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  1. 33 points
    So my buddy texts me Wednesday night with these photos of a skanky, scuzzy looking Special...I mean it was filthy. He found it at a Pawn shop 90 miles away that has no internet footprint...yes they still exist, thankfully. He bought 47 traditional archery bows from the shop so when he asked how much for the Hamer they said “you can have it for $400 since you bought all those bows”. He texts me and I ask how it looked. He said it looked great just really nasty. He calls the owner and tells them I am coming the next day with $375 cash, will that work? Owner says yeah,. So I drove down there and grabbed it yesterday. Spent all day cleaning it, setting it up, intonating, etc.....dirtiest guitar I have ever touched. Just funky. In a really bad way...but I could see the gem under the scuzz. The only thing wrong is the g string slot in the nut has worn too much so I fixed that today. The 59/JB combo ROCKS in this Hamer. The neck is vintage carve and not skinny. It holds tuning and will be the perfect player Hamer For jams and sketchy places. I wish my buddy would have said $350, but he didn’t know. The owner knows what Hamers go for and was cool. So for $375 And some elbow grease this is what I got plus a gig bag...
  2. 26 points
    They're OK I spose... (unlike my half-arsed photo editing!) Thank you to all the HFCers who helped me getting this little lot together over the years!
  3. 22 points
    short backstory, so I'm eating healthier and after eating salads all week, I said, f it... I'm starvin, I'm going up to Manchester to get the chinese luncheon and also hit Manchester Music Mill. I never made it to the chinese joint... great top, fairly clean, looks like a recent fret polish and level, the nut was possibly replaced, and a tiny bit of hameritis, nothing too bad. strange string guage, looks like a large low E and relatively light rest of the strings... will clean it up and restring it with some slightly beefy curt mangan's. done... pics
  4. 21 points
    Gushing on NGD has a bipolar affect on the guitar community. We have a select few who have been lucky enough to be able to pony up, those who dream of the day that when they can afford their own NGD, and then we have the jaded and sarcastic to make up the remainder of the bunch . I'll leave it up to your imagination, but if it was a Pie Chart you could envision what the shares would look like. So i'll do my best to lay this out as honest as I can. This is for the ones that are sitting on the fence, with a dream of one day owning a Shishkov. I ordered the "Working Man's Guitar", it was a dream that was thrown out as a possible "HFC Run" that never happened. Why, because when you get a bunch of people who can ask for anything, that is exactly what they do. Only they don't ask for the same thing, and can't settle for less. After receiving #0070, I knew what I wanted to order and Team Shishkov was up to the challenge. The process is what is special about doing a custom order, but its not for the faint of heart. You can get anything you ask for, but if you don't like what you get, it is on you. So keeping it simple, I wanted a mahogany Guitar, P90/Humbucker Routes, Hardtail through the body (no sustain block). The pickups needed to be clear with punch, and the bridge bucker needed to have a strong split. I wanted to use one guitar all night, even if the other guitar player switched from playing Tele's to a LP and I needed to change tones. Simple right? I always kept one thing in mind, leave Mike and Josh enough room to work and let the guitar become what I wanted instead of making them work in a box. First change came with the wood, I get an email with a request to change the wood to a piece that nobody had claimed yet. I gave it a big thumbs up! Josh wanted to do a 12 Screw pickup design and after some discussion (sometimes i'm worrisome) I green lighted that as well. Since I left the bridge open ended, Mike looked around and came up with the Hannes Bridge. I wanted the good attributes of the Sustainblock without the inherent brightness that comes along with it. So after we discussed it (because I just liked to hear Mike explain it too me) we continued. Ah, the tuners, so the Hannes looked so modern that the guitar needed modern tuners. The Schaller Divinci tuners were beautiful, modern with a touch of vintage. Ok the color I stole from someone else Shishkov, but sometimes other people have great ideas too. The final result, is a guitar that is light, punches like Mike Tyson and can hold a note longer than Celine Dion. To Mike and Team Shishkov I know you put the same amount of love into every guitar, but sometimes things just happen. Sometimes they just come together in a way that cannot be explained, but i'll try. I have owned some of the most infamous Hamers to come through the HFC. Maybe not the most coveted, but the ones that were known tone machines that had that extra 10%. The first being the 77 Sunburst that when through so many hands here, along with BCR Greg's Personal Hamer Vector(#72), and Greg's Personal BCR JR. This guitar stands toe to toe with all of them, the pickups are perfect, the neck is perfect ,and it reminds me of those guitars. The harmonics are crazy good and so is the sustain. I wasn't even playing that loud, but the guitar would hold a note like you were stepping on a sustainer pedal. This is my Forever Guitar, and I don't take that lightly.
  5. 19 points
    I figured I would start a thread to show projects that I'm working on, rather than starting new threads for each item. I've already posted threads about my 5 string neck though bass and precision bass builds, so I won't rehash those. This past Winter I started making both a Strat and a Les Paul Special double cut inspired guitar. The plan was that both of these would use certain elements from vintage instruments, while adding features and touches that I wanted. For example, I wanted the look of a 50's Strat with a 2 color sunburst, but I wanted a more modern 2 point trem instead of the traditional 5 screw unit. The Special would be heavily influenced by the direction that Hamer took that model, but again with my own influence. (Drop top, no pickguard, etc.) I'm also making 2 necks for each build. This is partly an insurance policy and partly to build up some stock if all goes well. Raw components for the LPS inspired build. Mahogany body and neck, lace burl redwood top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Pile 'o wood for the Strat build. Cherry body, figured maple neck, Madagascar rosewood fretboard. Routing the trem spring and pickup cavities with the inverted pin router. The Strat body is a one piece. The LPS body is a 2 piece mahogany body. Very happy with the glue joint. Neck blanks were roughed out from a mahogany billet. Slightly lower headstock angle than a Gibson. Fretboard blanks were created a while back, but here I've just finished slotting them. Two Mad. rosewood boards for the Strat necks and a Braz board for the LPS. I use router bits to profile my fretboards. Here is the 9.5" radius that I'm using on the Strat boards. The LPS board gets a 12" radius. I'll post more progress pictures soon to get caught up.
  6. 19 points
    So, I had a killer 1981 Flying V with block inlays. You know the model. I sold it to the Chicago Music Exchange guys at the Florida International Vintage Guitar Show in 1998. I've regretted it ever since. A buddy bought one of the 2014 Custom Shop "reissues". He lives in Germany. He's U.S. Military and is about ready to retire. He paid a bunch for it. He told me that it was killer. Apparently there are about 40 of the white Custom Shop 70's Flying V guitars. My buddy says he was told there are only six or seven with block inlays. So, I popped for one at an inflated price. I don't care. My buddy knows a great guitar. I'm hopeful that this one will be every bit as great as his. Did I mention that he's my hero. Two tours in Afghanistan. Two tours in Kuwait years before. But he's mostly been in Germany. And Michael is his favorite player. Mine too.
  7. 18 points
    OK, so after the guitar hung for around 4 weeks to cure. I level sanded, buffed and polished it. The next day I assembled it and performed a final setup. Here's how it came out. For my first Strat, I'm happy with it. The StewMac pickups sound good, but a little warmer... maybe boomier, than I was hoping for. No biggie, I can change those out later I suppose. More updates on other projects soon.
  8. 17 points
  9. 16 points
    #0091 - DC Custom Offset Semi-hollow, sage pearl metallic. Honduras mahogany neck & body, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. The color and depth of the finish is really tough to capture, but it's a touch greener and more metallic IRL than in the pics. It's fantastic, far exceeded my expectations (as expected), and feels like an old friend in my hands. I've got to go back to playing a bit to further develop my impressions, but thought I'd give a quick show and tell. More to follow soon!
  10. 15 points
    I am just so amazed by the way my Hamers continue to perform. Haven’t touched my studio custom (or any of my other Hamers) in over a year as I’ve been only playing jazz on my archtop. A friend of mine asked me to record some guitar tracks for a rock album he’s working on. I literally picked the thing up off the stand this morning and put on a set of new strings. Action was perfect, neck had perfect amount of relief (I mean perfect!), and intonation spot on. This is after my basement has gone from 62 degrees during the winter to about 79 degrees now after this heat wave we’ve had! Just astounding! Still looks beautiful, sounds great and plays like butter. I realize most people on this forum would not find this surprising, but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised.
  11. 15 points
  12. 15 points
    When I got that Strat assembled and playable, I took a quick detour and made the Precision bass which I already posted, but just for the hell of it, here's a quick picture of the end result of that build. But back to the Strat. I had been wanting a classic 50's Fender 2 color sunburst, but I hadn't ever done one. I have a decent spray rig and I'm pretty comfortable with most spraying operations. I had some doubt about doing a sunburst over a cherry body. For one thing, the color is going to change. It just will, and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. Once it begins to age, oxidize, etc, that cherry will get darker. When cherry is freshly sanded, it's sort of a pale salmon color, but will quickly begin to darken especially with direct sunlight. A finish will slow this process, but it is pretty much inevitable. The classic 50s Fender 2 color sunburst is a very light yellow-brown color in the middle, and a very dark brown (not black) around the edges. I say not black, but the brown gets so dark at the edges that it pretty much looks black. You can perhaps understand my apprehension with shooting this finish over a cherry body. In the end I went for it, but I have no idea what it will look like in a year. LOL I shoot nitro lacquer and I've been using Mohawk products pretty much exclusively. I use gloss piano lacquer, nitro instrument sealer, reducer and retarder products. So the first step was to shoot some nitro instrument sealer on the neck and body. I think I shot 1 coat on the neck, and 2 coats on the body to get started. Nitro lacquer ages in a very cool way due to UV exposure. I always keep a small amount of "UV aged" lacquer around. (OK, it's a Vlassic pickle jar with some lacquer that I put next to the patio when I need it.) Anyway, a few coats of this stuff give a lovely bit of ageing to any clear lacquer finish. I shot some of this on the neck to give it some color. Just starting to shoot the yellow-brown background color on the body here. Background color shot on the front. You can make out the shadow of where the pickguard was installed for a couple of months. I didn't sand aggressively enough to get rid of that. It really won't matter once everything is assembled. Just getting started on the burst here. Getting the edges darkened. I increase the pressure at the gun to around 20 PSI with the trigger pulled, very low material flow and smallest round patttern that I can get. I use a small Iwata gun to shoot most of my nitro. I build these very, very slowly and I have to show a lot of patience. This is starting to look right. Then, a few quick coats of clear gloss over the top and it's done. I'm sure it's not quite like Fender used to do them. The pattern may be wrong and I used TransTint dyes mixed with nitro as a toner, which isn't correct. IDK, I think it came out OK. I had done some Gibson styled bursts, but this was my first shot at a Fender burst. Hung it to dry for a few weeks. More later.
  13. 15 points
    ...and gone to heaven, Shawn. Well, it's pretty close anyways. #89 is cool for a lot of reasons. I had Hamer #89, a 1977 Sunburst, that was a busted mess and Greg put it back in order. Being such an early one actually saved its life. Then I put an order in with Mike and got #89, an alignment of sorts I guess. It was a hodgepodge of all the guitars that came before it with a couple tweaks for good measure. It's got the Les Paul's switch placement and Ebony board, the Junior's P90 and fat neck (Mike nailed it!), the Special FM's flamey goodness, the 30th Anniversary's chambered body, the last Sustain Block made by me, and a tip-'o-the-cap to the woman who keeps me alive. These pictures suck. The random flame happening is beautiful and reeeelly tough to photograph. I know the color knocked down the wildness of the top, but in a good way. If I had a niggle, it's that the color is more red than expected, but that worked out, too. The deeper burgundy I'd originally wanted would have totally killed the top. The faux binding is killer, as are the Luminlay side dots and Sperzel open-back tuners. The 24-fret thing was mostly to move the neck pickup closer to the bridge and thin it out a bit. It worked. And once again, Josh nailed the pickups. I said '50s P90 for the bridge and a single coil in the neck, both in humbucker size. And he delivered!. I haven't A/B'd it with the Junior, but my naked ear says this P90 is pretty damn close. How does he do it?? Thanks, Josh!! So... Shishkov #89. A huge Thank You to Mike and Trish for bringing it to life. The build quality is amazing. Mike really takes the very best of what Hamer did to another level. It's pretty f***ing cool.
  14. 15 points
    The time has arrived! It's my first New Shishkov, a SC Custom. It'll go nicely with the 2 I've managed to pick up "used" (neither has any visible wear). I'm a lucky man!
  15. 15 points
    While there’s a lot going on with #89, It all came together great and looks really cool! Josh did a fantastic job with the pickups - I thought It sounded great. It was fun working on it with you @hamerhead! Rock on! M we tried to get pics that showed the flame in the top, but it was hard to capture
  16. 15 points
    Been trying to get some historical tones of my youth from the Helix LT. Here's a live Schenker tone w the Proto. It really kills this style!
  17. 15 points
    I was asked to put together a vid for Asheville music school fundraiser. Heres the vid, we did it w 3 people max w 6 ft apart. The girls dont look it from the angle ( by design ) but they are. All guitars Helix, bass is a tech 21 geddy lee. We go direct and use in ears w this group. Its killer
  18. 14 points
    Finally after searching for a few months I found the right deal on one of these beauties!! I love the early classics .I have a 91 heritage sunburst already but always wanted a bullion gold. Made the deal last week and couldn't of been happier. Guitar has a killer fast thin neck profile and tone for days!! This will definitely be staying with me for a long time!!
  19. 14 points
    Thanks for the kind words @bubs_42 #90 has some serious raw power to it. Was fun plugging it in before it headed your way. Because you can never have to many pictures, here are a few Trish and I took - we don’t generally take the finished pics in the shop, but it seemed appropriate for this one. 🎸
  20. 12 points
    I just looked up my first post. It was in February of 2005. In it I wrote, “I’m also not an old fart who likes alnico pickups”.... aaaaaannnnnndddd.... now all of my guitars have alnico pickups in them. Not a ceramic magnet among them. Damn....
  21. 12 points
    This is Hamer's "Indigo" finish, so both Blue AND Purple!
  22. 12 points
    Guitar/s you have owned or would love to own. My choice......................... a VERY cool guitar IMHO but quite a price attached to it.Love Gibson P-90 Gold Tops and this one has certainly seen some action.
  23. 12 points
    The original tuners and bridge were included. I’m happy with it.
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  25. 11 points
    Some friends invited me into their KX project, we recorded this in another friends basement last week (I'm in the back behind the water heater, ha); https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RwbfgU-AyMdZVbajaGd4vfEpKC5ugegm/view?fbclid=IwAR22xLbaLhElxDzMhJJZtrFNG40pdplaEdUd9ZP3KzmUTFFk1_7LziwPWLw
  26. 11 points
    The practice amp thread came along at the right time for me. I was looking at the Yamaha THR line as something I could use while the wife and child were still in bed. I’ma morning person. Up at 4:30am on work days. Sleep in until maybe 6:00Am on weekends. That gives me a solid 3 hours or so on my own 2-3 days/week. Enter the practice amp... ordered yesterday, arrived today. If I can’t get to it tomorrow then definitely on Friday. Stay tuned...
  27. 11 points
    Time to glue on the top. I like to use urea formaldehyde glue for larger areas where I need more working time. Once the top was dry, I flush trimmed the edge, then routed the binding rabbet. I had to install a temporary spacer in the neck mortise to make this come out correctly. I decided to install black binding for more "stealth" look. Cleaned things up and rechecked the neck fit. Of course the neck needs to be trimmed to width at this point. Mounted the control cavity pin router template and cut the cavity. The fretboard got black binding as well. Needs a little cleanup here. That is pretty much where the LPS is sitting presently, and I need to jump back on it. In the middle of this build, I also built a candy apple red Precision bass and also completed shooting the finish on the Strat. I'll put up some pictures of some of that stuff soon.
  28. 11 points
    Working on the trap inlays for the LPS build here. Locations are marked with a knife, routed with a dremel and spiral bit, then fine tuned as needed. Inlays installed, sanded flush and polished up a bit. These are cellulose nitrate inlays. Slots for spoke wheel truss rods were routed, then the neck blanks were cut out of the billets. Fretboards are aligned using plastic pins, then glued with hot hide glue and clamped using a vacuum bag. Fretboards are trimmed flush, dots installed and sanded flush. Excess headstock thickness removed at the bandsaw. Fretboard transition sanded at the spindle sander. Side dots were installed and stainless frets were installed with a fret press. I've slightly undercut the fret tangs so that I can fill the slots later for a more tidy appearance. Fret slots have been filled, fret ends have been roughly beveled. Final fretwork will come later. That's all for tonight, more later.
  29. 11 points
    My ‘56 Les Paul Junior. I don’t name guitars...but this one came with a name. One guess what it is...
  30. 11 points
    This is Barry Bailey's frontline '69 Les Paul Deluxe from his entire career with the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Only mods were replacement knobs (more than once), replacement tuners and a TP-6 tailpiece. Iconic instrument.
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  33. 10 points
    Snagged this one this evening at DGS, so it should be incoming sometime next week. I had decided to browse their website at about 5 PM today, and this Partscaster Tele had just gotten posted online, so (of course) I couldn't help myself, dangit! It looks well-relic'd, but definitely not the harshest relic job I've ever seen, as in not like 'I'm gonna need a Tetanus shot to play it' kind of relicing. Description and photos from the DGS website: "Aged Two Color Sunburst, MJT double bound Alder body, Musikraft C shaped Maple neck with a 9.5" radius Rosewood fingerboard and medium jumbo frets, Lindy Fralin pickups and a Joe Barden bridge assemply, 1 5/8" nut width. The neck thickness is .87" at the first and .98" at the 12th frets, 7.4 pounds. With gig bag, Very good." I checked out the Fralin website, and from looking at the photos, the pickups look to be either the "Steel Pole 42 Tele" PUs, or the "Steel Pole 43 Tele" PUs: https://www.fralinpickups.com/product-category/guitar-pickups/telecaster-pickups/ ...they aren't mentioned in the DGS description as such (other than being Fralins), but they're the only Fralin Tele PUs with screw poles that I see. I think the 42/43 numbers refer to the gauge of wire used in winding them, the 42s is supposed to give a half Tele PU/half P-90 sound, while the 43s are supposed to sound like 75% P-90/25% Tele PUs. I don't know which are in this guitar, and I won't be able to find out until it gets here, but it hopefully will fit in well between my Fat Lion/Fat Lion King-equipped Tele Partscaster and my Lollar/TysonTone P-90 equipped Cabronita Partscaster. Also, I plan to swap that ridiculous white Strat-style switch tip for one of the Daka-ware "Top Hat" switch tips that I picked up recently, and maybe even swap the string tree and dome knobs for proper early '60's style ones.
  34. 10 points
    FINAL PRICE REDUCTION! Well I've got the COVID finance blues, and no gigs in sight, so time to say goodbye to some of my dear friends. Right at the top of the list is my 2008 Talladega. All the details are in the Reverb listing link below but she's a beauty. Comes with the COA and a bunch of other goodies. Stock except for having a 3 way switch. Never could bond with the four way and always ending up on the wrong setting. The 4 way is in the case if you want to switch it back. I'm reducing the price to $SOLD including PayPal. Shipping will be actual cost to your destination. https://reverb.com/item/34687557-rare-hamer-talladega-2008 Email me at vcaminiti at att dot net for more info.
  35. 10 points
  36. 10 points
    The pointy headstocks belong on ‘58 RIs. I’m inspired to break out my Fernandes MSV. (Gawd, I just love making NGD posts all about me! It's my idiom).
  37. 10 points
    It’s been a long dry run since covid. Saturday changed that! My son and I grabbed an opportunity to play at at lake resort. It was boiling out, humidity 93% heat index 103 degrees!! No breeze, not a leaf moved thru out the jam. Just the same it was refreshing! It was a small group 50-60 very very appreciative people!! Seem’s they’re starved for live entertainment too. We where drenched in sweat but loved every minute of the 2 hour show!!!
  38. 10 points
    And some shots of one of the Strat necks being carved. I use the "facet" carving method. I refer back to profile drawings that I make which take into account the material thickness and the target thickness. Then I make reference marks from the centerline and and other key points. I can then connect the dots to remove the bulk of the material. I only measure for the primary and secondary facets, after that, it's just a refinement process.
  39. 10 points
    Here is a vid I made w pushed Fender amp tones and humbuckers. 2 things I rarely use lol but I wanted to demo how well these models do in between clean and mayhem. I think it sounds great. Im kinda addicted to direct for anything past a pub gig these days. This was Helix lt into my small pa. My vid cam has xlr inputs, one 57 and one pro 37 at condensor recording. Tophat, Horns and Boogie are badass props here...
  40. 10 points
    Formerly my '58 Esquire. Brown refin (for some reason) with crapload of wear. I sold it, it was then refinished back to the original trans white color (visible in the control cavity), I bought it back and then sold it again. The guy who bought it saw it FS on TGP and came to my house with $6800 in $100 bills. A few months later, he died. Can't remember his name. After the Dan Shinn refin.
  41. 10 points
    We shared many laughs. The best ones being at his expense.
  42. 10 points
    It finally arrived, and it's in better condition than I anticipated. It has its share of minor scratches and dings, but it's not bad for a bass that was made between 1990 & 1992. Tobias had so much success he had to seek outside vendors to help manufacture them. This is their "Standard" model, and these were built at the Terada factory in Nagoya. According to founder Michael Tobias himself, these were "great basses." The bodies were made in Japan, and then sent to Michael's shop in Burbank to dress the frets and install the electronics. There were only about 400 made, and there would have been more, but the dollar/yen ratio at the time killed the project. The pickups are Bartolini, and the controls are Volume, Balance, and stacked Treble/Bass boost/cut. What's odd, though, is there is also a Mid boost/cut control, but it's inside the control cavity, I emailed Michael and asked him why, and he replied, "Actually the only reason is because we didn’t want it that way. I wanted it to appear different than a basic which was our most popular model then. The standard would have been direct competition." I may move it to the outside where the others are located for ease of access. I bought the bass from Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI through Reverb. Mike said the bass should be worth anywhere from $1,500 - $1,800; I got it for <$1,000. The previous owner wanted it converted to fretless, and I must say Elderly did an outstanding job. The fret slots are filled with maple strips, and the fretboard is as smooth as glass. It came with a nice SKB case, too. It sounds great, too. No fret buzz!
  43. 10 points
  44. 9 points
    Always keep at least 6 ft. from your amp and the camera lens. Always wear a mask and gloves to protect your Hamer. Always use "Hamer Guitars Approved" cleaning wipes after every practice.
  45. 9 points
    Back in April, my buddy Mike convinced me to make a Strat for him. I was neck-deep in other projects, but I finally got started on it in June. Not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but when I started my first Strat project, I made two necks. So, I was able to save some work for Mike's guitar. I was hesitant to build an instrument for anyone else to buy, so we agreed that he would just pay my actual material costs. It would let me gain some experience and he might get a decent guitar out of the deal. To keep costs down, I had him choose wood from material that I had on hand. He loved the look of the 5 string bass that I had made which had a ziricote top. So, we landed on a cherry body with a ziricote drop-top. Did I mention that I'm allergic as hell to ziricote? Cherry body was roughed out. Starting to shape the forearm contour with a Stanley #3. Did I mention that I'm seriously allergic? Cutting a chunk of a very large ziricote board. This will be resawed for the drop top. (with a lot left over for more tops) The top was resawed then run through the drum sander. Glued and clamped up here. After the top dried, I ran it back through the drum sander. Here I'm starting to make some relief cuts on the back side to help it form around the forearm contour. I sorta overdid the forearm contour. Very concerned about bending a brittle rosewood like ziricote around this. The top was cut oversized, then screws were run in so that it wouldn't slide around during the glue up. Here I'm soaking the outside with a wet towel to help in the bending process. Apparently I wrote this on June 30. I used urea formaldehyde glue to join the top. I ran in the screws and threw it into the vacuum bag keeping my fingers crossed that the drop top bends the way that I'm hoping for. More updates soon.
  46. 9 points
    2002 Baker B1 #612 Some of you know this guitar. Some of you have owned this guitar. This is a weapon. A gorgeous mahogany brute. A marvelous example of Gene Baker's mastery, finished in black with an ebony fret board and tortoise binding. The tortoise on black combination implies a level of subtlety which quickly vanishes once amplified. Brace yourself. 8 pounds, 14.5 ounces
  47. 9 points
    I'm about due for a string change on mine...
  48. 9 points
  49. 9 points
    Owning and working on my share of both for a long, long time now ... the ESP Japan production line's METICULOUS attention to detail, from wood selection to finish and binding to fretwork to nut cuts, makes Gibson's standard production line look like an absolute joke. My shop is an ESP/LTD authorized service and warranty center and I have yet to have a MIJ ESP come in for any flaw or issue whatsoever, not even a phone inquiry from an owner relaying any displeasure with anything. Thinking back now, I can't recall seeing a factory flaw or issue on a MIJ ESP in the 30+ years I've been around them. That being said, if you want a Les Paul, you want a Les Paul, but the better guitar consistently is going to be the ESP. If I'm buying blind, it's the E-II, no question or hesitation. As for the EMGs, that's a case by case. I'd probably swap them for Duncans, in my case a Custom 5 and a four-conductor '59, but that's just me.
  50. 9 points
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