Topic: Epi Firebird 1 JB mods
I've had the Epi JB Firebird 1 for a few years now, and there's some things I did to make not seem so Asian "epiphony" and more USA Gibson-like...
drilled out the plastic dots on the fretboard and installed some real pearl dots.
drilled out the "small" sidedots along the fretboard edge, and relaced them with thicker more vintagey looking white dots.
swapped out the Epi trusrod cover for a Gibson one
swapped out the white/black/white Firebird logo pickguard for a plain 1-ply white pickguard.
Now it looks like and new old stock Gibson, and I haven't met one person that thinks it's an Epiphone... especially in the midst of my legit Gibsons, it blends right in.
Ask me about my handwound Great Lakes Guitar Pickups
Since 2010, Bonamassa fans have taken advantage of my JB friend discount = my cost + shipping.