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Jared Purdy

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    Guitar playing (obviously!) harmonica, cycling, cooking, home renos, politics & history. Culture junkie.
  1. I'll take a pass. Way too much politicing on Henry's behalf. He should be fired - immediately. Gibson has turned into a three ring circus. PR run a muck.
  2. It's clear, high gloss coated. I googled Gibson ES335 birdseye maple and several sites came up.
  3. I have not seen the "exotic" birdseye, but there is a "regular" birdseye at a shop close to where I live. It is very striking, and it is completely covered in birdseye, front, back and sides. You couldn't put a pea between the birdseyes there are so many, and it is finished in a high gloss coat. When I first looked at it, and then started to play it, and then put it back down, I was not sure if I liked it as it is very "busy" looking. I wouldn't describe it as "soothing", and easy to look at the way a regular plain maple top or flame maple top is. I am in the market for a ES335, and the finish is what I am considerng, and the more I think about it, I am less inclined to want the birdseye, which also comes in at $3750, a fairly heft jump over a light burst or a sun burst finish. And then there's the thought that you will constantly be starred at by all of those eyes!
  4. Wow! Thanks for all of the views, and the replies, I am just blown away at the response. Shocking. In the event that any of you die-hard hollow body players are the least bit interested in the differences, after waiting to see if a response would come from here, and it didn't, I just called Gibson and asked them. They got back to me today, which is Sunday, and that is clearly better than the response time in social media forums. Bob Burns from Gibson had this to say about the differences between the ES335 Birdseye, and the ES 335 Birdseye Exotic: Hello Jared, The Exotics had highly figured birdseye maple and used Burstbucker Pro pickups instead of '57 Classic humbuckers. There were only 50 Exotics built. Thanks. Best regards, Gibson Customer Service 1-800-4GIBSON www.gibson.com
  5. Best of luck. I posted a similar question hours ago, and so far no luck. I'm going to call Gibson tomorrow and save myself the aggrivation of waiting for maybe replies.
  6. I think you need to consider the 335, the most played Gibson by the most revered players in the pantheons of western music. It's my next, and it'll sit beautifully next to my LP Traditional. Now, I'm just considering wether or not I want the Birdseye Maple version, or the Natural Antique version, or the run of the mill sunburst, light burst, etc. ES335 is where it's at!
  7. Go to Folkways Music in Guelph. Nuff said. They are top notch, as good as the Twelfth Fret in Toronto.
  8. Well, the topic title pretty well says it all. I saw a ES335 Birdseye ($3775) at a local store to day, and then popped into another store to see what their price was, and that was when I learned about the ES335 Exotic Birdseye, with a price over $4000. It's impossible to tell them apart from looking at images on the web, and there is no information on the Gibson site. Anyone have any input? BTW, it's an unbelievablely gorgous looking guitar.
  9. You can add me that list too. I just bought my LPTraditional about a month ago and when I was checking them out, I definately liked the feel of it over the Standard, and I play a Strat too. What I like about the strat neck, though this has less to do with the neck and more to do with the body shape, is the ease of access up the neck. However, perseverance pays off. Just ask Carlos, Jimmy.....
  10. Well, my drive wasn't quite that long. More like 20 minutes.
  11. Perfect! As it should be.
  12. Yes, one step, and a big one, and a mistake, that will not be repeated: Steve's Music. On the other hand, it's amazing what great customer service, kindness and courtesy can do though. While I was at Yorkville, and when I left, I had completely forgotten about the frustrations. Their CS went a long way to erasing the frustration.
  13. Well, thank God for the very decent folks at Yorkville Sound. I mean I don't think I have ever been treated with such customer serivce and hospitality - ever. I decided to take matters into my own hands, so I called up Yorkville and explained my situation with the guitar, and how I didn't think it fair that I should have to pay shipping for a guitar that was sold to me in defective condition. While she agreed with me, she said that the shipping cost policy was not there's, but Steve's Music. She went on to say, however, that she'd see what she could do, and went on to expalin that it's not normal for them to let people into the factory, that usually guitar repairs have to go through the place of purchase, as they have no system for tracking orders from individuals. Eventually, she told me to bring it in, and she'd take care of it for me! So I get to the huge sprawling factory, and go to her office. Over the next few miinutes we chat, and I tell her what's wrong with it, she decided to call the repair shop to make sure they had the part, and they did. So I ask her roughly how long it wil take to have it fixed, and she said a couple of days, so I ask her if there is anyway that it could be done for tomorrow. So she calls back down to the repair bench, not the least bit annoyed at all, and asks the guy if he can have it ready for tomorrow, and he says "yes". Okay, this is really looking great at this point Then she says to me, "you know, lets see if he can do it right now for you, do you a few minutes??" I just about flipped! She calls the repair guy back, and he says sure, bring it down. So we go into the far reaches of this huge factory, winding our way throught the ailes like a laybrinth, with what seems to be mile high stacks of amps and guitars, until we eventually get to the repair stations. There were three or four guys working on guitars and basses. So Ken (as I have come to know him), opens the case and asks what the problem is and I tell him, to which he replies, that it is very odd, and he's not sure how something like that could have gotten past the person doing the inspection. None the less, he begins his majic work, and within 15 minutes, he's done. He puts a new set of strings on it, polishes it up, tosses the damaged piece over to me and says, "here's a souvenier", and shakes my hand. WOW!!! I mean, can you believe that kind of service? I'm sure that is one of the reasons why Gibson chose Yorkville to be the Canadian authorized service centre. Next time I need an amp or a guitar, I'm going through Long & McQuade, who owns Yorkville, who also make Traynor amps. I'm aw-struck, and one happy camper.
  14. The manager at Steve's is apparently going to see if I can take it there myself - today. I find it preposterous that I should pay for the shipping of something to be repaired when it was sold to me in defective condition. BTW, the current prices between Steve's and L&M are the same. Yesterday, I made numerous calls to Yorkville, but I couldn't get anyone. The guitar repair extension is wrong, and I just got re-directed. I totally agree about the 12th Fret, unfortunately there is currently a 5-6 week wait.
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