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  1. I was recently surprised with the gift of this '68 Reissue (link below). :) It's still en route to me, but I'm looking for more info about it in the meantime, like what pups the model has, etc. The eBay listing was a little light on info. But it sure looks like a fantastic guitar, and I can't wait to try it. Anyone have any knowledge/experience with this model? http://www.ebay.com/itm/200856259825?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sadis%3D200%26_ipg%3D50%26LH_SALE_CURRENCY%3D0%26_sacat%3D0%26_samihi%3D%26_samilow%3D%26_fpos%3D%26_ftrt%3D901%26_udhi%3D%26_oexkw%3D%26_sabdhi%3D%26_ftrv%3D1%26_udlo%3D%26_sabdlo%3D%26_adv%3D1%26_sop%3D16%26_dmd%3D1%26_okw%3D%26_fsct%3D%26_nkw%3D200856259825%26_rdc%3D1
  2. Great advice as always Bence, and good to hear from you again. I think I'm going to stick with my pseudo-locking straps from planet waves. The new leather straps work very well, but just strike me as ill-befitting a guitar I love this much. I don't trust my mechanical skills, but I'm sure I'll have an excuse to bring to bring my LP into my luthier again soon (I think the high E is starting to buzz just like it was with my Midtown!).
  3. I put some Dunlop strap locks on my Ibanez, and while it was an easy swap and they work well...they're huge. I didn't mind too much, because it sorta fits with its superstrat body and Metal looks. But I'd like something a little more tasteful for my Les Paul. ' I've heard good things about Schaller, but I've also heard of installation problems with various guitars. I'd really, really rather not take a drill to my baby or pack the hole with broken toothpicks (a strangely common practice, I'm told). So I'm basically asking for recommendations for a no-muss no-fuss direct replacement for the existing buttons. Any suggestions appreciated!
  4. Well that certainly sealed my decision. Thanks Dave. And stunning guitars, btw!
  5. Thanks Bence...good advice. The subtle differences are already becoming apparent, and I'll be damned if this LPCC isn't just a fantastic guitar. So rich and full sounding...I love it. I recently got two very cool pedals (a russian Big Muff Pi, and a Timmy), and I must've spent 3 full hours today fiddling with knobs, playing and grinning. I've got a Blackstar valve reverb pedal arriving tomorrow as well, so I'm pretty much in guitar heaven. No way could I part with the LP now.
  6. Yeah, I think you're both absolutely right. After spending a lot more time with the LP, I'm already seeing larger differences between the two, and I'm really beginning to bond with it. Plus, I called zzounds, and told them I was considering returning it and that musiciansfriend was selling them for $1599 - 15% off ($1359). They agreed to refund the difference. At that price, I'd be insane to part with such a nice guitar.
  7. Thanks Mark! I, too, would love to hear a comparison of the MC and ES-335. The MC always seems to be described as a mix between the LP and ES-335, but having now purchased an LP, I have a strong suspicion that the MC is a much closer relative to it than the ES-335. Which is good news for me, because, a Lucille remains at the top of my wish list. Just wish they weren't so damn expensive. I'll probably test the water with a satin 335 on eBay, as I hear they sound just as good for a lot less.
  8. That's a good thought as well. I'm tempted to put one or both '57s in the Midtown and put ceramics in the LP. At the price I got the LP (now $1359 after some additional haggling & price matching this morning), I would be crazy to not keep it and maybe experiment with it a bit.
  9. That's a great point that I hadn't considered. I could maybe keep the LP tuned in open G and have it be my Keith Richards guitar. Not a bad thought at all.
  10. Hahahaa. Thanks bruthah, I needed that. I just got off the phone with zzounds.com. I told them that I was thinking of returning it, but if they matched the price that musiciansfriend.com was showing ($1,599) - 15% = $1359, I would consider keeping it. After a minute on hold, they agreed. With just a few dollars, zzounds has retained my long-standing business, and pretty much forced me to keep this duplicative -- yet unreservedly impeccable -- bit of Gibson lore. At $1,359, no one in their right mind would/should pass it up. I need to work on my color appreciation perhaps, but having these two remarkable instruments in my arsenal...it's perhaps only fitting that they be fraternal twins. P.S. I'm positively hammered, and couldn't be happier right now.
  11. I appreciate the thought, but it's a common misperception that locking tuners will help a guitar stay in tune -- they won't. And in any case, despite locking tuners, my Midtown Custom doesn't stay in tune, ostensibly a result of two things: a poorly cut nut, and a neck that joins at its body too high. My (highly accurate) tuner pedal routinely attests to its flimsiness. Otherwise, I absolutely adore the guitar.
  12. First, thanks very much for your input, and when I do wake up, I promise I have means to quell whatever headache I might've acquired during this Pepsi-Challenge. ;) I don't know if I was hoping for someone to say exactly what you just said, or if I was hoping for someone to appeal to some logical reason why I can't keep both. It's been a couple hours now since I posted my first quandary...and yes, they are extraordinarily similar. (Burstbuckers and '57 Classics are ******* nearly identical, no?) But I'm starting to realize (perhaps rationalize) how the LP serves a slightly different purpose. It's a bit beefier, as advertised, and I'm not sure if that's a function of my expectation per all the marketing, but it does feel capable of heavier rock). Regardless, I've reconciled myself with the fact that I'm not parting with either of them. They're both extraordinary guitars and I feel like a God when I play them. Viva Gibson. The Ibanez RGA42A, which I kept for my darker moments, will likely be put up on the auction block, but I can't say that I'll lose any sleep over having two similar looking Gibsons, and loving them equally, yet differently. And since when does rationality have anything to do with being a guitarist?
  13. Addendum: I have literally stayed up all night with a bottle of chilled Vodka, determined to get to the bottom of this. As of 4:45am I remain convinced that the two guitars are sufficiently similar that keeping both of them would be somewhat absurd. I have also come to the conclusion that they are sufficiently different, such that I cannot possibly choose which one to keep and which to "throw back into the ocean," as it were. Furthermore, I have begun to bond with the LPCC, and have come to better appreciate its strengths, and have come to realize that I cannot part with it. I've always felt that my growing stable of guitars should be complementary, and represent a wide variety. I'm hereby making an exception, and am now the proud owner of fraternal twin Gibsons, both of which are spectacular.
  14. Addendum: I have literally stayed up all night with a bottle of chilled Vodka, determined to get to the bottom of this. As of 4:45am I remain convinced that the two guitars are sufficiently similar that keeping both of them would be somewhat absurd. I have also come to the conclusion that they are sufficiently different, such that I cannot possibly choose which one to keep and which to "throw back into the ocean," as it were. Furthermore, I have begun to bond with the LPCC, and have come to better appreciate its strengths, and have come to realize that I can not part with it. I've always felt that my growing stable of guitars should be complementary, and represent a wide variety. I'm hereby making an exception, and am now the proud owner of fraternal twin Gibsons, both of which are spectacular.
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