There’s a story behind this guitar that some may find hard to believe. I purchased this guitar in 1996 from Musical Exchanges in Birmingham England and from the outset the guitar sounded awesome – this guitar was used extensively on the Rainy Days Album back in 96, the Live! Album and on some tracks from the Blue Moon Album of 1999.
There was one problem, it kept breaking top E strings. The guitar was returned to the supplier and they “fixed it” but within a week the strings were breaking again ( around 10 a week! ). The supplier changed the bridge from a brand new guitar and the breakages dropped down to three or four strings a week…. not really good enough because this guitar was used as a main instrument at that time. The supplier decided to order a replacement from Gibson and in the meantime loaned me the one that the bridge had come from. This guitar did not break strings but it had been extensively misused and had multitudes of lacquer cracks – common on Gibson guitars.
The loan guitar sounded so different to the one that I had bought that it was hardly usable and I decided that this must have been due to the misuse of that instrument. After around six weeks the new guitar arrived at the suppliers and I took the old one with me to collect the replacement. The new guitar looked fine and I was about to leave but something told me to “just checkout the sound” on the guitar.
The supplier had a Boogie Mark IV in stock so I plugged in, cranked the volume and…. the sound was as crap as the one that they had loaned me. I immediately spoke with Gary the man at the top in the store and demonstrated that the sound was not acceptable. Gary still had my old guitar – the one in the picture below – to compare and sure enough this guitar blew away BOTH of the other instruments in the comparison. Remember, these were exactly the same Gibson Model’s.