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Everything posted by Wmachine

  1. Any 2 points always line up........
  2. This indeed has been an ongoing problem with the LP pickguard bolt and nut. Gibson should have figured out how to attach some sort of bumper by now. FWIW, this was addressed with the 2015 models (and possibly others) with removable pickguards. Being removable, there is no bracket to start with. But to keep the look authentic (( guess) there is still a hole in the pickguard and a bolt used, but the end of the bolt has a nice bumper on it to keep the bolt from indenting the body.
  3. My EPI Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Blue RoyaleRivera P93 works like this: The bride and neck pups are controlled by a typical 3-way switch just like a 2 pup model. The middle pup works independently just with the volume control. Simple and versitile.
  4. It appears to me that Gibson can't get sales to sustain the small semi hollow models, even though they keep trying to reinvent it. First the 137, then the ES-LP, now the 235. They even claim the 235 to be an instant classic. Didn't happen before, so I don't see it happening now.
  5. Construction is what was being addressed. I have both and am familiar with differences from the playing both. Back to the OP, Gnappi, you say you prefer the '57s over the MHS. That's the first time I've ever heard MHS pups described as "shrill". Usually the criticism is that they sound muddy, but that has been said as opposed to Burstbuckers in 335s (not my take on them, however). So are you saying you actually prefer the Studio? To the OP, to me, my ES-LP Studio (not a II) is relatively lifeless. Not so much from the '57s, they seem to be fine, but the guitar itself. It sounds okay, but that's it. And "quality" is decent, but nothing to do with that. By contrast, my ES-335 Studio sounds great (same '57 pups). Not as good as my higher end ES-3x5 s, but still impressive for the Studio model. I don't get that from the ES-LP Studio. It just doesn't bring anything to the table that is isn't covered better by an ES-3xx or a Les Paul. Just my take on it.
  6. Fine if you call that a "not like a 335". But they both are "semi hollow with a center block".
  7. There are definitely legit ME serial numbers. I think there are other threads on here about that.
  8. Are you sure you mean to say that? I know that you know these models, but they are semi-hollow (Gibson calls them semi-solid) with a center block.
  9. You're kidding. If they were on a forum today: Les: I'd play it more, but this thing is just too heavy. Mary: How do you like this burst? Does it make me look fat?
  10. And me too, on both counts. OP, sounds like you have way to much experience to expect anything new out of your"Gibson LP Studio vs Epiphone LP" question. It will always be answered by those on both sides. Far too many of both to generalize, and the only one that matters is the one you get. If you are lucky it will grab your heartstrings. If you add perseverance to the luck, it will grab your, well, you'll find out.
  11. Actually, that is just a EU website, not a store. It still may be helpful, though.
  12. Wmachine

    ID ES335

    It does look like the seller is trying to be honest sending a pic that clearly shows significant fretboard wear. I'd be concerned about fret wear too. Personally, I'd pass. Especially if looking for a 335.
  13. Wmachine


    Sorry, but this is a forum. Responses are not mandatory. No views = no interest. You can try another forum.
  14. Yes, he was extremely careful about the finish on his guitar. Right before he smashed it.
  15. Do you mean a 2017 model or 2017 date made? Not the same thing. If it is a 2016 model made in 2017, it has 57 classics..
  16. Great story! Really a "meant to be". Very little difference between the Pro II and my Pro 3T. Interesting that the Pro II came 2 ways, one with a "'60s" neck and one with a "'50s" neck. Gibson should have done that more often! The Pro 3T used '57 A3 pups, and they added "coil selection" to use with the coil split.
  17. I think more common, but still not that common are the Gibson branded Kahlers, like on my '79 Explorer here: '79 Explorer
  18. Wmachine

    60s 335

    Okay, they are small block parallelogram, not trapezoidal. And not split, of course. I'm sure there is a story there, but I still have no idea what.
  19. I did zoom in a take a closer look. My guess is that it is light reflections based on the differences in the 2 pics last posted. But I would still want to be sure of that before I'd buy it. Especially as easy as it would be to get a better pic of that area.
  20. That should be a 2017 and also should be an outstanding ES-335 model. Generally the reissues are really good. But as with all models really, there is some variation and there are "good ones" and "bad ones". Play it before you buy it if you can.
  21. Looks good as far as the serial number goes, but as the pics are not the best to begin with, I'm a little concerned about what I see at the base of the headstock where the curve to the nut starts. Looks like some chips in the paint there? It shows up in both pics. If so, that could be a headstock crack or break. I would not touch it unless I had better pics of that area to see what is really there. Explorers are not prone to headstock breaks like LPs are, but they do happen and are not rare.
  22. Yes, Trad Pros were dealer ordered, most if not all were GC/MF. The offerings were a real mess. I mean what specs were with what models, not the guitars themselves. Seems most were really great Gibsons. But trying to figure out the specs is almost impossible. Besides the II, III, and IV, there were others like the 3T, which I have and like a lot. To make matters even worse, the GC/MF ads were not 100% accurate. When questioned, GC/MF said all the ad print/specs come directly from from Gibson. But wait, there's more! There were variations that came of exactly the same model with the same specs. Especially in 2015. And Gibson is no help sorting that all out. Not that it really matter a whole lot, they were still mostly the same. My bought new 2015 Heritage Cherry Trad Pro 3T came with a flame top, Classic '57 A3s, locking Grovers, blank TRC, exceptionally smooth satin sides, back, and neck, push/push coil splits, coil select, and adjustable up to 10db boost. Long story, but it took 3 times to get a good one, and it is really great. Bonus that the "A" top was pretty exceptional too. My TP 3T
  23. Nice Studio, but this is a thread for Traditionals.
  24. I said nothing contrary to what you're saying and I did not say or imply anything you are asking about. I'm saying that Gibson is not getting intelligent feedback about what to offer. They are literally damned it they do and damned if they don't.
  25. That pretty well says it all! But in all fairness to Gibson (and other guitar makers), it is quite apparent to me one of the biggest problems they constantly face (seems more now that ever) is a fickle and totally self absorbed public. Everything they do is met with opposition. And it doesn't help that for some reason people get carried away with their POV on top of it. They think something is stupid if they don't like it. And they don't simply dislike a color, they think it is "hideous". Any attempt at change or innovation is not met with "not for me", it is "horrible management making worthless junk, what were they thinking?????" I'm just glad to see Gibson hanging in there. It ain't easy, despite what all the Monday morning quarterbacks say.
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