If you could have any Gibson for free What would it be ?
Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:19 PM
AS far as I'm concerned... I'll happily test any of 'em. <grin>
Seriously though, I honestly worry about how these guitars are treated weather-wise before they get to a destination.
I think too that improved logistics may not be the best for guitars, perhaps worst for laminated ones soon after they're made. Even an inspection in a store or as Sweetwater claims to do before they ship a guitar ain't necessarily going to see the end results of the radical temp/humidity changes that could easily take months or even a cupla years to really show up.
For example, right now it's to be -25 F, minus 30 or so C, and imagine what that might do even with short exposure to a nice new laminated guitar right outa the factory in a humid climate?
Now move the guitar a cupla times through temp shifts of some 40-50 degrees C or some 70 degrees F such as we've had just the past week where I live, and I can't imagine anything much worse for any guitar, especially a laminated one.
Figure the bond, even the wood itself, is being slaughtered from inside itself by the moisture freezing and thawing. If it's weakened, it's gonna give up at some point before it should.
OTOH, take a guitar from Bozeman at the minus OMG! temps and send it to a warehouse in KC, it ain't such a a shock to the system 'cuz it's dryer, even with some radical temp changes.
Ditto, btw, any other similar instrument that doesn't suffer major temp changes like that; and I'll wager it'll be more resistant to internal damage if it ain't at high humidities at low elevations such as Memphis.
Posted 01 February 2011 - 07:08 AM
Posted 01 February 2011 - 09:30 AM
"No" to Alaska pipeline, except for the weather. <grin> But there is a pipeline from Canada in the eastern part of the state, and we anticipate one from Alberta coming through my county in the next cupla years. Better than from Venezuela or Saudi.