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Kurukato
02-18-2011, 06:35 AM
When I came across this bad boy (http://www.epiphone.com/news.asp?NewsID=2033) I had to pre-order it.
Man, am I psyched!

Tudorp
02-18-2011, 06:48 AM
Me... Pre-ordered..

raecarter
02-18-2011, 07:19 AM
How well do you think the pickup will perform being passive? I'd like ones for live shows but that concerns members slightly looked amazing!

Kurukato
02-18-2011, 07:19 AM
How well do you think the pickup will perform being passive?

piezo pickups are fairly good at picking up vibrations when they are placed right. The ad says that they are placed right under the saddle, so im assuming its under the soundboard in the bridge area, instead of a passive piezo element in the saddle. I'm sure that Epiphone has tested the hell out of the playability of the uke and i bet it will sound great. if not installing a new piezo element isnt too hard, and there are other routes that one can go to make their uke amplified.

GX9901
02-18-2011, 09:13 AM
100 bucks huh? I guess I'm in. When is it supposed to come out?

Tudorp
02-18-2011, 09:45 AM
March... Cant wait to see how they play..

bazmaz
02-18-2011, 11:23 AM
I'm in

@raecarter - whilst a piezo can pick up some body noise, the bigger gripe I have them is with the lack of tone and volume control. All of that said, I know what a sweet amplifier you bought!!! - a passive into such a sweet acoustic amp will do fine!

Pickups DO matter, but if you spend daft money on nice active pickup setup and then plug it into a cheap amp its just crazy - you can get a better sound ( I would wager) with an entry piezo into a decent acoustic amp like the Marshall AS50 than you will a pricey active into a battery speaker.

Back to the topic - did I say, yes, I want one of these! (badly!)

kissing
02-18-2011, 04:48 PM
I want one! It will be my take-everywhere uke!

raecarter
02-18-2011, 09:20 PM
I'm in

@raecarter - whilst a piezo can pick up some body noise, the bigger gripe I have them is with the lack of tone and volume control. All of that said, I know what a sweet amplifier you bought!!! - a passive into such a sweet acoustic amp will do fine!

Pickups DO matter, but if you spend daft money on nice active pickup setup and then plug it into a cheap amp its just crazy - you can get a better sound ( I would wager) with an entry piezo into a decent acoustic amp like the Marshall AS50 than you will a pricey active into a battery speaker.

Back to the topic - did I say, yes, I want one of these! (badly!)well that's settled then! Can't wait!

Paul December
02-18-2011, 10:03 PM
:confused: PreOrder? Where? Price? :confused:
...is it a soprano, concert, tenor?

Leodhas
02-19-2011, 12:36 AM
About a year ago I had the opportunity to get the Epiphone masterbilt Uke for £99 with hard case and didn't and can't remember why. Now I'm kicking myself as they've been discontinued. I even put a post on here asking if anyone had heard anything about them and the response wasn't sufficiently positive to make me purchase. I'm so annoyed with myself. Nevertheless, I've seen that they are releasing this new concert sized uke which is interesting me as I love the Epiphone brand (the Masterbilt was a soprano).

I'm sure most people know that Epiphone are now owned by Gibson and have been downgraded by them, but they are still a cult name in their own right and I think so much more cooler than the gibson brand. Let's just remind everyone of the iconic picture of John Lennon with his Epiphone Casino and McCartney wrote many of his songs on an Epiphone. I know that a lot of pre-70's (I think it's actually pre 68, it's when they moved production to Japan) Epiphones are greatly desired by a lot of musicians. Nevertheless, they still produce good Instruments, I have a Masterbilt guitar, which is a very, very good guitar for the cash.

Anyway I've gone round the houses rambling on about Epiphone when I only really wanted to relay that I've contacted Epiphone (Gibson) about this new Uke to discover if it will be available in Scotland and Epiphone Europe told me that Epiphone aren't doing any Ukes and if I wanted one I would have to buy a 2nd hand masterbilt. As of yet Epiphone (gibson) USA have not got back to me.

I personally blame Gibson for this. I don't know why, I've never liked the Gibson brand. I love the Gretsch/Epiphone/Guild/Rickenbacker brands but never liked Gibson. I think it's due to growing up and seeing the ridiculous spandex clad big haired, predominately American, sorry but they were although England and mainland europe had their fair share, dross rock bands on TV sporting Gibson Les Pauls and used to think to myself, even at such a tender age, these lads are d**ks!

Anyway, any feed back as to what gibson plan to do with this uke will be most welcome, will they be bringing it to europe?

ksiegel
02-19-2011, 03:09 AM
My Epi Les Paul Uke is on order.

I would love to find an Epi Masterbuilt Uke. If it sounded half as good as it looks, I'd have to think of a great reason not to get one.


-Kurt

Tudorp
02-19-2011, 04:21 AM
I'm sure most people know that Epiphone are now owned by Gibson and have been downgraded by them, but they are still a cult name in their own right and I think so much more cooler than the gibson brand. Let's just remind everyone of the iconic picture of John Lennon with his Epiphone Casino and McCartney wrote many of his songs on an Epiphone. I know that a lot of pre-70's (I think it's actually pre 68, it's when they moved production to Japan) Epiphones are greatly desired by a lot of musicians. Nevertheless, they still produce good Instruments, I have a Masterbilt guitar, which is a very, very good guitar for the cash.



Epi has been owned by Gibson since 1957, and was built in the USA until 1970 when it was moved to Asia. Epiphone still makes some very nice quality guitars, but like any factory built anything, QA is a crap shoot. Overall, they are really nice, but they still have a lemon sqeek through every so often. Between myself and my daughter, we own 2 Epi Les Pauls, and 1 Gibson Les Paul. The Gibson is still a better quality built guitar than Epi, BUT not by as much as people would think. You can buy a Gibson Les Paul and spend $1700, and the Epi counterpart of that Gibson for $700. Is there a $1000 difference in quality? personally, I don't think so. Epi makes some really awesome playing Les Pauls, just as Gibson does, and Epi offers real Les Paul's for half to a third the cost of their big brothers which makes a historic world reknown axe available to people like myself, and kids that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford one. I love my Gibson, but I also love my Epis. I enjoy owning both. And I can't wait to see how the new Epi Uke turns out. Epi started it's exsistance by making Ukuleles, and Banjos before Gibson bought them out. I just hope they can make a successful return to their roots. I'm optimistic about it.

haole
02-19-2011, 04:35 AM
It sure is pretty. I'd like to take one for a spin first, though, because I'm very leery of all Gibson products lately.

Paul December
02-19-2011, 05:47 AM
:confused: PreOrder? Where? Price? :confused:
...is it a soprano, concert, tenor?

...Anyone?

Tudorp
02-19-2011, 06:32 AM
street price in $100. It's a concert. PedalFreak is taking names for the list.

Leodhas
02-19-2011, 08:34 AM
Epi has been owned by Gibson since 1957, and was built in the USA until 1970 when it was moved to Asia..


Aye, the pre 70's Archtops by Epi (whilst they were still made in the states) are real collectors items and a lot of established musicians have one. They are very sort after guitars. My uncle used to have a pre-gibson Archtop circa late 40's early 50's but my cousin sold it when my uncle passed. I think it was a broadway, this is 15 years ago. I have two Epiphone guitars, I have an acoustic Masterbilt and a casino. Great guitars for the money.

I just want to know if they will sell the new uke in Europe, I'm getting a feeling they won't.

Kurukato
02-19-2011, 09:47 AM
i ordered mine off sam ash. if i remember correctly it was in the 100$ range on their site.

PhilUSAFRet
02-19-2011, 03:32 PM
Hmmm, I can't help but wonder if it's a Mahalo with an epiphone name and good quality control? Sure looks great for $99. I wish they had the darker brown burst.

GX9901
02-19-2011, 05:38 PM
I think this thing could be a piece of crap and be worth $100 just because it's an official Les Paul. I have rock bottom expectations for it as an instrument. I mean, I'm paying Mya Moe more for a K&K soundboard pickup installation alone! If it is anything approaching a decently playing and/or sounding ukulele, I'd be thrilled.

Paul December
02-20-2011, 08:20 AM
street price in $100. It's a concert. PedalFreak is taking names for the list.

Thanks! I just pre-ordered :)

thejumpingflea
02-20-2011, 08:53 AM
I think I have to buy one of these.

I don't really play guitar and have thought about buying a LP for a while now. They are such awesome looking instruments.

$100 bucks? Yes please.

harpdog
02-20-2011, 10:40 AM
I just learned today that I'm getting one, courtesy of my wife.
She thought it was too cool to pass up, and because

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Paul December
03-03-2011, 05:59 PM
Any word on when they are coming out?

Teek
03-03-2011, 07:23 PM
Looks an awful lot like the Mahalo Les Paul (http://www.amazon.com/Mahalo-ULP-30BK-Style-Ukulele-Black/dp/B001SN7R04/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1) soprano...

On a similar note, I just got a Epi LP Pee Wee today in the mail, from eBay @ $106 shipped, with gig bag and mini amp. Haven't tried the amp as have a big Fender sitting here. Steel wooled the fingerboard, polished the frets, hit it with finger ease, adjusted the action, I'm stoked. It's a rockin' little electric guitarlele tuned to ADGCEA!

Off to thank the seller now. :D

PedalFreak
03-04-2011, 05:17 AM
Any word on when they are coming out?

Mid-Late March was the last word my Gibson rep told me. I've got another batch on order. My first shipment is all spoken for :)

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 05:39 AM
Looks an awful lot like the Mahalo Les Paul (http://www.amazon.com/Mahalo-ULP-30BK-Style-Ukulele-Black/dp/B001SN7R04/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1) soprano...



Being the last guy to nit pic, but that is like saying its almost like your Shasta CocaCola. ;). Technically, your Mahalo looks like a "Les Paul", not the other way around. Sorry, but Im a huge Les Paul guy, and anything not from Gibson, or Epiphone is a copy, or fake. Just sayin, and again, I apologize for being a jerk nit picker on that, because that's not me. But, again, it's all the history of the name thing with Les Paul pukes.. ehhehheh..

that said, I would love to have one of those PeeWees...

raecarter
03-04-2011, 07:14 AM
Still can't find a UK distributor :(

Teek
03-04-2011, 07:15 AM
Ok, Mahalo's "Les Paul" copy, lol! At least the Pee Wee is an Epiphone.

PS: I look at them sort of like I do the 1/18 scale die cast models of the trucks and muscle cars I like. If I can't have the real thing, I still enjoy the replicas. You can open the doors, turn the steering wheel etc. At least the ukes can be played. :D

Huna
03-04-2011, 07:24 AM
is it a coincidence the mahalo and the epiphone are both made of maple?

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 07:37 AM
Ok, Mahalo's "Les Paul" copy, lol! At least the Pee Wee is an Epiphone.

PS: I look at them sort of like I do the 1/18 scale die cast models of the trucks and muscle cars I like. If I can't have the real thing, I still enjoy the replicas. You can open the doors, turn the steering wheel etc. At least the ukes can be played. :D


Thanks, I feel better now.. hehheh.. Well, the PeeWee IS a real Les Paul, so your in the club.. lol..

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 07:44 AM
is it a coincidence the mahalo and the epiphone are both made of maple?

Probably. Maple isn't an uncommon wood for instruments..;). But, Epiphone is a division of Gibson, and they don't share because of that. So, Epiphone stuff is made in Epiphpone factories, and not along side other "brands". Epiphone has been owned by Gibson since the 1950s, and then that division with to Asia back in the 80's or 90s (can't remember), but even though they are build in Asia, still hold the Epiphone and Gibson name pretty true and to Gibson specs. The biggest difference between the two are that Gibsons have much more hands on in the build, even though most of it's manufacturing is automated and "factory" as well. But, still much of it is hands on, and hand (mass produced) made. It being that way, not two Gibson's are exactly alike. The Epiphones, most all of the production steps are automated, at least many more of them than the USA Gibson. But still held to a pretty high standard, altho QA is a hit and miss like any mass produced anything. That also goes for Gibson USA for that matter these days. But even Epiphone, has a custom shop where those guitars and instruments are awesome quality, and hand made. Epiphone puts out some pretty nice stuff, even being factory made. Much like Ohana with their Ukes..

That said, I am looking forward to seeing how they do with the Les Paul Uke tho. Just because it will have the real stamp, doesn't mean it is any better than that Mahalo copy. In fact, could be the Mahalo is even better. Just sayin..

harpdog
03-04-2011, 08:37 AM
is it a coincidence the mahalo and the epiphone are both made of maple?

I'd say it's NOT a coincidence. They both want to look like a Les Paul sunburst - and that means maple.
Maybe somebody wants to level the playing field between Mahalo and Epiphone. OK.
Kind of hard to do before anyone actually has the Epi in their hands!

I'm sure somebody will do a "side by side" comparison eventually - have fun with that!

Point is, most people (including me ) that want the Epi, want it because they like Les Paul's and because they respect Epiphone.
I don't think surviving apprentices of Les Paul (or Epaminondas Stathopoulo, for that matter) worked on these ukes.
Not do I believe they will sound like the best ukes ever. They are cool, and that's enough for me.

casarole45
03-04-2011, 08:47 AM
still waiting for the epi SG shape uke =)

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 08:49 AM
I'd say it's NOT a coincidence. They both want to look like a Les Paul sunburst - and that means maple.
Maybe somebody wants to level the playing field between Mahalo and Epiphone. OK.
Kind of hard to do before anyone actually has the Epi in their hands!

I'm sure somebody will do a "side by side" comparison eventually - have fun with that!

Point is, most people (including me ) that want the Epi, want it because they like Les Paul's and because they respect Epiphone.
I don't think surviving apprentices of Les Paul (or Epaminondas Stathopoulo, for that matter) worked on these ukes.
Not do I believe they will sound like the best ukes ever. They are cool, and that's enough for me.

Well, even being a lover of Gibson, Epiphone, and Les Paul in particular, I am still a realist, and Les Paul has been nothing more than a name for some time. The newer Les Pauls, are really no better than any other. They do have a distinktive sound, but it isn't due to their shape, it's do to a real Les Paul is very heavy for a guitar, sometimes pushing 30 lbs. They are heavy, solid and that greatly contributes to it's beefy tones. But not all of it. Their tradmark sound also comes with the way production was done on their Humbucker pick ups years ago. The new one's even Gibson don't sound like the old original Les Pauls. Much of the sound of their old humbuckers were actually a mistake. And no two sounded alike, because the inconsistancies of the technolgy of winding the pickups. The old PAF pickups were sloppy wound, and some were wound tighter and neater than others, and all that also played a huge part in how a specific pickup souunded like. That is where the vintage warm "Les Paul" tones came from, and are now famous for. The new pickups try to mimic that sound, and many of them do pretty good, even some of the ones not made by Gibson, but, still they are missing the mark completley, because they are mass produced, and machine wound. You will never get that sound from any "production" pick up no matter what name is on it.

But, Les Paul designed that guitar back in the 1950s, and that was the shape he liked, and built. That is what is the identifiable with a Les Paul, even though that had very little to do with it's fame. So, that shape is the most (probably 2nd only to the Fender Strat) copied on the globe. Everyone wants a peice of that history, so they make a Les Paul "Like" guitar, Uke, or Banjo even, but, they will never truely be a Les Paul as it was.. The difference Gibson, and Epiphone has over the other, and really the only advantage, is they get to put Les Pauls signature on it, because they "own" it..

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 08:50 AM
still waiting for the epi SG shape uke =)

That would be cool. Also an SG fanboy.. ;)

raecarter
03-04-2011, 08:52 AM
still waiting for the epi SG shape uke =)

Oh mate that would be amazing or an es335/ Epiphone Sheraton

harpdog
03-04-2011, 09:07 AM
My Epi uke WON"T sound like a 50's Les Paul? Say it ain't so!

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 09:13 AM
My Epi uke WON"T sound like a 50's Les Paul? Say it ain't so!

Fraid not my freind, lol.. But, it will still look cool.. hahhah

Damn, even my Gibson Les Paul don't sound like a 50's Les Paul, hahhahh.. Altho, it's gonna be a close 2nd once I get those 57 Classic pick up set in it.. lol

ukulelecowboy
03-04-2011, 10:51 AM
Comparison of the two (not to scale)

In fact, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the Mahalo is a soprano and the Epi is a concert.

Also: Mahalo: Active pup Epi: passive

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b75/ADDmodeler/TwoLPUKes.jpg

I like the tuners/bar fret positions on the Mahalo. I prefer the shape of the body and headstock on the Epi and the pickguard.

Tudorp
03-04-2011, 10:57 AM
Comparison of the two (not to scale)

In fact, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the Mahalo is a soprano and the Epi is a concert.

Also: Mahalo: Active pup Epi: passive

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b75/ADDmodeler/TwoLPUKes.jpg

I like the tuners/bar fret positions on the Mahalo. I prefer the shape of the body and headstock on the Epi and the pickguard.

Owning 4 Les Pauls, both Gibson, and Epiphone, none of which has the trapizoid fret markers. I was kinda hoping the Epi one would, because even though I always prefered the dots, I thought the traps on the prototype LP uke looked cool. But the later pictures of it, shows dots. I was kinda bummed, but we yet to see the released one. It would be a shame that Epi doesn't when the copy LP Mahalo made the effort and included traps.. Just sayin..

BTW: not to mention in the Les Paul circle, we call that LP color that the epi one sports the "Clown Burst". I like the burst on the Mahalo better. Altho the flame maple on the epi is more "Les paulish". Again, just sayin.. (you listening Epiphone?)

ksiegel
03-04-2011, 02:33 PM
Right now, I'd just settle for Epiphone announcing when the instrument will actually be released. Even my local dealer doesn't have a date - and they have a couple on order. (One for me, one for the shop.)

-Kurt

Faricelli
03-04-2011, 02:40 PM
I wish one of the big guitar makers would take the uke seriously and produce a quality instrument. I think most of them see a need to make some quick cash by stamping their brand name on them and mass producing them. Just my two cents.

harpdog
03-05-2011, 01:03 AM
I wish one of the big guitar makers would take the uke seriously and produce a quality instrument. I think most of them see a need to make some quick cash by stamping their brand name on them and mass producing them. Just my two cents.

DING DING DING ! Winner ! But I'm still getting one.

janschfan
03-10-2011, 04:36 PM
Right now, I'd just settle for Epiphone announcing when the instrument will actually be released. Even my local dealer doesn't have a date - and they have a couple on order. (One for me, one for the shop.)

-Kurt

My friend J.T. at Sam Ash here in Nashville just got off the phone with Epiphone and said they told him about 60 days, making it mid May. NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it's sooner than that, but we'll see...:(

Barbablanca
03-23-2011, 09:10 AM
Anyone got theirs yet? What do you think of it?

Pukulele Pete
03-23-2011, 09:22 AM
Comparing the two, I really like the bound fretboard on the Mahalo but HATE the bridge.
I never understood that style bridge, it's really ugly, turns me off from alot of ukes. Looking forward to seeing an Epiphone in person. The Epiphone bridge looks nice.

Gmoney
03-23-2011, 09:28 AM
I wish one of the big guitar makers would take the uke seriously and produce a quality instrument. I think most of them see a need to make some quick cash by stamping their brand name on them and mass producing them. Just my two cents.

Sadly so, even Martin, who was in the uke "business" is a big way is merely doing another lame version of its "S" uke. I have the Fender Nohea - for the same reason some of you want the Epi "Les Paul", but it sure isn't my "go to" or even my favorite uke by amny measure.

Huna
03-23-2011, 12:10 PM
well boys I saw the Namm example and it had the Mahalo fretboard on it. Hey, I have the Mahalo soprano and love it. I know Mahalos are bashed around on here a lot. I bet if folks paid another look maybe ... well not the bargain basement, but thing is mine as 52 delivered and its sooo pretty and for 85 I think its electric.... with 19 frets, compensated bridge and aquilas. You all can wait on Epiphone, but the Mahalo is not half bad. And it has the Les Paul fretboard like the Namm interview. Some folks like it better than Martin (check Amazon reviews). anyways just saying... Mahalo may not be so bad. You know Saga imports Mahalo and also Hamano. Who faults their Hamanos?

Tudorp
03-23-2011, 12:14 PM
And it has the Les Paul fretboard like the Namm interview.

If that was the early sneek peek of it, the one Dr. Epiphone had was the prototype, pre-release one. All the pictures I have seen since, of the released version, has the dot markers, not the traps. I hope it does have the traps tho. when we finally see the ones they are shipping. Would be a shame for a "copy" LP have traps and the "real" one don't.. Just sayin..

I wish Epi would let us know something tho.. I am getting irritated and wanna get my hands on it..

gtomatt
04-15-2011, 08:07 AM
This is the response I received from Gibson/Epiphone on 4/8/2011

"Hi,

Thanks for the email. This model is currently in production, and available for order through Authorized Epiphone Dealers, www.gibson.com/dealers . Unfortunately, we do not have access to store or dealer stocks, so we are unable to tell if any stores have one in stock. However, I would recommend contacting the following dealers, as they are the most recent to have been shipped the model-

Willcutt Guitar Shoppe, Inc.
Lexington, KY
(859) 276-2713

Instrumental Music
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 654-9388

Sam Ash - Carle Place #3
(516) 333-8700

Sam Ash - Brooklyn #5
(718) 951-3888

Randee’s Music
Rockford, IL
(815) 399-1500

Jon Sutherland
Gibson Customer Service
1-800-4GIBSON
www.gibson.com"

ksiegel
04-15-2011, 10:40 PM
Wow! You actually got a response from Gibson customer service! I emailed them a month ago, and have received bubkis!

But then, I bought the last one from Randee's music, at Tudorp's recommendation. (g)

haven't had a chance to play it much, needs some nut work and intonation could be better, but overall not bad, even with the factory strings.

-Kurt