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Epiphone Wood? 28 Replies

I'm hearing from many musicians, people who run instrument shops, etc. that Epiphone uses cheap Asian wood. I know that the company is not the same it was when it was American with Greek luthiers,…Continue

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Started by Scott Timberg. Last reply by Robert Williamson Oct 24, 2013.

EJ200CE out of tune 1 Reply

I'm a 1 year Epiphone EJ200CE owner, and I have tune problem. Trust rod was adjusted by one of the best luthiers in Brazil (with 0,010 strings, very low action), but persist the following problem:…Continue

Started by Gambini Alex. Last reply by Steve Frank Jul 11, 2013.

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New to this, sent a message to all members rather than post here.  My bad.Commenting on the pleasure of playing my 00 now that its opened up nicely.I use d'darrio EJ16 light strings.  Read a post…Continue

Started by Stepan Chornov. Last reply by William Jahnkow May 14, 2013.

Epiphone EJ160E John Lennon model 19 Replies

 Hi folks,Said I'd post some pics, so thought might be interesting to make a separate spot for the Epi version of John Lennon's Gibson. It's a nice guitar and in looks, very similar to his original…Continue

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Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2012 at 1:13pm

In the near future...good news!

The Skies are Now Guitar Friendly: Congress Orders Airlines to Let You Carry on Your Musical Instrument!

posted by John Thomas

 

By any chance, have your guitars looked a bit less stressed this week?  Maybe resonating a little bit longer?  A little less tension in those soundboards?  A little more snap in those strings?  If so, it’s because they heard of this week’s Congressional action.  “Congressional action?” you ask. Yep, that very Congress with the 20% approval rating that has seemed incapable of agreeing on a single issue has finally found a cause on which its members from the left, right, and center can agree:  the safety of musical instruments!

Here’s the news.

The Bill.

Section 403 of the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act ..., provides: 

 “An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage ….”

But, there must be space in the overhead bins.

If you’ve traveled recently, you know that current airline policy to charge for checked bags has led just about everyone to drag as much as possible onto the airplane.  As a result, those overhead bins are usually bulging.  This can be problematic, because the new legislation provides that the airline only has to accommodate your instrument if “there is space for such stowage at the time the passenger boards the aircraft.”  Simply put, the Act seeks to reverse the current state of affairs. We've all had the experience of being told that there simply won't be enough room in the bins once folks load the suitcases into them. The result is that the objects that can withstand the luggage manglers -- the suitcases -- get a safe ride while the fragile objects -- musical instruments -- are sent below to luggage hell. The Act just seeks to reverse that; if you get on the airplane and there's space for your guitar, you get the space. Those suitcases are then gate checked. In order to avoid forcing the flight crew to make judgments about the relative fragility of objects, the Act allocates the bin space on a first come, first served basis.

So, you’ve got to get on the plane before those bins are filled with bags, coats, and duty-free booze.  To figure out how, get thee to seatguru.com.  There, you’ll see the boarding policies of all major airlines.  You’ll need to pick your seat so as to ensure the earliest possible boarding.  Of course, if you hadn’t spent so much on your guitars, you’d be flying first class and you’d have no worries.  Alas, your priorities in life have precluded that.  So, you’ll need to check airline by airline to see how to game the system.  Here are the typical variants, outlined on SeatGuru.com:

Rear-to-front.  This is the most common boarding system, practiced by most US and international airlines.   Boarding begins with the rear rows and progresses to the front.  So, if your airline does this, get yourself one of those noisy rear seats.  The good news is that if the noise drives you to drink too much, you’ll be near the rest rooms.

WilMA.  United, for example, practices this method of first boarding Window, then Middle, followed by Aisle seats.  So, you’re gonna want a window seat.

Run-like-hell.  This is the Southwest system that assigns boarding status at check in.  So, you’ve got two choices.  Either get to the airport early and run to the check-in kiosk.   But, if like me, the combination of old knees and a heavy flight case makes running rather imprudent, there’s a better alternative:  check-in online.  Southwest allows you to check in 24 hours before your flight.  Click first and get that coveted “A” boarding group.

Too hard to remember all of this?  Have an extra $9 to $19 burning a hole in your pocket?  American Airlines will let you buy your way into boarding Group 1.  The fee varies depending on the route and you can only do this at the airport.  Check to see if other airlines are offering similar options.  You’ll get to board early, stow your guitar, sit down next to the families with crying babies, and buy your first drink.

It’s got to fit.

Of course, even if you board early enough to find an empty bin, you’re out of luck if your guitar won’t fit into it.  The legislation explicitly states this obvious condition to onboard transportation of musical instruments:  “the instrument [must be able to] be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat”

I’ve had pretty good luck getting full sized guitars, even in Calton cases, onto airplanes.  But, some airplanes don’t have overhead bins large enough to accommodate a guitar.  Certainly your puddle jumpers aren’t guitar friendly.   Most planes used in international flights have bins that can easily swallow a guitar.  On the other hand, the planes used in domestic flights do vary and each airline company can specify its own interior dimensions.  So a Boeing 737 does not necessarily have the same overhead bin sizes from company to company.  Moreover, I’ve been unable to find much information online.  So, we guitar players are going to have to share information to make this work.

Effective date.

Ok, you knew that this information was too good to be true, didn’t you?  The new law goes into effect as soon as the FAA issues regulations to fill in the details.  And, by when must the FAA do that?  “Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of” the Act.  So, the FAA has until February 6, 2014.

Better keep that harmonica handy for a couple of more years.

Comment by Brent Faloon on February 25, 2012 at 8:27am

 Thanks Edward. Will do. Glad to be here :) Brent

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 25, 2012 at 7:29am

Hey Brent, you are welcome here right now...you qualify with an "Epi Interest!" Keep us posted on what happens and what you decide, even if you decide not to go for the Epi.  Thanks, Edward

Comment by Brent Faloon on February 25, 2012 at 7:23am

Greetings All...I do not currently own an Epiphone instrument but am not so patiently awaiting the arrival of some MB-250s at my nearly local music store so... if one of them speaks to me and says "take me home" I *will* be an Epi owner soon, so here I am :)   Brent

Comment by Tom H on February 12, 2012 at 8:13pm

Blueberry, hmmm. They look interesting. Don't know if I would buy one without playing it first, since the information about them is limited. Alas .. this is an epiphone thread.

Comment by Steve Kline on February 12, 2012 at 8:09pm

... not counting my Blueberry guitars.

Comment by Steve Kline on February 12, 2012 at 4:50pm

I've had good luck purchasing guitars from e-bay.

Comment by GNuck on February 12, 2012 at 1:28pm

I have bought 3 off of eBay with no problems including my Martin OMC.

But note your mileage may vary - that's my disclaimer.

:-)

Gary

Comment by Keith on February 12, 2012 at 1:19pm

Yes, I think I'm going to go for it. I have an Epiphone 75 hollow body I'm going to sell so it will offset the price of the new one.

Comment by FloridaGull on February 12, 2012 at 1:15pm

Check out the "Buying on Chance" discussion in the "Guitar Collectors" group...

I've bought 2 on "chance" now - my Giannini Craviola (pretty much total chance from Amazon), and my daughter's Walden T550 (informed, researched, and Jud checked it out for me chance from "Hole in the Wood") - had great results with each!  My friend bought a Seagull 25th Anniversary from someone in this community - informed chance - and that was a great guitar, too...

Go for it!  And if you don't like it, maybe you can sell it for a tiny profit (or no loss...) ;-)

 

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