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Making an "Epiphone ES355" - *completed photograph

Postby oasisfan24 » 25 May 2010, 19:14

wastra wrote:
SuperNovaMike wrote:
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SuperNovaMike wrote:For f**k sake man!! You CAN NOT duplicate that guitar. There's no way you can get those looks and results without dropping 4 G's. Shoot for something more practical like a Casino or a Sharaton.

Please guys, just remember this..... It's not the guitar, it's the player. I freakin' guarantee that if you faced off against Eric Clapton in a guitar duel, he could play the worst piece of crap guitar ehat has ever been produced, and you could play an ES-355 and you would get destroyed by miles. Believe me, don't worry about the expensive guitar, worry about playing your s**t guitar. The bad ass guitar will come later.


I completely agree Clapton could school anyone using a s**t guitar but Im not trying to make this guitar because I think having one is going to make me better. I'm making this because I love the look of the 355, I'm a fan of oasis obviously and lastly because I can't afford to buy a 5-6 grand guitar. I own an Epiphone Dot and I have most of the other parts that I need the biggest cost is the 57' Classic Plus Gibson Pickups which are like 150 each. Thats all you really need so no it won't require me to drop 4 grand unless i'm actually getting a 355.


If you are trying to make something similar to a Gibson ES-355 from an Epi, I would start with a Sheraton rather than a Dot. The Sheraton has fancier inlays on the fretboard and the headstock that are similar to the 355. You could drop in some Gibson PAF pickups. That would cost you about $250 US dollars. You could get a Bigsby trem for about $120-150, but it would cost more to get it installed than the actual Bigsby. Plus, after the Bigsby is installed, you would have to get the finish touched up because it would leave marks from the holes where the old bridge was. You could definitely do it, but I would say that, with the cost of the guitar included, it would probably cost about $2,000 to get it done right. Oh, and that's not including the "Varitone" switch that's on the 355, but I don't think you could mod that to an Epi without dropping a lot of money. That's alot of cash, but it's cheaper than a Gibson. If you do it, good luck and post pics!!



You can install a Varitone switch for under $20. The issue here, though, is that you have to be good with woodworking and electronics, and have a lot of patience (because working on 335-shaped guitars is a pain in the arse). The 355 is also stereo, however (though I think he plays it in mono).

By the way- Noel has had a guy hand-wind pickups for him since his early days. he doesn't use the original gibson PAFs. I can't recall the guy's name any longer, to be honest, but I would bet there's an interview out there that has it.


Varitone switch installed for under 20!!!...sounds to good to be true where? also where do you get the part from I looked.. not very hard though because I assumed installation would be a bitch and would cost me alot. Thanks for the info about the pickups I didn't know that very interesting! I'm settling for getting the same epiphone 57' pickups however only they will be in gold. I'm just waiting on them to arrive before I give this project a green light. I'll take photos and video after I have one now of my stock Epiphone Dot but ill have to put it on youtube. I'm expecting the pickups this week worst case scenario bright and early next week.
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Postby SuperNovaMike » 27 May 2010, 12:53

wastra wrote:
SuperNovaMike wrote:
oasisfan24 wrote:
SuperNovaMike wrote:For f**k sake man!! You CAN NOT duplicate that guitar. There's no way you can get those looks and results without dropping 4 G's. Shoot for something more practical like a Casino or a Sharaton.

Please guys, just remember this..... It's not the guitar, it's the player. I freakin' guarantee that if you faced off against Eric Clapton in a guitar duel, he could play the worst piece of crap guitar ehat has ever been produced, and you could play an ES-355 and you would get destroyed by miles. Believe me, don't worry about the expensive guitar, worry about playing your s**t guitar. The bad ass guitar will come later.


I completely agree Clapton could school anyone using a s**t guitar but Im not trying to make this guitar because I think having one is going to make me better. I'm making this because I love the look of the 355, I'm a fan of oasis obviously and lastly because I can't afford to buy a 5-6 grand guitar. I own an Epiphone Dot and I have most of the other parts that I need the biggest cost is the 57' Classic Plus Gibson Pickups which are like 150 each. Thats all you really need so no it won't require me to drop 4 grand unless i'm actually getting a 355.


If you are trying to make something similar to a Gibson ES-355 from an Epi, I would start with a Sheraton rather than a Dot. The Sheraton has fancier inlays on the fretboard and the headstock that are similar to the 355. You could drop in some Gibson PAF pickups. That would cost you about $250 US dollars. You could get a Bigsby trem for about $120-150, but it would cost more to get it installed than the actual Bigsby. Plus, after the Bigsby is installed, you would have to get the finish touched up because it would leave marks from the holes where the old bridge was. You could definitely do it, but I would say that, with the cost of the guitar included, it would probably cost about $2,000 to get it done right. Oh, and that's not including the "Varitone" switch that's on the 355, but I don't think you could mod that to an Epi without dropping a lot of money. That's alot of cash, but it's cheaper than a Gibson. If you do it, good luck and post pics!!



You can install a Varitone switch for under $20. The issue here, though, is that you have to be good with woodworking and electronics, and have a lot of patience (because working on 335-shaped guitars is a pain in the arse). The 355 is also stereo, however (though I think he plays it in mono).

By the way- Noel has had a guy hand-wind pickups for him since his early days. he doesn't use the original gibson PAFs. I can't recall the guy's name any longer, to be honest, but I would bet there's an interview out there that has it.



:lol: :lol: Of course you can...as long as you're an experienced luthier, have an extensive knowledge of electronics, understand how frequency dampening works, know how to solder, know how cut circular holes in arched laminated wood without f**king it up, and just happen to have all of the necessary parts and tools lying around the house.
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Postby oasisfan24 » 27 May 2010, 22:42

well i'm set then.... :( ughh why wont these pick ups hurrry up already. stupid mail.
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Postby oasisfan24 » 29 May 2010, 05:46

http://www.vimeo.com/12101797

This is my dot in its present form.
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Postby oasisfan24 » 28 Jul 2010, 05:12

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Ran into an unforeseen problem the first set of pickups I received were all tarnished so I emailed the ebay seller and they sent me new ones for free and they look great. I was going to put Gibson 57 classics but I couldn't afford the $130 pricetag for one so I stuck with the epiphone ones. The guitar is in the shop now and I might have it by the end of the week. Can't wait!
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Postby oasisfan24 » 31 Jul 2010, 17:09

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Postby Wonsaponatime » 31 Jul 2010, 19:02

I fixed all the picture links in this thread at http://tinypic.com/ :) When uploading a picture, remember to resize it for a message board. Once you have uploaded a picture, you simply need to copy and paste the link, "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards".

Good luck with the guitar, by the way. :)
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Postby oasisfan24 » 31 Jul 2010, 19:32

Thanks! I couldn't figure out why they weren't working
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Postby SuperNovaMike » 31 Jul 2010, 19:45

Are you going to get a professional to install that Bigsby? It's not an easy job.

That guitar's gonna be cool as f**k when you get it finished.

Oh yeah, if you weren't already planning on it, you might want to change the black plastic nut to a white Graphtech one (or something similar). It makes a difference in the sound and well, it just looks right. I hate when Epiphone puts the black ones on their guitars. You won't see one on a Gibson.(Not that I am racist against guitar parts or anything.)
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Postby S2B_Rocker » 31 Jul 2010, 19:46

how much did all this cost you and where can i find it
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