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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:07 am    Post subject: NGD - garage sale Epiphone Sorrento Reply with quote

My parent's neighbors had a garage sale. I learned two things about them.

1- They have REALLY good taste in beer.

2- The husband plays guitar.

More on both later.

I'm in San Juan for the weekend, as usual. I was stepping out to get a noontime breakfast today, because last night was fun. As I'm driving down the street, I see a bunch of stuff on the neighbors driveway, and a table. It's a garage sale. In the stuff, I see a hard case with an Epiphone E. I pull over.

There's an Epi Sorrento in the box that looks like it's spent its entire life in a closet. There's a tiny little scrape on the top, the knobs need to be replaced (volume/tone labels were missing), it's got some patina (yellowed binding, pitting on the metal, some surface rust), but it was otherwise in good shape. I walked over to the neighbor to ask about the guitar, and he said he's had it since the 90's, he's just thinning down the herd, and he's got a Casino which sounds almost identical. I asked to plug it in, so he lets me in the house.

I plugged it into an AC30, and start playing 'Twist and Shout'. The neighbor pulls out a bass and we start jamming. We easily jammed for half an hour, before his wife showed up with a pair of Delirium Tremens in proper branded chalices for us to drink. I wish all guitar sales went this way. Anyway, aside from some scratchy pots, the guitar sounded great.

So I asked him what he wanted. He gave me a number, and it was good... but I wanted a lower number. Long story short, I got the lower number, and a payment plan (I didn't actually give him a penny immediately, but I took the guitar with me Smile. I paid off half, and I'll send him the balance via paypal next week.

Serial number dates her to 1995, made in Korea at the Peerless factory.

Here she is Very Happy I already replaced the knobs with new Gibson knobs, restrung her with 10's, fixed the scratchy pots, cleaned off the rust, and oiled the fretboard.




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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sexy!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hot as balls
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it.

But shame on you for playing in his house for half an hour, drinking his beer, being offered a decent price but then still haggling.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks sweet
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely, I had no idea that Peerless had done them back then.

Curious though, is your version of the RI Sorrento pretty much just a Venetian-cutaway Casino?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks lovely
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! Cool story. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool, looks like a lovely guitar.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice, i used to have a peerless casino type. lovely lovely guitar.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
But shame on you for playing in his house for half an hour, drinking his beer, being offered a decent price but then still haggling.


It's a cultural thing. It's expected here. He took $25 off the price (haggled, not lowballed), which is about what a new set of Gibson knobs and a set of slinkies cost at the local Gibson dealer. He'll get more than that back when I send him and his wife a pair of VIP passes to my co's Beer Fest in February. He likes good beer, I sell good beer. And he'll drink tons of good beer for free and listen to good bands.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ultratwin wrote:
Lovely, I had no idea that Peerless had done them back then.

Curious though, is your version of the RI Sorrento pretty much just a Venetian-cutaway Casino?


Essentially, yes. Same pickups, same controls, same scale, thinline, full hollow. It's a Casino for people that don't want a Casino.

Aside from the cutaway, the only other difference I can feel is the neck, which is just a little bit flatter/slimmer than my friend's casino. This neck actually feels very similar to the neck on my old Epi 333, except for the glossy finish (vs the matte finish on my 333).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mkt3000 wrote:
It's a Casino for people that don't want a Casino.


I can't see myself liking those kinda people. Nice guitar but Casinos are betterer.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fucking Classy!

love black semi-hollows w/ white guards. so tuxedo.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice. Bet it sounds good...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that a lot.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn that looks classy! congrats on your score.
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