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  1. Hi, I know someone had posted the correct washers for the Epi Ace Budokan's tuners to stop that annoying slack. Could someone show me and/or give me the type and size washers I am looking for. Thanks in advance. /Cheers
  2. I wipe my guitars down with the Orange label gibson spray polish after playing and for quick polishing. Yet when I really want to give it a nice polish I use the StewMac silcone free polish. I have found nothing better. Some like car wax and many other brands of polish. I have had great success using this polish. Try it you should like the great shine and feel. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supplies/Abrasives,_polishes,_buffers/Preservation_Polish.html#shop/Finishing_supplies/Abrasives%2C_polishes%2C_buffers/Preservation_Polish.html?tab=Details&_suid=1360959650875041228854746568444 I don't work for Stewmac I am simply giving my experience of a polish that works great for me on my nitro finished guitars. Plus with no silcones it's a win win. /cheers
  3. I am not sure what pictures you would like but the red guitar has a Period correct volute just like the $800.00 Epiphone ACE The white neck is the Volute from the 2008 $3800.00 Gibson AL-355 I hope that helps with something that happened to a Sold out Limited run of 300 guitars all made with this error. Simply makes me wonder how Epiphone can pull it off and Gibson said the "Al-355 is was approved to be this way" . I think I want a volute between every fret I keep mine in the case and in the closet occasionally taking it out "I like shaking my head" , The 355 sounds great but I really do not enjoy playing it , as it is very noticable to me. It was pre ordered and pre paid. By the time I recevied it I could not send it back. It's old news and done with. Just seeing my new Epi that actually has a period correct volute just reminded my of those dark days hoping Gibson was going to resolve it and that never happened. There you have it , feeding the troll . Who started the childish "pictures or it did not happen ?" I guess worse why do children repeat it ?
  4. Please when replying , don't pick and chose part of a post and highlight that then pick and choose what you decide to "defend" for whatever reason. No axe to grind here. There are basics to a guitar set up , and sure some like the action different. In my post I also pointed out "there are alot of variables from when the instrument is finished to when you receive it " I think that covered the humidity part and the differences that change the initial setup,if there indeed was one performed. One definition of Repair is :to restore to a sound or healthy state , a small tweek to the truss rod ,intonation , or string height is hardly a set up. I used the term "setup repair" in quotes . There are basic guidlines to a setup , and then some prefer to deviate from those standards. Nothing to see here , move along. Let's not derail this thread , this person was enjoying his guitar until he changed his set of strings. He is back to playing it and is happy. Again I am happy for you Spinnn , glad you have your guitar back and you are again enjoying it. /Cheers
  5. I am glad you did get this resolved Spinnn. As I said the nut is often overlooked when setting intonation. I am not one who thinks when you buy a guitar you should run it straight to a luthier to get a set up. It should be set up from the factory. Unforunately Gibson checks the marks off but I really have to wonder just how many guitars they actually set up. With that said, there are alot of variables from assembly to when you recieve the instrument. Thus, nothing more than a height, a small truss rod adjustment,or at the most intonation should be needed. I am glad to be able to do my own set ups and most minor "setup repairs". Never thought I would own an Epiphone but it was my most recent purchase, I will no longer purchase from Gibson since the trouble I had with my '08 AL-355, I know Epi's are part of gibson so I still fed Henry a little but that is the closest I will go, The action was a bit high on the epi. I simply lowered the action and it was set up better than the last five Gibsons I purchased and overall the attention to detail is better than alot of the Gibsons I see hanging at the stores. In no way am I saying that epi's are of better quality , they even claim they are "set up " by gibson , yet the quality and attention to detail really made me shake my head in a good way. I have some great Gibsons from the 60's and 70's that I will never part with and I used to be a huge fan of gibsons. Sometimes just one bad purchase from a dealer who won't take a return and a company that refuses customer service ends over a relationship of over thirty years. Enjoy your guitar, I am glad you are back to playing it in good order. /cheers
  6. Glad you brought up the point about the input jack. I noticed mine was loose right out of the box. It is advertised as having a locking nut to avoid just that problem. I played it a bit then just snugged it up a bit and it has been fine since. I did not take it out to see if they indeed have a locking nut on the other side. I few minor tweaks and for what I payed I am very happy. In my opinion quality and build wise it easily beats my $3800.00 Al-355 easily. I ended up getting stuck with that guitars as it was a gift , and the place that sold it to my wife only had a 48 hour return policy. They knew it was a gift and also knew I would not be getting the guitar for another week. They would not take it back or even give credit, it had multiple issues. Well thats over and done with. We will never buy from that "highly recomended" guitar store, and I will never buy a Gibson again and that was in '08. I guess buying the Epi Ace sort of feeds the beasts , yet for quality and sound I am very happy. I would not pull the trigger on the Gibson Ace, and it was not the money that was the issue
  7. Barring any bridge placement issues which seems not to be the case for you as you have been able to intonate it before , I would have a thought about the two spots that would effect the intonation . (1) The angle of the slot in the nut , these slots need to be angled properly to allow for proper intonation. (2) The part that might be your issue if (not both 1 & 2) , when you slot the bridge "saddles" that is also done at an angle so the string sits on one spot of the saddle , when you turned it around it would make that angle just opposite of what it was . Edit: I just noticed your E string was not the saddle that was switch , yet still keep in mind that the angle at the nut and the angle at the saddle where the string "sits" is the actual lenght of the string for intonation purposes. Perhaps the nut wore just a tad more , and the string is now on a different spot , the nut is just as important as the saddles when it comes time for proper intonation. Try to keep that in mind. With that said I would first try a new saddle and cut it properly , if that does not give you the results you need , I would also look at replacing or reslotting if possible the nut groove for the E string, a good luthier would be able to intonate that properly by making the simple compensations needed in either one or both areas usually within thirty minutes unless a new nut was installed,then slightly longer, but not much. I hope you this helps you get this resolved. /cheers
  8. Moved it to this forum , I thought this would be a better spot. Gave this guitar a shot and overall I am really pleased. Unlike my Gibson Alex lifeson 355 which also cost over five times the price in '08 this neck's volute is in the correct position. The AL355 was between the Nut and first fret,as well as other problems. That is old news from '08 when I promised to never buy a Gibson again. Sure some said it did not get in the way , well sorry when you have a chunk of wood sticking out of the neck when you are playing in the first positions , it really does get in the way , I don't make excuses for poor craftsmanship. Sure these guitars are not even close to compare , yet I had to note Epiphone can place the period correct volute in the proper position, yet Gibson took months to blame the artist by saying this is the neck that Alex approved and never even offered a fix for it. Unreal. Yet Epiphone came through with this model at a great price. Fit and finish wise it is actually better than the AL-355 , I am baffled and happy at the same time. Nice case , nice three piece neck with a great feel , the poly finish is nice , the setup was high and just simply needed to be lowered, and after that the intonation was spot on. The frets are nice and level ,yet they a had "gritty" feeling they just needed a quick polish to get some nice smooth bending. All simple five minute fixes. Gibson had the specs listed on the website as having three volume , one for each pick up and one master tone control , as another said,mine is also wired so with the toggle down its the bridge pick up with the bottom two pots running the volume and tone for that pick up , toggle in the middle is the bridge and middle pickup with the bottom two pots running the volume and tone for both, and the toggle up position is the neck pickup with the top two pots running the volume and tone for that pick up. I not complaining as the $8K Gibson model has the same pickups with only the bridge pickup wired, so I could easily wire this one that way but it does give it same tonal options. This makes the Ace's signature pick up kill switch challenging as you have to have the neck pickup turned off as usual and either toggle from bridge through the middle to the neck position to get the off sound , or you have to be in the middle , using both the middle and bridge pickup and toggle one up to the neck to get the kill switch sound. Also with both volumes off when you move the toggel switch from middle to the neck position you get a momentary on/off. Again not a big deal. I am not going to use the eagle sticker but as others have said , I am missing mine as well, I guess you have to call to get one. Again , not a big deal it's just another way Gibson refuses to be user friendly with their advertisements and what they actually put out. Simple quality control or lack of quality control. Overall I give it a 10 for price , a 10 for fit and finish ,10 for sound , a 10 for the case , and an 8 for electonics, (which I will upgrade anyhow) and a 5.5 for as advertised. I would recomend this guitar for any Ace fan , also for someone looking for a guitar to rock out with using the dimarzio super distortion, although the Paf's make it great for other types of playing. Grab one while you can , it's 1/3 the cost of the Gibson $2300 Budokan, that one has a one peice neck , one peice maple cap, a richlite finger board , and with all the plasticisers they put in the "nitro" it's almost getting close to poly /boggle ,not bashing it, just making some observations, while the Epiphone has a three peice neck, three peice maple cap , and an ebony fingerboard. It's not a Gibson but it sure is a really nice Epiphone at a great price. I really like it . Thank Epiphone. Now back to playing it some more. /Cheers
  9. Gave this guitar a shot and overall I am really pleased. Unlike my Gibson Alex lifeson 355 which also cost over five times the price in '08 this neck's volute is in the correct position. The AL355 was between the Nut and first fret,as well as other problems. That is old news from '08 when I promised to never buy a Gibson again. Sure some said it did not get in the way , well sorry when you have a chunk of wood sticking out of the neck when you are playing in the first positions , it really does get in the way , I don't make excuses for poor craftsmanship. Sure these guitars are not even close to compare , yet I had to note Epiphone can place the period correct volute in the proper position, yet Gibson took months to blame the artist by saying this is the neck that Alex approved and never even offered a fix for it. Unreal. Yet Epiphone came through with this model at a great price. Fit and finish wise it is actually better than the AL-355 , I am baffled and happy at the same time. Nice case , nice three piece neck with a great feel , the poly finish is nice , the setup was high and just simply needed to be lowered, and after that the intonation was spot on. The frets are nice and level ,yet they a had "gritty" feeling they just needed a quick polish to get some nice smooth bending. All simple five minute fixes. Gibson had the specs listed on the website as having three volume , one for each pick up and one master tone control , as another said,mine is also wired so with the toggle down its the bridge pick up with the bottom two pots running the volume and tone for that pick up , toggle in the middle is the bridge and middle pickup with the bottom two pots running the volume and tone for both, and the toggle up position is the neck pickup with the top two pots running the volume and tone for that pick up. I not complaining as the $8K Gibson model has the same pickups with only the bridge pickup wired, so I could easily wire this one that way but it does give it same tonal options. This makes the Ace's signature pick up kill switch challenging as you have to have the neck pickup turned off as usual and either toggle from bridge through the middle to the neck position to get the off sound , or you have to be in the middle , using both the middle and bridge pickup and toggle one up to the neck to get the kill switch sound. Also with both volumes off when you move the toggel switch from middle to the neck position you get a momentary on/off. Again not a big deal. I am not going to use the eagle sticker but as others have said , I am missing mine as well, I guess you have to call to get one. Again , not a big deal it's just another way Gibson refuses to be user friendly with their advertisements and what they actually put out. Simple quality control or lack of quality control. Overall I give it a 10 for price , a 10 for fit and finish ,10 for sound , a 10 for the case , and an 8 for electonics, (which I will upgrade anyhow) and a 5.5 for as advertised. I would recomend this guitar for any Ace fan , also for someone looking for a guitar to rock out with using the dimarzio super distortion, although the Paf's make it great for other types of playing. Grab one while you can , it's 1/3 the cost of the Gibson $2300 Budokan, that one has a one peice neck , one peice maple cap, a richlite finger board , and with all the plasticisers they put in the "nitro" it's almost getting close to poly /boggle ,not bashing it, just making some observations, while the Epiphone has a three peice neck, three peice maple cap , and an ebony fingerboard. It's not a Gibson but it sure is a really nice Epiphone at a great price. I really like it . Thank Epiphone. Now back to playing it some more. /Cheers Edited: to underline the "you can't compare these two models"
  10. I am also a good distance from a Gibson dealer, even then the odds of that store having the guitar I want are unlikely. They only have about a dozen gibsons and alot of epiphones. I order online and have had great luck with MF , I make clear I want the guitar in the original box unopened, Gibsons have a yellow seal , "Do not accept if this seal is open" , I did get one that was in a "generic box" that was clearly a demo or a return, it had buckle rash and worn strings, they took it back and sent me a new one that was really nice. I learned the hard way about letting "little issues" go , and got stuck with a guitar that had problems that did not seem like a big deal at first, yet it really had some issues and it took a bit for most of them to show up , it was not ordered from MF , the place had a 24hr return policy and they stick to it. I am not one to order a guitar just to try it out , I know what I want before I order, yet when I recieve it , it should only need minor tweaking to get it set up the way I like it imHo. I no longer make excuses for poor craftsmanship period. The guitar should be inspected and set up before it leaves the factory. I do not agree with taking any new instrument to my luthier to spend more money on a new item that should be correct from the start. Be it a $500.00 or $5000.00 guitar. Your instrument costs $500.00 and it needs about 40% of its cost to get it to play properly , and that does not address the issue(s) of the hum you are getting from it. I would send it right back , politely let them know you are willing to give it one more shot . Then hope for the best. Time is never on your side, and the issues you are pointing out will not get better on their own. I see guitars on store floors that should have never passed quality control being sold at regular price. I don't believe MF , nor buying online has anything to do with defective instruments. I sure do wish I could check out a guitar before I buy it , I do when I can ,yet sometimes you have to order it online. Always go with someone with at least a 10 day if not a 30 day return policy. Best of luck to you. /cheers
  11. If you like Microsoft or not, and I am not trying to be difficult, but why would microsoft even remotely want to inlcude another companies "add ons" with their operating systems. Adobe flash and adobe PDF or even other brands of PDF readers ect., have nothing to do with a computers operating system. Adding them sure might make some movies and opening PDF files compatable for plenty of information. Adobe has their own security problems as well as Microsoft. I would not want to add those to my system unless I am (1) sure I needed them, (2) I am sure they are safe (3) I will use them. I sure do use Adobe flash . I also take the risks that come with it. Next time you get an adobe update read what security issues are being addressed with the new release, there is always something. I do hope that adding Adobe flash does help the problem that is posted, but I see no reason to fault Microsoft for this. /cheers
  12. I am not sure who told you " the uneven binding has anything to do with they way they were made in the 1960's. As a matter a fact , back in the 1960's they did seem to take more time and care in my opinion then they do now. Sure there are mess ups from every year and every maker. Some just let them go out for sale, other fix them or discount them. I can tell you that Gibson glues the binding on the guitar, then paints the entire guitar. Then a worker takes a plain old razor blade and scrapes the paint off the binding , sometimes too agressively, thus taking some of the binding off with the paint. Then the clear coat is applied. ( Making an even feel for a while )See below where this is going. I seldom see older Gibson's that have had this agressive scraping, so my thoughts are you have a guitar that is created more and more like the models we are seeing more of now. Sadly most people do not notice this until later as the clear coat continues to gas off, then these ridges are more pronounced. It never gets better with time. Since finish issues are not covered under the "lifetime warranty" most get stuck with the guitars. The fact that you find it a great guitar is all that really matters. If you bought it new, and the seller is reputable I personally would bring it back and try to exchange it or get my money back. You might find another great guitar with even binding. I still think that any uneven scraping of the binding should be sold as a B-stock , and discounted. Yet, you no longer see the #2 stamped into the back of a Gibson guitar like they used to. Where do those guitars go? I remember having trouble finding the problems with some of the "factory seconds" , sometimes it was a simple flaw in the paint, or slightly uneven binding, some in fact I had to have the dealer point them out. There is a learning curve to shaving that paint off the binding without scraping the wood ,scraping too hard, or not scraping off enough paint thus leaving paint on the binding. As mass production has it , you must move fast, if you have been scraping binding for ten years eight hours a day , you would probably have a great skill at it. If you are on your third day and your tenth guitar, well take it from there. (1) If the guitar plays great, sounds great, and you like it , it might be a keeper,it never hurts to point this out, you deserves a discount. (2) About this post being in Forum feedback is just that , and you should move your post, perhaps to a different section. (3)Check out the post titled " 339 Neck Binding, Headstock Finish " I believe it is in the semi-hollow bodied section I hope this helps makes sense of the matter , I do hope your guitar brings you many years of satisfaction. /cheers
  13. I think there are two ways of looking at that finish. I really like it. I actally think it is too red near the cutaway and the toggle switch. If you ordered it online "I am assuming that as you are now questioning the finish", and are wondering if you like it, send it back. Never wait, time is not on your side with any of those issues. Feel your way around the binding and make sure it feels nice and even. My biggest gripe has been aggressive shaving of the paint from the binding (neck and body) after painting , they then the shoot the clearcoat over it.
  14. I am not sure if this is the proper forum for this discussion,with that said, I can answer the "What's up with that 30 day policy about selling used stuff". In some states, certian retailers need to run serial numbers or the lack of ,with law enforcment to see if they have received stolen property in a trade deal. Thus, an item that gets traded in , needs to get an all clear to sell. I am not sure how efficient this is, who is actually around that will check all the traded gear of a certian dollar amount "that also varies from state to state" with a stolen database? I do know it is not applicable to most states. I am sure the law had good intentions. I doubt it's very efficient or cost effective. On the other note, as with any retailers, there are good and bad. I have seen some great items in the few guitar centers I have been in. I have also seen some poor items. Sure you can at least put the guitar,amp, ect in your hands and try it out, but just like other places they have strong points and weak points. From gear to salespeople, or lack of each. Some swear by a certian retialer , others swear by another. I pick a place that has at least a ten day return policy. These ones with 24/48 hours is really not much of a return policy. We need to sleep ,work ,ect. 24/48 hours is not much time to find that defect that may show up in a few days. /cheers
  15. I bought two Gibson's from MF , great customer service , super return policy, and a great selection. One of the instruments came in a non gibson box and had buckle rash, it was obvious a customer return or a floor model from a guitar center. They took it back , sent me a new one in a sealed gibson box and it was a keeper. The other Gibson was also in it's sealed gibson box , it had agressive binding scraping, making the binding actually lower than the wood in areas. That one went back and I received my money back.Gibson paints over the binding, then someone with "different amounts of skill",for example,how long they have been doing this difficult and tedious task,one week or two years of experience, scrapes the paint off the binding with a razor blade, it is at that point the guitar gets buffed and sprayed. Aggressive scraping of the paint sometimes also scrapesthe binding off. If it is on the body it is often overlooked and found to late to send it back, yet when it is on the neck bindiing the player usually feels it on time to send it back. I have seen my share of "seconds" selling as new in guitar stores. You cannot blame MF for poor craftsmanship on an unopened new item. Even dealers get poorly finished guitars they send back, or put it on the shelf and hope it sells , even if they have to discount it. I try to remind people , if you can remember the days when there was a #2 on the back of the head stock that is when gibson would notice the flaws , stamp it a factory second and send it out that way. Plenty of the seconds were great guitars with various flaws as well as various degrees of flaws. Not bashing Gibson here, just stating some observations that is obvious from a factory working with quota's . Yes folks thats business today. Get it out the door and on the floor. Yet I see no reason to blame this on an internet purchase. It sure is nice to try out a guitar before you play and I would love to have that chance. Yet, I find that the few gibson dealers in my area have a slim selection at best. Thus, buying on the internet is not such a rare occurence any longer. You usually get free shipping and save on taxes. Yet, always buy from an online dealer with great customer service and at least a ten day return policy. There are plenty of great instruments sent out by gibson, yet I think there are more and more passing by the quality assurance or lack of quality assurance. I see plenty of post from happy people and there are plenty of posts from unhappy people. Never feel you are being "picky" as some say, at least ImHo, when you are shelling out hard earned money you CAN overlook a flaw here and there, after all how does it sound and how does it play is my bottom line ,but I expect a quality instrument, that is at least set up and inspected as the maker claims it is, no matter where the dealer is. /cheers
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