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  1. G&L pickups are great ... if you only play G&L guitars. When all I gigged with was an ASAT Special and a Legacy, I had no problems getting nice tones. It's when you start A/B'ing them with other single coils (other guitars in general, actually) that you find their stock pickups are BRIGHT and somewhat anemic compared to other stuff out there.
  2. I have had several post-reorg Gibson pieces pass through and the higher end pieces overall are definitely better, much better, than they used to be piece to piece. I'm just doing setups and upgrades for the most part, not recutting nuts, doing fretwork, etc. on the new ones. I had a 60th Anniv LP pass through not too long ago that was among the best LPs I've ever played in my life, including real McCarty-era pieces at vintage shows. I've told clients if you are one of the types who prefers new guitars and doesn't care for used, and you want a new Gibson, now appears to be the time to do it. Faded, Tributes, Studios, however, not so much wow ... they are still not sweating the small stuff that ESP has sweated for decades, particularly in the case of wood selection, wood prep, finishing issues. AKA, things that can eat (expensively) time on an assembly line. That's why I said if you want a LP, get a LP, but I still think the MIJ ESP production output is better, and consistently better.
  3. 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.
  4. If the ledger is held together with a three-point staple, it is likely a Chinese counterfeit ledger.
  5. You're going to need some relief for a bass to play clean, unless you have a VERY, VERY gentle right hand attack, or your idea of "low action" isn't actually that low. I typically aim to set up basses with 45-105 (the most common gauge with my clients), for my guys who say "low action," with 3/64", 3/64", 4/64" and 5/64" unfretted at the 12th fret, the measurement being the bottom of string to acme of fret bead, with relief about the thickness of about a Fender medium gauge pick in the F(ret) 9 area. With a fifth low string, we shoot for 6/64" unfretted at F12. I say "aim" because it's, again, dependent on the player's right hand attack. Start at that point, then ubertweak the rod and the individual string heights to taste. Mind you, this is assuming we're working with a properly slotted nut and a bed of frets that is level the entire span of the fingerboard. That fret bed dictates how low you can get your strings, how little relief you need, etc.
  6. For the right "San Dimas" hue with an oil finish, use the Watco Danish Oil with the "Golden Oak" tint in it.
  7. What an incredible guitar, hated to see it leave haha. I have some cool photos I'll be putting on the shop's Facebook page next week, I'll share when I publish them. Here's a teaser in the meantime ...
  8. https://www.tone-kraft.com/bar-magnets/ TK is my current source for bobbins and mags and stuff, but I'm shopping for another. TK stuff is stellar, but get ready to pace like an expectant father. Their turn times are wishywashy and unpredictable, they are hit and miss answering their phone and e-mails. I can't play that crap running a shop and catering to clients.
  9. Hey Mitch, long time no hear! I'll cast another vote for anything Squier Classic Vibe. Haven't had a bum CV cross the repair bench yet. Just watch the weights if you go with a P or J, they can be all over the place and the heavy ones are HEAVY. Buy in person, or from an online source where they can guarantee the weight of the actual axe they are sending you.
  10. I think that song "Sister of Pain" on Exposed is my favorite Motley song of all time. Okay, at least Motley'esque and then some.
  11. Echoplexing praise for the Tone Press.
  12. Insider tip from a guy who does this task often ... use an oversized dowel (no one's going to see it in the pocket), and put your dowels in off center, so that the new hole will not pierce the center of the dowel, aka intentionally miss the dowel's bullseye. Why? Because if the new hole hits the center of the dowel, and if you torque the neck screws too hard, you'll break the dowel adhesive and the dowel will just spin and spin in the "cup" in which it sits. If your hole is off center, dowel can't spin in the cup so it can't break the adhesive grip.
  13. So you can put in an auto $350 bid on any electric guitar listed as a "Hammer?"
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