Take it back to the store, get a different one, or forget that guitar and look for something else. Don't keep a guitar you don't like.
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I am in the market for a new LP, leaning towards a standard but still looking at classics and trads. My main focus has been on the 2017 models. I got a chance to play a 2017 std in Blueberry burst...
Right away I notice that the action was very high, even at the nut, I have never seen any Gibson or even an Epi this out of whack. Then I noticed some fairly bad black spots in the grain of the maple top between the pups (I guessing someone might have hoped that they wouldn't be so noticeable where they were located) which might not be a big deal to someone....maybe. But, even where the color was suppose to lighter near the center, it was virtually nonexistent, leaving nothing but clear coat...it just did not look right at all.
I inspected the fret board closely and found a "very" poor job of scraping/filing of the binding to the frets and board (nicks, gouges, inconsistent edge angles, and unsmoothed edges). There was also glue or finish along the edges of the rosewood where the binding meets. It was not overspray, but looked more like what you might see on a glue joint that had not been cleaned up and was in more than a few places along the fret board. There also seems to be some kind of residue left on the fret board near the body. the condition of the fret board was completely unacceptable. There was also what looked like smudge on the top neck binding which appeared to be from a dirty hand before the final clear coat.
Where the neck binding meets the binding on the body didn't look proper either. There was a small gap and just didn't match up very well.
The finish on the back of the headstock (apparently way to thick) made it nearly impossible to see the "Made in USA" unless you got the light to reflect just the right way, even then it was very difficult to make out all of the letters....much the same for the SN, though not as bad.
I am having a hard time with how bad the workmanship seems to be, and not with just one or two minor things but a handful of in your face stuff and the fact that QC let it ship makes it even worse.
Needless to say that this example of the 2017 std. really took the wind out of my sails, left me very disappointed, and even embarrassed for Gibson, especially at close to three grand or even more for the HP.
I thought Gibson had been getting their act together I will not write them off from one example...but still....