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    Strange static problem with my 2017 Classic resolved

    Had an issue with my Les Paul Classic. It would hum unless I was touching the tailpiece. It would pop when I touched the strings and would pop if I run my hands or body over the cover plate for the control cavity. Someone suggested I try aftermarket covers. It didn’t help. Tried dryer sheets...
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    Staticky Les Paul problem.

    I have a 2017 LP Classic T in silverburst. Great guitar in all respects save 1. I have been having problems with static electricity. It can be be so bad that if I rub my hand along the back of the neck you can hear it through the amp. The area is humidified and right now the humidity is 46...
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    I joined the Gretsch family last week....

    but ive been too busy playing it to post any pictures. All i have ever had were Fenders and Gibsons , I finally decided to try a Gretsch . This one is a 5420T from Sweetwater. Absolutely love this guitar. Chimey cleans and nice crunch tones are there. The fit and finish of this guitar is...
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    Is the Gibson LesPaul Classic a lesser les Paul?

    I admit I am not up on all the les Paul’s. I had a traditional and a studio before. The Studio I get. No body binding, sometimes no fret binding, thinner body. I just bought a 17 Classic and don’t see any difference other than plain top vs figured top . The Classic is weight relieved, but so...
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    Back in the les Paul fold

    I sold my last les Paul in 2014 due to neck issues that were aggravated by a 13 lb guitar. I have 2 335s that work nicely, but it isn’t the same. I have been looking for a lighter les Paul. Today I went to the local Sam ash and they had a les Paul classic in silverburst that was georgeous except...
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    Ngd 2016 es335

    I actually already have a 2012 335 Dot in figured Cherry. Awesome guitar . Gets me into LP territory. So I’ve been checking out the CME 335 sale and finally scored one in natural. First let me say the price was ridiculous. I received it a few days ago. The guitar is amazing. It’s not flawless...
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    Looking back at the 2012 fiasco, what’s the verdict?

    Im not talking about the raid or the politics behind what went on , but the actual guitars. 2012 brought us rich lite, roasted maple and laminated rosewood boards. So what’s the verdict on these guitars? Do you still own them? Are they a big deal or much ado about nothing? I have a 12 es 335...
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    New incoming amp day (Fender 68 Princeton content)

    I have been looking at grab n go amps forever. I go to quite a few jams and have a Blues jr NOS Tweend as my grab n go. But to be honest I prefer the tone of 6v6 and 6l6 amps. Traditional Fender tones. To be honest there arent that many choices in tube watts. I came across a 68 Princeton at a...
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    Anybody ever try to sell a guitar to Guitar Center

    I never have, but this weekend I took my Gibson ES335 Figured VS to them . I gave them a high number, but not unreasonable(lets say 1800). Its a 2014 and in great shape. They come back after about 15 minuted. 1st off they said their guitar guy said it wasnt figured( it clearly is and the model...
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    Gibson doesnt use ebony anymore but Fender does

    First Gibson has some issues with their rosewood. Fender comes out with an all rosewood neck strat. Gibson decides the 4k Custom isnt ebonyworthy and chooses richlite instead. Fender decides to use ebony on a 1400 dollar strat . WTF? It appears Fender is thumbing their nose at Gibson in these...
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    Recommend me some pickups for my es 335

    I am on the quest for something different for my 2014 335. I have a 2012 335 with 57 classics that sound amazing . I purchased a 2014 for a good price with the same pickups in it with the plan of putting something different . I thought I would at least give the 57s a chance , but I have been...
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    Have you guys seen the 2015 Memphis lineup?

    I was just checking them out on the Gibson site. Gone are the 57 Classics, Dot inlays (block on all of the fretboards), Grover "milkbottle" tuners, rolled neck binding, etc. Interesting . Tell me what you think. Gibson.com: Gibson Memphis ES-335
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    Not so good quality Gibson case

    I am not a nitpicker but I just received a Gibson case today for my new 335 Dot (primarily because GC lost the original one and had to reorder a new one when I bought it). I work all over the place , so today I happen to be in the area. Called and yes my case as well as my COA are in . Picked...
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    NGD -335 content

    I know this will prolly get moved eventually , but picked up a new 335 to add to my collection. I already have a red one and picked up this beauty for 2100 at GC. They had this one priced right and ended up talking them down due to a few minor dings on it . Brought it home and set it up...
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    It appears Gibson lowered the prices on some of the 335s this time around

    I dont usually see 335s included in their year end reduction, but came across a VS Figured for 2599. Regular price is 3299. I actuall got one with a couple of small dings ( i mean small) for less than 2100. Just thought I would pass this on.
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    How long do you give a guitar you dont bond with?

    A little history. I had a 2012 LP Traditional . I bought me a 335 about a year and a half ago. Ended up selling the LP to fund an acoustic because it didnt get played much. It got played plenty before the 335s arrival. Had some regret about selling my LP and bought one in November when they...
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    Anyone else getting a popup "please install media player hd to continue on this site?

    I have a MAC and am getting a popup directing me to install media player hd to continue , but i only get it here on this site. I am guessing first off its some sort of spyware and maybe its imbedded somewhere on this site. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Sorry for posting it...
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    What tuner do you guys use to check intonation?

    I have been doing basic setups lately and have been willing to do more than just the basics. I know my 335 is a tad off i the inotation department. I could take it to the luthier that I trust, but I dont think its that hard with the right tools. I am searching for a tuner that i saccurate...
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    guitar set ups ( LP Traditional vs 335)

    For the last year I have been doing my own guitar setups . I have had really good results . I have set up my 2 strats and my LP Traditional with extremely low action. I have them dialed down to 3/64ths at the 7th fret with roughly .008 to .010 relief. My 335 seems to need to be set higher for...
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    NAD Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 3 wine red

    I have had a bunch of Fender amps, Hot Rod Deluxe( original format), 59 Bassman RI , Super Reverb , Blues Deluxe, Blues JR DRRI. A year ago I sold my bigger amps and kept my Blues Jr NOS for home. Didnt really gig and when I did it was all acoustic. Really needed a amp with more headroom...




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