Category Archives: Epiphone

My Favorite Signature Guitars

Seems like everyone and their brother has a “signature guitar” anymore. You seem them from time to time in Guitar Center or the latest Musician’s Friend catalog, but never all at once. The kind of seem to come and go. I decided to list my favorite signature guitar models all at once for you to check out. These are my favorites from Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and Steve Morse. I wish I had them all!

 

Van Halen Wolfgang Signature Guitars

EVH WOLFGANG SPECIAL TOM GUITAR BLACK/YELLOW STRIPE ONLY 150 MADE
USD 749.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 01:41:25
EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang WG-T Standard Electric Guitar
USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 04:55:33
EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar Natural MIM with EVH Hard Shell Case
USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:00:29
EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Electric Guitar (Transparent Blue Burst)
USD 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 19:58:36

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dave Mustaine VMNTX United Abomination Electric Guitar
USD 258.32 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:07:06
Dean Signature V Dave Mustaine End Game Electric Guitar
USD / 174.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 22:05:44

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Washburn Dime V Guitar - Dimebag Darrell
USD 230.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 21:52:20
Washburn DIME Blackjack Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitar Pantera
USD 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:19:07
DIMEBAG DARRELL Miniature Guitar Frame PANTERA Lightning
USD / 42.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:46:47

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars


 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi electric guitar G-400 with hard case & strap
USD 525.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 21:11:25
TONY IOMMI Miniature Guitar Frame Black Sabbath
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:39:31
Epiphone Limited Edition Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 635.55 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 02:38:44

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars


 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

ESP LTD GL-200k Kamikaze Guitar George Lynch
USD 375.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 11:47:33
GEORGE LYNCH Miniature Guitar Frame KAMIKAZE Dokken
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:46:47

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature White Zombie Graphic Electric Guitar
USD 1044.05 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 20:45:54
ESP KIRK HAMMETT KH-3 SPIDER Electric Guitar
USD 1795.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 01:00:47

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 7.83 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 08:24:30
BUDDY GUY Guitar Pick
USD 9.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:06:58
Buddy Guy Gothic Guitar BG Logo 2009 Red T Shirt New Official Blues
USD 19.79 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 17:30:40
BUDDY GUY - Sweet Tea - CD SILVERTONE 41751 - 2001 - Blues Guitar
USD 8.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 00:25:55

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

Fender Artist Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar
USD 1379.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 19:02:21
ERIC JOHNSON (GUITAR 1) - AH VIA MUSICOM NEW CD
USD 11.57 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 04:20:40

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars


 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez Steve Vai Jem Jr. Electric Guitar White NO CASE Jem Jr.
USD 431.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 16:14:28

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar (Black Pearl)
USD / 850.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:00:01
Ibanez JS1000 Joe Satriani Electric Guitar
USD 1089.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 20:00:31

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars


 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 11:52:56
DEEP PURPLE STEVE MORSE 2017 TOUR GUITAR PICK
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:59:48
STEVE MORSE Stressfest CD Dixie Dregs Deep Purple Shred Guitar
USD 3.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 23:26:20
DEEP PURPLE Steve Morse tour Guitar Pick Concert
USD 19.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:20:11

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

Fender Squier J5 John 5 Telecaster - Black Electric Guitar
USD 379.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:54:06
john 5 guitar picks
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 01:18:21
Marilyn Manson John 5 Autographed Signed Guitar & Proof PSA AFTAL
USD 423.80 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 07:28:22

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

2006 GIBSON ANGUS YOUNG SG SIGNATURE GUITAR
USD 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 16:42:26
Angus Young "AC/DC" Signed Guitar w/ Hand Drawn Sketch PSA/DNA #S38006
USD 1399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 23:26:51
GUITAR SCHOOL / AC/DC ANGUS YOUNG
USD 9.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 18:06:05

Nikki Sixx Epiphone Blackbird Bass is Awesome

What would classic 80’s rock be without Motley Crue? Nikki has a signature bass that’s both affordable and that sounds great, he calls it the “Blackbird” (fitting eh?). If you love it louder than Hell, then you’re never too young to fall in love with Epiphone’s Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar. The original, “DeepSixx” humbuckers are directly mounted for more crunch, and, combined with a simple on/off toggle switch, help you recreate the distinct sound of Motley Crue!


Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Vintage Sunburst

There’s not much more classic than an Epiphone Casino Guitar.  You’ll probably immediately think of the Beatles.  You’ll love the light weight and comfortable neck of the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino. The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry—-even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners-they’re made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. You’ll find the Elite 1965 Casino true to the original made famous by The Beatles. A finely crafted, great-sounding, and easy-playing instrument that beautifully blurs the line between Epiphone and Gibson. Includes hardshell case.

There are all kinds of Epiphone Casino’s on eBay in both used mint and new reissue condition:

1996 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Peerless w/Bigsby Super Clean
USD 750.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 22:23:09
2016 EPIPHONE CASINO COUPE HOLLOWBODY HERITAGE CHERRY w/ Hard Case
USD 503.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 20:36:02
1966 Epiphone Casino, Sparkling Burgundy
USD 4200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 20:46:42
1976 Epiphone EA255 Casino semi hollow MIJ Matsumoku w/ upgrades
USD 575.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 22:14:09
Epiphone Casino Natural 6 String Hollow Body Electric Guitar
USD 265.00 (20 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 21:30:10

Epiphone Futura Prophecy Guitar

How can you resist a guitar in the Explorer style? I’ve always been a fan o EMG pickups – especially for the more modern styles. The Future is well suited for metal, modern rock, or alternative guitar playing. The Epiphone Futura Prophecy EX Electric Guitar is loaded with an EMG-81 humbucker pickup in the bridge position for great attack and sustain during solos and an EMG-85 humbucker at the neck for fat, great-sounding rhythm. Lavish, supreme features include the Futura guitar’s highly figured quilted maple top, pearl inlay knobs, strap locks, graphite nut, Grover tuners, bound fingerboard, unique blade inlay, and rich, black cherry finish. The hard maple set neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard provide a playground two full octaves in length.

Here’s a video review of the Epiphone Futura Prophecy guitar:

Here are some Epiphone Futura guitars listed on eBay right now:

Why I Hate Epiphone Guitars (review)

Consider this my blanket review of all Epiphone guitars in general. I go to Guitar Center a lot. Usually it’s just to check out a bunch of guitars through different amps. I bought one guitar there, and I buy them online sometimes too. About a year ago I found a cool deal on Musicians Friend on a Epiphone Dot Studio guitar. The Dot Studio is basically a budget version of the very expensive and legendary ES335 (several thousands of dollars). This guitar was awesome! It was black on black, and those humbuckers just screamed through my Marshall! It had lots of tone, and was very light (which is great on stage). I loved that guitar…for awhile.

After I gigged it out a few times, the bridge volume know fell inside the body cavity, held on by only the volume knob itself. The nut had come loose. I popped off the volume knob while holding on to the pot pliers, tightened up the nut, and that was that. I tightened up all the other volume and tone knobs too. This was the first time I began to feel like Epiphone was a really low quality guitar. I’d never seen a brand new guitar, direct from the factory with loose volume knobs. In fact, I’d never owned a guitar for years where the volume knobs got loose on their own.

So I gigged this black Dot Studio out like 6 or 7 times. I noticed one night that the input jack nut was coming loose. I tightened it up by hand and all was well for the night. But that made me take notice of the input jack from that point forward. I always checked at home and before gigs….and ended up hand tightening it all the time. It was as terrible pain, and I don’t know why they didn’t install a locknut or lock washer at the factory. Long story short, it had to be tightened so many times that it caused one of the wires attached internally to the input jack to start to short out, and eventually just fall off. I ended up buying an AllParts input jack new at Guitar Center and soldering it back in myself. The guitar was ok…..for awhile.

On stage I switch from bridge to neck pickup a lot depending on the song. I started to notice at first a crackle, and then sometimes just cutting out going from neck to bridge. I would have to switch it back once or twice before it kicked in. I’ve never had problems like that before on a new guitar – that told me it was a cheap input jack. I had already noticed when I soldered in the new input jack how thin the internal wiring of the guitar was (compared to others I had taken apart). Problems with the wiring, and the switch dragged on for months. When I installed the new input jack I had put a few dots of gorilla glue at the edge of the nut to keep it from coming loose again. Eventually I sold the guitar when I had owned it just under a year. I ended up buying the Ibanez Artcore I play as my main guitar now in it’s place.

I have not had a single problem with the Ibanez that I had with the Epiphone, and it has the input jack on the tail just like the Epiphone did. And I can see inside the F-holes of the guitar that the wiring is significantly thicker than it was on the Epiphone. My only complaint with the Artcore is that the pickups aren’t nearly as biting or clear as they were on that Dot Studio. I have a friend that loves Epiphones. He’s tried to tell me that maybe the one I had was just a lemon. I disagree. I have played dozens of Epiphones in 3 different guitar centers and various music shops. Each and ever one has had loose knobs and or input jack. Also, the setup and quality is very hit or miss.

Here’s a prime example. I went to Guitar Center today and played several instruments. I saw this one guitar that was stunning from afar. It has natual laquer and wood, beautiful finish, semi-hollow body 335 type guitar. As I got up on it I saw it was indeed an Epiphone Dot Studio. Being a glutton for punishment I picked it off the rack and plugged it in. It played nice. In face it screamed, and was full of tone. And in this newer model, the input jack had been moved from the tail to the top just right of the bridge. The input jack was tight. I tuned it up and played. Nice action, nice feeling neck, even the toggle switch for neck and bridge was a newer kind and seemed better. Then I switched from neck to bridge and went to turn the volume up for that pickup…and it turned around, and around, and around, and around. The nut had become loose and fallen off that volume. I check the others, and they were also indeed loose.

I played a flame top Epiphone Les Paul last weekend, and it’s input jack and volume knobs were loose (and the action was terrible). I played two Dot Studios that were on clearance and the action was way off the fingerboard, and one had a blemish on the headstock. Loose volume knobs as well. The wost was 2 months ago when I was very interested in getting an SG. SG’s are very expensive, so I of course checked out the Epiphone SG’s (I know – idiot, duh!). They had this one that was white with gold hardware, triple humbucker. Beautiful guitar…nice action, good setup – I liked it a lot. It was on clearance for $340 – a bargain (so I thought!). I plugged it in and tried the neck pickup – nice! I switched to bridge, and no sound! I turned every volume and tone knob on 10 – still no sound! The mid pickup switch was the same. This guitar only had volue on the neck pickup! I thought this guitar was so nice, that I was willing to get it fixed if need be. I took it over to the department manager looking for a deal. He said “no way – it’s already on clearance”. I said “but wait, it’s broken – the wiring is bad and you’re selling is as ‘new’!”. He wasn’t willing to budge one iota on the price. They also weren’t willing to fix it, I had to buy the guitar AND PAY FOR the repair! I was pissed and ended up not buying the guitar. I don’t care if it was clearance or not – they didn’t even know the wiring was bad until I brought it up to them! How can you sell something as brand new that’s broken, and not be willing to send it back to the factory?

See a pattern here? Every Epihpone I pick up in any store, any make or model has a problem or a blemish. The quality is so low, I would never again take one (without gutting it) as a stage guitar. If they can’t even make sure the hardware is tight and the electrical connections are good, and spend an extra $2.50 on a quality switch and input jack – I am not interested in buying an Epiphone guitar EVER AGAIN!! The ONLY way I would consider it would be if it were on extreme clearance (less than $300), and I was going to have it rewired with new knobs, switch, and input jack! If you are considering an Epiphone guitar – BUYER BEWARE!! Look for the things I have pointed out. You will get much more for your money if you take a look at other mid-range priced guitars from Fender, Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith (the LTD line), ESP, Dean, or others. I will be reviewing many of these guitars in the future to give you as much information as possible!

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