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  1. Could be. Maybe they'll just send it to you in pieces parts, and let you assemble it.
  2. Not all. Should be pretty simple: Call or write Gibson with s/n. They can tell you exactly what it is.
  3. Probably? Like you know that??? Sounds like a reckless statement. OP, there is one possibly huge advantage to buying from Best Buy. Find out if you can "return to store" if there is an issue. If you can, that advantage should be obvious now.
  4. The pad may have reacted with the nitro. A much closer look at it would be needed to tell anything more.
  5. Correct. But sometimes they do state a specific number made (or to be made) but they are not numbered. And then there are also the hide and seek numbers that are out there. When there are some special runs, there is the "press" sent to dealers, which the dealers simply repeat on their webpage. Sometimes say, for example, "only 60 made for worldwide distribution". That come to the dealers directly from Gibson. But now if you contact Gibson about those same numbers, Gibson says they don't have any numbers.
  6. Do you mean you don't know the serial number, or it didn't have one?
  7. There is pretty much no year that is a bad year for a Gibson ES-175s from everything I've read. I don't believe they "suffered" any in the Norlin era. The usual "find a good one" applies, as it does to any model of any year. Look nice! But that from afar with no scrutiny.
  8. Some ES-335 can be found right here on the Gibson site going back to 2015. Not all inclusive, however. http://legacy.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Gibson-Memphis.aspx The newer the model, the less forthcoming Gibson has been with in depth specs on their models. You can also use the Waybackmachine to dig further back in specs on the Gibson site. It has always said to try as many in person as possible. This has never been more true than with necks on ES-335s. They are known to vary considerably even within the same model. So this needs to be understood when getting feedback from owners.
  9. Just an observation. I'm wondering if what you have is an indication of the overall quality suffering from the move from Memphis to Nashville. I have a 2016 Studio and the quality is excellent. The lesser cost is not due to any shortcuts in quality and construction. In fact, it is probably a bigger bang for the buck that the more expensive models.
  10. Once again, this illustrates (pardon the pun) 1. Why initial claims (especially of oddities) should be taken with a grain of salt. 2. Why pics are so important.
  11. They have made many slightly different versions over the years since it first came out.
  12. I can agree with all of that. Thanks to the hysteria over the 2015s, I got a steal of a deal on one. Top shelf quality. It is absolutely great all the way around. You have to be able to play a big neck. though. It is probably one of the the most massive necks ever put on a LP. But that just adds to mass of the non-weight relieved body giving it deep long resonance. Add the '59s pups and you get LP heaven. Worth another look:
  13. Yes, indeed. Thanks for catching that. My eyes were shifted over a digit! And that said, it could also be a "2007 model" based on that.
  14. It does not have a Custom Shop s/n. What all does the orange tag inside say? Pic would be best. S/n does say it was made in 2004, I believe. Regardless, call or write to Gibson, they will tell you exactly what you have.
  15. Absolutely a matter of degree. Those are trees we are talking about. More like snow flakes in that none are exactly the same. Thankfully! How boring otherwise. "Flame" is just a more slang term for figuring in the wood. But definitely different than wood grain. Personally, I think flames are a bit over-hyped. I think some of the wood grain in plain tops look better than most flames. But that's all subjective. Gibson, of course, has a dog in that race because they charge a lot more for flames. Talking about subtle flames, my Lucille is red. The finish is what I'd call "mostly transparent" and shows through some very subtle figuring. The effect is absolutely beautiful. Reminds me of glowing embers. Subtle enough it looks "plain" red at a glance and is hard to get good pics of it. But holding it, it just radiates like a jewel. This studio shot give some indication of it. But you really have to see it in person to get the full effect. Just trying to say that the figuring doe not need to be the-in-your-face type.
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