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  1. Maybe it's the microphonic, unpotted Custom Buckers that are picking up vibrations of the LP top. That would be in the 16-20khz range that you mentioned.
  2. I've been thinking switching the pcb quick connect system in my SG to my Les Paul because I play the SG more and prefer the traditional method of soldering pickups as to not be limited to Gibson brand pickups. Can this be done?
  3. I'm talking about those Gibson guitars that are stamped with "prototype". Do production models have higher-quality wood than the prototypes, specifically those made during the later Henry J. years? What's the difference?
  4. Can you tell me how it differs from the other A2 humbuckers (potted Burstbucker, '57 Classic, '59 Tribute Humbucker) as far as screw vs slug strength and any other differences?
  5. How does the 490T compare with the burstbuckers, '57s, and the'59 tribute? And to the best of your knowledge do these statements ring true? "So all these pickups are wound just about the same, but the differences are: Burstbuckers are overwound on the slug side making for very unbalanced coils based on the slugs already having more metal than the screws. '57 Classics have equal winds for a slight unbalance due to the slug side's extra conductance, Custom Buckers have A3 magnets instead of A2s. How are the coils balanced? '61s have A5s and are overwound on the screw coil making for a very balanced pickup. '59 tributes have A2s and are overwound on the screw coil making for a very balanced pickup. Super '57s are the same as '57 Plus but have a four conductor."
  6. So this means it's a semi-hollow body guitar? It'd be awesome if someone x-rayed it.
  7. Here's a response to an email I sent to Gibson. They are quick to respond. "The Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo model had a solid mahogany back which is routed to have sound chambers on either side of the body. The mahogany body is routed in such a way as to have a center-block. Thanks." Seems a little vague. Do you guys interpret that as them saying there IS a solid center block?
  8. Are you sure it's a hollow body? These people don't seem to think so. "Although the description isn't clear, I emailed Wildwood and they said it does have a center block, with the Byrdland scale." "First of all it is a semi hollow body, having a center block. Thus, feedback is minimal." "I can't see a center block, but I can feel one." "Definately not a hollow body. THe back is a carved out mahogony slab with center block." "It's a bit on the heavy side with the center block or un-milled section(more likely) down the middle."
  9. Gibson's site says, "the Midtown Kalamazoo takes its cue from another legendary archtop electric that featured an equally innovative “hybrid” design in its time: the Byrdland." What do they mean by "hybrid design"? What are they referring to? I also see all over the web that the MK is a semi-hollow with solid center block contrary to what Gibson's product page says: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Designer/Gibson-USA/Midtown-Kalamazoo.aspx
  10. If so could you please measure the depth of the guitar (front to back)? Also, are the spaces between the frets smaller than a Les Paul because of the shorter scale? With fender's short scales they pretty much chop off the body-end of the fretboard giving you the same length between the frets but less frets altogether. It looks like the Kalamazoo has the standard 22 frets and the short scale.
  11. Is the center body piece on recent Firebirds walnut/mahogany laminate like the neck? So the body wings measure about 1.25" thick and the center block is 1.5"? Judging by sight, would you say the body of a firebird has more or less area than an SG?
  12. Do you happen to know what year your Epi Les Paul Classic is? Would it happen to be any one of these? http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-classic-quilt-top http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-classic-plus-guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-classic-electric-guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-tribute-plus-electric-guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-classic-t-electric-guitar-with-min-etune http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-classic-t-electric-guitar-with-min-etune/j06076000001000
  13. It seems they all have the '60s slim taper profile. Are there any models that feature a thicker neck?
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