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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.
  15. My ebony LPCC arrived this morning, and it's just beautiful. Everything is flawless, the action is nice and low...even the intonation was (almost) perfect. The fretboard is so dark that it could be almost confused for ebony. And it arrived much better set up than my ebony Midtown Custom, which I had to take to my luthier right out of the gate. And it plays great, too. Frets are a nice height and level, the high E is a more reasonable distance from the edge of the fretboard than my Midtown, and the '57 Classics are sweet. So what's the problem, you might ask? It is so strikingly similar to my Midtown Custom, that after hours of comparison, I'm at a loss as to which I prefer. Frankly, I find that the only really striking differences are the weight and ergonomics. And the Midtown wins on both those fronts. I think I expected the LPCC to be noticeably superior to the MC, and that I would keep the former and sell the latter. But I'm now faced with a something of a dilemma. I have noticed things that I prefer in the LPCC: the neck seems ever so slightly thicker and more solidly connected to the body (even resting my hand on the MC's neck will cause it to go slightly out of tune). The LPCC clearly puts out more volume, and might have slightly better sustain and thicker bass. And its high E string doesn't sit quite so precariously close to the edge of the fretboard, as it does on my MC, which is a small but significant point. The LPCC seems a bit brighter and therefore a little more articulate on a clean channel, but the neck pickups on both strike me as muddy(?) as I travel up the neck. The MC has the advantages that A.) I've already bonded with it, B.) it's 2 lbs lighter and I prefer its ergonomics, and C.) it sounds warmer to my ears. They're both strikingly similar aesthetically, but the Les Paul certainly has that iconic look. I suppose I could keep both, but they seem duplicative. I'll stop rambling here, but I think I just need a sanity check -- am I crazy for contemplating sending back the LP (which was a steal at $1,500 brand new)?
  16. My ebony LPCC arrived this morning, and it's just beautiful. Everything is flawless, the action is nice and low...even the intonation was (almost) perfect. The fretboard is so dark that it could be almost confused for ebony. And it arrived much better set up than my ebony Midtown Custom, which I had to take to my luthier right out of the gate. And it plays great, too. Frets are a nice height and level, the high E is a more reasonable distance from the edge of the fretboard than my Midtown, and the '57 Classics are sweet. So what's the problem, you might ask? It is so strikingly similar to my Midtown Custom, that after hours of comparison, I'm at a loss as to which I prefer. Frankly, I find that the only really striking differences are the weight and ergonomics. And the Midtown wins on both those fronts. I think I expected the LPCC to be noticeably superior to the MC, and that I would keep the former and sell the latter. But I'm now faced with a something of a dilemma. I have noticed things that I prefer in the LPCC: the neck seems ever so slightly thicker more solidly connected to the body (even resting my hand on the MC's neck will cause it to go slightly out of tune). The LPCC clearly puts out more volume, and might have slightly better sustain and thicker bass. And its high E string doesn't sit quite so precariously close to the edge of the fretboard, as it does on my MC, which is a small but significant point. The LPCC seems a bit brighter and therefore a little more articulate on a clean channel, but the neck pickups on both strike me as muddy(?) as I travel up the neck. The MC has the advantages that A.) I've already bonded with it, B.) it's 2 lbs lighter and I prefer its ergonomics, and C.) it sounds warmer to my ears. They're both strikingly similar aesthetically, but the Les Paul certainly has that iconic look. I suppose I could keep both, but they seem duplicative. I'll stop rambling here, but I think I just need a sanity check -- am I crazy for contemplating sending back the LP (which was a steal at $1,500 brand new)?
  17. Thanks Voxman, those Grovers do look like they would drop right in. I have Sperzels on another guitar and love them, but I can't bring myself to drill my new axe. Thanks for the help!
  18. I put Planet Waves auto-trim tuners on my Midtown Custom and am only mildly happy with them. I'm thinking Sperzels or Grovers would be a step up. My overriding priority is that they be drop-in replacements that won't require drilling. Auto-trim would be nice but not necessary. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  19. I have a Midtown Custom with burstbuckers, and I like them a lot, but the neck pickup gets a bit, I dunno, trebly or almost feedbacky as I move up the neck. I've always heard good things about the Classic 57's, and I'm curious if someone might be able to compare/contrast them for me? Thanks in advance!
  20. It helps quite a bit, thanks very much. Exactly the answer I imagined (and frankly, hoped) I would receive. I've since adapted to it for the most part, and think I will continue to do so. As long it's a known quirk and not a defect of my particular guitar, I suppose I can live with it and adjust.
  21. I recently replaced the Grover tuners on my Midtown with some Planet Waves auto-trimming locking tuners. Loved them after the first stringing, but they then proceeded to destroy 4 high E strings in a row. I'm getting a replacement set tomorrow, but if they mangle one more string, I'm giving up on them. I will then have 5 incomplete sets of strings that collectively cost more than the tuners. Can anyone recommend other locking tuners that will be a drop-in, no-mod replacement for my Grovers? The Planet Waves tuners dropped right in nicely, but I'm starting to think I'm willing to trim the ends myself.
  22. Thanks btoth76...even though you probably just cost me a metric ****ton of money. ;) Seriously, though, it's good to know. I can't remember the specific model of LP that I played (in some So.Cal. Guitar Center), but I remember that it had extremely hot pickups (nothing like the Midtown's Burstbuckers that I love right now). I guess I'm mainly looking for an excuse to lust after another guitar. My initial experience with Gibson have been so overwhelmingly positive, my Midtown Custom crushes my Robert Cray strat, and, slightly less so, my custom Tele), that I was looking toward Gibson for my next axe. I'm not sure what I hope to gain from the Midtown Custom (most likely nothing)...but I have G.A.S. like most others in this forum. I wouldn't mind trying out some 57 Classic pups...yes, no?
  23. I play primarily sitting down...it's just more comfortable, and since I don't gig, it's a luxury I can afford. I love my new Gibson Midtown Custom. It's my first Gibson, but the combination of the Burstbuckers, shorter scale length and general design philosophy of the Midtown has made me a HUGE Gibson fan, overnight. I had tried a couple Les Pauls before, but couldn't get over what I felt was an overly small uppper bout (or maybe its waist)? I'm not sure what you call it, but the waist of a Les Paul was too thin for me...and it just wasn't comfortable for me as a (primarily) sit-down player. The narrow part between the lower and upper bouts just seem tiny...too close to the strings...for anyone who would attempt to play (let alone strum) sitting down. Am I imagining this? Again, I've only recently become an enormous Gibson fan. I'd love to look forward to experiencing a high-end Les Paul, but their body shape has always turned me off. Do I have it wrong?
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