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  1. I ordered from this company and they are well made. However, Gibson has been going after people selling the original bell shaped design so you have to be careful who you order from. This guy had to slightly change his design to get around the problem. http://stores.ebay.com/wectrussrodcoverinlay
  2. The last day to register for the 2016 Gibson Homecoming will be May 10th.
  3. We still have openings if anyone would still like to attend. If so, send me an e-mail with your information.
  4. Yes, he was known as "RAR". As Hogeye said, he was very educated in Gibson guitars and always shared the information he had with members of this forum. A select few members of this forum didn't always accept some of the information he shared, but in the end, Bob was almost always right. He is missed a lot.
  5. I think it's worth it, Neil. The pickguard alone might make it worthwhile, although I think it also depends on how long you plan to keep it. If you're planning to keep it, you might need a neck reset at some point in the distant future and that would be well worth it.
  6. We still have openings remaining for the 2016 Gibson Homecoming, if you're interested.
  7. I've never understood the need or purpose of a locking latch. If someone is going to steal your guitar they're going to just take the entire case and all, regardless if it's locked or not.
  8. Great guitar, Steve. Congrats!!! Wishing you many years of happiness with your new friend.
  9. The cause could be a number of things. It could be a humidity issue or it could just be a defective pickguard. If you are the original owner, I'd take it to a Gibson facility to have it looked at before you try to do anything on your own. Otherwise, if you mess with it first, they might not cover it. If you're not the original owner you could try to remove it and place it under a stack of books to see if it will flatten out. If you try to just put double sided tape under the parts that are now curling, most likely it will just curl up again.
  10. If you are the original owner, take it to an authorized Gibson repair facility and they may replace it for free. DO NOT use glue to reattach the old one. Double sided tape is what you should use, but if the old one is curling up, it may not lay flat enough for you to reattach it. Good luck.
  11. The strap featured in this thread is very nice. But I also like Sully straps and use them on most of my guitars. The modern styles are nice and the vintage styles are even better. No metal on any of them, so no need to worry about scratching your guitar. He also makes them so they fit perfectly with a way to adjust them, if needed.
  12. Jesse, I use 2A pins in all of my Gibsons, most of which are years 2000 and newer. They have fit in all of them with no problems at all.
  13. If you own a Gibson Hummingbird and are looking to replace the one that's on your guitar, you can purchase a replacement through an authorized Gibson dealer. They'll ask you for proof that you do own one and yes, they are expensive. That's the only way that Gibson can make sure that their pickguards made specifically for certain models of Gibson guitars (Hummingbirds. Doves, etc.) are only being placed on the Gibson models for which they were intended. If you don't own a Gibson Hummingbird and are looking to add a Hummingbird pickguard to another model of guitar, then your only option is to purchase a counterfeit. But supporting counterfeit products opens up a lot of potential problems, such as: 1. You don't know if they'll fit, 2. You don't know about the quality or if the material they're made out of will damage your guitar. 3. If they come with adhesive, you don't know if that adhesive will damage your guitar, 4. If Gibson takes legal action against the seller, you may not get caught up in the middle.
  14. All of the events mentioned in my original post have now been confirmed and finalized. Registrations continue to come in and we're now over half full.
  15. Buyer beware! The place selling the copy Hummingbird pick guards looks to be out of China. Probably won't be long before Gibson goes after them like they've done with people selling Gibson copy truss rod covers.
  16. 11th Annual Gibson Homecoming June 8–11, 2016 Bozeman, MT The 2016 Gibson Homecoming will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 8 -11, 2016 in Bozeman, Montana. Many of our events will be held at the Gran Tree Inn. The Gibson Homecoming is a gathering of independent Gibson enthusiasts who will informally gather in Bozeman to meet others who share their love of Gibson acoustic guitars. Although the Gibson Homecoming is not officially sponsored by Gibson Acoustic or Music Villa, both are highly supportive of the event and are involved in the programming. Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the Gran Tree Inn at 1-800-624-5865. A reduced room rate of $129 + tax per night is available (standard: queen, king and 2-queen beds). Suites are also available at an increased cost. Please contact the Gran Tree for the suite rate. In order to receive the reduced rate, you must give them the group name of "Gibson Homecoming" or “group number 807285”. Availability is limited, so it is recommended that you register early. If the Gran Tree fills up, there are other hotels in the Bozeman area, but that is their busy time of the year, so register early in either case. The Gran Tree has a website at http://www.bestwestern.com/grantreeinn. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, casino and indoor pool. There is also an airport shuttle service available. Bozeman does have a commercial airport, so it is possible to fly into Bozeman if you do not wish to drive. Car rentals are available at the airport. However, if you don’t wish to rent a car, the Gran Tree has a shuttle bus that regularly runs to the airport. In the past there have been enough participants with transportation, so it is usually possible to catch a ride to the events which are not held at the Gran Tree. Some of the events are held at Gibson Montana and Music Villa (http://www.musicvilla.com/) and these locations are not within walking distance of the Gran Tree. It is suggested that you make these arrangements in advance with the other participants. Our event schedule has not been finalized at this time, but our tentative schedule is as follows: Acoustic Guitar Clinic by Tony Polecastro Tour of Bridger Brewing Company Tour of Kevin Kopp’s Guitar Shop (http://www.kevinkopp.com/) Tour of Waverly Manufacturing Tour of Peach Street Studios Tour of Gibson Acoustic Factory Two Acoustic “Open Mic” Events Several Opportunities for Informal Guitar Jam Sessions Private Concert at Music Villa (http://www.musicvilla.com/) “Gibson Day” at Music Villa REGISTRATION: There is no registration fee for attending the Gibson Homecoming. However, all personal costs (travel, meals, hotel, etc.) are the responsibility of each individual attending. We may be asking each participant to donate towards the cost of our Hospitality Room at the Gran Tree (where several of our clinics and other events are held) and other expenses. However, depending upon the total number of participants, this cost should be very minimal (approximately $10 each). If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to guitarstrmr@aol.com with the number of slots requested, names of individuals attending, address, and an e-mail address so that you can be recontacted with updates, as all updates and correspondence will be handled by e-mail. Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to 40 participants. Anyone registering after we have reached that number will be placed on a waiting list. In the event that we have any cancellations, those people on the waiting list will be contacted in the order that they were placed onto the waiting list to fill any open slots. There are many tourist attractions in the Bozeman area, including Yellowstone National Park. Some past participants have extended their stay in the Bozeman area in order to see some of these attractions. The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce is a good starting place to learn about some of these attractions. Their website is http://www.bozemancvb.com/. Liability Disclaimer: The Gibson Homecoming is not sponsored by Gibson Montana or Music Villa. It's a group of individuals getting together to celebrate our appreciation of Gibson acoustic guitars and honor the good folks at Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana. All expenses, including lodging, meals, travel costs, etc., are the personal responsibility of each individual attending. Neither the Homecoming participants, Music Villa, Music Villa employees, Gibson Montana, Gibson employees, nor Gibson Guitar Corporation will be responsible for the acts of other parties, including but not limited to, any expenses, or liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, special or exemplary damages arising out of any actions or activities related or unrelated to this event. In particular, everyone is responsible for keeping an eye on their own instruments and other possessions and for loss or damage to the same.
  17. Although they can all be essential to tone, I sometimes think it depends on how old your ears are to know how essential they are. The older I get, the less I can tell much of a difference anymore. Of the items mentioned, I tend to think the saddle makes the most difference.
  18. Great explanation, Hogeye. And like you said, Gibson would like you to buy from your local mom and pop store, if you can and if there's one available to you. They have always made a point to mention this to the Gibson Homecoming participants each year.
  19. I've replaced the velcro on some of mine. I've found that all velcro is not alike. I found some "industrial strength" at a hobby shop that seems to work much better than the original that came with the guitar.
  20. Well said, Sal. Count me among the lucky ones too. I own many Gibson acoustics and have only had a problem with one of them, and Gibson repaired that one under warranty. I also own many guitars from other manufacturers such as Martin, Takamine, Blueridge, and others. I've had more problems with the build quality of the other brands than I have had with my Gibsons. If anyone thinks they are going to buy any guitar and never have any problems with it, you're living in a fantasy world. As far as price increases go, they're going to happen with guitars just as they happen with everything else you buy. It's a fact of life that prices will increase as the builder's costs increase. You can't expect Gibson or anyone else to cover the cost increases out of their pocket. They're going to pass it on to the consumer. I don't like price increases either but I do think that Gibson has done their best to keep them under control. And like someone said in another thread, the cost of some Gibson acoustic models have actually decreased. If the price gets to be more than you can afford or are willing to pay, then there are other options. There are plenty of Asian made guitars at a cheaper price point. And yes, I do know the cost of brass instruments, as I recently had to buy a new French horn for my daughter when she went to college. I went the cheaper route and managed to find an acceptable one for $4,500.00. The model the professor wanted her to have was $15,000.00.
  21. If the Gibsons at GC were as defective as you claim, why did GC accept delivery of them from Gibson? I was present when a Gibson dealer had a Gibson acoustic guitar delivered with much less of a problem as the ones you described and he returned it to Gibson. GC has been a Gibson dealer for some time. They must be selling them and making money, otherwise I'm guessing they'd be doing everything they could to get out of the Gibson contract long ago. Unless of course, they just like throwing money out the window. Sounds to me like the salesperson isn't being completely honest or he just doesn't know. And, to say you "are not here to bash Gibson" is a joke. You're fooling nobody. You say that and then bash Gibson, time and time again.
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