I first did my usual research on Google, and found all kinds of info: dealer ads, manufacturer specs, prices, reviews, etc. After half an hour’s research, I was ready for battle. I did a search on eBay and bookmarked it. Then, once a day, I checked the searches, bookmarking the best prospects. This was before “Buy-It-Now” came into existence, so there was a lot of waiting, bidding, and losing until I finally snagged one for $680 + $30 shipping—not a great deal, but an okay deal considering they had only been on the market for a short time back then, and I wanted it right away. Will Ray tip #379: Those who are impatient pay more.
When I opened the hardshell case, I was awestruck by the sheer beauty of it. It was essentially brand new—including the hang tags—with just a few pick marks on the pickguard. Korean-made Epiphones get a bad rap from some gear snobs, but I have always found them to be excellent guitars, as well as great bargains. I slapped on some new strings, adjusted the bridge and trussrod to my liking, and wailed away. It played wonderfully! P-90’s are my favorite pickups for Gibsons and Epiphones, and these did not disappoint. They’re nice and fat-sounding, while having a smooth high end without the harshness many single-coils exhibit.
So is it a keeper? You betcha! I don’t have any guitar that sounds quite like the Zephyr. I predict that in 20 years these will be highly soughtafter instruments.