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  1. I have to agree on the JCM800 myself. I had one built for me by Aris Amplification, he's also my dentist. Sounds incredible. It's the 50 watt version and is more than enough for what I need. I have downsized my amplifiers to more fit my needs. Give the Fender Supersonic a try also. I picked one up used and it's a great grab and go amp. I have one Fender 65 re-issue and it'a also a good grab and go. Toss a distortion pedal at it and it sounds nice also. My go to amps are my JCM 800 clone and I have a couple Blackstar heads I like very well also. If I had to only own one it would be the JCM800.
  2. Yea, no kidd'n. I have 3 of the 2008 series Standards. Love the necks on them. They all sound different too, but in a good way. I have one Traditional also but like the Standards better. Just picked up a new Gary Moore tribute model yesterday. Need to get my strings of choice on it and install the Graph Tech saddles on the G,B,& E strings and it will be set how I like them. Another different tone tool. Good luck finding your Blue model. Try Chicago Music Exchange too. I got my 08' Standard made in 2012 Gold Top from them. Good folks to deal with and they will negotiate.
  3. Tuner update, I called Grover directly this morning and explained the tuning peg issue slipping back out of the body. Chuck, says although rare, he has seen this issue before were an internal snap ring may be the fault. He said ship it to them and they will replace it. Problem solved.
  4. Hope somebody has an answer to this odd occurrence. The model in question is a 2008 standard model with the locking tuners made in 2010. I was changing strings tonight and the B string wouldn't tune up. It was slipping, so I checked the locking thumb-wheel to be sure I hadn't lost my mind and it was tight and the string was locked into place. Then I noticed the peg was much lower than the rest. I flipped the guitar over and noticed the worm gear was exposed. I pushed up on it and it went into place and I tightened the locking sleeve and thought it had just come loose no big deal. I proceede
  5. I posted earlier of my recent experience with my first on line purchase from Chicago Music Exchange. It was suppose to arrive tomorrow and to my surprise my wife called and said my guitar was delivered today. It was a used 2008 Gold Top Standard made in 2010. The manager assured me that it was a 10 with no blems, dings, rash or issues. I just opened the box and he was right. It's a 10 condition GT with no issues. They tossed in a bunch of picks and a microfiber towel and polish. It also appears to have a fresh set of D'Addario strings installed. Had to get back to work so I couldn't play it bu
  6. That's nice specimen and welcome to the forum. My Standards have what they call locking "keystone" tuners. My Standards are the 2008 model so not sure if they are the same or not. But you came to the right place for an answer. Also try the Les Paul forum, there's some knowledgeable folks there too. Good luck fixing your baby.
  7. I've always purchased a guitar privately or new in store until..... yesterday. I had been looking for the LP Standard 2008 model in gold top to add to my stable. Hard to find them new anywhere since the 2012 & 2013 came out and as far as I'm concerned Gibson ruined a good thing. Tuesday I found one used at Chicago Music Exchange claiming to be in 10 condition other than a cracked tone knob. That didn't bother me as long as it was a 10, no dings, buckle rash or other cosmetic issues. While on line examining it, I had one of those pop up's for chat and I replied. After some brief chat exchan
  8. Possibly, I have a HB 2008 model made in 2008 and it sounds a bit chunky / fatter than my CB 2008 made in 2010 on the same settings. BTW, my search for a gold top 2008 is over !!!! I found one in 10 condition made in 2010 from Chicago Music Exchange. I've never purchased on line before until now. I Have always bought new in store or private party were I can touch feel etc. The store manager accepted my offer including the shipping and no tax. He guarantees the guitar is perfect no dents, buckle rash or nicks or blemishes in the top gold coating. He said I can return it in 30 days if I'm no
  9. I like the 2008 model so well I have two of them, cherry B and a honey B I'm currently trying to find a 2008 Gold Top but missed out on one from AMS. now that I have the dough saved up for one and mission control approves, I can't find one any were. I don't want the 2012 or the 2013 because I don't give a crap about push pull pot splitting or the skinny *** neck. I think Gibson messed up by not keeping this model in their line up. I'm still searching.....
  10. Well, they've done it again. Another JB artist model. That makes three and they still can't get it right. http://jbonamassa.com/gibson/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter7Tribut+Batched&utm_content=Newsletter7Tribut+Batched+CID_524eda6ccb5feaee3124a7e3548a5ca4&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Gibson%20releases%20Joe%20Bonamassa%20Les%20Paul%20Standard%20Read%20more Even though a big JB fan myself, I won't be in line for one until they get it right. In this video, it does not appear to be the guitar as advertised.The one in the video is a clear maho
  11. I think you'd like the 57 set. I didn't want the new 2012/2013 SG so grabbed up the last Standard fresh out of the box before it got to the shred monkeys. It came with the 490/498 set which I don't care for at all for my playing. Since I've got other Gibby's with the 57's and others with the BP PRo in them I decided to go with these instead. http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/sets/hot_rodded_humb/ I had them in a SE PRS and liked the tone a lot.... hated that skinny neck though. They sound great in the SG and am happy with my choice. The BP Pro's are different than the standard
  12. I did a lot of reading on this subject and it pretty much boils down to a players preference of feel. The biggest benefit is that you can drop the stop bar down to the body studs and tighten them down. This will increase harmonic resonance into the guitar and help sustain. I tried the wrap and non wrapped and the wrap did feel a bit slinkier, this could help with higher gauge strings. I stick with 10's so it's a non issue for me and I'm not marring the finish of the SB. Being a machinist, I really do not care for the strain the stud inserts pressed into the wood body and the strain on the stud
  13. Crappy shot, I took it last night... need to do another one. Here are most of them, my favorites any way.
  14. And yours reminds me of when I'm having a bad day at work and want to go into the parking lot and scream Pick attack (like raking your right hand #1 finger on attack) will have an effect on tone and materials will also. So far I really like these Graph Tech 1.oomm tusk picks so far. Interesting reading and getting opinions on this. Oh oh....time for that quality time with mission control now...
  15. Sam ash is blowing out the Haze 15 watt head for 249 and each cabinet is 149. I was reluctant to own one of these but since I had a Haze 40 and am happy with it. I pulled the trigger on the complete stack of both cabs and head for 600 bucks. It's now my go to take to open mic night set and it doesn't weigh a ton and it gets through the mix very well. It has a decent trem, delay and chorus effect built in of which I use and keep the pedal board at home. Or you may consider a Blackstar 20 watt combo that's in your price range. I don't own any Vox amps, but those that do like them. Just not my cu
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