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  1. I did an Alt History mockup.. Enjoy! 🙂
  2. I have those books 🙂 It was the first place I ever saw an Epiphone Scroll.. which I am lucky enough to say I own a SC-550 Custom 'Black Beauty'.. one of my dream guitars.
  3. Hi Pip I agree with everything you've said 🙂 To be clear I was saying Gibson have first stake to that headstock. Thanks for the Futura/Explorer patent.. very interesting. (for fun) What do you think about a special edition.. Discovery Guitar? 🙂
  4. I see Gibson are suing Dean.. The Gibson Futura Headstock is the one I reference above.. if you haven't seen one.. see picture. I am not referencing the 'open book headstock'. On a personal note.. IMHO Dean should settle this with Gibson by offering shared rights of the ML. Both companies can use both the headstock and body shape.. for Gibson the 'Discovery' for Dean the ML.
  5. little update :) Neck pickup and three way are installed.. MAN I gotta say.. these Epi P100 are *thee* most excellent humcancelling P90s EVER.. to my ears they sound '1 = 1' to P90s without the hum. Epiphone/Gibson should make these a regular part of Gibson gear.. but selling them at around £30/$45 a pop. My ultra mini review: Fat but tight 50's D Dale (misirlou) style low end, crisp mids, complicated and subdued highs.. the Epiphone P100 is to my surprise; a high quality pickup, I never seen coming. For refs: (expensive) I like.. Dimarzios/Dimarziclones/Gibson 491T/ Fender wide range (or any of their dimarziclones).. not a great fan of Seymour Duncan for a long time.. but over the last 8 or so years, SD have been beginning to win me over. (budget) Entwistle (I own lots of Aldens soo..) Antec Rails and any BL clones.. few chinese no-brands have been decent too.. the double pole Alnico 5 no name in my SG-X .. sounds pretty rockin'! Clean.. the Epi P100s are OK..yeah just OK.. with Gain? OH FLIP WOW!! I mean it.. 100% P90 tone with 0% hum I want to buy MOREEEE -------- Wait a minute.. thats all three guitars with my favorite Gibson neck profile that had to get a neck pickup added.. :/ Why on Earth can't I just get an SG Standard (Epi or Gibson) with this neck profile :/ ?
  6. Hi guys If you've read any of my other posts you know.. I'm not a fan of modern Epi neck profiles, however that being said.. I LOVE the '57 Jr neck profile! Is this what they call a 50's style neck? because it seemed to me very close to (what I've been calling) a 90s style neck profile.. I now have 3 guitars with this profile, my Gibson SG MM Hotrod, my 1998 SG-X (modified) and now the Epi LP Jr. MAN if Epiphone made SG standards with this neck.. sign me up! Not too 'troll-y' but.. every SEA Epi I've owned I've hated and couldn't wait to see the back of.. this one is a keeper!.. I'm going to hotrod it by putting a neck PU. Epi P100 (bridge) I bought off reverb. ------- (A Friend gave this guitar for free because it had a cracked neck, I've since repaired it, but still need to smooth out with some glue/nail varnish and go to work some more with some polishing sand paper.. I'm close already with 30 hours sunk, but it could be better.) here's a look for a nosey.. :)
  7. SG's Modified :) The Ebony one (originally a 70's tribute) now has real MOP inlays, a Jag/Jazzmaster trem, a Towner roller bar and is refinished. I am currently refinishing it again in gloss black with a ebony mid-stripe, although I am considering going all black. The blue one is my Melody Maker SG, it has switches: 1. parallel/series. 2. phase. 3. bass cut. It has an earthing issue just now in the neck HB, I hope to switch that HB out (maybe get a Fender Wide Range) when I have some spare cash. LOVE the '90s neck' on the Melody Maker :)
  8. OR the rumor-mill has been cranking out that the creditors will move Gibson to China. So... ? what would you suggest Mega?
  9. Hi Lars From what you have written, you must have a LOT of money, enough to afford higher end stuff, Gibson is in a place that Fender is not, Fender have ways of generating income by hitting that £300/$400 price point, Gibson struggles to do this, I own a collection of 30+ guitars, many of them Squiers.. hmmm maybe that's too generalized :/ My first 'real' guitar was a 1994 Fender Mexican Contemporary Special Strat bought as a shop return in 1995. I took it to a luthier for dress & level and it smashes many modern era guitars. I still own it today. I don't know what you are talking about as far as QC goes, I and many others disagree.. but I realize I should be cagey in praising Fender too much on this website. You seem to questioning my knowledge of QC. I am happy with Mexican Fender's QC..I'm not the only one. Epiphone however..I have hated every SEA Epiphone I have ever owned and could not wait to see the back of it, Every Squier I sold I later regretted selling and missed. The only Epi's worth anything to me are 70's era Japanese Epi's.. the Scroll Custom is one of my dream guitars. I guess this is a good excuse to show off the guitars I own, so you and anyone know I'm not talking from imagination.. 1965 Trans-Era Fender Mustang (rebuilt by myself) You can see my collection of Alden's mixed in there.. and my collection of Showmaster/Stagemasters I've been busy refinishing the Gibson SG with the Jaguar Trem into a more solid black with heavier gloss. Lovely Japanese guitar: 2004 American Standard (Deluxe body with replacement neck) plays great but the noiseless pickups make this crazy oscillation under high gain.:/ 1986 Peavey USA Falcon Deluxe (Basically a 80's American Standard Strat Plus.. not to be confused with the cheaper but still good USA Predator) Point being.. I too want Gibson to protect their brand. Make USA guitars (even though I am Scottish).. but because Gibson's revenue streams are so limited there imho need to be a bridge between the SEA Epiphones and full blown Gibsons.. flip I am NOT buying another new Gibson after all the palava I went through with the 2015 SG Standard :( I dropped £850 on that.. thats a huge chunk of cash! But if you offer me a way of getting North American QC without that hefty price tag.. maybe I would and others would take that chance.. and Gibson have been flirting with the lower end for ages (since 2006?) it's just a fact that the States (and pretty much all western countries) have priced themselves out of the job market. Current Mex Fender's have moved to a flat radius fretboard, which I feel was a big mistake.. but that's a design issue/decision not a QC issue. If Gibson still want to charge big money for their models.. they need a revenue that will enable them to do so without hurting their brand as a whole.. Epiphone *I feel* cannot provide that stability, a third 'middle brand' *I feel* could.. kind regards Dava
  10. In light of Gibson filing for Chapter 11.. I hope no one minds the bump. I had an interesting thought yesterday.. could Gibson relaunch Orville brand guitars but the source is Mexican made only? Fender have had a roaring success with Mexican Fenders. Fender don't gimp their Mexican guitars, if the Mexican QC is higher than the American, Fender will tell their american staff to work harder.. not tell their Mexican staff to gimp the product. this is the correct way round, and valuable to customers. This wind seems to blow favor in all directions as; Epiphone can stay in SEA, some people were not keen to move Gibson out of the US, and Orville is a disused brand name with a lot of cache with collectors. While making Orville's anywhere but Japan might a little upsetting to collectors, as anyone who's owned a Mex Fender, the quality for the price is not to be sniffed at. I feel.. it is a compromise that fits all sides. The guitars could be limited to; LP, SG and MM. Special and Standard for the LP and SG.. with MM having two variations of single and double cut. thoughts?
  11. Hi guys I owned for a few years a 1994 SG Special, it was a partial gift from a friend for looking after him during a bad time in his life, well, I didn't know any better* and was still paying over £100 a month for my cable TV and got into debt.. sadly the guitar had to go. I got a measly £320 for it, I never really knew what I had.. I always thought the neck was amazing.. but I hadn't tried any other modern Gibsons at that time and thought it was a standard style of neck. Turns out it wasn't.. many SG's use the slim taper style of neck.. which over time I am growing to hate more and more, maybe if I ground the frets it would be OK.. I am considering doing this on my SG with the trem. For a while now I have been calling that neck style a '90's neck'.. the truth is I don't know which era it is from, my 2011 MM SG has the same neck and on the reference section of this website it's just called a 'Melody Maker' neck.. not very catchy, I prefer '90's neck'.. but I would also like to know if this neck has been used before and already has it's own terminology. The start of this year I *actually* managed to shift the 2015 SG Standard in trade for an American Fender Strat* .. this whole experience has refocused my mind, I have wanted to own a SG Standard since I was 18yo and I'm 42yo.. I now want *that* neck shape/fret size. I suppose I could just buy a Special from that era and slowly do it up.. the binding would be a nightmare.. impossible for me.. the fret markers again, I just don't have the tools or expertise. Faceplate I could do.. covers for the pickups yes, but that's not quite a Standard. Does anyone have an 2011 SG Melody Maker and a SG Standard that have the same neck shape/fret size, if so what era is the Standard from? Does anyone know the terminology of that neck profile, is it a regular Gibson neck? It is regular/small breadth* and regular/fat width. Not chunky like an old Jag. Kind regards Dava -------------------------------- * I have zero cable TV now.. just the internet and netflix. I gave up my house phone too.. just pay once a year to skype. didn't need all that junk draining my finances and couldn't see that at the time (2006-2012). *(2004.. deluxe body and fixtures, standard neck, guy didn't like the rosewood deluxe neck so he switched it for maple) *I suggest this terminology.. breadth: the point of which the guitar lays on its back, the breadth of the fretboard is the surface on the neck facing the ceiling. This makes sense because the guitar itself has greater breadth in this position if including the body; therefore it cannot be confused with width. Leaving 'height' which is when the guitar is upright with the breadth facing you; the longest point from the bottom to the top.
  12. Hi being fair these are my terminologies.. others *have* used them, noone's defined them afaik; please see pic for what i mean. I have 2011 SG Melody Maker which has what I call a '90s neck'.. medium-small and regular-fat. The frets are small Gibson. wish I owned a SG Standard with that neck. I got the slim taper on the SG Tribute ("Gothic Hotrod"), don't like it, it has huge frets*, been thinking about refretting it to Gibson small frets (or Fender vintage pre-radiused ones and sand them down a bit with a radius block). This is an interesting thread! For most of my life necks were shrouded in mystery and mostly still are.. rarely do we see YT reviews give us a 360 look at the neck, which is as dumb as a bag of bricks that they don't do that, as its essential information to buying online. I wish there was a trusted resource on necks and neck shapes.. flip couldn't Gibson do it for the community? If you know of one with 360 examples.. please lmk with a link :) *saying that.. I have a slim taper on the Scroll Custom and really like it, but the frets have worn down a bit there to near flat/just below half way.
  13. Yes. Yes I can Megafrog Edit: I DO NOT wish Gibson any ill.. I *hope* when reading my OP my passion for Gibson's wellbeing came through, loud and clear. Or I would not have taken the time to write.
  14. Great points from everyone across the board! @ Farnsbarns IIRC Pixxy Lixx and Phil McKnight reported about the closure of the Gibson Memphis Beale Street Factory. Gibson not having a stand at NAMM. Moody's has downgraded them. To quote Pixx Oct. 2017 'Their $1 bonds are trading at 52 cents.They're at junk bonds status at this point.'* Talk began around Autumn. *https://youtu.be/1DHswCnp1r4?t=1h7m51s FZ Fan.. DUDE I could not agree more! @ pic .. nail on head! Christopher J I see what you are saying BUT man..if you believe that you gotta see what I was saying about a 'Custom Experience'. There any untold amounts of Luthiers around the world who can make a Les Paul or SG (or any guitar) to Gibson Custom Shop QC or better for a fraction of the price.. The Derrig Les Paul being the most famous 'replica'. Gibson most defo should be offering this experience at even lower price than what they are charging for their "custom" shop.. quite frankly they need hit with the reality stick. a Luthier without customer input is a Tailor without body dimensions. blind. This isn't Da Vinci's workshop full of artisans who can do what they want because they because they imagined it. this a business. None of that was aimed at you man.. just a bit mad at Gibson for bloating lines. @kidblast I hear you dude.. I am right there with you.
  15. Hi Guys Been a lot of news about Gibson potentially 'going under'.. well the solid body guitar division that is, I can't help but look back.. back to the early nineties of Gibson.. Product lines were slim, quality control was high, and the result was customer experience focus. Of course many players got excited and encouraged Gibson to produce some of their older models..because the designs looked so enticing from pictures and it was rare to see one in the wild. What do I think *now*? Product lines are bloated, quality control is slipping, and the result is a product focused experience. Bloated? what do you mean Dava? Welp.. when I look at the most expensive Gibsons, I think to myself.. who on earth is going to buy these?? And then.. there seems to be a thing where 'models' are built around a feature.. for example.. Want a green flame top? thats a sub-model. or a Bigsby? that's another sub-model. I think something more sensible could be done instead. Please indulge me a little further.. IIRC: Back in the Nineties it was basically; Les Pauls and SGs.. with limited runs of Firebirds and V's. You got your Special, Standard and Custom. The structure of today's market is similar imho to the 90s, with the exception of the internet.The internet is a powerful tool, not to be underestimated For $5000 you can get a tailor made guitar by a small luthier.. to whatever you want. Flip! you can get whatever you want for $2000. Gibson should be doing this instead of making sub-models of these bloated expensive guitars.. inviting people to meet up with one of their luthiers and running through a truly 'Custom' experience. Saying Gibson is 'too big' for such a thing, well.. I find that wholley arrogant. A Custom Shop that isn't just a Gibson Luthier imagination of what someone *might* want..but what a Customer (paid upfront) *actually* wants. No waste.No muss. No fuss. And for us Average Joes (in my case 'Jock' haha) we get Gibson back in its purest form. Business as a capitalist concept is expand and contract. Clear away dead wood.. then after a bit try something new. Rinse and Repeat. Instead of sub-models.. we don't need to cut off the leg to save the arm. Many new models types have come to Gibson, and why shouldn't fully utilize them instead of making new sub-models? For example.. What is a 'Studio'? Really, think about it. Now I would say a 'Studio' is for the studio that means it does NOT have to be in any way shape or form decorative. One dot on the 5th,12th and 17th fret. No stain. Gloss finish. These all should have coil splits, and double row adjustable pole pieces. Why? because that means not only can the session artist be flexible, if they find a sound is regularly requested, they can modify to suit their needs. I did a mockup of the headstock: Or an Alt The significance being 'playing through the night'. The blog written Dec 2016, has many more Heraldic Inlays and ideas. (click the underlined for the link.) What I'm suggesting is: all models except Junior, Special, Studio, Deluxe, Standard and Custom, would be limited runs. Gibson put out say.. 20 'Les Paul Supremes' a year. then do it again the next year and so on.. On the blog the most I had was.. 9. Supreme* 8. Custom 7. Artist* 6. Professional* 5. Standard 4. Deluxe 3. Studio 2. Special 1. Junior Each has a purpose. Junior one pickup, wrapped bridge. simple, Black Stain or natural. I suggest varnish, instead of lacquer as it dries faster. cheap to make. lasts a lifetime! Special.. we all know the Special. 2 pickup. lacquer gloss finish. Black or Red. A Standard for the budget conscious. The Studio is outlined above. The Deluxe is the estranged brother to the Standard. The experimental branch if you will.. The deluxe has more decoration than the Special and has some unique wiring (many Deluxes came with a rotary cap switch) but not exclusively. You see what I'm saying here right?.. Gibson doesn't have to (I assume) waste thousands and thousands on Flame Maple caps to be experimental in their outlook. Every year they could have a new Deluxe that is almost totally different than the previous years. With the exception of the Deluxe Heraldic symbol of the two arrows. The Standard is.. the Standard. While Writing I am often imagining a Black SG standard.. my dream guitar hehe. Trust me to get a SG Standard the year (2015) it turns out to be a fancy paper weight + swingball bat :/ .. MAN just want a 90s neck SG Standard! The Professional, all the switching options of the Deluxe and more, with the livery of the Standard. The Artist.. Think about the RD Artist Headstock, then think about how decorative the fretboard could be also. The Custom is the Custom we all know. The Supreme is a supercharged Custom. optional floyd rose when made to order. Now please note the * above.. like the other body types we could have limited runs of these models. Erm this is bit hard to explain but.. Regular Production: Les Paul and SG 6. Custom 5. Standard 4. Deluxe 3. Studio 2. Special 1. Junior Limited Run: 3. Supreme 2. Artist 1. Professional And limited run per year for all other solid body types. Firebird Flying V RD Explorer (which due to its popularity should have longer runs). Okay been writing this for 2 hours and my missus is waiting patiently to watch old X-Files together.. her first time seeing it. But you get the idea I am suggesting.. Gibson has expanded without contracting in so long, it makes it look like the bubble will burst. What I am suggesting is a great retraction but keeping their options open. Please make sure to read the blog for some more mockups of Gibson Heraldic symbols. And no matter what you do.. have fun be happy in life! Life's a garden.. dig it! Dava
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