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What year did Gibson strat plecking Historics?

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R9.

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Does anybody here have one of each, reissues I mean, not just any guitars.
Is there a substantial differenced between the pleked and non-pleked ones?
 

MIKE20

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Does anybody here have one of each, reissues I mean, not just any guitars.
Is there a substantial differenced between the pleked and non-pleked ones?

...two '04's and two '07's...nada...
 

RamiLP

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i have an 03 that i got plekked, was worth it for me. tryed to set it up myself but always had problems, so i took it to fretteck and they did a full setup with a plek, plays like a dream after that.

i played an 08 R7 at Guitar center last week, my guitar blew it away in fingerboard feel.
 

buyusfear

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I have an '07 R8 and an '05 R7

The R8 is money, right from the get go!

I had to do a light fret dress on the R7, mainly in the 12 to 17 frets.
 

muddy056

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My '03 r6 and my '08 r9 played great right out of the box but my 335 could have used it I had the frets crowned and polished,full set up now it plays like a dream a good set up makes all the difference.
 

timmy 2 tone

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My 01 R9 needed a fret dress as did my 05 R8. But my 07 GO RO was fine from the factory. Now my custom shop custom & my ES-137 classic wich are both 2007's needed to be dressed also. I don't know If non historics are plecked or not? They sure don't seem to be?
 

guitarvoodoo

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I don't think Gibson will ever 'strat' anything - Fender might though... :laugh2:

/GV
 

reswot

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My '05 R8's fretwork was every bit as good as my '06 G0 that had the Plek process -- and BETTER than my '06 Historic Special that had gone through the Plek machine. On the Special, the 21st fret was high and had to be filed down...
 

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I have 3 plekked Historics, an R8 and R9 from '06 and an '07 R9. They had perfect frets and pretty nice setups when I bought them new. I did minimal tweaking to their their custom shop setups. I also have an '00 Murphy R9, an '01 Murphy R9 braz. and an '03 R7 braz. (all bought new), that had good fret jobs from the custom shop but needed more tweaking in the setup department as compared to my plekked guitars. I did own an '01 R9 that had 3 high frets and an '03 R8 braz. that had 1 high fret, both came that way from the custom shop. The '01 R9 also had a nut with slots that needed to be cut deeper. YMMV.
 

Jurius

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Is the "Strat" in your thread title a typo?

I can't tele if you did it intentionally or not.
 

plaintop60

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If you can't find someone who can do a good fret leveling and dress, Plek is certainly the way to go. As long as the frets have been leveled and re-crowned well there's no difference between a plek job and a manual fret dress.
 

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I've been told that gibson doesnt plek as designed. They do it without strings on for an approximate load. My local dude, who has a plek machine, went to training in germany and has done a ton of them, thinks the gibby process is lame because it doesnt measure everything the way it was designed to be measured.

As far as difference, I think it depends on how bad the guitar is to start. I have a 90 custom that was missing nibs and had square frets. He fixed the nibs, recut a nut and pleked the bugger. Best $240 I ever spent. I've had 2 other LPs done and an sc250. According to the numbers, the sc250 needed the least help, the slash sig just a little more. The R9 was the most in need of the grinder wheel, all play stellar now, though the difference in the sc250 was marginal, the R9 became my favorite guitar. I play the custom sometimes just for a different neck feel(much thinner), but the R9 is #1.
 

korus

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If you can't find someone who can do a good fret leveling and dress, Plek is certainly the way to go. As long as the frets have been leveled and re-crowned well there's no difference between a plek job and a manual fret dress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG4BOLlKOb4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05WcqVVrTTQ


The very idea of doing engineering job by a machine instead by a man is to make it :

- predictable
- repeatable
- non-creative
- programmable

That's why it costs 2 or 3 times more. Because it worths more.
So, yes, there is a difference.

But, if not pleased with Plek-ed one, anyone can take Historic to a fret artist and remove it.

I mean, they did not have that bloody Plek back in the days, did they? So if it's Plek-ed - it's not a Reissue, right?
 
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jsamans

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I've been told that gibson doesnt plek as designed. They do it without strings on for an approximate load. My local dude, who has a plek machine, went to training in germany and has done a ton of them, thinks the gibby process is lame because it doesnt measure everything the way it was designed to be measured.

I have heard this too...that Gibson puts them on the Plek machine before any finish is applied or any hardware is installed (so obviously not tuned to pitch as intended).

Everyone I have asked, including very highly regarded luthiers, agrees that a Plek is better than doing it by hand -- as long as you follow the instructions.
 
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