Gibson Good Years

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  1. Tim Fezziwig

    Tim Fezziwig Senior Member

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    I own=1974 - Lp Custom- 1980 Std- 1986 Sg- 2008 Lp Special all could be my #1. Hell, I played a 2012 Iguana burst Sg the other day-EASILY one of the finest gits I have ever played
     
  2. Dilemma

    Dilemma Loud Pipes Ruin Naps Premium Member

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    <snort> Got-Damn Al Sharpton. :hyper:
     
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  3. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    He said even the guitars were "smokin'" in those years.
    Pinnacle of the era was in 1992. The 155th day of that year.
    In Vintage Sunburst.
     
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  4. Malikon

    Malikon 仮面ライダー V.I.P. Member

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    It was a Thursday! /\/\/\,...on Friday they sucked and sucked ever since. By Monday,,..man it was all over. The good years were totally over.

    Bummer
     
  5. parts

    parts Senior Member

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    Hard for me to know.. My "newest" is a 1971 LPC..I bought in 1973..
    Seems good to me..as nice as all my others....'65 to '68
    I guess I just got good wood..:)
     
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  6. Cozmik Cowboy

    Cozmik Cowboy Senior Member

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    Good Gibson years? One word: Kalamazoo.
     
  7. boola1

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    I think most relatively experienced musicians would agree on what is a good instrument.

    As is always said, there are good and bad from every year but there may be trends and traits. The best people to ask would be people who has played a LOT of guitars from many years. Maybe someone who works in a shop or similar, maybe a professional musician.

    Either that or somebody who works for Gibson.
     
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  8. freebyrd 69

    freebyrd 69 Premium Member

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    Don't find it too hard to believe. I have escorted through the Custom Shop as well, and, while I didn't speak to any 40 year veterans, I did meet SEVERAL that had been there well over 20, and at least one that had been there 30.

    I was taken through there by Pat Foley, and at one point, we did step outside to a break area where people were smoking.
     
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  9. freebyrd 69

    freebyrd 69 Premium Member

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    As for "good wood" years.....well I'd have to say that would be 1958-1960. After all, that IS the most expensive, most desirable of the bunch.

    OP, I don't care WHO spews that bullsh!t, it's a bunch of.....bullsh!t.
     
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  10. Dun Ringill

    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    Who gets to pick the years to determine if they are good or not? Or do we have a way to measure that?
    It is still someone's opinion, unless there is a definition around what is good and what is not. Opinion is undefined and is like chasing farts in the wind. In God we trust, everyone else must have data!
     
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    I'd love to take a survey sometime. I wonder how many people that claim they had a "dud" guitar actually think it's the wood that makes it a dud? I have played several "duds" over the years, but after a proper set up, and maybe a pickup and/or harness change, holy sh!t!!!! No more dud.

    Out of the 100's I've owned and played, I can honestly say that NEVER have I EVER attributed the "dud" factor to "bad wood". Have I played necks that weren't for me, yep. As mentioned, have I had bad harness's that were useless, yep. Were some pickups not exactly like I would want, yep.

    I'd say it's pretty easy to walk into a store and grab a "dud" off of the wall for the reasons mentioned above. I'm also not saying that some guitars can't be very special. My 2011 R9 kicks EVERYTHING's ass that I have ever played. The only thing that ever came close was a Shanks CC. For anyone to think that any wood year was better than another is just comical to me.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    There are NO good Gibson years.

    ALL years are good Gibson years.
     
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  13. Dilemma

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    I haven't played enough of them to say I've played a dud. A few of them have sounded a bit better than others to my ear but I wouldn't call them duds. Nope. Just different.
     
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    Yup, and the OP did clarify that it was a second hand story (not a personal one) so there's no telling how old this story is ( 5,10, or 20 years) it might be from the late 1990's. Lame.
     
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    I played one that seemed to have zero resonance or sustain until it was plugged in. Then it sounded fine. Darndest thing.
     
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    artis_xe Christopher Premium Member

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    the employees shudder when I walk into my local GC . when I buy __ I'll try everything hanging , from the models that I'm interested in

    when I bought my Martin LX1E . . I even made them go into the back to bring out more :laugh2:

    the way that story ended was with the purchase of an Ed Sheeran model . I hate the idea of the branding , but it actually sounded better than the 9 other similar models that I tried

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    while there may be good years for guitars . . . I also believe in the idea , of good ones from the same run
     
  17. boola1

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    If you want data, go to a physics or chemistry forum. Good musical instruments have properties that are not easily quantified.

    I would trust people like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Brian May etc to objectively choose a top guitar for me even if it wasn't what they were looking for in an instrument.
     
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    Will Gilmour and Clapton tell me what years are the best? Would that be an opinion? Would this be direct contact or 2nd hand info.

    Opinions are like bungholes, everyone has one. What is good to me could likely be bad for someone else. That is why it is useless to try to quantify the best years for guitars without developing some method to define and measure. Anything less than that is conjecture and is worthless to use to quantify the best guitar years.

    EDIT: Brian May built his own guitar. I bet his opinion is biased.
     
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    The high boys at the Chicago plant would huff tuloul and then go build cars!
     
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    Sunsabeeches! Mine was made too early... Late February. :run:

    I've got one of those on my workbench right now. Picked it up for $7. It, uh....needs a bit of work.

    Martin.JPG

    I've already chiseled all of the busted up kerfing out and what was left of the HPL back on the heel and tail blocks. I'm fixing to glue in new kerfing in the next few days, and then graft the back of an old non repairable classical style guitar onto the LX1E.

    We'll see how it turns out...LOL Worst case scenario is for $7, I got a full set of tuners and the electronics still are in working order. :D
     

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