Posts by Kahuna59

    This coming from someone who is already perfectly satisfied with the capabilities and sounds in the current Kemper regardless of potential future improvements. I think these latest surprise improvements are great and I welcome them. It's like owning a Ferrari and every once in a while the factory decides to give you a new and improved engine or transmission for free. The Profiler has already eliminated a whole category of gear purchases for me, saving $$$ and carrying costs, i.e, back pain. I'm definitely a fan. In my nearly 5 decades of playing and buying gear the Kemper continues to be my best investment. The improvements keep coming and the price remains at a comfortable level of zero. CK, I thank you, and more importantly, my wife thanks you (although she suspects the money saved by not buying amps and pedals is somehow getting diverted to more guitars).

    yep, really no magic there

    Yeah, won't make you play or sound any better but I dig old stuff. Like touching it, like playing it, like wondering about it's story. I also restore old vintage radios and amps. To me they're time machines, that's where the magic is.. Wouldn't spend that kind of money though. Luckily, stuff I bought when younger and held onto is now vintage....just like me.

    The first picture shows the instrument in the process of having its fingerboard completely removed. The second picture shows the neck to body joint with small filler pieces of wood utilised to make a readily available neck made for another model fit the model that was waiting to be made next.

    Yikes! That's not right. Another reason to never take any of mine apart. I'd be pretty disappointed to discover such work. There's a certain quality/configuration expectation when you buy a Gibson that's based on price and legacy. Things like that should be disclosed and have a price reflecting the mod. Otherwise trust and brand reputation suffer, as it has.

    It's sad that Gibson has so many self-inflicted wounds. I may be foolish but I still haven't given up on them, I buy and hope for the best. When they're good, they're really good. But I've had my share of poorly installed binding, bad nuts, poor solder jobs, orange peal nitro, razor blade frets and trap inlays that were proud of the fretboard - on brand new models. Gibson will usually pay to have them fixed or replaced but it's a hassle and you get the feeling they know a certain number of buyers will just let it go. But the rub is, most of those buyers won't come back.

    I prefer having the pickguard it on, I think mine looks naked without it. .My 2017 LP Std HP pickguard snaps on - no screw holes. Quite secure when on. Can be removed in half a second if the crowd disapproves. Yes, the robotuners were the first thing to go and replaced with locking Grovers, everything else is perfect for me. Especially like the shaved heal when my short little fingers reach for my phantom 26th fret.

    Minor additions. Still using the Helix controller as a Kemper controller

    That is very impressive and no doubt you've mastered the building and navigation of that rig. I just have to say for me, knowing my limitations, avoiding that beautifully-evil creation is the exact reason I bought the Kemper. That setup would have me one faulty patch cord away from a full blown spastic conniption fit.

    In my younger days I would have loved the inexpensive quality you can get now for $100 and I would have experimented and modded the crap out of them. But at this point in my playing journey I'm not interested in "pretty good for the price", I want "perfect". But that's my character flaw - which my wife is happy to confirm. My playing is better and more enjoyable with a high quality instrument so I want to play more. I just haven't been able to mod the cheap ones enough to get there.

    Some of the Epis and Squires are really pretty good. The modern CNC manufacturing is very accurate and repeatable. But they skimp on hardware, electronics and wood so you want to upgrade. But upgrading to better bridges, pickups and electronics can get expensive and, as I've learned the hard way, Fender and Squire parts are not interchangeable so the job usually requires routing.

    It's been great to see how the quality/price ratio of foreign builds has improved so much. In the $500-$1000 range you can get top quality exceeding that of legacy American brands costing 2x or more. That puts high quality in the hands of many that could not afford it before. But I still find the $100- ~$400 range too limiting - unless you're in a Who tribute band, in which case, you need to stock up.

    More power to you and good luck.