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  1. Well, when people are calling Gibson about this problem and Gibson are telling them directly that it’s because of the electrostatic finish application… I guess it’s safe to assume that it’s really how the finish is applied. It obviously doesn’t affect all of the guitars that go through the electrostat line, but there are enough complaints out there about static Gibsons to suggest Gibson needs to examine the issue closer. This has never happened before on any other guitar I’ve ever owned in over twenty years of playing, and I’ve owned a lot. Since no Gibson representatives read their offic
  2. What on earth are you going on about? I’m not trying to convince anyone to sell their Gibsons, particularly if they DON’T have static problems related to the finishing process. What I would like to see is Gibson making an effort to ensure that expensive guitars are not leaving their factory with this problem. People keep responding to the thread, which is the only reason why I myself keep responding. LPRich, if it’s not a problem, why did you respond to this thread four weeks after the last post to say your new LP has this “dreaded” static issue? Why did you say you considered returni
  3. A brand new 50's LP sets you back a cool $3,200 in Canada before tax. Having to rub dryer sheets on a brand new $3,200 guitar for an indeterminate amount of time would be a fairly major deal breaker for me. It was certainly a deal breaker for me on a $1,300 used guitar that was first purchased 2.5-3 years ago, back in 2018. 🙂 How long does a person have to wait, exactly, for a Gibson guitar affected by this issue to stop being a crackling mess? How many years of gumming up the finish with dryer sheets, how many years of having to re-record takes thanks to annoying finish-related crackles if yo
  4. Annoying ain't what I expect from an expensive instrument, which is why I won't buy a new Gibson unless the store has an ironclad return policy. 😊 Who wants a guitar that crackles and pops when you make a chord change? Not me! I don't care how aesthetically pleasing it is, or how rare the wood is; if I can't record with it, it's useless.
  5. I doubt it’s the nitro itself, but rather the fact that Gibson literally applies an electrostatic charge to the guitar during the finish application process to reduce waste.
  6. It’s pretty sad that this is considered “normal” by Gibson, and it guarantees that I won’t be purchasing a new Gibson any time soon. Why spend multiple thousands on a guitar that you can’t even record with? Seems like it’s just the luck of the draw as to whether or not you get one with static problems… I’d be curious to know when they started using this electrostatic finishing process — if only to ensure that any used Gibson I purchase was manufactured BEFORE its implementation.
  7. I hope you never encounter the issue! It’s really frustrating, and really surprising to see just how many people have encountered it over the past several years. I hope I do find a good one at some point. I’m in no hurry to keep looking, though. This experience certainly has eliminated some of that Gibson GAS for me. It blows my mind a little that getting a “good” Gibson these days is a gamble…
  8. I guess it depends on what you’re doing with the instrument. If I was jamming along to some backing tracks for my own enjoyment or playing in a bar band, I probably wouldn’t care about a bit of static. When I’m recording, though, those fizzles and pops get picked up very easily, and it’s frustrating to either re-do a part that was played perfectly the first time or try to edit it out. It’s totally unacceptable for recording purposes, IMO.
  9. To be fair, though, I’ve never experienced static electricity problems on any other guitar I’ve ever played (including cheap, unshielded copies). The only other type of guitar that seems prone to the issue is Telecasters, and only with regards to the pickguard. Modern Gibsons are literally the only brand of guitar I’ve ever heard of that can develop problems with static on the neck and on the back of the guitar. Pickguards are understandable, because they’re plastic and plastic is prone to generating static. The actual BODY of the guitar, though? That should NEVER happen. Shielding the guitar
  10. Yep. I used to be dazzled by the headstock and the legacy. Actually owning a Gibson has cured that for me. Maybe getting an acoustic is in fact the way to go, haha. I know they’ve always used nitro. I’m talking more so about the electrostatic charge they apply to get the finish to adhere to the guitar with less waste. Skip to 3:20.
  11. I don’t doubt that shielding can help or even completely eliminate the problem: my point is that this really shouldn’t be necessary with an expensive, premium instrument. If it happened to the guitar a year or two after I bought it, I would certainly be willing to spend time, money, and effort fixing the problem. I just bought it, though. This guitar was used, yes, but I’m willing to bet it had this problem from day one, and that’s why the original owner sold it. It’s puzzling that you hardly ever hear of other (often WAY cheaper) guitars from other companies having this issue. Did Gibso
  12. Perhaps Gibson needs to rethink applying an electrostatic charge to their guitars during the finishing process — or, at the very least, improve their quality control if this process is responsible for the static issues some Gibson customers end up experiencing. You shouldn’t have to wait months or even years for this problem to go away when you’re spending a large chunk of change on a supposedly premium instrument. Believe me, it wasn’t the control cavity cover. I tried taking it off. No improvement. Even though I returned the guitar, I still welcome your suggestions and recommend
  13. Really unfortunate. It felt amazing, it looked amazing, and it generally sounded amazing (you know, when it wasn't crackling and popping with the slightest amount of movement). A really bad first-time experience that has honestly soured me a little on the idea of owning a Gibson. I'll buy one again eventually, but I just feel so disappointed right now.
  14. Honestly guys, it's just not good enough. Humidity is not an issue. The guitar was originally purchased in 2018, so the finish should have hopefully cured by this point. Why spend so much money on a guitar that you can barely record with because you're getting electrostatic crackling and popping 95% of the time when you slide up the neck for a solo or some harmonics, or because your freaking leg happens to brush lightly against the back of the guitar? I shouldn't have to rub dryer sheets on a guitar that retails for CAD $2150 and wait months or even years for it to stop picking up huge amounts
  15. Thanks for the reply. Today is my last day to return the guitar, and I’m so close to doing that… You’re saying that I can shield the guitar and fix this problem with no soldering whatsoever? I don’t have to ground the shielding material? I have zero experience working with guitar electronics, but if this is something I can do on my own without any soldering, I’m willing to give it a go. I just don’t understand why this doesn’t happen to any of my other guitars, which also are not shielded.
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