So, the package arrived today, which was several days earlier than I had anticipated. The guitar is meant to be a Christmas gift from the missus and she said, Well, fine. Put it under the tree (which we just brought home this morning and went through the usual annual torture getting it into the stand and set up to where she can then - because I'm not allowed to take part, because I apparently have little or no artistic savvy with regard to decorating a tree - start loading the ornaments) until the big day. Problem is, I really wanted to check it out in case there were any issues which would require sending it back. I didn't want to wait until Christmas morning and then be disappointed if something was seriously amiss. Plus, God help me, I wanted to see it!! So I waited until she went out shopping.
The package came through UPS. The outer packing was pretty slapdash, lots of tape and not much solid. Inside was a cardboard guitar case and the guitar itself was wrapped in a sort of cloth bag. Was a bit nervous but everything appears to be ok. It is a beautiful little thing!! The Vintage Sunburst - at least to my eyes - is spectacular. I took all the stickers and decals off (she won't notice that) and tuned it and plugged in to my Fender Blues Junior. I have to say that the action was pretty much spot on for where I like it to be. After more playing I may decide to lower it a hair but, otherwise, dead on. I played it for about fifteen minutes and I have to say that it feels very comfortable. It feels like a slightly wider neck than I am used to with my Strats but I rolled through some blues licks and a few jazz turnarounds etc and it felt very comfortable.
So. I don't want to jump the gun but I think I am going to enjoy playing this guitar a lot. So far so good. Fifteen minutes is nowhere long enough, obviously, but I got a good feel from it. Let's say it turns out to be a great buy. Why then, would anyone pay the big bucks for a Gibson version? What am I missing? I am a reasonably adept amateur hacker, as a player. Is there something I don't get about the difference between a laminated body and a full blown mahogany? Why wouldn't I go to the next level and get an Epiphone ES 175 instead of the Gibson equivalent?
Sorry for the long winded story but I am pretty juiced about this guitar!!! And many thanks to the folks gave me tips etc. Soon as I figure how, I will post pics etc.