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  1. To me she (the guitar, not Orianthi 😉) looks like a Gibson Les Paul Axcess Standard Floyd Rose. This model has always been a Custom Shop guitar. She came with a rosewood fretboard. Pickups should be 496R in the neck and 498T in the bridge position. The tone pots feature series (push)/parallel (pull) switches. The Alex Lifeson Signature Les Paul Axcess came with rosewood board, covered 496R and 498T pickups, Graph Tech Ghost piezo FR bridge, two output jacks that can be used mono, stereo (magnetic and piezo sounds separately) either with a stereo cable using the "Regular" stereo jack or with two mono cables with "Regular" jack for magnetic sound only and "Life-O-Sound" jack for separate piezo output. The series/parallel options are available through push/pull volume pots. The piezo volume pot is located at the usual bridge pickup tone control position and mutes the piezo signal when pulled. The single tone control for both magnetic pickups is in the position typically used for the neck pickup's tone control. I own one of these, so I know for sure. In addition, I had retrofitted the tone control for a push/pull pot including a polarity ("phase") switch for the neck pickup. The Dave Amato Signature came with bridge pickup only, a '57 Plus offering coil split, tone and volume controls. The current Les Paul Axcess Floyd Rose guitars come with 490R and 498T and coil split switches. They feature the new Apex headstock for added strength. See here: https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSX9K662/Les-Paul-Axcess-Standard-Figured-Floyd-Rose-Gloss# https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSQD2632/Les-Paul-Axcess-Custom-w-Ebony-Fingerboard-Floyd-Rose-Gloss#
  2. I wasn't here for some time. Therefore I'm a little surprised and trying to get used to the new forum style now. 🙂
  3. Hey, capmaster! I also have been hoping you are OK. I haven't seen you posting in quite some time. Be well. Peace!

  4. As far as the pics allow to judge, she looks real to me. The embossed serial numbers on my Gibsons are clearly legible under clear coats, but some of those under solid satin coats are quite hard to read. Solid colors with a clear coat like on the guitar in question can make them very hard to decipher. Finally, all of them can be quite hard to photograph to my experience. Sometimes it took me dozens of attempts using lots of lighting and viewing angles.
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    Truss rod cover

    This is what I do - I just love plain truss rod covers.
  6. Hello and welcome to the board! Congrats on your nice catch. I think I would like most of your ES-330 - unique top, finish in general, humbuckers, all of the hardware, and witch hat knobs, too. However, the missing finish on the neck's overlap near the neck humbucker would bother me. I think if I'd like playability and tone as you do, I would have it fixed. A skilled luthier can do this at a reasonable fee, and it may take about two weeks until the finish is dried out sufficiently. You may have it done by Gibson, too, and I think they would fix it without charge, but it may take some months until you will have your guitar back again. Just my two cents...
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    Congrats on your beautiful catch, Cougar! A guitar playing, sounding and looking nice is one of the finest things on Earth. Enjoy playing her!
  8. Phil Collins is a true allrounder when about playing instruments. For evaluating his looks we probably should ask the ladies. :)
  9. Not sure but I doubt Me2 pictures were better. ;)
  10. A micromanager with the most micromanageable guitar ever? :unsure:
  11. The intonation/string spacing tradeoff of slanted bridges is what always made me love the 1970's long-travel "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge. However, I learned to live with the spacing tolerances. The very solution in a double sense are roller-bridges with slanted intonation paths compensating the bridge angle. Additionally they have an extended travel and allow for individual string spacing adjustment, independent from intonation. I think the reason for that design is keeping the string run exactly perpendicular to the roller axis. This model in chrome is what I use on my Gibson Frank Zappa "Roxy" SGs. However, it only seems available as a drop-in for the Gibson Nashville T-O-M. https://schaller.info/en/bridges/328/stm Pictured in chrome like mine are: https://schaller.info/media/image/05/b8/88/12080200.jpg http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/All_Hardware_and_Parts_by_Instrument/Electric_Guitar_Parts/Electric_Guitar_Bridges_and_Tailpieces/Tune-o-matic_Bridges/Schaller_Roller_Bridge.html Sadly I only found a roller bridge for Epiphone guitars not compensating the bridge slant, so the strings run slanted across the rolls - not good for tone and sustain. It also seems to have a shorter adjustment travel: https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Mite-Standard-Roller-Epiphone/dp/B005P9BRXK
  12. Hello Jon, welcome to this nice place in the web! What do you mean saying 'just marvel?' Keep her adjusted and tuned, but otherwise just behold her looks and leaving out her tone you could create playing her? Mounting strap locks is very recommended, and then she is ready to rock!
  13. Your disappointment is understood, but the Gibson lifelong warranty only applies to the original buyer in the USA. All other countries get the warranty according to their laws, some dealers provide extended ones. Everyone buying used in the US won't get anything more than the dealer's guarantee as long as applicable like people do over here, too. To my guess replacing the pickguard of your Songwriter Deluxe EC won't break your bank remembering the costs of strings for ten years, will it? Then there's also the batteries... Again, I understand you are disappointed, but it's not worth ruining your mood over rules not created by you and me. I know very well how easily I get touched by these things at first - deep in my soul I'm a musician, you know... Such situations are hard for me, too. I need to take my time and cool down. Sleeping on it may bring back your serenity.
  14. Hello LWAG, welcome to this board! You say your 1996 Les Paul is chambered - is this a verified fact?
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