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  1. New Masterbilt - DR-400MCE

    16 July 2017 - 06:21 PM

    Looks really nice! $400 for an all solid wood Dreadnaught Masterbilt. Looks like a Richlite fingerboard and bridge - I have no idea what Torrefied composite "Blackwood" is but the composite in there makes me think man-made (not a bad thing). Rosewood fingerboards and bridges will likely become a thing of the past for the Asian guitars at these prices with CITES.

  2. Does adjusting saddle height affect neck relief?

    29 January 2017 - 09:34 PM


    I did a rough setup on my J-15 when it first came in (just tightened the truss rod to remove a little neck relief - not even 1/8 a turn - I'm pretty sure Gibson sends them out slack so there's less tension on things in shipping), and just did a more thorough setup on it the other day after having it for about 5 months. Action from the factory was around 100 thousands on the low E, I lowered it to around 80 thousandths. Didn't have to touch the nut slots, and all the frets are level with each other.

    Today I noticed that my neck relief got much more extreme, on the level of 15-20 thousands from the 8-10 thousands it was before. I didn't touch the truss rod during my saddle adjustment the other day, as it was adjusted to my liking when I did the rough setup - around 8 thousands of relief.

    Does adjusting the saddle height affect neck relief? My concern is the amount of change seems pretty extreme just from lowering the saddle a bit. No humidity changes or anything like that - it's all monitored and has been consistent. Same strings, same everything as before - just a lowered saddle. I did apply a bit more truss rod adjustment, so we're up to maybe 1/4 - 1/3 total turn on the nut.
  3. Put a strap button on my J-15 today

    07 January 2017 - 02:14 PM

    Hi Folks,

    I've been enjoying the heck out of my J-15 since I got her in August. Been playing nearly every day, just trying to improve and get to know the guitar. As I've improved (still not to the point where I'm ready to post any videos or recordings yet...that will come!), I've started using a strap more versus just sitting in the chair. Dealing with the leather strap ties or shoelaces to tie the strap to the headstock quickly got cumbersome, so I ordered a few strap buttons from StewMac to put on. I figured if I was going to do it, a $1 strap button from eBay wouldn't do...

    I got two, an ivoroid and a tortoiseshell. I ended up going with the tortoiseshell, though I really liked the look of the ivoroid as well. I'm sure the ivoroid will be used in a future guitar - maybe if I pick up a Martin or something down the road.

    It was a quick, easy job. Anyone that's hung curtains in your home should be right at home with this. No big deal If you're on the fence - do it! Here's how she turned out - I think it looks great!

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  4. New Gibson acoustic classic Nashville artist

    16 October 2016 - 07:54 PM

    Sharing this here because I see a lot of folks sharing videos of them playing music in the classic Nashville/country western vein. The artist is Margo Price, and she released her debut record earlier this year on Third Man Records.

    I got the record shortly after it came out and totally love it. I am a big fan of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette, among others - the classic Nashville country sound, and also other country artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson. Of late, country music like this has been on the decline outside of the artists above mentioned that are still with us and touring/releasing new music. Incidentally, Loretta Lynn has released 2 new albums this year and both are awesome as well.

    Anyway, back to Margo Price - she's risen in popularity a lot since her new album, and here's a 30-minute session she recorded with KEXP. Highly recommend you watch it, I think you'll like it:

    If you don't want to commit to the full 30 minutes, you at least have to see her performance on SNL earlier this year of "Since You Put Me Down" -

    What do you think?
  5. NGD for me!

    22 August 2016 - 04:22 PM

    I posted a while back about where you folks buy your Gibsons - and I got a ton of responses. I narrowed it down to a few dealers and contacted them.

    I had a Martin DRSGT earlier this month for a short while (actually a weekend) because I wasn't 100% sure I REALLY wanted the Gibson - I guess I just needed to prove to myself (and my ear, and my wallet) that the Gibson is what I wanted. I boxed up the Martin and ordered the J-15 from Music Villa before the refund even cleared. I knew I wanted a J-15. Music Villa got her in last week from Gibson and mailed her out right after. My wife sent me a photo this afternoon with the box (I never got a tracking number from Music Villa so I wasn't expecting her today, which is a good thing because it was a total surprise). After I took this beautiful guitar out of it's case, I really knew.

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    I almost bought from EM Shorts, but I was able to find a Sunburst J-15 from Music Villa and got it. I've read before that there's just something about the way that Gibson does sunbursts - the finish on the "sun" part of the burst almost seems metallic. It just shimmers. Absolutely beautiful. The sunburst does hide the walnut stringer on the neck, but that's a small price to pay for this beautiful finish.

    When I tuned her up and strummed a few chords and the intro to Wildwood Flower, I fell in love. What a beautiful guitar, and what an awesome sound. Better than the J-15 I sampled at Sam Ash a few months ago. I am home, with my Gibson.

    Here she is alongside my learning guitar, an Epiphone AJ-220s, also in sunburst:

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    Yes, there is something about the way Gibson does their sunbursts. She's a 2017, but I can't find any differences between the 2016 and 2017 besides the truss rod cover being blank and 2017 stamped on the back of the headstock.

    Anyway, I'm just here playing my J-15. I hope to play her for many more years.


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