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Old 01-23-2013, 03:52 PM #295
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:23 PM #296
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I have a question, I got a guitar (brand new) from guitar center for $89 and it has two Gibson p90 pickups in it. I noticed the pickups sell for $141 each, so how is it that two of them are in my guitar for only $89 total? Do they just inflate the price when they sell the pickups separately? And because of this, would it be possible for me to profit from this by buying a bunch of these guitars and selling the pickups for more money?
What guitar do you think they're selling with real Gibson P90s? I think you're confused, no offense.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:26 AM #297
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What guitar do you think they're selling with real Gibson P90s? I think you're confused, no offense.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:16 AM #298
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Yeah, those are copies of Gibson P90s, not made by Gibson. A lot of people get confused because of the misleading description by Epiphone, thinking Gibson is the only company making P90s. IIRC there have been a number of very unhappy customers, purchasing LE Epiphones in the $600 range (like the 56) expecting Gibson pickups, only to find they're copies.

That's not to say they're bad pickups, but they don't hold the value that authentic Gibson-made P90s do. If you were to remove them, I believe they say either Epiphone *country of origin* or "EP90" (Epihone P90) inside, so they can't be resold and passed as Gibsons.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:05 PM #299
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Yeah, those are copies of Gibson P90s, not made by Gibson. A lot of people get confused because of the misleading description by Epiphone, thinking Gibson is the only company making P90s. IIRC there have been a number of very unhappy customers, purchasing LE Epiphones in the $600 range (like the 56) expecting Gibson pickups, only to find they're copies.

That's not to say they're bad pickups, but they don't hold the value that authentic Gibson-made P90s do. If you were to remove them, I believe they say either Epiphone *country of origin* or "EP90" (Epihone P90) inside, so they can't be resold and passed as Gibsons.
Thanks for clarifying, so if the pickups say Gibson in the name, would that mean they are real Gibson pickups and not copies? Such as in this epiphone for example:

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les...m-Plus-GX.aspx
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:36 PM #300
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That one in particular has real Gibson-made pickups, and they come in different models (one has EMGs). The Epiphone Ace Frehley model also uses brand-name pickups (DiMarzio). With their expensive models, they start to use higher end parts and electronics, at least, parts that are more well recognized. Epiphone makes nice stuff, but most people wouldn't pay $700+ for an Epiphone if it had the same components as their $150-$400ish models.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:06 PM #301
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:48 AM #302
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I can't even read tabs really. I just bought a used Casio keyboard hoping to learn more behind music, it has all kinds of programmed lessons and stuff. The keys laid out so simply compared to guitar, it's consistent and easy to visualize on. I'm happy with my ability to play guitar and that I learn by listening, but it would be awesome to read music and be able to play it on different instruments.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:33 PM #303
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If you can count then you can read tabs, its super easy. Which is why I don't really like them, I want more of a challenge.
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Hey, thanks for this guide. I really want to start after a friend got me a guitar, but I didn't want to pay for lessons.
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I find many things wrong with this guide. It wasn't even exactly right for it's time. I worked for Guitar Center in 2007 and tried my hardest not to sell a pack during the Xmas rush. The packs are.... OK.... but if you are looking for a good set up figure you are going to spend $450-600 new $300-$350 used. It's just like PB guys, if you don't know what you are looking for in a gun or guitar you are going to pay for the learning experience.

If you are looking at a "Fender" Squire, Ibanez (among many many others) or other pack coming from Indonesia then they are coming from a company called PT Cort. I have toured the facility, I currently work in this industry and I know what I am talking about. Fender and Ibanez both bought a production line from them (that is it is impressive I will give you that.. I don't know how much they spent on that.. ) The quality from this factory.... well... you get what you pay for..

Look... when I started playing guitar (bass now) the store that my parents bought from was dead on.. "you will lose $150 in this venture, you can buy they $150 pack and trash it if he doesn't continue or you can buy the $300 guitar + the amp and be able to resell for $150 if he doesn't".

My thing when I sold retail was that we spend so much on sports(paintball, swimming?!?, and others) but we want to cheap out when it comes to instruments... I don't know why but that is the mentality of parents. If they would pay for a quality instrument then the retention may be better in the long run.

I am by no means saying that an import instrument is not good.. I have seen imports be amazing instruments... just do some research... If you want to reach out to me I will be glad to help. I work in this industry on the manufacturer side. I'm more than happy to help guide you.

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Old 01-30-2014, 11:33 AM #308
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I go on Ultimate-guitar way more than I'd like to admit. If you want to play rock, Three Days Grace actually has a lot of songs that just use drop D and power chords. Nothing overly technical.
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So im looking into getting an acoustic guitar. im 100% brand new to guitar. I played a tiny bit of violin in middle school...that was well over 10 years ago.

Ive narrowed my choices down to a Yamaha FG7xx series. I dont know the differences between the 700-750 enough to know which is better. The FG700S has Nato back/sides where the 730S has rosewood back/sides. I think maybe the 750 has mohogony back/sides? im not sure They all have a sitka spruce top.

Ive been watching a bunch of youtube videos trying to get an understanding of what to look for (low action, solid top, etc..) Should i just get the 700s? or shoot for the fancier wood on the 730? idk! Helppp
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So im looking into getting an acoustic guitar. im 100% brand new to guitar. I played a tiny bit of violin in middle school...that was well over 10 years ago.

Ive narrowed my choices down to a Yamaha FG7xx series. I dont know the differences between the 700-750 enough to know which is better. The FG700S has Nato back/sides where the 730S has rosewood back/sides. I think maybe the 750 has mohogony back/sides? im not sure They all have a sitka spruce top.

Ive been watching a bunch of youtube videos trying to get an understanding of what to look for (low action, solid top, etc..) Should i just get the 700s? or shoot for the fancier wood on the 730? idk! Helppp
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(and I'm sorry to those I haven't replied to, drunk at the moment)

I have an Alvarez acoustic guitar that I paid 400$ for brand new (AD60SC) and it's been the best sounding acoustic I have played that I can afford. Sure, 1500 dollar taylors sound great, but lets be realistic here. In my opinion, Alvarez is the king of cheaper acoustics. Bar none. Just be sure to go with the ones that are the SOLID spruce top. You won't be disappointed.

After some research, Alvarez has discountinued that line in favor of a AD70 series. Highly advise you check them out. They have so much voice for a cheaper acoustic guitar, it's incredible. I literally JUDGE taylors and martins based on my Alvarez.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:04 PM #311
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one thing i didnt see on the main post is transcribing.tabs are well and good, but if youre really serious abut guitar, you need to develop your ear. justinguitar.com is a awesome site to check out for free lessons, and there is even a section on transcribing.
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