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About senojnad

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  1. This was at the Philly show yesterday (7/9/16). I have never seen a 335 with a finish like this, and it felt rougher than it looks. To my finger tips it felt like something between driftwood and old asbestos siding shingles. The $12,000 price tag suggests something other than damaged goods. Does anyone know anything about this guitar?
  2. These are listed on Musicians' Friend's website as an ES-275 Hollowbody, 2016. Not in stock yet -- $3489. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-2016-es-275-hollowbody-electric-guitar?pfm=rv
  3. The 25L15 has a 15" speaker. It is the same model Chet Atkins used for all his recordings starting in the mid/late `1950's
  4. One word is tough -- has a very deep/full sound, crystal clear.
  5. MIne is the tube version 25L15 with a 15" JBL. Made by Danny McKinney who now owns Standel. If you read the details, his amps are built to the exact specs and details of the Bob Crooks' amps of the 1950's. My opinion -- it is the best amp I've ever played/owned. I have been playing for 62+ years.
  6. I have owned a Standel 25L15 for several years, and my ES335 sounds wonderful with it. The guitar also plays well with my Carr Skylark.
  7. ... As seen at the Philly Guitar Show yesterday (6/27/15). I've never seen a Gibson ES-33_ with a single pickup. I actually don't recall seeing any single pickup guitar with the PU in the center (although it seems like a good idea....) Close inspection showed no signs of any removal/relocation/etc. of any components. (I am a cabinet maker so I know how to spot that stuff.
  8. I agree -- All of my electric guitars have Bigsbys and I have no plans to remove any of them. When installing a Bigsby diretly on an ES335, one has to run a new ground wire from a pickup to the new Bigsby. Not a big deal. In my case I ran the new ground through a small hole I drilled right behind the new hole for the screw that secures the Bigsby to the top of the guitar.I wrapped the wire around that screw.
  9. I asked the same questions about a year ago -- i.e., "what's the difference between Memphis and Nashville built guitars". I was looking to buy a reissue of the '63 ES335 (block neck/50th Anniversary). At the time, there was a BIG difference in price between the two, even though all the details and specs appeared to be identical. I contacted Gibson's customer service -- all they would say is that Nashville guitars are "historically more accurate"... However, they would not provide any information as to exactly what that meant in terms of construction details, finish, etc. I "copied and pasted" all the details from the website into a spreadsheet for "side by side" comparison.... Both appeared to be identical. The color of the cherry finish Nashville version looked SLIGHTLY more red than the Memphis version, but that could have been subjective or variations in lighting for the photos. At that time, many folks felt that Memphis guitars had more quality problems than Nashville guitars. But it was difficult to get a clear sense of that because I don't know of anyone making those statements who had owned both a Nashville and Memphis version of the same guitar around the same time. So I went to several dealers, as far as 50 miles from my home, to try as many ES guitars as I could from both factories. I took my own amp for the tests. I could not see, hear or feel any differences of any consequence (normal stuff like strings -- old vs new -- wood from different trees, etc.) I also spoke at length with the dealer that I've worked with for many years. He is a small one-horse operation and he is a luthier. He told me he has had no more or fewer problems with pieces from either factory. At that time he had several Gibsons, but his only ES models were from Nashville. He told me that if he was in my shoes, he would buy the Memphis version -- simply because it was less expensive. He understood (and explained) the "historically accurate" thing, but commented that it was not worth the extra money if I was mainly interested in PLAYING the guitar (as opposed to collecting it). I bought the Memphis ES335 and have been very, very happy with it.
  10. Yes -- I used a Vibramate on my ES335. Personally, I did not like it and I removed it and installed the Bigsby by drilling holes, etc. I didn't like the look of the extra metal and the "Custom Made" plastic thing really bugged me (I put black electrical tape over it). It also added a bit of weight to the guitar (half pound?) Here is the guitar with the Vibramate: http://i129.photobuc...zps95a6d826.jpg Here it is after I removed the Vibramate: http://i129.photobuc...zps5cfddfbf.jpg I found some metal hole plugs at Home Depot that took care of the holes for the stop bar bridge.
  11. I went through the struggles of the Memphis 50th Anniversary ES335 vs. the Nashville '63 Block Reissue a few months ago. My dealer -- who I have known and trusted for many years -- recommended the Memphis version, mainly because it is a lot less expensive. That's what I bought, and I have been VERY happy with it!
  12. I never heard of the "Gibson Magic Pickup Angle". However -- here some pretty good general guidelines for improving pickup tone quality: Raising or lowering the body of the pickup. In nearly everycase, raising the body of the pickup will increase overall output, bassresponse, and give you punchier dynamics and ‘attack’. Lowering it will havethe opposite effect. Raising or lowering the pole pieces. In nearly all cases,raising the pole pieces will give you a brighter tone, better string definition(depending on how you set them), and slightly higher output. Lowering them willhave the opposite effect. PROBLEM: weak-sounding pickups, with poor bass response. SOLUTION: raisethe whole body of the pickup closer to the strings. Raising the whole body ofthe pickup will give you more ‘punch’ and output. PROBLEM: dull-sounding pickups, with no sparkle and poor stringdefinition. SOLUTION:raise the pole pieces and adjust to balance the output of each string. Raisingthe pole pieces will give you a brighter tone, and enable you to emphasiseindividual strings as needed. PROBLEM: pickups are very loud and/or too muddy. SOLUTION: lowerthe whole body of the pickup. Lowering the whole body of the pickup will lowerthe output and ‘clean up’ the dynamic response. PROBLEM: harsh-sounding pickups, with unpleasant overtones on somestrings. SOLUTION:lower the pole pieces. Lowering the pole pieces will ‘mellow’ the tone of thepickup, and reduce magnetic interference with the strings which can create‘wolf-tones’, ‘stratitis’, or other strange overtones.
  13. I dug into this same question late last year while shopping for an ES-335. I had been reading a lot of negative comments about quality issues at Gibson, with several indications that the quality of Nashville guitars was significantly better than those made in Memphis. During that time I was able to play examples from both Memphis and Nashville -- I could not detect any differences. I did some pretty detailed comparisons of specs from Gibson's website and came up with nothing of consequence to differentiate one from the other. I finally contact Gibson's customer support group -- I was told that Nashville models are "...more historically correct..." For my personal interests, that did not justify paying an extra $1500 to $2000 for my guitar. My dealer (whom I have known well for several years) told me that he had seen no differences in quality between the two locations. He said that most Gibsons (both factories) need varying amounts of set-up work out of the box. I ended up ordering a Memphis ES-335 50th Anniversary (1963). When it arrived, it did need about 20 minutes of set-up work, including some nut filing for the lower strings. Other than that, it was (and is) flawless. The build and finish workmanship were/are as good as any guitar I've ever played. As a custom cabinet and furniture maker, I know what to look for in build and finish work. Having played guitar for over 60 years, I have played a LOT of guitars.
  14. Thank you! That is very good and helpful information!
  15. Jayyj -- Your 355 is GORGEOUS! I'm curious -- what did you use to close up the holes from the stopbar tail piece and where did you find them? Also -- did you reroute the ground wire from the stopbar to the new "heel" of the Bigsby? I'm going to install a B-7 on my 335. I'm planning to use a Vibramate bracket -- however I'm trying to make contingency plans in case I don't like that bracket. Thanks in advance for any info you can share!
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