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  1. Gibson and Fender have COMPLETELY different approaches to building guitars. If you are familiar with, and like, the Fender approach, Gibson's approach may not ever be satisfiying to you (I am the other way around, Fenders feel cold and impersonal and cookie-cutter to me... I love how each Gibson has its own unique vibe, but I digress). My best advice, return it, take the hit (both in monetary and marital terms ;)) and buy something other than a Gibson. Their construction methods harken back to a time when things were much more hands-on and the results much more variable as a result. Something that Leo Fender specifically set out to do differently when he started building his guitars. LP bodies and necks are CNC'd nowadays, but after that almost everything (aside from the new PLEK'ing) is done by hand. The neck is set by hand, the fretboard is glued to the neck by hand, the frets are initially installed by hand, the binding is applied by hand, the guitar is individually painted by hand, the binding is scraped by hand, the body is buffed by hand, the elecronics are installed by hand, etc. It's just not really a cookie-cutter process at all. Was never intended to be. Mass produced (as in assembly line), yes... cookie-cutter, no. We, as modern consumers, are much more used to things that are built with modern build techniques AND modern build philosophies. Gibsons are just not that way. It may well be that no Gibson really ever will feel "right" to you because you're used to modern manufacturing. Epi LPs look like their Gibson counterparts at first glance, but upon closer inspection the two are miles apart in look and feel. As they should be, their manufacturing approaches are very different. Honestly, the best advice to give you might be, that you're just not a Gibson guy... don't force it.
  2. You could always just buy the Classic and swap in some new covered pups altogether and sell the 57s (unless you just love the 57s). Might be easier... and that way you can get even better pups for it (57s are good, but there are better options IMO). Or just pop for the Trad instead. I know you worry that the neck is too fat, but in reality the last couple year Trad's necks really aren't "fat" per se. The spec for the 2017 is 0.818" / 0.963" 1st & 12th frets respectively, which is a far cry from the old baseball bat profile (which is typically 0.900"+ / 1.000+). The 2017 Classic is spec'd at 0.800" / 0.875" (1st/12th)... so really not a massive difference (especially at the 1st fret). You may want to try a Trad before ruling them out. Anyway, regardless... enjoy the hunt... it's at least half the fun.
  3. Found it here: http://goocarts.com/TQRApr08_screen.pdf Awesome read! Thx again!!!!!!!!
  4. I set each guitar and/or pickup model to what sounds best for the given application. That said, I tend to like neck pickups fairly low and bridge pickups fairly high.
  5. I completely disagree with the "GET THE STANDARD, it is the BENCHMARK of GREAT GUITARS, not a Traditional or a Classic, The Les Paul STANDARD, THATS IT !" comment. The modern Standard may not be for everyone. If you prefer a 50s neck, the Standard is NOT for you. If you have no use for push-pull pots, the Standard is NOT for you. If want normal wiring instead of a PCB the Standard is NOT for you. If you want a normal 12" radius fretboard, the Standard is NOT for you. If you don't want siginficant amounts of wood removed through Modern/Ultra Modern Weight Relieving, the Standard is NOT for you. To the OP, if you want a dressed up Gibson, test drive the Standard, the Trad and the Classic. All are great guitars and any given one might be the one that best fits what you want in a LP. My first Gibson LP was modern Standard, took buying it and returning it to realize that I prefer the Traditional model (which is what the Standard was until 2008). A new Trad can be had for $500 less than new than a Standard (2017). The Classic is another great option and can be had for $800 less (new) than a Standard (and both Trads and Classics are less than Standards on the used market too). It just depends on what's best for you and what *you* want. Don't let anyone tell you that you "have" to get a certain model. Get what *you* like/want.
  6. Studios and Tributes are fine guitars and to those for whom the aesthetics of binding and gloss finishes don't matter then they are an absolute wise choice. They have the same pickups and pots and hardware and tonewoods as the more expensive LPs, so why not? BUT (and this is the kicker) if the aesthetics of a Studio or Tribute (or lack thereof) bother you now, before you own one, it will bother you even more after you get one. And it'll only be a stepping stone to a decked out model. And you'll just end up spending more money in the end, because you'll get a Studio or Tribute, then likely sell it at a loss to get the dressed up model you really wanted. My advice, just get what you really want the first time. It's almost always cheaper in the end (speaking from experience here ). Take your time, save some money, shop around, look for a good deal and get what you want. I mean, lets be honest, we're talking a few hundred dollars difference here... it's not a life altering amount of money. Yeah, it's still a good chunk of money, but a few months after it's bought you won't even miss the money... but you'll have your dream guitar. Life's too short. Just my 2 cents. B)
  7. Yes, they are always a little bit loose (actually only 1mm of wiggle is pretty minimal, have certainly seen worse). Once the strings get on the pressure holds everything in place as it should be. No worries, enjoy your LP.
  8. Different year Trads got different pickups. 2008-2013 & 2016 did come with the 57/57+ combo, 2014-2015 came with the 59 Tributes, and now 2017 comes with a BurstBucker 1 & 2. The OP's is a 2017 model.
  9. HNGD! Gorgeous top! Love that little character mark by the knobs. Honey Burst is just tough to beat! (Your ABR-1 bridge is on backwards though. ;))
  10. 1all's Pub

    Oh man!?

    Pull the knob off... if the pot post is the split type (which I think it should be) just use a screw driver to widen the distance between the split, then push the pot back on. Easy and common fix for loose knobs. As for the dent... that sucks! Taking it to GC should net you a new one. If they try to claim it's UPS' fault (which it almost certainly is, BTW), tell them that's fine... they can battle UPS... you just want an undamaged case pronto. :) HNGD... sorry it wasn't quite as perfect as you'd hoped. Enjoy your new Standard.
  11. That looks like a 2013 Traditional to me. Will have 57/57+ pickups (unless someone has replaced them) and a fat baseball bat 50s neck and no weight relief. The term "Traditional Standard" was in vogue a few years ago when the Trad first came out (2008). That was the year that Gibson re-invented the Standard, putting push/pull pots in it, an asymmetrical 60s neck, and started chambering it. Gibson, knowing that many people would still want a "normal" Standard as they'd been building them for the past couple decades also introduced the Traditional at the time--it was/is basically what the Standard *was* before they re-invented it. Folks took the calling the Trad the "Traditional Standard", because that's what it was. Nowadays with the T and HP terminology that Gibson's begun using it can all be very confusing. There's lots of reasons to give GC crap, but in this case, it's understandable. Anyway, that's a Trad in your link. Hope this helps.
  12. 2016 T Traditional should have a Nashville bridge from the factory. 2017 T Traditional should have a wired ABR-1 bridge sitting on Nashville posts/inserts (ie, not a true ABR-1) from the factory. OP... post a pic so we can see what yours looks like... otherwise we have no way of offering any opinion of what it is.
  13. I *almost* bought a 2014 Trad in Honey Burst about a year and a half ago. One of the things I liked about it was that it had an ever so slight reddish tint to it in the right light (and especially when pics were taken of it)... this is 2014 Honey Burst... no doubt about it.
  14. All 2014 Gibson LPs (with a few rare exceptions) have the 120th Anny logo at the 12th fret. It doesn't meant that it's any special "anniversary" model specifically. There was special 2014 120th Anny Traditional Flame Top that could be had with a super flamey top. But your guitar doesn't look like one of those. It looks like a regular 2014 LP Traditional. And according to to the model number it's a Honey Burst (in 2014 the Honey Bursts were indeed darker and can appear somewhat reddish in pics, but more brownish in person). Google "gibson lptd14hych1" and you'll find all kinds of references to 2014 Trads in Honey Burst. That's why it looks different from the 2014 120th Anny Trad Flame Top (which was only available in Heritage Cherry)... because it's not one of those. It's a regular 2014 Honey Burst Trad.
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