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  1. Why does Gibson put stock 300k linear pots in the Traditional's? I have some CTS 500k pots coming soon that I'm going to use to replace all pots, including tones and I'm going to wire it 50s style with vintage braided wire. It should allow for the pickups to come out a bit more and for tapering to be a bit better all around (not linear) on higher gain's. The linear tapering works quite well on cleans though. But going back to the question, why? I noticed that the Traditional Pro GC Exclusive does have the 500k CTS pots. Their nice. I remember that guitar had really good tapering so you could get all kinds of sweet tones out of it rather than just sitting on 10s for all four knobs. :P
  2. No, I do mean Gibson 57's. :) I swapped the stock out for them. And I do love them. The ones on the Gibson just seem a tad bit weaker. Not saying I couldn't get used to it, but it would take some getting used too. They are pretty close. It gets hotter the closer they are, but then you lose some of the smoothness in them. Yeah, I play harder stuff. Even though I like a hole lot of gain and "spike" in pickups, I just can't lose the smoothness of the 57's. The ones in my Epi are perfect. Though maybe they are perfect because I have played the guitar for 4 years and have had time to adjust. Maybe Ill just have to give the ones in the Gibson some time too? I mean they sound good. The Gibson sounds better, it's more vibrant and slightly less muddy (it's not muddy at all, just saying that the Epi is also not too muddy). Only thing is the hot/sensitivity level, I guess.
  3. I got a new Gibson Les Paul Traditional about a week ago. It has the 57 classics in it. I have began to notice that they seem not as hot as what I am used to (have had a pair on my Epiphone for about 4 years). So I metered them and I got a reading of 7.77k on the neck and a reading of 8.02k on the bridge (supposed to be a plus). Are these too low? I also metered the ones on my Epiphone and the plus on it was about 8.95k-9k. So is this normal? Thanks!
  4. Lower gauge strings will ring more quietly than higher gauge strings. It's simply because there's less mass to get the air vibrating. Of course air doesn't come into much real effect once playing through the pickup (when the guitar is plugged up.) But there still be be a difference with the lower mass in how it effects the electromagnetic patterns. And sound level is not the only thing that changes with lower gauge strings. So they sound quite different also. Seeing as your not liking them, I would get 10s again. They are more versatile in my opinion. And also, your fingers will begin to get adjusted to 9s and when you go pick up a guitar with 10s your fingers will feel weak. Or at least that's been the case for me in experience. As far as brand, I have been liking Gibson Bright Wires 10-46. If you got the 9s because you wanted the easier bending, Bright wires for some reason are a bit easier to bend over DR or D'addario's. But they are also slightly more twangy. Nothing like 9s though. There is a "proper" way to string non-locking tuners, as Gibson provided on an instruction sheet I once got. Here is a quote of my post when I was explaining it to someone else here. Again, note, this is what Gibson said to do:
  5. Usually with any tuning problem, you should look at the nut first. The nut seems to be a primary case in tuning issues. What I'm thinking is when you tune your guitar up, you probably stretch your strings and use bends in your playing. Being that the nut has a bit of friction with the strings at cross point, this keeps the tension on the other side of the nut a bit higher than on the playing side. But once you let the guitar sit untouched for a while, the tension slowly evens back out, making the playing side slightly higher tension and the other side slightly less. So basically, just neutralization. I have this same problem with my Les Paul, but I don’t find it to be much of a problem as bending the strings puts it about back where it was again. I doubt your having any real swelling in the wood of your guitar. Not over night anyway if your in a house with an OK constant temperature. Just playing the guitar should not be enough heat generated by you to change it’s tuning.
  6. I have never minded not having a maple top. It does indeed "brighten" it up, but I have always favored to the more mid ranges. If only the studios came with 57's. They are more towards mid range and smooth also. So they just work perfect with a solid mahogany body. Of course that's just my opinion. I don't know what has gone on, but what's that supposed to mean?
  7. Na' date=' hes going to put some Dimarzio Evolutions in it like Steve Vai has in his Jem lol. Jk
  8. I was on a verge to thinking about getting my self a simple Les Paul (faded studio,) but now I'm not sure. Most here say they have not had this problem, but two have. Hmmmm...
  9. First off, I would have posted this on the Epiphone forum, but I couldn't register there. I would click signup after entering my details and it would just sit there and never create the account. Also, in a way, this is part Gibson related. Moving on. I got my Epiphone LP Custom, Korean Made, and have had it for about 4 years. The guitar really only gets better the more I play it, so needless to say, I love it even though it's not a Gibson. Just a few months after buying it, I did stick two Gibson 57 Classics on it (Plus in bridge.) That had to be the best Guitar related investment ever. Now I'm thinking of changing out the pots and toggle switch. Do you think that changing them them out will really increase the performance of what are already awesome pickups? If so, what switch and pot's should I buy? I think I have heard some say switchcraft or something makes good toggle switches. There's also a capacitor or two that is usually attached to the tone knobs giving them different functionality. I guess choosing the right capacitor(s) would depend on what type of sound your trying to get? P.S I wont be doing any coil tapping as the pickups are not 4 leaded, only two. Thanks for the help.
  10. I've had tuning problems with other guitars so much that I have learned exactly how to diagnose it lol. When you bend a string and it goes flat, tune it up again. Bend the string again; does it go flat again? If so, try tuning it up a few times. If it persists on going flat after bends, this would mean that it's not the nut as there is limited play between the nut and the tuner pegs. So it would have to be that a tuner is slipping. Though this is what I believe your problem to be: When you bend the string and it goes flat, does it return back (or closer) to pitch after a few minutes of no playing? Or if you correct it by tuning up right after a bend, does it go sharp after a few minutes of no playing? If so, this would mean the nut is sticking too much and the play between it and the pegs in shifting when you apply your own forces to the string. It also could mean that there is to much play behind the bridge saddle and it itself is also sticking too much. (Reminds me, make sure the intonation screws are flush in contact with the bridge so that the saddles don't move causing bad intonation and tuning problems!) The reason it's the G string (or mainly out off all three not wound strings) is because it has the largest diameter (more surface area for friction) and takes much less change in tension to change in pitch than the others, and again, due to it's greater mass. Nut sauce should help. And your supposed to put it on the bridge saddles too, so that will eliminate that possibility in one fix also. Still shaping up the nut would possibly be a good idea. Or you could just deal with it (probably not acceptable,) and over months of use your standard string gauge will work the nut into shape. In other words, just try and wear your guitar out, and she be getting smoother n' smoother. :) Guitars "learn" your playing style. Probably one reason why all these old date Les Paul's are so good, because they were put to work for so long. Good luck man, I know how it feels to have a guitar going out of tune and annoy the piss out of you.
  11. Is there a difference between the two? Is the 50's thicker at all?
  12. The intonation WILL be different as the strings are of different diameter. But the change may be so slight that you don't notice. Either way, intonating is easy. I'm sure you could do it.
  13. Yeah, I think it would have a ebony fretboard.
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