Chinese Epiphone guitars
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5 September 2008
I bought admittedly "second quality" Epiphone necks and bodies from a US parter out of guitar stuff. They were from the Chinese factory.The quality control over there must be a joke and some items were so bad I HAD to laugh,for example a tobacco sunburst Les Paul Junior body that had the paint sprayers smudged black handprint UNDER the lacquer. Body/neck pockets appeared to be cut with pen knives,necks warped beyond truss rod help, fragile brittle paint too.The cost was cheap but it was all just fit for firewood. I've since seen shop stock and there not an awful lot better. Apparently Fender spent a bundle opening an Indian production facility years ago and had to ruefully close it down. They never fully explained why. I think I know!
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