, tone and play-ability is outstanding, even for a much more expensive guitar, IMO.
    Of course it is!

    It is to me as well considering I'm retired and living on Social Security (and my monthly income is less than two grand a month), but considering that it's an import (China?) you can't seriously expect to get American quality for such as price.

    I have a 2016 Epiphone '58 V and it has a three piece body with veneer on the back & front, and there are people complaining about the body not being a solid or two piece body! The majority of American made Les Paul's are more than two pieces of wood.

    I can understand someone getting a damaged instrument and wanting a replacement, but realistically some people are expecting too much for their money.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by RicOkc View Post
    Of course it is!

    It is to me as well considering I'm retired and living on Social Security (and my monthly income is less than two grand a month), but considering that it's an import (China?) you can't seriously expect to get American quality for such as price.

    I have a 2016 Epiphone '58 V and it has a three piece body with veneer on the back & front, and there are people complaining about the body not being a solid or two piece body! The majority of American made Les Paul's are more than two pieces of wood.

    I can understand someone getting a damaged instrument and wanting a replacement, but realistically some people are expecting too much for their money.
    Actually the "Amos" flying V is sourced from Indonesia.
    My guitar style is "islands of competence in a sea of mediocrity."

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrRobert View Post
    I played that guitar! I'd agree that it sounds great, is light, has a wonderful feeling neck, and the cracking in the finish is a non-issue really. Did they sell it to you for $800? Also, for that price, it's a really nice case. All that said, I'm pretty sure that one IS a veneer, I looked it over pretty carefully. Doesn't matter, though, it's a killer guitar! If I didn't have an 83 Korina V, it would have come home with me...
    The neck was significantly bowed back but after a week of fine adjustments and a humidity controlled environment, the neck is laser straight! I'm very glad you didn't buy it! I'm never selling this V (less $800 out the door).

    According to Cremer Guitarworks it's not a veneer, though you can think what you want. Maybe some are and some aren't but I'm beginning to believe the one I got is particularly special in overall spec. Admittedly I haven't played any other's but now that it's setup it's more than I could ask for. It's definitely on par with my '80 Lothson V. The Epiphone is a diamond in the rough and a sweet breath of fresh air in the world of new guitars. They sing beautifully together and after some minor tweaks and upgrades I'll likely be officially replacing Lothson with the Epiphone as my main V. Just remember, two V's are better than one!
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    What's better thant TWO Korina Vs?



    Two Korina Vs and a Korina Explorer!

    Congrats, I'm glad it's a good one! Oh and also congrats on a great price!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I got invited to play at a special "invitation only" jam with some great players last night.
    My buddy Jack Pearson was playing one of these. Sounded great!


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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    What's the chances he picked up the one at Sam Ash that I scoped out earlier in the thread?

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    What's the chances he picked up the one at Sam Ash that I scoped out earlier in the thread?
    I wouldn't doubt it at all! ha
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    I got invited to play at a special "invitation only" jam with some great players last night.
    My buddy Jack Pearson was playing one of these. Sounded great!

    Looks great!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Here's an update on my sweet Korina Amos:
    I had to custom order an all-gold switch and jack from Switchcraft, they were a lot more difficult to find than I anticipated. I also added vintage spec shielded cloth cable and the CTS pots with gold pointers.


    The Seymour Duncan Amos pickups sound like any PAF copy I've had; true enough to what I would assume the real ones sound like. The bridge doesn't seem to have as much output as the stock pickup but it is very clear, bright, and articulate, overall a more musical tone. I installed DiMarzio brand pickup rings which required no additional drilling, however I needed longer screws. These pickup rings are taller and more vintage correct, I think they're the icing on the cake along with the gold pointers to making this guitar look as 1958 as possible. The knobs I ordered from reverb.com. I think they look pretty good.










    All that is left is to get a set of gold knurled washers for the bridge posts. I've decided the bridge is not the weak point, but the threaded shafts themselves. All Parts sells just the knurled washers alone so for $9 I can solidify the base of the shaft. By tightening one washer to the body (or pickguard on the other side) the threads will tighten in the plug. The other washer can then be used to adjust the bridge height. I believe this will make a noticeable difference in the end, just as the rest of these upgrades have put this guitar on par with all of my Custom Shop Les Paul's and vintage guitars.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Womack View Post
    Took care of the low Epi frets, too.

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    man i hate them epiphone low frets !!!!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Well...

    I bought one.

    A Blemish, can't find it whatever it was!

    [IMG]IMG_2058 by robert ellwood, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Got one for 749 euros. Guitar arrived in good shape. Two-piece body and very nice fretboard and fretwork. The neck is on the thin side though, almost a 1960 gibson profile. Strings were completely dead and the action way low. Intonation was good and neck almost straith. It plays well but needs new strings. The topend is very pleasant and the accustic tone is good. Seems to be a good blues-rock guitar
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Now i had mine for about 6 months...

    Had rather high hopes on this one and it doesn't disappoint me. Been with me in studio and gigs.

    The neck (which for me is the most important thing) is perfect and pickups are great!

    100% stock (except strings) and i feel there's no need for change.

    Well done Epiphone!!!


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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Just got one from Haggerty's Music is South Dakota.




    Great neck, great weight, great pickups. Two piece body, no visible veneers. Clear overdriven bridge tone that I love. I don't see changing anything on her. Finally a quality Korina V that I can afford!

    Anyone have issues with the placement of the "upper" strap pin? It seems to work well but a lot of folks (JB included) seem to place one in the center of the heel itself. Seems well balanced as it is, and with a strap lock (Grolsch ring) it ain't going anywhere.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Warren View Post
    Just got one from Haggerty's Music is South Dakota.




    Great neck, great weight, great pickups. Two piece body, no visible veneers. Clear overdriven bridge tone that I love. I don't see changing anything on her. Finally a quality Korina V that I can afford!

    Anyone have issues with the placement of the "upper" strap pin? It seems to work well but a lot of folks (JB included) seem to place one in the center of the heel itself. Seems well balanced as it is, and with a strap lock (Grolsch ring) it ain't going anywhere.
    I’ve debated putting a strap button on the heel as well. Ergonomically, I think it might make it more balanced and comfortable to play standing up. Haven’t made up my mind yet I though.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I'm also debating it. the pickups seem surprisingly good
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I moved the strap button and am contemplating an alnico 5 neck pickup magnet
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    After 3 month waiting i received mine today. I can compare "Amos" directly with two Historic Les Paul and a Les Paul Custom from 1981, some Gibson Explorer made of mahogany. All i can say is, if you can grap one, do it. My english is to bad for complicated sentence......so in short: i cant find a single flaw in craftmansship, the pickups are great, the guitar is ringing in a fat way like the best Les Pauls i have heard or played myself. Neck size is perfect, the frets are Jumbo size, very cool. I cant tell if the body has a veneer or not, but it looks great.

    Im a Les Paul player and to me "Amos" feels so close to the best Les Paul I own (a Cloud9 from 2007), its fantastic.








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    Flyingv Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by stephan_l View Post
    After 3 month waiting i received mine today. I can compare "Amos" directly with two Historic Les Paul and a Les Paul Custom from 1981, some Gibson Explorer made of mahogany. All i can say is, if you can grap one, do it. My english is to bad for complicated sentence......so in short: i cant find a single flaw in craftmansship, the pickups are great, the guitar is ringing in a fat way like the best Les Pauls i have heard or played myself. Neck size is perfect, the frets are Jumbo size, very cool. I cant tell if the body has a veneer or not, but it looks great.

    Im a Les Paul player and to me "Amos" feels so close to the best Les Paul I own (a Cloud9 from 2007), its fantastic.
    Good ol' swedish Johan seems to agree with you. Congrats on a sweet V!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Awesome! Congrats!!

    Quote Originally Posted by stephan_l View Post
    After 3 month waiting i received mine today. I can compare "Amos" directly with two Historic Les Paul and a Les Paul Custom from 1981, some Gibson Explorer made of mahogany. All i can say is, if you can grap one, do it. My english is to bad for complicated sentence......so in short: i cant find a single flaw in craftmansship, the pickups are great, the guitar is ringing in a fat way like the best Les Pauls i have heard or played myself. Neck size is perfect, the frets are Jumbo size, very cool. I cant tell if the body has a veneer or not, but it looks great.

    Im a Les Paul player and to me "Amos" feels so close to the best Les Paul I own (a Cloud9 from 2007), its fantastic.








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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    The best videos come from Johan. Great guy

    PS
    And i dont write this b/c he made a video of "Amos"



    Quote Originally Posted by Keefoman View Post
    Good ol' swedish Johan seems to agree with you. Congrats on a sweet V!


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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I pre ordered one and waited. It is a great guitar for the price, $899.00! Although I am not a "V" player, I do love the guitar.
    Woof!!!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by stephan_l View Post
    The best videos come from Johan. Great guy

    PS
    And i dont write this b/c he made a video of "Amos"
    Nice work!
    Woof!!!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    For security reasons i forced Thomann to send me the last "Amos" they had Damn, this guitar really speaks to me
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    these guitars are great, but the neck is on the thin side. and the neck pickup is a little dark. I will try an alnico 5 magnet and a 1ma pot to brighten it up
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roe View Post
    these guitars are great, but the neck is on the thin side. and the neck pickup is a little dark. I will try an alnico 5 magnet and a 1ma pot to brighten it up
    , necksize is a matter of taste, but the "Amos" neck is in no way "thin"

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Really? Mine must be around 0.8" at the nut. Certainly not 0.9"
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roe View Post
    Really? Mine must be around 0.8" at the nut. Certainly not 0.9"
    mh, maybe its not THAT fat, but.......


    BOTB "Facts of the ´burst" - like messurement:

    1st fret: 0,86/21,8

    11th fret: 0,94/23,9

    and:

    1st fret: 0,86/21,9

    11th fret: 0,91/23,0



    My 2016 R8 has a "Goldie" neck and nearly fits with the numbers in BOTB:

    1st fret: 0,91/23,2

    11th fret: 1,12/25,5

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roe View Post
    these guitars are great, but the neck is on the thin side. and the neck pickup is a little dark. I will try an alnico 5 magnet and a 1ma pot to brighten it up
    I've felt thicker necks, but I wouldn't call this "thin," personally. It's thicker than my other electrics. Feels really comfortable to me.

    I have the custom shop SD Amos pups in mine, but I don't recall any mud from either of the stock pups. Both were quite articulate and clear sounding. I'd check the height and pole piece heights on your neck pup, if it seems muddy to you.

    The difference that I found from the SDs was that the stock pups were a bit smeary, especially when pushed, and they lacked the harmonic content, overall punch, and the sustain that the SDs have. The stock pups are entirely useable, and not at all lackluster, but not even close to what SD came up with, imo.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    the stock pickups are very good, but the neck was a little dark comparred to the bridge. at least for my tastes. An A5 magnet helped, as did removing the gold plating on the inside of the pickup cover (it adds capacitance)
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    the smeariness all but dissapeared with a long oriented throbak A5 magnet, which replaced the stock a2 magnet
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