lunes, 2 de julio de 2012

Epiphone Genesis Custom 1980 "La Burst"

I'm really excited because after years of waiting, I finally purchased my second Epiphone Genesis Custom.
It's a nice 1980/81 unit
This guitar was built in the Pearl Drums factory and the hardware is completely original and in perfect condition.

I purchases on Ebay and was quite worried, but was pleasantly surprised when I got in my home, and see what was in excellent shape.

The first thing I noticed was that the PUs were not the original and my curiosity was kindled.. i remove the screws to see what it was and remains PUs pleasantly surprised to see that they were a pair of Schaller Golden 50 (Made in Germany) beautiful tone PAF

Then, i remove the back cover to wath the electronics, and again WOW! the pots were not the originals.
instead has 3 Push/Pull pots, incredible!

For a guitar that already versatile, the addition of the push/pull pots makes it even more versatile.

i could not ask for more ...
I hope you like.


Bueno muchachos aqui les dejo una fotos de mi nueva nena, es una hermosa

Epiphone Genesis Custom 1980, la verdad me tiene enamorado, la compre sin probarla asi que estaba bastante nervioso, pero cuando llego y vi que estaba en perfectas condiciones me puse mas que contento.
despues de 20 años de tener mi Geni y que nunca me falle es un gran placer tener otra mas para que le haga compañia.

Lo primero que note al verla de cerca es que no tenia los mics originales,
como la curiosidad me mataba afloje las cuerdas y saque el PU del puente...
mas que grata sorpresa al ver que los mic son unos Schaller Golden 50, made in germany, un caño,
hermoso tono PAF, estos mic equiparon a las Heritage durante muchos años.
Igualmente junto con la viola compre un hermoso set de Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded ( JB + Jazz) que proximamente estare instalando en ella.
Despues de chequear los PU paso obligado sacarle la tapa de atras para ver los potes...
Wow! otra grata sorpresa!!! los potes tampoco eran los stock, en su lugar tiene 3 potes Push-pull!!!
que mas puedo pedir, para una guitarra ya de por si versatil la adicion de 3 push/pull le da mas versatilidad aun.
En esta version tanto el hardware como el resto de los materias primas como las maderas y los inlays tambien venian de Japon. El rosewood es un poco mas claro que en mi otra Genesis.

La verdad estoy mas que contento, estoy muy muy feliz con mi nueva nena, y realmente estoy fascinado con el efecto que produce la luz en la madera, es una especie de flameado que cuando moves la viola cambia la forma y se ve diferente, depende del angulo en que la mires el dibujo cambia. muy bonita realmente.

espero les guste! abrazo para todos!

sábado, 12 de mayo de 2012

Knowing the Creator, Jim Walker interview (by intruder)

The designer of the Epiphone Genesis talks about the creative process and much more.

After years of searching I have finally been able to cross a few words with Jim Walker the designer of the Epiphone Genesis. First of all I thank you kindly answer some questions and i must say i found a very humble and nice person.

Jim Walker began his career in the world of guitars with his friend John Montgomery  building guitars in his  basement workshop for the Guitar shop owned by Paul Hamer and Jol Dantzig, the guitars they built  was the first units of the glorious Hamer guitars. The pioneer in the world of  the "boutique" guitars.

John Montgomery and Jim Walker built  together the exquisite guitars that gave fame to the  Hamer brand. As we all know the Hamer guitars were constructed  entirely  hand-made  with the most  finest materials and trying to capture the spirit of vintage guitars from the 50s,  and guitarists of  major bands like Cheap Trick, Jethro Tull, The Police, and Gary Moore were his main customers. This is  how Jim Walker started , building  guitars  of the most exquisite quality.

In 1977 Jim Walker start to work for  Gibson Guitar Corporation as Director of Marketing and was during that period he designed the Epiphone Genesis Series.

 Tell me some words about the Geni, the design process...

what do you looking for?

Jim Walker:
I designed this series roughly around the same time that I designed the Presentation series. I was looking to upgrade the entire Epiphone to something more contemporary and functional.

you have some inspiration?

A part of the inspiration was that sales on the entire line were falling off, particularly the bolt-on neck FT series of acoustics, which had served the company well for many, many years, but their time had come. I wanted the line to regain the respect that it once had.

What do you mean this guitar for you?

The Genesis series is one that I will always have a warm feeling about. I tried at the time to put a lot of thought into it , and make it something that would begin to build a bridge for Epiphone into a new era.

Ever imagine that 30 years after being discontinued would be something of a "cult" guitar for some people?

Never in my wildest dreams. It’s very heartwarming.

What do you feel about?

I wish I had one. I had two of the prototypes, one bass and one guitar, which were in storage for a period of time, and they were both stolen.

where it was designed?

I designed Genesis at a dear friend’s guitar shop Jhon Montgomery.
 Before I came to Gibson/Epiphone, he and I worked there together, building the very first Hamer guitars.

The 1st prototype (the original one) where it was built?

 I built the first 4 prototypes, 3 guitars and 1 bass in that same guitar shop.

Some people says that all the Genesis guitars  was built in Taiwan, other people (like me) think the very first was built in Japan,  what do you know about this?

I sent the blueprints,  which were rendered at the Gibson-Kalamazoo plant from the prototypes,   for all the Genesis series first to Shiro Arai.  (Aria guitars Japan ) 
I got back some really wonderful samples,
They were gorgeous!  I also sent blueprints to Nanyo Boeki.(Nagoya Japan)  
However, because of the really turbulent Yen/Dollar exchange rate at the time, we couldn’t proceed with that plan. So, the Genesis series went into production at the Pearl factory in Taichung, Taiwan.

One of the reasons that was possible is because Pearl had brought in a good deal of Japanese production equipment. They were also held to basically Gibson quality standards.

I had also recently opened up a quality control facility in the Seattle area for the entire Epiphone line, where all instruments were received, and QC’d one more time before shipment to our retailers. This significantly reduced returns for the entire line.

The low sales was the real reason to discountinue the model? or the yen crisis 81/82 was the real reason?

It was really a combination of the two … bad timing in a way. There was a period of time when we were adjusting prices for the entire Epiphone line on a regular 3-6 month basis, which was not very retailer-friendly to say the least.

Tell me about you, what was doing JIm Walker today.
What you have done after the epiphone genesis?

Since leaving Gibson/Epiphone, I have not been in the music industry. My career has been spent in marketing and communications in a number of different industries. Today, I have my own business that provides these kinds of services on a project basis. I have enjoyed continuing to learn along the way. Almost everything that I do for a client, I do entirely myself: music, graphics, video, layout, editing … everything. I like keeping my hands on it.


Thanks JIM!!!!

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2012

Epiphone Genesis is back!! Reissue 2012 Prototype Review.

Hi people the Genesis is Back!!! Epiphone Genesis Reissue Series 2012  come soon!!
maybe September...

Amazing news for the Geni lovers!
Its really really amazing....
This model was sleeping for 33 years, almost forgotten,  and now come back to the life!!!
After over a year on the drawing boards one of the prototypes come out.

Looks good! ...but will pass the test of the lovers of this vintage jewels?
The costruction methods are change,  the  beloved quiality of the originals Genesis still remains on this "Reissue" model??
Will be a difficult challenge for the people of Epiphone.

A first view looks good, the top was a nice flame finish  but...
This will be a new beginning?