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Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar

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The return of a bold guitar for everything from hard rock to jazz fusion.

The classic Epiphone Genesis was one of Epiphone's most original and modern designs when it was first published in the Epiphone catalog in late 1979. It was intended as a new beginning for Epiphone--a truly original solid body design that could hold its ground with a Les Paul, giving players the added advantage of an eye-catching double cutaway. The proposed Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would bring back this collector's favorite in all its original glory with added features like coil-tapping, Epiphone ProBucker pickups and Grover tuners along with a beautiful AAA flame maple veneer top and solid mahogany body in four new beautiful color finishes, including Black Cherry, Midnight Ebony, Midnight Sapphire, and Vintage Sunburst.

Original Genesis Ads circa 1979
Early Genesis ads proclaimed "this isn't a guitar for shy people" and "we've created a monster," and you can see why. Along with its bold shape and beautiful finish, the Genesis featured coil-tapping for both pickups via a separate toggle switch. Coil-tapping was a new concept to guitar players and the original Genesis was a bold instrument with a warm sound that could do anything from hard rock to fusion jazz with its incredible sustain from the mahogany body. In many ways, the Genesis was part of Epiphone's longstanding tradition of giving players more for their money at a level of quality and consistency other guitar makers can't maintain. Today, Epiphone is still a leader in giving players a custom shop experience. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would take it a step further by adding Epiphone's bold ProBucker pickups with individual coil-tapping for the rhythm and lead pickups to potentially put the Genesis back to its rightful place among Epiphone's greatest instruments.

AAA Flame Maple Top and Futuristic Features
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would combine a solid mahogany body with a AAA flame maple veneer, delivering the classic tone and sustain that made the Genesis stand out in a crowd. The double cutaway body features 1-ply cream binding on the top for a beautiful vintage look. The mahogany neck has a 24.75" scale with a 12" radius and features a 1960s SlimTaper "D" profile--a player's favorite--along with a glued-in neck joint for lifelong stability. The rosewood fingerboard comes with pearloid trapezoid inlays, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 1.68" nut along with single ply cream binding along the fingerboard.

Genesis Power: Epiphone ProBucker Humbuckers with Coil-Tapping
The original Genesis model featured coil-tapping via a small mini toggle. However, the original Genesis did not allow for coil-tapping each individual pickup. The new Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO zooms into the 21st century with ProBucker pickups with coil-tapping on both the rhythm and lead pickups. ProBucker pickups feature Alnico II magnets, the same magnets used in sought-after vintage PAF humbuckers. Alnico II magnets provide a rich, warm tone with a sparkling high end and a solid low end. The Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features a ProBucker-2 in the neck position and a ProBucker-3 in the bridge position. The ProBucker-3 is slightly overwound to provide balance with the neck pickup with an added bit of edge for lead work. ProBuckers emulate the sound of original PAF pickups which were hand-wound with a few extra turns of wire.

Both of the Ltd. Ed. Genesis PRO's pickups feature coil-tapping, which is activated by a push/pull volume SpeedKnob control, allowing players an infinite variety of pickups sounds from single-coil bark to full humbucker bite. When winding humbuckers, Epiphone utilizes a double vacuum waxing process that ensures quiet operation, free from microphonic hum. The pickup is first placed in the specialized wax vacuuming system before the cover is placed on the unit to ensure that the wax fully penetrates to the very center of the pickup and solidifies all parts. After the cover is placed on, it is again given a second vacuum wax bath until the unit is completely saturated with wax. Epiphone uses only the highest quality parts for its pickups, such as ABS plastic bobbins, 1010 Cold Rolled Steel pole shoes and pole screws, Alnico magnets and the finest magnet wire available.

A Classic Made to Last a Lifetime
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features Epiphone's legendary rock-solid gold hardware including a LockTone Tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge and a Stopbar tailpiece. And now, Epiphone's updated, patent pending design auto locks the bridge and tailpiece in place with no tools needed! This also results in improved sustain. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO uses 1" diameter potentiometers for better "throw," longer life and reliable service. Epiphone's all-metal toggle switches use rugged spring-steel contacts to ensure years of reliable service and performance. Epiphone's proprietary output jack features an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel to increase reliability and gold Grover 14:1 machine heads on a classic '60s era Epiphone Sloped Dovewing headstock to ensure tuning stability and long life.

FEATURES
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid "Trapezoid" inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2; 4-wire
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3; 4-wire
  • Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Bridge Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Neck Pickup Tone, Bridge Pickup Tone
  • Binding: Body Top - 1 ply (Cream), Fingerboard - 1 ply (Cream), Headstock - None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Machine Heads: Grover„¢ Tuners; 14:1 ratio

Strap on some '70s vibe and crank up some killer rone. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 60 reviews)

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    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (54)
  • Good feel (52)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good pick up (48)
  • Solid electronics (42)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (42)
  • Jamming (39)
  • Recording (35)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Rock concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (42), Professional musician (14), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great deal on a Discontinued Epi Genesis

Outstanding Value at MF for a brand new un-blemished Guitar bought during Presidents Weekend Sale for 2 C notes. I've had it more then a week and played every pick-up variation and tone setting...Read complete review

Outstanding Value at MF for a brand new un-blemished Guitar bought during Presidents Weekend Sale for 2 C notes. I've had it more then a week and played every pick-up variation and tone setting with several amps and cab's. So ten Days in and the honeymoon is not over. I've had many Epiphone Guitars before this Genesis and it is the heaviest guitar I've ever gotten from them. It's a back breaker, gotta be over 10 pounds. Thats my only complaint.

The Set-up was spot on 3/8th of an inch at the 12th fret, I imagined having to get it PLEK'ed and a pro set up, nope no need too. The frets are all dressed and smooth, no rough edges on top of the neck binding. Couldn't be better. Intonation was correct with no adjustments, kudos' to the Epiphone USA Guitar Tech # 7 who did the set up. I like a 50's neck but the 60's slim shape still feels like home because of all my other Epi electrics

Pick-ups are really better then I expected, I usually send my Epi's to Peter Florence to install his hand wound 59 Voodoo Pups and set up the axe. I'm not sure if I will this time. What I will do is replace the wiring harness and the control cavity Potentiometers. The thin plastic coated wiring and parts do their job but I'm sure the signal path can be improved with higher quality parts. After I do that I will re evaluate the pups. The clarity and note separation is there but at some frequencies they do not sound as robust or clear.

Having the split coils is a plus, it gives the guitar a lot more range then a stock Paul. Think P90 not tele but it can get close to tele on the bridge alone with the tone knob wide open but not really quite there. I do LOVE the tone when I have the neck pup split and rolled back on tone with the Bridge Pup on Hummer and turned down a little lower then the neck.

Some settings when you split the coils mid song you lose signal and volume so it's not like every setting you can just pop the knob. You have to adjust volume and tone on the fly. Perhaps when I change the harness and capacitor this will be abated.

Would I like this guitar if I payed 3, 4, 5 or even 800 Benjamin's, yeah sure I would. I just like it so much more for less then 2 C notes shipped. If I can find another at that price I will buy it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just not for me!

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just...Read complete review

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just was not packed right. MF took care of that right away and sent out another; so again MF gets my biz. The next unit was in perfect shape. It was very cold around here, so I let it warm to room temp over a few days. That's when i got a close look. It def was a nice gtr for such a low price. But, unfortunately that does not work for me. I do not want to rationalize. I have always bought hi-end gtrs...heck, my 1st gtr as a teenager was a Martin! So I tend to measure all things musical on that type of metric.

The issues with this Epi were:
1. With the truss rod completely loose there was no neck relief! None...in fact it was back-bowed. I addressed this by tuning up and letting the gtr sit for a few days...that helped a bit, but it was not a good sign.
2. It would not intonate properly. For ex: The G was maxed out and still sharp at fret 12. No hope....it was not way far off, but it was off...I could hear it. Most notes were sharp above 12 and very sharp above 17.
3. The wiring was such that when the PUP selector was in the middle position, and either of the vol controls at 0 then there was no sound at all...a very old wiring approach...not what is used very often in my experience. May have been related to the hum/buzz on the pickup selector positions 1 and 3, but quiet on position 2. While I am not a fan of coil-tapping...that seemed about what it always is: noisy and thin.
4. This was a major issue: the D and G string touched the tuner posts for the A and B, respectively, on the headstock. I have never seen this before, but it was def not something I liked. This interfered with tuning and stability, and had a way bad outcome after string bends.

Other things did not thrill me.....Many screws were in cockeyed (truss cover, and the control cavity), and was not sure about the nature of the binding-seemed to be paint in some places.

So, I tried to like it, but I did not. It did sound good,the PUPs were very nice, but it had so many issues that I just was not interested in investing my time and dough to fix them. Others may find it a great gtr, but for me it was a bad fit and did not compare nicely with the few hi-end gtrs I do have. Guess I am just set in my ways here...and this review is not meant to offend anyone who likes this gtr...its just my opinion!

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spectacular Classic Re-issue!

By Sir Charles

from North Carolina

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Perfect Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Super Playability

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Neck And Intonation Out

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

This guitar is spectacular! It has the low end growl of a Les Paul with the super playability of a Firebird or SG. I got the sapphire blue and could not find even the tiniest defect with regards to the finish nor any flaws in the workmanship. The tuners are perfect and the natural tone of the guitar, along with the perfectly balanced pickups is a supreme combination!

I will probably buy another in a different color! You will not regret this purchase!

P.S.
I had to adjust the neck and set the intonation but that is no biggie and can be expected with most imports.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Long Time Coming but...

By Jack White

from Southern Alabama

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

A short review of what "can" be a great guitar. First off the bad. I purchased two of these guitars about a month apart. Both guitars had a common problem. Frets that weren't seated properly. I could have sent them back but everything else about the guitars was amazing.

After having fret work completed on both guitars they play and sound great. I believe the pickups sound better than my Gibson Les Paul. Great sustain, just goes on and on.

The finish is beautiful on these guitars. Much more than what you see in the pictures on this site. My only complaint about the finish would be that one of the guitars looked as though it had been played (pick scratches), even though it was new(?).

I owned an original Genesis back in 1980. And had regretted selling it ever since. Now I have two of the new ones,
red and black. And they're much better than the original.

If you buy one make sure to check all the frets. And there is a special Epiphone Genesis case to be had, if you know where to look.

So in the end I would recommend buying this guitar. You or your luthier will probably have some work to do on it since Epiphone didn't finish the job. But it sure is one sweet guitar.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy This Guitar Right Now

By hareynolds

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • 181 Grovers
  • 18-to-1 Grovers
  • Fun To Play
  • Perfect Set-ip
  • Superb Pickups

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Every Darned Thing

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    I bought TWO Epiphones from MF in the last 2 days; this Genesis and a Nighthawk. The Wife now has Post GAS Stress Disorder (PGSD), bless her twichy little heart. Both were used Condition 2; could find NO flaws on either one, even with the high-powered reading glasses on.

    I first picked up a guitar less than two years ago at age 60; since I don't have decades to find the "right" guitar for me, I've been on a QUEST, and have bought and sold about 25 guitars in that time. For the benefit of The Wife, I call it "renting" guitars.

    I have gravitated towards Epis for Blues (mostly Delta) and finger-picked stuff. The Slim Taper "D" neck just happens to fit me goodm and they feel more natural to me than Fenders. That's just me.

    Before the Gennie, EVERY Epi I've owned (three 339s, a Casino, a couple of LPs and Juniors, plus 2 Ibanez Epi clones, etc) has gotten new UNMUDDY pickups after one or two days.
    I've used GFS, Seymours, three sets of Zhangbuckers, and several sets of Tonebuckers, all in a quest to get rid of the MUD in the average Epi humbuckers. BTW Toneriders are probably the best bang-for the buck, and Zhangbuckers are simply the BEST, if you're willing to wait. And Wait.

    That's NOT HAPPENING with the Genesis; these ProBuckers are SUPERB. Clear as a bell. I think the word folks use is "articulate". Super-responsive to pick (in my case, fingernail) attack. I just got it 3 hours ago and skipped dinner to run it through my Blues Junior with BillM mods and my scratch-built Champ+Reverb. Wow, wow, wow.

    Set-up was as close to perfect as any MF guitar I've bought. I only needed to raise the neck pickup about 1 mm; ready to go. The acid test was some BB King riffs that sound excellent on my 339 with ALNICO II Zhangbuckers with the uneven coil tap (he calls it "splat") that cost (the same as the Gennie)for a set, and involved a four-month wait. The Gennie was at least as clear and clean, except the SUSTAINNNN was of course better than the 339. Did I say WOW?

    The tuners are 18-to-1 Grovers (not the 14-to-1 on the MF specs). Frets are perfect. Fretboard is gorgeous. Upper frets are RIGHT THERE. One huge unexpected bennie for us amateurs who mostly play sitting-down; the waist of this guitar sits right on your right knee and DOESN'T cut off your circulation like those LP "logs". It may actually be MORE comfortable to play than my 339s, and I LOVE ME some 339s.

    FINALLY, the close-out deal of (can't say) is spectacular for this level of quality, but I bought mine USED Cond 2 for (can't say) (right after the price drop), WITH a 15 off "gift certificate" I gave myself (told you I was a good MF customer), so a couple of C-notes. Holy Bejeezus.
    I am SERIOUSLY considering buying one at "full" price, just to have. Maybe black; that looks nice. In deference to The Wife, I may have to wait a day or two. You had better BUY YOURS RIGHT NOW, so I don't get it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar, especially for the price

    By Morsey23

    from Massachusetts

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        I bought an Epi Genesis for my son to take to college as I did not want him taking one of our expensive American axes. When it arrived, I liked it so much I bought one for me! The fit and finish is excellent; the feel of the fretboard and knobs/switches, the tuning stability - all excellent. However, my favorite aspect of the Genesis is the Probucker pickups with the coil splitting. This is the first Epiphone I have played where I will not be replacing the pups. Clean humbucking, they have that nice Gibsonesque warmth with good clarity while with coils split they sound about 75% like a honky Fender. My favorite position is the bridge pup split and the neck pup double-coil - a really great sound clean. Of course, they growl like a demon when cranked. To me, if a guitar sounds good clean it will always soung good dirty, with the reverse not always being the case. While my son has not has any issues with his, I did have to replace the output jack on mine as it died on me after a couple of months. Replaced with a gold switchcraft and now all is well. Fanstastic axe, especially for the ridiculously low price.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Different

        By Jerkowitz

        from St. Louis, Mo

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

          My wife bought this for me as a gift. I didn't think much of it until I started playing around with it. High action but lowered the bridge and that was it. The nut was cut well, the neck had perfect relief, intonation dead on. The most surprising thing was the sound. Very clear, tight bass, nice highs with no shrillness at all. Epiphone has really raised the bar on their pickups. These Probuckers are amazing. I own lots of guitars and lots of boutique pickups and these sound better than most. Everything looks to be good quality. The neck is nicely bound and plays fast. The split coil sounds are anemic but I'll throw a low value resistor at the coil split to let a little of the other coil through. I got the midnight ebony and it looks sharp with the gold hardware. I like the big Epi headstock, much nicer than the clipped ear. I like the fact that it looks different than anything I have. My wife buys me unusual guitars but she did good with this one.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty good guitar for little money.

          By C_in_PA

          from Pocono Mountains, PA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good looking
          • Great Access To Upper Fre

          Cons

          • Coil Tap Disappointing
          • Neck Pu Lacks Definition

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

          Beautiful instrument and mostly useful tones - with bridge p/u. Coil tap sound is dull and lifeless on both p/u. Bridge humbucker p/u is the best and the neck is a bit too dark. Will probably open it up and play w/ capacitor to open up the sound. Also, when trying to blend the two pickups - why I love 2 hum, 4 control guitars - there is only a short span near 10 when I can approximate a mixed sound I like and not really get what I crave - why my Les Paul isn't going back into the case. I'll probably wind up swapping out the pots too. Access to upper frets is is great right up to the 20th fret w/o impedment & with just a little scrunching, up to the 22nd fret!

          This guitar will not replace my Gibson LP Custom, but it is fun. Once tweaked & modded, it should have far more useful tones (though I don't know that the coil tapped sounds will ever really work for me). Best of all, aside from the beautiful finish & gold hardware (really compliment each other), I would not be afraid to leave the house w/ this guitar - great bang for the buck! I've only had it a few weeks, but I'm very happy my wife "insisted" I take the chance.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          TREMENDOUS

          By DETROIT ROCKER

          from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Appearance
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

            The Epiphone Genesis is very much like a high quality Les Paul Double Cutaway but with it's own look and vibe. It's an Epiphone original design rather than a knockoff of a Gibson. The quality, materials and appearance are first rate. The Pro-Bucker pickups compare very well to Gibson Burstbuckers. This guitar is a fantastic bargain but it's a limited edition, so they will be gone before you know it.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unbelieveable for the price

            By E S

            from Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Whatever

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

              I have four guitars and was not planning on buying another. I had wanted a Les Paul type guitar and recently bought a used Epiphone LP standard in mint condition. It doesn't have the coil tap feature which I like . I received
              the Musician's friend catalog and saw the Genesis
              on the cover. It would be a good deal at the regular price but I could hardly believe the sale price. I love my LP but I thought I would give this a try and either return it or sell the LP. Guess who is selling a real Nice Epi LP ? This guitar is fantastic in every way. All I had to do was lower the bridge a little. Intonation etc. is spot on. A penny on top of the 12th fret will raise the string on both sides of the neck with no fret buzz anywhere. Sound, finish and workmanship is tops. Thank you Musician's Friend for a great deal.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Price is right

              By Ronmguitar

              from Des Moines Iowa

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                This is my 60th guitar so I have some knowledge. Needed intonation and bridge raised. After that all was well. I play locally 2-3 times a month and this guitar plays all styles. While you know something must be missing at this price point, you'll be hard pressed to find it. The guitar is great looking and sounds as good as my Gibsons. Changing the pickups may not be necessary. Epiphone makes extremely playable guitars for remarkabke prices which is greatly appreciated.

                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Just not for me!

                By BCY123

                from NY

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor setup

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just was not packed right. MF took care of that right away and sent out another; so again MF gets my biz. The next unit was in perfect shape. It was very cold around here, so I let it warm to room temp over a few days. That's when i got a close look. It def was a nice gtr for such a low price. But, unfortunately that does not work for me. I do not want to rationalize. I have always bought hi-end gtrs...heck, my 1st gtr as a teenager was a Martin! So I tend to measure all things musical on that type of metric.

                The issues with this Epi were:
                1. With the truss rod completely loose there was no neck relief! None...in fact it was back-bowed. I addressed this by tuning up and letting the gtr sit for a few days...that helped a bit, but it was not a good sign.
                2. It would not intonate properly. For ex: The G was maxed out and still sharp at fret 12. No hope....it was not way far off, but it was off...I could hear it. Most notes were sharp above 12 and very sharp above 17.
                3. The wiring was such that when the PUP selector was in the middle position, and either of the vol controls at 0 then there was no sound at all...a very old wiring approach...not what is used very often in my experience. May have been related to the hum/buzz on the pickup selector positions 1 and 3, but quiet on position 2. While I am not a fan of coil-tapping...that seemed about what it always is: noisy and thin.
                4. This was a major issue: the D and G string touched the tuner posts for the A and B, respectively, on the headstock. I have never seen this before, but it was def not something I liked. This interfered with tuning and stability, and had a way bad outcome after string bends.

                Other things did not thrill me.....Many screws were in cockeyed (truss cover, and the control cavity), and was not sure about the nature of the binding-seemed to be paint in some places.

                So, I tried to like it, but I did not. It did sound good,the PUPs were very nice, but it had so many issues that I just was not interested in investing my time and dough to fix them. Others may find it a great gtr, but for me it was a bad fit and did not compare nicely with the few hi-end gtrs I do have. Guess I am just set in my ways here...and this review is not meant to offend anyone who likes this gtr...its just my opinion!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is GREAT guitar for any level of pl

                By scott

                from undisclosed

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Quality Feel And Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Unbalanced Strap Pegs

                Best Uses

                • Alla Around Cool Guitar
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                Out of the box it had some fret buzz and didn't stay in tune all that well. I played it for a couple of months to let it "sett;e in" bit and I was able to discover what it really needed. Then I took it to my guitar guy. He does stars guitars. I won't name drop but I promise you he put his mojo on it and it now has lightning fast action. Stays in tune AND he suggested a Planet Waves guitar strap which stabilizes the guitar very well. It doesn't flip forward anymore while standing and playing. He is used to doing Gibson and top notch guitars and he couldn't believe the quality of this thing. In fact he says he is going to get a couple for himself. I just wish that when I was a kid in the seventies learning to play that they would have had this quality of guitar that i could have been able to afford.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Epi Genesis Reissue

                By Katman do!

                from Leavenworth, KS.

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • Weight Relief

                Cons

                • Fretboard Was Really Dry

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                Having played guitar for about 50 years, I still had the old notions about Epiphone guitars but I was looking for an axe with burstbucker type pickups. I read all of the reviews on all of the websites and decided to try this guitar due to the great deal at MF. My feelings about Epiphone have done a 180 after putting this guitar through a workout.
                The guitar is a beauty. I got the Midnight Sapphire and I even like the gold hardware which I wouldn't consider before. The pups are everything that I was looking for on this model. I have my Strat, a PRS SE model and my trusty 1976 Les Paul Custom but this has become my go to guitar. Before you think I'm crazy, my LP IS my baby, but I'm having an extra-guitaral affair right now!

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great tone, quality and value!

                By Skybiscuit

                from St. Louis, MO

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                Pros

                • Blue Color
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Finish
                • Grover Tuners
                • Real Neck And Body Bindin
                • Solid Build
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                  Wonderful guitar! I love the blue color and finish. Workmanship is top-notch and electronics and pickups are great too. Being my first purchase of a "new" Epiphone built in China, I was a little wary but all the reviews I could find were extremely positive so I got one and I couldn't be happier. I tried many other guitars in the same price range (mostly built in Korea which I think are good quality) and I'd put this up against the best Korean builds out there. Just stunning and I couldn' find the slightest production flaw ANYWHERE! The most pleasant surprises were the excellent Grover tuners and the perfectly set and AAA+ quality pearl trap inlays- the kind of inlays you'd expect to find only on WAY more expensive guitars. Everything about the guitar is perfect for me- great retro-ish looks, solid build quality, good weight (~8 lbs- not too heavy or too light), good balance (no neck dive) and feels much like a Les Paul to play- same basic neck and fret board dimensions as my '95 Epi LP that I've had for nearly 16 years and am so used to. After I made some basic setup adjustments, it played smootly and fast- just like my Epi LP that has had a pro tech setup. Probuckers sound strong and FAT on dual-coil and kind of Stratocaster-like on singles. I prefer the dual-coil setting but I prefer humbuckers in general anyway. Nice to have the extra tone versatility though. It's flat out an awesome guitar and value for the money. I also like that it is an Epiphone remake of an Epiphone and it isn't just another comprimised copy of some high-end guitar that you can't afford. I feel it adds to its "credibilty" and mojo because you don't have to feel like you've "settled" for something less. If anything, from what I've been reading, it is a big IMPROVEMENT over the original Genesis- mainly in that it is a full 2 to 3 lbs lighter! These are limited production guitars and I'm glad I got mine while I could! Also there is a special case that you can get for it but it fits perfectly in my standard Epi LP case.

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Bang for the Buck

                  By dwayneed

                  from Wisconsin

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                      Arrived today, the pictures do not do the finish justice. This is a really beautiful guitar. The guitar set up nicely, neck is straight, frets are good, needed intonation and action adjustment. The pickups sound excellent. I haven't weighed it but it is not too heavy. I am used to fatter necks but this one is not too skinny.
                      I also bought an Elitist Les Paul a few years ago and have to say the Genesis looks and sounds better at first glance.
                      Epiphone is making some great guitars these days!!!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Guitar

                      By Bob F.

                      from New Mexico

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Grover Tuners
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • Well Made Instrument

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                      I am a multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer of music (40+ years). I bought this Epiphone Genesis by recommendation of a friend who compared it to higher model Gibson Les Pauls (Standards +). What an incredible guitar - after an easy set-up, it sounded as good as my Gibson LP Custom! I don't know if I got a "good one", but for the fraction of the price of my Gibson - this is incredible!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      You missed out!

                      By Stratman5762

                      from Austin, MN

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                      Pros

                      • Beautiful
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • great price
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                      If you missed the price drop on this one, you really missed out on a true steal!
                      This is a great original design, based on the original Genesis of the late 70s-early 80s, with some very smart updates/imimprovements. The original had coil splitting capabilities, but using a single microswitch that split both humbuckers. The new one uses push/pull pots on the volume controls, opening up many more tonal options. The original could be VERY heavy (11.8 lbs for the one I tested!), while the new ones come in around 8 lbs.
                      After receiving mine, I performed by usual string change/setup/checkout. The setup was actually pretty good out of the box, and it took very little effort to get it done right. It is an excellent playing guitar, with great upper fret access. Very comfortable seated or on a strap, with NO neck dive. I've found Epiphones ProBucker pickups to be an excellent, vintage voiced pickup, nearly undistinguishable from Gibson BurstBuckers. That holds true here as well, delivering a very Les Paul-ish sound, perhaps a bit brighter than some LP's. And with the coil splitting, you get a very versatile guitar for pretty much ANY style, with the likely exception of more extreme metal tones. It is outstanding for blues and classic rock styles. The build quality is very high, and the top (maple with a flame veneer on top) is very pretty with a pronounced flame. Mine is black, but a much lighter shade than pictures seem to show, more of a gray with black striping. Some have questioned the headstock design, as the D aand G strings contact the A and B tuning v posts as they pass. I've found no real issues with that, but put a bit of Nut Sauce on those contact points just in case. Overall an excellent guitar, and a nice change of pace in its design. Great playing, great sounding, and a real head turner.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great deal on a Discontinued Epi Genesis

                      By Bicycle Joe Lo-Fi Sound and Vision

                      from NYC

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                      Pros

                      • Finish
                      • Frets
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Price
                      • Set Up
                      • Split Coils

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Making Music
                        • Pissing Off My Neighbors

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                        Outstanding Value at MF for a brand new un-blemished Guitar bought during Presidents Weekend Sale for 2 C notes. I've had it more then a week and played every pick-up variation and tone setting with several amps and cab's. So ten Days in and the honeymoon is not over. I've had many Epiphone Guitars before this Genesis and it is the heaviest guitar I've ever gotten from them. It's a back breaker, gotta be over 10 pounds. Thats my only complaint.

                        The Set-up was spot on 3/8th of an inch at the 12th fret, I imagined having to get it PLEK'ed and a pro set up, nope no need too. The frets are all dressed and smooth, no rough edges on top of the neck binding. Couldn't be better. Intonation was correct with no adjustments, kudos' to the Epiphone USA Guitar Tech # 7 who did the set up. I like a 50's neck but the 60's slim shape still feels like home because of all my other Epi electrics

                        Pick-ups are really better then I expected, I usually send my Epi's to Peter Florence to install his hand wound 59 Voodoo Pups and set up the axe. I'm not sure if I will this time. What I will do is replace the wiring harness and the control cavity Potentiometers. The thin plastic coated wiring and parts do their job but I'm sure the signal path can be improved with higher quality parts. After I do that I will re evaluate the pups. The clarity and note separation is there but at some frequencies they do not sound as robust or clear.

                        Having the split coils is a plus, it gives the guitar a lot more range then a stock Paul. Think P90 not tele but it can get close to tele on the bridge alone with the tone knob wide open but not really quite there. I do LOVE the tone when I have the neck pup split and rolled back on tone with the Bridge Pup on Hummer and turned down a little lower then the neck.

                        Some settings when you split the coils mid song you lose signal and volume so it's not like every setting you can just pop the knob. You have to adjust volume and tone on the fly. Perhaps when I change the harness and capacitor this will be abated.

                        Would I like this guitar if I payed 3, 4, 5 or even 800 Benjamin's, yeah sure I would. I just like it so much more for less then 2 C notes shipped. If I can find another at that price I will buy it.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful guitar with great playability

                        By Megafrog

                        from York, PA

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                        I wasn't sure what to expect with this Epiphone but I figured I would give it a try since I just had some extra cash come in and it was on sale for President's Day. I am glad I did.

                        This guitar feels like and plays like a Les Paul. The setup out of the box was pretty spot on and all I needed to do was tune it and it was ready to go. The fit and finish was flawless.

                        The setup I use for playing is through a Zoom G9 board into a Bugera V22. This guitar sounded great (as would most) through this configuration. What really impressed me was when I plugged straight into the amp. I got that warm, crisp Les Paul tone. I actually prefer the tone off of this to what I get from my 1990 SG Special and that surprised me.

                        I love the look of the guitar. It has a beautiful finish albeit it is just a veneer. The gold hardware is a very nice accent to the guitar. I am definitely impressed by the quality job that Epiphone did on this from a visual perspective.

                        In general I am not a huge Epiphone fan. If they keep making guitars like this, that could change.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        GREAT GUITAR!

                        By Builder

                        from Southern Pines, NC

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                            When I read the specs, PU spliter, at the price, how could I go wrong? Ordered an Ebony. Just like all my dealings with MF..perfect. Simply lowered action 1.5 turns. Played it a couple days and just fell in love with the action, fit and finish, PU's power and clarity. Good tuners [I usually install Sperzels, first thing] Not here. With the new EPI headstock wouldn't fit std. LP case.

                            But this is an exceptional guitar. So I bought another one, Tobacco burst. Another GREAT guitar at a bottomline price.

                            Theses instruments are a of a quality that demands a good case, so I bought 2 of the EPI cases. That's what you need for a perfect fit.

                            Have been playing for over 50 years,started "collecting" in 1981. I have over 150 guitars. I always seek guitars that were used to make the record, or a guitar that will fill the bill to recreate the original recordings.

                            These 2 guitars stand alone as Pauls, with the added feature of PU splitting.

                            I love Epi guitars and my first electric was a Wilshire, single pick-up, tone and volume I'll pay good money for one in primo shape.

                            Couldn't begin to list my Epi's... UltraIII, FB VII, just too many.

                            I don't care where a guitar is made, China gives everyone a chance to have a CNC guitar, magnificent finishes and EPI's QC from start to finish. [EPI Dove Pro] and lots more.

                            These guitars are winners. Enjoy.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Looks cool and great sound for my use

                            By Joe Bob

                            from near Nashville

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                            Pros

                            • Good Tone
                            • Looks great

                            Cons

                            • Neck Is On The Thin Side

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

                              Feels like a quality instrument. I'm a big fan of the push/pull pick ups and like the flexibility they offer. These sound nice in both positions and really do offer a lot of different tones.

                              I'm not a high gain player - I'll play overdriven most of the time and roll off with the volume control. I use this Genesis mainly with a couple of older Fender tube amps.

                              I really like the way the guitar looks - had always wanted a double cutaway and this one does the trick. I am normally a Fender player who likes a chunky Les Paul sized neck - which this does NOT have. Despite this surprise (I ordered without playing one first) I enjoy the feel and find it a nice alternate to my Fenders.

                              I did take it for a pro setup - and am told that most guitars coming from Asia do not have glued in (only pressed in) frets. After the setup the intonation is quite good and stays in tune well-there were no serious problems with my guitar. Overall I am very happy. If you are considering buying, I'd Suggest looking into a Les Paul case as the Epiphone case, while really nice looking, just doesn't give the kind of protection I normally expect. I'm an Epiphone fan now.

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