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Gibson 1958 VOS Plain Top

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by michaelprice83, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. michaelprice83

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    ...as a VOS, it is plek'd. The cost difference is the top - '59s/'60s have flame, whole the '58s are plaintops.

    With tone and oneness, Mike
     
  3. rbisherw

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    The VOS series are PLEK'D.

    The reason the 58 is less expensive than the 59 or 60 is primarily the plain top.
    IMHO, the 58 is the best buy of all Gibson Historics. (my 05 R8 is a great Les Paul and fit and finish are superb).

    These guitars are available in a non VOS (ie. gloss finish) for a few hundred more.

    Shop around for the best deal and good luck with your purchase[​IMG].
     
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    is $2799 out the door (no sales tax or shipping) a good deal?
     
  5. todd richman

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    No! You can get them for around $2300. Try Wildwood Guitars, Center City Music in San Diego or some of the other non-Musician's Friend, Music123 or Guitar Center stores.
     
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    Also, the bodies on the 59s are lighter than the other Historics. I have the beakdown someplace I think. Will post if I find.
     
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    I actually got one and sent it back. While it played well, I was apalled at the fact that the binding was not even scraped in the lower bout and other attention to detail finish issues.
     
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    Found the spec weights.

    R9 or R0--- 8 lbs or less
    R8--- 9 lbs or less
    GT--- 9.6 lbs or less
    Bs--- 10.6 lbs or less

    These are for the bodies only. Add neck profile, which is the other difference besides the top/finish (smallest is the '60, then '59, 58/57/54 all bigger), and the hardware.
     
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    Most of the R8 are around 9.3 lbs. The prices went up on these but you can still find a few in stock for $2350.

    Great guitars.
     
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    Great choice! :AOK I am kicking myself as we speak about not picking one up :(

    I got a 20% off coupon for anything in the store at GC and was all set to buy one. I had been reading a lot about recording and was really interested in it and decided to purchase a bunch of recording gear. Now I'm wishing I would have bought the guitar. There is a lot more to recording than I thought :)

    They were about $2,475 at GC so I could have gotten one for around $2000 :( I would definitely recommend getting one, but I too would look for a better price. Good luck! :dude
     
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    I only WISH they made a plaintop model with a slim neck. I dont care about the flametop, but I can't do the gigantic neck on the 58 or 57's.
     
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    what the hell are you guys talking about better prices? everyone else has em for $2999 like musiciansfriend music 123 at 2799 has the lowest price i could find. please give me a link to a lower price........ Besides, the big boys have price match guarantee's which they do follow through on from my experiences. Please help me out with a link.
     
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    One other thing. Those stores will email you lots of pics, weights, etc-they are not allowed to post them on the sites thanks to a deal with GC. Rumor has it that GC bailed Gibson out of some financial problems and that is why the whole internet stores being not allowed to have pics started in 204 or 05.
     
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    so basically my issue here is i was planning on using my music123 card. i guess it would be impossible to get a price match from an unadvertised price huh?
     
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    Online stores do indeed have pics of specific guitars they have for sale. Some, not all but some. Sweetwater and privatereserveguitars.com to name a couple.......
     
  17. dmbandtimmy

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    Relax brother! There are ALMOST always better prices and bargains to be had than MF etc.
     
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    michael

    Seems like you're not getting the drift here.

    With the exception of the once-in-a-while-true-blowouts, the big chains/mail orders (one in the same with MF & GC) have the WORST prices on nearly everything. And very frequently the most beat up gear and the worst service.

    BTW, privatereserve is MF.
     
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    well aware of private reserve being MF........ what are you trying to say?And I'm also well aware of the high pricing....... my point, is that music123.com had the guitar priced 200 dollars less than some of the others, MF included. So I thought perhaps on this one guitar they weren't asking a top dollar. I guess there may be better deals out there, now my question is whether I can get some sort of formal quote that I can then relay to musicians friend and get a price match....... I'll contact the sources I was given and see what I can do. Thanks guys.
     
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    If you have to use a MF card, then just call them and tell them the price that you can get at other stores. It'll work most of the time.
     

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