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Places to try out new / used guitars Looking for input on places to look to get to try out different Gibson

#1 User is offline   billroy 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:56 PM

Hey Folks - Early in my search for Gibsons and looking for input on places to be able to try a bunch out. So far only found any (new / used) Gibsons in GC - haven't found any local shops that carry them. Anybody have any general input on places to look? I'm about an hour outside of boston and interested in trying out J45s and Hummingbirds, new and vintage... and have many recommendations to try out a bunch before choosing - able to spend ~$4k... but $2500 would be better.

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'00 Fender Strat (American Standard)
'90 Fender Strat (Korea, bought in an open market in Korea... yeah it might be real)
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

PS - not that I'm against GC, just wondering how to widen my search
'?? Gibson TBD
'86 Guild D25
'00 Fender Strat (American Standard)
'90 Fender Strat (Korea, bought in an open market in Korea... yeah it might be real)
'68 Gibson SG
'17 Several 3 String CBGs

"Want people to listen to your stuff, don't play boring stuff..." heard somewhere.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:41 PM

The Music Emporium in Lexington is an amazing store. Unfortunately they aren't Gibson dealers. They have a few old Gibson's around. You can check their website for inventory. It's worth a visit just to see what they do have.
I had good luck at the GC in Boston right near the BU campus. I haven't been there in many years though so no idea what they carry now.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:24 PM

Buy an airplane ticket and travel to Nashville, or Denver. If you can travel, there are loads of cool Gibsons to smudge up. G'Luck and Good Hunting !
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:16 AM

Here's a link to Gibson dealers in Massachusetts. Give them a call and see what they have in stock.

http://www.gibson.co...s/Massachusetts
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:19 AM

View Postduluthdan, on 06 December 2017 - 10:24 PM, said:

Buy an airplane ticket and travel to Nashville, or Denver. If you can travel, there are loads of cool Gibsons to smudge up. G'Luck and Good Hunting !

I'll second the Nashville recommendation. They have a number of incredible guitar shops there.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:03 AM

Itís pretty crappy. And even the sites on Gibsonís site are not accurate. In New Jersey, we have one option really... Russoís. Other than that itís mail order to a place with a return policy.
Wildwood Guitars.Chicago Music exchange.Fullerís in Houston... if the floods didnít down them.
I have never been satisfied in a Guitar Center.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:12 AM

 ThemisSal, on 07 December 2017 - 04:03 AM, said:

I have never been satisfied in a Guitar Center.


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You wanna rephrase that ?
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#9 User is offline   FZ Fan 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:33 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 07 December 2017 - 04:12 AM, said:

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You wanna rephrase that ?


I think what he meant to say was GC suks.

This post has been edited by FZ Fan: 07 December 2017 - 05:33 AM

1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Jazz Bass Neck
1997 - Fender American Standard Tele with Rio Grande Pickups
2000 - Gibson SG Special
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28

2014 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Pure PAF's
2014 - Martin D-18

Fender Deville 60 Watt Combo Guitar Amp

Fender Blues Jr. 15 Watt Como Guitar Amp with a Weber Speaker
Mesa Transatlantc TA-15 Head 5W/15W/25W Switchable
Egnater Tweaker 40 Watt Combo Guitar Amp (On Loan To My Son)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cab with a Weber Speaker
Acoustic B100 Amp 100 Watt Bass Combo Amp
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:39 AM

 FZ Fan, on 07 December 2017 - 05:33 AM, said:

I think what he meant to say was GC suks.


How can they suck ?
Itís just a big room full of guitars with a price tag on them no ?
They may not make you a cappuccino or rub your shoulders while youíre browsing but , walk in , have a look , want something or donít want something
I donít get the animosity toward what is just an approach to shopping . Big old world and room for everyone isnít there ?

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:46 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 07 December 2017 - 05:39 AM, said:

How can they suck ?
It's just a big room full of guitars with a price tag on them no ?
They may not make you a cappuccino or rub your shoulders while you're browsing but , walk in , have a look , want something or don't want something
I don't get the animosity toward what is just an approach to shopping . Big old world and room for everyone isn't there ?


That is not what I want when I look at guitars, but the sad service and lack of knowledge and care from the staff at GC is most peoples issues, and there inflated prices.

This post has been edited by FZ Fan: 07 December 2017 - 07:48 AM

1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Jazz Bass Neck
1997 - Fender American Standard Tele with Rio Grande Pickups
2000 - Gibson SG Special
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28

2014 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Pure PAF's
2014 - Martin D-18

Fender Deville 60 Watt Combo Guitar Amp

Fender Blues Jr. 15 Watt Como Guitar Amp with a Weber Speaker
Mesa Transatlantc TA-15 Head 5W/15W/25W Switchable
Egnater Tweaker 40 Watt Combo Guitar Amp (On Loan To My Son)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cab with a Weber Speaker
Acoustic B100 Amp 100 Watt Bass Combo Amp
Orange CrushPiX CRL20 20 Watt Guitar Amp
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#12 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:03 AM

Grunt...

I mean every time I have seen Gibsons at GC, It was typically this: 6 models in stock. Two Songwriters/Hummingbird Pros, a J35 with high action and a cracked top, a beat to hell J45 standard also underhumidified... and a 7 year old AJ beat to hell with broken string. Never seen a J200 there. Never seen a real Bird. Never seen any Vintages...

Generalization? Yes. True for NJ (Springfield etc.) Yes.

Edited to add... When I go to Russo's there are twenty Gibbies. They know everything about the guitars, which have fresh strings and are humidified. 12 fret J45 with a cooked top? Yep - there. J45 Vintage? Yep. Birds? Doves? Yep. The place is comfortable with couches. No one is rubbing my shoulders and bringing me coffee... but Scott Engle could talk about his visit to Bozemon, Don Ruffatto visits, and they send him great one-offs.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:08 AM

View PostThemisSal, on 07 December 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

Grunt...

I mean every time I have seen Gibsons at GC, It was typically this: 6 models in stock. Two Songwriters/Hummingbird Pros, a J35 with high action and a cracked top, a beat to hell J45 standard also underhumidified... and a 7 year old AJ beat to hell with broken string. Never seen a J200 there. Never seen a real Bird. Never seen any Vintages...



You nailed it. There may also be a J-15 there.
1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Jazz Bass Neck
1997 - Fender American Standard Tele with Rio Grande Pickups
2000 - Gibson SG Special
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28

2014 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Pure PAF's
2014 - Martin D-18

Fender Deville 60 Watt Combo Guitar Amp

Fender Blues Jr. 15 Watt Como Guitar Amp with a Weber Speaker
Mesa Transatlantc TA-15 Head 5W/15W/25W Switchable
Egnater Tweaker 40 Watt Combo Guitar Amp (On Loan To My Son)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cab with a Weber Speaker
Acoustic B100 Amp 100 Watt Bass Combo Amp
Orange CrushPiX CRL20 20 Watt Guitar Amp
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:18 AM

I have not been to Boston in many years but when I was there I used to always make it over to Bay State Guitars. One of the best vintage places around. Not even sure if their doors are still open though.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:42 AM

View Postzombywoof, on 07 December 2017 - 08:18 AM, said:

I have not been to Boston in many years but when I was there I used to always make it over to Bay State Guitars. One of the best vintage places around. Not even sure if their doors are still open though.


Last time I was in the Boston area I was working at a shipyard in Boston when the snow from hell fell that winter a few years back, I was staying in Braintree. There was a GC about 5 mins away from my hotel. It blew.
1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Jazz Bass Neck
1997 - Fender American Standard Tele with Rio Grande Pickups
2000 - Gibson SG Special
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28

2014 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Pure PAF's
2014 - Martin D-18

Fender Deville 60 Watt Combo Guitar Amp

Fender Blues Jr. 15 Watt Como Guitar Amp with a Weber Speaker
Mesa Transatlantc TA-15 Head 5W/15W/25W Switchable
Egnater Tweaker 40 Watt Combo Guitar Amp (On Loan To My Son)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cab with a Weber Speaker
Acoustic B100 Amp 100 Watt Bass Combo Amp
Orange CrushPiX CRL20 20 Watt Guitar Amp
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:52 AM

 ThemisSal, on 07 December 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

Grunt...

I mean every time I have seen Gibsons at GC, It was typically this: 6 models in stock. Two Songwriters/Hummingbird Pros, a J35 with high action and a cracked top, a beat to hell J45 standard also underhumidified... and a 7 year old AJ beat to hell with broken string. Never seen a J200 there. Never seen a real Bird. Never seen any Vintages...

Generalization? Yes. True for NJ (Springfield etc.) Yes.

Edited to add... When I go to Russo's there are twenty Gibbies. They know everything about the guitars, which have fresh strings and are humidified. 12 fret J45 with a cooked top? Yep - there. J45 Vintage? Yep. Birds? Doves? Yep. The place is comfortable with couches. No one is rubbing my shoulders and bringing me coffee... but Scott Engle could talk about his visit to Bozemon, Don Ruffatto visits, and they send him great one-offs.


So big Don satisfies you eh ?

I understand , there are no GCís over here so Iím wondering. There is one national company branch and , yes , no one has a clue about stuff .
But Iíd take upon myself to know what I want when Iím handing over thousands of pounds.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:18 AM

I live in Central Mass, good luck finding anything around here that even resembles a gibson dealer.

I take my chances with Sweetwater, and so far, (2 acoustics and a hand full of electrics purchased) I've never had a disappointing experience.

They mostly would have what you want / looking for (over 70k in the warehouse), if you don't like it, sucks but you just ship it back. as an alternative, not a bad thing.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 08:20 AM

Road trip. Wildwood Guitars outside Denver has 16 Hummingbirds, 42 J45s and, just for good measure, 30+ J200s. The opportunity to choose your favorite out of all those would be well worth the cost of the trip.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 08:46 AM

boston to denver??? that's like a 5 day round trip.. I'd need a lot of weed to justify that one..
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Posted 08 December 2017 - 09:24 AM

View Postkidblast, on 08 December 2017 - 08:46 AM, said:

boston to denver??? that's like a 5 day round trip.. I'd need a lot of weed to justify that one..



Only need enough for 1 way... then load back up ; )
'?? Gibson TBD
'86 Guild D25
'00 Fender Strat (American Standard)
'90 Fender Strat (Korea, bought in an open market in Korea... yeah it might be real)
'68 Gibson SG
'17 Several 3 String CBGs

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