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  1. The new "Original" collection Junior is as good as they come. You needn't look any furter.
  2. 1950's Les Pauls came with pickguards. So did yours. I would much rather have Gibson install the pickguard because when they don't place the pickup surrounds correctly I don't have to raise hell with the dealer or try to modify the guard or drill new pickup surround holes. If you just leave your pickguard alone you will never see the ding on the finish.
  3. One you get a hard case. The Standard comes with a gig back. One isn't better than the other. Try both and see which one feels better to play.
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    mini tune

    Remove the thing and put a proper set of tuners one it. That thing will give you nothing but trouble.
  5. Naptha is the stuff to use on lacquer. When I heard "fingernail polish" I jumped out of my chair and shouted, "Oh My God!"
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    Gold Plating?

    I really haven't posted much of anything here but this topic interested me in that it got me to wondering if any of Gibson's stuff, or Epiphone for that matter, is actually plated in gold. Gold and silver plating is expensive, at least when I've had it done. Most watches that aren't extremely expensive are "Yellow" plated. I have a name brand Swiss watch that I paid well over $1000.00 for and it is "Yellow" plated. Other watches in that price range that are gold just don't mention at all what they are plated with. This leads me to belive that they really aren't plated with gold. Before I looked into having hardware plated in gold I would try to verify with Gibson that their stuff is actually gold or really just "Yellow."
  7. Thank you so much for your help. I have contacted Gibson an am awaiting a reply. However, I'm also considering a hand wired harness.
  8. I have a question regarding a design flaw in my 2016 Gibson SG Standard. Along with the allegedly "normal" static electricity popping and crackling issues, when I touch or in extreme cases place my whole hand on the control plate I get extremely loud buzzing through any amp I own. This also happens with every cable I use. What I do know is that the PCB mounted input jack extends too high in the control cavity and it touches the control plate. The problem is eliminated when the back plate is removed. Does anyone have any thoughts? I saw a thread on some forum where the OP had the same issue, reported it to Gibson and Gibson would not address the issue. I don't know if he gave up or if there was resolution. Help is needed.
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    1974 Gibson SG

    I don't know about rarity, but that is one beautiful guitar. I bought a brand new '73 Standard at the end of 1972. Your guitar is making me want to take a time machine trip. I wish I'd kept my '73, but I was very young and thought I needed the money more than the guitar.
  10. In order to keep the strings off the back of the bridge on my '16 I had to jack the tailpiece to a ridiculous height. I have never subscribed to the idea that tailpieces should be lowered to the deck as this puts too much downward force on the bridge. However the height that my tailpiece reached was insane. To solve the problem, I tried top wrapping. What a major improvement! Now I love my '16 Standard and all is well with the universe.
  11. I just purchased a 2016 SG Standard. The gig bag is a joke. I have to struggle to get it zipped without the zipper rubbing the finish off the headstock corner. Come on Gibson! Make them so they actually fit your guitars. They worked OK for a 2014 Melody Maker but not so well for an SG.
  12. The SG is my all time favorite guitar. But I will never touch a 2015. In my mind, Gibson destroyed an iconic guitar. In fact, I will never by any new Gibson anything until they regain their senses and undo all of the idiotic mistakes that they have forced on their customers this year.
  13. Just buy a blank truss rod cover and throw the Etune POS away.
  14. Just buy a Gibson amber selector knob. It's the same one they use on the Custom Shop LP's. And by the way, the amber knobs are not aged. That is that color that Switch Craft used in the 1950's. The knobs were made of amber colored Catalin, sometimes called bakelite in error. It was used for drawer pulls and jewelry.
  15. Get some MinEtunes or G-Force. Just kidding.
  16. The problem is that Gibson raised the price on all of their guitars partly to compensate for the higher costing G-Force tuners. They then have to be removed and additional money has to be spent for a set of solidly built traditional tuners. If someone wants to pay a higher amount for these gimmicky plastic tuners, then so be it. But why should they be forced on everyone only to be sold on Ebay or thrown in the trash?
  17. The only advise I can give is not to buy a Gibson unless you play the guitar and look it over carefully. Gibson quality control is at a low ebb. I have owned three Gibsons, two Les Paul Traditionals and a 2005 SG. All three had major flaws. The first Les Paul had major orange peel around that neck joint, excess glue on the neck joint that repelled the cherry stain, chips out of the fret board and warped pickup trim. The second Les Paul had binding near the neck that was cracked and separating, clear coat peeling off the side of the headstock and a crooked jack plate and strap buttons. The SG had a poorly sanded cut-away that was crooked and cherry stain that overran the head stock overlay. All of these guitars were new and came from different dealers. Needless to say, I will never buy another Gibson unless I can take it home for a time to test drive and return it if things are not correct. People slam Guitar Center, but you can take a guitar back within 30 days if there are problems with virtually no questions asked.
  18. I just noticed that under the Gibson logo at the top of this page are the words, "Prestige, Quality and Innovation." In order to be accurate, Prestige and Quality need to be removed. And Innovation is questionable.
  19. The Corvus wasn't any worse than the Firebird X that Henry J. got so weak in the knees over. I guess Gibson under his leadership has no problem with throwing away countless R&D money on worthless endeavors that no one will buy. Last I checked there were still a couple of new Firebird X's for sale at Wildwood Guitars for still too much money. I wonder how the poor people who wasted money on those feel now that they are trying to keep them going. Or maybe only collectors purchased them as oddities to hand on a wall.
  20. I agree. I will no longer be able (or willing for that matter) to purchase anything but a used Gibson. I still love Les Pauls and Gibsons in general but real Les Pauls are no longer being made. I am angry about being forced to pay extra for the rebranded MinEtunes. I refuse to have any Gibson with Les Paul's palsied deathbed signature on it. I think it's an insult to his memory. Now, If I could possibly afford one of the new guitars I have to shell out money for new tuners and then try to sell the ridiculous G Force nonsense on Ebay in order to recoup part of the loss. The lowest blow is that Gibson has priced themselves out of the reach of most musicians. But I guess wealthy collectors who wish to decorate their walls with forever changing limited editions along with their Bradford Exchange and Franklin Mint crap will be ecstatic. It is also interesting that I went to my local Guitar Center the other day to look at acoustics. And guess what? G Force or whatever on a high end Gibson acoustic! What next? What was a revelation that shouldn't have been a surprise is that of the Quality of the Gibson acoustics was dead last place in comparison to Martins and Taylors. And it wasn't even close. The Epiphones actually looked as good if not better. R.I.P Gibson. Your days are numbered.
  21. Did you also notice that along with the stupid headstock signature that is allegedly that of 90-year-old Les's shaky hand and the outrageous price increase, the 2015 monstrosity had MinEtunes?
  22. Just a few shots of the new Wildkat.
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