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  1. Just to confuse the issue there were a few new style {reissue} L-4 CES guitars produced with fully carved back and sides that were quite expensive and very limited production. And some with unique finishes like white sparkle and extravagantly engraved hardware. Thanks John
  2. There were various styles of L-4 guitars over the many years they were built. The new versions were built with laminated backs and sides of maple ply as were the ES-175's of the period. Then then they were built of laminated mahogany again like the ES-175. Finally they were built of all carved mahogany back and sides in the last iterations. All of the models I know of had carved spruce tops. I have a 1952 carved top and laminated maple back and sides L-4 and a all carved mahogany back and sides 2009 L-4 CES . I have played the laminated maple and laminated mahogany L-4 CES and their companion ES-175's. They are all different in tone but none are better the others. I remember reading that the new crew at Nashville were trained in on carving the L-4CES guitar tops before L-5 and S-400 guitars were put in to production. Thanks John
  3. I think he is referring to the area under fretboard extension and yes this is unfinished on most archtop models with a raised fretboard. I doubt they can buff it out with their buffing polishing methods. I will bet some higher end archtop makers have a way to finish and polish this area but it has never bothered me any more than over scraping the binding in areas. Enjoy your L-4 it's a great guitar, I sure like mine. Thanks john
  4. I would be interested in the replies. I have a ES 345 and besides position 1 I like 3 and 4 the best. I find it very useful especially in a studio/recording session. the older ES 355 usually had it but a lot of the newer reissues don't. The varitone is one of the reasons I bought my 2009 ES 345, that and the playability/tone. And don't even get me started on the stereo feature. Thanks john
  5. Today I am playing my ES 345 through my 1962 Fender Pro, tomorrow who knows. It's hand wired too. Thanks john
  6. Sounds like you found yourself a very nice guitar and are enjoying it. I have a 1956 ES225T, one year older than me, and I enjoy it very much so I know from where you speak. They are unique guitars and I think the tailpiece is part of the reason. Have fun. Thanks John
  7. Beautiful guitar TK LP, enjoy. If it plays half as good as it looks you will be happy with it. Thanks John
  8. I had a similar problem with my ES-335 and my ES-345. The correct Vibramate was off about 3/16 of an inch. I didn't want to use an extra bottom plate so I marked, re-drilled and tapped the top mounting holes in the Vibramate. Now it fits perfect. The Vibramate also gave me a better break angle over the bridge and makes the roller bridge unnecessary. I hope this helps and thanks John
  9. Steve, I have no answer to your question but the should be a very nice guitar. It is nice to see you around. Thanks John
  10. My 2009 ES-345 in walnut looked plastic and shiny when new now it has a lovely, well used patina. No chips, nicks or cracks but with a bit of wear on the gold it's beautiful and it was not a VOS model. My L-4CES is coming along well also. Thanks John
  11. I have a 2009 ES-345, 1975 Guild Starfire IV with a mahogany body and a 2013 Guild GSR Starfire VI with a spruce top and maple body. All are thin line semi hollow body guitars with dual humbuckers. These all seem like they are similar guitars but all are quite different playing and sounding and unique in their own way. I don't think I would but another Starfire or a ES-335. Although I would buy a ES-330 and I am not trying to be a smart ***. Thanks John
  12. I think you need to get a second opinion, just to be sure. Thanks John
  13. As for the Lucille I think it's more the individual guitar. Several people who have played my 2009 ES-345 comment on the piano like tone unplugged. "there that one did the trick" If they only could have heard it...". Thanks John
  14. It's OK, I am on the outside now. John
  15. beware of the goblin girls. Thanks John
  16. I like my ES-345 with out the pick guard. thanks John
  17. When I had to replace the switch in my 1991 LP Studio I found they originally used a Made In Japan switch. A Switchcraft switch would not fit properly. I was told the Japanese switch is a high quality switch and just as good as the Switchcraft switch. Thanks John
  18. I found that when I had to replace the switch in my 1991 Les Paul the switch was a Japan made switch with metric threads. I was miffed and thought Gibson was using a cheep China switch but my guitar tech told me the Japan made switch is a high quality switch and as good as a Switchcraft. thanks John
  19. A friend who is a guitar tech. showed me a Gibson LP with the truss rod so close to the fingerboard that they ground material off the nut to get the cover to lay flat. So what do you do when you have to adjust the nut and reinstall the cover? He said he has seen this several times in the past year. Thanks John
  20. Check with Chicago Music Exchange They have some great deals on Gibson Memphis guitars and a great return policy. I was there recently and it took all my will power not to walk out with an ES-330. Good luck, John
  21. I agree completely, but the COA might add to value. It's all about the guitar itself and how it fits you. Both my 2009 Gibsons are excellent players and were nearly perfect when I bought them new. I hope you like it as much as I like my ES-345. Thanks John
  22. I have a 2009 ES-345 in walnut and it has a COA. As does my 2009 L-4CES. The ES-345 was made in Memphis and the L-4 was made in Nashville. Thanks John
  23. Yes, CME has some amazing deals on Gibson Memphis guitars right now. I was there last Fri. and almost walked out with fantastic deal on an ES-330. Whew that was a close call. Enjoy your new guitar. Thanks John
  24. There was a lot of variation in the original PAF humbuckers so saying any one pick up is closer to a PAF comes down to which individual PAF pick up your talking about. As long as you like them is what counts. Thanks John
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