Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 08/15/2019 in all areas

  1. 2 points
    I can see how you would be concerned, I guess it could appear as a mar to some folks. Like the rest of the responses, all I see is a nice looking guitar with some nice wood grain. I wouldn't call it a natural imperfection either, that just how the tree grows. Check out mine below, you can see the same type of grain patterns.
  2. 2 points
    I think your fretting (no pun intended) over the wood grain. To me, that's what makes wood like this amazing, how nature spins these cool shapes and patterns. The 50s Standard comes with a AA maple top which is not as fancy as the reissues and such. I just purchased the same guitar and I love it and I'm sure you will too.
  3. 2 points
    I see wood grain in your pics. Nothing else.
  4. 2 points
    Looks like typical wood grain lines. No flaws that i can see.
  5. 2 points
    Around 1977 I had a 3 piece band playing in a very old club in Apache Jct. Az. ( East Mesa/Phoenix) I had played that same very popular club for a year or so with a very hot and popular Country band, but this was a Rock act. The place was packed, big established place and we were well received. I got a note on a napkin saying we were sounding good, but we were playing too many songs in the same key. It was signed Jerry Garcia. I had never heard the name Jerry Garcia, didn't know who he was. I mean, I had HEARD of the Grateful Dead, but at 19 I was into Skynyrd, Eagles, ZZ Topp, Foghat, Joe Walsh, you know. Didn't know the name, and didn't recognize him either. I took offense and announced to the crowd that Jerry Garcia was going to sit in and play a song, took off my guitar and waved him up. Nobody in the crowd knew who he was either, he got up and played something with my bass player and drummer. Whatever it was didn't work very well and when he was done he left. It was well over another year before I realized who it was, and decades before I realized the genius and passion for acoustic music of Jerry Garcia. However, I never forgot the advice and to this day will rarely play 2 songs back to back in the same key, and took great care on projects to avoid it as well. No. I didn't have enough sense to save the napkin. ( however, I own a 1962 Double Cut Twin Pickup Gibson Melody Maker that was once played by Jerry Garcia )
  6. 1 point
    Evening, all, I'm what might be considered an odball Gibson afficianado - the favoured Gibsons in my collection are a Music City Jr (yup, the B-bender abomination) , an SG Futura and a 50's Tribute Les Paul (just the best playing LP that I've ever owned, or played - so bite me!). My other passions guitar wise, are good Telecasters, Gretsches, Rickenbackers and... Starfields - yup, y'know - the guitars Ibanez made to appeal to a more *ahem* mature audience. Y'all will know that some of these were madein Korea, some in Japan, and some made (or finished from the better necks/bodies) in the CA Ibanez Custom shop, by some rather well respected builders.... They had some tasty endorsees - from Rob Buck (10,000 Maniacs - one of my favourite players) to Ritchie Kotzen. I have a handful of Starfields - from US Altairs, to the lesser spotted Japanese made 12 string - all absolute corkers - a build quality that I've seen rarely elsewhere (except for the Korean ones - decent players, but not the dog's bollocks in build quality), and .... here comes my bragg - I've just scored one of my holy grail Japanese Starfields (sucked boiled sweet, twin humbucker, slightly offset tele) for £249 (WITH A HISCOX CASE), from a dealer here in the UK.... for all of £249. Only problem now, is which guitar I have to pass on to one of my sons (it's the only way I can circumvent the one in, one out rule that I now have with my wife). Apologies if this post comes off as unduly smug, but I'm feeling unduly smug right now.
  7. 1 point
    I have 2 of these GE7s, both modded to be noise-free.....extremely useful pedals.
  8. 1 point
    Cover up the headstock logo so you dont have to pay a percentage of that too. Btw Nice looking Dove
  9. 1 point
    I see nice looking wood grain and what looks like dirt/dust/lint or something on the surface.
  10. 1 point
    This is slightly interesting. If you go to the Gibson archive page you can find specs for some 335s and other Memphis guitars going back to 2015, I think yours is a 2014. Interestingly, most all indicate 500k +/-10-20% pots. But, the '63 and '64 models (not the Robinson model) indicate 550k +/- 5% pots. http://legacy.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/Memphis/1963-ES-335TDC-Figured.aspx http://legacy.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/Memphis/1964-ES-345TDC-No-Varitone.aspx You could always call or e-mail Gibson, or you could check the value of your other pots. I doubt you could hear the difference between an actual 500k and a 550k pot. But a 20% tolerance means the 500k pot could be anywhere from 400-600k. The 550k pot with 5% tolerance could be 522-577k.
  11. 1 point
    I have to give Lars some credit. "The making of Death Magnetic" was interesting to watch. "Produced by Rick Rubin" me arse. Lars should have gotten that credit. Maybe he did. He's got royalties galore, and he can't play a note. Good work if you can get it.
  12. 1 point
    Yep, Martin Acoustic SP strings have been rebranded/repackaged as Martin Authentic Acoustic SPs. They are basically the same, with some exceptions. In the case of 80/20 Bronze Mediums, the first and second strings are now run plated, otherwise they’re the same as they were. The tin plating means the 1st and 2nd strings are now silver in color rather slightly goldish. I used them at a gig, yesterday. I noticed no difference. They’re as good as the former ones were. I can’t speak on any other possible changes to other rebranded/repackaged configurations of Martin SPs, now known as Martin Authentic Acoustic SPs. But, I trust Martin knows what’s its doing with its rebranding/repackaging. I have been using Martin SPs since their inception, so I was a bit concerned with the change, but, my fears have been removed with my initially trying their Authentic Acoustic SPs. No reason found for me to change. Let us know what you find. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  13. 1 point
    Upper bout sure is wood grain. Not 100% certain with the pot location lines, whether checking crack in nitro or just the wood grain. Different angle picture might clear that slightest doubt of just wood grain
  14. 1 point
    Doug and Ben... great stories... actually everyone here... enjoyable thread. Now, I peaked at age 20. In college I was in a band called Sinister Footwear. We played frat parties, events on the quad... things like that. But we did also enter the 1986 Maxwell House Talent Competition, which came to campus. We played Chuck Mangione’s Feel So Good. And Genesis’s Turn It On Again... we won... and split $1000.. i think it was our mullets... https://imgur.com/gallery/MIjfv9x
  15. 1 point
    According to the Barron Knights, George would have been 'down a hole'. John wold be shifting coal, Paul in Liverpool and Ringo on the dole. You cannot separate anything from its period. There could be no Beatles today.
  16. 1 point
    The highs have included opening for Tom Paxton, Bill Staines, Garnet Rogers and Ellis Paul, and once being on the same bill with Ralph Stanley. The lows.... Back in the '80s in Dallas, a promoter named Joe Christ (he previously went under the name "Joe Danger") hired the acoustic trio I was in to play a great old supper club in Deep Ellum. What he didn't tell us was that we were opening for three thrash bands. We were the oldest people in the green room, and we weren't that old. After the show, we literally had to chase the promoter down the street to get our money. It was shortly after that that I gave up the profit motive in music. Last fall in Kuwait, I got booked to play a music festival at the country's ritziest mall. It was a two-hour set and paid great. The guys who booked me had booked me before, so they knew me and knew my stuff. I finished my first song and one of the guys is at the side of the stage and is frantically waving me over. I go over and he says, "We've had complaints from the mall about the noise." "You're running the sound. Turn it down," I said. "No. You can't sing." "Well, that's a subjective view, but...." "No, no vocals are allowed. The mall management isn't sure it has the correct permit from the government. So they just want instrumental music. Can you just strum your guitar?" "You want me to strum my guitar for two hours? That'll get boring fast. Plus, you guys knew I'm a songwriter when you booked me. My songs are about, you know, words. Stories." "Yeah, we know. Just strum." I thought a moment and said, "I'll do it for 20 minutes and then I'm out of here. And you're paying me for the full set." Figuring 20 minutes was better than two hours of silence, he agreed. So I strummed my guitar for 20 minutes. And I was right. It was boring. They paid me for the full set.
  17. 1 point
    You fortunate guy. Crowell is a songwriter's songwriter. He really works at the craft. It is great to see him back in fine form. My introduction to Steuart Smith was years ago with an episode of "Austin City Limits" featuring, ironically, Roseanne Cash. I've paid attention to him ever since. You're right; Smith can do it all and he does it with great taste and style.
  18. 1 point
    How appropriate to play a "doves in flight" guitar in -- of all places -- a church. Awesome! Just don't modify it.
  19. 1 point
    ps. Based on the aforementioned book, your guitar’s serial number puts it as being made in 1939. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  20. 1 point
    Yeah its an odd time... At the same time, while Rock may be going through a rut or maybe an evolution, I still see guitar being as popular as ever... A quick look on YouTube and you will see that.. Another thing I was discussing with someone the other day about electronic music.. When people get in to it, its all too easy.. Press buttons, see what happens... BUT if they want to continue to grow and get better at their art what often happens is there becomes this obsession with clarity of sound. Wanting things to sound the best they can. This often leads them back to real instruments (i.e. analogue) as that's where the best sound is still to be had.. I don't think that will ever change.. An electric guitar is one of the most expressive and versatile instruments there is.. As for music in general.. Its always gone in waves. Peaks and lows depending on the fashion or trend of the day. I don't think it will ever die because of the amazing music that has been made over the years. As for new Rock music.. Well yes, we are probably both a bit too old and stuck in our ways, but theres no real harm in that. We all gotta get old and grumpy some day.. Just like RCT 😛
  21. 1 point
    That’s a beautiful vintage guitar! There is a great book about the original pte-Gibson owned Epiphone Company from which your guitar is from. Plenty of photos in it, too. It is called: Epiphone, The House of Stathopoulo by Jim Fischer & L. B. Fred it was published in 1996. Highly recommend you try to obtain it. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  22. 1 point
    These may all be one hit wonders - but I sure am happy they all had those one hits! Just listened to Venus and In the Summertime... just made me smile!
  23. 1 point
    Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were fortunate to obtain tickets for a very intimate performance by the great flamenco guitarist Oscar Lopez in a very small venue south of Calgary. There were only 42 tickets sold and we were basically in a living room with this great artist. Oscar played and chatted and joked with the small gathering and was truly a virtuoso. Later in the second set, he started playing tunes to get the audience singing along like "Hotel California" (in a very flamenco and awesome style). Everyone was clapping and singing when they knew the words (usually in the choruses). He started playing "Don't Let Me Down" by the Beatles and everyone was singing loud DON"T LET ME DOWN!!! DON"T LET ME DOWN!!! But when it got to the verses, everyone dropped out but me and I kept singing full voice "I'm in love for the first time... do do do do... don't ya know its gonna last!!!" Then I realize that no one else is singing and Oscar even stopped singing and nodded to me to continue. So I did.. full voice, with Oscar Lopez accompanying me! OMG. My heart was beating out of my chest. When the song was done, I got a huge (42 person) round of applause and Oscar pointed at me and said "YOU! You should be up here!" and pointed to the microphone. That was awesome and amazing. Even though my voice cracked in the high notes, I sang out with full throated abandon even though I was terrified. After the show we chatted and he posed with us for photos. I asked him about his guitar and it was just a workhorse Almansa classical that he bought in the store where I used to work in Calgary. A magical night seeing a legendary artist and singing with him.
  • Create New...