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Everything posted by brantobrien

  1. You mind posting pics? Guitar Headstock and full body. Sounds odd to leave the factory like that not to mention a dealer probably would have second thoughts about selling it that way.
  2. Didn't do it on the Les Paul yet, but did on my 225TD. Also sprung for the semi-hemispherical fret ends. By far my best playing guitar. The only complaint I've ever heard is that they CAN add a slight edge to the high end frequencies. I personally had no problem and will be doing them on the LP when the time comes.
  3. It's difficult to actually have a clear resolution to the immediate issue of the OP when there are a host of factors coming into play. Gibson really only has a few options when it comes to offering these models. One is to NOT offer them. Keep Gibson as a more elitist brand out of reach of the average musician. If people want one they have to move to the standard line or above. That keeps some people happy...but not everyone. The second is to change to a different finish like poly. That just doesn't feel right, and I'm not sure that it would increase the quality of the finish. The last option is to stick with what they're doing now. Some customers may not like how it wears, but they get the essence of what an American built Gibson is about. It sucks for the player that is not aware of the surrounding issues, but hopefully they are in the minority and still creating great music with a great playing instrument. Seriously feel for the OP in this.
  4. Why not look into a Les Paul DC? Beautiful guitars. Great sound. Has upper fret access...just a possibility. Good luck on your search.
  5. Actually the truss rod cover is perfect… the rest of the guitar is crooked ;-). Jk. It is sad that such a small, but highly visible detail would get overlooked. If it sounded and felt great though I'd still get it if they marked it down. No excuses, but musical inspiration comes mostly from the ears and hands for me.
  6. Perhaps a 330 with P90's. Blend between humbuckers and single coil.
  7. It would take a lot of work to screw up a neck just changing the strings. You don't have to worry about it.
  8. 335 or 330 depending on the how far to the hollow body sound you want to go. Try them and then you'll know.
  9. Congratulations! She sure is pretty. I think your search is the longest I've heard of so far, but at least you finally found it. Enjoy and hope to see you around.
  10. brantobrien

    Auto Tune??

    It's just another option for tuning. It bothered me that it wasn't presented as an "option" last year, but the idea of it isn't a problem for me. The comments on real guitar players learning how to tune their guitars is kind of odd to me. I've seen very few guitarists play live without a tuner at the head of their pedal board or between their guitar and amp. What amount of skill is involved in turning a tuning peg by hand compared to a machine doing it? No disrespect meant towards opposing view points, but the music matters way more than anything else.
  11. Too many rules for this one… good luck in your quest as it sounds like you are aware of your options. Let us know how you like the results.
  12. Sounds like you are having quite the struggle finding the right guitar for yourself. As P90's go, which I happen to love, Gibson is making some really really great ones right now. Neck profile is purely a subjective experience and varies a lot between guitars. You know what you want, which is good, now just take the time to search and find the right one. Another player I got to know spent the better part of 8-9 years looking for the right Les Paul. In that time he bought and sold a bunch of them until he found the one that felt right. When he found it though he sold a couple off from his collection to get it. Be willing to look around and wait for it. Then be willing to pay the price to get it regardless of the case it comes in. A great guitar is worth the cost (potentially) if it inspires you
  13. I'm usually a let it be kind of guy, but for a first ding/dent it's a bad one. I personally would get it repaired by a very competent luthier with photographic proof of their abilities. Or you could put a sticker on it…jk. What a bummer.
  14. I've always subscribed to the keep it in the case philosophy, but recently another player pointed out that his only heartbreak happened with an acoustic that barely got played. He kept it in the case only to one day discover that it had dried and cracked the top. If it was out and on his wall it would've been seen and cared for (and probably played more). My opinion now is changing to keep them out and use the cases for maintenance and when the guitar will leave the house. Truth is do what you're comfortable with and in a way that inspires you to play…better out than in...it just feels better.
  15. Perhaps you'd like the Semi-hollow Les Paul model. Personally haven't played one yet, but saw a couple favorable reviews.
  16. Congrats! That is a beautiful guitar and I'm sure she sounds as good as she looks.
  17. I've been lurking on this thread for awhile and used to not use locks until I moved to Gibson. I had a scare where I had a strap pop off. Caught the guitar, but shocked me enough to get strap locks for it. Since then I had one incident where I didn't get the lock clipped in right but I knew it as the guitar failed to settle on my shoulder. They're good for me.
  18. Now that sure is pretty. I had a similar experience when I started playing Gibsons. You get used to it and learn to love it for what it is.
  19. Headstock crack or break devalues the instrument considerably. Strength of the joint is debatable because it depends on how the work is done. I'm tend to agree with Larry and others on this one.
  20. Does the finish feel rough/sticky or is it still smooth? May want to try some naphtha or even the virtuoso products on it to see if its on the surface or moved deeper into the finish. Hope you find a solution.
  21. Not trying to be a jerk here, but if you're coming from acoustic to electric, then it is really easy to over grip your fretting hand. Check your hand pressure to make sure you're not pulling the string sharp. If so, you've got some work to do in adjusting your feel. One thing I've heard recommnded is using heavier gauge strings to help compensate during the transition. Just an idea, but again not trying to be a jerk. Good luck with it.
  22. I echo what everyone has said, but I will add my own conversion process as a singer songwriter. I used to degrade the electric guitar and those who played them, which is extremely arrogant and shallow of me, but then I played a hand me down 225TD (which is now my favorite guitar). It can be played clean, and also howl whenever I want it to. If you are looking for a single coil sound in a Gibson, check out a 330, or save a few bucks and play an Epi casino. Both have beautiful, acoustic-ish single coil sounds, but also so much more that can be tapped later and grown into. Those two would probably be my first grabs for someone transitioning like I did. One other thing I would add, and you probably already know, is the importance of a decent amp to go with it. That is also, like a guitar, a very subjective experience, but significantly impacts the sound you are searching for. Good luck and have fun.
  23. Post a couple pics around the headstock to the first couple frets (side and top). It's a great idea to check the tuners to make sure that they are tight. Go from there. Honestly though, just take it in to the guy that did your setup. It sounds like you were pleased with his work. Let him know what happened and he can give it a quick look and be able to identify it. Tuners, bridge, possibly a slightly lifted fret...could be many things.
  24. He's talking about the black finish that they put around the inside edge of the f-holes. Above the knob there is a slight over run onto the top of the guitar. For him, it is visually unappealing...does not effect the pick guard.
  25. Contact Gibson. So far I'm not sure why you would be upset with Gibson since they have been completely out of the conversation. The good news is that since you are the original purchaser you can potentially get this fixed under warranty. You sell it, the buyer will not have that option. This should've been handled by the store that you bought it from. They send it to Gibson. Hopefully they would get you a loaner while your guitar is being repaired. Then you get your baby back good as new.
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