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  1. Here's a pic of mine that I just picked up last night. What a great guitar. My first Gibson Les Paul. It's an '03 Std Heritage Cherry Burst. There are some beautiful guitars in this post, that's for sure!
  2. Thanks rlajack. That helped a lot.
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    Setup Question

    Hi all. I'm not sure if this is in the right area so if it's not, please accept my apologies and move it accordingly. I've got a question for anyone in the Columbus, Ohio area. Do any of you know of a good luthier to do setups in the area? I've tried a place that was supposed to be good but they dinged my guitar up pretty good, although the setup was spot on when I got it back. I just don't trust them with any of my good gits anymore. Anyone in the central Ohio area with any ideas? Thanks.
  4. Hi all. I'm not sure if this is in the right area so if it's not, please accept my apologies and move it accordingly. I've got a question for anyone in the Columbus, Ohio area. Do any of you know of a good luthier to do setups in the area? I've tried a place that was supposed to be good but they dinged my guitar up pretty good, although the setup was spot on when I got it back. I just don't trust them with any of my good gits anymore. Anyone in the central Ohio area with any ideas? Thanks.
  5. I love both my Epi LP and my Fender Strat. However, I find that the neck on my Strat is infinitely easier to play. The string tension of the long scale Strat, at least to some degree, is offset by the fact that I use lighter guage strings on the Strat than on the LP (9s vs. 10s). Those are just my personal observations and clearly there are many different opinions as to this issue. Play what feels good and is the most comfortable as this will keep up your interest.
  6. I'm with guitarslinger. Brite Wire 10s for me all the way. YMMV.
  7. I took up the guitar 2 years ago at the age of 40. A nice 40th birthday present for myself! Anyway, I took lessons for nearly a year and now getting ready to start taking again (starting this week). I think lessons are a great investment of time and money.
  8. I'll bite. Here's mine with the pickguard and pup covers installed, which I did recently. rhcp fan, that's sharp, even though your lens must be on backwards. :-
  9. I agree with The_Sentry: stock Epi pups are really pretty good, though possibly not THE best for all situations. I recently covered mine (I have an '06 Classic LP) and I am amazed at the difference it makes. Not quite as hot but more controllable "crunch". And the look, well, after installing the pickguard and the pup covers I'm very happy. Back to the pups, again The_Sentry has a good point with the Burstbuckers (1 & 2). I've tried them out with a Gibby '58 LP VOS and I absolutely LOVED the sound. It may have a little (or a lot) to do with the build of the Gibby but if I were to change pups I would definitely put in the BBs.
  10. Love the pickup mod, and it's a beautiful guitar to boot.
  11. Ricochet, I agree. I actually have another cable but that happened to be the one I had attached to the amp at the time of the pic. Thanks for the compliment copper and stan. I couldn't be happier with the results of the changes, and I'm very excited the electronics seem to be fixed. Now, back to practicing.
  12. Yeah, it was a factory solder. It did seem to come off pretty easy given how gently I pulled on the wire connected to the pup when trying to get a little room to work. Anyway, it's now fixed. Here are some before/after pics.
  13. Great news! Took the back plate off to check the solder points to the bridge pup volume and tone pots. A wire had wrestled itself loose on the volume pot (must've happened when I pulled the pickup out and pulled the wire out to get some room to work with) and when I tested it by touching it to the potentiometer (spelling?), it came to life. Resoldered it and everything works like a charm now. Thanks again to everyone for their assistance. By the way, the covers seem to really "tame" the edgy attack of the open humbuckers. The covers plus the new Gibson Brite Wires really make the guitar sound good. Now I need to go practice so I can make it sound like it's supposed to. Thanks again.
  14. Great news! Took the back plate off to check the solder points to the bridge pup volume and tone pots. A wire had wrestled itself loose on the volume pot (must've happened when I pulled the pickup out and pulled the wire out to get some room to work with) and when I tested it by touching it to the potentiometer (spelling?), it came to life. Resoldered it and everything works like a charm now. Thanks again to everyone for their assistance. By the way, the covers seem to really "tame" the edgy attack of the open humbuckers. The covers plus the new Gibson Brite Wires really make the guitar sound good. Now I need to go practice so I can make it sound like it's supposed to. Thanks again.
  15. Thanks for the all the replies. I came home this evening from work and tried it out again and the humming, electrical, crackly sound actually happens when I touch the pickup. When I'm not touching it it hums a little only. I'm going to check the wires in the pots to see if I've done something there. I guess I just take off the back plate? By the way, when I select the bridge pickup, touch the pickup with my finger, and adjust the tone and volume pots they seem to be working as they each substantially effect the sound as I manipulate them. Anyway, thanks again for your assistance.
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