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Everything posted by bobalu

  1. IME, that is standard Gibson quality (i.e. "they're all like that"). Exchanging for another one would be a crap shoot as to better or worse than what you have. You just have to personally inspect every square inch of any new Gibson before handing any money over. The days of consistent good quality from Gibson are unfortunately long gone.
  2. Are you a Gibson employee, or a shareholder? 🤔
  3. Agreed - real cheap out on Gibsons part (as usual). The gig bag is just plain stupid for an ES series guitar. The 235 will fit nicely in an ES-339 hard case. I found one at my local shop and its perfect.
  4. Yes, almost all the time with Gibson's in particular. Very easy fix. Loosen and remove the strings from the nut slot and simply (but carefully) sand the sharp edges of the nut over to round them a bit with 800 grit or higher automotive sand paper (body finishing). I usually tape off the fretboard at the first fret just to be safe. I then finish it off smooth with 1200 - 1500 grit. 2000 grit + will polish it up nicely if you want to take the extra step. (I do) As usual, the customer is finishing Gibson's work that should have been completed at the factory before the guitar left. 😐
  5. Similar in that Epiphone produces better builds than Gibson USA. The parallel is uncanny! I still don't understand how Gibson, even today under new management, cannot put tuners on straight and headstock/fretboard inlays without fill. Mounting a pickguard properly so the underlying nut does not dig into the top. Properly removing the file marks off the fretboard and binding. Mounting a neck pick-up on an ES series guitar with a pickup ring that doesn't slope down so much that one end almost touches the strings when the height is correctly adjusted. I better stop. 😊
  6. I have a 2012 ES-335 as well and I bought it specifically for the comfortable neck profile. Although the hang tag said "slim taper", it did indeed feel a bit beefier and comfortable - I can't stand the slim taper profile and can't play one for long without my hand cramping up. I didn't go to the extent of research that you did on Gibson neck profiles, but there is no question that my 2012 is not a slim taper. Rounded C would make sense as it's not near as big as a 50"s style.
  7. Yes, if I recall the history, Jack got his design idea at 3:35 on a Sunday afternoon after 334 previous attempts. 😄
  8. Just proves again that the only opinion that really matters is your own! It's even more special as it was a gift from your brother. Happy story and a nice looking guitar there....
  9. Awesome job, thanks for posting that. I'm going to spend some time learning 😃.
  10. I currently have an SG and have had several over the years. I can vouch for its versatility, as others have stated here. A pleasure to play - and I have never been bothered by any neck dive 😏. Keep in mind, from a historical perspective, that Gibson in fact designed and introduced the SG as a replacement for the Les Paul in 1961 (and it wasn't re-named as the SG until 1963. The Les Paul wasn't re-introduced until 1968) - so they weren't really targeting a specific genre of music (at that time of course). With the excellent upper fret access, I think its more versatile than the Les Paul.
  11. I have played a few in the shop. My disappointment (a deal breaker for me) was the poor upper fret access. Very deceiving for a double cut. I liked everything else about them including the price and build quality. Definitely try before you buy unless upper fret access (past the 14th fret) is a non-issue for you.
  12. I get the relic thing and have no gripe if that's what you prefer. However, and IMO, this is perfectly in keeping with the Gibson "bizzaro world" pricing of nearly all their products. Extra bizarre though as the SG seemed to be the only reasonably priced "real Gibson" guitar left in their line up (compared to LP's and hollow/semi-hollows). :mellow: Custom Shop = Custom price.
  13. Love Mesa Boogie, and your new amp there is killer looking.
  14. bobalu

    MHS pickups

    The reason I bought my 2016 ES Les Paul was for the MHS pups. I think they sound fabulous. Sorry I can't comment on Custom Buckers, and BB's are too bright for my liking (I'm seeing a pattern in this thread - if you like BB's, you won't care for the MHS... :))
  15. Follow up to my April 19th post #15 above - the 235 fit's nicely in an ES-339 hardshell case, perfectly actually.
  16. That checkerboard Bigsby guitar is freakin' ingenious!
  17. I have one of these and absolutely love it, but I love large necks which, in general, are not too common as the majority seem to prefer the slim taper 60's. I tried to get use to the slim taper but ended up selling the Gibson's and Epiphone LP's that I had with that neck shape. Just couldn't do it, they cramped my hand after any length of playing. Anyhow, if you are a fan of thinner necks, I think this will feel huge to you, and not very comfortable. It is one of the largest necks I've encountered. The build is top notch with ebony fretboard and quality tuners + Gibson P90's but it's a heavy guitar (does not bother me). Try one out yourself if you can, but the neck really is quite baseball bat in size.
  18. Just bought a 235 in the sunburst and I concur with most of Static's comments here - a wonderful versatile guitar for sure. I have not had any problem getting some nice "standard" jazz tones through my Princeton Reverb re-issue (12" Canibis Rex) and have not found bass response to be an issue (stock strings still on it). Just my own perspective here. Anyhow, I love the 50's type rounded neck and the response of the tone controls. Gibson confirmed to me that they do not make a hardshell case for this guitar. I'm checking out options now as the soft gig bag is not going to cut it for me in the long run (will keep you posted on what I find). Perfectly comfortable body size compared to my 335 (with 57 Classics) and certainly enough difference in sound to justify owning both . Absolutely worth trying out if you need an axe to cover a lot of ground sonic wise.
  19. Resurrected this 2016 post to confirm that, despite new management at Gibson, absolutely nothing has changed with respect to QC in 2019. I looked through 7 or 8 of the new ES-235's before I found one that was acceptable to me (and I'm not really THAT picky!). Of all the sloppy work that comes out of Gibson, I have to say that I just can't believe they still have problems with the headstock inlays. It's just such an obvious visual representation of your product, and the OP's pictured in this thread plus several I have gone through in the shops look like the inlay was done with a pocket knife on someones front porch. Notwithstanding the above, I eventually found an ES-235 that played beautifully and sounded amazing, and they have a silk screen on the headstock so no inlay hacking job to worry about! But -they don't make a hard shell case for it (comes with a gig bag). Hope Gibson is around in 2020................ (not holding my breath though).
  20. Agree with many of the posts here about the nut. Definitely needs to be cut properly and lubed.... I have no tuning problems on any of my Gibson's, after the nuts were fixed.
  21. Very nice looking guitar there!
  22. Wow! Nigel and the Spinal Tap guy's would be jealous of that axe.
  23. Very cool, looks like you're set up in The Cavern!
  24. Nice guitar! I wouldn't have even noticed the grain there if you didn't circle it. Certainly doesn't look like a crack at all.
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