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  1. Well, I could have just slithered away and not posted again, but I'll cop to being an idiot. I keep the LP at home, where I don't have a practice amp. I plug direct into a DAW, use plug ins and then out to 5" monitors. It sounds pretty crappy and I didn't hear any tone change at all. I took the LP to my office last night where I keep my band rig and I plugged into a couple of amps. The tone pots are working, though there really isn't a very big range of change. So I apologize to Gibson for dissing their plastic pots, and want to thank you guys for your insight. I have to say that the LP sounded so good last night, that I'm thinking of gigging it at our next show on the 8th. It has the Custombucker Pro + pups, if I remember correctly. They sounded really good with my rig. I'm glad this whole thing happened. Now I have an extra guitar to put into rotation.
  2. I'm going to dig my receipt out and give Gibson a call. I'm handy enough that I could change out the PCB. That would be preferable to me rather than ship the guitar somewhere. I like the guitar, except for the vintage frets. I could live with the plastic junk controls provided they function correctly. If all this becomes too big of a hassle, I'll have my luthier do a rewire with real pots and lose the dippy switches. Thanks. For those that like pictures:
  3. Just looking for some advice here. I bought a 2018 LP Standard HP from CME about seven or eight months ago. It was brand new. I don't put much play time in on it. It was kind of a scratch that itch purchase. Anyway, last night I realized that the tone pots are not functioning for tone. The push/pull works for selecting out of phase and inside or outside coil split. But there's absolutely no change what so ever from turning either tone pot. These are the plastic pots that are mounted on a pcb board. I usually just keep the pots full up, but I was feeling wild and decided to experiment some last night. What I'm wondering is: has this been a problem that others have complained about, or am I just an unlucky guy? If I contact Gibson, will they do something about it? I'm not actually sure what the warranty is on the electronics. Thanks.
  4. My 2018 HP Standard has .090"x.036" fret wire. I don't like it. It's the only thing I don't like about the guitar. I can't wait till it wears out. But since it's cryogenically treated that may be a while. Geesh.
  5. My new LP Standard HP came with Rhythm Pro and Lead Pro+ pups. I'm not up on Gibson pups and I'd like to read up on them. The OP's post mentioned Lead Pro but it didn't have the + in it. What exactly do my pups translate to? They're sounding pretty good to me, just a little hot.
  6. Thank you pippy. I've managed to get in about an hours worth of play time. Here's a couple things I noticed: The Grover tuners are very smooth and accurate. The pups are pretty hot. They sound really good. Very full and no ice pick on the bridge, but they push my normal amp settings a little more than I like. My main rig is a Helix. I create a separate patch for each song we do in my band. So I'm hoping I don't need to have a separate patch for using the LP. I'll need more time to figure that out. The wide nut is a non issue right now. I'm not a thumb over the top player. I can't say it has any advantage or disadvantage at this point. The Richlite board feels great and the guitar has a very nice acoustic tone, so I don't see any disadvantage from that. I would have preferred medium frets, but I can live with the low frets till I wear them out. Then she'll get SS mediums. I haven't dug into the dip switch settings and I'm not sure what they are set on now. But the tones I got when popping up the tone knobs was very usable. More so than the majority of split or tap settings I've used. I wasn't going to get another LP, because I'm a light weight and they normally aren't. I planned on getting a new SG until I strapped a new '18 on and the head dove for the floor. This LP weighs 8.5#, which is the same as my Am Dlx Strat, so I'm good with that. Because I didn't really need another guitar, especially one this nice, it was a bit of a stretch buying this. My honey do list will be long for the foreseeable future. But right now I'm feeling like I'm glad I went for it. Except for one thing. That aluminum case. Man that thing is over kill. It's huge, it weighs a ton. I doubt I'll ever take it out of the house. I'll probably use a nice padded gig bag I have. But what the H am I gonna do with this coffin they sent me?
  7. A Mohave Fade SG HP is what started this whole little adventure for me. It's funny how gas takes these twists and turns the longer we let it percolate.
  8. And, yes it really did happen. Here's my patriotic red, white and blue line up. There's more flame than the photo shows.
  9. I posted in the "I'm Disappointed" thread, but I thought I would update this thread. My new LP Standard HP arrived about an hour ago. I haven't been able to play it yet as I had it delivered to my office and though my wife doesn't believe it, I actually do work. It's beautiful looking and the aluminum case is built like a tank and weighs about the same as one. The inspection card lists it as a H2 model. It has locking grovers, Richlite fb, upgraded flame top. So for the same price as a regular HP and heavily discounted, I feel like I made out pretty good. I get to take it to band practice on Tuesday. That will be the real litmus test. I'm still considering getting a Gforce tuner system to use with the band and make alt tuning a little easier. I know that is opposite of what most guys do. One thing I thought was funny is that the photo that Gibson sends of the guitar on the inspection bench shows they use a Bandit 12 amp for testing. Does Gibson own Peavey?
  10. I don't know if Eric exists, but I can put some perspective on the HPI and HPII situation. I just had my new LP Standard HPI delivered about an hour ago. It appears to be a hybrid of a I and II. As I was researching them it became clear that some of the HPI's that were being advertised were either an HPII or a hybrid of a I and II. Two of the sellers that I questioned about what I saw, were unaware that there even was an HPII. The difference between them is the II has Grover Tuners, Richlite fb, a military spec three way switch and a black HSC. Also, the flame tops appear to be an improvement over the HPI's. It also was supposed to be about $300 more. So if Eric exists, he actually got an upgraded guitar that shouldn't have broke his little heart. My guitar has locking Grovers, Richlite fb and an upgraded flame top. But it has the silver aluminum case (which weighs a freaking ton) and from what I can tell a regular three way switch. At least to me, the switch doesn't feel any more solid than any LP hanging in GC. The model is listed on the inspection paperwork as H2LPS1808CH1. Actually I'm not sure if it's a 1 or L at the end. So it was advertised as an HPI, has an H2 model designation on the inspection sheet, but doesn't have all of the features of an HPII like the case and military switch. I guess this is an interim period where the models are being switched over and it's a grab bag as to what you'll get. If you pay for a I and get a II, I don't see any reason to be upset. I'm happy so far. I haven't had a chance to play it yet.
  11. Thanks, I've never played a richlite fb, but I do like ebony and I'm not a vintage minded guy, so what ever works is good with me. I'm not trying to provoke you guys, but I'm considering getting a g-force tuner to put on. In my band I need to do alt tunings. My #1 guitar is a modified Variax, which lets me do alt tunings with a knob turn. I'm hoping to get close to that with this new LP. So far every guitar I've played with the g-force has worked fine. So until I get a roadie, I need something that will keep me playing instead of standing on stage tuning while the rest of the band stares at me.
  12. Thanks, I did. A new '18 Les Paul HP Blood Orange Fade with Grover Tuners from the factory. From the pictures it has a very dark fret board which makes me think it is Richlite. I know that will excite you guys. I've noticed a marked improvement with the quality of the tops the last month or so. I can't wait to get it. I'm not sure if my wife is going to impound it till my birthday on the 20th. I'll live if she does.
  13. Buy a small humidity meter from Home Depot, Lowes or whatever you have near you. They have them in the nursery section. Put it anywhere in the room you keep your guitars and you won't be guessing about what the humidity is or if you need to turn on a humidifier. As stated above, 35% is usually adequate to keep the guitars happy. I recently did a two night gig at a mountain resort where it was freezing and snowing. When I got home my guitar had a nasty low E buzz. Luthier has it now and says the neck expanded from absorbing moisture. I'm not sure how that happened, but it's the worse weather related movement I've had in a guitar and a bit scary.
  14. I will probably buy a new '18 LP Standard HP tomorrow. It's a deal too good to pass up on a really nice looking Blood Orange burst. I came into this thread thinking I might get a little info and maybe some encouragement to pull the trigger tomorrow, but sadly that didn't happen. I'll see how I feel in the morning, but I'm probably going to go for it. For the record, I couldn't care less about nibs.
  15. It seems kind of strange. Sweetwater shows the 2018 SG Standard HP in Cobalt Fade as no longer available. Yet they still show the HPII in Cobalt Fade as available. I wonder why they would stop making just the one color? Especially since it's probably the nicest color of the four.
  16. I see that Sweetwater has an SG Standard HPII with a Richlite FB, but it's not shown on the Gibson site. They're apparently charging extra for the Richlite board. Have these started shipping yet?
  17. Most guitar forums are slanted towards a "vintage is king" mentality. It was a Fender Custom Shop Clapton in Daphne Blue that taught me I wasn't a vintage guy. I loved everything about that guitar except playing it. I hated the vintage tuners, saddles, fret wire. I finally forced myself to pass it on to someone that would play it, at a large profit I might add. Now I know better and the HP series is looking pretty good.
  18. Thanks for the info. The dip switches do far more than I realized. The '18 HP's might be the best guitar Gibson has made in a long time. Personally, I wish they had gone with a medium fret wire for the SG instead of the "low profile". That's pretty much the only negative on the whole guitar for me.
  19. I'm seriously considering an 2018 SG Standard HP. What do the dip switches do? How effective are they, meaning are they even worth considering them as a positive addition?
  20. Typically, a new LP is advertised for sale by the major retailers at 26% below what Gibson shows as the MSRP. I'm thinking of getting a 2016 LP Standard HP. Gibson shows the MSRP on their website at $3,149. Sweetwater and the other major retailers are showing this same street price of $3,149 and saying it's discounted from a $3,999 MSRP. What am I missing here. Is Gibson showing a "street" price on their website? That would be odd for a manufacturer to do.
  21. Now I see the Supreme only comes in the blue or red. I was thinking of the black Standard. Hmmm, I have two red guitars. What to do?
  22. I was just drooling over these on the Gibson and Sweetwater sites. So, I need to know: How do you like the Richlite FB? How do you like the neck profile? How does the neck profile compare to other SG's you've played? How do the Burstbucker Pro's sound in this? I think the blue looks killer. But I have two blue guitars and only one black one. So if I was to get one of these I'd probably go black to even things out. I need to be pragmatic with my gas!
  23. There's no doubt that unplugged, the construction of a guitar makes a big difference. Plugged into an amp, the pups take over. I'm no a big proponent of tone wood theory, BUT there's one undisputable fact. Hollow bodied guitars feedback more. If the acoustics of a guitar have nothing to do with the amped signal, than why do hollow bodies cause feedback? I'm glad I didn't know about the Trad Pro II being sold at $1,399, I would have been scheming the last few days figuring out a way to make it happen.
  24. Oh, it's a set neck also. Very unFender like. A nice small heel.
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