Submitted February 7, 2016 by Dave Howard in Castalia, OH
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Third guitar from Zzounds: 1st was an incredible Jackson Soloist, 5 stars & HUGE bang for the buck. 2nd was a Gibson SGM. Big disappointment. Not defective, but the Indonesian Jackson was hands down better than this "Gibson USA" guitar.I called Zzounds just to express my disappointment. The customer service representative without hesitation said, "Well, box it back up and return it. We will make it right." And they did. Long story, but they worked with me on guitar and case return, refund, and helped me get what I really wanted: A flame top Les Paul Standard again before I die! THIS GUITAR IS AMAZING! Took over a week to get it from the living room to a Marshall, because it looks, smells, plays, vibrates so incredible unplugged it took my breath away! My guitar is pretty much a Slash AFD, but with locking Grovers, Graphtech nut, Tone Pros locking bridge & tailpiece, coil taps, and nicer top than the transparent Amber one SLASH plays! I have played since 1967, built and restored custom guitars for over 25 years, and the folks at Zzounds turned buyers remorse into the ABSOLUTE BEST GUITAR PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE! THANK YOU ZZOUNDS, YOU ROCK!
Only reason for the ONE 4-1/2 star review for sound is the Burst Buckets are pretty great, but if I could change one thing on this guitar it would be a set of zebra SLASH Seymour Duncan's. But, that is just personal preference, nothing BAD about these pickups. I may leave her unmolested and roll with it as is. Great guitar!
Hard to say. Totally satisfied. Impressed that guitar has such a traditional look, while upgraded to locking tuners, better nut, bridge, tailpiece & coil taps. Virtually undetectable to anyone but me. Nice job, Gibson. No complaints what so ever.
Ease of Use
Plug n play or unplugged it is inspirational.
A-plus. Being a luthiery, I am very critical. See one small area at neck joint that could have been wet sanded a tad better before polish, but believe me that is being extremely anal.
Good. If I could afford it, would buy four more in different finishes. Worth the Zzounds price.
Have not dealt with Gibson personally since I submitted a PPT to them about my guitars in 2008. Think they saw it and are using my ideas now ( see upcoming Les Paul High Performance). I built that 15 years ago, and showed it to them 8 years ago. Gibson can be slow & stubborn, but I would move to Nashville to work there given the opportunity.
The Wow Factor
Since 1967. Toured nationally through the 80s. Now do occasional curtain call local show.
Classic heavy rock, metal, alternative, blues, pretty much anything BUT country with all due respect. Just not my cup of tea.
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