New Epiphone

Epiphone Les Paul Special II. I got my sexy little single cut in the post today after some dramas with TNT. But it got here.
Of course that can’t be the end of it. I’ve been fucking around with my instruments for years and this couldn’t be an exception. There was some stuff I wanted to change but I also wanted to just have a play.

First thing I did was remove those little stickers. You know those ones that come on the front of things that your stingy friend keeps on it because they think it will protect it? To get one off I had to take off the truss cover. You can see why there is a truss cover when the inside isn’t finished particularly well. It was also full of saw dust which is a bit annoying.

First thing I did was remove those little stickers. You know those ones that come on the front of things that your stingy friend keeps on it because they think it will protect it? To get one off I had to take off the truss cover. You can see why there is a truss cover when the inside isn’t finished particularly well. It was also full of saw dust which is a bit annoying.

I took off the strings (they’re no good to me) to get into it. My big job for the day was rewiring the bridge by adding in my EMG HZ H4A passive humbucker. The standard pick-ups are no dramas, but I got this guitar because I ripped up the wood on the bridge of my old one, and the pick-up in that was much nicer. Something like a $100 in a $250 guitar seems a bit silly but it would be a waste not to do it. Only real drama was that EMG only gives out borderline-retarded (not PC, sorry kids) wiring diagram which involves buying their “no soldering” options that would include multiple pick-ups from EMG. I gave that the proverbial finger and figured it out.

I took off the strings (they’re no good to me) to get into it. My big job for the day was rewiring the bridge by adding in my EMG HZ H4A passive humbucker. The standard pick-ups are no dramas, but I got this guitar because I ripped up the wood on the bridge of my old one, and the pick-up in that was much nicer. Something like a $100 in a $250 guitar seems a bit silly but it would be a waste not to do it. Only real drama was that EMG only gives out borderline-retarded (not PC, sorry kids) wiring diagram which involves buying their “no soldering” options that would include multiple pick-ups from EMG. I gave that the proverbial finger and figured it out.

I opted to get rid of the switch protector between the guitar and the switch because the typography is ugly. It’s glued on in a pretty shitty fashion to keep it straight which is another slightly annoying thing but no real drama.

I opted to get rid of the switch protector between the guitar and the switch because the typography is ugly. It’s glued on in a pretty shitty fashion to keep it straight which is another slightly annoying thing but no real drama.

The wiring inside was actually pretty nice. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with the solder they used on one spot which ground three wires at once, but everything else is made well for their own ease at the factory.

The wiring inside was actually pretty nice. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with the solder they used on one spot which ground three wires at once, but everything else is made well for their own ease at the factory.

Then the EMG has a 5pin connector which makes life easy. Instead of messing around with a pickup half in while soldering you just have the wire to deal with.

Then the EMG has a 5pin connector which makes life easy. Instead of messing around with a pickup half in while soldering you just have the wire to deal with.

Having the old pick-up does make it look like the guitar is a little worn in already.

Having the old pick-up does make it look like the guitar is a little worn in already.

Then I had to grab out the file. Taking the strings from standard gauges up to the Ernie Ball not even slinky’s I’m using is fine except for the lowest string. The thicker gauge doesn’t sit comfortably so you need to file to make the nut wider.

Then I had to grab out the file. Taking the strings from standard gauges up to the Ernie Ball not even slinky’s I’m using is fine except for the lowest string. The thicker gauge doesn’t sit comfortably so you need to file to make the nut wider.

I’m feeling lazy now so I’m going to fix the intonation later tonight or something.

I’m feeling lazy now so I’m going to fix the intonation later tonight or something.