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  1. Hi Nicktao, In my case, Gibson agreed to have the guitar shipped back to Gibson Europe in the Netherlands, where they were again adamant in concluding that it was a natural process called "finish checking" and duly sent the guitar back to me. It seems to be just the way they are and I've now accepted this. I was disappointed, but It hasn't affected the playability of my guitar in any way. I still love it -It must cause Gibson a big headache with their customers all the time though. Gibson owners are a fastidious bunch, so I dread to think how much Gibson have had to shell out on Air Freight over disappointed buyers, noticing little hairline cracks appearing in their new guitar's necks! Regarding keeping your guitar in a temperature and humidity controlled environment; you'd have to sit in a basement or special room every time you practiced, which is taking things too far for me. I want to carry it around and use it properly, not just sit, look at and pamper it. That's really for guitar anoraks. I would try and forget all about it and just enjoy the way it plays. All the best, James
  2. Thanks for your responses guys. -Jonny, I think you may well be right there with your advice. Unfortunately I can only see the problem worsening over time. I'll be contacting Gibson again very shortly and will keep you up to date. J
  3. Hi Malc, No, the issue has not been resolved as yet. To be honest I've been so pissed off with the guitar that I've been playing my 25 year old Charvel ever since and left the Gibson in it's case! I haven't even bothered replacing the string I snapped back in December. Awel had the same problems with his guitar (mentioned below) and they did replace his guitar -but despite this he still seems pretty disappointed with the situation. Gibson last wrote to me regarding my situation on 1st of February this year. Here's what they had to say : Hi Mr. Mackenzie, Ebony wood goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson’s woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factory. Inside Gibson factories, humidity is conserved at 45% and temperature at 70 degrees. This insures all woods are dried to a level of equilibrium, but wood is wood and probably will react to the environment it’s kept in long after it leaves the factory, it doesn’t mean that the wood is defective, because it’s doing exactly what wood does. We will suggest you just keep the guitar and enjoy the instrument let say for a period of 3 or 4 months and see how the situation evolves, after that, we would like to check the guitar in our installations in The Netherlands; it would be an inspection process without guarantee of repair or replacement because of the reasons and argument we mentioned before. Best regards, Marcelo Pineda Customer Service -I'm still contemplating what to do next...! Have you taken any pictures of your guitar yet? Thanks, James
  4. Hi Damian, Thanks a lot for the info, I'll check out the threads.
  5. Attached below are 3 close up photographs of the neck of my Gibson Les Paul Custom, purchased brand new in October 2010. The first two pictures show a thin crack just behind the white binding, running the entire length of the neck and the third picture shows the underside of the neck with a smaller length crack, also just behind the white binding. I have only noticed these cracks very recently and have to note to everyone that : -*I have treated this guitar in particular like the Crown Jewels* -It only comes out of it's case for gigs and practicing and goes straight back in the case afterwards -It has never been subjected to any extremes in temperature. It lives in it's case in a nice warm room. The venues aren't very cold at the gigs and neither is the car/van when it's being transported. -Other guitars I have owned have stood up to far, far more without any blemishes in the finish appearing ANYWHERE, except when they have been treated roughly. -This guitar gets treated like a new born baby -I even make sure I'm not wearing a belt before I play it for fear of scratching it's ultra delicate finish for God's sake! No bullet belts with this one! I still love Les Pauls and the feel of the necks, but I'm very disappointed with it's inability to stay in tune for long after a lot of string bending, together with the general frailty of the finish. Charvel guitars, just as an example, cost a fraction of the price, have perfect intonation and playability and are constructed absolutely as solid as a rock, with a virtually bullet proof glossy finish to match. I've read a lot about the lack of quality control from Gibson (the vinyl covering on the case my guitar came in also didn't stretch around the contours correctly and had to be exchanged) and with this latest, recent issue with the neck I'm starting to believe what the critics say and that I may have made a serious mistake in spending nearly £3000 on a Gibson Les Paul Custom. Gibson themselves, as yet, have nothing to say to me regarding the issues I have mentioned, whether these defects are covered under their dubious warranty T's & C's or not. I think I might be left waiting a long time. To me, this problem is inexcusable for an instrument just over one year old and costing way, way over the odds in comparison to other makes, and I personally expect much more from a company that boasts such legendary status as Gibson. Am I wrong in asking myself sincerely; Why have I really bought a Gibson? Has anyone else had similar problems with their Gibson guitars...?
  6. Hi AL 028, -Very impressed that you saw Thin Lizzy with Gary Moore in the late seventies! Wow. Unfortunately I was a few years too late for Thin Lizzy, only being about 7 years old in 1978. I've read and seen the other band members talk about that well known fight and how Brian screwed everything up before their big tour...! They must have been amazing to see live. I have a DVD of Gary Moore playing with them in Sydney, amazing player. I saw them in London in 2005 with Gorham and John Sykes on vocals. Great, but not quite the same thing of course. You have a beautiful collection there, I too love Wes Montgomery's playing among the others you mention. -I'm looking forward to seeing your new Frampton model nestled in amongst those others!! Best regards,
  7. It's a pleasure AL 028, This is a picture I took of my guitar (Serial No.PF632) a few days after I took delivery of it. It shows the color of the binding nicely so it should give you a good idea. I had always wanted a Les Paul Custom, as I grew up listening to Peter Frampton and Brian "Robbo" Robertson of Thin Lizzy, who both played black Les Paul Customs -but with black and cream pickups as opposed to the gold finish metal ones. I also prefer the gold top hat vintage style control knobs to the black and white transparent ones... Yes it's a lot of money to shell out, but you're getting a killer guitar to die for, so enjoy it! All the best,
  8. Hi AL 028, You've probably got to the bottom of it by now, but I noticed your message last night and registered on here to answer, as it doesn't sound like you were having much luck with an answer. I play in a UK based Metal band and I recently bought a Peter Frampton Signature Les Paul Custom. The binding is indeed off white. It isn't deeply yellowed like the binding on a vintage Les Paul Custom, just a nice light ivory color. If you're serious about buying one, I can really recommend them as once I pick it up and start playing I can't put the thing down and that's a true sign of an excellent guitar. It's beautiful. I have always played Charvels before and love them, but the neck on this Les Paul is something else, it takes off for lead playing and I love gigging with it. The deep gloss black finish is excellent, as is the binding, inlays etc and the pickups produce a lovely warm, clear tone. Through a powerful high gain tube amp, the 500T bridge pickup and 57 Classic Plus in the middle combined (the middle one is always on) reward you with a fantastic controlled, deep, beefy distortion that's more than a force to be reckoned with for any Metal players. I had the truss rod adjusted after the guitar was delivered, as the neck was very slightly back-bowed, probably caused by changing temperatures in the plane luggage hold and this is now perfect. The only niggle I have with this guitar is a loss of sustain right up at the top end of the neck, especially on bent notes. Elsewhere on the neck, sustain is excellent. My guitar technician is going to rectify this soon with a fret dress, but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed with this problem from a guitar that cost me close to £3,000, as I get screaming sustain on my 1986 Charvel Model 3 up at the top, which cost a fraction of the price. You shouldn't have to fight with your guitar to squeeze sustain out of it. That niggle aside though, I'm really happy with it. I would advise sitting down and playing one for an hour or so if at all possible, but you're still highly likely to fall in love with it in looks alone!
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