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  1. I know that Gibson had financial difficulties back in the seventies. Perhaps the economy today is causing them to "bleed red ink" again? All kidding aside, I'd think that you'd have a pretty solid claim for some warranty work. Something didn't go right with that one, IMHO. Good luck.
  2. Depending upon if you want something vintage or not, the Epiphone Pathfinder is a very cool amp. It has great reverb and tremolo activated from a footswitch. It may be identical to the Gibson Falcon of the same era, early to late sixties(?). After being unsuccessful at fixing my Musicman's reverb by replacing the tank, I decided to play through my Pathfinder. It was the first time I'd plugged my '74 LP Std. into it. With the Seth Lover (7.7K ohm) neck pickup, and Gibson tar back in the bridge, the amp sounded better than it ever had before. Prior to yesterday, I had pretty much only played single coil G&L's through the amp. It sounds incredible amplifying the LP. Playing "Pipeline", w/ lots of trem and reverb, going from bridge to neck for the song's bridge, sounded sweet, even with my marginal playing. There just happens to be one on Ebay right now for the top of your budget. It looks clean to me. It even looks like it has the earlier, Jensen, speaker in it. I think I'd jump on it if I didn't already have one after playing my LP through it. Think about it. Epiphone Pathfinder 18-20W
  3. That is a beautiful guitar. It sure looks like the carved top stands in higher relief than mine, a '74 Std. Perhaps it's the grain patterns in that sweet maple top that's playing tricks on my eyes? Perhaps it's a deeper carve? Oh, and thanks for posting the great pictures of the top of the guitar. It answered a question that I had regarding the orientation of the neck pickup bezel/ring. I installed an early Duncan Seth Lover in the neck position of my '74 yesterday and lost track of the way it was installed.
  4. I see tar back pickups advertised on Ebay as Tim Shaws. I've also read that they could be T-tops under the epoxy. How accurate are these claims? I have a tar back in my '74 Std., and wonder whether or not that could be an original pickup for the period. Does anyone know the year that Gibson started making the tar back pickups, and for how long they ran? They do seem to generally read very low DC resistances. I like the sound of mine, but am wondering if it could be original to the guitar. I just picked up a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover that reads 7.7K ohms that will replace the Super Distortion that's in the neck position. From what I've read, these are very nice pickups. Now, to get it installed....
  5. Not really. Actually, I'm torn between putting either a SD Seth Lover, Gibson Classic 57, or vintage T-top, in the neck position on my '74 LP Std. I play more classic rock than anything, along with a bit of the blues. No heavy metal, no jazz, although I'll play jazz before I play metal. Anyway, does anyone have any experience with comparing the three pickups? I do like what I heard on a demo of the Seth Lover, but read a lot of good stuff about the Classic 57. The T-top fit goes without saying, they're just a bit pricier, but not out of the question. Any help is appreciated. I know it's subjective. However, if you wanted a pickup in there that would sound closest to John Fogerty's Creedence, and later, stuff, or maybe crunchier Neil Young stuff, which would you pick? Thanks. Note: My main amp is a MusicMan 210 HD130 with a lot of headroom. Of course it never gets cranked up on "high". And, this pickup will be replacing the vintage Dimarzio Super Distortion that's presently in the neck position, FWIW.
  6. Seriously, can these pickups really be this good? I mean, for the type of price that this thing is going for, wouldn't somebody else be able to make an EXACT duplicate an and supply 10 of them? While it probably has mostly to do with someone doing a big $ restoration, it still seems to be over the top. But I'm new to this Gibson stuff. Perhaps the Debeers family is working their way into the guitar business? Early Humbucker
  7. While I don't want to hijack this thread, I figured that I'd post a picture of the pickup routs on my '74 LP Std. Despite the edge of the body/neck area, I believe that these are factory routs. I believe this because the glossy lacquer covers the whole bottom of the rout areas. If it was enlarged after leaving the factory, this would not be the case. Comments? It would also be nice to know the approximate numbers of '74 Std's produced. Mine does have a mahogany neck, as you can probably see.
  8. This Ebay seller is selling this tar-back pickup "as-is", but without mentioning the fact that the bracket is taped on to the back with electrician's tape. At least it looks that way to me. Without enlarging the picture, it may not be obvious to a buyer. Buyer beware. It's interesting to note that the pickup has the same very low ohms reading that the bridge pickup does in my '74 L.P. Std. I'm wondering if people try to take these apart in order to check for why they have such low impedance? I'd like to get one for the neck, but they sure seem pricey. I think I'll probably end up getting some Classic 57's for it instead. Tape-Tarback
  9. I guess he/she wants something more like 2600-3000% profit on the find. 300% ain't gonna cut it. Nice use of the Gibson board to drum up interest. All by a "mere" librarian, selling stuff for his/her kid's college fund. Nice setup speech. I guess this librarian spends a lot of time reading the stuff in the Business: Sales and Marketing section of the library. Call me skeptical regarding the details of acquisition and Ebay "setup". I may have taken the hook, but I'll leave the line and sinker for someone else. Nice case, regardless.
  10. That's a bummer about your neck. You are not the first one that this has happened to. Some dude named Ed, who has the last name of a city in Italy, has posted tirades about this not uncommon enough occurrence. The heavier they are, the harder they fall. And, if you put heavy strings on your guitars (11's), you're probably making a headstock/neck break more likely from even a lesser trauma. (I'm guessing here.) When I bought my LP a few weeks ago, it already had the Schaller straplock buttons installed. Since all of my straps are equipped with Schaller straplocks, they slid right on. So, another +1 to strap locks. I even use them on my 7 lb guitars, just to be safe. That I'd use them on my 9+ pounders is a given. Good luck with your repair.
  11. When it comes to neck shapes/sizes, I'm like the princess and the pea. I gravitated towards Leo Fender era G&L guitars mostly because the ones I played had rather thin "C" shaped necks. After playing them for a couple of years, I had a neck replaced at the factory. The neck they replaced my thin "C" shaped neck with was a thick "baseball-bat-ish" neck. It hurt my wrist to play it for very long. I could never get comfortable with that thick neck and ended up selling the guitar. Fortunately, I saved the old neck, which wasn't unusable, and put in on a put-together ASAT III that is one of my favorite guitars today. I have another, later BBE-era G&L, that also gets my wrist hurting. My Epi Casino ('95 Peerless) has a very small, and comfortable "C" shape neck. However, due to the way I have to hold my wrist (fingernail/fingertip attachment problem that can't be rectified by "just cutting my nail") when playing, I have a hard time fitting my fingers well into frets on open chords. I had the same problem with a 330 Rickenbacker that I had. Like I said, the princess and the pea. My first Les Paul ('74 Deluxe/Std. HB's) purchased from an online auction two weeks ago, has a mahogany neck that would have my first instinct being to run away because it's a bit thicker than my G&L's. However, after starting to play it a lot, I've found that it's very comfortable for me, and my wrist hasn't hurt at all. I'm also finding that open chords that were hard for me to get clean fretting on, are easier due to the short scale neck. With newer, taller frets, I'd be in (Ma)hog heaven. This will happen soon. The long and short of it is that I generally prefer smaller "C" shaped necks on my guitars.
  12. Back in the box' date=' troll. I mean that in the nicest way. FYI: The word "again" implies that something has been done before. Your number of posts, being "1", seems to cast some doubt on your honesty from the first sentence. That said, you may really have the honest opinion that Fenders are better than Gibsons. I'm sure that the fact that you've got an opinion about something is thrilling for everyone. Out of curiosity, do any of the members here feel any compulsion to go over the Fender site and opine about how much better Gibsons are than Fenders? I doubt it. I guess the age of the average poster here is somewhere above 12 years old. My opinion: The color blue really blows away the color green. Anyone who doesn't believe it, is just not paying attention.
  13. On price: True, neither did I. However, the poster still seemed happy after reading someone's opinion as to value being around $2,500. I'm guessing he did better based on his response. I could be wrong. Either way, that is a nice guitar to have found in a pawn shop. On pawn shops' pricing: I had a friend who was the most brutal grinder I'd ever seen. He virtually always got a deal out of the pawn shop. Me, I'm not a good horse trader, so I must depend on a better eye, or more complete knowledge and luck, than the next guy. Grinding ain't my forte'. Salud.
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