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  1. I believe that I have read (no guarantee it was true), that all ES guitars (laminates) started in Memphis and if they were to be "Custom" models, they were finished in Nashville's Custom Shop. That would allow them to press the laminates in Memphis and do everything else in the custom shop.
  2. There is certainly something wrong with the wiring or the PCB board. I have a 2019 Classic with those pickups and have none of those problems. With both volumes and tones all the way up to 10 there is no noise or hum, and no noise if I touch either pickup. Each of us has our own interpretation of tone, but I find these 61 pickups to be very vintage sounding and not extremely bright or "ice pick" like at all. I have another LP with Burstbucker Pros in it, and they are much brighter than the 61R and 61T. So I guess you'll have to wait until the store where you purchased it re-opens and then take it in. Even Gibson is shut down right now so returning it to them is probably not an option either. At any rate I don't think you are doing anything wrong, something is just messed up in the wiring.
  3. I don't have any old ones right now, my oldest is from 2012 and haven't played it enough to show any wear on the neck. My first Les Paul was a 1968 that I bought in 1970 and I played it a lot through the early 90s, so over 20 years. It never showed any finish wear on the neck. It probably depends on the acidity in your skin, as well as how hard you squeeze the neck and whether or not you polish or wax the finish. I always like to keep mine polished so they feel nice and smooth when playing.
  4. I'm not one to complain about getting money from the govt. either, but it almost seems counter productive. With the virus keeping people home and businesses shut down tax revenues have to decrease as a result. So they decide to start issuing $1200 checks to a lot of people. Granted people that got laid off certainly need the money, but ultimately all federal funds come from taxes so isn't the govt. just digging themselves a deeper hole? Perhaps it is not so much about making sense as it is about politicians being able to say "look what we did for you".
  5. I don't think we trash other people's gear very often on here. I usually go by the old saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I don't know much about pianos, took lessons for a few weeks when I was about 7 years old. Parents decided I was too young (didn't practice much) and I didn't mind stopping. The one thing I have learned is that almost every time you move a piano it goes out of tune. They are so heavy that pushing them around or lifting them up stresses the board where the strings are attached and they go out of tune.
  6. That guitar might just have been designed for heavier gauge strings. I wasn't around in 1947, but not sure they had as light a gauge strings back then as we are used to seeing. Glad you found what works.
  7. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSWTP326/1964-ES-335-Reissue/Sixties-Cherry If you hover your mouse over the photo you can zoom in and see the details. It does say "out of stock" so you just may have to order one and wait?
  8. I would say it was the pad that reacted with the finish and caused that mark. Funny, he probably was trying to avoid scratching the back (buckle rash) and instead ended up with this. If it plays and sounds good it really isn't much of a problem as neither you or your audience will see it. And you can probably get the price down because of it. You of course will face the same issue if you go to trade or sell it.
  9. I'd like to see Custom Shop start making CS336 or CS356 again. I already have mine, but they are just such great guitars I wish more people had access to them.
  10. Les has this look on his face like he's thinking "Man I can't wait until I get out of this contract so they can't put my name on this guitar, and I don't have to play it anymore".
  11. There is a spot on the website where you supposedly can look up your guitar model and see if they have one to fit it, but it's in German so hard for me to tell about your specific guitars. I'm sure they have one for Les Pauls. There was also another video that came up where a guy tested it bending the G string about as far as the width of the neck would allow and it still stayed in tune so I guess they work. However they look to be about 40 Euro on average which is about $45. When I have a binding nut on a Gibson I take it to my local guitar tech, he files the nut in about 10 minutes and charges maybe $20 so the problem is fixed at half the cost and I don't have a contraption bolted to my headstock.
  12. If you can post a few photos of it we might be able to tell you something about it. Serial numbers can be tricky with Gibsons so that alone is not much to go on.
  13. Twang Gang


    Cool, this is the only first hand experience I've heard about with this new Epi line, and I'm glad it was a good one.
  14. Twang Gang


    Lookin good - enjoy!
  15. I'd like to go back to about 1865 in the US. Always wanted to be a real cowboy - although I'm sure it was not as glamorous as the movies made it look.
  16. Gibson guitars have been having this problem for 50 years that I have personally experienced since the first Les Paul I bought in 1970. The nut needs to be filed a little to stop the strings from binding. A luthier can fix this for you in about 10 minutes.
  17. I am not sure what is causing the shortages at the grocery. Is it people in the supply chain not working? Or is it just hoarding? I don't understand hoarding perishable items. If your family normally drinks two gallons of milk in a weeks time how is buying 6 gallons going to help you? 3 of those gallons will probably go sour before you drink them. Same thing with eggs - they don't last forever. My local grocer had almost no fruit or produce. I suppose you could freeze a lot of those items but not a potato in sight seemed weird to me? Just hoping the weather warms up quickly and the sun comes out which is supposedly going to kill the virus off so we can get past this.
  18. Yes prices have come down a little. I bought a 2018 SJ200 and the list price at GC was $4750. I didn't pay that much but that was the advertised price when that one was built. As you say they are now shown at $4500 so that's a good thing 🙂
  19. I too have been using Imgr for the past couple years. Free, few ads, easy to use.
  20. Thanks Bill. I thought I was pretty lucky to find it and it plays great so became my number 1 right away.
  21. Well no loss for me. I bought a Strat maybe a year and half ago, and tried to sign up for the company forum. I had a few specific questions about it and thought that would be the place to ask. But for some reason I could never get signed on properly to post my questions. I could view some topics that came close, but could not start my own topic - weird. But if it's gone now, then not to worry.
  22. I have a 2017 Les Paul Standard that has one. If you have not played one, it may take some getting used to, although the variance is not huge. I just noticed when I first got it, that because it was actually easier to play on, I was squeezing some chords harder than needed and was actually pulling the strings a little out of tune. Once you get the hang of using less effort they are great.
  23. I would highly recommend playing a 137 through your own amp (or a like model) to see how you agree with the sound. The 490s, do give it a hot growly sort of tone, and the laminate wood with slightly smaller body results in a unique tone. Not quite Les Paul, not quite 335 but something different. Some people love them others not so much. The blue finish may look cool, but how it sounds to you is way more important I think.
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