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  1. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    Man I hope you get a good example and be happy with it, I also hope you play the thing and not just look at it.
  2. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    I've seen it, along with many other factory tours, there are at least 3-4 on Gibson alone. That is marketing material for them. Here is a better one. It's still an automated production line mostly, like in any factory. I wouldn't call it hand made still. Fool-proof maybe. The main reason I...
  3. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    Mate a guitar has to play first, at least for me. It would be a shame for a guitar to be scrapped just for a couple of stuff. What's more amazing than people accepting blems, is a factory line with perfectly cut cnc parts to have so many issues while being overpriced to hell and back.
  4. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    It is true thy sometimes there isn't any other option than online. Especially in remote areas, or small markets. Thomann's policy is also to blame, in my case while the guys and girls were helpful, It was still frustrating to deal with all that, I got the Epi as birthday gift to myself in...
  5. Shadow Explorer

    Crack in neck joint. Critical or not?

    Neck is multipiece, probably the additional piece moved, if the guitar doesn't have any bumps on the neck that suggests it took a hit bellow the headstock, it should be fine. If it doesn't bother you and plays exceptionally well, you could keep it. Otherwise look for a better example as your...
  6. Shadow Explorer

    Epiphone says "Graduate to a Gibson"

    I think Gibson knows very well that Epiphones are too close, thus they try to maintain a tier market. Maestro has no problem using Gibson headstock, because it's not considered competition. 24 out of 26 days is the guitar sitting.. It's exactly the same work as buying a kit and putting it...
  7. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    There I fixed it for you. There are people who are looking to be disappointed. There is no cure for that. Being in the situation is frustrating, I've been there. Let me provide some popcorn fodder. I wonder where are the cork guys now, who look down on USA and Epi lines. While I don't...
  8. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    Great idea indeed, let the guy damage a new guitar so he won't get a refund, and he will stuck with a guitar he cannot look at. I doubt the op is in position to carry out that operation safely. If that was the case, he could swap a pup ring on the first one and call it a day.
  9. Shadow Explorer

    Should i return my new Gibson? #2

    Oi Thunder Dump, please tell me how gibson custom is different than any other production line? Do you think that Epiphones are scraped by machines or something? These guitars are mostly machined, the employees do nothing more than what you would by putting a guitar kit together. Yes it takes...
  10. Shadow Explorer

    2020's Gibson Les Paul Standard 50's finish issues

    This guitar is just fine, there isn't anything noteworthy about it. Regarding fenders and the such, I think they are pos. I have seen crooked ones yes. Regardless of what I believe, the comparison in this case is unfair. Fender can always throw half the instrument in the shredder if something...
  11. Shadow Explorer

    Gibson Les Paul Standard 1989 - 1994

    No I haven't, I doubt any new models have reached my parts of the world, and even if they did, most places here don't let you try the guitars out. I'm slowly building my own now, so I spent my money importing parts from US and Canada, upping the cost up to x3 :eek2:... I expect the new Gibsons...
  12. Shadow Explorer

    Gibson Les Paul Standard 1989 - 1994

    Also some very interesting ideas were materialized under him (henry). Gothic, voodoo series, Guitar of the month, special runs etc. 2016 runs is the reason I own a LP. New Guitars are same old - same old. So far I prefer the Henry era by far, compared to this "authentic" sue happy borefest...
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    Gibson Les Paul Standard 1989 - 1994

    If you were looking for a specific answer, what's the point of asking? If the placebo works on someone or not. And I do believe they do play a part in the overall sound (harmonics sustain), but each piece of timber is unique, so it's not really a constant factor. Thus no two guitars are exactly...
  14. Shadow Explorer

    Bigsby. Love it or loathe it on a Les Paul? What do you think?

    If you are starstruck by the beauty of your guitar and want to make it a bit uglier, use one sure.
  15. Shadow Explorer

    R8 With Over-Sanded Top

    I understand that what happened to the guitar devalued it. Since it is a product of certain value. This could happen the next day you got it, by accident. Leaving the monetary stuff on the side, It seems to serve it's basic function just fine, and I don't think the guitar is destroyed as others...
  16. Shadow Explorer

    New Epi Headstocks...... opinions

    I prefer the old one, especially bound or ornated. I'm thinking most like it because its shape is closer to the Gibson one, but I find it a bit unbalanced designwise.
  17. Shadow Explorer

    R8 With Over-Sanded Top

    Yeah I understand, do whatever you think is best!
  18. Shadow Explorer

    R8 With Over-Sanded Top

    I personally don't dislike the guitar for what it is right now, how does it play, sound?
  19. Shadow Explorer

    R8 With Over-Sanded Top

    How someone can make take down so much material with just his hands though without even noticing?


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