Are we allowed to knock Gibson guitars?
I thought there was something a bit like holiness about them and they were all perfect which puzzled me a bit because I have heard one or two that sound dull as if the sound board is made out of a bit of ply wood rather than a single piece of wood.
Yes, that's what I'm hearing. I'm told they open up over time, but I've not been privy to a recent Gibson that has finally "opened up". You will play one in a dozen new ones that are really nice, but mostly the new ones are very dead sounding. I figure the tops are very thick and will respond well to heavy strumming and picking with medium or heavy strings. No? I'm not sure.
I love that you guys are still interested in this post... seeing as it's a couple years later and I... STILL haven't decided on a guitar!!! EEsh. BUt I am glad for the input on Gibson, maybe I'll stop coveting them... :)
That means your three year old is now a five year old and possibly at school? Perhaps you've got more time to take your time in your local shops by now? Instrument choice is very subjective and how they sound under your fingers is not going to be the same as for someone else so, when possible, hands on experience is invaluable.
Yes he is actually six now, and in school. But we had a surprise visit from a little sister, who is now two years old, thus my shop-pability dilemma has doubled and my available time has shrunk in like half. But eventually she will head off to school... I am STILL playing my Taylor, and hoping and praying for a new guitar, and keepin' this thread alive (if Phil will let me) for all the great input everyone has provided. I agree with you , hands-on testing is a must.