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I was wondering, do any pro guitarists use epiphone guitars? I know john lennon did and the one from oaisis. Can you think of any?
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#2
i know that the guy from my chemical romance does. also i think that jeff waters uses his sig epis on stage
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#3
John Lennon used an MIA epiphone casino - as did Paul McCartney and George Harrison (Paul got his first, he used it to record some lead guitar overdubs on the Help! album, even though he was the bass player )

I think somewhere out there there's a blues guitarist (Whose name i can't remember) who uses an epiphone dot studio with upgraded pickups - lots of the "hardcore" blues players do this though. But there are very few people who would really want to use a modern epiphone "gibson knockoff" for any good reason.

^MCR use epiphone elitists, and when guitarists use their "signature" models on stage it's never the same as the models you can buy. Usually what they play is a gibson custom shop model that looks identical to the epiphone signature model but in actual fact is far far better
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I cna't remember the dude's name, but one of the guys from Twisted Sister uses a guitar that looks like his Epiphone model - it even has the Epi headstock - but it's actually a MIA guitar.

Even Avril Lavigne does it. Her guitars have Squier on the headstocks to match up to her Squier signature guitar but they're actually Fender Custom Shop jobs.


And yeah, using Epiphone Elitists and vintage pre-Gibson Epiphones really is nothing like using a regular Epiphone on stage. Noel Gallagher is the only person I can think of who have ever really used a standard Epiphone guitar on any albums or for concerts, and even he moved on to Gibson archtops pretty quickly.
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#10
The guys from My Chemical Romance and Hawthorne heights said they prefer Epiphones to Gibsons because they sound darker. They have standard Epis as well as Elitists.
#12
I'm pretty sure lots of bands on the Vans Warped Tour are using Epiphones and Squiers. Aside from the ones that have big endorsements from ESP and Schecter.

I'm believe We The Kings use Epiphones and Squiers when they tour big... and they're on Warped Tour this year.
#14
Yeah, apparently Jeff Waters of Annihilator plays Epiphone now.
(or at least I saw him in an Epi ad haha)
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#15
Nine Inch Nails used to take Epiphone LPs on tour as they were cheap and easily replaceable once damaged (which was a frequent occurance).
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I'm pretty sure lots of bands on the Vans Warped Tour are using Epiphones and Squiers. Aside from the ones that have big endorsements from ESP and Schecter.

I'm believe We The Kings use Epiphones and Squiers when they tour big... and they're on Warped Tour this year.

just saw them sunday, they were using Gibsons and Fender's I was close enough to the stage to see the headstocks clearly.
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#17
Dallas Green/City and Colour are also listed as using Epiphone dots, seems to be a reoccurring theme with the dot.
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I cna't remember the dude's name, but one of the guys from Twisted Sister uses a guitar that looks like his Epiphone model - it even has the Epi headstock - but it's actually a MIA guitar.

Even Avril Lavigne does it. Her guitars have Squier on the headstocks to match up to her Squier signature guitar but they're actually Fender Custom Shop jobs.


And yeah, using Epiphone Elitists and vintage pre-Gibson Epiphones really is nothing like using a regular Epiphone on stage. Noel Gallagher is the only person I can think of who have ever really used a standard Epiphone guitar on any albums or for concerts, and even he moved on to Gibson archtops pretty quickly.

I thought noel gallagher had a custom shop "epiphone supernova" at some point, as well as a signature model available which was basically a sheraton with a union jack paintjob and his signature on it

I hate noel gallagher for playing 1990s epiphone sheratons though. People always say "lol noel gallagher" whenever they see mine
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I cna't remember the dude's name, but one of the guys from Twisted Sister uses a guitar that looks like his Epiphone model - it even has the Epi headstock - but it's actually a MIA guitar.

Even Avril Lavigne does it. Her guitars have Squier on the headstocks to match up to her Squier signature guitar but they're actually Fender Custom Shop jobs.


And yeah, using Epiphone Elitists and vintage pre-Gibson Epiphones really is nothing like using a regular Epiphone on stage. Noel Gallagher is the only person I can think of who have ever really used a standard Epiphone guitar on any albums or for concerts, and even he moved on to Gibson archtops pretty quickly.

Sorry, you telling me about it again isn't proof. Just saying.
#20
I dunno the dude's history well enough to know all that, I just remember reading the dude saying he liked using Epis because they were cheap.

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I'm pretty sure lots of bands on the Vans Warped Tour are using Epiphones and Squiers. Aside from the ones that have big endorsements from ESP and Schecter.

I'm believe We The Kings use Epiphones and Squiers when they tour big... and they're on Warped Tour this year.
It wouldn't surprise me. Very few of the bands that typically play the Warped Tour have anything above a MIM Fender. It kind of doesn't matter for them because the whole vibe is a fairly simple and straight-forward tone and frankly the sound quality is rarely up to par, so nobody would notice if they were using MIA Gibsons and Fenders anyway. I know one of the times Paramore did the Warped Tour they took a couple of MIM Fenders, a Squier bass and the one Gibson they took they barely used.

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Sorry, you telling me about it again isn't proof. Just saying.
When was the last time you saw Squier making custom guitars with chameleon paint and custom-wound pickups? Yeah, exactly. Use your brain.
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stage gear != recording gear. fact. you can use a lot of stuff on stage that you wouldn't record with.
you'd record with a lot of stuff that you wouldn't use on stage.

epiphone elitist/customs/signatures - epiphone isn't a robot company that can only make certain guitars. Gibson can make anything they want slap a logo on it and use it to sell guitars. They can make better guitars for their endorsees.

also fibble beat me to it.
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#23
The real topic for this thread should be "pros using high end custom guitars with epiphone brandname so they can fool n00bs into buying their signature guitars which are horrifically overpriced"

and apparently it has worked
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When was the last time you saw Squier making custom guitars with chameleon paint and custom-wound pickups? Yeah, exactly. Use your brain.

Oh, right, because I know all those artists exact gear and what they use onstage. Use your brain.

Don't be a prick, I never said anything to instigate anything from you. I merely stated a fact.
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Sorry for offtopic but how often does it occur that somebody gets a custom and stamps a brand onto the headstock?
And since they're endorsed by let's say Epiphone,does Epiphone know that they did this?

Most of them have a Made in USA model anyway,like Eric Peterson from testament.(no he has a Dean)

And yes,Jeff Waters joined in,the red one actually caught my eye,since it's a 24 fret ''Gibson'',still looking for somebody that tried it!
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#28
I'm pretty sure Brian Aubert of the Silversun Pickups uses and Epi Sherraton or something of the like.
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Sorry for offtopic but how often does it occur that somebody gets a custom and stamps a brand onto the headstock?
And since they're endorsed by let's say Epiphone,does Epiphone know that they did this?

Most of them have a Made in USA model anyway,like Eric Peterson from testament.(no he has a Dean)

And yes,Jeff Waters joined in,the red one actually caught my eye,since it's a 24 fret ''Gibson'',still looking for somebody that tried it!


wut gibson owns epiphone. they can make the artist a guitar and stamp it with whatever the hell they want.
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stage gear != recording gear. fact. you can use a lot of stuff on stage that you wouldn't record with.
you'd record with a lot of stuff that you wouldn't use on stage.

epiphone elitist/customs/signatures - epiphone isn't a robot company that can only make certain guitars. Gibson can make anything they want slap a logo on it and use it to sell guitars. They can make better guitars for their endorsees.

also fibble beat me to it.


That's what I think too. It's just a way to sell more Epis. I dont see why a pro that wouldnt smash a Gibson on stage would still use an Epi. The logo must be swapped or something.

They just use the expensive stuff


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#31
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Sorry for offtopic but how often does it occur that somebody gets a custom and stamps a brand onto the headstock?
And since they're endorsed by let's say Epiphone,does Epiphone know that they did this?

Most of them have a Made in USA model anyway,like Eric Peterson from testament.(no he has a Dean)

And yes,Jeff Waters joined in,the red one actually caught my eye,since it's a 24 fret ''Gibson'',still looking for somebody that tried it!

First of all, as AM said, if you're talking about gibson.. they are the same company.

if another company made a very convincing fake epiphone that somebody famous could be seen playing live, gibson/epiphone wouldn't give a shit if it was working to their advantage (Slash's fake gibson les paul, for example), but hypothetically, if it was a company like tokai, who put a gibson/epiphone logo on a custom guitar for someone, and then the general public realised it was a tokai and started buying tokai guitars instead, that's when gibson would get pissed off, understandably.

It's all about the profits in the end. and if you've got a problem with that, go to north korea
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#32
I know that they are owned by Gibson,hence the ''Gibson'' 24 fret remark I made over the Jeff Waters sig.

I was pointing towards companies that don't have anything to do with Gibson,and my question has been answered
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#33
But pros weren't always pros. They've been playing that Epi or w/e guitar they play for years. They've been playing the same amps for years too. Just because they have more money doesn't mean they're going to upgrade their whole rig. It worked fine for years and that's what they're used to. It's a part of their sound. You can see a lot of bands with standard Schecters and LTDs. If they like their gear, there's no reason to change it. Don't fix what's not broken. That's why you don't see a lot of bands play with $5000 boutique heads even though they can afford it. Vai has had tons of sigs over the years but he mainly plays the same 2 JEMs.
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just saw them sunday, they were using Gibsons and Fender's I was close enough to the stage to see the headstocks clearly.


Well it was like that last year
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First of all, as AM said, if you're talking about gibson.. they are the same company.

if another company made a very convincing fake epiphone that somebody famous could be seen playing live, gibson/epiphone wouldn't give a shit if it was working to their advantage (Slash's fake gibson les paul, for example), but hypothetically, if it was a company like tokai, who put a gibson/epiphone logo on a custom guitar for someone, and then the general public realised it was a tokai and started buying tokai guitars instead, that's when gibson would get pissed off, understandably.

It's all about the profits in the end. and if you've got a problem with that, go to north korea


Gibson even made a reissue of a guitar they never made...
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Well it was like that last year

not this year. lol
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#37
lots of pro's play sheratons...dude from kings of leon, dude from sspu, lucero, vampire weekend...etc.
#38
Ehhh the only artists I know using Epi's are using Epi Elitists or vintage epiphones which are a horse of another colour. There's nothing wrong with that though. A lot of bands just start from the bottom, bad examples but examples all the same. Nergal from Behemoth used to use an ESP Michael Amott LTD Ninja, As Blood Runs Black used to use LTD's as well, I'm not sure if they still do though.
I think he's a complete tool but in my opinion is comes down to something that Wayne Static said in an interview, "When it comes to recording a record then it's all about tone and I'll get used to the feel if that's the guitar that sounds the best, when you're talking about playing live it's all about the feel."
I don't agree with the statement 100% but there's definitely some validity to it. Live I think a lot of musicians are going to use whatever they feel the most comfortable playing, I wouldn't go so far as to assume that is what they exclusively use though.
#39
Nick Valensi from the Strokes plays a Epiphone Casino. Daniel Kessler form Interpol plays the same model as well.
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I think he's a complete tool but in my opinion is comes down to something that Wayne Static said in an interview, "When it comes to recording a record then it's all about tone and I'll get used to the feel if that's the guitar that sounds the best, when you're talking about playing live it's all about the feel."




It's most amusing to see the guy who uses Marshall MG's talking about tone
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