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  1. So I have been looking for a maple bodied dreadnought with a short scale fingerboard, and they are rare as hen's teeth. But my buddies at Sweetwater must have known what I was jonesing for as they commissioned a Sweetwater exclusive Hummingbird with a maple body, and the usual 'Bird 24.75 inch scale. For some reason they decided to have it painted (stained?) in what they call Viper Blue and I would much rather see a quilted maple in a natural finish so you could see the wood but was more concerned about how it would sound than what color it was. I think Gibson has a tendency to paint colors over wood that doesn't have great grain patterns - but apparently this is what Sweetwater wanted so it's what they got. I have no idea how many of them were made. But it arrived today and I love it. Very crisp maple tone (without being too bright or trebly), even balance between strings. Has a Gibson rounded C neck, 12 inch radius, rosewood board and the short scale. All of which are feature I like most, so it fits in my hand very comfortably and feels familiar. And the color looks a lot better in person than in photos - the neck looks painted black in photos, but it's really the dark blue as well. Unlike my "original" Hummingbird it has Grover rotomatic tuners and a plain truss rod cover, same Baggs VTC pickup.
    6 points
  2. I normally do not like posting my New Guitar Days. However, I'm really excited about this one! Brand new Fender Strat Professional ll, Dark Knight from Wildwood. This is the best Strat I have ever owned, let alone ever played. If you've never tried out one of these yet, gotta get yourself to a music store soon!
    6 points
  3. The older I get, the more questions and doubts I have. For me, seeing these musical heroes die just brings reality home to us as we fly along as if we’ll live forever (especially when they are part of our own generation). I’m sorry they’re gone, but their problems on this planet are over. Life is for the living and it’s the living who will mourn their deaths. As stated by others, RIP is a form of respect. If you think about it, we say it for ourselves so no one thinks bad of us. Beyond that, who the hell knows? All religious texts were written by humans. Not by God or “a” god. Whatever we worship today is hardly any different than the mythological gods of the Romans or Greeks. The difference is that societies (through wars, famines, technology, morals, and the evolution of humans) change and so do gods they believe in. The same God that lets one little kid survive cancer and allows another to die from it is doing exactly what the Roman and Egyptian gods did centuries ago, yet we provide “our” god with attributes that make him/her the real and better god. ……I believe we go somewhere after we leave this life, but I doubt it has anything to do with any religion. Wherever it is, I hope my family members, Charlie Watts, Cash, Patsy Cline, Audey Murphy, Dean Martin, John Kennedy, Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and many others that served as a positive example for me are all there…..Just my view on things. Doesn’t make me right and someone else wrong…….Meanwhile——God Bless all of you.
    6 points
  4. Hi Folks. I can definitively solve this great mystery. 🙂 My name is Paul. I played the good Rev. on The Middle. Thanks for all the interest in my guitar and the nice comments. That is in fact my beloved vintage LG2 that I am playing on all but one of the episodes of The Middle that I appeared in. There was one episode where I used a Taylor. I also wrote all the songs for the character using that same LG2. I bought the guitar at Matt Uminov's on Bleeker St. back in the late 80's. I overheard the salesman telling a guy that Bob Dylan had been in a few days before and "almost bought this beautiful LG2". Whether or not that was true I don't know but it sure got my attention. I had to try it. It was love at first strum. It has been with me ever since. Thanks Bob for not buying it! It's not a re-issue and all that wear (on both the guitar and me) is well earned from hard gigging and TV testifyin'! 🙂 So JT, maybe the Rev does have a direct line to the diety! LOL.
    4 points
  5. Dec. 2020 Winter NAMM in So Cal announced the first USA built Epiphone Casino in Decades… The Royal Tan with Nickel Dogear P90’s knocked me out! I wanted to buy it that day! They said it won’t take long……….. I’ve been playing Casino’s for years & owned 3 already.. So I ordered it…. And waited, & waited & waited & waited some more….. During that time these Guitars became the topic of tons of love hate Threads on many Forums & YouTube… The arguably incorrect Features caused & is still causing much debate, questions & confusion. The Whys? Well, I got word last week it had finally arrived & they did 2 day shipping as a courtesy… Very nice… I've been doing comps with my other 3 Casinos which are all great Guitars.. One is the limited production Vintage Sunburst 50th Anniv. 1961 Reissue Casino with Tremotone. Like Keith Richards played. Only 1961 were built. The next is an IBJL John Lennon Revolution Casino in Natural.. And finally, a gift from my kids, a Vintage Sunburst Peerless Casino with Bigsby like George & Paul. All 3 are absolutely great Guitars! Each has a slightly different Tone & Sound.. Each sounding great! The 50th Anniv being my favorite… I have to say this new USA looks amazing & really does sound even better! It really looks & feels like a Custom Shop Guitar.. I usually don’t have the patience to wait this long for something but in this case I’m glad I did… Here are some Pics of my actual Guitar as taken my good Friends at Sweetwater..
    4 points
  6. I want to own 1/9,000,000,000,000,000th of a guitar I will never hold or play or get to see in person. I hope some of you Gibson fan boys jumped at chance to be a part of this ridiculous greed inspired scam. Anyone willing to own up and say they plopped $5 down to own a piece of Gibson PROTOTYPE guitar history? If you did . . . you choose the word that comes to mind on how smart a decision it was. I'll bet anyone's share probably decreased 10 fold since this went public. JC's kids gotta eat too. What a crock of s-hit. Not sure who is to blame for this, Rally or Gibson, probably both. Later B-itch's. I'll be back to comment on stupid stuff when needed. Yeah make fun of Martin now. They never did any lame stunts like this . . . at least that I am aware of. This Levi's guy may be worse than Henry J and I thought that was not possible.
    4 points
  7. I got the Royal Tan with Nickel Dogear P90’s…. Here are some Pics of my Guitar… Mike, I also have the Ltd. Edition 50th Anniv. 1961 Casino with Tremotone in Vintage Sunburst & Black Cover P90’s.. It is a Beauty & has been my main Guitar for the past 10 years… Now it’s a very very close Second to my new one.. Hope you’re enjoying your Beautiful New USA Casino!
    4 points
  8. When I strap on my new USA Casino, plug it in & play I could care less which way the Inlays face or whether or not the Headstock is long or short… Recently before I got those things started messing with my head.. But, it’s such a great Guitar in all the important aspects those 2 nits seem ridiculously trivial & unimportant… I wanted a great looking, playing, master crafted & fantastic sounding USA Casino & it is…..
    4 points
  9. Almost a year later the 59 style Wilshire is probably my most incredible playing guitar, only needing a few neck tweaks to adjust to its new mountain environment. This long necked monsters thin Medium C neck is very fast and stable enough I could instal a Duesenberg on it. For me the P90 Pros sound so good on the solid mahogany body. The only things I have done is to smooth the edge of the translucent Tortoise Shell style pickguard, added some stiff foam under the bridge pickup to help stabilize it. The CTS pots are great and the Epiphone Deluxe Tuners are still very smooth. It is my lightest and most comfortable player followed by my Blueshawk and SG Classic.
    3 points
  10. budget plays into the question, if your rich Id say avoid acoustics made after 1949 and electrics made after 1960 with a budget , try all you can of all years and buy the one that calls to you.
    3 points
  11. Every decade since I started playing there has been some new secret to "breaking in" your expensive acoustic. Put it on the washing machine every time you wash clothes. Stand it in front of your Klipsch 9000s and blast rock and roll at it. Put a radio inside of it. Blow a fan into the soundhole for hours on end. Blah blah blah. Same guys that espouse all this stuff would never "break in" their brand new car by taking it out on the worst rutted roads or letting it sit out in the rain and snow for two seasons or not wash it for months at a time, but they'll fall over themselves to "break in" their expensive guitar. Much mirth. rct
    3 points
  12. Being a holiday (Labor Day, in the USA ) and all, I spent the time with my loved ones (the LP standard, the LP Classic, The Epiphone Sheraton). Then I spent some time with my family
    3 points
  13. Oh boy a really nice one tonight. Campground thing, end of the season blow out. Food and beverage and some great dancers and just an all around great time on a beautiful night. Band was good, we sang well and played well. It was a very family thing so I took #1 Tele and Hello Kitty. Maybe get some pitchas up here tomorrow. rct
    3 points
  14. I'd be afraid they'd hit my retirement, so I'd get down to HR immediately. rct
    3 points
  15. I've owned 3 different Epi 339s, liked them,, sold both. And, two different Gibson 339s. Loved them. Have one now. The Epis are very nice. Especially the price point. But, I could never really get the Epiphones to sound or play like I wanted them to. They always seem to need fret leveling somewhere. They are not that comfortable to play standing up (for me). The new "Inspired by Gibson" are very nice and seem to weigh around 8 pounds, while the Gibsons are around 7 pounds. This means a lot to me when gigging. The Gibson 339 (to me), is a much more refined ($$$) instrument that plays and sounds better. It is comfortable to gig with and holds its value as a used instrument. With anything else the more refined the faster the jump in cost.
    3 points
  16. This has happened to me with the VA and other places. They will realize their mistake and come looking for their money. You may see 3 large less in one of your paychecks, so be careful. This reminds me of the time about 25 years ago I was checking my bank balance over the phone and I had over a 2 million dollar balance. Surprisingly it took them a couple of days to find out that it wasn't my money. It was nice being a millionaire for a couple of days.
    3 points
  17. my first post in weeks and you go out of your way to attack, pep returns to post right below me, I think I know which dark tunnnel yer heads up
    3 points
  18. After listening to MissouriPicker's song about the guys he grew up with, I thought I'd post this. Was written and performed by my very best friend in the world, who I lost about a year ago. It's about our first band... song was always special to me...but now that we've lost David, it rips my heart out.
    2 points
  19. easy pick retrieval as well...
    2 points
  20. Just got a heads up from my guy at Sweetwater that Marshall will have about a 10% price increase effective 10/1/21. So anyone contemplating purchasing one best to do it in the next couple weeks.
    2 points
  21. I hate it when I go to Walmart and they don’t have what I need. Then, I have to go back home, get out of my pajamas, take a shower, put on clean clothes, and go to the grocery store.
    2 points
  22. One thing I learned the hard way(it's been many moons ago since my kids have been in school) was when my second daughter was in the second grade, it became apparent that the teacher she had, in her 70's at the time, was wrestling with dementia. My ex was one of the teacher's "room mothers" at the time, and in talking with several other parents with kids in that class, their kids, like our daughter, were terrified of going to school and being in that classroom. To make long story short.... We formed a parent's group to try to convince the school board to retire the teacher. That's when we discovered the hypocrisy the public school systems were operating under. Never a week went by that we'd not get a "newsletter" that tirelessly reminded parents to "get involved" with our children's education. Well---- WE thought bringing up concerns of how a teacher's classroom conduct was frightening the children WAS "getting involved". But the teachers and some school board members thought differently. Apparently, to them, getting "involved" simply meant, "show up, ask what WE want you to do and shut up." But, when our "involvement" wandered into the area of questioning a teacher's classroom conduct or the school's curriculum, they no longer considered it "getting involved" but rather, we were "interfering" with their agenda. I've been reluctant to grant a pass to anybody simply because they're a teacher ever since. Whitefang
    2 points
  23. I have been reading about this redesigned Epiphone SG Classic P90, the body is two pieces of mahogany with no veneer, a 60's SlimTaper neck, the 50's Headstock, cast Kluson style Epiphone Deluxe tuners with Threaded Bushings and Ivory Buttons, P90 Pro's, full size CTS pots no circuit board, ABR Bridge and Stopbar. Anyway I couldn't resist for $379 with free shipping from the MusicZoo. I am adjusting the trussrod a little and intonation. I may have to install a Les Trem II. A longer neck trunnion with the strap button moved much farther forward now, like current Gibson SG's and much improved Neck Dive. Epiphone finally fixed it on a few SG models.
    2 points
  24. There seems to be two camps here, those who believe that with the ability of our handheld devices our future citizens will no longer need the be burdened with useless information, and those who believe that every child needs to have a well rounded education and a basic understanding of math, language and reading skills. However, there is a new breed of educator entering the system, actually there has Bern a concerted effort for the past few decades in universities and colleges to produce or groom the future teachers to abandon all traditional principles of education and instead train the youth to doubt , not challenge, but doubt all traditional principles and established standards. These "teachers " have a political agenda not a true calling to prepare children to be productive, imaginative or thoughtful citizens, but to be political activist. They confuse the children about everything including family structure. They have one goal. To destroy western culture, period, and of story. They see themselves as above morality because there is no morality in their minds . They confuse the student with convoluted bull poo from preschool to grade 12. School boards are being questioned all over the US today because if one positive thing came out of last years lockdown it was that parents finally had the chance to see what their children are being taught because the kids were doing online classes and the parents were working from home. Some of you are well aware that at least a handful of teachers have been exposed as Antifa activists, one bragged that he had 180 days to turn his students into revolutionaries, another bragged online that she no longer had an American flag inn the classroom, instead she had a gay pride flag, Recently a parent found the curriculum being taught to her child, and went to a board of education meeting and was to first asked how she got a hold of that curriculum, because the children had been instructed not to share it with parents, then she was told she couldn't read it at the public meeting because it was offensive, sexually explicit and not fit for public display. I can prove this. Or you can wake your arse up and find it yourself. It's time to purge ever school board, vett every teacher, professor and teachers union. Every political activist needs to be fired. We need free thinkers not politicized students. We need citizens with a clear understanding of our constitution, civics needs to be in the curriculum, as does economics and exposure to trades. College is not the end all and be all, don't agree? Try going through life without plumbers, carpenter's heavy equipment operator's, mechanics, HVAC tech's.
    2 points
  25. "Rock and a Hard Place" - The Rolling Stones Having trouble saving posts in this thread now...
    2 points
  26. My son in law is in his late 30's. He's had my 1974 J-50 Deluxe on permanent loan for the past 5 or 6 years now. Whenever they would come visit, it was the first guitar he would pick up - he liked it better than my 1965 and 2008 J-50's. I told him about the complaints people have raised about the Norlin guitars and he thought that was very funny. 😁 A few years earlier, I had some major repairs done to that guitar which had gradually become un-playable. The luthier was able to avoid a neck reset by planing the fretboard and doing a re-fret, he also fixed some cracks. When it was ready to pick up, I asked the luthier if he had any problems fixing it. He said the only "problem" was that he enjoyed playing it so much, he didn't want to give it back. He just shook his head when I mentioned the complaints about 70's Gibsons. He did a great job on it, I think it sounded much better than it did when I bought it in 1974. Personally, I still like it but it's not all that special for me, which is why I was willing to part with it. But some people do just like that sound. For one thing, it is really LOUD - much louder than my other Gibsons. But "loud" doesn't necessarily mean "good"... I'd say it doesn't have some of the subtlety of my other Gibsons. So, I'd suggest that you just play any guitars you can find and make your own decisions instead of relying on what other people tell you.
    2 points
  27. I have a 1969 Epi in the Coronet shape but with an original 60's Epi mini humbucker. Great pickup if you ever want to swap one in for a P90. Awesome clear cut through compared to full HB but still n o hum. These are different to Gibson mini HB's I believe.
    2 points
  28. There have been glide wheels on keys for quite a while, but that thing looks industrial strength & built for stage presence. It shakes the whole casing when he smacks it.
    2 points
  29. Another bright shiny day, my coffee its starting to take hold and my eyes starting to come into focus. Think I should take my Scion out for a spin, when I wake up. She's waiting patiently for me.. ** just got back from Kilauea National Park about a 16 mi drive from my house and another 2500', so its uphill all of the way, my car didn't seem to notice.
    2 points
  30. Normally we like pictures but in this case, please don't. Not guitar related but I did get a "new" stereo preamp the other day. Es muy bueno!
    2 points
  31. That was an annoying way to phrase an incorrect answer. Where the hell is the ignore button?
    2 points
  32. that guy was a gold mine of great and silly quotes.
    2 points
  33. I have gotten pretty good at preparing ribs the Memphis style, and slow-baked in the oven at that. Today I smoked a couple of slabs of ribs, St Louis style. Six hours of dedicated smoking and tending. Good stuff, with cole slaw, red potato salad, and some cucumber salad (German prepared) from my garden. Mmm..mmm.mmm.mmmmm! 😀
    2 points
  34. Like the thread title says: crazy theory. I just play my guitars and enjoy them. IMO, spend more time practicing if you want your guitar to sound better. 🙂
    2 points
  35. Please, think Beatles, early Stones. Not the Monkees.
    2 points
  36. Heating pad is not hot enough to torify wood at the molecular level, but probably hot enough to weaken glue. Not a good idea at all.
    2 points
  37. "Where Dub-T yo?" Looking for Dub-T-123. "Giorgio" Giorgio Tsoukalos, famous for saying "I'm not saying it's aliens...". "Preachin it on the H." On the History channel, big long marathon of Ancient Aliens shows. Always a hoot and fun to watch. "It's beautiful man". From the end of the movie Taps, Tom Cruise unloading some scary gun out the window. Dub once posted a photo of himself and Giorgio when Dub visited like a Star Trek or Ccomicon kind of thing somewhere out there by DisneyLand, where he and I are going to have dinner one of these days, when Mrs and I are free to roam about the country again. So yeah, there you go. rct
    2 points
  38. that's a lot of roland cube!
    2 points
  39. Sounds ludicrous and insulting. Even more so than the marketing of relic-ed models.
    2 points
  40. +1 You'll sleep better.
    2 points
  41. Report it. You will have to pay it back if you spend it.
    2 points
  42. My Mother died a few years before my best friend's Mom( who I always considered my "Mom away from Mom"). He wasn't able to come to her funeral home viewings( in hospital at the time) but did sent condolences. But when his Mom died I was able to go pay my respects. And I then went and asked his Dad how he was holding up then sat down next to my friend and asked, "So......had enough yet?" He asked, Enough what?" Just then, two women his Mom's age walked up, said they were sorry and then, "All her troubles are over now" and "She's in a better place" and when they walked off I said, "Again....had enough?" I was still smoking then and we went to the basement of the funeral home that was the designated smoking area and also where coffee or other beverages were available. It was then I told him, "I've heard that 'troubles are over' and 'Better place' horsesh!t so much at my Mom's funeral it was all I could do to not whack. the next idiot who said that with the chair I was sitting on." We agreed they meant well, but that people should just give it up. It is hard to try and say the right thing in a situation where there's really NO right thing to say. I was gratefully spared that at my wife's funeral by people who instead offered condolences and preferred to talk about a pleasant memory they had of her. And I was really touched when the drivers of the ambulance that would transport her three days a week back and forth for dialysis showed up and seemed genuinely saddened. And my brother in law was spared any possibility of that due to his wife of 63 years(my wife's sister) dying at the beginning of the Covid restriction period(her death wasn't Covid related) and funeral homes weren't providing those services for a while. It was bad enough that she died, but worse that she died the morning of his birthday. At that time there was no place we could all gather for a memorial except in one of her other sister's backyard. And since it was May('20) the bugs and sun made it all a bit uncomfortable. Whitefang
    2 points
  43. There are some in another forum I'm in that would make off color jokes about your "upstanding member" description. Like perhaps..... If that member is "upstanding " for four hours or more, better see your doctor! And seriously, I can't see where anything is gained or "improved" by these changes, which weren't really all that much of an issue with anyone, if at all. Whitefang
    2 points
  44. I heard that they're currently overloading them in dishwashers there in the Murphy Lab so they'll chip. Those cost extra.
    2 points
  45. "Can't Stand Your Funk" - Mahavishnu Orchestra
    2 points
  46. I was gonna write a load of stuff... But on second thoughts, im not even gonna touch this one 🙂 Its a huge question for which everyone has their own beliefs.. A lot of which we cant talk about on here anyway (thankfully 😄 )
    2 points
  47. Congratulations on living one heck of a great life and thanks for sharing your talent Charlie!!
    2 points
  48. Wiki listed this anecdote: I just HOPE it's true! An intoxicated Jagger phoned Watts's hotel room in the middle of the night, asking, "Where's my drummer?" Watts reportedly got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, descended the stairs, and punched Jagger in the face, saying: "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my f**king singer!"
    2 points
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