Has anyone had the chance to play the Korean made new guilds, for example the Manhattan or Capri. If so, what are your takes on them? Vintage guilds are very expensive here and you don’t run into them that often unfortunately.
Haven’t seen one of these yet, but have read some positive comments. Some pretty good guitars are being made in Korea…not sure where you are, but there are TONS of guitars available of all sorts in North America!
Ive had the chance to pick one up the other day, fully intended to buy it. But I didn’t. Something just felt off, like its a quality guitar but not the real thing. Can’t really explain it. So I just decided to invest some money into my epi 56 gold top reissue. I already replaced the tuners with grovers and set up a bigsby. I’m thinking about replacing the wiring and put some sd antiquities p90 pickups in them. Tommy, your tokai gold top sounds superb, you did any modding?
I have a MIK EPI 56 goldtop too! It was real nice as it was, but it’s even better after changing all the pots and wiring, with a pair of Poplar P90s…the volume is a pull up knob to get that nasally sound, love it!
Got the SD antiquities installed. I really love those pickups. Super dynamic and warm, I really feel like my right hand is in control now.
Hey buddy I know I’m late to the game but somehow your response slipped through the cracks probably just holiday stuff. As far as my Tokai goes its hard to tell. I bought it on ebay and had it shipped from Tokyo. It is pretty amazing the case even looked like a lifton. I think the tuners were changed and the pots. The pickups have no markings but have braided wire. Prior to that I bought Junior Watson’s Dillion. I thought it was pretty cool when he played it, but pretty much didn’t sound like that when I played it lol!!! Really in the hands. Point though is that guitar was a good build but didn’t feel quite right, it sounded mine when I changed the pickups. Still just didn’t have the vibe. I sold that for the Tokai and never thought twice about selling it for a real gold top. Glad you are digging your epi paul. What kind of strings are you using?
That’s ok:) I’m currently using d’addario flatwounds 0.11 and changed the g string to an unwound one. Although I plan to experiment with different brands of strings I think I like this setup.
The antiquities are a charm: I feel much more conscious about my picking because they’re so dynamic. I used to be a full volume hard picking guy all of the time, so that’s something to work on. But I’m getting there.
I seem to be in a gear Renaissance period: I’m about to sell my hot rod deville 212 to order an aviator 8 or 12 ( still can’t make up my mind) and gave just ordered an atomic brain. Can’t wait to give them all a go.
I will say dumping your heavy 2-12 deville for a quilter is pretty liberating. The 12 is really nice. I personally use the one 8 more than anything else. Might think about opting for that and if you need more dispersion pick up an extention cab. I think the 1-8 will work for almost everything.
Sold it today:) I was thinking the exact same thing, easier to use an 8″ with a 12″ cabinet than the other way around. So aviator 8 it is.
The quest for tone can be quite fun:) I also ordered an atomic brain, very curious how the two of them sound together.
I played at QSC’s sales party last night and I asked Pat what putting a preamp does to the amp. He told me the same thing as a tube amp. It pushes the front end there is an analog circuit that behaves like tubes. They gave me the 101 last night, dam that thing sounds good. only 2 lbs!!!
The aviator 8 just arrived. First impression is very good. And light 🙂 I’m curious as to what settings do you use. I ended up using the high cut knob all the way open and boosting the mids at 3 o clock is my favourite for now. It makes the gain much warmer and more vintage tone like, I guess. I’ll try to post a sound clip of the guitar and amp soon.
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