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  1. My 2001 Sammick made is really a sweet guitar. It is very light compared to my other two Sheratons and the 335. The hardware is good and as i mentioned the pickups have a nice growl to them. The new Sheraton is much cleaner sounding. I like them both. My brother decided to take up Guitar and was using an amplified acoustic. I loaned him the Sheraton and my Super Champ Xd amp. I regret that a little. I will have to ask if he plays it at all and get it back.
  2. Funny, when I was young they said I looked like Sonny Bono. LOL
  3. Yes mine is a 2015. I purchased it a month ago from my local Ma and Pa. I have dealt with them for years and they have a pretty good stock of NOS guitars still in the box brand new. This was the last one and I got it for an extremely good price. They included a good hardshell case. And a complete set up with my strings. I have another one in Natural finish. It is a Sammick built 2001. Really sweet . The pickups are kind of funky in a cool way. The reference to the ES series was an article I read years ago that Gibson used Epi designs to come up with the ES335 thinline style of guitar the year after they bought Epiphone. But that could be just hearsay. Anyway I do like the new model a lot.
  4. Yes it did. It was started by me. I haven't signed in for many years and when I did there was a question about the thread from 2016, and some posts from 2017, and 2019. I just thought I would bring it to rest.
  5. I was thinking it might be an Epiphone specific paint scheme. I know they came before the ES Gibson series came out. Gibbies have the all black sides. I used to think my Korean Sammick built was nice but this modern Chinese version is really sweet. Kudos to Epiphone.
  6. Well i am back after a long hiatus due to cancer. The Chemo took away the feeling in my finger tips and it took many years to return. I have recently due to Covid isolation started playing again. I thinned the heard but still kept my favourite guitars. I still have the Gold Top and it has not changed much, "ie" gotten worse. After looking at several of my Gibsons i feel that the checkering or Stress cracks are due to the chambered body. I have learned to live with it and it is still a favourite of mine. My personal opinion is that in a solid non chambered body the areas where any screw or pot is attached would not come under the same stress as a chambered body. This is not checkering that occurred with age. If so the cracks would not only be restricted to areas where each and every screw that is attached has cracks around it. I am not going to do anything about it. And neither is Gibson. I will just play the crap out of it. But i have always been surprised by that line in the Gibson Warranty about finish issues. Kind of strange. I just wanted to let everyone i could, be aware of this total cover your *** clause.
  7. I recently purchased a new Sheraton II Pro. This is my third Sheraton. I also have a Samick built 2001 in Natural finish . I owned an ebony 2003 Korean model which i sold to get an Ebony Gibson ES335. I really love the Sheratons. So much that i sold the Gibson. I decided to pick up a newer Sherrie to take advantage of the new pickups with the coil taps. The new Sherrie has Vintage Burst. I have owned several "burst" guitars in both Gibson and Fender brands. When i purchased the guitar i really didn't notice hiw the paint scheme was done on the Sheraton. The dark color does not cover the entire side of the guitar. I looked back and the Dot uses the same color treatment. I was wondering why the paint is done this way.
  8. Actually we made the trade and the guitar has Gibson pickups. I saw the invoice and it was purchase with the Gibson pickup upgrade, which the previous owner had installed. I am not sure which pickups were installed. I will pull them and try to see what they are.
  9. I talked to the owner of the store and he said that there was a picup upgrade but they were still Epi pickups. Thanks for the replies
  10. I am doing a swap, a leftie G400 for the same guitar in a rightie. I want a guitar for my left handed Grandson, and the guy was trying to play left handed due to a hand injury, but has since had an operation to correct the problem and it worked. Mine is a 2007 and his is a 2009. He mentioned that his original invoice has "upgraded pickups" on it, and he said they are Gibson pickups. It was brand new when he purchased it and not modified. Does anyone have any information on an upgraded version of the G400. It was purchased in Canada and would have been direct from Gibson/Epiphone to the shop where he purchased it. It could have been a special edition. The only reference I have on pickups in 2009 is the change from chrome to nickle on the HBs. In the pictures it has the 61 pickguard. Any help would be appreciated
  11. Thanks for that. I guessed that might be the values. I opened up my Korean special edition Custom and it has the values stamped on the top. It also has a guick connect in the cavity and I was wondering if that was stock. It is a 2000 LE. I am gathering information for a firend who is going to mod a newer Custom with some Gibson pickups.
  12. I have a 2005 Elitist Custom LP in Wine Red, I know they have the 50SR and 60ST pickups from Gibson, but what pots and caps are in them. I pulled the back and there is no identification on the top of the pots only a red magic marker on the volume controls. Also what caps are in them, and what are their values. I tried a search and could not find anything. Thanks for any help. I am trying to assist a friend who is going to put Gibson pickups in his regular non elitist custom.
  13. Gibson under no circumstances were going to do anything about finish checking. They pointed me to their warranty. They sent me a copy of this. This Warranty Is Subject To The Following Limitations THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER: 1.Any instrument that has been altered or modified in any way or upon which the serial number has been tampered with or altered. 2.Any instrument whose warranty card has been altered or upon which false information has been given. 3.Any instrument that has been damaged due to misuse, negligence, accident, or improper operation. 4.The subjective issue of tonal characteristics. 5.Shipping damages of any kind. 6.Any instrument that has been subjected to extremes of humidity or temperature 7.Normal wear and tear (i.e., worn frets, worn machine heads, worn plating, string replacement, scratched pickguards, or damages to or discoloration of the instrument finish for any reason). 8.Any instrument that has been purchased from an unauthorized dealer, or upon which unauthorized repair or service has been performed. 9.Any factory installed electronics after a period of one (I) year following the original date of purchase. 10.Cracking, discoloration or damage of any sort to the finish or plating for any reason 11.Gibson does not warranty the playability of a instrument whose "action" is lower than the standard "action" as defined in the owners manual. I pleaded my case on the Les Paul Forums and everybody thought I was crazy not to be really happy that my Goldtop had already started to check. I also talked to my guitar tech and he said he has two of them and they both have the same checking. Apparently all goltops do this to some extent. It has something to do with the gold and the laquer. I have since changed the pickups for a set of Burstbucker 1s and 2s (That I purchased from a guy who took them out of a Historic), and an RS guitarworks vintage pot and 022 cap kit. It is now one of the best sounding guitars I own, and a joy to play. I don't even notice the checking now. I think if anyone read the warranty on Gibson guitars, it might make people think twice. I hope that answers your question. This all took place a couple of years ago. The Checking hasn't gotten any worse, and it isn't just the pot area. Any where a screw went through the finish, including the pickup rings, and pickguard. I haven't had any of the checking that older guitars get from just "being a goldtop" but I am sure it will come.
  14. Thanks guys that is the kind of feedback I need. But in the end we are talking about a 60 dollar case with shipping at 16 bucks to Maine, where I will be for a month. The Gator case is 99, and I can probably pick one up at GC in Portland. For what I will be using it for I will probably go with the Rondo. It is basically for the look. I rareley take my guitars out and it will be mainly used for storage.
  15. A fellow on another forum sent me pictures of that Rondo case, with his Epi Tribute in it. It is not a good fit. Of course the case is for his Agile LP and that was in it first. That might have distored the foam. It seems to have abaout 1 inch at the bottom and the sides don't look to be in the correct position. I will copy them and show you.
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