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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    I had a Gibson ES-339 for about a week - bought at Guitar Center, so easy return. Love the size and feel of the guitar, but those "nibs" drove me crazy! I kept sliding off the high E string off the edge.

    If anyone cares, here's a great article about them, how they are made, etc., and why they are not as popular as Gibson hoped:

    https://hazeguitars.com/blog/the-gre...ret-nib-debate

    walrus
    It was never about thinking they would be popular, its all about ease of manufacture. When fretting a bound neck the correct way, you need to grind off the tang where the frets will go over the bindings, which is a larger labor expense. The Gibson way is just cheaper to do, since they don't have to do any tang grinding. And, as the article say, they're a PITA if you have to refret them (or play on them.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbesickles View Post
    Kakerlak,

    I saw a nice looking '05 R8 on the Dallas Craigslist for $2500 with all case candy and CoA. Pickups were changed though.
    This one, I assume: https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/ms...723006086.html That's not a bad deal, honestly, and the replacement pickups should be an improvement. Wish I had the money, ha ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    It was never about thinking they would be popular, its all about ease of manufacture. When fretting a bound neck the correct way, you need to grind off the tang where the frets will go over the bindings, which is a larger labor expense. The Gibson way is just cheaper to do, since they don't have to do any tang grinding. And, as the article say, they're a PITA if you have to refret them (or play on them.)
    Thanks for that insight, Chris!

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