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  1. SE custom which has left me a fair bit towards a Gibson from my original spend on the classic, hence the possible Studio or SG purchase
  2. Can’t read all of it but it seems to me his Gibson was not actually faulty where as mine looked like a Chinese copy, the PRS is fantastic though, it stays in tune and feels superb, but I still want a Gibson but not a Classic
  3. Thank you all for your advice guys, I’m happy to say I have got shut and purchased a PRS , it is fantastic, but I still would like a Gibson so I may try the studio out , but rest assured I will test it first. Thank you all again Andy
  4. Hi i looked up my epi pickups on my guitar, here is the description. Hearing is Believing: Capturing everything these tone woods and premium construction have to give are a pair of Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker pickups. BurstBucker pickups replicate the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups - the pickups that gave the '59 and '60 Les Paul Standards their legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. That's the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The neck pickup is a Burstbucker-1 and is slightly under-wound for a "medium" vintage output. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-2 that is wound in the range of a '57 Classic pickup with slightly hotter vintage output that works well in combination with the BB-1 in the neck. One listen and you'll think you have a 50-year old guitar in your hands!
  5. Thank you for that, I have tried and tried but I am disliking it more and more, I think my problem is I just don't like it and it's a tricky one as my wife bought it for me, there is nothing about this guitar I like, I love my American Strat and the epi was just a back up for heavier songs which is fine, but if I compare the Strat build against the Gibson build hands down the strat is better to my eyes and ears so I just need to figure out how to get it changed. I just expected more from Gibson in the quality of the build but as you say it's hand built, more than that I do not like the zebra pickups, maybe if she got me a standard I may have kept on and played it. Thanks for you honest opinion
  6. Richtone music in Sheffield England,, they have offered to set it up but will not exchange or have it back, I contacted my local shop and they have offered me £200 pound less than the cost to part exchange it which I will have to do I guess
  7. Hello again everyone, I now have had 3 hours with this guitar and I am afraid to say I can't wait to get rid of it, closer inspection found glue at the neck joint , some frets smooth some sharp, loose bindings on the pickups, and some of the bindings look uneven. It has to go but disappointingly the shop my wife purchased it from doesn't want to know so I will have to take a hit and trade it elsewhere. Such a shame really as this kind of finishes I would not have expected from Gibson, I also realised why the Epi plays better, it's the neck! My epi is a V3 1969 re issue with Gibson pickups and the neck is much bigger, so I guess I need to select a bigger neck with a Gibson.
  8. Thank you all for the advice and encouragement,, yes I believe you are all right, I have not played it long enough, unfortunately it was a gift from my wife so I didn't get to try it, the disappointing thing I have found is the set up and I think that is why I do not like it, looking closely at the finish and build I think it is second rate , I suppose being an engineer maybe I am critical to much but anyhow I have asked the music shop where my wife purchased it if I can take it back, I do not believe I will ever like it after the initial disappointment. Hopefully I will get a Gold Top instead and have it set up at the shop. Thank you again for the advice.
  9. Hi All, I have recently been given a Gibson Les Paul Classic 2017 as a gift from my wife, I own a Standard American Fender Strat and a 1960 re issue Epiphone les paul, I have only played it for about half an hour and my excitement soon disappeared into disappointment. Is it me or am I being over critical but this guitar is not anything like what I expected, My Epi is much nicer to play and the tones seem better when not using any effects, can I have your opinions please as this is my first Gibson and maybe I am expecting too much. thank you Andy
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