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  1. 5 points
  2. 5 points
    My one cardinal rule, and I broke it today. Some background; I'm that bone-stock guy. I like all my guitars all-original. I never modify them. When others guys went down the road of constant mods and upgrades in search of that Holy Grail tone, I was the one who always said, "Leave it be." "Bone-stock is the best." Or, "Why did you buy it if the thing didn't play right and sound good in the first place?" And then so, a few weeks ago, I was comparing the humbucking sounds that I was getting out of a variety of my guitars, in relation to carrying one of them over to a band practice at our girl singer's loft. Lo and behold, I found that my pristine 2017 Gibson (S Series) Firebird Zero sounded louder, better, and more bold than my beat-up, scuffed 2017 Gibson (also S Series) Les Paul Custom Studio. I mean, with the volume and tone settings identical, and the pickups adjusted to precisely the same height relative to the strings, the Les Paul just sounded weak by comparison. What gives? Both guitars were equipped with nearly-identical 'Double Slugs' Pickups. DS-A5 Rhythm and DS-A5+ Lead humbuckers in the Les Paul. Alnico V magnets. DS-C Rhythm and DS-C+ Lead humbuckers in the Firebird. Ceramic magnets. So, on an impulse, I ordered a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers. Pearly Gates for the neck pickup, and Dimebucker for the bridge position. And this very mornings, I soldered and heat-shrinked the new pickup wires into a pair of Gibson-style Quick-Connect adapters. (I wanted to be able to plug-and-play with either set of pickups, as opposed to hard-wiring them in there.) No good reason for that, it just seemed like soldering them in would be a waste of the Quick-Connect wiring system. Installed them with very little fuss, and put on a new set of Ernie Ball Turbo Slinky 9.5 to 46's. Tuned up, stretched the strings in, tuned up again, and I plugged in and rocked out in the music room. I must confess, this is an enormous improvement. I really like how this beat-up, ugly guitar sounds now. Lord forgive me my trespasses, and please deliver me from evil. Amen. 🙁
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    Nice looking SG, good luck with the sale. As Scales suggests, stick around! You would fit in nicely with our forum!
  5. 4 points
    This is a ric case. Its pretty good. The best part are the latches they can be opened & closed with just a finger. Quiet too, like a quality car door.
  6. 4 points
    I sent Santa a text a while back and said you don't want those pictures of you and the elves getting to Mrs. Claus, right? That might not go over too well. That did the trick so I'm told this will be on its way to me next week. I always like the Pelham Blue guitars and there's certainly enough bodywork on a Firebird to show it off. This will be the perfect way to see off this really strange year.
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    I did this today. I'll call it light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not grimacing, my neck is just old.
  9. 3 points
    New Same Guitar Day, HooRay!!!! Had this one a few years now, said when I brought it home I would do this. This is a2017 Mexican Strat, it was some limited thingy at GC. It was stupid on sale and I had a bag of mics to trade so I basically brought it home for nothing. It started life HSS. For about a day, it got a set of Duncan Stacks in it. Before: After: Pair of Duncan Saturday Night Specials. Nice pickups! That was fun. rct
  10. 3 points
    Yes, I was sorry enough to picture some of my cases. I dont suppose I'm the only one though. The first one is not actually that much good. Its strong enough to do its job, but the latches dont line up well, so the head end needs a thump to engage. Its a Kinsman:
  11. 3 points
    So you turned a strat into an lp. I know. I know. I`m dead to you. I shall go away now. 🙂
  12. 3 points
    Yeah so, for a long time I was pretty famous for my uh...HD Stereophonic photography skills, so it was actually pretty funny of me to ask that. rct
  13. 3 points
    The moron is the one who thinks that guitar is in mint condition.
  14. 3 points
    Hard to tell what's going on with that guitar because the pics are trash. Looks like some mint condition scratches. And mint condition oxidation. Again, hard to tell as the photos were apparently taken using a potato.
  15. 3 points
    no, stick around mate, you seem to have the knack of the understatement my daughter has a black SG whose paint is similar to that. I wouldn't call it glossy though.
  16. 3 points
    the black finish seems to show a lot of wood grain. theres a black SG at my buddy's store here that looks the same.
  17. 3 points
    It's very simple Alex, when the smell wears off just go out and buy a new Gibson🙂
  18. 3 points
    Stay hydrated(drink water). Often caused when salts come out of solution in your middle ear when you are relatively dehydrated and affects the system that stabilizes your equilibrium. It is miserable having vertigo. I did some of the exercises and drank a lot of water and it went away fairly quickly.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    I had two L6ii in the 70's and no, they don't go into an SG case. We like our L6ii with wide bottoms and 6 positions. Like our womens. rct
  21. 3 points
    I believe this is the 'period correct' case that came with my new Historic 1957 SJ-200.
  22. 3 points
    do you guys have any idea what you're doing to RCT right now ?
  23. 3 points
    Good old generic 80s tweed case with Tele - which in fact has its own black Fender case Calton (UK) early 80s made to measure, reinforced fiberglass - apologies for kitchen floor shot My favourite guitar case would be a black Gibson chainsaw with all the latches working. Those recent steel(?) ones didn't look bad either.
  24. 3 points
    I'd love to blame autocorrect but I'm really not sure that wasn't straight typos 🤣.
  25. 3 points
    And dont forget ICONIC....
  26. 3 points
    This whole time I have not heard you once mention how each of these guitars sound. Ok, so the last on they sent you meets your visual approval. But it might sound the worst of all three of the guitars. That first one with the markings might have sounded the best. It's a musical intrument. Not artwork. The most imprortant thing should be how it sounds. Yes, I understand you pay a lot of money, and want it to look good, but don't you want it to sound good! Shouldn't that be the main thing you are looking for in a guitar???????????????????? And yet the only thing you seem to be concerned with is cosmetics. Just makes me shake my head...
  27. 3 points
    So you can see it's missing a tuning key, a switch tip and knobs. It also has lots of chips in the paint. So for the money, it's a good buy for me. I went about replacing the stock tuning keys with Fender locking tuners ($60.00), two knobs ($10,00), I had an extra switch tip and a set of strings on hand and set about cleaning it up.
  28. 3 points
    Only one ornament for this year.
  29. 3 points
    I’ve been on that quest for a few years and every time I think I have it, it just turns out to be another nice guitar. Here’s my L5 on the wall next to a F5L and my other dream guitar a Super 400. This is a shot of my maple guitars
  30. 3 points
    Shortest day of the longest year. Goodbye and good riddance to 2020.
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    May I add that you aren't a hypocrite, simply a convert. 😄 I'm not a modder by nature, and I think technique and expressive playing are far more important than tone, but I'll fix something that bothers me. I got an LTD Faux-Les-Paul in trade for some of the aftermarket software I write for Band-in-a-Box. It has a fast neck, slightly heavy but comfortable body, good tuners, but IMO over-wound humbucker pickups. They just sounded to 'buzzy' for the kind of music I'm playing. So I put two GFS Mean 90 pickups in it and used that guitar on stage until I got my Parker (which I had the factory put Duncan P-Rails in). While I was at it, I put in a Varitone switch which was OK but unnecessary.
  33. 3 points
    I see what Epiphone are doing here...they're selling aspiration. The new "IBG" range are mid priced, at the upper end of affordable for the average hobbyist/coffee house/pub/semi pro player, all solid wood, and look like the guitars our heroes played. Who among us, before owning a Gibson, wouldn't have wanted to bang out Honky Tonk Women on the Bird, pick some Townes on the J200 or get the flatpick chops out on It Ain't Me, Babe with the J45 in their lap? Aspiration is a beautiful thing, and selling it is akin to selling a dream. It's a valuable commodity. Currently, as things stand pricing wise, a new Gibson SJ200, J45 or Hummingbird are well out of the reach, price wise, of the average gigging/working musician. I've been fortunate over my career to have a few cuts from other artists, film cuts and a couple of major label deals, along with publishing deals and stuff, and have invested any spare income from that in guitars. If I was still earning my living 100% from playing pub gigs, restaurants and functions, as I was when I was in my early 20s, owning a Gibson would be a pipedream, but the new "Inspired by Gibson" Epiphones would be right in my wheelhouse. Therein lays the next rung on the ladder of aspiration...our theoretical gigging hero, slogging up and down the motorways and by-ways for a few years with his IBG machine in hand, starts releasing some music and gets lucky with a cut, or a viral video, or a song that gets picked up by a publisher. NOW, the aspirant can finally afford the Gibson version of the guitar his followers have been watching him play for years, the guitar that's on the cover of his album and has been with him whilst he put down all the miles and paid his dues. All that working and diligence and patience has paid off, and the Gibson is the glittering prize at the end of the rainbow. Either that or he buys a Taylor 🤣
  34. 3 points
    Hallelujah! He’s finally seen the light!
  35. 3 points
    Somebody's going to want to be able to grease this thing -
  36. 3 points
  37. 2 points
    1/ Dino from the Flintstones 2/ Explorer
  38. 2 points
    I am sorry for your loss. I will hug The Ichabod, our old, old cat for you. It just hurts so bad. rct
  39. 2 points
    My oldest case. Battered old Fender job (with a brass nameplate glued on).
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  41. 2 points
    I hadn't checked out the range of electric guitars for a while as it used to be painfully complex and kind of ridiculous (IMO), but the current Original Collection seems right on the money both in terms of the guitars on offer and the pricing generally - yes, they seem to have gone back to Iconic and dumping the model year is fine I reckon, and must make it easier to manage inventory for everyone involved. I have no interest in the Modern Collection (I'm sure many players will like the features though) but the Artist/Custom shop stuff looks interesting and not whacky which is great. so good on ya Gibson - hope it works out better for you.
  42. 2 points
    Unhappy Sergeant: Sergeant Wilson was appalled to discover that ten of his men were late arriving back at camp following their leave. As he waited impatiently at the camp gates, one of his men finally ran up to him, panting heavily. "Sorry, sir, I can explain," said the soldier. "This better be good," responded his sergeant. So the soldier told Sergeant Wilson his story. "Sir, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to catch the bus but I missed it. So I hailed a cab but it broke down. I managed to find a farm where I bought a horse but it dropped dead on me. In the end I had to run 10 miles but I am here now." Sergeant Wilson was skeptical about the soldier's explanation but at least he'd made it back to camp. The sergeant thought about it momentarily and then decided he'd let the soldier off this time. A couple minutes later, eight more of Sergeant Wilson's men ran up to the camp gates, panting heavily. The sergeant demanded explanations for why they were all late and each one of them all told the exact same story. Sergeant Wilson eyed them all suspiciously but since he'd decided to be lenient with the first soldier, he decided that it would only be fair to excuse them all too . A few minutes later, the tenth and final soldier came running up to the camp gates, panting heavily. "And where have you been?" Snapped Sergeant Wilson. The soldier quickly responded, "sorry sir, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to catch a bus but missed it. So I hailed a cab but....." Sergeant Wilson interrupted him immediately, "Let me guess soldier, It broke down?" "No sir," said the soldier, "There were so many dead horses in the road it took forever for the cab driver to find a way around them all!" Haha.
  43. 2 points
    It was my wife's parent's motor home. Ok, Deb and I sat down discussing for hours how in the world did they ever find out. Impossible right? The only thing we could come up with was that "Darn Pig Squealed On Us!" Lol. Sorry Evans, I was hopping I'd get more bites. It's an old joke our teacher got on the whole class at Johnson College in Kansas about 30 years ago.
  44. 2 points
    Last I checked if your 18 years of age and registered you can vote, or do you want that right taken away?
  45. 2 points
    Yes. Like the man said, It's all your decision, I have no idea how many guitars you have plus, if they are not all played a lot everyday it can seem they sit around and collect dust. Just get in the way. I have been a gun collector over 40 years. Still have antique guns that have never been fired. I have Chess Sets also that have been in my collection that I've never used. Deb made fun of that to me way back. I asked her, "Well, how often do you go around and ring your Bell Collection?" Lol. I told our Grandson if he learns to press the strings down on a guitar and learns a lesson from me, that I would give him one of my guitars, but he turned out being left handed so I will have to buy him one. The guns Sparky, They were overwhelming in my safe. and I had to thin them out so half is at our sons home in his safe. Good Luck
  46. 2 points
    From Ricky Skaggs Sometime during Christmas morning while making his coffee, our dear friend and guitar hero Tony Rice passed from this life and made his swift journey to his heavenly home. It’s still quite a shock to the whole family. After talking with Tony’s wife Pam and their daughter India, they asked if I would make a statement on their behalf and give them some privacy to process during this difficult time. I was honored to help out. Tony is also survived by his brothers Wyatt and Ronnie, and all of you who loved his music and those who will continue to share it with others. Tony Rice was the single most influential acoustic guitar player in the last 50 years. Many if not all of the Bluegrass guitar players of today would say that they cut their teeth on Tony Rice’s music. He loved hearing the next generation players play his licks. I think that’s where he got most of his joy as a player. With many IBMA Awards and a Grammy Award, Tony was a gracious recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s highest honor as an inductee into their Hall of Fame in 2013. Not only was Tony a brilliant guitar player but he was also one of the most stylistic lead vocalists in Bluegrass music history. When I joined the group The New South in 1974, I knew I’d found a singing soul mate with Tony. Our voices blended like brothers. In 1980, we recorded the album 'Skaggs And Rice' for Sugar Hill as a tribute to our duet heroes with just the simplicity of guitar, mandolin, and our voices. All these years later people tell me how much the purity of that record still touches their heart. That’s who Tony was, a singer from the heart. I will miss him as I’m sure all of you will. But where Tony is right now, he’s not missing us. He’s in the place that God has prepared for those who love Him and receive Him. Rest In Peace dear brother. Thank you for your great talent and the music that will continue to inspire more and more generations to come. - Ricky Skaggs
  47. 2 points
    Hope you are all having a great morning. The best day of the year for uplifting thoughts and activity. No matter what the year may have brought you - let today be the best of them thus far. We spent 4 hours in the ER last night. Wife not feeling well. But got home a few minutes before Christmas and were soon tucked, all snug in our beds. The 4 dogs were deliriously happy when we came home and let us sleep through. Three of our 4 kids and families coming over this afternoon. Daughter is quarantining her family due to health concerns for her adopted daughter. Wife fell back asleep an hour ago. Life could not be better. I hope each of you FEELS the love and peace that today is all about ! Jim
  48. 2 points
    Not so fast, there, Sparky, Where is the whammy bar?
  49. 2 points
    The first one is an earlier Historic Collection model, with the painted (and faded) pickguard, the second one is a later Standard model with the "flubber" pickguard, which has the design printed under a protective layer. The Historic Collection guitars also feature a "four ribbon" bridge, (named after the number of MOP strips inlaid into it) which moves the bridge pins further away from the saddle by design. This is how the original SJ200s were made. The Standard guitars have two ribbons, and move the pins closer to the saddle, which increases break angle over the bridge a little. Having said that, the Historic Collection guitar in the pic you sent appears to have excellent bridge height and break angle, so that's not too much of a concern. If you can play them both, I would absolutely recommend that you just pick the one that sounds and plays the best in your hands. I've owned both-a 2003 Historic Collection SJ200 was my main stage guitar for eight years from '04-'12. I put over 1500 shows on that guitar and took it all over the world, along with writing and recording five albums with it. It was a stellar instrument, but eventually, after several refrets, two broken necks and an impending neck reset, I retired it and sold it via a dealer friend of mine to a guy in Hamburg who was looking for a modern SJ200 that had been "reliced". Mine certainly fitted that description after all the work it did for me! I replaced it with an AJ, but never really got my head around the Rosewood as I'm a Maple player at heart (I now have a Maple AJ...another story...great guitar!!), And in 2016 I decided only an SJ200 would do. A friend of mine who runs a guitar shop was, then, a Gibson dealer and had five identical SJ200 Standards in stock, three 2015s and two 2016s. He suggested I come and hold a shootout, and promised me a killer deal as he needed to clear the backlog of stock...they were all good guitars, but one of the 2015 guitars leapt out like a lion taking down a gazelle. Turned out that the gazelle was my wallet! I got a ridiculous deal on the guitar and took it for barely £100 over trade price. It's still my main stage guitar to this day, I took out the stock Fishman Ellipse Aura pickup (I still hear the rattling buttons in my sleep!!) And fitted a Sunrise, my pickup of choice, and it's perfect. I would say that my 2015 Standard is more resonant and lively than my 2003 Historic Collection, but both were/are great guitars. SJ200s are notoriously variable from guitar to guitar, so trying them both would be ideal, but if that isn't possible and you're buying online, go for the one you either like the look of the most, or the one that's cheapest. It's unlikely that you'll be disappointed.
  50. 2 points
    I usually upgrade the electrics of any cheap guitar. Other than that I leave them alone. Except... for this one I went all out! I changed the bridge because my athritic thumbs could not work the thumbwheels (the replacement Gotoh have screw slots on the posts). I changed the pickups as an experiment. I wanted to hear what (modest output) single coils would sound like on this sort of build. So the Duncan Designed HBs were replaced by Creamery Domino split coils. After a few years I replaced the unbranded tuners with mini Schallers (having first tried the ones from my Ric on there to endure they would fit the snake headstock) Before: with matt hardwear & PUs After: with new bridge & PUs tuners were added to reinforce my confidence really...
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