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  1. It Has To Be Love

    19 November 2017 - 10:27 AM

    A while back when we were moving out of state, even though I know that selling/trading guitars have been some of the worst mistakes I ever made, I got into the frame of mind that I should lighten the load so let go of three guitars - a 1930s Monkey Wards Recording King, a 1946 Gibson LG-2 and my 1953 Epi Triumph Regent. As the months went by I found myself haunted by one of the guitars a whole lot more than the others. You guessed it - the Epiphone. This was the one that was nicknamed "Bloody Mary" as the streaking left by the off gassing pickguard looked all the word like dried blood. So last week after a bit of persuading I managed to buy it back. The check went out in the mail last Thursday. Part of it was certainly the sound but I also worked on this guitar for weeks slowly bringing it back to life putting a lot of my own blood, sweat and tears into it. I even offered to pay a couple of hundred more than I had let it go for. Ain't love grand (and sometimes expensive).
  2. Buying Guitars Back

    16 November 2017 - 08:15 AM

    Some of the worst mistakes I have ever made were selling/trading guitars. With me there are generally two things going on - it allows me to snag something else I want or I have slipped into that frame of mind that I own way too many and need to thin the herd out. It was the second mindset that motivated me on this one. When we were preparing to move, I decided to let go of three guitars to lighten the load. Over the months though, I found myself being haunted by one - a 1950s blonde Epiphone Triumph Regent. Although I am not much of an archtop guy, this was not only the best sounding guitar I had ever gotten my hands but I had put a ton of work into it to bring it back to life. My blood literally seeped into that top.

    So anyway, I contacted the guy who I sold it to. It took me a bit but the upshot is I am today cutting a check to send to him. Even paying $200 more than I solid it for to cover shipping and any inconvenience.

    So has anyone else ever gotten into that seemed momentarily reasonable but quickly regretted things.
  3. Ain't A Gibson But It Sure Is Cool

    13 November 2017 - 12:09 PM

    Not a Gibson because they never built these. But in the quest to expand my musical boundaries I picked up a 1952 Kay K10 bass viol. This one is a 1/4 size so just a baby. Not sure what the heck to do with it yet but I am having a blast putzing around. Here is a photo I took right after we got it (still missing a string) propped up in the corner.

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  4. Dylan and Mavis Last Night

    04 November 2017 - 07:32 AM

    The wife and I went to E. J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron last night to catch the show. This is the home of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Amazing venue. Wonderful acoustics. It seats 4,000 (the show was sold out) with guys in black suits who escort you to your seats and a bar were you can get your hi-ball.

    I had not seen Mavis since the late 1960s and, as if there was ever any doubt, she still has it. She tore that playhouse down. If you did not have religion when you walked in her version of "Wade in the Water" would have made you a true believer. To answer Ramblers question, Mavis did have L.A. Holmes with her on guitar. When Mavis went low, he went low, when she went high, he went high. You knew when he switched from the Tele to the Lester they were going to reduce the stage to ashes.

    Dylan was in great voice. Certainly better than the last time we saw him in Kansas City. He never went near a guitar or harmonica but stuck with the piano. As you come to expect with Dylan, you will not be able to figure out what song he is singing until you hear the lyrics. Most of the stuff was off his last three LPS with Dylan pounding away on the keyboards or grabbing a mic stand and crooning. But he did launch into "It Aint Me Babe," "Tangled Up in Blue," "Desolation Row," and "Blowin' in the Wind." My two favorite songs of the night though were "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" which saw Dylan sticking surprisingly close to the originals. The band was pretty much perfunctory. Sorry to say, Charlie Sexton left me cold. Last time we say Dylan, the warm up was Jimmy Vaughan who came back to join Dylan during his set. If there was a standout last night it was the pedal steel/fiddle player.

    But all in all a whole lot of fun. And you know you have been married too long when your wife refers to it as date night.
  5. Torrefied Bridge Plates?

    22 October 2017 - 08:08 AM

    OK, so I have been talking to a guy about getting a maple bridge plate installed in one of my Harmony Sovereigns on which I replaced the pinless bridge with a pin bridge. He told me I can have a torrefied maple plate (at, of course, an upcharge).


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    23 May 2016 - 17:56
    Does she want to sell the SJ200?
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    27 Sep 2015 - 15:06
    Where do you live at? You in the Midwest?
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    23 Apr 2015 - 20:01
    I would highly recommend this persons advise. Helps you to work through the options without any sort of agenda. A+ advise.
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    28 Feb 2014 - 20:14
    Who is your repair guy? Keith George? Mike Bostich?
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    27 Feb 2014 - 22:06
    Did you mention Mass Music (in Lawrence)in one of your posts? I love going to that place. Get there every 2-3 months.
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    14 May 2013 - 06:54
    The tuners would date the guitar to the mid- 1950s to around 1960. The attraction of this one would be these N-1 dreads were X braced. Not a bad price but it sounds like the cost of a neck reset will have to be factored in. You would end up having more in the guitar than it would be worth but that has never stopped a few of us.
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    13 May 2013 - 18:15
    Thought you'd ike to see this:
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    04 Apr 2013 - 15:32
    Zomby can I ask what that National cost you??? VERY intriguing adjustable neck you posted too!!!
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    31 Mar 2013 - 09:13
    Zomby, a pat on the back for collecting, repairing, resurrecting your old guitars. I do the same, and I often put more money into them than I can ever get back, but there is great satisfaction in saving them from the junk heap. Cudos to you!
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    03 Feb 2012 - 08:54
    Thanks for the heads up. I have a friend who owns a 1920s L-2. The guitar is refinished but with violin varnish or something (the owner used to make violins) so it now has the color of a pumpkin top mando which actually looks pretty good. Anyway it is not for sale but he keeps saying if I want it I can have it for $1800. But I would still need to sell something to buy it and am just no...
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    02 Feb 2012 - 18:07
    I see I can't post a link in here...try typing "VINTAGE 1924 GIBSON L-2 L2 L 2 ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC GUITAR" It is for sale by Warpdrive music, worth a look at least
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    02 Feb 2012 - 18:05
    Zomby...this is one of the best condition L-2's I've seen in a LONG while.....They had it posted at $3500, so the price is lowered, and there is a "make offer" box....still pretty pricey, but it is in great condition with all original parts....just FYI, I don't know this guy from Adam.....
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    29 Jan 2012 - 18:28
    Funny, I can't stop drooling over your Gibson. I have come close to picdking up another one of those more times than I can count but the deal always seems to fall through.
    I might actually have a case for your Gibson. I don't really know how old it is but it is covered with a lacqured tweed and was obviously made for a round bottom archtop.
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    29 Jan 2012 - 13:57
    I can't get over how COOL your 1930s Kay Kraft round hole is......just a winner!
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    27 Jan 2012 - 08:48
    Hey Mr. Fool,
    The May-Belles were made by Slingerland. While these days they are known for drums back in the day Slingerland made some of the sweetest archtops around which easily rivaled anything coming out of Gibson or Epiphone. The official name of mine is a May-Bell Style 75 Violin Craft. The line was introduced in 1933. The Slingerland catalog states the guitars was hand rubb...
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