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  1. Same opinion! Looking back 40 years an Ibanez acoustic was the only reasonable guitar I could buy - before internet - in our rural area and could afford as a student. Epiphone was not available in the late 1970s and 1980s. I have seen the first Epi acoustics in the 1990s a this have been quite cheap versions. I think the level Epihone has now in the higher price ranges (not talking about the new USA production as this is Gibson again) have made a good progress in quality. Maybe some of the older Korean Epis are quire good, too, but I just can speak for my 1995 Casino. Maybe sometimes a D28 or HD28 can be useful for certain musical constellations 🙂 - but most of my acoustic guitars are Gibsons.
  2. I agree - strange times 🙂 You can continue the list - no cars as electronic components are missing - no guitar effect pedals (some have 12 weeks delivery time, no boutique stuff). Guns are no topic here as you can´t buy them anyhow. Toilet paper - same thing as you described, it´s available again since last summer. But - guitars are at least as important as toilet paper 🙂! The largest internet dealer here in Germany told me that they are expecting the next bigger deliveries in April, 2022. So I take one of my "old" Gibsons an practice Guitar Town and Hillbilly Highway. Have a nice weekend!
  3. Ok, seems to be a longer lasting topic ... Boyd´s answer cites a thread from May. Sorry for writing more about electrics, situation is the same for acoustic Gibsons. Had the hope that the supply situation has recovered.
  4. Maybe my question is a little "off topic" but I hope someone has more information. At the moment it is nearly impossible to buy new electric Gibson guitars in Germany and the offer of acoustic Gibsons is not very comprehensive. No Les Paul modells, ES-335 etc - only few Murphy Lab or Custom shop in price range > 5.000€, nearly nothing from the original series or ES-330 (the Slim Harpo model looks quite interesting). Do you have the same situation in the USA? Is it related to effect from Covid-19, the global transportation problem with container carriers or is Gibson just selling so many guitars that they cannor serve the market? I´m just wondering as for example the availabilty of Fender or Taylor guitars is much better at least here in the big music internet stores in Germany. I hope the Gibsons will come back again as my last "electric" aquisitions (LP Standard, Special and SG Special) have been fine with a reasonable price.
  5. The "aftermarket" supplier I have mentioned above is MV - I have ordered a pickguard some weeks ago. Quite easy as in the EU. Got an order confirmation after short time, delivery date end of September as they have closed due to summer holidays at the moment. No problem if the new pickguard will fit, stick and look good. I can give an update as soon as I have fixed it on my Hummingbird. As Kelly Campbell writes - why do they not sell replacement pickguards? I would have tried to get an original one from Gibson. Fear of product piracy? On the other hand you can buy tuners with original "Gibson" logo - for example at Thomann. Needed replacement for my 61 SG Special as I wrecked one, no problem. I would look for a replacement pickguard for my J45 VS from 2016 - same problem but not so eye-catching as it has a simpler shape. Same kind of "flubby" pickguard on my Southern Jumbo makes no problem ... hard to understand.
  6. Gabor, I have the same problem with a 2018 Hummingbird. Lifting started some weeks after I have bought the very nice guitar. I had been re-glued by an authorized Gibson service point which is not so easy to find in Germany. Same with the often mentioned, famous 3M adhesive sheets from StewMac - export to Europe is not so easy due to custom duties and taxes. I do not now which type of adhesive the service guy has used but it lifted again after 1 year. I have removed the pickguard carefully as described above, cleaned everthing with lighter fluid and have tried to convince the curling pickguard to be flatt. This did not work anyhow. I heated the pickguard up, pressed the warm pickguard between heavy books, re-heated etc. - there seems to be a memory effect in the material curling again when it is cooling down even if it was flatt at higher temperatures. So any adhesive tape or sheet will have to resist the "curling forces" for a long time. There is no chance to buy an original replacement pickguard from Gibson so I am waiting for an aftermarket replacement pickguard which hopefully will look good and be flatt. Of course I have kept the original pickguard for any cases the replacement part will not work. As mentioned in other threads. I love my Gibson acoustics and I always wanted to have an original Hummingbird as I started playing guitar in 1978 on an Ibanez HB clone. No as an old guy I had the money for the new guitar, but the quality of the pickguard is disappointing. Pickguards on my J35, J185 or Advanced Jumbo maple to not move a millimeter. Good luck with the repair work!
  7. Had the same experience with Earnie Ball electric guitar strings - not as bad as we can she on Brucebub´s photos, but b- and high e-string could not be used. But this was only an random finding, maybe there have been some variations in the packaging process at the string manufacturers. I have some quite old strings only packed in paper bags - without corrosion ...
  8. It depends .... I have very different experiences with older (about 3 years), new and very old guitar strings. All of them have been stored at room temperature (16 - 24°C, 40-60% rel.hum.) in the original packages. Had corroded high b- and e-strings in quite new sets of Earnie Ball and Fender electric guitar sets, completely good, clean Martin guitar strings in old paper bags and up to no problems with Gibson strings (phosphor bronze, (80/20s) in the original hermitcally sealed Gibson bags. So it is hard to say what will happed but in my case 98% of even very old unused strings made no problems. As the thread is drifting in direction "coated strings" - I like the coated Gibson strings, but I did never like other coated strings with the exception of Martin Lifespan strings.
  9. Removing pickguards is easy if you have got the "flubby" version which has been discussed in this forum so many times. They come off the guitar by themself, just some lighter fluid needed for removing some glue ... I am still angry about the pickguard of my 2018 Hummingbird, all advices how to "flatten" the removed pickguard before fixing it again did not work in my case up to now.
  10. This seems not to be Gibson-specific, had the same issue at the neck of my Martin D28 - on the side of the low E-string, around fret 1 after 1 year. I completely understand that this should not happen - the guitars cost enough money - but it seems to happen. My Gibsons do not show this kind of defect up to now. What did I do - not very much, just polishing the spot with Micro Mesh. I take it as normal traces of playing . Had worse flaking off lacquer on the lacquered maple neck of my 1994 Fender Strat - which is no Nitro coating.
  11. Due to the Corona situation we have "extended" the open air rehearsals up to now - sunshine, not too dry, 7 to 12 degrees centigrade (location in Bavaria, Germany). My experience of the last two weekends is that the week point are the musicians, not the instruments. After about 2 hours the right hand gets so cold that holding the plectrum can be difficult and as written above you have to change to songs with a simple chord stucture. The other topic is the clothing - ski underwear can help 🙂. No problems with the guitars - we have no campfire or infrared heater, just the remaining sun which is not very powerful here in November. I have used a Gibson Dove and a Martin D28 - gave both some time for acclimatization in the case when I brought them out of the rehearsal room and back. One time some light rain started, that was the signal to pack the Gibson back and switch to a Harley Benton Acoustic. Tuning was never a problem after a first "basic" tuning when we started. As the situation with limitation of contacts exspecially in rooms seems to stay around winter time we have to work to improve our outdoor rehearsal "room" to extend the period at least until the first snow comes - playing some Christmas Blues songs 🙂 - or "Christmas Time´s A´Coming" ...
  12. Servus Peter! I´m located in Germany, "Musikhaus Thomann" is my main supplier but even they have no Gibson acoustic strings. Sad situation as I just got used to the coated Phosphoe Bronze version and I liked it better than any other coated versions with exception of Martin LifeSpans. They kept the "fresh" sound even on Gibsons which are not played very often. I have made the observation that uncoated strings seem to change the surface on a longer timescale even in the guitar case. Are there any recommendations for a replacement of the relatively new coated Gibson strings? Greetings from Bavaria!
  13. docr

    Dead Strings

    There are more stories about bass players who never change strings or are using only old strings. The most famous must be James Jamerson - if you search for Bass players with old strings. Notches are no or a smaller problem for bass stings. The wildest story I have read some weeks ago (but do not remember where exactly) was that a bass player has sent a broken old string back to the manufacturer and asked them if it couls be welded. I am using only flatwound bass strings, D´Addatio Chromes are my favorite. And they last very long .... Doc
  14. docr

    Dead Strings

    There is one aspect missing in this discussion - the mechanical attrition and fatigue of the string material. Long used stings show notches caused by the frets, typically the D- and G-string and in the worst case the bronze wire winding gets loose. Anyhow, notches will influence the vibration behaviour of the strings and the strings are more difficult to tune. And this effect can not be prevented by any coating - polymers are galvanic processes. But of course there are a lot of stories about old strings, more from Bass players. Changing strings is work, but the fretboard can be cleaned if necessary and the sound of fresh strings makes fun. And string industry needs to sell new strings 🙂
  15. kidblast, Very good descrition! We all are pushing parts of our pickguards back - after opening the case, during playing - whenever it pops up again. I am trying to hide this defect as other guitar pickers playing with me have (often much cheaper) guitars without this problems and I do not want discussions about prices, Gibson quality etc. - you know what I mean - I love my Gibson guitars, but a sustainable solution of this problem would be helpful.
  16. Ok, if a pickguard decides to curl after 43 years its another thing. I would be very carful with an old guitar, too. The "flubber" things can be removed quite easily with the help of naphta and some patience. Your J45 surely has a better quality pickguard, I have followed a lot of discussions about the "flubber" problem in forums (or fora - what is the correct plural in English?) and it seems to be a problem of younger guitars.
  17. Looks like a lot of work but if ALD323´s methode cures all tensions out of the material it will help. Will try this method - but this is a job for the winter. The big question for me still is why Gibson has used this type of pickguards for years knowing about the problems. The price? Would it be really significantly lower for a flubber pickguard? Maybe for the Humminbird type.
  18. RBSinTo - be glad if you never had problems with "flubber" pickguards. My J45 (2017) and Hummingbird (2017) drive me crazy, edges are lifting whch look even worse on the Hummingbird due to the more complicated shape. Both have been removed and fixed again by an authorized Gibson service workshop - lifting again after some months, I have removed, cleaned and mounted the J45 pickguard by myself with the help of 3M tape (3M double sided sheets are not available here). And - it lifts again. This is really sad as both guitars are fine with the exception of the pickguards, beautiful to play and sound good, My other Gibsons have "flubber"pickguards which are not lifting or only some millimeters (SJ200) or have thin pickguards making no problems.
  19. Relatively loose sitting saddles seem to happen quite often. I have replace the saddles of my J35, Southern Jumbo and J185 after discovering, that the edge of the saddle "leans" towards the neck - of course as the strings are pulling in this direction. I have never considered a risk for breaking the bridge, but thought this could have a negative impact on sound and intonation. All three guitars have undersaddle pickups. I have replaced the original saddles by Graph Tech Acoustic Bridge Saddles - the version for Gibson acoustics - as they are available in Germany, ordered them from thomann. I had to grind the new saddles fit them in the slots, they are little too long and too high as the piezo ist under the saddle. The thickness mostly fits without or with grinding them a little. I am using sandpaper and for the last round Polishing Rubber. The sound with the Graph Tech saddles is good for me, maybe there are better or more sophistacted replacement saddles but they seem to by equivalent to the original saddles. I have no idea if the "loose" saddles just happen by summation of the tolerances or if there is a technical reason why Gibson makes them this way.
  20. First to the start topic: I came from acoustic guitars (Ibanez Hummingbird Clone) to electric guitars - mostly Squiers and later Fenders which I still have and love - including some Precision Basses. Then I came back to acoustic guitars - Martins and Gibsons (more Gibsons than Martins) and the Gibson acoustics brought me to Gibson electric guitars which I did not like so much before (short scale length, price). At the end I have a Les Paul Junior in TV Yellow which is a great guitar with an unexpected "fresh" sound for me with the wrap around bridge and the P90s and since Corona times a Les Paul Standard in HCS - a classical thing, price ok, quality very good. But of course I still love my Telecasters - more than Strats as they are too complex 🙂 DaveF - I still have some Deluxe Reverbs and Princeton Reverbs with Tubes and I will keep them, but I have a Deluxe Reverb Tonemaster since some weeks and it is the main amp in my rehearsal room at the moment. Sounds good for me, the "volume reduction" works and it still sounds ok and the weight is unbelievable low - ideal for older musicians who have to carry PA equipment, monitors and the own guitar equipment from the car to the stage - and back.
  21. Bill Moore, adjustable pots sound good! Thank you for the hint!
  22. This questions has been discussed many times in this forum as I assume, but the search function did not bring too much. I have a Epi DOT, built in 2004 or 2005. I have changed the pickups to a nice set from a pickup builder in Austria. They have nickel covers and the original bridge/tailpiece are chrome. To harmonize the optical impression, I want to replace those two parts. There is a huge market for bridges/tailpieces and I found some nice things in the ABM webstore. Now the question - does anybody know, if bridges / stop tailpieces for a Gibson ES335 would fit on my Epiphone DOT? I am afraid that there will be differences. The DOT needed new tuning machines - the Kluson replacment parts work good and have a very reasonable price, the guitar itself is in good conditions which was the basement for an invesment in better hardware anyhow.
  23. Thank you for the information. There are so many different versions of bracings in the acoustic guitar wordl As far as I remember, the AJ braching has another angel in the "X" compared to J45s? Martin always shifts the X, pointing to different sounds and historical backgrounds. I do not know where the X of my HD28 is, but it sounds good. Have there been more rosewood or maple J60s?
  24. Larry Mal, Thank you for your information about J60 and the photos. The guitar look very good! The headstock looks similar to the headstock of my Maple AJ. I have the impression that a J60 would fit in my collection - maybe a good one crosses my way someday. I have no rosewood Gibson up to now as I have rosewood Martings, but the J60 seems to be special. The prices are rising, a first quick look in the internet shows around 1.500€. So your guitar has been a good investment.
  25. I have found many contributions about J60s in this forum, they end around 2013. Just for my understanding - is a rosewood J60 sounding like a D28/HD28? From the first look the two guitars are very similar. J60s are still on the used-guitar-market - and could be a nice present for someone going to be 60 ...
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