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I was just thinking....I own 7 electric guitars and at least 5 acoustics....not 1 of t hem are Gibson? I had a 92 Gibson Les Paul - Standard Double Cut Away that I sold because I didn't like the neck profile. Doers anybody else feel that way about the Gibson Guitar. I know they are pretty well known and supposed to be top of the line - and they are - Price Ticket at least, but I am not fond of them at all?

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I've owned a few Gibson's and grew up in a Gibson household (Dad J45 Acoustic; brother ES-330 Electric both from the mid 60s).  I've never played another guitar that had a neck profile as thin as either one.  They were what I grew up playing.  Very disappointed when I entered the real world and discovered most necks are not like that, even Gibson.  I had a Hamer that was close, but not quite there.  Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of Gibson.  I do think they are overpriced.  There was a period of time (80s & 90s) when they were absolutely horrible.  Finishes were sloppy and workmanship was poor.  No other word for it.  I don't care for Les Paul's at all though I've owned a couple.  The only Gibson I would consider would be an SG Custom, preferably with a Maestro and P90s.  I don't have spare 5 grand laying around so I think I'll pass.

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lol - I agree 100% @GuitarGeni - I am a Big AC/DC fan - so the SG is on my radar as well. I have a friend that is a master artist. I am buying an SG kit, he is going to build it for me, and he will do the complete finish with Angus Young airbrushed on the front. Probably going to get at this Fall. I hope.

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I used to have a nice Epiphone acoustic.  It sounded really good,  played really nice.  I put some better tuners on it, and goofed up the finish because I had to drill out the holes to enlarge them, lol. But, I didn't  care about the looks, because after that, it stayed in tune better. It always sounded & played great.

It was given to me by a good friend, Zack, because he said I played it better than he did.  But, likewise, I had refinished an electric guitar for him (I think that came first, & I was glad to do it).   I painted it black gloss with gold trim. On the back I did a technique where I put gold paint, then a layer of gloss black, and then I scribed a picture so the gold showed through against the black background.  (The picture was "Mr Natural", of course this was in the mid-70s.) He loved it, and was always careful to take off his belt when he played it after that,  so he wouldn't  scratch it!  When he wasn't  playing it, he hung it in his wall, to show it off.

I also had a LP electric, a Washburn classical guitar, and a cheap 12-string acoustic that the intonation was never right on.   I don't wanna say what happened to my guitars, but I don't have them any more.

Lately I've been trying to get back into playing, I've  got a Yamaha classical, a cheap acoustic whose maker I don't  remember, and most recently I splurged on a nice Shechter electric with a Floyd Rose bridge (& locking nut). Some people are afraid of those double-locking string systems, but it's not so bad to setup if you know how.  It just doesn't make it easy to use other tunings, like "drop D" and so forth, like for using a slide and playing delta blues. I'll have to get a hardtail for that.

I wouldn't  mind having a whole collection of guitars,  and some day I might,  but for now I can't justify the money (or the space,  as we're living in a really small house for now!).

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I've got a few acoustics, a couple of them even half decent (no Martins or Taylors though) but every so often, like today, I pull  this dusty old thing out from under them bed  just to see if it's any more playable. I have an unaccountably weird affection for it. I bought it off eBay several years ago and had it shipped from the States to the UK (the postage probably  cost more than the guitar). Part of the attraction I think is the nostalgia for the crappy plywood guitars I bought as a kid from my mother's home shopping catalogue (this was probably originally bought in the States by a kid from a catalogue about the same time). It's got a horrible high action but I reckon if I could ever learn to play slide it would be brilliant, t's got that jangly metallic tone you hear on a lot of the old 30s and 40s blues records. I can't think what else to do with it. The tuners are so stiff you almost need pliers to turn the keys (stays in tune though!) and the intonation is all over the place. With a fixed bridge and no adjustability though I have no idea how to correct the intonation. Part of me wants to take it to a guitar tech to get better tuners and bridge fitted and a proper set up but I reckon they'd laugh and tell me to throw it in a skip! I've never shared it on other guitar forums either for the same reason but I thought you guys might appreciate it!

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I own an Ibanez gax70, an ltd kh-202, a Hondo h815, and a Washburn electric acoustic. I lso have a handful of cigarbox guitars, and a resonator that I built. I got the ltd as atrade for an electric acoustic that I built with fishman electronics. It's nice, but I miss my acoustic!!!

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My guitar stable is fairly modest but I really like what I have.  Jonathon's .strandberg got me to looking and I love the .Strandberg Boden standard 6 now that I've played it for a few months.  When I bought it I told the wife I would sell two guitars so a Telecaster and a Stratocaster were sold on Reverb. I kept my first electric which is a PRS S2 single cut made in the USA. That was the the most budget-friendly model available from the American factory. I really am not that stuck on American made but my first PRS SE was a beautiful demo model and I, nor a local guitar technician could never get the intonation right so I returned it and decided on the S2 - it's been excellent.  Due to my fondness for the lightweight headless guitars I've been looking closely at an Ibanez Quest series guitar which has a lot of the characteristics of the .strandberg but with a traditional neck shape. I've almost pulled the trigger a few times but stopped myself - do I really need another guitar?  I bet I'll eventually convince myself that I do. 🙂 

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Played a Les Paul in the 80's and was not impressed with their craftsmanship or the weight.  55 pounds is a lot to carry around on stage.  I have an old video of me playing it on stage.  Also played a 1982 Ibanez roadstar with a Kahler tremelo.  Talk about another mishap of craftsmanship.  Kahler tremelo bars were crappy.  Just saying.

Still own the Ibanez, plus a foreign made acoustic guitar that I picked up from a U.S. soldier in the Middle east.  I keep that one in his memory.     

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My wife asks me all the time how many guitars do you need? I always tell her 1 more then I have. Every guitar that I have I play differently on. So, since I play all kinds of styles, I have quite a few guitars.  The one guitar I don't have any more is the 10th D42 that Martin ever made. When I got it, I was playing a lot of bluegrass music at the time, and it was a killer sound for that style of music; but that's most of what it was good for, bluegrass.  Martin dreadnoughts do bluegrass extremely well and that's because they were specifically designed to do just that. Be a banjo killer in a bluegrass band.  It was all right when I played other styles of music on it but not as good as other guitars I have. So, I sold it.  Martins and Gibson guitars are great guitars but, they are not the end all to be all of the guitars.  There is a whole 'nother level of guitar out there like Olson, Petros, McPherson, Ryan, Somogyi to name a few.  Go to dream guitars to listen to some of their demonstration videos for those guitars. I am sure most have heard of bouquet style acoustic guitars but, if not check them out. They are defiantly worth the money if you have the means. 

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Had a few guitars over the years, but never a Gibson Les Paul or Fender. I don’t feel hard done by though as my current electrics include a Duesenberg Fullerton TV with humbucker and P90 pickups, a Yamaha Revstar 720B with 2 custom built overwound Filtertron style pickups and a Yamaha Pacifica 611 with Seymour Duncan humbuckers and P90 pickups. I love the build quality, looks, sound from each of them and the way they feel to play. I don’t really feel disadvantaged by not having either a Gibson or Fender in my armory. (PS. I have played them though).

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