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  1. A few years ago, I bought a 339 and it came with a black book that said Custom Shop. There was a decal or something on the back of the head saying Custom Shop. The guitar case said Gibson Custom on it. It was made in the Custom Shop. Every bit of documentation said it online too. (I'm not talking about Studio models here either)--- On the newer 339 none of these things exist. No decal, no guitar case with Custom on it, no black book with custom on it. What's the deal???? Aren't they made in the Custom Shop any more? I want to buy another one, but I can't figure out what Gibson's doing !!:""#$@%$$@# ????? Thanks
  2. I have owned 2 or 3 Epi Les Pauls and about 5 Gibsons (including Standards). Once I change the pickups and set them up perfectly, I could never tell the difference. Not in a thousand years. I also owned a 1960 Gibson 335 for over 30 years, and a newer one for a few years, and an Epiphone Sheraton. The tone was slightly warmer on the Gibsons, but aside from that, I can't honestly say that any one of those 3 was better than the other 2. I love Epiphone. (once I change the pickups to Classic '57s.) :) I even had 2 cheap Epi SGs ($199) and once I put the Classics in them, they were GREAT.
  3. NO kidding. I'm really impressed. I'm glad they're still great, because although there were only about 3 songs I knew by them, I think those 3 songs are among the top class songs in all of rock history. - Everybody Want to Rule the World, Shout, and Head Over Heels. Good for these guys. :) Thanks for the vid.
  4. If you have an LP case, I'll trade you. Where do you live?
  5. You're right and wrong. He got too stoned. He may have missed notes- maybe I haven't listened to the live stuff that had the missed notes (I saw him play live in '69). A lot of his songs were crap because they were just too weird. But when he was playing well (which was most of the time in his solos), NO ONE could touch him. Obviously you don't understand why, and that's not amazing. His good playing was an example of feeling first and THEN, playing what you feel. So much of his playing was not in time at all, just like when you talk. That's genius. He doesn't play fast like the shredders. That's not as much good guitar playing, as it's technical guitar playing. Clapton and BB King are the only two I've heard that do that non-rhythmic playing thing much at all, and they don't even APPROACH how much and how easily Hendrix did it. It's not a thing you TRY, like shredding or embellished chords, it's a thing you ARE. Pat Metheny is the second best famous player at it I've ever seen. Hendrix is #1. I think your favorite guitarist would tell you that. And if he wouldn't, ha ha ha well,... let's just say he should.
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    I exchange my new flawed finish Classic Custom, and the new one has "situation"also I left a post here a couple weeks ago about my new CC goldtop with an air bubble in the finish. Intolerable. Guitar Center took it back nicely, ordered me a new one and here it is below. (all the white spots are lights in the room.) It has a 3 inch black line running across the grain (not with the grain), and it looks like magic marker, and it is UNDER the finish. I see other dark lines, but they're not as distinct, don't look the same up close and run WITH the grain, and obviously ARE the grain. What do you guys think this looks like? I am a little concerned with these guitars. I love them but whoa, 2 in a row??? If this is an imperfection in the wood, I don't care.....UNLESS it denotes a weak spot/line that could someday crack, or unless it hurts resale value, which is almost surely would. I'll write another post later on what other guitar I should perhaps buy, but for now look at this, will you? Click the pictures to enlarge the photos. Thank you guys. :)
  7. The two best amps I've ever heard for the money, are the Bugera V22 -$400, 22 watts tube, 1-12" speaker, nice and chimey and full also. They used to dependability issues a few years ago. I think that's done. Mine has been great for two years. And Blackstar. Blackstar aren't quite as boutique sounding, but they are perhaps more SERIOUS sounding amps-made by guys who left Marshall. A little more expensive than the Bugera. The 1-12" 20 watt is probably $600, the 1-12" 40 watt is $700 (I had this 40, it was amazing!! -I traded it for a bigger Blackstar)
  8. Fortunately, I think your machine is wrong. Jogging burns 900 calories per hour. 300 in 20 minutes. If you're only burning HALF of that, your machine is off or your not working very hard (which I'm not saying :) )
  9. He is playing in a very highly improvised way. That's his vision. A lot of us do what he's doing. He using a simple minor scale, one poster said the Dorian, and he's right. It's almost certain that he's not playing a bunch of stock licks but is feeling his way through this minor scale (he knows it pretty well, since he's played in it so often), and he tries a few little experiments. He knows that he can play a D note and he knows that he can play a C note since they're both in the scale. As the other poster pointed out, he plays a C#, which is NOT in the scale, but he knows that if you don't do it TOO slowly,...then you can play the D note which is in the scale, and on the way to playing the C note which is also in the scale, he can play the note in between there- C# which is NOT in the scale. You can do that with most any notes. I won't go into detail. But the main point is, his "vision" may be to feel like he's in Morocco or the Taj Mahal, but what he's DOING, is playing through a minor scale (you can do it with a major scale too, of course) and trying some things that are NOT allowed in that scale. Things that if you fit them in correctly, sound good. Another thing along that line that he does is looks at a note he knows that is acceptable (in other words, in the scale) and then before he picks it, he bends it up to be some other note, and THEN picks it, and then lets it down to the note that he originally realized was acceptable. That's all the real explanation there is to what he's doing. Believe me. He's just experimenting as he plays. He know the foundation really well, and has good notions of what will PROBABLY sound pretty good. Some guys are really good at it, some aren't so good. You must practice doing it by doing it. That's all there is to it. It is the only way to learn how to do what he's doing. By doing it. If you try to "learn" it, you'll just be a poser. My playing for 35 years has been NOTHING BUT doing that, in a way.
  10. And less wood altogether. The LP sounds bigger, and more solid. I don't have too much experience with the SGs, but I believe there is a bigger tone range available on the Les Pauls also. I prefer LPs, but if had I to play an SG only, I'd love it, love it, love it.
  11. Hey guys. I've owned Gibson all my life. They're my favorite guitars. Right now I have 2 electrics- a 339 and a Les Paul Classic Custom. I love 'em both.

  12. It sounds great, and the guitar does too. Congratulations on the new amp! :)
  13. My Guitar Centers were out including online, so I had them find me one at another store. Got 15% off and with a few trades, got this guitar for about $1100 new. I did a vid so you could hear it. Background is through the Marshall, lead through the Blackstar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YRLqNX8Wkw
  14. That is really, really nice Mayer. And I'm not easy to please at all. Keep it up. And for heaven's just smile. Smiling can be not only the result of a happy experience, it can be the first action of one also. :)
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