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09 March 2017 - 04:27 PMI was just pulling out a number of guitars, one of which was my EJ160E Lennon signature. I love this guitar! You can't get these anymore, although you can get the same guitar, "limited edition," without the Lennon sig. This is one lesser-expensive Epiphone that seems to have increased in value by about 50%, seeing how a couple sold on ebay for up in the $600 territory. I can't believe I haven't yet had a photo shoot with my pristine condition EJ160E, just drooling over the ad photos, which looks like it still had the plastic on the pickguard....
25 February 2017 - 12:50 PMI just loaded up a new track on soundcloud, but then couldn't get it to play. I waited a while, it still wouldn't play. Then I tried playing a piece I'd uploaded months ago - it wouldn't play. Anybody else having trouble getting soundcloud to play anything?
28 October 2016 - 10:35 AMSeriously, when I saw mz-s's thread on how Gibson occasionally put out a burst J-15 with an abalone rosette (available only through Music Villa in Bozeman), I was put in action mode. Before the next one became available, though, I got tipped that this New Hartford-built 2011 Guild F50R (all solid, spruce over rosewood, burst, abalone rosette) popped up on reverb. I've been liking a lot my Corona-built Guild 12-string, and figured the more expensive Guild 6-strings would be in roughly the same ballpark as the Martins, Gibsons, Taylors.... Of course, the letstalkguild guys swear by 'em.
These "F"s are jumbos, 17" hip. This F50R is a 2011, ebony fretboard, with DTAR dual source electronics. That package right there was quite enough for me to make a move (which proved successful, for a bit more than a new J-15). But there was more. Well, the faux alligator case is really nice. But beyond that, the previous owner had gotten some fancy bridge pins with inlaid emeralds, haha! He did the same with the tops of the tuning posts. This extra bling is an amusement, but most importantly, the guitar looks and plays and sounds fantastic. Totally jazzed with this instrument!
01 October 2016 - 10:50 AMShipping guitars is freaking expensive! I've been working with UPS lately, and it's easily up around $80-$100. Adding insurance for a modestly pricy guitar is going to add on top of that ($2 per $100 value, 1st $100 is free). UPS is pretty convenient, but is FedEx or USPS all that much less expensive?
Something I just found out though. I asked UPS what they would charge for doing the packing - if I brought in the guitar box and the guitar in a hardshell case. I think stuffing in a bunch of wadded up newspapers or filling the box with packing peanuts so the case/guitar is well padded in the box and doesn't move around, then taping it all up, is the hardest part. The guy said that's only 5 bucks! I will gladly pay $5 for that.
I'm thinking I got more shipping to do in my future. Any tips appreciated!
15 May 2016 - 07:01 AMYes, I'm taking my (mostly Epiphone) collection in a new direction. Been focusing on the 12-string lately, and I can't keep up with all my 6-strings. Combined, they should well cover a new Gibbie J45. Listing with pics is in the Epiphone lounge here.