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Larry Mal

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  1. Yes, but again, the reason you had it on the bench with tools out is because you, unlike the person who posted this miserable thread, understand that you should expect to do a setup on all new (or used) guitars. I'm glad you were happy with your Casino, but if you would have had to lower the pickups on it (which is hard to do on a Casino) I'm sure you wouldn't be whining about it or sending it back.
  2. But this is not a repair. It's part of setup. Using a screwdriver to lower the pickup so you can put the action where you want it to be is no more a repair than adjusting the seats on your brand new car and putting in the radio station you want to listen to. Come on, man. I know you know a lot about guitars and I know that you know that there is no way Gibson is going to get the pickup height and bridge height to be perfect for everyone and that's why guitar makers make this stuff adjustable in the first place. Every electric guitar maker does this on every guitar. There's a reason they do this. If you are telling us that this person should have gotten a guitar in which the bridge height and pickup height is set perfectly for the buyer, what is that guitar, Lars? Can you tell me what guitar I can buy that will arrive with the pickup height and bridge height set exactly the way I want it to be right out of the box, Lars? Because it would sure save me some time once you tell me what that guitar is. And yes, shipping a guitar from any climate to any other climate will cause the wood on the guitar to change to some degree or the other. And you are also not acknowledging that it's not just one climate to another, the guitar also goes through any number of other climates on the way, including the artificial ones that are air conditioning and forced heating. As long as we are speaking of shipping, though, this character found it appropriate to ship a perfectly good guitar back to a seller because this person couldn't be bothered to learn the most basic fundamentals of guitar setup nor consult with anyone who could have provided basic guitar setup advice? And you support this? In an era of global warming, you really think it's appropriate to ship a perfectly good guitar back for virtually no reason without having even had a local expert give it a look over? I mean, thank God Thomann kicked this customer to the curb, I would have absolutely done the same. All this complaining from someone who doesn't understand the most basic aspects of the product they spent two thousand dollars on? Very sad. How do you satisfy a customer like this? You can't. A person this ignorant of the product they bought, that can't even be bothered to notice that both the pickup height and bridge are adjustable, well, you can't work with someone like that. There's probably a setup manual right in the guitar case that this person could have read. Like the person above mentioned, Gibson send out the God damn tool you need to do this work that all guitars need. The tool and the information are right there in the case! Instead it's right to social media complaining. My God. There's just not a foundation of basic knowledge to build on, and the incredible self-entitlement and anger just means you are going to be devoting staff resources pointlessly. End the sale. Make this person be someone else's problem. To the original poster, get a screwdriver. Get a basic instruction book on the electric guitar. Or better yet, just pay a professional and accept that person's advice, quit the complaining, quit using social media to air your meritless grievances and get on with it. Quit wasting everyone's time. Because I sure don't want to have to sit through the insufferable complaining and whining when this character discovers that his guitar has a truss rod.
  3. Because it doesn't seem to have occurred to this person that this stuff is adjustable. They didn't "lift the bridge" instead of "fixing the pickup". What they did was provide a guitar that has adjustable pickup and bridge height with the assumption that people would either figure out how to use this stuff but I guess that in the 50's when they came up with this stuff they didn't anticipate how bellyaching on social media would be far more popular than simply setting up your guitar. I mean, we are discussing things that can be adjusted with a screwdriver, so we aren't talking about extreme maintenance here. What a nothing complaint. What a waste of everyone's time.
  4. Lowering the pickups isn't something that required a luthier or that kind of skills, it hardly warrants the whole guitar being labelled defective. And the fret ends again isn't an issue. It's made in Montana and shipped by boat to Germany, it's very likely that the wood of the neck might have shrunk a bit during that time. It's going to happen at some point, it's it? It's not really something that a guitar maker can really account for, they just fit the frets in at the factory and then adjustments to the instrument happen over the course of the instrument's life. This is true with all instruments. My point is, if the guitar seems otherwise to be good, then it's pretty reasonable to expect someone to lower the pickup with a screwdriver, right? Instead this guy is screaming on social media about something he could have adjusted with a screwdriver and God knows what he's saying to Thomann. The customer isn't always right, especially when they can't figure out how to use a screwdriver but can figure out how to complain on social media.
  5. Oh, and regarding the fret ends, that also isn't any kind of big deal. The wood shrinks a bit in some cases, usually because of humidity changes. You have the frets filed down and then the problem is gone forever. This is common across all guitar makes. I have no idea what the "butchered with a knife" thing is, but I think that Thomann was right in refunding you, your inability to use a screwdriver to adjust pickup height, your inability to understand how frets and wood works and your hysteria about whatever happened with your tremolo unit probably told them that you would never quit complaining. I would have refunded you and moved you on to be someone else's problem also. I don't think you should buy a Gibson guitar. Buy something else.
  6. Uh... next time give your screwdriver a try. You do know that the pickup height is adjustable, right? I see why they refunded you.
  7. Walnut is a fantastic wood.
  8. I own a Marauder and I don't see anything about it that seems fake. It's a real Marauder. If it's otherwise in good shape it's worth around $1100, however it should say "Gibson" at the top and there should be a serial number.
  9. Necro thread and all, but to whoever says that all guitar companies use the same wood... I don't know what to say to that. Anyway, a Gibson ES-335 uses a three ply on the body and sides, and the Epiphone uses a five ply. Not the same construction in any way.
  10. Wow, what a couple of different guitars to be asking about. Well, I guess I'm the guy that bought a J-29 and am keeping it. It's just an all around good guitar. I paid like $1200 for it, though... you aren't thinking that the price is anywhere around the $2700 that the vintage J-45 is going for, do you? I would not know how to advise you on this. Gigging out, I would rather take out a $1200 non-vintage J-29 than a sixty year old guitar that can't be replaced. The J-29 certainly is a great instrument, still, I have to wonder why you are considering it? It's somewhat unique- what is making you consider it instead of a new J-45 or something?
  11. I would say if you are comfortable with dreadnaught guitars then you'll be fine with an SJ. I am 6' tall, I have guitars ranging from L-00s to a J-100 and everything in between, the J-100 is very comfortable. They also don't sound quite like what you are probably thinking.
  12. I think the MHS pickups are wonderful, absolutely fantastic, and I don't know how any pickup at any price could be better. Gibson nailed it with these.
  13. I didn't even know that existed... but yeah, I don't know. I have a 330, also. Fact is I love the ES body, so making it smaller doesn't really do anything for me. I guess if I felt I needed or wanted a smaller body shape for whatever reason I would feel differently. But since I don't, I don't. Like I said above, it's just the same guitar only in a smaller form factor. I don't see that it brings much of anything else to the table, and I have very serious doubts that they sound different in any real way. So the decision really would be do you think that the smaller or larger guitar will be more comfortable? And that's nothing that anyone on the internet could answer for anyone else.
  14. Yes, I've shimmed my ES-330 quite a bit. It's easy to do and it really helps with the bridge pickup. No reason not to spend the $20: https://www.lollarguitars.com/accessories/shim-pack-for-dogear
  15. I had a 339 in my possession for a bit, my friend wanted to sell it to me so I auditioned it for a few weeks. I couldn't get along with it at all. I found it totally uninspiring. Now, anyone else might feel differently, of course, but I will echo what I read here, the only reason for a 339 that I can see is that it's physically smaller than the 335 classic shape. It doesn't bring anything sonically to the table. I never did an A/B test, but I feel that the 339 doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
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