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  1. wmachine

    NGD: 1986 Gibson Explorer - Specs?

    Nice! Pretty good (and classic) Explorers being made then.
  2. wmachine

    The Gibson Firebird 70’s Tribute Studio - Yea or nay?

    Your opinion. Regardless, I still maintain it is not "a cheaper bird" if by cheapening it up, you take away what makes a bird a bird. That's pretty much common sense.
  3. wmachine

    The Gibson Firebird 70’s Tribute Studio - Yea or nay?

    The point is not that there is a problem with a set neck, or that a set neck is a bad thing. But a neck thru is traditionally part of what makes a Firebird what it is. One can say that if the name Firebird is on it, it is a Firebird. But put the Firebird name on a Les Paul and see how...
  4. wmachine

    The Gibson Firebird 70’s Tribute Studio - Yea or nay?

    Far as I can tell, all FB "Tributes" and "Studios" are not neck-thru. They are pretty much look-a-likes.
  5. wmachine

    The Gibson Firebird 70’s Tribute Studio - Yea or nay?

    Not sure what the objection to maple is, with either the neck or the fret-board. Both are fundamentally sound choices. People love "thermally treated" Gibson wood, but scoff at "baked" maple. It is the same thing. It is done to drive the moisture out. And results in a more stable (and...
  6. wmachine

    The Gibson Firebird 70’s Tribute Studio - Yea or nay?

    If you want something that looks like a FB, they are not a bad guitar. But if you want a "real" FB, uh, no.
  7. wmachine

    ES-335 Shopping, need help

    Honestly, that is really how it starts. "Nobody" ever thinks about getting a second one (of whatever). Until they get the first one. Once the second one is had, well, the door is open. Yeah, the flame top 335s are not that common, and are usually more subtle when you do find them. Certainly...
  8. wmachine

    ES-335 Shopping, need help

    Warning: That's how "one of each" starts......... More fuel to the fire:
  9. wmachine

    Sh****t! I left my amp on......

    So does old ones and others that don't have them mean that all don't need them? If they are not all the same (and they are not), how can you make a sweeping generalization the the switch is not needed? The internet brings us all kinds of perspectives. I'm sure you can find someone who doesn't...
  10. wmachine

    Sh****t! I left my amp on......

    And they were made/wired exactly the same? You know that?
  11. wmachine

    Gibson Slash Guitars as Investments

    I don't think it is the market, it is the manufacturers trying to sell more. Plain and simple. Trying to create a market. Far from elusive to guitars. Cars and all kinds of consumer products have their limited editions.
  12. wmachine

    Hell Freezes Over

    That would be funny if it was not so pathetically true. Nice explanation.
  13. wmachine

    Luther Dickinson ES-335 Roll Call

    When I saw you post in the 335 thread it made me think I hadn't see one in a long time. And how little exposure they get. I expect it may be some time before a "me too" pops up here! In the mean time, here is a pic of its big brother: a 2015 reissue of a '54 ES-175D
  14. wmachine

    Hell Freezes Over

    Well I am reading this thread with great interest. I've been sucked down this rabbit hole unintentionally. I am the proud(?) new owner of an OX Amp Top Box courtesy of my Premier Guitar Christmas Stocking. Having three 100 watt amps, I was in the market for an attenuator. but this goes...
  15. wmachine

    Sh****t! I left my amp on......

    Do *not* turn your amp on at any time. It will shorten the tube life.
  16. wmachine

    Sell an SG to obtain 335? Thoughts

    My thoughts exactly, but I wasn't going to say it because that was not an option. But I do believe it is the only way you will really be happy. Because you don't know how you are going to feel about the 335. If you don't get a Gibson, you'll always wonder. And that said, and because this...
  17. wmachine

    NGD: 2016 Gibson flying V

    I'll add not only the simplicity, but you get to see all the nice wood grain too. And the Dirty Finger cups are well suited to a V.
  18. wmachine

    NGD: 2016 Gibson flying V

    Nice. I have the Explorer version of that. I like the simplistic look. Mine's a dud, though and I'll be selling it. Seems I just got a bad one, nothing more, nothing less. They're should be decent, Vs or Explorers.
  19. wmachine

    2015 ES-335 1963 reissue vs. 2017 ES-335 1963 reissue

    mdubya, he should make sure it is truly a '17 model for it to have those MHS pups. I have my doubts it is. I think it is more likely a '16 model made in '17. If so, it will have the earlier MHS pups.
  20. wmachine

    2015 ES-335 1963 reissue vs. 2017 ES-335 1963 reissue

    Agree with the 2 previous answers. But to clarify, it does appear that a 2015 would be a figured model. And I'm not sure there was a 2017 model, though there were 2016 motels that were made in 2017. Regardless, the bottom line answer is the same. If at all possible, play them both and pick...




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