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#1 User is offline   twangmeisternyc 

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:49 AM

Hello,

Last week's L5/400 thread had me chatting about it on another board...took a few days to pass the moderator here...so, that one we wait on.

I currently have 3 Gibsons.

1916 L1 Pumpkin top round hole archtop, restored, violin ohc in amazing condition

Early 70's Super 400 CES Golden Teardrop in outstanding condition, ohc

Mid 70's Blonde Byrdland w/Venetian cutaway, NM condition, ohc

For about 20 years I had a 20th Annie LP Custom in cream white, too.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:54 PM

Hmmmmm...

I think I'd go for the Byrdland...

<grin>

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:55 PM

That one is impressive, bought from a Children's Cancer Charity in Toronto...The Roots of Rock Collection.

My tech in NYC loved it, and commented once that if I ever brought it in when a few of the well-known jazz artists were there for set-ups or repairs...I would never leave with it.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:09 PM

Ain't shocked at that last...

I have an old '50s Harmony single pup archtop that has a 24-inch scale and, even with a baseball bat neck, the doggone thing is still playable enough that I gigged with it country/rock (Think CCR) in the late '70s. I credit the scale for that because I think with a 25 1/2 that neck would be unplayable.

But out here in the boonies - I'm at the literal geographical center of the U.S. - nobody to mess with that neck. The rest of the guitar is incredibly comfortable and it's surprisingly a nice sounding instrument still, at roughly age 60.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:29 PM

Hello TMNYC, and welcome here.

Speaking not only for myself I'd say that pictures of your Gibsons would be nice, and of different branded guitars, too. Reading your list I believe the Byrdland would be my personal favorite, but I would like to confirm that by viewing so to say... :rolleyes: [biggrin]
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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:23 AM

I have the buckers, clamshells, witchhats, and wood saddle...but, I prefer it set up this way.

P94's, Gold/Silver Volume/Tone Bell Hats, 300k linear pots with treble bleed, and a Resomatic Tone Pro adjust-a-matic bridge with GraphTech saddles. The ebony rest covers the only little blemish, the size of a small Phillips screwdriver mark (I bet).

It's really a wonderful guitar.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:35 AM

The witchhats and plated saddles are in the case box.

The set of strings I like required new saddles, I put on GraphTech along with the more classic aged Amber Top Hats.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:36 AM

I have a repro tortoise guard that is not designed as original, but the guitar does fit in the case with the guard on unlike the original...most were "lost" because of that reason.

This one has a soul, and has been through a lot as best I can tell...almost 100 years on now.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:39 AM

View Posttwangmeisternyc, on 27 August 2014 - 06:23 AM, said:


Not being a snapfish member, I have been able to look at the first picture only showing your 1916 L1. Since I am not that into historic guitars, it is the first 13-fret guitar I remember to have seen. It looks astoundingly restored, congrats. [thumbup]
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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:46 AM

I am having a little tech difficulty...I'll work it out...

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Lots of new things to learn using my phone and tablet versus my Sony Cam and XP desktop. I probably could have used the next higher resolution on the phone camera. The tablet won't size less than 500k.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

Twang...

Yeah, and if you upload directly from your computer/device to the forum, there's a max of 500k of all photos.

I learned that one the hard way myself.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

Confirmation from here - great guitars, and the Byrdland is my favorite indeed! [biggrin] [thumbup]
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Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

Along with the Gibbie's, I have a pair of 60's Brazilian Martins in great condition, a restored pre-War blonde Epi Emperor, a modern Gretsch 6120 Cows and Cactus, an Adamas Deep Contour Bowl carbon fiber acoustic- electric, a natural Swamp Ash StratPlus with Gold Lace Sensors, and a Giannini dreadnought.

I usually keep the Strat set up for slide, almost like a Resonator, extra heavy strings tuned to Open D, shim under the roller nut and real high action.

For now, my interest has been "time period" or "music genre" focused.

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