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Old 11-23-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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The Epiphone Ultra pro

Question about this guitar, one of the cool features of this guitar is the coil tapping that turns the humbuckers into single coils via the knobs which pull out.

What do you think of this? I guess you wouldn't ever be able to replace the humbuckers if you wanted to since the technology is special to the guitar?
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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You can buy pickups with the same capabilities. The Epiphone pickups sound fine to me, though, at least the pro buckers if that's what they're using.

Just google humbuckers with coil tapping if you're inclined to swap out the pickups.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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What do you think of this?

Some humbuckers sound better when split than others.
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I guess you wouldn't ever be able to replace the humbuckers if you wanted to since the technology is special to the guitar?

It isn't. Any pickup with 4 conductor wire can be split in the same way.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Hmm.. Apparently a lot of these new epiphones have fret buzz issues. Are there any known to be free of this issue?
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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Hmm.. Apparently a lot of these new epiphones have fret buzz issues. Are there any known to be free of this issue?


I have an epi lp plus top pro, and I haven't had any issues with fret buzz or anything else.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
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There is never a guarantee of that on any guitar.
Will this be your first guitar?
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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There is never a guarantee of that on any guitar.
Will this be your first guitar?


Nope, but my first 'more expensive' electric.

I've read a few comments that some people had buzz issues on epis and couldn't get them fixed; makes me hesitant..
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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Well, you have to try one out to know if you actually like the features. Then I would suggest getting a proper set up done once you've purchased it. If it has fret buzz right of the bat, then suggest to the sales people that they fix it before selling it, or knock some money off.
If you can't try before you buy, I would suggest looking at some other guitars that you can try out. YouTube clips and reviews are very different than holding the actual instrument.
You should also have a return policy and a manufacturers warranty to back the thing up, unless you're buying it used from someone, so I wouldn't sweat it too much.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #9
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Hmm.. Apparently a lot of these new epiphones have fret buzz issues. Are there any known to be free of this issue?

there isn't a model that has less fret buzz than another guitar. It's a phenomena that can happen no matter what the guitar is. It's all down to individual guitars.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:23 PM   #10
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I hate to say this, and I may catch hell for it, but these guitars run at $600, right? Gibson is blowing out old stock, for another $50-$100 you could get a gibson Studio or Special. Unless you just really want that coil split, or if the finish is that important, you could probably get a sweet guitar for not much more money. I've seen the tags marked on the Gibsons as low as 49% off. Just thinking out loud here...
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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I hate to say this, and I may catch hell for it, but these guitars run at $600, right? Gibson is blowing out old stock, for another $50-$100 you could get a gibson Studio or Special. Unless you just really want that coil split, or if the finish is that important, you could probably get a sweet guitar for not much more money. I've seen the tags marked on the Gibsons as low as 49% off. Just thinking out loud here...

Actually, why haven't i mentioned this earlier?
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I was kind of wondering that myself
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:12 AM   #13
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with a proper set up, fret level and crowning it won't buzz.

sam ash is having a sale on gibsons, plenty are within pennies of your budget.

70's tribute studios are $530.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:19 AM   #14
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That's actually less than the Ultra if you bought from Musician's Friend.
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