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Everything posted by Wmachine

  1. Interesting. You made me look. At a glance the witch hats look a lot like the top hats of similar color in inserts, so it is easy to miss them. I have them on my 2015 Flying V and do like them. But neither do I recall seeing them on newer Gibsons until now. Nice looking 330 all in all!
  2. I don't things were misconstrued at all. You said "now I know there are some minor differences" and "these guitars listed here in this post are 98% the same" and "The point of all this is your paying for the name, that's all and that's it" and more. I (and others here) don't agree. There is nothing to misconstrue in those statements. Seems everyone can agree that EPIs are decent and better than before. And everyone can agree they are priced too high. But no way are differences as minute as you say.
  3. I don't "have to realize" anything here because I'm already quite aware of what you were saying. And simply put, just like brand name doesn't mean it is better, it also doesn't mean that it is worse. I have no doubt that I'm every bit as astute and knowledgeable a consumer as you and probably more so. Don't patronize me and suggest I overpaid for Gibsons I have. I doubt you ever paid less than I did for what I have. Don't underestimate someone just because they don't agree with you. I have all the evidence (hands on) I need to come to my conclusions, and your "opinions" don't change that
  4. First of all, I'll say they may have some bias, but they have definitely not always chosen the more expensive guitar. I actually find them to be be pretty much objective with more subjectivity in their personal tastes than in a bias for the business. Second, I do not agree with your comparative assessment at all. I don't know what you are comparing to what (that makes a huge difference), but speaking of several '16-'17 Gibson ES models and recent EPI dot and ES335 PROs, while I find the EPI PRO to be really decent and a great bang for the buck, it is not in the same league as the Gibsons. A
  5. The BB King is great, but not even a close representation of a Gibson 335 to make a fair comparison to an EPI, cost or otherwise. One would need to make exact comparisons to mean anything. A new EPI 335 Pro is specific enough. Now what year and model of what Gibson 345? They are all quite different.
  6. Congrats! Great looking and a great LP with the '59s. I have a 2015 with '59s and they are amazing. Really nail the classic LP sound. The specs you have from Gibson do differ from the LM specs, specifically the neck profile and the weight relief. Regardless, still a killer LP.
  7. I never noticed that your model didn't say Gibson on it, but now that you mention it, that is really strange that Gibson would do that. There may be others, but I can't even think of another Gibson that didn't have "Gibson" on the headstock. Heck, even some EPIs have "Gibson" on the headstock (truss rod cover, at least)!
  8. Actually slightly different. Mine is a 2016 model, notice the difference in the headstock. Lucille headstock I believe yours is a 2015 model? Or earlier?
  9. Like mine! Lucille front Lucille back
  10. I agree with your probable cause, but that indeed could have come that way. Flaws like that have passed though. And there are no seconds, so please don't say that like it could have been done. You can be sure that "seamless" pic you show is not seamless. Just well enough finished that you can't see it in that pic. A well finished neck joint will still show a seam, nothing wrong with that. But the finish does span the seam however small it is, and a few different things like even a slight flex can crack the finish there. A lot of vintage guitar show cracks there, and there is not a thing w
  11. As you know by now from your other forum posts, that is cosmetic. That is the neck joint where the neck meets the body. Shouldn't look like that of course, but that's what a cosmetic imperfection is. Don't know why, but as good as the recent years Memphis models are, they had an unusual number of problems with the Pelham Blue ES-345s.
  12. The ES-3x5 models coming out of Memphis the last few years have been outstanding as a whole from all accounts. You have a reissue which is a level above the "standard"s. But the "standard"s and even the Studios have been great. I very much like the MHS pups. I've heard some say they are not bright enough for them. I think they are more "historically accurate" though, and have no complaints. There have been some astounding buys on the 2016 Memphis lines, and I couldn't be happier that I cashed in on some.
  13. Yes, that certainly helps, thanks. It was good you did your homework. Warranty work may not ever come up in the future for me, but it is nice to know there is some latitude there. I hope having the warranty precludes the need for it!
  14. I understand your point of view, but I don't know where Gibson draws the line. "Reversibility" itself does not make the change *not* a modification. No matter what we "think" constitutes a modification, the only definition that matters in this case is Gibson's. So I'd still like to get this explained by Gibson.
  15. Looks like you have the 2014 model version of the 2016 that I have. Yours has the anchors under the Custom Made plate, mine doesn't have either.
  16. First of all, I'm really happy to hear they gave you such great customer service, and really gave it the care it deserved. That said, I'm surprised they honored the warranty because of the mods you said were done by the dealer. The Warranty clearly states that the Warranty does not cover "Any instrument that has been altered or modified in any way....." My question is to Stijn Vergeest (or other Gibson Customer Service): What is the explanation here? Did you decide to make and exception? I know this sounds like a complaint, but it is more like the opposite. The reason for the ques
  17. Most of them are long gone now. See my post above. Search "Gibson Floor Model" to find them. There is still one Studio 335, a late '60s ES-335 reissue, an ES-175, a number of ES-Les Pauls, and ES-339s that I can see as of now. An ES-339 for $895 a super buy, and some were even 15% off additionally over last weekend. I just have no interest in a 339 for myself. I already picked up more than I care to admit, including a Cherry Lucille that was south of $1800. Though many were bought to flip, I still don't see that sale putting a huge or long lasting dent in the market.
  18. Use your model number to find out more. Unfortunately, the factory sticker may or may not have the full model number on it. Gibson will give you specs (and model #) if you write them. You said Gibson told you something, I'm guessing they gave you some specs? I'm not sure what else you would be looking for. Except for some pre-stated limited runs, Gibson does not divulge production numbers. "Limited Run" really doesn't tell you much, other than it is not as extensive as non-Limited Run. (FWIW, the board does not look like ebony to me, but...)
  19. Chicago Music Exchange My link CME made a large purchase of remaining stock from the Gibson Memphis plant. They were sold at blowout prices to move the stock. Their agreement with Gibson was they would sell them as "Floor Models", thus without Gibson warranty, which CME substituted with their own warrantly. Though apparently some of the stock had some minor issues, most by far were new in box without a thing wrong with them. If anyone did have a problem, CME would worked it out, or took it back, and or replaced it if one was still available. Many of us that took part got once-in-a-lifeti
  20. No, not misinformed. I bought one, and as a matter of fact it was a less than $1800 further on sale. That was a limited CME purchase from Gibson, and they have since sold out so you won't find them listed. Great guitar, GLWTS. CME did sell a number of them, most at $2400.00. But hope that won't make selling too hard for you. You may see some of them for sale from flippers. At least you'll know why now.
  21. Likewise here. What 345 did you get? Mine is the '64 reissue TDC Maestro VOS, and I like it just the way it is. (The varitone is interesting, but not essential)
  22. But therein lies the answer. It is your opinion that the BB are "more desirable". Gibson feels they are appropriate, and I happen to agree. The MHS are not as bright as BBs. Which a lot of guys don't like. But the MHS are used in the reissues because they are more like the original. Brighter may be liked more, but doesn't make them more accurate to the originals. I think Gibson is actually doing a good job matching pups to guitars over the last few years, especially the Memphis models. Do you really believe Gibson is just cheaping out by using 490s in the BB King Lucille? I have one,
  23. I see this is very similar to (I'd call it essentially the same thing to) what Fender did in the 2014-15 Fender American Deluxe Strat Plus. It has a series of about 5 (circuit) cards that are interchangeable in a small compartment in the back. The card emulate different wiring combos. Additionally the cards have DIP switches on them, further offering seemingly endless combos for tone. And this whole thing is passive. Pretty impressive as far as I'm concerned. Not too surprisingly, it was bashed by the Fender community (read that as forums)as being anything from stupid to gimmicky. In fa
  24. I'm a bit of a magnet for that problem. Where the individual settings of the toggle work fine, but in the middle, only one pup works (yes, volumes up). Had that happen a couple years ago with an EPI LP Trad Pro (replaced the switch) Now within the last year, have the same thing with a new 2015 Gibson LP Trad, a new 2015 Gibson Flying V, and a new 2016 Guild Starfire III. Not the worst problem to have, and worth it for the prices I paid.
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