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  1. My only suggestion with any vibrato or tremolo on the guitar make sure you use graphite or Big Bend's nut sauce in your nut slots. This fixes all tuning issues, do not let anyone tell you differently. Most common problem with tuning is never the tuners or tremolo, it is usually the string getting caught in the nut slot which is an easy fix!
  2. Another one has seen the light of the 57 Classic. Congrats brother and enjoy!
  3. I just was going based on my experiences with them. I went to Sam Ash the weekend of the sale just to check them out. The SG and Flying V both dive but the Explorer tends to stay put.
  4. I second the use of the Fulltone OCD. Great overdrive pedal, roll back the guitar volume and the pedal responds by cleaning up nicely. Provides great natural sounding sustain. And you can use it simply as a tube driver by use of the volume control to overload the input signal of an amp or incorporate the drive control to bring in more of the distortion. Not to mention it doesn't cost you an arm or a leg. Handbuilt in California like a tank with true bypass. Very few come close at this price level, $130 out the door.
  5. So my big purchase finally came at the end of last week. The UPS guy said I looked like a kid on xmas morning waiting for the package to arrive. I opened it up to find an immaculate Johnny A and I couldn't be happier. Its been getting the royal treatment as my #1 all weekend. Pictures to follow soon. Anyone have any idea how many of these have been produced?
  6. I would consider it doubtful at best considering the plant may be closed for most of July. They will be behind on almost all production models so I don't see a high priority being placed on new models or finishes. Firebirds are great guitars I wish too that the Firebird line was more diverse than just a sunburst and cream Firebird V. I know there is Gibson Custom Shop but how many people can really afford that?
  7. I don't usually adjust the intonation every time I change strings. If you are using the same gauge and brand there isn't going to be a noticeable difference. The neck shifts with the seasons and temperatures so just playing the guitar in a different temperature/climate/season is going to change the intonation. Adjust intonation when you do your other set up quirks such as the neck relief, action, etc. which should be done at least once a year if not more.
  8. Your guitar is the first SG junior I have seen with the bound fingerboard. I would say that's not the original board. But I would need closer pictures to tell for sure. To my knowledge bound fingerboards were only available on the upper SG models. But there is the possibility that it could of been done as part of a custom order, as the polaris white is a custom color.
  9. Just get a set of both and you are set. Problem solved.
  10. How are 10's too thick? 10's are the bread and butter of guitar strings. Personally I play 10's or 11's depending on the guitar and the set up. I don't understand how people play with 9's like Evol said those are rubber bands. You need to get your bridge problem fixed brother or you are going to keep on breaking strings regardless of the brand and gauge. Ernie Ball makes a great set of strings, I think you need to take a second look.
  11. 57's are the way to go if you go the Gibson pickup route. Classic PAF tone. This is what is in my personal Explorer. Seymour Duncan's are another great alternative if you want to go the versatile route, I know several local guys who swear by a Custom Custom in the bridge and Jazz in the neck. Either or is an improvement in my opinion over the stock Gibson Explorer pup's.
  12. Do not buy any expensive cleaners, polishers, etc. Not worth the money. Take yourself down to Ace Hardware (any hardware store works but it doesn't hurt to shop local) and ask for Fromby's Lemon Oil Treatment (really any lemon oil furniture treatment will do but Fromby's conveniently squirts), its only a few bucks. Find yourself a fine rag squirt the oil on said rag you don't need a ton and then wipe down your guitar and buff out any gunk spots. Follow up by wiping the guitar down with a clean rag or the other side of the rag that has no oil whatever works. Neck should feel like butter. Best bang for your buck. Do not use Naptha as it is a paint thinner and can react to nitrocellulose. High levels of Naptha is how they relic guitar finishes. Virtuoso is another great product but its a tad pricey if you ask me. You will get the same results with Fromby's Lemon Oil. This works with all guitars regardless of satin or gloss finishes. And did I mention this is healthy for the wood!
  13. 57 Classic's over BB's any day on the week. Shouldn't have to say anything more.
  14. 1. I personally wouldn't go EMG's in my opinion I would go with Seymour Duncans. Custom Custom at the bridge and Jazz at the neck is one of the best combinations. 2. Get a tremolo system that mounts to your existing studs. I forget the company that makes these but they are a direct rectro fit to the stop tail studs. 3. Schaller's you may have to drill new holes but strap locks are always worth the investment. 4. Leave the stock Gibson nut in their. Don't touch it! Gibson glues these in prior to painting so there is a good chance you can knick the finish taking it out. Just have a tech look at it, because Gibson doesn't always do the best job cutting the slots. 5. Have your tech lower the action to where you feel comfortable playing it. No reason in dropping it as low as possible because your neck is going to shift with the seasons and in a few months or few string changes later there is a good chance its going to be fretting out. A good tech will be able to lower it enough that you will like it.
  15. When people think of a Gibson Firebird they think of the reverse model. The original Non-reverse birds featured P-90's, in line tuners and the slider switch. You tend to see most of them in either Sunburst or refinished natural looking walnut. The original reverse Firebirds featured banjo tuners, mini HB's and the standard Gibson toggle found on their other guitars. The reverses also tended to come more often in custom colors which makes them more desirable to collectors due to their "custom" nature and the limited supply of these guitars out there. The custom colors like Pelham Blue, Inverness Green, etc. tended to be put on the upper model Firebirds (V's and VII's) but also was available to Firebird I and III's. The Reverses also did come in natural sunburst as well. Most notable Firebird players became famous using Reverse models so I think this also has an impact on the desirability of these instruments. The two models have noticeable differences and thus have noticeable sound differences. So it comes down to player preference which model is your favorite. Personally I own a Gibson USA Firebird V Reverse with the mini HB's and really enjoy this guitar. The mini HB's truly make it a unique guitar because nothing else currently on the Gibson line features them. Not to say I don't like P-90's, I own a Gibson SG with P-90's another great guitar. But when it comes to the birds I am a reverse man through and through.
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