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  1. Simply, I've never seen a fake Gibson LP with Gibson labeled board and pots.... I don't think the Chibsons are there yet. I think it's real. I've also seen pictures of your guitar on other forums - and I think it looks totalay rad. Hope it rocks as good as it looks.
  2. Sorry. Not the answer you want to hear..... but, it's not really their (Guitar Centers) fault. Even if you buy a new guitar from them, they will charge extra for an additional post-factory set-up. They get the guitar, there is a bad nut, it's Gibsons issue. NOW - IF they are going to charge you for a nut replacement, they SHOULD HAVE explained the charges PRIOR to replacement. And that's something you would have agreed to before sending it out. Basically, the issue is with you, not them. They sold the guitar and you were happy when you walked out with it. If the charge is nominal, I would eat the expense and be grateful that the guitar is fixed - hopefully for a lifetime. It's a 2016... so did you get it for a reasonable deal ???? I hate to be sympathetic to the Corporate; But if there was a problem from the start, you should have taken it back ASAP based on the GC warranty and exchanged it for a different LP. They could have transferred a different 2016 from another store. Sometimes it's hard to find an issue with a guitar until after you get it home. However, typically the problem arises after someone has altered the height of the bridge / tailpiece / changed strings (from 9s to 11s : which everyone one is pissed about that $5 loss !) / moved the pups...... I'm surprised that GC would take a guitar back.
  3. Another indicator that it could be a fake is that on the back of the neck there is a bump where the neck meets the headstock. That's not there on the original Gibson or Epiphone neck, but found on the Chibsons. In addition, the "Gibson" is incorrect and there should be a white edge along the truss rod cover. Also the inlay around the hole doesn't appear correct. You can go online and compare it to anything else out there, there's too much that screams fake to me.
  4. Agree with above. You can find an Epiphone Hummingbird Artist for under 200. Might as well get that. I have one and it's a nice guitar. Stays in tune, sounds great, nice action. http://www.musiciansfriend.com Has it for 190. Looks like a Chibson fake. I would pass on it. You never know how much trouble it will be in the long run... Generally people complain that the Chibsons have bridge nut/ action too high. Incorrect string spacing..... it goes on. More trouble than they are worth. And the guy is probably selling it because it doesn't play well. Search for Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar on Aliexpress.com. Chibson Humminbirds are actually more expensive than the real Epiphone. I hate the fact that there are so many fakes out there. IF there was no initial damage, I just don't see why someone would put a legit Gibson neck on a $200 Epiphone guitar, when there's nothing wrong with the Epi necks... doesn't make much sense.
  5. On my 17 GT Tribute T, I have the chip under the pickguard, too. I thought of a way to prevent it with tape, and such, but the fix would probably be worse than the chip. I would think that Gibson would use a smaller screw and nut. But I suppose you need a stable surface for the guard to lay on, so the screw may be that way by design. I don't think we would want a wobbly pickguard. My ES-125 pickguard has the screw where the f-hole is. So it's a bit wobbly, and occasionally I'm afraid of damaging it when I finger pick or strum. It's surprising how it's held up for all these long 60 years. Not a crack or blemish.... fingers crossed. Man, that is an awesome guitar. I also prefer the LP look with the guard. And I always need it for my pinky when I finger pick. Now, I think the honey burst looks great without the guard. If I had them side-by-side, I would have had a tough time deciding which one. Would have come down to feel and playability........
  6. Now, don't go crazy by throwing it ! Take it back to GC and exchange it for a 2017 Tribute T. With pencil graphite and 9-46 DÁdarrio stings, I have no problems with it staying in tune. I ordered mine through GC and opened the box, so their techs couldn't get their fingers on it. I kept it factory setup - the string and pickup height and action are perfect. I love playing this guitar. Check out the reviews, there are nothing but good things to be said about the 2017 Tribute. Plus, it smells really good ! You unfortunately found out why that 2016 Tribute has been in the shop for so long. Either it was returned or really hard to play off the shelf. Smells like you got a lemon. If you have had it for 2 weeks, you should be able to take it back. Good Luck. Don't give up on the Gibson Les Pauls.
  7. Good Point L5Larry. It looked to me that the letter might have been covered over by the guard. But, I see that you have seen this SN before :)
  8. There should be a letter before the 4 digit number : Letter (year) : 4digit lot number : guitar number There are posts out there that will give you the letter/year. http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/88651-serial-number-and-date-for-es-125/ Try to find the letter. Good Luck !
  9. Thanks Telemike ! After reading your post I packed up my 94 Ibanez and my near new Epi Les Paul GT Traditional Pro and went out to GC. I wanted to try out and compare the Tribute to the Epi Traditional. I loved playing the Epi and had no problems with it. And even though I have had the Ibanez for 20 years, it didn't get much use. I just didn't like playing it as time went on. With the Epi LP and my ES-125, the case on the Ibanez never got opened. Like I said, I loved the Epi LP Traditional. But, the Gibson LP Tribute is worlds nicer. I loved the weight and the way it handled. Cosmetically, I like the Tribute pickup covers better than the Epi Zebras. I dug the Epi GoldTop with the satin brown back. But I like the Tribute gold top and the natural back better. Plus I like the vintage knobs and tuners better. I bought locking tuners for the Epi - which I will miss..... I found the push-pulls on the Epi to be a bit fickle and produce an okay sound on my Blues Jr. The Tribute sounded great. I dig the smooth tones it produced. Most of all, I loved the feel of the neck and the board. On the Epi, I could feel the fret edges - but not on the Gibson. Plus, on the Epi the fingerboard wasn't as nice - since there were slight marring on the board next to the frets. None of this affected playing - it was just cosmetically noticeable next to the Tribute. The board on the Tribute felt smoother, rounded and easier to play. In the end, I ended up getting close to what I wanted I for the trades. Even with 15% off - and taxes - I still had to fork over some cash. On the down side, The Tribute I tested out had been played, and I didn't want to pay new for a wall guitar that was showing signs of wear. There was a small, but deep, scratch in the neck and 2 very tiny dents on the body where someone probably hit the guitar against something. No big deal. The plastic was pulled off the guard. Other than that it was really pretty. It stayed in tune, was intoned and looked clean, except for the finger prints on the pickup covers. I added my dirt to it for an hour, so I shouldn't be so high and mighty. Anyway, my guitar is being shipped to me. I can't wait to play it. I Really hope this is the last guitar that I'll buy for a long time ! Happy Playing : Mark
  10. Thanks Twang Gang (BTW I Love your LP in the LP forum) Since I put the ES back together, I haven't put it down. I play this guitar for hours each day. I love it. It's easy to play, stays in tune, sounds great acoustic and through my Blues Jr. I'm playing songs that I haven't played in 30yrs. Blues, Jazz, fingerpicking - it all sounds great on this guitar. Jim Bastian : RetroGuitarParts / IslandFunHouse : Sent out the tailpiece ASAP. And it was an Exact replacement. Little background : I learned how to play off this guitar. It actually belongs to my brother. So it's been several states apart for all this time. He was interested in checking out a Tele, and I just happened to have a MIM sitting around that I put locking tuners and Bill Lawerence pups into. I liked the Tele, but I like playing my Epi LP goldtop T better. So, we swapped - not forever ! Since its a $1500 guitar vs a $500 guitar. The ES needed a new case and the tailpiece. I was willing to get it back in playing condition since as he let me borrow it. And even though I don't own it : It was worth it to get this fine guitar the love it needs. I'm still looking into having the bracket manufactured. If I get production done, I'll offer the pieces at cost. I'm sure that there are more ES-125 deep bodies that are in need - or will need a tailpiece bracket at some point.
  11. A totally hot Emma Stone is on the cover of this weeks Rolling Stone. I was paging through while waiting for a hair cut when I saw this : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/inside-gary-clark-jrs-juke-joint-couture-w459173 Pretty Cool to see the ES-125 in the mainstream. Now every dentist, lawyer and doctor will have to have one. :)
  12. PowerwagonJohn Totally agree, the tailpieces are really hard to find. I found the exact cloverleaf after 2 weeks of web searching. I stumbled upon a forum post from 2009 that was about the ES-125 tailpiece replacement. The poster mentioned Jim Bastian / Island Fun House Vintage Guitar and Parts. I sent an email to him and he had the exact piece that he was willing to part with - for a "if you really want it" - but fair - price. BTW, I've flooded every vintage guitar shop trying to find this piece ! The ES-125 will not be my daily player. But, I figured that if the opportunity is there to get an original part, I better do it. I was about to fill in the strap button hole and use the reproduction piece. Unfortunately, I had to contort the repro piece to work. So, I took it off. And I wasn't too happy with filling in the strap button hole with something that might not work in the end. Even though the guitar has been well taken care of, the wood doesn't seem to be that strong, and I know the screw holes don't have much life in them. I'm going to contact a metal fab guy about making repro cloverleaf bracket parts. Might not be cheap.... or worth the investment. But I know that the tailpiece bracket failures was an issue back in the day and I'm sure that if you have an original, it may someday fail. Good Luck !
  13. Hey everyone I have a 1956 ES-125 that has been in the family for over 30years. The tail piece has broken - so I ordered the standard replacement. https://www.amazon.com/WD-Music-T120N-GIBSON-TAILPIECE/dp/B0006ZP9L4 The top 2 holes between the original and the replacement match. The replacement doesn't have the hole for the strap button, instead there is a 3rd hole for a screw. Which looks like it would go into the hole for the strap button. We lost the strap button decades ago, and I don't plan to replace it. So my questions are 1. Can I just use the top two holes to attach the tailpiece to the body ? And not worry about the bottom screw. OR 2. Should I insert a dowel into the strap button hole for the 3rd screw ? What would be the best way to replace the tailpiece, since I can't find an exact replacement. I tried to include pictures... THANKS ! Mark
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