- Feb 2, 2009
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Can't speak for anyone else, Ken, but I certainly never said anything was crap. I only said that for TOP dollar guitars, one should expect TOP components. I played semi-pro regionally for many years with some pretty inexpensive gear. No issues. In fact, I rarely replaced parts on those workhorse guitars. But now I'm just some bedroom bozo who spends way too much time and energy thinking about and trying to enjoy guitar tone. Hence, I spend money in an eternal chase. For 5 grand I think it's reasonable to expect to not feel the need to replace parts on the guitar. That's not to say it sounded "bad" at all with the original parts. It didn't. In fact, it sounded very good! But now, to my ears, it sounds even better.I find my LP bright enough now and personally wouldn't want any more highs that would come from (consistently) >500K pots. I also find for my needs the adjustment is fine as do others but to each their own.
The customers of the replacement product are all very happy so you cant argue it's not good/great service being offered.
My only issue with this thread is calling the standard pots and electronics crap. Total bull**** frankly. If the parts are within specification (and I'll bet there were) then they were fine. Think about the bitching that goes on about this stuff from people on this forum who are basically weekend warriors! Plenty of professionals can & have worked with what they get off the shelf and it's a person's guitar and money to do with as they will but before a person starts calling stuff out they should look in a mirror. Some of us are taking ourselves far too seriously.
Sorry rant over.
I think this thread has spiraled out of control. I meant it to be a slightly tongue-in-cheek scolding of Gibson for what I perceive to be a financial corner-cutting on their custom shop axes. I did not intend to insult anyone's perception of good tone, or to stir up a veritable hornet's nest of animosity regarding aftermarket parts providers.