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60 years old
April 6, 1957
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  1. Expert Repair done by Taylor

    20 October 2017 - 05:21 AM

    A while back, (perhaps close to 2 years now) an SM58 and stand tipped over and nailed the top on my 2006 Taylor GS.

    here's the carnage.
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    after checking with a few local repair guys, some wouldn't touch it, while a Taylor Authorized Service center in New Hampshire quoted me 500~900 to do the repair, ridiculous... I eventually contacted Taylor this past summer, sent them this photo, and they quoted $175 ~ $225 to repair it. I boxed it up and shipped it. Their turn around time was about 9 weeks, and 5 days to get back to me.

    Here's the the AFTER picture.
    (edit: added a close up)
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    The final repair cost was $220, they removed and reset the bridge, replaced the saddle, and the nut, found a loose brace somewhere inside that was resealed, and a complete setup.

    The shipping kind of killed me, ($120 to get it there, 50 bucks to get it back here)

    I was more than pleased.
  2. LR Baggs Anthem -- Enough is enough, we're moving on...

    29 September 2017 - 11:39 AM

    I've finally reached the end of my road with the LR Baggs Anthem pickup that was factory installed in my SJ200.

    Ive had issues with these from day 1. My first J200 had to go back immediately as the pickup was defective, static pops, LOTS of them, as the guitar would move against your body while playing, sounded like you lit a string of lady fingers off and dropped in the sound hole. (I have a youtube vid to prove it.. uncanny as it sounds that was a "real" problem.)

    The replacement J200 did not have the same problem, but occasionally I would hear rattling coming from inside the guitar.. The rattling has gotten a bit more frequent with more notes causing the sympathetic vibrations, and lately even gotten louder over the last few months.

    The last straw was the gig I did on Wednesday, I use ear buds for my monitors, It was driving me mad... It was almost to the point where I was not enjoying playing this guitar as much as I should, plugged or unplugged... Once the rattle is heard guys, trust me, I don't care how OCD you think you are NOT, you cannot unhear this once you hear it. This is a massive PITA..

    Finally having my fill I located and called a Gibson Warranty shop that is close by. He took me in right away to look at it, and isolated the problem in about 30 seconds.. I knew it was PRe-amp module but what I didn't know is if it was inside, or just the tape was starting to fail and it was too loosely attached to the top.

    He removed the module, and found it was the control wheels making all the noise. (which is kind of what I thought would be the problem all along)

    We talked about options:

    A: he could open it up and see what could be done (with the control wheels the cause, unless they are glued in place, how do ya fix that?)

    B: I could send the module to LR Baggs, and wait for them fix it, with no guarantee it GETS fixed.

    C: Rip it out, and replace it with something else.

    I quickly arrived at Option C...

    He did the work while I waited, (a great guy, whom I discovered over the time to converse, that he and I see the world, music and all things BEER alike, great guy and knows his stuff)

    It took him about 25 minutes to remove the anthem, and install the infinity. (which I am very familiar with having two installed in my other acoustics) I just got back to the house a little while ago, and gave it a good ride to make sure... hallelujah, no more unwanted rattling noises,, JUST THE NOTES MAN, JUST THE NOTES.. I'm in love with this guitar all over again.

    He also set the action precisely where it was before the swap out.. I mean EXACTLY.. I know because I measure the action,.. I don't care who thinks I'm crazy for doing this, so please don't bother telling me about it.

    I am sending the pre-amp module to LR Baggs for them to deal with it, and when I get it back I am selling it. Hopefully recoup some of the $200 I just had to spend to fix the problem. Hopefully they DO fix it and the next owner gets to use in good health. But me and LR Baggs are done. good luck to them they have been very responsive, but for me, it's just not working out with what I've experienced. While the pickup sounded great, the vibrations ruined the hole shebang for me.

    For any one interested, or looking for a great luthier in the Central Mass area, look up

    Bill Whitsett

    Whitsett Guitar Works
    122 Western Ave.
    Studio B100
    Lowell, MA 01851

    This guy is the BOMB..

    While I was there, pondering my options, another customer came in with a similar problem (Vibrations when playing plugged or unplugged) on an import Martin,, it was the battery compartment, he added some foam and the problem went away. He did not charge this guy for his time, which took him 15 minutes to fix. Just told him to give people referrals to his shop. The guy came back a few minutes later with a sandwich from a local sub shop and a 6 pack of beer. Great gesture on his part.
  3. oppourtunity knocks...

    17 August 2017 - 12:52 PM

    Out of the blue, I get a text message from one of the managers at a restaurant / lounge I used to work with a duo at (like 3 years ago)...

    They're looking for some solo performers to play on the outside patio somehow, he dragged up my number. I almost passed on it, but I figured, what the hell,, what's the worse that can happen.

    Oh,, should I mention in the 50 freakin years I've played, I haven't ever done a full 3 set solo gig, however I am pretty sure I have enough material to get me by.

    what have I gotten myself into?
  4. 8 strings, Who'd a thunk...

    14 August 2017 - 07:08 AM

    This was a gift for my 60th bday in april.

    The cites ban held up the order for months.

    [finally found a way (thanks to LarryUK from the board) of getting photos inserted with facebook! WooT!]

    been having a lot of fun trying to figure this little guy out..

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  5. Fishman Loudbox Artist vs. Fender Acoustasonic JR DSP

    02 March 2017 - 12:09 PM

    I have contemplating oa Fishman Loudbox Artists to replace my (2000ish) Fender DSP. Went to the local store, with my amp and my J200, they let me set up in one of the back rooms where they have group lessons. (maybe a 20x20 room.) Ample space and time to a/b the two amps with no distractions.. (went at lunch time, No one but the 2 people working today were there..)

    After about 30 minutes, I'd hear enough..

    I was just not blown away by the differences in the Fishman vs. the Fender

    The Artist seems to have a darker/boxier voice than the Acoustasonic JR. which to my ears seems to have a bit wider projection, which is reasonable considering the 2 x 8" speaker w/peizo verses the single 8" and soft dome tweeter as is on the Artist.

    The Artists FX are a bit limited as well. The Acoustasonic has a real good sounding reverb, w/4 four different types vs 2 on the Artist. The Fender also offers three reverb/dealy combo settings, the Fishman doesn't have that ability. It does have two FX channels, but I could not see if you had the ability to combine them.
    Maybe I missed that? Seemed that you could have FX A, or FX B for either channel, but can't use both? Am I right?

    The Antifeed back on the Artist DOES has a wider range of cut/bost than the Acoustasonic, but feed back control for me is a moot point, is rarely a problem. I use it more as an additional EQ for voicing tweeks than anything else.

    I will say, on the + The Fishman Artist DOES pack a pretty impressive punch sound wise for it's size, the Acoustasonic combo isn't a big amp (bout the size of a deluxe reverb) even at that, it dwarfs the Artist. One other + for the Artists, it's very light and the small foot print makes it really easy to lug around. on the other hand the Fender at 60 watts seemed every bit as capable of pushing the SPLs. Not that I will need to play at those volumes but just as a comparison.

    While I'm sure the Artist would do the job not convinced it will do that job much better that what I've been using. I guess if I should happen onto a bunch of cash, I may pick one up, and hang on to the fender as a backup/spare... I've had it for a while now, It don't owe me anything.

    Just thought I'd share the experience...


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    G Mac 

    08 Sep 2016 - 18:59
    Howdy, kidblast! Just wanted to thank you for posting your stories! I sure hate it when a gig turns ugly but, there's nothing like the feeling of the crowd being with you! Good tales! Autumn's on its way so, stay warm up there in Taxachusetts! Peace!
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    06 Apr 2015 - 15:12
    Happy, happy to ya!
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    Ivo Conceicao 

    06 May 2014 - 15:54
    Hi guys! :)
    Newbi here!
    Can you please tell me something about this Chet Atkins guitar? I would like to sell it, so i need to know is value..
    Can someone help please?
    Guitar: Gibson Chett Attckins - Custom Shop Edition - H 044 - Made in USA
    Ivo Conceição
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