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

Peavey EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar in Black
USD / 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 01:29:00
Peavey USA EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar - Purple w/OHSC
USD 779.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 17:57:42
Peavey EVH Wolfgang Special Red Flame Electric Guitar w/Case
USD / 699.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 19:54:16
PEAVEY Wolfgang EVH Signature Guitar
USD 960.00 (11 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 16:23:48

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Dave Mustaine VMNTX Flying V Electric Guitar
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 20:22:16
Dean Dave Mustaine Zero X Z Black Electric Guitar
USD 249.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 16:30:43

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Dean Left Handed Guitar MLXL Black V. Dimebag Darrell
USD 119.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-23 19:06:29

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars


 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Left Handed Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 749.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 04:22:16
Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 725.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 16:22:21
Tony Iommi SG Special Electric Guitar NIB, Epiphone
USD / 750.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 09:36:59
Black Sabbath Tony Iommi Guitar Pick.
USD / 15.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 03:57:09

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

2003 Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Bullseye Set Neck Guitar Body
USD / 226.73 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 22:32:37
Wylde Audio Viking V Zakk Wylde Electric Guitar
USD 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 19:30:50
MARSHALL ZAKK WYLDE SIGNATURE GUITAR AMP
USD 91.00 (10 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 00:42:44

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

LTD M-100 electric guitar with George Lynch mods
USD 279.97 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-23 22:09:40
ESP LTD GL200K George Lynch Kamikaze Electric Guitar Graphic Finish
USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-29 03:01:53
Esp guitar Skulls and Snakes GEORGE LYNCH
USD / 1800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-30 03:43:11

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

Ltd Signature Kh202 Kirk Hammett Electric Guitar W /Gig Bag
USD / 295.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 18:16:23
ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature (Guitar #W16121062)
USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 17:33:46
ESP KH 2 KIRK HAMMETT GUITAR
USD 3000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 03:05:22

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Fender Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Used
USD 629.77 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 15:09:32
Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 8.19 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 08:24:30
BUDDY GUY Guitar Pick
USD 9.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 02:06:58
BUDDY GUY Guitar Picks
USD 125.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 21:35:39

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar W/CASE WBL WHITE BLONDE
USD 1499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 02:25:40
Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster (Guitar #EJ18517)
USD 1949.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 17:26:02
Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 02:02:25

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1649.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 02:02:56
Fender Custom Shop Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar Surf Green
USD 4000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 17:24:25

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez JEM77P Steve Vai Signature Blue Floral Print Electric Guitar
USD 1599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 21:58:25
MINT Ibanez JEM70V Premium Steve Vai Guitar Sea Foam Green w/ Hard Case
USD 1299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 20:59:08
Ibanez JEMJRLWH Steve Vai Jem Jr. Left Handed Signature Electric Guitar
USD 549.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 17:54:51

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez JS1200 Joe Satriani Electric Guitar
USD 1499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 22:50:45
Ibanez Joe Satriani JS100 Electric Guitar w/ Hardshell Case
USD / 374.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 18:37:43

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

Jackson Japan RR5 Randy Rhoads Pro Series Neck-Thru Guitar Body WW-2010
USD / 341.25 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 02:34:07
RANDY RHOADS REPLICA GUITAR KAHLER SEYMOUR DUNCAN MAPLE FRETBOARD
USD / 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-23 19:02:01

 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Music Man Steve Morse electric guitar with case
USD 1629.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 23:12:13
Steve Morse Guitar Legend Signed 8x10 Photo
USD 16.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 17:52:02

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

John 5 Telecaster Electric Guitar
USD 3720.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-30 06:53:48
John Petrucci Majesty 7-String Electric Guitar
USD 3099.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 19:13:58
ROB ZOMBIE John 5 Guitar Pick
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-29 16:37:42
John 5 NEW 2017 Guitar Picks - JOHN 5 OFFICIAL STORE
USD 20.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-29 16:27:04

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars


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:

Epiphone Archtop Casino Electric Guitar MINT
USD 555.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 18:49:34
2004 Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Vintage Sunburst
USD 1599.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 21:00:44
Epiphone Lp Junior Guitar With Casino P-90
USD / 125.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-25 01:04:34
New Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Free strap,picks & strings.
USD 599.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 01:48:55
Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Vintage Sunburst (excellent condition)
USD 1800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 19:48:30
Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar, Natural finish, with Hardshell case
USD 525.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-26 21:18:28
Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar (Natural) Used
USD 455.77 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-24 14:54:33
Epiphone Casino 1998 in Vintage Cherry Sunburst Peerless Korea
USD 600.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-27 19:01:13

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:

Epiphone Futura CUSTOM Prophecy w/ EMG Pickups in Maroon 116512-1
USD / 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 16:56:00
Epiphone Prophecy Futura Custom EX Electric Guitar U061081
USD 549.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-28 12:56:38

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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