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    Limited Run

    Thanks for the info, much appreciated! I was expecting a higher number so very pleased indeed :)
  2. 355Pulse

    Limited Run

    Can anyone tell me what Gibson actually mean by "Limited Run" in the sense of how many guitars that actually equates to? I have a limited run ES 355 Memphis and am curious as to how many of those beauties are out there. I did email Gibson direct but received no response. Thanks
  3. I picked up a 2015 Memphis 355 last summer and was initially irked by some bad tuning stability and nut issues which over time have settled down as is usually the case with new Gibsons. Anyway, I can honestly say I love everything about this guitar and it sounds just absolutely incredible through either my Fender Deluxe or Vox AC15 amps - there is no way I would ever part with this guitar, it's definitely a keeper. It's not the first Gibson semi I've owned or tried out but there is just something special about it that I can't describe which surprised me with it being a new model when traditionally I've been in the "buy an old Gibson" camp. Not any more, Gibson have is spot on with the 2015 Memphis 355 in my humble opinion, it feels like it's been with me for years already. I hear grumblings about the Richlite fretboard but I feel very comfortable with it both sound wise and play-ability - it's smooth and precise. As with any guitar it's about making a bond with it, whatever it is. If it peels your banana then it's the one for you. Don't get hung up on tradition or vintage aspects, instead find the guitar that ticks your boxes and make you sound unique and different. People rave about 335's being the best guitar ever and I certainly won't disagree that they are incredible guitars but for me the 355 takes it on another level. I can't contemplate playing without a tremolo these days, it just doesn't feel right and I'm always reaching for it subconsciously when it's not there not to mention the added sustain and boy oh boy is it a looker!!!!
  4. As few have already said, try as many as you can and you'll know the right one when you find it. Personally I ended up getting a 355 in the end and have never regretted it for a second, there's just something extraordinary about it that appealed to me when I played it that I hadn't felt with anything else. The 57 classic pickups are a good shout also, the tone is fabulous.
  5. Definitely "OUCH"!!! Still, s**t happens so I've got to let it go and get over it ;-) And I totally and utterly agree, 355's are just simply amazing! :)
  6. Definitely "OUCH"!!! Still, s**t happens so I've got to let it go and get over it ;-) And I totally and utterly agree, 355's are just simply amazing! :)
  7. I have an Epi Iced Tea ES335 PRO which has an absolutely amazing and flawless finish, really beautiful and no blemishes anywhere in sight. Indeed this particular "Limited Edition" Epi is no longer made and has become something of a collectors item I'm told. Anyway, I also have a Gibson ES355 Memphis which in itself is a sight for sore eyes, but hand on heart I can't say the finish is as luscious as the Epi. Having said that there is something enchanting about it with it's cherry red finish highlighting the wood grains etc but it's not perfect in certain areas but then again should it be? Are our expectations set too high these days when buying Gibson. Every other aspect of the Gibson beats the Epi hands down as you'd expect. As is typical of my luck, recently I accidentally dropped 5 sockets held in a rubber strip, which landed face down (yes you guessed it) on the top of my Gibson 355 so now I have 5 lovely dings for my pleasure! I'll never sell this guitar in my lifetime and at least I know for sure that it's mine ;-)
  8. I also agree with you regards the frets, I've noticed this very same thing on various Gibson's I've played over the years and it's put me off several times from making a purchase here and there. We all need to actually enjoy playing the guitar after all right, and that's down to personal choice and comfort in that sense. Saying that, as "Pin" mentions this doesn't apply to the ES355, and certainly not to my 2015 Memphis ES355 where the fret board is just amazing with those very wide and low flat frets - it's an absolute pleasure to play. Even my relatively small hands and fingers glide across the frets unlike any other guitar I've played or own including Fender and Gretsch models.
  9. I had this same issue with my new 355, although it was worse because it was both the B and E string. It seemed to happen almost immediately after I'd changed the strings. Anyway it annoyed the hell out of me at the time as I pondered having to replace a badly cut nut, but when I looked closer I could see the neck needing adjusting as it was too straight. A couple of tweaks to the truss rod and it was all sorted and it now plays better than before the buzz started. It's far to say that a new guitar needs to settle, it's a piece of wood at the end of the day and I've certainly found that my 355 is sensitive to temperature change more than any other guitar I own or have ever owned. I'm not saying that the cause for your concern is the same as mine, I've heard many people complain about Gibson nuts, but sometimes a tweak to set-up is all it needs. I will likely need to do it again sometime soon too as it settles more and more. Good luck with yours :)
  10. Regards this particular 355, the frets are perfect (for me anyway) and probably the best fret board I've ever played and that's been a few over the years. The nut has been the only issue with this guitar as it was simply binding on the G and B strings. I'm told by many a faithful Gibson owner and tech that "you need to play it in and it'll settle down". Now whilst I appreciate this opinion, I've never had to do that before on any other guitar I've owned including high end Fender and Gretsch and even bargain basement type Epiphone Dot's, all Bigsby equipped. Maybe my expectations were set too high when I finally got the guitar of my dreams after 30 years but I was disappointed and frustrated by the nut cut with the PLEK system. To my mind Gibson are shooting themselves in the foot a little bit by not doing something about it, especially for the prices they charge and the heritage associated with Gibson. On the other hand I still bought it and better a nut slot too tight than too loose (you can do something about it) and now it's been sorted, this guitar is in a different league to anything I've ever played or heard before - simple as that. Yin and yang I guess. For me it has to be a Bigsby when using tremolo, that's just my style and what does it for me plus I love the added sustain you get with a Bigsby even if you don't use it! FR etc and other spring tremolos certainly have their place and I'm not knocking those systems or saying one is better than another, it's just not for me.
  11. The 355 is the "luxury" version of the guitar and comes fitted with a bone nut as standard, otherwise that's exactly what I'd have done. It seems the PLEK in this instance (and many others I've since heard about) has cut the nut slots a little tight and results in the strings binding. On a new guitar you can really notice it and it's really frustrating. It's really beginning to settle in now though after a month of solid playing and a few adjustments from my tech. Ultimately a wonderful guitar, of that there is no doubt.
  12. Agreed, the blame seems to lie with the PLEK as the main issue has been the nut binding the strings. The set-up and adjustment I agree with your reasoning, I guess personal expectations and excitement levels are set sky high when you finally get your hands on the guitar you've waited 30 years for. In reality it's not reasonable to expect perfection especially when it's travelled from Memphis to UK plus set-ups indeed are personal to the player. You make a really good point about the dealer. I think they should be more responsible with high end guitar purchases but I guess that's all about money too. I've heard some dealers offers free set-up but unfortunately this one. Luckily for me my "tech" is a real cool guy and did it for free but he knows I'll always use him - good "old school" customer relations from him. Coming back to the nut, it would make sense to add the human touch post PLEK cutting. It doesn't take much during QC to check the strings are binding and perhaps that would lead to a more satisfied customer. I accept nothing beats a pro set-up but I've got much cheaper Bigsby equipped guitars with better cut nuts straight out of the box. The quality of the 355 overall is apparent; it's just simply a magnificent guitar! As you say it definitely doesn't get much better than a 355 with a Bigsby.
  13. Very interesting and yes your experience almost identical to mine. I too have replaced pretty much everything on the Epiphone 335 (and kept the original parts) and it's a great guitar in it's own right but as you say, it's nowhere near comparable to my Gibson Memphis 355. The Epi is a "ES-335 PRO Limited Edition" and is in sunburst iced tea and does looks really eye catching and I haven't seen another one in any of the guitar shops I've been in since I bought it. On-line they showing as "Unavailable" so I think I'll be holding on to this for a while longer even though in reality I probably won't play it now I've got the real thing.
  14. So I got my 355 back yesterday from the "tech" who was setting it up for me. He found and corrected these 4 main issues: 1) Nut slots too tight, especially on G and B strings. 2) Saddles lifting up from their housings - Bridge type no wire ABS-1 (I may consider changing this) 3) Bigsby arm / spring not fitted correctly (I had noticed this before and was going to correct on next string change) 4) Intonation was out on D, G, B and top E (I had noticed this before also) I've also applied plenty of soft pencil graphite (Grade 6B) to the nut slots. The good news is that the tuning has now significantly improved and seems to be settling down the more I play and I'd expect this to continue to improve over time as the guitar settles in. My "tech" did say that other than the 4 issues, the guitar is beautifully made. Neck relief spot on and the frets are perfect and immaculately set as is pretty much everything else on the guitar. He also lowered the action to what he knows I prefer and of course a new set of strings. Correct stretching of strings and method of winding them on the post he also stressed as something to pay more attention to than you'd expect with a guitar such as this. Apparently he gets new Gibsons coming in all the time with people frustrated with similar problems, especially the nut and tuning stability. He also didn't charge me a penny as to use his words "it's been a pleasure to work on such an amazing guitar; you don't get to see many of these". Ultimately I'm a lot happier to say the least, although a little disappointed in the Gibson QC which I feel should have picked up these issues and resolved before leaving the custom shop considering the cost of the guitar and the kudos that goes with it. All's well that ends well, the tones of the 355 are something incredible indeed! She plays beautifully and is pretty much now stable tuning wise - HAPPY DAYS!!
  15. For me personally it's Vox all the way - I've used an AC30 in years gone by but am now using an AC15 which sounds amazing. Saying that if I were to change to anything else it would be the Fender Twin Reverb.
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