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  1. I have been playing for 25 years and the 57 Classic - Classic plus combination has always been one of my favorite combinations for mainly classic rock and blues. I have owned 4 guitars to date and still own 2 that have these pups in them that have all been great. I recently bought a 2017 Gibson Classic guitar that had to go back because the neck was mucked up but while I had it I noticed that the neck pup was warm and wonderful like I was used to but the bridge was thin with a quite noticeable volume drop compared to the neck and compared to my other guitars. Since that guitar was returned for the neck problem that solved the pup problem too. I instead ordered an Epiphone Tribute Plus that has Gibson 57 Classic/Classic Plus pups and the guitar is wonderful, highly recommended, except . . . it has the exact same problem with those 57 Classic pups. I took a DC measurement and these Classic Plus pups are less than 8K like they are just Classics. My other 2 guitars are 8.6K and 8.8K. Sweetwater and Gibson claim these new ones are "in spec" so nothing they can do even though with the neck pup adjusted clear down even with its surround and the bridge pup up within 1/8 of the strings, if you put the neck volume on 8 with the bridge on 10 they are equal in volume. I'm sorry, that is NOT right. Granted the Epi may well have cheap pots and caps but it sounds just like the Gibson Classic did. The one difference between these and my others? These are 4 wire pups. Previously they were all 2 wire. Important Part: So, I disconnected the green/white wires from the circuitry and tied them together leaving them out of circuit creating a 2 wire connection and . . . no change at all. Now, I know plenty of other pups I can slap in there to make a guitar I am happy with but I "should" be happy with the Classic Plus in there. Anyone else noticed this?
  2. Actually, my Lupus is so bad I don't think I could play a double-decker axe any more if I wanted to. That said, lord willin', I want to try one last Carvin Synth model. I've had a Boss GT10 for a while just cuz the price was right. I would only use like 10% of it but that 10% alone would be pretty cool. Plus, Carvins just fit me perfectly . . . this would make my 5th. Tragically traded my DC400 years ago to a friend for an amp who managed to get it stolen but I still have my original 200T, all KOA CS6, and all Walnut TL60 [weighs nearly 11 lbs.] But plays and sounds amazing! So would this Gruhn outfit get me a market price for the matching set or would they just value the individual guitars?
  3. Thanks a bunch. I actually had that info [though the other way around on value] if I was just trying to sell them individually. The 355 was $3700 new and the Axcess $5500 so the used values I got were $3300 for the 355 and $4700 for the LPXS. But, I was trying to gauge a value of the matching set pair? Maybe that's impossible . . .??
  4. I did find the COA pics for anyone that thinks this might be some kind of scam?
  5. Wow, such kind words from someone I only know through this forum means so much. Thank you! But, again, though I rarely get out of bed, I am not [yet] on my "death bed" here. Just really would like to get these Lifesons to a good home before I do get to that point and hopefully maximize their value for purely charitable purposes. In other words, I want to be clear that, if I do go ahead and order one last custom Carvin, I already have the money for that. I would love to be able to say these Lifesons generated [like] $10K for Lupus.org or SU2C or even the College of Engineering at my Alma Mater. Haven't decided on that yet. I just know, if I wait too long, it will no doubt just fall to my nephew to just sell them to whoever for whatever he can get when I am gone and that would be a shame! And, someone scoring both signature Lifesons, same S/N, could be very worthwhile to the eventual owner/collector. The only pics I have as of today . . . obviously, that will change if/when this moves to the next level.
  6. Hello all, Sorry for the absence but I am sick, getting sicker, so just not on the forums like I used to. I've had an amazing life even if I die tomorrow so I don't want to turn this thread into a pity party for me. I'm not giving up on life yet and even want to perhaps get one last custom Carvin guitar made if I can decide which one? Since I started going downhill, I have already sold a couple of my wonderful guitars and I am now trying to find a good home for my Lifesons. I happen to have both Alex's white ES-355 and his wine red LP Axcess that are the same serial number, AL230. Though I am a fan of Rush, I originally got his 355 just because [at the time] I could buy it [like] $800 cheaper than I could get the regular 355 for. Later, when I wanted to get a tremolo LP Axcess, I logged onto GC.com and there was a wine red Lifeson, AL230. The guitar gods were smiling that day. I want to try and sell them as a matched set to the right collector and donate the proceeds to charity when I am gone. Unfortunately, everyone I talk to that do consignment sales like Wildwood just want to sell them as quickly as possible to whomever will buy them, etc. Don't want to hassle with the matched set thing. They are in impeccable condition, all the appropriate documentation, scuff free signature cases, COAs, etc. A couple of local shops said they could easily bring over $10K as a set to the right collector though neither shop do consignment sales either. I don't do Ebay, nor will I, and my health is bad enough that doing this myself is going to be impossible. If it is purely a matter of getting whatever to whomever, I have a nephew that can do that when I am gone. Just looking for ideas folks on potential value and a way to sell them? thanks a bunch, CM
  7. I've been doing some Atlanta Rhythm Section of late. Though not historically a "staunch" southern rocker, I always liked their stuff but just never tried playing any of their tunes. Some of their syncopation is killer. This would make a great "where are they now" episode . . .
  8. Been trying a few other amps of late and keep coming back to Egnater.

    1. rdeyoung

      rdeyoung

      Was looking at Egnater as well -- went with a Blackstar and love it (100w with 4x12 cab)

    2. canon_mutant

      canon_mutant

      I love what Blackstar is doing. May own one eventually. You may recall, they had several delays getting their products released so I went Egnater and haven't looked back. Wish I could get a Series One 30W Head in the HT-20 form factor. Though frankly I haven't actually just tried the HT-20. Might like it fine too, as is. Peace.

    3. canon_mutant

      canon_mutant

      I love what Blackstar is doing. May own one eventually. You may recall, they had several delays getting their products released so I went Egnater and haven't looked back. Wish I could get a Series One 30W Head in the HT-20 form factor. Though frankly I haven't actually just tried the HT-20. Might like it fine too, as is. Peace.

  9. So are we for the most part a bunch of old farts or are there this many youngsters here with good taste?
  10. Though I never stopped, have been listening and playing to Kansas in more "non-hits" detail of late. They've always been one of my favorites, perhaps with some Kansas bias being from here, but I sometimes lose touch with how amazing and detailed some of their non-hit compositions are. You mention Kansas to most folks and they'll tell you "Carry on my Wayward Son" was an awesome song. Though I would agree, I also think it's not even in their top 20 best compositions. Great stuff!
  11. Playing only piano and sax previously, David Gilmour was the man that inspired me to pick up a guitar. Of course, many others have inspired me since but, since Gilmour was my initial inspiration, he would be my number one.
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