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Everything posted by guitarzan55

  1. thanks for all the suggestions. I appreciate it.
  2. I think your right - I must have heard him wrong - I'm getting another opinion.
  3. Thanks for all the helpful comments. My frets are pitted or have a groove in several. It looks very slight to me. I had to hold the guitar under a bright light and literally eye ball it up to see them. I do know that my Luthier said that the guitar was very hard to intonate and the angle of my neck is bending way back and the bridge was brought way up. It looks like **** (excuse my French). I am getting another opinion - I just have to make sure the second guy knows Gibsons - bad advice on top of bad repair would not be good.
  4. I have a 2011 ES-339. I've had it exactly four years. Lately the high e and b strings sound tinny up high, almost like a sitar. My guitar tech says my frets are worn out and need replacement; that the worn frets are causing a back bend in the neck. Isnt four years a little early for frets to wear down? (I only play an hour or two a day). Also, shouldn't I try to have the frets leveled out before a full blown replacement? Can anything else be causing the tinny sound of the e and b strings up high (10th fret and up). I would really appreciate some input and advice from you all.
  5. You will enjoy it, that is for sure
  6. The Hollow-ness or semi-hollowness of a guitar doesnt have anything to do with tuning issues. So, No. Now, many owners of 335's and 339's have complained a bit about tuning issues -- me included. I had to use Nut Sauce for a year in order to keep my semi hollow in tune, but then had it professionally set up -- and that did the trick.. Go figure.
  7. I think if you want that crunchy super clean sound with texture -- you want a Compressor Pedal. That'll do the trick -- especially with single coil pickups like those used in Fenders. The Compressor Pedal will not give you fuzz.
  8. Really? My '07 mahogany faded studio Lp came with 490 and 498's. By the way, that is a real Gibson.
  9. Here's the one solution no one has tossed out there yet. GET ANOTHER LUTHIER. Either your guy can't fix it or has no idea what do to -- same result. Are you calling a pimple-faced kid who works part-time at GC who just knows a little more about guitars than you do a Luthier? Again: Get another Luthier.
  10. That is a beautiful guitar. I have a cherry red 339, but your 359 is superb looking! congratulations.
  11. From what I've read, the Gibson Board feels that the Feds gave them a shakedown. It was guestimated that the legal fees to defend themselves was going to cost between $1 - $3 million. So, $250k is considered a bargain. Now Gibson also claims they did nothing wrong -- mostly nothing. They say that the ebony imported while perfectly legally obtained was indeed finished wood (the Lacey Act forbids unfinished ebony). Although I have also read that it was 'nearly finished.' Apparently there is a very fine line between finished and unfinished and a little more refinement on the Ebony -- just a little bit -- and Gibson would have been in the clear. On to the Political Aspect to this: Gibson is a very conservative company. They did not contribute to Obama in 2008 while many on their boards are very active Republicans: Breaux and Hatch to name two. Gibson's CEO feels that the Obama administration is acting like Chicago thug/gangsters in pursuing this. He has a point when the Administration just in recent days declined to prosecute former Gov. Corzine whose company MF Global lost or lost track of 2 billion dollars in customers funds. They claimed that they got mixed up and accidentally invested customer funds and Lost it in the market. ?? Okay, if they say. Nevertheless, Obama's Justice Dept. just declined to prosecute them for any wrongdoing. Remember Corzine was a major democratic advisor on the Stimulus and advisor to VP Biden, a heavy democratic contributor and power broker and a huge supporter of the president's -- he's been the Democratic Governor of N.J. and of course, the CEO of MF Global, a company that traded for customers. Of course, all and more of what I spoke of is on the record and can easily be Googled. In my opinion, with everything considered, Gibson does seem to have reason to fear the Obama Administration.
  12. Been to memphis once -- some years ago. Unfortunately for me, it was before I picked up a guitar. I did go to the Peabody and got to see the ducks in a fountain there, but didn't see them come out of the elevator. It was the middle of the summer -- H-O-T and muggy. It was around 100-101 degrees. Anyway, I got on the elevator at my hotel and said to another fellow there, "Boy, sure is hot," And he bellowed out to me: "You must NOT be from around here. This is cool compared to yesterday!!!" He was right. It had been 106 the day before. Nice city: Great BBQ.
  13. And my 3/2011 ES-339 has medium jumbos as well.
  14. Good Choice!! You're going to like that guitar -- Congratulations!!
  15. Since money is an object, why don't you try out the Epiphone 335 While not the Gibson, they sound darn good for the money. Epiphone sells an even cheaper version of the 339 -- I think they only want 350 or so. Tried the Epi 335 recently and on a decent amp -- this was a Mesa Boogie -- the guitar sounds great!!
  16. I think one should get whatevever guitar they are excited about and can afford. It makes playing the guitar better. Many years ago when I had been playing for about 2 years, I bought a Martin d-18 (still have that old thing). I found playing so pleasurable that my playing time doubled -- then quality guitars became my hobby: buying a Guild d-35, Gibson Hummingbird, even a sweet Nagoya -- and on and on and on. I ended up selling, swapping, and trading every guitar from the old days expect the Martin. If I had stayed with my cheapy pawn shop guitar, my interst wouldnt have taken off like that I believe. So, life is short: buy your dream guitar -- and then buy some more. Enjoy.
  17. The es-335 is as good as a guitar can get. Yes, it is worth every penny. A good used one that is cheaper is even better!!
  18. I'm sure you mean well ... but your 'advice' and 'reformulating' the question is quite condescending. Just because the player is a new player, no need to preach aloud and tell him in such a talk down to way that he save his money -- assuming he doesnt need a good guitar -- which, of course, is not for you to say. Kinda sounds like the advice a Mom or Dad would tell you when you were a teenager. My advice to you is that you should Reformulate others questions a bit less. To the original poster: Get whatever you want and can afford, kid, and don't take advice from old fogies too seriously.
  19. I have a 339. I suggest you try some 335's and 339's. You might find as I did that some 335's sound a little better than a given 339 and vice versa. Not many 335's that I have tried sound better than my 339 -- many don't compete at all with my 339. All in all, I found more sweet sounding 339's than 335's -- but you must try out a bunch of em and pick out the best one. I think the 335 and the 339 are priced about the same now, too. Good luck and look forward to hearing what you got. (you wont regret the 339, that's for sure.)
  20. My 339 came with the standard Klusons and virtually every other 339 I have seen have Klusons. How did your's get the grovers I wonder? I love Grovers -- it would definitely be a plus for the 339, but as the standard tuners on the 339 -- well, that's a mystery how that happened.
  21. Yeah, the difference in the prices is interesting. I'm looking at the Guitar Center catalogue as I type this and they list All of their 339's at 2299.00 They show the Cherry and the Sunburst in the ad and say "Pick One." So, at Guitar Center, the price hike is not limited to one color guitar. But when I check the Musicians' Friend site, it would appear that the 339's price is still 1999.00 Doesnt Musicians's friend own Guitar Center? One thing seems clear, though - you can still get a 339 at the price of 1999.00.
  22. I have a 339 whose G and b strings have bothered me for some time now. Assuming my nut was a bit off, I treat the slots in the nut and the bridge with Big Bends nut sauce and at least they stay in tune. But the intonation has been off -- all over the fretboard. So I took it in to the guy I use for a pro set-up. I should have done it sooner. He had to ever so slightly file a slot in the bridge -- adjust the trussrod -- it was off slightly -- although the tech said "It was way off" but I am assuming a bit of hyperbole -- maybe, maybe not. The tech thought the nut wasn't off enough to mess with. But time will tell on that opinion. He felt the neck angle was the source of my problems. At any rate, all is well and the guitar now sounds the way a Gibson should sound. Nothing like a pro set up.
  23. Just got a Guitar Center Catalogue in the mail. Found it interesting to see the es-339's with a new price of $2299.00 as compared to the regular price of $1999.00 -- the price I paid for mine. A nice guitar, I believe the 339 is now properly priced. I assume that Gibson must have a winner in this one. Don't see many (if any) performers using it though ...
  24. Your racist references to white people are offensive. They should delete this racist and silly rant from this forum. Thousands of Youtube demonstrations and you can't fine any good blues? Obviously, you're as full of crap as you are an offensive racist punk.
  25. I have the '59 neck on my 339. I guess I'm traditional to a fault, but when looking at the 339, I didn't even consider the slimmer neck -- didn't even test it out. The fat neck was for me. But a short time ago I had the chance to play a friend's 30/60 neck 339 and I found myself a little envious at the smooth playbility of that guitar. The fat neck is still just fine, but I if I had tried the 30/60 neck, I might have gone with the slimmer neck. the feel is very nice.
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