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Unread 05-16-2012, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best production years in modern era?

Hey All,

Local vintage shop has a nice Standard in. What in your opinion is the best production year(s) of the modern era, say !985-present?

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Re: Best production years in modern era?

It's hit and miss Joey. Plently of good and bad to go around. So what are you looking at?
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

Quality wise there's no real answer. Feature -wise it depends on what you want in PUs, HW, construction etc.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

Didn't we just do this last week?

It's '90 and '10, as plainly evidenced in my sig.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

For better or worse, the answer to that question is strictly academic and has nothing to do with the individual guitar your shop just got in. Post some photos, or tell us where it is and one of us will go play it and perhaps buy it out from under you.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

It's hit and miss regardless of the decade.

I have two really great early '94 Studios, but I've played a '93 Custom that sucked and cost $3000. I had a really awesome '99 Classic, and again I've played complete dogs from that year as well. I've never owned a Gibson newer than the '99 so I can't comment on the newer stuff except to say I've briefly tried lots at stores and found the same thing - some are good, some are not so good.

I'm speaking strictly of the Gibson USA line here.

As far as Historics, I've never played a bad one. Some I liked, some I didn't like but they were are great guitars.
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Local vintage shop has a nice Standard in. What in your opinion is the best production year(s) of the modern era, say !985-present?

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There is absolutely no such thing as a best year.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

people say the earlier 90's had a higher hit ratio, and i can't disagree, i play a '93, but it's bit like asking which pickups are best or which amps, we all gotta make up our own minds
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

Do a search, 2002 is well documented. Actually mid 2001 to about 2005. Because 06 is when the next change came , or was that 08. Anyway there's a lot of info here about it. And now 2012 with all the changes and good tops.
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my 08 Studio is just as nice as my 95 Gibson SG Standard was
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2002-2003
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1985-present
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

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Re: Best production years in modern era?

i gotta say i played 1993 standard which was awesome.
my trad 2012 is better sounding and does not go out of tune like the 1993 did.
the finish on 1993 was better though.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

As many have said, every year has its lemons, but my limited experience is the 90s were pretty consistent, especially for the more budget models like the Studios, Specials and Juniors. 2 things were at work.

(1) In the 1980s most US major makers (Fender, Martin and Gibson) finally got the message that their instruments had major quality issues. By the 90s they had gotten their acts back together...for the most part.

(2) High quality woods like mahognay were still relatively available although nowhere like the 50s and 60s. Since then they have become increasingly scarce. The increasing use of 2 and 3 piece backs is one consequence, especially towards the lower end of the LP spectrum.
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Didn't we just do this last week?
Time for a sticky methinks. Or better yet, add a disclaimer about commonly asked questions to the forum rules you have to read when you sign up... Assuming the people who ask questions like this read them in the first place.
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Time for a sticky methinks. Or better yet, add a disclaimer about commonly asked questions to the forum rules you have to read when you sign up... Assuming the people who ask questions like this read them in the first place.
It should be made a part of the registration process so that we, hopefully, never see one of these 'which is the best year?' threads again.
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It should be made a part of the registration process so that we, hopefully, never see one of these 'which is the best year?' threads again.
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it will be 50 years before we know... then they will be the holy grails
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Hey All,

Local vintage shop has a nice Standard in. What in your opinion is the best production year(s) of the modern era, say !985-present?

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I'd say it's a total crap shoot, depending on what wild party the Gibson employees went to the night before.
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2011. My Traditional Plus is the best sounding Gibson I've ever owned. and I've had Les Pauls from 1976 onward.
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93's are my choice
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it depends..some good some not.
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Re: Best production years in modern era?

Very simple.....1992-1992!!! Those are the "best" years.......by far!!!
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Every year between 1985-2012 has produced good guitars, every year has also produced bad guitars. You just have to play it! I have a 2004 Standard I am very happy with. I am sure there are some '04s which are crap too.
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Each guitar is its own island..recognize this above all.

I've got a '91 Studio, an '04 Standard and a pair of 2011 Studio tributes that are all fantastic.

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Re: Best production years in modern era?

Yesterday I was testing out an amp and played an '08 BJA Junior, and it was pretty ordinary.
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It's hit and miss Joey. Plently of good and bad to go around. So what are you looking at?
This is the guitar. Shop has it as an all original plain-top '93 STANDARD, non chambered, non weight relieved one piece back. Serial 94043051. Asking 1700 euros. What say ye? Pics attached.
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