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  1. Mesa Boogie has terminated their dealer agreement with Guitar Center. Guitar Center will no longer be an authorized Mesa Boogie dealer. They are currently liquidating remaining Mesa inventory.
  2. "I took the guitar to a local Guitar Center store to do some minor investigation." Guitar Center is probably the last place to go for accurate information. If you want an accurate assessment of the guitar, you need to consult with someone who is a subject matter expert; not a "B.S. artist".
  3. Ask this guy, Charlie Gelber: ES-335.ORG LINK
  4. In the '60s and early '70s, before there was "boutique" gear, and "magical tone improving" cables, there were stock jacks on guitars and stock plugs on instrument cables (mostly coiled cables)... When jacks or plugs failed, the Switchcraft 1/4" plugs and jacks were overwhelmingly the most common replacement and were considered the "industry standard". It was well recognized that they were good quality and reliable. They didn't become intermittent or produce static or break. Thus, they were the first choice. Considering how inexpensive jacks and plugs are, why go to the trouble of soldering a cheap junk jack into a guitar, instead of installing a good quality jack that will prove to be durable and reliable?
  5. Gibson Memphis got their first Plek machine in February 2007. I know with certainty that the ES guitars from Memphis were Pleked in 2008.
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTima9QLKj8&feature=relmfu
  7. Col F

    Shipping guitars

    Every new guitar leaving their respective factories lands in the hands of UPS, FedEx or another high volume shipper. Every guitar sold by the Internet dealers, likewise gets shipped a second time. The manufacturers actually are far less "careful" and "concerned" than we are with our own guitars, and they generally have far less cushioning in their packaging. Remarkably, the vast majority of these instruments, numbering at least in the hundreds, if not thousands per day, arrive undamaged (which still amazes me). When I ship, I always follow the most stringent protocols, including tuning down, padding the headstock, stabilizing the neck in the case, cushioning the case in a factory original box, etc. They always come back from the factory barely cushioned, tuned to concert pitch and with shipping scars on the box. Somehow, the guitars still manage to survive. All of this being said, I still absolutely hate to ship guitars and try to avoid it. Nevertheless, always take (date stamped) photos of the guitar, case and final packaging prior to shipping, and always insure it for full replacement value, and always keep your fingers crossed.
  8. It is probably accurate to assert that almost every established performing guitarist owns or has owned at least one D-28. It is likely the most popular and ubiquitous acoustic model since WWII. You might enjoy exploring this site: http://theunofficial...forum.yuku.com/ which is popular with Martin enthusiasts.
  9. Morty, There is no "rule" regarding dealers opening boxes, or not. Many brick and mortar stores will open guitar boxes as they arrive, in order to check for hidden damage. GC opens most guitar boxes because their inventory goes right on the wall for everyone to abuse. Smaller dealers may have a guitar in stock for many months before it sells, so they don't want to discover that it was damaged in shipment long after it arrived. They want to make any claims of damage right away. Most large mail order/internet dealers don't open boxes (GC and MF share the same distribution centers; and any new guitar you buy from them arrives in a factory sealed box). Sweetwater, which has become a very large internet dealer opens and inspects (and even photographs) every guitar when received. (They also do a setup to your preferences, prior to shipping to you). Most of the dealers of high end acoustics do the same thing. Some stores, like Sam Ash put some inventory on the wall, but will often have multiple copies in sealed boxes in their stock rooms.. So the definitive answer really is, "It depends". Were you concerned about a particular store/dealer's practice?
  10. Actually the "old" Gibson nomenclature ES335TD would have indicated an ES335 Thinline, Double Pickup. However, the more recent/current Gibson nomenclature of ESDT335 translates to ES=Electric Spanish, D=Dot Neck, T=Figured Top (as opposed to DP which would be a Dot Neck with Plain Top). I don't know how "T" became the nomenclature for Figured Top. On recent/current production, the model number would include more characters, representing the color code and hardware finish (Ex. ESDTVSNH1 translates to an ES with Dot Neck, Figured Top, Vintage Sunburst color and Nickel Hardware, The "1" is vestigial from when Gibson used to sell first quality "1" and "second quality 2" pieces).
  11. You might want to try placing several wraps of teflon tape (plumbers teflon tape used for thread sealing) around the threads and simply screw the threaded rod back into the plastic block. By wrapping carefully and evenly, you might achieve a very close fit. If this fails, you can easily remove the tape since there is no adhesive and nothing should have been damaged.
  12. Mark

    Col F

    Glad to see your still around, its been a

    while.

    Hey, you need at least one Forum Friend

  13. Pickguard, binding and TRC are also wrong... That jack placement is just wild!
  14. Tascam CD-GT2 http://accessories.m...iner?sku=242037 Allows you to slow down playback without affecting pitch. Also allows you to select a segment and loop it (at various rates of slowed speed, while preserving pitch). If you are trying to break down a complex riff, note for note, this will do it.
  15. Try Sweetwater: Polish with Cloth: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AIGG950/ Just Polish: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PolishPump/ International Shipping Info: International Shipping: Due to manufacturer restrictions, we are limited in what we can ship outside of the United States. Please call us to find out if the item(s) you are interested in can be shipped internationally. The following are exceptions to this policy (some restrictions apply for these destinations): •Puerto Rico •US Military addresses (i.e. APO and FPO addresses) •Locations that use a US Postal ZIP Code, such as Guam, The Virgin Islands, etc. •Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer at 1-800-222-4700 for more information. It is good quality guitar polish and Sweetwater is a good company to purchase from. Gold plating is notorious for "issues"; always wipe off fingerprints, etc. to keep it looking decent. Good luck!
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