Czech Epiphones

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  1. plankton

    plankton Well-Known Member

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    I saw an Epi Korina Explorer for sale on a local second-hand site. The seller was claiming that it was made in a factory in the Czech Republic and that they were a higher quality product. I'd never heard of such a thing and was immediately skeptical.

    Turns out it's true. A factory over there made mostly LPs but also some G400s and Explorers for awhile. Apparently the quality is better than Korean models, possibly even Japanese ones.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170106195734/http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Bohemia_Musico-Delicia

    Anybody ever have any contact with these things and can add more info?
     
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    I usually don't care for blue guitars, but that one looks great. I've never seen that colour before on an SG, perhaps the Czech ones came in different finishes? The listing might mention something, but unfortunately my German is a bit rusty.
     
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    yap ,
    thats what i thougt as well...

    the text mentions , what u ve posted earlier,
    that the bohemian guitars are better build then their cousins
    from korea or even japan..
    actually i dont care much for ebay sellers descriptions as they are often
    only have one purpose: to sell the guitar.

    would like to have one of these models
    in my own hands to make a decision.

    but the guitar looks good.
     
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    I did not know that Epiphone built any guitars in Czechoslovakia, so thanks for the info. My great-great grandfather was born in what was then called Bohemia so it's nice to see from a personal perspective that Epiphone has a connection to the Old Country!
     
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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    FYI, the Epiphone wiki is back up as an archive:

    http://www.epiphonewiki.org/index/Main_Page.php

    That's a G-400 Deluxe in Trans Blue:

    http://www.epiphonewiki.org/index/SG.php#G-400_Deluxe
     
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    Thanks for the new link to the wiki. It's such a great resource, it sucked when it disappeared, it took me awhile to find that Wayback archive page.

    I've seen some of those Deluxe models but never the trans blue. The flame maple veneer doesn't look like it shows through as much, but that's probably just an issue with those photos. I found a better one on a Japanese auction site.

    transblueG400.jpg

    I actually like this finish less now that I see the flame maple.
     
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    Looks a lot like my 2018 gibson sg hp cobalt fade but lighter blue color.
     
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    from the wiki
    these ones had a maple neck and veneer on top.

    mhh..
    always thought those were only made in korea..

    also the ebay listed one from bohemia looks not like veneer top one..
    but this could also depending on the photos or reflections.

    ( ended with 223,- euro, which is a good price i guess for a guitar like this)
     
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    How could you tell? I can't see anything through that finish.
     
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    Looks like they've reissued that blue Deluxe, although without the gold hardware and most likely not made in the Czech Republic.

    G400PRO_CF_Splash.jpg
     
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    "but this could also depending on the photos or reflections."
     
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    Yeah, I saw that. Still doesn't make sense. How would you mistake a reflection for the lack of a veneer? Never mind just mistaking it for a veneer, which is strange enough in itself.
     
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    whatever...

    its hard tell from photos excactly,
    not haveing the guitar in your own hand..
    my impression was from the ebay listed one it looked more like
    a solid body one without a top ( like normally it shines through the lacer a bit.)


    only my 5 cents.
     
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