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#2816866 - 11/22/16 05:28 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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My Pacifica is the PAC611vfm. It has the locking tuners and Wilkinson Trem. I really like the body finishes that Yamaha is doing.
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#2817879 - 11/28/16 02:19 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: CEB]
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Yeah, the finishes are gorgeous. My Pacifica is the other 611 model (not the tremolo edition) and is in a gorgeous Burgundy.
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#2819958 - 12/08/16 09:50 AM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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#2882591 - 09/30/17 10:40 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I picked up an Epiphone ES-295 last week on recommendation from several co-workers who have it or have tried it.

Wow, this thing is amazing going through my 59 Bassman LTD amp! The authentic Gibson Dog-ear P90s are the best Ive ever heard.

I was so inspired, that I remembered some playing techniques I had long forgotten, from before I essentially gave up guitar in the late 80s.

At 1/4 (or less) the cost of the Scottie Moore edition from Gibson, it's pretty hard to argue with this guitar's value, being that it's well-constructed and doesn't cut costs where it matters.

So impressed with Epiphone's top-of-line hollow body guitars at this point, after buying the Masterbilt acoustic arch-top last month.
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#2882604 - 10/01/17 03:09 AM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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That's great news Mark. Scotty has always been my favorite guitar player and I know he would have been happy to hear your review! Hats off to Epiphone for putting a great sounding guitar in the hands of so many! I have the Epi ES-175 with the USA made 57 humbuckers and upgraded pots. Sweet! How's the neck and the action on that 295?

Congrats! twothumbs


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#2882660 - 10/01/17 11:23 AM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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Oh, I've heard good things about the recent higher-end Epi 175's as well, but covered that territory earlier with the Ibanez PM2 Pat Metheny model. Probably built by Samick in the same Korean factory.

My only complaint about the ES-295 is the overly-narrow nut (1.68), but it opens up after the first fret. Otherwise it has a nice chunky feel, like an early 60's Gibson vs. a mid-to-late 60's Gibby where things started getting more shallow.

It has light strings at the moment, but I may keep them on as I am so happy with the feel, the action, and the balance. I'm surprised that .010's are working for me OK on this guitar. Not sure what brand they loaded it up with. I might throw on some D'addario Nickel-Wounds later on.


Edited by Mark Schmieder (10/01/17 11:24 AM)
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#2882715 - 10/01/17 06:53 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I like the 60's thin Gibson slim taper necks and the humbuckers, so I'm glad I went with the 175. As a Scotty Moore fan, I would love to try yours out with those P90's and see if I could get just a little taste of Scotty's sound. It sounds like you really like it...I like running 10's on electrics and 11's on acoustics. cool
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#2882723 - 10/01/17 07:32 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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Of course Scotty switched guitars a lot, and is also well known for using an L5. But I still feel he got his best sound with the ES-295 -- or perhaps it was a customized 175 as the 295 might not have been available at the time he bought his.


Edited by Mark Schmieder (10/01/17 07:33 PM)
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#2882734 - 10/01/17 08:36 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Yeah, Scotty loved the hollow bodies, 295, L5 and the Super 400. Do you use your 295 with a reverb, echo or delay pedal while running that Bassman? Any feedback or hum issues? cool
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#2882904 - 10/02/17 12:31 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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Surprisingly, no hum or feedback at all, even close to the amp!

I'm not much into pedals, and rarely plug into them except occasionally during sessions.
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#2882936 - 10/02/17 01:24 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Very cool report! I'm not much into pedals either, but I do have to have a little reverb... thu
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#2882986 - 10/02/17 03:39 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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I'm going to try it on the Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb amp tonight or tomorrow. The only reverb pedal I ever even partially liked was the one from Dr. Scientist, but I sold that to a friend recently as I felt the thing it did best was what I already get from my amp.
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#2882988 - 10/02/17 03:53 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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+1 on the Fender Reverb tube amps. They are the only way to go IMHO. I have owned a Twin, but it got too heavy. Then I got my Hot Rod 410 DeVille, still a little heavy. Now I'm running a 112 Hot Rod Deluxe and it's like Goldi Locks says, just right LOL! That 65 Deluxe Reverb should wow you with that 295 plugged into it...Keep us posted! thu
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#2883497 - 10/05/17 01:16 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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The inspection went well enough, but it won't get worked on for a while yet as I need to prioritize the Eastman Ray Ben T486 thin-line work first.

My techie will move the strings closer to the edges as they are too far in at the nut, which is the real reason I find the nut too narrow as opposed to the physical nut width.

He also gave me hints and demonstrations of proper re-stringing technique on this particular type of Bigsby, as well as a suggestion for a roller replacement that slightly lifts the forward roller for a less severe break angle.

The other work I will have done, is to replace the neck pickup enclosure with one that better follows the curvature of the arched top. It will be black vs. gold, but who cares.

It has a D'addario .012 set on it. My caliper said 11's, but when we checked the whole set, it was closer to a standard '12" set; not even the newer balanced set.

That explains why I'm super-happy with the strings already on it.

Not sure why the on-line lit says it ships with 9's?
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#2883545 - 10/05/17 08:38 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I like 11's with a wrapped 3rd string. I have just the opposite problem with the 1st string too close to the edge as I roll it off the fretboard at times! Did you plug into that Deluxe yet? cool
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#2883818 - 10/07/17 07:46 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Larryz]
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Hah, I forgot as I worked so hard this week and have been dealing with clarinet details today. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe tomorrow. I've been tired all day today as I slept so little all week. Too many late nights at work.
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#2883907 - 10/08/17 01:49 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Ah, the ES-295 is MUCH better on the '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp!

On the '59 Bassman LTD, I really could only use it at the lowest possible volume settings, before it would get woofy, boomy, and muddy.

I like it better on channel 1 of the Deluxe though, for some reason. And I think I'll use my Suhr tremolo pedal vs. the reverb channel of the Deluxe.

Using channel 1 of the Deluxe, it sounds good at every volume level, articulate, well-balanced, warm, and clear.
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#2883909 - 10/08/17 01:57 PM Re: New guitar series from Yamaha Revstar inspired by 60's bikes [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Yeah that little Deluxe Reverb is a great little amp especially in combination with a good Gibson or Epi guitar. It makes a great little stand in front of it monitor, while mic'ed to the PA. I like a little verb (less than 4) for that Scotty Moore Mystery Train rockabilly sound...glad it's working for you with the 295! cool
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