In this picture you can see Dickey playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard 2008 Reissue
was used while recording.
The guitar is great, although there was a slight defect with mine in a sense where the strings were too far off the fretboard. A 25$ fix got if working fine. It'll be 6 years old in six weeks.
that's just action, its a setup thing, not a defect... some people like high action, some people like low, lots of us like medium... assuming there's no manufacturing flaws like a rise at the heel or a miss-cut nut preventing lower action all that is needed is to lower the bridge height and readjust the saddles so the strings intonate at the different height... personally I set my guitars up with whatever action 'sings' best. Every guitar is different and once you dial in the amount of enck relief you prefer (or lack thereof) at the truss rod you can go with what is comfortable to you or you can try different string heights ntil you find a position with optimal sustain and harmonic content where the strings drive the body ideally so it really resonates. Try it. Its more art than science (though I am sure there is a degree of physics behind it, who ahs that kind of measuring equipment). Personally I always like my plain strings to have higher action than my wound ones. As long as the plain strings are higher than the wound to facilitate massive bends I am immune to low or high action.
for your guitar the guy you gave $25 to probably set the action at the low Gibson 'factor' spec (that they seldom adhere to) and then he messed with the truss rod to make sure it didn't fret out. Once the eck settled he gave it a last tweak via the bridge height, truss rod and stop bar to fine tune the action and tension before intonating. Apart from the day of waiting after a truss rod adjust you are looking at about 15 minutes work anyone can do themselves if they have eyes, ears and a tuner. A set f feeler gauges from an automotive store helps as does a capo if you are new at guitar setups.
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