recently I have been drooling after a couple of Pauls I was checking out in some mag. I went to GC and played them, I must say Gibsons quality has gone south in my opinion.
Binding on all 6 Pauls I played were sloppy as hell. Especially the neck binding on the top where it meets the body. 2 had some burs on the frets... ouch
all of these were in the $2500 - $4000 (US) range. Factory action and off the shelf playability was sad but this is like most guitars at GC. At least in my area you have to first spend some time adjusting the thing before you can play it....lol I think GC loves when I come in play guitars and ask for a tuner and tools.
HOWEVER the Epi's I played that same day were better than the Paul's?????
binding was neat and clean etc. WTF?
Maybe GC is buying factory seconds hell I dont know.
About a year ago I played the Paul double cut and loved the hell out of it but was too much $$$. walking thru the store a guitar caught my eye. It was an Ibanez AR250.
I bought that f**ker so quick....lol the sales guy who knew me was trying to talk me out of it. I paid less than $600
took it home, loaded in a Duncan Dist, and a year later 100 or so shows I love the hell out of that guitar. I call it the screaming, raving bitch... or SRB
I use it for all the rythm tracks my band records.
I have been dissapointed with GC enough to just buy strings and picks when I go lately.
Its kinda like the K-mart of guitars but if you look hard enough you'll find an unsuspecting jem
just my little bitchy rant
oh here is the guitar