Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:25 AM
Beautiful 535's !
Well the nuts and bolts are:
The Colonel's going to have to play them and find out which one touches him more.
That said, if I was mail ordering my guitar, I'd feel alot better with a Heritage than a Gibson.
Heritage you know where it comes from, who's its made, and great people here that can help you with it if anything issues arise. Cheaper and quality is much higher.
Gibson, you can face high prices, lower quality, have to visit several of the popular Gibson forums for help, and the forum help is sketchy, and you'll get DAFS N00b, greater chance your guitar will get stolen at a gig, and you don't know which factory it comes from.
Gibson's alot like Fender, you have good ratio of some shoddy made, crap sounding guitars. Smaller companies that actually care about making something good than feeding their market line, like Heritage or G&L, has a higher ratio of good / great / excellent / uber than to an average or 'something is off'
Lets see . . . I was interested in a G&L (telecaster style), tried out G&L's ASATs and Fender Telecasters. Then I found out Gibson necks were excellent and more to my liking.
I saw the price of a Gibson Les Paul. I saw the price of a Heritage H150. I noticed the H150 was built better than the current Gibsons. I noticed the H150's tone just had something more than the Gibsons.
I walked out with a H150.
I learned the history of Heritage. And look at Gibson across the guitar forums. The general consensus for Gibson is way overpriced for what you get. Gibson has long since moved into a 'brand name' only. And they've lost touch with guitar players. Most posts refer to Gibson dusk tiger line. Lowrider chrome meets video game controller neon plastic lights and natural wood finish.
Gibson has higher prices but don't offer anything on value over a Heritage, and lower quality, you're witnessing the classic case of market branding. And they are CnC and some are made outside the US. Heritage is the original people that made Gibson into a brand name. Then Gibson saw the bottom line, and realized they were working too hard, making something too good, and pricing it way too low.
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You feel it in your chest
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