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  1. I bought my worn cherry studio late last year for $750 brand new, with hard case. Guitar center lists them at 799 new (yes, with gig bag, not hsc). If someone offered 800 for it, they're an idiot. Unrealistic sellers are all over the place and generally not worth arguing with. Used Les Pauls are not hard to find for reasonable prices with a bit of patience.
  2. My Faded was manufactured in January of '09 and came with a hard case. When I bought mine, GC here in Seattle had 5 of them in stock. Three came with a gig bag and two of them had hard cases. The ones with the hard cases cost a bit more but I don't recall how much, $25 or 50 more I think.
  3. The Zakk Wylde and the Tom DeLonge are cheap on ebay usually because they're counterfeits.
  4. Another thing to check is your household water pressure. In many areas the city water pressure is higher than you want it to be in the house. In this case, the main incoming line needs a pressure reduction valve or regulator so you don't blow fittings, hoses or valves that aren't designed to take that pressure. These regulators wear out. That was the problem in my place the last time I saw water leaking out of the blow-off valve in my water heater. There's usually a metal ring around the valve that is marked with the blow-off pressure, usually something like 80psi. Most plumbers should have a pressure gauge they can attach to any threaded faucet like a utility sink or washing machine hook-up to easily check pressure. Or you should be able to find one at a plumber's supply for $15 or so. Don't bother with Home Depot or Lowe's, they won't have one. While it shouldn't hurt to swap out the blow-off valve, it may only be a symptom of the real problem. A new valve may hold a bit more pressure but meanwhile if your system pressure is too high, you run a greater risk of ruptured fittings and hoses elsewhere.
  5. Isn't that what the existing stickied thread is for?
  6. Ah, good ol' Baby Gramps. Nice to see he's still out there playing. Here in Seattle he's pretty well known, at least to those who have been around here for a few years. He has been a fixture at festivals and as a street performer for a long, long time.
  7. ItsForrest

    Top repair

    As far as filling the hole, it will always show the repair unless you paint it. The damage has been done and there's no way around this. I'm sure that's why Gibson responded as they did. You can't put a veneer over the top of the guitar because it is a curved surface. You could square up the hole and fit a piece of the same type of wood in the hole but the grain and color won't match.
  8. Interesting wood, different from the pack. I kind of like it. If I were you I would get a good picture of three and the serial number and contact Gibson. If it is a Studio it's not one of the typical colors or finishes. Looks like it might be a smartwood and Gibson could tell you more about it like what kind of wood that is. Or they could tell you if it's counterfeit.
  9. Well, I flagged the the Les Paul listing as counterfeit and it is gone now.
  10. The Les Paul is counterfeit for sure. I may be wrong on this but I have never seen a real Gibson with the fancy neck inlay. The knobs are spaced wrong, the tuners are out of line and the head looks wrong to me. And don't new Gibsons have a 10-digit sn now? Not sure on the SG but if it is from the same dealer it's a sure bet it's fake, too.
  11. Those are simply cheap guitars. They sell in stores here for $149 and are often seen on sale for $99 brand new so that's not a crazy price.
  12. Have you taken a look at the worn finish Studios? That finish looks very similar (adding a few years age and wear) to my worn cherry studio with the mahogany top. It starts out with the mahogany top as opposed to maple or other woods used for tops in many of the glossy finish LPs. For the worn and vintage finishes they also do not fill the porous grain before finishing so it will always have that course finish. They also intentionally use a thin finish so it wears faster to produce an aged look. From what I can tell from the photos, aside from some dirt and dust it looks pretty much normal for that finish. If it were mine I would clean it up with your favorite wood or guitar cleaner and play it. But that's why I bought my Studio, I like the rough finish. I bought it to play it, not look at myself in the glossy finish. Take the strings off, use a firm brush to get the dust out of the cracks and crevices, then take some guitar cleaner and a terry cloth rag and wipe it down. Then plug it in and crank it up!
  13. Just because there are two screws in the trc does not mean it is genuine. There are some counterfeits with two screws. Having said that, the Studio in the auction looks genuine to my untrained eye.
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