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  1. That one does not appear to have a seam, but it also does not appear to be a 2018 Tribute, it has a gloss back where my friends has the matte back.
  2. WRONG, multiple piece backs held together by glue are not stronger than one piece backs, and even more important don't sound anywhere near as resonant as a single piece back. However don't believe me, go out and glue 2 or 3 pieces of 3/4 inch ply wood together in a 1 x 2 rectangle and then get a solid one piece of the same wood thickness and size and attempt to break both over your leg and guess which one will break first and easier......the glued piece every time. Plus the next time you find yourself in a guitar store find a multiple piece back guitar and a solid piece back guitar and plug each into the same setup and bend a note and see which one resonates clearer and longer...….SOLID ONE PIECE will win every time, and if you don't know that, and you consider yourself even somewhat knowledgeable in the craftsmanship of guitars, then you truly know NOTHING.
  3. 60's Slim Taper...for the past 28 years and going.
  4. Hello fellow Gibson and Les Paul lovers, and players alike. I have owned many various Gibson Les Paul's in the past some I like some not so much, mostly due to the past lack of Q.C. However more recently my friend who currently lives on disability because of his many unfortunate ailments has always dreamed of owning a Les Paul, but never had the money. After paying off an old school loan, he found out that he could get a personal loan for the amount of $1200, which he did, and in 2018 bought himself the 2018 Gibson Les Paul Tribute model for $1099.00 Now although it's one of the lower end Gibson models it did come with a NON weight relieved body, so it was solid wood, and it had the 490r and 498t Gibson humbuckers, no eye candy like binding , flame maple or nitrocellulose shine, but a nice guitar. However my friend being a traditionalist he replaced the plastic nut with a bone nut and he replaced the tone & volume pot circuit board with traditional Gibson orange drop capacitors 500's. Now he also replaced his pickup's with Seymour Duncan's, but that's all personal preference. Let's move on to the sad part.....I recently purchased an Epiphone limited edition Les Paul Custom Koa, with a SOLID, not VENEER Koa wood top and non- weight relieved mahogany body, with binding on both neck and body, and the Probucker 2 and Probucker 3 equivalent to Gibson's Burstbuckers 2 & 3, and when I got the guitar and was inspecting it, I turned the guitar over and I looked at the back, and guess what......The mahogany back was all ONE piece of solid mahogany, so to satisfy my curiosity to see if Gibson was still cutting corners on their Les Paul models I asked my friend to take a close up picture of the back of his Gibson Les Paul Tribute. Once he emailed me the pic I magnified it, and there it was, the seam right down the middle of the back of the GIBSON guitar, they used two pieces of mahogany for his Les Paul, and I was actually angry and felt very bad for my friend who literally waited for over 30 years to be able to say he owned a Gibson Les Paul. Now I know Gibson's higher end models, the standard or HP or Traditional may have the solid one piece back, but those are all well over $2500 and NO ONE should have to pay that much for a solid piece of wood, now the more uneducated or ignorant may say "oh no big deal as long as it feels and sounds good". NO, WRONG, aside from the fact that it's how all guitars have been properly made for almost a century, it's simple physics, sound resonates better through one solid piece of wood than through two pieces glued together. So it's obvious that if Epiphone can do it in China and Gibson in the U.S. can no longer do it, than our labor costs are just too high. My friend the traditionalist, called Gibson himself in disbelief to confirm this and they did, they told him "yes the 2018 Les Paul Tribute model's back is made with two pieces of mahogany glued together", and to say the least he was disappointed, not outraged to my extent but disappointed, that an $1100 guitar did not come with a one piece back and my $650 guitar did, and as I said I've owned Gibson Les Paul's in the past and I would put my current Epiphone model up against any current Gibson Les Paul today, because it is aesthetically flawless and sounds and feels phenomenal, and the fact that Gibson charges SO much more for the name of Gibson without any longer producing the quality of the Gibson of old is sad and has turned me off of them until I see a major revamp in their Q.C. and materials and components.
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  6. As usual things are misconstrued , so allow me to clarify, I LOVE GIBSONS.... I PREFER GIBSONS....All I was ever saying was that I think now a days Gibson has gotten so full of themselves and their name that they have been resting on their laurels and charge astronomical prices for mediocre quality. Why hasn't Fender had such massive price hikes? The Stratocaster is equally as popular as the Les Paul, but the most expensive strat is like $2000 but all other American models can be had for $1800 and under, Les Paul Standard or Traditional or HP models start at $2700 and $3200 or $3700. The company was forced to restructure for a variety of reasons, the jackass C.E.O., the extra electronic companies they purchased.....and most important over priced guitars with hit or miss build quality. So all I'm saying is if Epiphone can crank out such close and accurate quality guitars to their Gibson counter parts for such a low price, then maybe Gibson should crank out steady flawless quality guitars with like $1000 price drop per model. Then I truly believe guitars will fly out of the stores....and for the record I do own a new Epiphone ES335 Pro, and I love it, and there is nothing about it that I would ever change, but I also plan on getting a Gibson Les Paul in the near future, and I hope when I do, that I get a good price or at least a flawless quality instrument for the money, in recent years Gibson has not offered much of either, I am hoping the companies restructuring will change that.
  7. You do realize of course that today all the guitar companies source their wood from the same place right? Due to the shortages of the commonly used mahogany, maple and rosewood, selections. Gibson is perhaps better equipped to extract the moisture content from the woods with more control and in more precise ways than others, but especially since Gibson owns Epiphone, they get there wood from the same contractor. Secondly Gibson is also better equipped with auto-cad machines and original program specs for those machines such as the ES345 to be able to make it exactly how it was, and while all of this does make for a better guitar, I prefer the guitars more made by hand then by machine when it comes to wood sculpting. Now I'm not saying I prefer Epiphone over Gibson, I am saying that even though Gibson DOES make better guitars than Epiphone they are not $3000 better, $1000 maybe. Just like if I had to choose between buying a fun 4x4 off road Jeep Rubicon or a more practical and fuel efficient Toyota Rav 4, I'm choosing the Toyota, why? because the Toyota is more affordable, better on gas, also 4 wheel drive and much more reliable, and yet they both do the same thing, get me from point A to point B. The guitars listed here look similar, sound similar and feel similar.....Does one look, sound, and feel better than the other? of course it does, but not enough for me to pay another $3000.
  8. You have to realize something though, after a certain amount of time goes by, if a company has had the good fortune to be in business for 50 to 100 years their brand name carries a lot of clout along with it, and before you know it after countless ads, and marketing and sales it's at the top of that particular product industry that they produce, which propels that name into super stardom.. Here's an example, my teenage son works part time and buy's himself $250 Nike sneakers from Footlocker, I pick up a pair of $20 no name brand sneakers at Wal-mart, now my son and I both wear 10-1/2 size shoes, so I told him lets swap shoes for a minute and walk around the house, and we did. Once done I asked him, now forgetting name brands and price, did they feel any different on your feet? and he said no, I said ok yours felt no different to me either, now lets wait 6 weeks and see how much wear and tear is on each pair of shoes, and we did...and both seemed to have a small layer of rubber sole worn away, and the inside padding flattened down considerably. My lesson to him was name brands don't always mean a better product, and can end up costing you more money just for the name. The Epiphone name has officially been in existence longer than Gibson, however since C.M.I. who also owned Gibson at the time bought them out in 1957 and used them to make Gibson style guitars, things changed, especially after the 70's & 80's when Epiphone was moved to Asian countries to be made. Now the Gibson company of the 50's to the 80's made thee best guitars on the planet BAR NONE ! equal to if not better than Fender and everyone else, at that time.....and therefore, at that time if you had a Gibson, well then you had a perfect treasure of an instrument that would actually increase in value, while during those same years Epiphones were made with a lesser quality to say the least, compared to a Gibson from that time. Fast forward to today Gibson's name is still among the best in the world, but there is still Fender, and Rickenbacker, and of course PRS, and during the 90's and early 2000's Gibson's quality and attention to detail suffered greatly, and that jackass of a C.E.O. that they just got rid of didn't help things either. However lets fast forward to this past decade where Gibson's quality is basically a hit or miss but better than it was 20 years ago, although now Epiphone's quality has greatly improved, and there are such comparison video's on YouTube where the Bionic Woman could not hear the difference in sound quality between a Gibson and an Epiphone. The point of all this is your paying for the name, that's all and that's it, body styles are the same, woods are the same neck profiles are the same in certain models, pickups are subjective to the player, capacitors may last longer on the Gibson depending upon the amount of use, otherwise I will go so far as to say these guitars listed here in this post are 98% the same, and for that measly 2 percent and the name of Gibson people are coughing up $3000, and it's just not always necessary depending on the model. So I hope you or anyone else is not replying to this because you or someone else paid the $3500 plus for the Gibson brand and is trying to justify the purchase, because that's not being honest...If you want to be honest go to a music store with your smart phone find another guitar playing customer in the store and ask him to try and Epiphone 335 Pro and a Gibson 335 traditional and then record him doing so, and continue recording when he's done and ask him if he felt a $3000 difference between the two, whether he liked the Gibson better or not, just ask if he felt and heard a $3000 difference, and I guarantee you his answer will be no.
  9. Plus another thing you have to remember in video's like this, is that, the guy on the right (Lee Anderton) is the owner of one of the biggest music stores in England, and the guy on the left (Rob Chapman) is working for him in these video's. So they will never admit on camera that the cheaper of any two guitars is the one to buy...they are trying to sell guitars and make as much money as possible. Therefore they will always leave it off as the more expensive guitar just feeling and sounding a bit better than the cheaper guitar, and in a lot of cases it may be true, but as I said I have owned both, and I can tell you if they both have the same profile neck, the feel was the same, otherwise there was only ever a difference in sound because of the different pickups used, which we know is personal preference, and those can be swapped out regardless. So bottom line is we can't believe every review we watch, especially from store owners or store employees.
  10. I've watched that video as well, and again their comparing an Epiphone Dot 335 to a Gibson Traditional 335, and the guitar I'm talking about is the Epiphone 335 Pro which does have different pick ups than the Dot model, so not an accurate comparison video in all fairness.
  11. Yeah I saw that video a while back and I just watched it again to be fair, however they are talking about two different models than what I've mentioned here and the quality of Epiphone has really improved over these past few years. So although I think it's fair to say an Epiphone may feel different or not quite as comfortable as certain Gibson's in a players hand, it also depends on the particular player as well as the guitar, and even then I don't believe it would feel $3000 different or better.
  12. Hey guy's now I know I'm in a Gibson forum, but your also ES lovers and guitar players who had to start with a moderate budget at one time...So please be honest, now I know there are some minor differences between these two models I've listed here. Such as pick ups, capacitors, tuners, but for the most part they use the same wood for neck and body, same rosewood fretboard, same scale length.....and the sound in various comparison videos is nearly identical. Now for those who can get over the obvious fact that Epiphone is made in China and wherever else, Gibson does have American employees in those Asian countries overseeing the quality and construction of these guitars, so realizing that, just what makes you want to spend $3000 more on a Gibson besides the name? I myself have played and owned both and I personally prefer the slim taper neck on the Epiphone, which Gibson doesn't offer too often on too many ES models of recent, but truth be told I just did not see a $3000 difference and I went for the Epiphone because it honestly seemed just as nice, and for that much of a price difference...well after all these years I just couldn't see where all the difference in dollars have gone with the Gibson, and I've been playing for 30 years and I've owned almost every model of every brand you can think of at one time or another, it's just these differences seemed to have gotten more and more subtle to me over the years, what do you guys think? So please look at these links with no bias, and please try to be as objective and honest as possible and tell me what is so drastically different, that someone would elect to spend $3000 more on the Gibson. Just look at these links and compare specs, and then watch the YouTube videos and compare sounds, it's actually just happenstance that the guys in each video are lefties but I just like their similar tones and style of playing. So take a look and give an honest response keeping in mind Gibson owns Epiphone so there is no betrayal here just mere opinion of sound and feel. http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Archtop/ES-335-PRO.aspx http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2018/Memphis/ES-335-Traditional-2018.aspx#ESDP18VENH1
  13. Don't do it, The one in the store may feel and sound good, but the Les Paul Tribute Les Paul's are having notorious string buzz issues. My friend has been going through hell with his new 2018 LP Tribute, the poor guy has waited 30 years to get his hands on a Les Paul, but he's never had much money, he even took out a loan to be able to get his LP Tribute. The first one he had suffered from severe string buzz and loud hum from bad grounding connection, so he returned it for another 2018 LP Tribute and this one has worse string buzz issues than the other one, my friend even went so far as to pay a luthier for a professional set up and $65 later 95% of the buzzing was gone. Weeks later after some regular day to day playing the buzzing came back, now he switched from the 9 hybrids to 11's thinking that would fix the buzzing but the guitar was not setup for 11's so the buzzing is still there....Now he told me he's going back to the luthiers and getting the guitar set up for 11's and replacing the nut as well. The 2018 L.P. Tribute has been a time consuming money pit since he got it, and most people are blaming the current state of Gibson, and their employees being so miserable.....Who knows but I wouldn't purchase a new Gibson right now, no matter which model it is, maybe try finding an older model in mint condition.
  14. Hey Guy's my new 2018 Les Paul Traditional is on the way and I noticed in Gibson's description of that guitar and many others that their using 9 & 10 hybrids. In other words three strings are 9 gauge and three strings are 10 gauge....Does anyone know the reason behind this decision. I normally use Ernie Ball 9's, but as long as there is no buzzing, and the action is good, I don't think I would mess with the strings until they needed to be changed when the time comes. I just thought it was a bit odd that they were doing this and I was wondering if anyone knew why....is there benefits to it, or are they just experimenting? Please let me know if you know. Thanks.
  15. Here we go again ! Actually your right, Gibson does blow PRS away.......with the most amount of aesthetically defective and poor craftsmanship guitars to leave and be returned to their factory....LOL. Hopefully they'll get better but I doubt it. You guy's just can't let it go, so maybe I should lower myself into playing the protagonist and go on a Gibson bash fest, but I won't, because truth be told I like Gibson and we all should want all the guitar companies to put out their very best, especially if they want thousands of dollars from us players. So maybe, just maybe the occasional rant from us will keep them on their toes and the QC dept. will do a double take on everything before it leaves the factory...we can only hope.
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