sad i missed this...would have bought it in a heartbeat...
Amazon has run it twice this year for the same price. Hopefully they'll run it again for you. However, the '58 Korina V is no longer in production (according to the Epiphone site). This limited edition in alpine white is not on the Epiphone site (never was) and seems to be exclusive to Amazon and one other site in Japan.
Let me say first that this is my first Epiphone guitar. I've steered away from them because they don't say "Gibson" on the headstock. I guess I was in the school that thought Epis were Gibson knock-offs of some kind. But, I've wanted to own a Korina guitar for some time (since I saw the first review in a Guitar mag). I didn't want to dump $1k on another guitar, and when Amazon ran this V last time as a lightning deal I missed it. So, I decided to watch for it and figured eventually they'd run one again. I didn't hesitate this time around when I got an alert on SD(thanks again, Fakethesnake!) I jumped on it.
Had a scuff on one edge, guitar polish took it off. There are two dimples in the paint the size of a pinhead (prolly a dust speck while painting), on the back side of the body. So, it's not 100% perfect, but real close. I'm pretty particular when I buy a new guitar, so 90% of people probably wouldn't notice the dimples.
I had reservations since these are made in China now, but those concerns were quickly put to rest after I unboxed it. All in all, no complaints. Just a beauty. Pictures don't do it justice.
The action out of the box:
A little higher than what I'm used to. It was set up in USA by an Epiphone tech. String height, 12th fret: L6, H4, and 1st fret: L2, H1. No string buzzing AT ALL. Strings, a little dirty. I may get this beaut professionally set up at some point, but for now I'll just replace the strings with some EB Super Slinkys.
This is really where this guitar shines. Wow, just wow. I've read many threads about the Korina guitars and their superior sound and sustain. Playing one in a store just doesn't give you an accurate sound comparison. I plugged this into my Marshall 100W stack, and just WOW. The sounds is amazing, like none of my other seven guitars. (No, I do not have a $3K Gibson Les Paul Custom or anything of super high value, but I do have some nice guitars. Maybe one day the wife will have pity on me and get me that LP Custome I've always wanted. Haha) The sound this V produces is just amazing. It is an incredibly full sound, and as others have noted a bit heavy on the mids which I just love. It sounds like none of my other guitars. And, yes, it sustains and sustains. Incredible sustain. I am truly impressed.
Wow, this thing is LIGHT. This is easily the lightest one I have, including a Dean Baby Z that I bought for my daughter. How in the world can a guitar this light make such full, warm, and robust sounds? It must be the Korina wood. This is a blessing for my aging/aching back.
Can it be played sitting down? Yes! It took a few minutes, but I got used to it very quickly. I have an Explorer, and the arm rests much in the same place on the V as it does on the Explorer. Maybe playing an Explorer for 27 years made the transition easier.
Is it neck heavy? Yeah, a little. Sitting down you don't notice it. Standing up, yeah, it is a little bit. It is not horrible, though. I tried a few different straps until I went with one that has a suede underside, and that solved the problem. The suede was just enough scuff to keep it from neck dipping. Problem solved! I'll get a 3" strap for it, I think it will make it even better while standing.
These are one thing I'm not 100% wowed by. I get it that they are vintage 14:1 ratio tuners. They seem a little hard to dial in for me. The jury is still out on them, but I may someday be in the market for some Grover 18:1s. I'm in no hurry. Amazon runs the gold ones for $35 a set occasionally. Although, I definitely do NOT want to have to drill new holes on the back of the headstock. I don' want to mess up this beauty.
Wow, just wow. I don't see me changing anything on this V anytime soon. I read a lot of people change pickups, truss-rod plates, knobs, electronics, etc. Tuners, I can see maybe one day changing -- *maybe*. Anyway, I love it. I simply love it.
Zero problems with Amazon delivery. Zero problems with the guitar, other than two dimples in the paint on the back of the body. Zero reasons to return it.
Congrats to everyone who already has one, and to anyone who will get one before Amazon is out of them and the new ones are gone forever.
1. v. an action that doubles a previous big action, or raises it to a large degree. He rented a military Hummer for the woods, but then I rented a Tank. That was a boivin. ( in order to qualify for a boivin, the original action must be big too.)
The origins can be traced to an Michigan attorney, but from there specific origins run into secrecy due to laws of whivsiv (what happens in vegas...) and bbh (bro's before ho's)
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