- Oct 30, 2001
I went to check out a 57 GT historic & a 54 custom Historic, both new. The 54 BB was heavy & sounded dead, & had scratches the neck. The 57 GT was light, resonant, nice B-bat neck,pups were not quiet for HBs, a tad micophonic too.The saddest part was the back of the neck had a gouge in the wood, deep & done before the finish was applied.THese guitars were not being sold at a discount price. The dealer much later mentioned "seconds"meaning imperfect guitars like the ones Gibson sold in the 70s but these were stamped as such back then so there was no deceit. What is the deal now with Gibson? are they selling "seconds" in the prestigious, expensive historics, with no markings as such, & you are at the dealers mercy to be informed or most likely not. Any thoughts on this?