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  1. Hello all, I recently bought a 2014 ES-Les Paul. I had been wanting to try one ever since I saw the videos of the NAMM show launch of this incredible beauty. Living in Montreal, Canada you don't quite have as much access to new models as you do in the US, so I patently waited and checked the inventory of the big guitar dealers in the city. When I saw that my local Long and McQuade dealer had one, I rushed over to see it. It felt great and sounded great so I bought it on the spot. I think it was the first one in the city. I was really excited about it. The engineering (design and construction) of this model is what made me buy it. It is different than any other Les Paul but it is also different than the ES models. It isn't as though the designers borrowed from the ES models and made a Les Paul, they had to design this from scratch and they made it work. I gotta give respect to the designers. They did a wonderful job. When I took it home and looked at it much more closely I saw that the action was really high, so I lowered it and had to lower the pickup height too. It was really way off! Once I had the action to a reasonable height I noticed that the neck was bowed. I lowered the string tension immediately, tuning all the strings down a 1/2 step. After a few days it acclimated to the new environment and the new string tension and the neck pulled back. It is still bowed but nothing that a good neck adjustment can't fix. I felt better about it, because I really liked this guitar. The reason I mention it is this, I had bought a few new Gibson models over the last few years and I never had one as badly setup as this. It really concerns me because I know that Gibson prides itself on it's setup and testing. Usually, you get the tag with the inspectors checks and initials with the guitar. I didn't get that. I am wondering, is this because this model was highly in demand and the batch was rushed through setup and QA to get it to the dealers? Any Gibson people out there please comment....
  2. Thank you very much, I will definitely send pics to that email. I purchased this guitar about a year ago from a dealer in Florida. I do not know if he is an authorized dealer but we definitely purchased this item from someone else and resold it to me. It did not have a cerificate of authenticity. It did have something interesting in the guitar case that leads me to believe that the original owner may have been from Ontario Canada. I collect Gibson guitars and as such I can say that judging from the quality and sound that it looks, feels and sounds real. I would really like to authenitcate it if possible. I look forward to getting info from you. Thanks again.
  3. Hello all, I have what I beleive is a 2002 B.B. King Super Lucille. as described here: http://www.gibson.com/press/usa/pr/usa_memphis.html http://www.gibson.com/press/custom/product/lucilleseries/ARLSBSGH.jpg The serial number is '02002xxx'. According to the Gibson Guitar Dater, this guitar was made on July 19th, 2002. Production number 414. I came in a black case with a BB King Signiture on it and a blue crushed velvet interior. It did not come with a certificate of authenticity. I have read that there were only 67 of these made even though Gibson intended to make 100, and apparently not all have BB's signiture. Mine has it on the pickguard as shown in the picture. I have seen others like this that were issued at Nieman Marcuss and had certificates of authenticity. I am hoping someone out there knows something about these guitars, and would be willing to share that info. Fist question is does anyone know if there was supposed to be a certificate that came with this guitar. Second question is how can I authenticate this? Final question, how much is one of these things worth? Thanks
  4. The '57 Classics are a bit brighter and more well rounded than the 490/498 combo. The 490/498 pickups have a more classic rock mid range sound. I have a ES-137 Custom and I really like the '59 Classics. You can play with the varitone and get the sound you want. I'm sure you will like it...
  5. I also have an ES-137 Custom and an ES-339 with a '59 fat neck. There is a lot to look at in choosing between one or the other. Firstly, when choosing my 339 I tried both the 30/60 and the '59 neck. I went back and forth with each one on the same amp and settings. They both had the same strings. At first I liked the 30/60 cause it felt good but the fat neck sounded beefier and had more sustain. I decided on the fat neck. I never looked back! The 137 is a much larger guitar. That takes some getting used to. They both have same pickups but they sound different. The neck profile on the 137 is kinda similar to a Les Paul. It's slimmer and has a velute. It has an ebony fret board and the frets are slightly lower profile. The frets on the 339 are taller and squared off. So what does that mean, well if you're doing a lot of pull-offs and tripples on the first string this guitar is the right choice cause on the 339 the string gets caught on the edge of the frets when you pull-off and makes a nasty ugly sound. Another thing is that the 339 soesn't have as much room for your hand at the bottom of the neck. The cutaway is a little too narrow. So the 339 caters more to a bluesy style of playing where you do a lot of stretching up vs the 137 which caters to a faster style of playing. I do both so I use these guitars according to what I wanna play at the time. However, since the 339 is the perfect size and shape for me I play it a lot more than I play the 137... Good luck!!!
  6. This is my 2005 Custom in Light Caramel burst flametop...
  7. Hello, For years I used .09-.42 strings on my Les Paul and other guitars. When I bought my first hollowbody (an ES-135) it came with .10-.52 which are a good balanced set. I have used this guage for a while and love the nice deep tones you get out of it. Great for blues and even jazz. Although the jazz guys like .11 or .12 I find them too heavy for any stretching like you will do in most blues or rock. So lately I decided to use a heavier guage on my Les Paul. I had a talk with my luthier (who absolutely loves .10-.52 guage) and he suggested I try .09 -.46 He said they are not as balanced as the .10-.52 but better than the .10-.46 so I decided to try them. I bought the Dean Marley Blue Steal Custom Lights. They Feel great. Lots of stretching and pretty good bass tones without as much buzzing as the .09-.42 I have been using Dean Markley strings for years and my only complaint is that they always leave a black residue on your fingers. Plenty of other companies make Custom Light .09-.42 sets. I suggest you try one. Good Luck...
  8. Hi all, I have a new ES-339 '59 neck in Vintage Sunburst which I got a month ago. It's very pretty and the size and feel are very comfortable. It's a little bigger that a Les Paul but a lot lighter. I have had an ES-135 for a while and it was my favorite playing guitar until I got a 2005 ES-137 Custom. The Varitone did the trick! The neck on the 137 is perfect! It has an ebony fretboard and the shape is not too thin but not thick as thick as the 339. The 137 is a very big guitar compared to the ES-339. Both have a full center block and behave more like chambered solids than the full Hollow bodies. So I feel the comparison of the ES-137 to the ES-175 is very wrong. The only thing they have in common is the size and shape but the 137 is half the depth. Both the 339 and 137 have '57 Classic pickups. The 339 is lighter and smaller. More comfortable for playing sitting down. The neck on the 339 is not as comfortable as the 137. 60's neck is too slim and '59 neck is too thick. The sound is a little deeper on the 137. The Varitone also adds versatility. If I could only pick one I would take the ES-137 Custom...
  9. I also have a ES-339 Antique Vintage Sunburst. I have the fat neck 59 but many if not most of these that I've seen have the 30/60 slim neck. I would think yours is probably a slim neck, but it's quite easy to tell. Right at the top of the neck is where it's most noticeable. It's very think and rounded up there. If your doing a chord in the first 3 frets and it feels like your holding a baseball bat, it's a '59 neck. The slim neck is very very slim up there. I've played both and even though I generally prefer slim neck guitars, I thought the 30/60 neck on the 339 was too thin.
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    Hi all, I just picked up a used ES-135 in very good condition. No scratches or dents. It is a Limited Edition 1998 model. It's wine red with gold hardware and a trapeze. From the serial number I was able to find out that is was made in Nashville, TN on Dec 4th, 1998, production #7 I'm kinda curious, did they make a lot of these in Nashville? I thought most of the hollow-bodies were made in Memphis. Any info on production would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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