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jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Aug 10th, 2017 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A blow-out by Sam Ash for $479.99! I couldn't say no to that and ordered one in vintage burst. Even comes with a hardshell case! Gloss finish. It does have the hokie tuners and zero fret. All that can be changed if I don't like it. I need another guitar like another hole in my head but, what the heck, it's a smoking hot deal! :o)

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Aug 10th, 2017 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was in a Sam Ash with Rocky a couple nights ago and a salesman told me about this. Sam Ash bought up all of Gibson's 2015 new old stock of these. At that store they were offering a tuner swap for $40 if you bought your new tuners there.

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Aug 10th, 2017 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing to watch with those is the brass zero fret - if you have problems, Gibson will send you one of the new titanium ones to swap typically (and that solves the problem).

If you hate the tuners, a certain data goon here might be interested in another set!

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Aug 10th, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bit. I opted cherry. Thanks for another hole in my head, jhawkr.

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Aug 10th, 2017 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh so tempting at that price however the Sequoia needs rear brakes and I have to have my outdrive and starter serviced on the boat. Priorities.

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Aug 10th, 2017 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good price, but the tuners, zero fret and that goofy Les Paul 100 logo kill it for me.

Why the need to try and upscale a good basic guitar ?

Dumb Gibson.


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Aug 10th, 2017 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, there's a reason why there was a glut of these and they're now blowing 'em out. The marketing engineers messed up a great, simple design with goofy cosmetics.

But that IS a killer deal!

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Aug 10th, 2017 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's how you make a $479 guitar out of a $900 guitar! Fix the brass nut with a free titanium nut from Gibson. Trade out/sell the tuners and stick some regular tuners on it and you've got a pretty solid guitar! I can live with the Les Paul 100 logo. The wider thicker rosewood fingerboard might just add some sustain. Anyway, worth $500 to me! I'm going to play with those tuners a minute if for no other reason than to have an informed opinion!

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Aug 10th, 2017 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one like this back in 1977. It was a real one and a '55 I believe. I gave $250 for it.

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Aug 11th, 2017 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

$250.00 in 1977 is $1,010.54 in 2017.

Not sure how realistic this calculator is but $250 did buy a lot more 40 years ago!

US inflation calculator

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Aug 11th, 2017 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I read this thread last nite as I was turning the lights off. "Hopefully they'll be gone by the morning.." No, and I too don't need it, but I ordered anyways. I've been watching craigslist for Juniors and they just don't come up often. All way overpriced usually. I'm not a fan of all the issues, but I'm going to keep the robotuners on, mainly because RR was so pleased with his. I'll preset for standard, 1/2 step down, single and double drop D, and maybe 1/2 step down and drop d to C#.

I got the VB same as The Enabler, jhawkr. I didn't even notice that it comes with a case.

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Aug 11th, 2017 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

PS- what is the problem with the brass nut/"zero fret" or whatever it is? Is replacing a DIY thing?

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Brass is a soft metal. Supposedly, the brass was cryogenically hardened but either they didn't do it right or it's just not enough to keep steel strings from digging in to the brass zero fret portion of the nut. My understanding is the fix is a titanium nut which should hold up nicely.

So, did you get vintage burst or cherry?

My vintage burst is supposed to be delivered Tuesday. Mine was shipped out of NY so has to go halfway across country.

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Aug 11th, 2017 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoah, just got the shipping confirmation and it will be here tomorrow(Saturday) afternoon. Sent from Hicksville, Long Island to here in RI, so closer than KC. I also got the vintage burst. I'll report!

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Aug 11th, 2017 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine was sent from Hicksville as well.


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Aug 11th, 2017 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The issue with the brass vs titanium past whatever issues may have existed with the tempering/treatment of the brass, the simple fact is that the motors are doing things with the strings harder and faster than a human will.

The titanium holds up.

The brass doesn't.

If I had the $$$, I'd put those tuners on EVERYTHING I owned that could take them!

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Aug 12th, 2017 12:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have three Juniors, and they are fantastic.

Don't forget to use the tone control; it makes the guitar much more versatile.

The only negative point on the recent-production Juniors is the scratch plate: the edges are not beveled as on a modern Strat or Tele.

They have a square edge, and the corner is sometimes pretty sharp. If you drag a knuckle across that edge, it's like a cheese grater and you'll lose skin.

You can fix it by removing the screws and lifting the plate out. Use a fine file, held at a 45-degree angle over the top corner, and make a few light passes to ease that sharp corner. It doesn't take much at all, and it won't change the look.

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Aug 12th, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got the itch for a Junior after hearing mistermullens play his 2012 Junior through my 5E3 Cox Ultimate Deluxe at our recent Atlanta Jam. I literally went home after the Jam and started an online search and found a mint 2015 on Reverb that was local. It already had the tuners swapped for some Grovers and was at a decent price (not remotely as good as the Sam Ash blowout, though 🙁), so I picked it up.

I had had a Junior before but didn't keep it because of the thinner neck. The extra width of the 2015 neck (just over 1-3/4") made a difference for me. Didn't care for the brass nut, though, so I just had my tech make a bone nut for it.

These are very decent guitars, and with a small extra investment (even less if you get Gibson's free adjustable titanium insert), you can have a playa. By the way, I have the tobacco sunburst...which has the lighter brown back and neck... and I love the look. Changed the black top hat knobs for some gold ones and she's rocking now.

Before the knob change

(This message was last edited by guitargeezer at 08:01 AM, Aug 12th, 2017)

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Aug 12th, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

24 hours after I ordered it the package arrived at the door at 9 AM today. Had to do other stuff for a few hours, so I was just able to get to it an hour ago. Case is very nice. Guitar upon first look appeared to be fine, very clean, no imperfections, even gloss. Body appears to be 3 pieces, but not grossly obvious. Weight is light. Fretboard is maybe a bit dry looking. Fret edges are ok- could be smoothed a touch more here and there, but not bad. For some stupid reason the A and D strings were in the wrong slots and the E was just off. I lifted them into place, then got puzzled for a few seconds by the G-Force. But it is stupid simple and it was all charged up and ready to. For sure I'm keeping it; it's almost funny with the little motors running and very precise. I'm looking forward to putting in the alternate tunings. All my other guitars are manual, so should have at least one with these things.

Intonation and action are perfect.Check the intonation at the 12th fret with my tuner against the G-Force and all was spot on. The neck feels like a wide slim taper, very comfortable.
I have to get some strap lock buttons, and I will get a replacement nut lined up.

The brass nut does add a bit of tang to the tone, which reminds me of the Danelectro I have with a steel nut. Not bad, but it does make a slightly different sound. The P90 does what it's supposed to.

So, it's a keeper and a killer deal at $479.99 complete, door to door.

gloss glare!

(This message was last edited by professor at 03:42 PM, Aug 12th, 2017)

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Aug 12th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LP Junior

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