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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. Pickguard, binding and TRC are also wrong... That jack placement is just wild!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. "DT" Translation: D = Dot (vs. block markers) T = Figured Top (don't know how Gibson derived that nomenclature) vs. P = Plain Top DT = Dot, Figured Top DP = Dot, Plain Top
  16. Gibson doesn't tape off the binding when spraying guitars. They spray over the bindings which are then scraped off by hand (using utility knife blades that they customize themselves into scraping tools). Your photos are good, but it is still difficult to discern exactly what is going on there. It appears that wood grain might be visible beneath the stain in that area (which would lead to suspecting that it is maple cap), but as good as the photos are, it is really too hard to tell. Do you see wood grain beneath the stain in that area, or do you see perfectly smooth white plastic beneath the stain? If you see some grain, you're looking at the maple cap. If that area is actually unscraped binding you might be able to find someone competent enough to scrape it clean without doing more damage than good (and then polishing the area to bring up the gloss), but frankly, I would not bother, especially since that appears to be the bottom of the guitar.
  17. From the Gibson site: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/laminated-woods-for-solid-tone/ Having returned to the market with the ES-300, ES-125, ES-150, and ES-350 following the cessation of production for the war effort during WWII, Gibson was already envisioning a future that took the electrified instrument a step further away from the constructional standards for quality acoustic archtop guitars, which was where it had all started in the 1930s. All of these models were still being made with carved solid-spruce tops. Gibson soon deduced, however, that once a guitar is amplified past its acoustic volume, considerations of acoustic tone take a back seat to amplified performance, and that amplified performance could be improved—arguably—with the use of a stiffer laminated top. Using laminated wood would also ease production and reduce expense, since the top could be pressed into its arched shape, rather than painstakingly carved by hand. The result was the ES-175, released in 1949, Gibson’s first archtop with a laminated maple top, and also the first with a pointed cutaway. The fancier ES-295, a rockabilly favorite in Goldtop finish, followed in 1952.
  18. Plain Tops generally have predominantly straight grain (which will run from top to bottom, not across the width of the body). Figured Tops have "flame" or "quilting" (even more pronounced) which you will see running across the width of the guitar body. These are purely aesthetic and have absolutely no influence on tone; it is just a matter of visual preference. Depending on the guitar model, and your personal preferences, either one may suit you better. If budget is an issue, rest assured that a plain top does not affect anything other than appearance.
  19. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee Restrictions Apply Our goal is your total satisfaction. If you're not satisfied, neither are we. If for any reason you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it in its original condition within 30 days (14 days on certain items, see below*), and we'll give you a full refund. It's that simple. Just bring it back to any Guitar Center location, along with your receipt, manual and all original packaging for exchange or refund.** For online returns please call 1-866-498-7882 to obtain a return authorization. Restrictions: Due to certain legal and health restrictions, computer software (copyright legislation mandates no returns on opened software), books, videos, CDs, harmonicas, internal earphones, earplugs, and microphones are exempt from this policy. Computers, DJ cartridges and styli, fog fluid, cleaning products, vintage items, demo gear, opened strings, tubes and leased purchases are also exempt, as are any items special ordered from a manufacturer for a specific customer. Any other product exceptions will be noted on customer receipts at time of purchase. "All original packaging" includes cables, power adapters, manuals, blank warranty cards, etc..., as well as the actual packaging. Just thought you should know about the Guitar Center return policy on Special Orders (it is also pre-printed on the back of their receipt paper).
  20. His guitar clearly needs to be evaluated (and hopefully repaired) by a qualified and competent guitar technician (not the typical "in store" guitar "tech"). Gibson Customer Service can provide referrals to authorized technicians in his area. As regards the quality of instruments being distributed, I am compelled to remark that there were "issues" (ranging from cosmetic, to functional, to minor damage from careless handling in the factory) on many of the new Gibsons that I have handled in the past couple of years. Of two fairly recent Gibsons straight out of factory sealed boxes, one of them was very nice overall, with only a couple of very inconspicuous cosmetic flaws resultant from factory carelessness. However, that guitar, which was Plek'd, has one high fret. Go figure? The other also had a couple of very minor costmetic defects, again incurred during manufacturing, but the neck (and thus the setup) was very bad and required several hours of work over a period of time to get it playable... and it too has one high fret (this guitar is not Plek'd). Comparatively, those two guitars were better than many of the Gibson samples I've handled. It is true that every guitar is going to require periodic setup work and adjustment. But quality control should reject damaged or defective guitars, as well as guitars which have utterly wretched playability, and send them back to line for correction prior to shipment. However, the very high volume of guitars being produced, and the tenure, experience and capabilities of the personnel on the manufacturing line can clearly affect final quality. Gibsons are mostly beatiful guitars that are capable of playing great and sounding fantastic. They do however seem to display more "issues" than you would hope to see given their price point (and the "value" of the name). It is unrealistic to expect perfection. Even the occasional new Martin may have an issue, but that is the point; a new Martin having an issue is a fairly rare occurence. Many of the issues leaving the Gibson factory probably could have been detected and prevented. Hopefully, greater attention to, and emphasis on quality controls will evolve in time, if it is important to the owners and management.
  21. Actually' date=' your guitar is a Les Paul Standard (which has a Plus - "AA" Grade top, which is a figured top ). The next model in the "upgrade path" was the LP Standard [b']Premium [/b]Plus model (LP5PHSNH1)which has a "AAA Grade Flamed maple top", as well as gold speed knobs instead of the gold top hats on the Standard (with the AA top). Hope this helps.
  22. Buzz on open strings is usually indicative of an improperly cut nut, a back-bowed neck or a twisted neck. You need to have the guitar checked by a competent guitar technician. Fretted string buzz can usually be resolved by a proper set-up (bridge/action and neck relief adjustments). Open string buzz requires a competent technician to properly identify the cause and correct it. A severely back-bowed neck or a twisted neck might require a factory repair. Call Gibson Customer Service if you need a referral.
  23. LP=Les Paul Standard 5= 50's Neck Profile + = AA Top HS = Heritage Cherry Sunburst NH = Nickel Hard0ware 1 = "First" (vs. 2nd) Quality ... This code has become meaningless since Gibson stopped selling their "seconds" and only first quality instruments are sold; however they retain this vestigal character in the model numbers. I also consulted the original Gibson documents that I retained, including sceen shots directly from the Gibson website pertaining to the "old" LP Standards which had the choice of 50's Neck or Slim Taper 60's Neck, which were replaced by the "new" 2008 LP Std. with the asym. neck. Those "old" LP Standards through the 2007 model (which ceased production in August 2008) were specifically listed by Gibson in their brochures and on their website as having a "AA Carved Maple Top". I would thus suspect that those attributes apply to your guitar. Furthermore, it had been related to me some time ago by Gibson that the "+" in the LP model numbers did in fact indicate a "plus" grade top. I believe that he was accurate.
  24. Have you considered using a case cover with shoulder straps to carry the encased guitar, thereby affording it the superior protection of the hard case within the soft case cover? They are manufactured by several companies, including Ameritage Cases http://www.finecases.com/browse/gigbags/guitar-family/case-covers.html?sort=Ameritage , Small Dog Cases: http://coloradocase.com/ccc/Small%20Dog%20Price%20List%202009.pdf and Colorado Cases, http://www.finecases.com/browse/gigbags/guitar-family/case-covers.html?sort=Colorado%20Case. A video depicting the Gibson recreation of Claptons Cream ES-335 showed them transporting that guitar through the airports and the flight in the hardshell case with a case cover having shoulder straps.
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