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  1. That set me off as well both with my 137 and my Studio. No effort at set up from Gibson whatsoever. What really bugged me was that my $425 Agile came out of the box with a complete set up, dressed and polished frets, and nice low action. Shame on you Gibson. How cheap can you get.
  2. Who needs to spend a grand for 15 watts. Plenty of Fender sparkle and most of the time you can leave your pedals at home. $300 for the amp and I put another $180 into the 1X12 extension cab and speaker to make it gig worthy. Still came in at below $500. Or, if you need to get really serious and simply must spend $1000 snag yourself a litely used TRRI. The belief held by many that a 15 watt amp can't gig and an 85 watt amp can't be used for practice is an assumption not based in fact. Of course both can do either. That's why guitars, pedals, and amps have volume knobs. I
  3. Unless you need the money pay a ransom or to bail out of jail keep it.
  4. Two totally different guitars. Strat for quack - Tele for Twang - LP for high gain. Oh if it were that simple.
  5. I'm sorry, but I have to say that I think these vintage tuners with the plastic knobs are the butt ugliest things I've ever encountered. To add insult to injury you can't even get rid of the damn things without exposing the original screw holes. The snot green ones are the worst offenders of the bunch having the peculiar ability to look awful on no matter what color guitar they are mismatched with. Evidently todays players accept them because they are under the impression that they were well loved in vintage days gone by. Not to pick on Gibson alone Fender is wallowing in outdated concepts of
  6. Seems that I can't remember a time when conversations about Gibsons had more to do with satisfaction than what needs to be fixed or replaced to make things rite. I used to work for a home builder that had the very same philosophy as Gibson. In the morning we would attend a meeting to talk about how best to spend our resources getting the word out to the public that we were "the quality go to builder". We would then break and resume the meeting after lunch to talk about "Value Engineering" which was their coined slogan for, "how can we strip these houses down or replace components with cheaper
  7. Not the best guitar I own and I certainly have less expensive guitars that are better. But for some reason I can't quite fathom I still dig it.
  8. Gibson ES137 Custom, Les Paul Studio. I have admired Gibson guitars and the company that makes them since 1966. My question to Henry. Is there a set time in your business model to resume the construction of quality guitars at reasonable prices.

  9. The good news is that no matter how awful Gibsons finishes become and they have become pretty damn awful it absolutely will not effect the value. Evidently and for whatever reason Gibson still retains a fan base that will remain product loyal no matter how badly Gibson screws them. It's the equivalent of a Chevy owner saying,"yes the paint on my Chevy flaked and fell off, the chrome rusted and the windows rattle. But, in the end it's all worth it because I have that Chevrolet logo screwed to my trunk lid. The problem in my view is Gibsons stubborn refusal to give up on lacquer finishes. Do
  10. 1. Will it get worse? I had a crack about 1/2 inch long at the sound hole on my 79 Guild D40. Although it is true that a crack on a laminated top is less likely to spread it should be repaired to eliminate the possibility entirely. You can take it to a good repair person who can not only secure the crack but can probably make the crack itself look a lot better. In my case the crack wasn't that visible and I simply used a small piece of trimmed popsicle stick glued to the rear surface of the crack with Elmers Glue. From your photos it looks like the crack is close enough to the F-hole to allow
  11. Don't feel to bad. Just remember you're never the only one. My 137 Custom was about the same. From what I can tell from the two Gibsons I own and from the countless ones I've tried Gibsons factory set ups consist of setting the action high enough to get rid of any buzzing and then it's good to go. From what I'm hearing from you in some cases it's good to go even if it is buzzing. Both of mine needed neck adjustment, nut slot filing, intonation adjustment, and fret end dressing. The plastic fret ends that are part of the neck binding had gotten no attention at all. They stuck out so much that t
  12. The bottom line is that Gibsons finishes at any price level suck. I own a Gibson ES 137 Custom (lacquer) a Yamaha SA 2200 (poly) and an 83 Ibanez AM 205 (poly). The fit and finish of the two Japanese made models show an almost fanatical attention to detail and quality that is in a whole other league than Gibson is willing to achieve. I'm not saying Gibson can't. I'm saying the are not willing to. At the end of the day a guitar finish is nothing more than a paint job. Whether it's done in lacquer or poly should have nothing to do with the quality of finish other than the fact that lacquer is mo
  13. Here are my 2 brand new Gibson style guitars and one that's been with me a very long time. Agile AL3100 Honey burst. Triple binding, Ebony board, real MOP inlay work. Sounds so much like my Studio I cant't tell the difference at 1/3 the bucks. Fit and finish is unbelievable. Don't know how Agile does it but glad they do. Yamah SA 2200. 345 class with the sound to match. Best thin line I've ever owned outside my 83 Ibanez AM 205. These Japanese offerings have been the best there is since the 70's. We just can't seem to produce any thing close to the quality of these
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