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  1. So far I recently bought a 2019 Standard, and unlike recent years, this one has a rounded neck. To me it seems pretty fat around the 12th fret but I haven’t measured it precisely yet. I also have a 2017 LP Standard that has a slim taper neck that - to me - plays really easy. I am still getting used to the SG’s next, but it does seem more cumbersome than the LP, and I think my hand muscles are still getting used to the shape. It’s not that big of a deal up close to the neck, but down around the 12th fret it feels odd and bulky. I guess the question is it common to play guitars with a bunch of different neck profiles like this......so just suck it up and adapt, or look for an alternative with a thinner profile? I do kind of like the feel higher up around the neck but it just seems to negative having the better fret board access closer to the body (at least to me). I have a J45 that has a slim taper and a Hummingbird that has a rounded neck, but those two are so close in terms of shape and feel. The SG feels like a very different ballgame than my LP’s neck. I’d love any thoughts. Mike
  2. I have 2017s. I called Gibson and asked if they were plastic or TUSQ and they checked the spec sheet (not listed on the website) and they said TUSQ. My bad for not trying the drop test before when changing strings. Mike
  3. I have recently really gotten into the TUSQ picks and ordered a set of bridge pins for both my J45 and Hummingbird but have gotten cold feet about replacing the stock plastic pins. Do people usually swap out the stock pins and does it alter in any way what each guitar is known for sounding like?
  4. I have recently really gotten into the TUSQ picks and ordered a set of bridge pins for both my J45 and Hummingbird but have gotten cold feet about replacing the stock plastic pins. Do people usually swap out the stock pins and does it alter in any way what each guitar is known for sounding like?
  5. When I sit in my basement and play, should the amp be facing directly toward me, away from me so that i’m On the side, or split where ot’s Close to me bit a little to my left or right? The sounds that I hear differ so much in terms of the high/trebly sounds that dominate head-on, versus them completely going away if i’m Next to it. I’d EQ the amp totally differently based on these different sounds which is the problem. Thanks! Mike
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  7. Whether i’m Playing rock, metal, or that modern country which is pretty much rock, is there a rule of thumb where the amp’s clean channel gain setting should be? 5, 7, or maxed at 10 since the plan is to add some more gain via the pedals. There is just not a lot of gain on the normal amp clean channel even if it’s maxed. I definitely got the less is more comments. Thanks!
  8. Not sure if this is an ok forum for this, but i’ll Ask here. I have 2017 Gibson Les Paul Standard that I play through my Marshall DSL 5CR and I just picked up an overdrive pedal (JSH Bonsai). The two main types of music I am playing are Hard Rock/Classic Metal (maiden, Metallica, Priest, Motley, GnR, etc) and modern country like Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and Zac Brown. Here are some questions: 1) for the rock and metal, it seems like the route to go is to use the amp’s gain channel and just tone and volume on the pedal with very little to no Overdrive from the pedal. Does that seem like a good starting point, using the pedal volume level to drive more gain? 2) for the country stuff it seems like I may be able to get away with using the clean channel and driving it with the pedal volume and overdrive knobs. I don’t think that music or more “gainy “ than that. Does that sound like a good staring point? 3) if i’m Using the clean channel and driving it with the pedal, where should I put the amp’s clean channel gain? all the way up, 12 o’clock, or somewhere else? Thanks - looking forward to participating in this forum!
  9. I’ve had both guitars for a couple of years and have only restrung with the stock masterbuilt 80/20 Gibson’s. I’ve debated though about trying PB but have heard mixed reviews with some saying to dark with these mahogany dreads. Any thoughts? Also if i did try the PB I was thinking about the Daddario uncoated and possibly the elixir nanowire Coated. Not sure if the Coated strings takes away from the sound at all as a trade off for maybe lasting longer. I know Gibson has a PB as well. Thanks! Mike
  10. I don’t know. I just know the silver ones that are on my LP. That’s what i’d Want. The same think as I have now but with the locking screw under neath.
  11. I have Grover locking tuners on my Les Paul and I love how quickly I can change strings when them. Is there any reason why it would be a bad idea to swap out the Grover’s that are on my acoustics for the locking ones? My only thought is that strumming could possibly knock them out of tune easier but I don’t know. Mike
  12. Thanks - I just read your reply and realized that my post was a little unclear. I have and use the tortoise cells from Gibson but was debating about trying the black cells. I edited my post to make that more clear. Thanks for the offer though. I’m not sure if there was anything different with the black cells in terms of flex, feel, sound, grip, or durability. I can buy 12 packs of the tortoise shell cell, but for some reason Gibson doesn’ Sell the black cells in a smaller quantity than 50 and 72. Kind of ridiculous. Mike
  13. I switched out my Les Paul strings to D’addario XL 9-46 but love the stock Masterbuilt 12-53 strings that came on my J-45 and Hummingbird so I keep using those.
  14. I’ve mostly been playing Blue Chip, Prime Tone, and the Gibson Tortoise mediums that are the same as the ones that came with my two Gibson acoustics. Even though the Blue Chips are ridiculously awesome i’ve been playing more and more with the Gibson tortoise celluloid picks as I learn songs. My question is are the Gibson medium tortoise shell celluloid picks going to be identical to the Gibson medium black and white pearl celluloid picks in terms of how they feel, play, sound, and how long they last? I know they are all celluloids but I really like how the tortoise feels and sounds, and they seem to last for a long time. Thanks, Mike
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