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Old April 13th, 2017, 10:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old April 13th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for your replies kaicho and Biddlin. I talked to a Gibson tech this morning and after explaining what was going on and listening to my guitar over the phone, he agreed that something isn't right and suggested that I send it back for a check up.

Biddlin, what color is the guitar in your avatar? It's gorgeous.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 06:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for your replies kaicho and Biddlin. I talked to a Gibson tech this morning and after explaining what was going on and listening to my guitar over the phone, he agreed that something isn't right and suggested that I send it back for a check up.

Biddlin, what color is the guitar in your avatar? It's gorgeous.
That's a Tobacco sunburst. It now resides in my brother's display case, next to a real '59. As a player, it is a great looker.
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Old June 2nd, 2017, 05:49 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I had a similar problem with my new 2016 Traditional from Sweetwater, although not quite as severe as you describe. I pulled the factory 9's and put 10's on the guitar. That seemed to solve the problem but I liked the feel of the 9's. So I put a set of D'Addario 9.5's on and it seems to be much better. Still doesn't hold tune quite as well as the 10's but a good compromise.


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Old June 2nd, 2017, 07:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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" and listening to my guitar over the phone, he agreed that something isn't right "

Really, are you serious ?

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Old July 30th, 2017, 05:20 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yes the nut is probably the culprit. It's machined for 9's. Heavier gauges will bind in the nut and drive you crazy. Get the nut filed to the string gauges you're using. Also I'm assuming the guitar has been intonated. Recently bought a 2017 Standard ( which I love) but since I use 10's had to file the nut to get it in tune. I also use Big Bends Nut Sauce, it's great.
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Yes the nut is probably the culprit. It's machined for 9's. Heavier gauges will bind in the nut and drive you crazy. Get the nut filed to the string gauges you're using. Also I'm assuming the guitar has been intonated. Recently bought a 2017 Standard ( which I love) but since I use 10's had to file the nut to get it in tune. I also use Big Bends Nut Sauce, it's great.
I thought Gibson LPs all came with 10-46. Certianly all mine have.
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Old July 31st, 2017, 11:33 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My Melody Maker was supposed to be wearing 9s according to the website but it actually came with 10s.
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Old July 31st, 2017, 05:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Nut problem.

Well, there's the sticking in the slots thing as mentioned but another thing often missed is that often on a new guitar the nut is cut pretty high to avoid any kind of string buzz on open frets.
Have a look across the first fret - how high are the strings above it? Thing is, if there's too much space, actually fretting will sharpen the note as you stretch it - especially with slack light strings.
Now you don't want fret buzz here and it's so very easy to re-cut the slots too deep if you are inexperienced. If it's a problem, take it to someone who knows.
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New Gibsons are plekked nowadays. My MM played like butter right out of the box! Low action, no buzzing.

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