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  1. That's it. That's the whole entire post. 2020 is Epiphone's best model year yet. Anyone who seems surprised by this reality hasn't been paying attention to the amazing quality Epiphone has been steadily putting out . Especially over the past five years or so. This year we have all the incredible Les Pauls. Including the revamped Prophecy line. The Masterbilt Texan, along with the Frontier and Excellente models that were reissued. Same as the Coronet and the Wilshire. Now the latest Inspired By Gibson Electrics: ES-335s and Figured ES-335s and the Acoustics: Hummingbird, SJ-200, and the J45. There's never been a better time to play Epiphone. And that's going to be the case for years to come. Because now there's literally no reason to burn thousands of dollars for a Gibson, just to have that brand on the headstock. Epiphone is literally doing it all. With quality that is just as good, if not consistently better. I say all this as a proud Gibson Les Paul Studio (Faded, 2011) owner. I say this as someone who has tried various Gibson acoustics and electrics this year with persistent quality control issues and overall unimpressive feel and looks. I say this as a happy and proud Epi player of four years. Epiphone has finally reclaimed its throne as the original brand that gave Gibson such a run for their money. Maybe they'll even be kind enough to bail out or acquire Gibson this time 😉 I'm sure there's still going to be those guitar snobs who still cling to their Gibson brand. Tearfully, hysterically insisting that Gibson must surely still be better. Even if the new Epiphones play, sound, and even look the exact same as their overpriced counter parts. The best thing about 2020 is that Epiphone has shown that there's no justification for needlessly paying thousands for a quality instrument. It's always been this way if we're being honest with ourselves. It's about time, too. 2020 Epiphone is perfect.
  2. Good morning, I bought a white 2014 120 anniversary standard SG. the guitar should have come out with the e-tune system but this one does not have one and has Kluson DeLuxe tuners. This model has USED stamped above the serial number ..... it is a pre production DEMO model .... can you tell me more about my guitar.???..thank you
  3. Hello. I purchased an L6 (or similar) that has a SN that is “1 of 1”. Has anyone see a Gibson USA that has 1 of 1 instead of a serial number? I’m really curious about what I bought. The guitar is really well built and plays extremely well. It has Fralin P-90s and some other unique features for an L6. images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CS499fzBnBH/?utm_medium=copy_link
  4. New guitar tab: The First Cut Is the Deepest One of his first attempts at R&B as an “Otis Reddis sort of thing,” penned by Cat Stevens at the tender age of just 17 years old, turned out to be a milestone composition so popular that it would become a hit single time and again not only for the composer himself but many different artists, most notably Rod Stewart (1977). The original 1967 studio recording had (Big) Jim Sullivan on lead guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, Dougie Smith on drums and quite possibly Mike Hurst, then Cat’s producer at Decca Studios, on rhythm guitar. In 2014 Yusuf / Cat Stevens would perform a more intimate sittee version for solo acoustic guitar, a Gibson J-200, and vocals at the NPR Music Tiny Desk concert, which we chose to transcribe here.
  5. I have a black Gibson Explorer and I’m looking to find out more information about this particular guitar. I know it was purchased new in 1983 - 1986 time frame. Unfortunately I can’t pin it down closer than that. This one has a few differences I am not familiar with. First, the fretboard seems to be rosewood? I thought USA Explorers had ebony fretboards. Also, the serial number appears inked on rather than stamped into the wood. The serial number is also a different format from what I’ve seen before. I haven’t seen any others like this. Also, it appears “MADE IN USA” is stamped into the wood, but it is very difficult to see, especially in photos. Were there different models of the USA Explorer back then? Any help that anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Does this gibson sg standard model have binding on the neck? (I know it doesnt on body). Im new to gibson and im unsure. 🙂 Help appreciated.
  7. Hi everyone, sorry if this has been posted before or if it seems somewhat weird but I got myself a Gibson Les Paul Classic for Christmas and I'm in love with it. I'm really happy that Gibson seems to be making their best guitars ever since JC and Cesar took over. The thing is, all of you must be familiar with that wonderful vanilla-like scent that comes from the nitrocellulose finish, I know it's gonna wear off eventually and I was wondering if there is any way to preserve it or make the guitar smell like it again. I know it must sound weird but it's my first Gibson, I've always wanted one and I really want to keep it feeling new. I heard Gibson's pump polish is the best next thing to it, does it smell similar? I'll be thankful for any advice on this.
  8. I was surprised to learn that you could still order a Custom guitar from Bozeman. There are limitations based on available patterns and toolings with the current backlog and pending expansion. No delivery given except as soon as possible. Worked with the great people at Bailey Brothers Music. On order - L00/Aged top/RW b&s/12 fret/slim taper neck
  9. Hello everybody I own a gibson Les Paul Deluxe with serial number 637141 with number 1 a bit lowered down as you can see from the attached picture. According to the serial numbering logics should be a 1963 model am I wrong? Do you guys at Gibson know how much that guitar value would be? Except being part of my heart 😉. Thanks for your reply, Marco from Italy
  10. Done a little video for tone comparison (also in the mix). Main point for Gibson - it will definitely hold better its value. Plus that sound! Main point for PRS - a better playability, less prone for headstock brake (for a 5K guitar I think it's important) and the trem, although it's not that stable. Any thoughts or comments?
  11. Hey brain trust, can someone tell me what type of finish was used on a 1977 Gold top Gibson Les Paul? Was it nitro? Or something else?
  12. Hey brain trust, can someone tell me what type of finish was used on a 1977 Gold top Gibson Les Paul? Was it nitro? Or something else?
  13. So, my Grandmom's guitar was taken from the estate without permission. I'm hoping to recover it even though the chances are slim. Is this an L-50 archtop? I don't have the info from inside the guitar, but I know she was born in 1933, so she would've probably gotten it between 1945-1953 as she played it in her teens. Any input is appreciated. Please and Thank You!
  14. Hello Everyone, I am going to partially introduce myself here, and then go on to my topic of interest. Please excuse me if this is not the right place to post this I'm fairly new around here. I have been playing guitar for about 9-10 years, and have grown into more of a songwriter at this stage in time. I Am working on a few projects, mostly Alternative/Folk/Rock and I have been searching endlessly it would seem for a Maestro Fuzztone Reissue for one of my major projects. I've placed classified ads all over the web, and have had no luck (other than some potential scammers). I was wondering how much this pedal is usually listed for sale, and if by a long shot anyone has one to sell. I am located in Toronto, Canada, and am willing to pay cost plus shipping. Please excuse me if this isn't the right place to post, although I was hoping someone could help me out! I have many guitars, just recently purchased a Gibson G-45 studio and it is the best acoustic I have ever played. I also have a Gibson 2011 Satin Ebony Melody Maker SG that I use from time to time during sessions. I value and love the guitar, and hope someone can help me out in finding this coveted pedal for my project. I have attached a photo of the reissue for reference. Thanks everyone! Nice to be here! Daniel
  15. Hi I'm considering to buy this acoustic guitar. The owner says this l-00 was made 15 years ago. But could this actually be the Gibson Blues King instead? I currently have only these pictures to show from the owner. Also, I'm still trying to understand what is the difference between l-00 and Blues King. I was trying to search l-00s from 2006 but only found Blues Kings from that year. Does that mean that Blues king is part of the L-00 line up? Thanks in advance
  16. Hi I was wondering if anyone in the UK had a GIBSON GSS100 for sale and if so how much? Thanks Dan
  17. Hi dear L5s enthusiasts! This guitar is a mystery to me. In all the years of playing Gibson L5s I have never seen one with this finish. So far I only knew about sunbursts, firebursts and natural finishes from that era. What do you think? Is the guitar refinished? Also this guitar seems to have a 2-piece top, 3-piece middle and 2-piece back body. None of the L5s guitars from the 70s had that. They all had the 3-piece top, 3 piece middle and 3-piece back body. You can even see it on all the models (firebursts, sunbursts, naturals) through their finishes. The first time I know that this guitar had a 2-piece top was at the Ron Wood Signature L5s Custom in the 2000s (and maybe his personal one was like that too, I dont know). But all the other models from the 70s had these visible 3-piece tops. Any thoughts on that? Very curious about your thoughts.
  18. Hi! I just noticed that the quality control paper has a different serial no. than my gibson guitar. It is the same model and the serial no. thats in the quality control paper is for a gibson that was made one day after mine. Is this normal?
  19. Ok I’m trying to identify a Gibson acoustic. I can find no stickers or stamps etc showing a serial number. My dad was born in 1938 and said it was given to him when he was about 12, so thinking it’s from around 1950. Including some images if anyone is able to assist. It was mostly never played and in an old case for probably 50 years. My wife had someone work on the bridge about 20 years ago in hopes I’d play it. I strum on it and pick some chords but I’m no guitar player. Anyway if anyone could help me identify this guitar model and around the year it was made I’d appreciate it
  20. Hey all, I recently came across a pretty vintage looking Gibson ES-335 that I’m going to get fixed up. I’m interested in knowing what year it was made and where. The serial number is 6 digits - 955153. The “I” is dotted in the Gibson logo. Haven’t had much luck trying to pinpoint any info by looking at Gibson’s Serial # Verify page. Any help would be much appreciated. Pics below! Best, Tanner front: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17OGCjfEWKPtDowAEwEQ9Mrj1V5_1e_Ob/view?usp=drivesdk back: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18B8SoxLECXfRwtwHWXHrdB684OOmmB50/view?usp=drivesdk
  21. I have a 347 , blond w the additional switch , serial number #80112525 . I’m having an issue deciphering the date of manufacture . It also has an unusual cartoon (under the clear coat) on the headstock - anybody no anything about this ? It really looks like Howard Roberts
  22. I’m looking at a acoustic for sale at a great price, but I think it’s suspicious! It has a hummingbird pick guard, and J 45 on the truss rod cover. I’ve never seen both, any help out there? I asked for a close up picture of the sticker inside the sound hole, it says hummingbird custom.
  23. I bought this guitar at Guitar Center back in ‘09 and I have to say I’m disappointed in the build quality. There’s been a few issues creeping up on the guitar, some are cosmetic, but others are a bit more troubling. This leaves me with three choices: I could sell the guitar, trade-it in, or fix it. This was my first big guitar purchase, I was pretty young and naive at the time and if I could do it again I would save up a bit extra and get exactly what I wanted. I don’t want to sell it and I don’t need a new guitar — I have this one, a Fender Telecaster made in Corona, CA, and a Jackson Randy Rhoads Pro 3, the latter of the two have aged well, the Randy Rhoads I bought in 2005, and the Fender in 2013 which is why I’m bummed that I have to repair the ‘09 Gibson, but I think that fixing it is probably the right choice. What I was hoping to do is point out each issue, what I plan on doing about it, and (hopefully) get feedback from the community, to sanity check that that’s a sane thing to do (maybe there’s something better, maybe there’s something I didn’t think of). I’ll post them as a series of posts under this thread, just so that this isn’t a big daunting post. I’m sure a lot of these issues are little things, and each is it’s own subject, so there’s probably no need to conflate it into a mega-post.
  24. Hi I am about to buy this guitar but I am having a hard time finding out whether is a real one or fake one No labels inside just what you see Thank you
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