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Epiphone Limited Edition USA Map Electric Guitar
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Solid mahogany body is carved in the greatest, most unique shape ever on this Epiphone Limited Edition USA Map Electric Guitar. Smokin' humbuckers, s...Read More
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Uniquely patriotic, and it sounds and plays great too!
Solid mahogany body is carved in the greatest, most unique shape ever on this Epiphone Limited Edition USA Map Electric Guitar. Smokin' humbuckers, stopbar tailpiece, tune-o-matic bridge, and a maple neck with rosewood fretboard deliver coast-to-coast sustain and fluid playability. It is a showpiece, but it's also a serious guitar.
- Mahogany body
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fretboard
- Humbucking pickups
- Stopbar tailpiece
- Tune-o-matic bridge
- Chrome hardware
- Sealed tuners with chrome buttons
- 24-3/4" scale
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Lucky enough to have the "original" 1983 model with original hard case! Leaves this model way behind in terms of build quality and sound. Different pickups and bridge make the original a beast of a guitar! This is however a very playable and unique guitar, well worth the money and it plays well straight out the box. I have played one several occasions and found it very satisfactory.Old original certainly grabs attention and i have had many drinks bought for me by patriotic americans turning up at gigs. Use this for sweet home Alabama and Free bird! An all round great guitar that turns heads and gets folks talking!
Just got it and am already changing to it for my next gig. Don
I bought one of these just to play once, put it away and sell it for some extra cash later. Good and bad, the one time I was going to play it turned out to be much nicer than I imagined it would be. So nice, in fact, that this guitar is going to see a lot more play than I thought it would. The neck is classic, smooth Gibson and the humbuckers sound incredible...also very reminiscent of vintage Gibson PAF's.The combination of the historic Gibson collector's edition reissue and the fact that this is really a nice player's guitar make it a real deal and the price makes it a real steal.
Plays OK, but parts of the cutouts on the body were unfinished. Epiphone Custom Shop? Puh-leeze....
This guitar is very well built for the price. I bought it just for novelty purposes, but it is actually a solid, stageworthy instrument. Played great right out of the box, though replaced the strings for my own preference of heavier gauge strings. Did not need any tweaking on the bridge that I usually have to do with new guitars. The action and intonation were right on. The frets look like medium gauge, not jumbos, but not the cheesy slim frets. The frets are polished smooth and no fret buzz anywhere. The neck thickness is slimmer than the Les Paul, but thicker than an Ibanez Wizard neck. Satin finish done very well. No finish flaws anywhere on the body or neck. The machines are Grovers high quality. They put some awesome pickups in this thing, I don't have the specs right with me, but I remember they said they were Alnico Magnets. The sound is awesome, especially on the neck pickup with the tone rolled off just a bit. It really barks and it doesn't muffle out like some other guitars. The bridge pickup is a monster with full on crunch. It will squeal like a pig. Much hotter than the normal bridge humbucker. Not bad at all. This is one of my favorite guitars. The Louisiana kind of digs in to your leg if you're playing it sitting down, but thats the way it is. It's a little neck heavy on the strap, but it's not body heavy enough to dig a groove in the shoulder. I like it. Great deal.
Alright I admit it. I bought this for the novelty of it. As it turns out, it's not a bad guitar. For the price I was quite impressed with the build quality. Sure the finish is a little thick & "plastic" feeling but, at this price, I'm not complaining much. The hardware is solid and the construction is clean and tight. Not bad for a Korean made guitar. I would recommend changing the strings and a quick setup before you play but other than that, just strap it on, plug into southern California, and plant your arm over the heartland and rock out!
I had always wanted one of the Gibson map guitars but they went out of production long ago. Overall, I was not disapointed at all although I was worried that it may be all show with the unique shape. The satin finished maple neck is super smooth. Big plus for the set-in neck in this price range. The body looks to be constructed of 5 pieces of very finely matched pieces of mahogany - "Texas" is one piece and four pieces make up the rest of the "country." The satin red-brown stain is very smooth and even on the face and back. The shores of "Lake Michigan" however was coated with finish but no attempt was made to remove the paint drips or smooth the machining marks. Playing wise, the guitar is fairly well balanced on the strap when standing. It would actually be a fairly comfortable guitar to play sitting down if it weren't for "Louisiana" sticking out right on the top of your thigh. The sound was the most surprising aspect for me. This guitar exhibits all of the classic tones that an SG is known for, yet with more sustain. There isn't a lot of bass or high treble, but the midrange is HUGE. The neck pickup even exhibits a pseudo hollowbody tone. The higher gain lead pickup brings a tube amp into classic rock heaven. The one area that brings the quality rating down a notch or two, is the bridge and nut setup. The E, B, and G strings are set up very well. But the bass side of the nut is cut too high, leaving a noticable angle to the string heights in relation to the frets. Also, the D string bridge saddle is grooved too low, forcing the entire bridge to be raised (along with the entire action) to avoid buzzing and fret-outs. These problems will require several hours of work to fix. I could return it, but I won't. It's sound occupies a sonic space in the mix perfect for rhythm tracks. Live, it will make a great visual impression.
This guitar rocks. I actually don't have this exact model, I have the doubleneck version which also has Canada on top (and includes Alaska!!). Definitely turns heads although I have to admit it is uncomfortable to wear.
After taking the guitar out of the box, I loved the mahogany body and greatly appreciated the style of the guitar. However, I noticed two pieces of the guitar were missing?..Hawaii and Alaska (Long Island was missing too). Epiphone should advertise this as a Continental US Map, but technically no map or destinations are marked on the guitar. A more appropriate name would be US Country Guitar. I hope that they make one for each country or continent. Imagine an Africa or a Gaza Strip guitar. I?m not sure where you would throw the pickups on a Gaza Strip guitar, but it?s all good. BTW: The location of Texas on the guitar digs into the skin and is in the wrong location for sitting.