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  1. In Topic:Soundwise - Tribute vs Standard

    Today, 07:26 AM

    I have a Tribute and Standard. The feel is about the same as far as the neck goes. They both use the slim taper neck. The wood and weight is almost the same. The Tribute has the classic weight relief and my Standard has the ultra modern weight relief, so the Tribute is a tad heavier or at least by my feel. My Tribute, however, had P90's so the sound is different. I played a Standard and a regular humbucker Tribute a few weeks ago testing out an amp. The Standard had the burstbucker pro's and the Tribute had the 490T and R in it and it sounded different. I couldn't say what you'd get if you put the same pickups in each but the woods used are technically the same except the Tribute has a different weight relief which may give it a different sound.

    After reading my post, it sounds like I'm giving you an opinion of a definite maybe but I hope this helps some.
  2. In Topic:Received my 2017 Firebird NOT HAPPY!!!

    19 September 2017 - 01:58 PM

    View Postpoopcicle, on 17 September 2017 - 08:36 AM, said:

    Sorry this is happening to you man. I would add to the discussion that I have primarily used Zzounds over the last eight or so years for all sorts of equipment from guitars to mics to amps. I have had a bad apple once or twice (mostly acoustic guitars) but Zzounds was great with the return process. I even ordered an infamous Jeff Tweedy Sg from them! It seems almost everyone that bought one across the globe got a poorly installed Maestro or warped neck. Mine from Zzounds was perfect! Its a crap shoot bud! And Gc has been losing business to Zzounds and AMS for a few years now so its not surprising that they cast shade! Good luck and I hope you end up with a good instrument!


    I'm fairly that Guitar Center and Musician's Friend are all owned by the same company, Bain Capital. Zzounds, American Musical, and another one I can't remember are three different companies sharing the same warehouse, or so I hear. I bought one guitar from Zzounds, had to return it due to defects and got prompt service. I bought one guitar from Guitar Center and their service was not my favorite. I bought a guitar from American Musical and it was great and I love their payment options. I pretty much only go to Guitar Center to test stuff before buying online. My next vendor of choice will be Sweetwater because they actually inspect their items and do a full checkup before delivering. That's value added retail.
  3. In Topic:Gibson les paul vs Gibson dc

    19 September 2017 - 01:40 PM

    View Postsparquelito, on 19 September 2017 - 04:03 AM, said:

    Okay, somebody has to ask:


    Lolo_guitar, not to heap any more gasoline onto the fire, but is English, by any chance, not your native language?

    I really don't mean to offend with that question, but it's a legitimate one.

    Your phrasing and the odd, stilted manner of your sentence structure and meandering delivery;

    It makes reading your postings a truly head-scratching experience.

    [crying]


    I'm fairly certain that English isn't his native language. That could be causing some of the issues with the confusion and misunderstanding. But to post the same sort of things every couple of months is a bit aggravating.
  4. In Topic:Gibson Has Serious Quality Control Issues AGAIN !

    19 September 2017 - 01:38 PM

    View PostDrock4048, on 16 September 2017 - 05:07 PM, said:

    I posted this as a new thread, but since you all spoke of quality. Thought I'd add this to your thread as well. A few weeks ago I decided to purchase my dream guitar that I've wanted since I was a kid... a Gibson Les Paul Standard. After a lot of shopping and research, I ordered a 2017 Standard T in Honey Burst through Guitar Center Lexington Ky. After playing a few weeks, I felt the guitar wasn't staying in tune properly. Upon further inspection, I found a crack in the nut of the guitar in two different places. It's upsetting but things happen so Guitar Center was great and offered a brand new exchange. Well, wouldn't you know it, the next guitar shipped with the very same problem. Gibson support has offered no explanation or help when I contact them. I really want a les Paul standard so, I tried a 3rd time. The next one didn't have a nut crack, but a chip and the supposed AAA flame was a AA at best. Plus at this point I'm so worried that I thought there could be an ongoing nut issue so, I didn't even take it home. I opted to order a bourbon burst standard HP 2017 with the metal zero nut fret (Even though I really want honey burst, but why should I get the color and quality I want for $2500 right?) This was yesterday, I was contacted by GC Gilroy CA, to tell me that my Standard HP Bourbon Burst has a defect and it's the only one Guitar Center can send in the whole US!! What do I do now? Try an order for the 5th time, another guitar? Is this nut issue an ongoing thing other people have experienced? Is Gibson quality so bad now that I should consider buying outside the USA? I'm sad that it's finally come to this and yet another beloved American business is dying. Since Gibson won't respond to me, what do you all think I should do? I have several Fenders already. Should I just go straight for perfection on the first order and buy a Dusenberg? Btw, I have pictures and serial numbers. Plus, probably the most respected Independent Guitar business/luthier, who will remain nameless, contested that the nut was defective. Someone please help! I want my dream guitar!


    It sounds mostly like Guitar Center QC. You'd think they'd inspect the stuff they get in but they're more about quantity over quality. I've worked at two music stores and have a good friend who owns a music store. If something comes in broken, they don't sell it and send it back. Stuff happens during shipping sometimes. Usually minor things like that are covered under warranty and if you like the guitar, that's the route I would have taken. I'd make Gibson make it right. I don't count on Guitar Center for much of anything other than to check out different products in their store. I had a problem with the PCB in my brand new Les Paul. I called Gibson, they sent me to GC for warranty support. After much BS and a month and a half of more BS, they finally fixed it. I don't know what happens from the time it goes into inspection until the time it's shipped nor what happens during shipping. I'm sure other major manufacturers have similar quality issue if they're producing many thousands of products. Look at all the factory recalls on cars, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and other major purchases. Many of them will make it right but it's sure disheartening when you pay that much money for a musical instrument, expecting perfection for the price and then there's something wrong. Stuff happens.

    And, Gibson will certainly respond to you if/when you email or call. I've called them four times since February and I got a live human being who spoke English every single time.
  5. In Topic:My 1st Les Paul Purchase has been a NIGHTMARE!!! Help!!

    18 September 2017 - 12:35 PM

    I bought a 2017 Standard at Guitar Center in Louisville, KY. This was after I looked it over carefully, played it for an hour or so and was happy with it. I knew I wanted one and planned on buying one if I found one I liked. I did. I loved it. I took it home and shortly after taking it home, I was playing with the push/pull pots and when pulling up on the bridge pickup tone control, the full bypass, when I would push it back in, I'd lose all sound.

    Long story short, I loved that guitar except for that one issue. I called Gibson support, submitted a warranty claim, took it to GC and they replaced the PCB. It's great now and is one of my favorites. It wasn't perfect and had been played but no nicks or anything and the flame would probably be considered AAA or maybe even AAAA but there doesn't seem to be any consistency with how they're graded. Get the guitar you want and if it's not perfect, get a discount. I didn't pay full retail for mine. I made an offer, they countered, I made another and we met in the middle.

    Gibson will fix the nut by replacing it under warranty. If you can get the one you want with just minor issues that can be fixed, with no major issues AND a discount, that's where I'd go. As others have said, Sweetwater has a multi point inspection and may be the route to go if you're not satisfied with the bottom of the barrel stuff that GC usually gets in or has left over.

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    MichaelT 

    08 Aug 2017 - 05:59
    Thank you, Roach. I appreciate it. I'm always happy to help in any way I can.
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    Roach 

    07 Aug 2017 - 11:40
    MichaelT - Very helpful, friendly, positive and makes this forum a better place by being on it. THANKS!
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