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    Yeah, I couldn't stay away from you guys...thanks for the encouragement...to the man (or woman) you are all correct... This has just been a particularly long bout...not thinking about selling the stable anymore...the deeper the hole, the longer the climb out, I suppose...
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    Thanks for the info, Ceptorman!
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    I have a 1990 Gibson SG 61 Reissue that I purchased used. It came with the black bonnet knobs on it but was wondering if this model was supposed to come with reflector knobs? Did Gibson use both knobs and what is period correct?
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    Wow thank you so much. This one is a dead ringer for mine down to tone knobs, knurled nut on the switch, machine heads 100% same. Headstock, Mickey mouse ears, bridge. Only thing different the stop tail which must have been replaced for some reason. Was playing it again last night man what a nice playing guitar. I've had a few Gibson ES355's and this thing whole different level in sound and playability. The varitone switch gives so many tones and it really does ring like a bell. Having said that I recently sold an immaculate Joe Pass that I couldn't bond with and had a very sterile tone, or so I thought. The Jazz guy who came around to buy it blew me away with the sound he was getting out of it. The neck is just awesome. Lowest action and the string tension is so soft bends are so easy. Definitely a keeper. Thanks again for your help
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    Hi all, I'm an old (71) player of maybe intermediate skill (if I am kind). I only recently re-engaged with the guitar after many years of playing ukuleles because of arthritis in my hands. Long story short, the arthritis improved and I decided I missed the guitar, So, I started buying guitars trying to find the "right" fit. I'm a small guy, and my wife and I just play at home for fun. I can't handle big dreadnaughts and jumbos. I'm kind of in love with parlor and smaller bodied guitars that can be comfortably played in chairs. I began with a Gretsch which was just too heavy and bulky. Then a Cordoba 3/4 nylon, but I didn't like that style of guitar. Then I purchased a new Taylor 214 GS on a whim, based on trying it in the store. But, it was way too big once at home. I traded that back for a GS Mini, which I am using now. We play pop/rock from 50s to 80s, and I generally try flat picking. Ok, all that out of the way, I really want a brighter "spruce top" tone, and I am drooling for an older Gibson, maybe even vintage. I am however, endlessly confused by the myriad model designations and trying to figure out which are the smaller bodies? So far, I think the L-00, L1 and L2 are the only ones small enough. But there are many, many other designations that I just don't know the size. In the NEW category, I am intrigued with the Parlor Rosewood M. But I've never had a vintage guitar and I am wondering what I am missing? Any advice on small models appreciated!
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    Thanks arctic! I think I have found my treasure - - - I just need to afford it!
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    I had a cherry burst samick les paul that I actually purchased in Korea in 1988. One of the most awesome guitars that I ever played. I could kick myself that I sold it. I now have an Epiphone Les Paul custom cherry burst. Its ok, but the Samick was blowing everyones mind. You'll like it.
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    It's REALLY easy to get caught up in what you will read out there. Some folks just can't help themselves, spend hundreds of dollars and countless hours changing and tweaking things, and then swear it sounds much better. I wonder how much of this is a placebo effect based on time and money invested? Just listen with your own ears. if it sounds good to you, then it is good. Besides the fact that changing all these parts out in a semi hollow is tedious, and if you don't know precisely what you're doing, you can hit a point of no return real fast. Take the high road, if it's working, and it is, and you're liking it, and you are, just let it be.
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    As Ringo would say, 'peace and love'. Try CBD and Tai Chi...simultaneously.
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    I've recently got into the small bodies and they are quite comfortable. I had a vintage LG1 but did not care for it. The one in the center is an L00 which is your spruce over mahogany which sounds like what you're looking for. It's a '32 reissue and has the vee shape neck and may not work for you. I think the modern versions may have a neck profile more to your liking. Most of the new studio models are using different tonewoods (mostly walnut) and different fretboard and bridge materials and different finishes to keep the cost down and you may not get the sound you're looking for. On a side note, I'm close to you on age and a few years ago my arthritis was bothering my playing and my golfing. I started exercising and stretching my hands and it didn't take long before any neck was comfortable. Golf still sucks.
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    If you're a multimillionaire,then I'm your son.....Dad.
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    A year ago almost to the day I bought a new Taylor 814 CE with the V class bracing, and it was everything that it was advertised to be, but I just never bonded with it for some reason. I had gone from their Grand Concert size to a Grand Auditorium and the tone and punch I was looking for just wasn't there. No point in having an expensive guitar sitting in the case all the time so I went on a quest for a new acoustic. Solution - SJ200 Standard: Spruce top, maple back/sides, two piece maple neck, rosewood board, tusq nut and bridge pins - this is what an acoustic should sound like to me. It has an LR Baggs Anthem system which I haven't quite got dialed in yet, but only fooled with it less than an hour so it will get there. I traded the Taylor in as well as a LP I didn't play much anymore so very little out of pocket and now I have an acoustic that I will really look forward to playing. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for winning his fifth F1 championship! This win puts him one shy of Michael Schumaker's all- time record of six World Championships! Good Luck next year, Mr. Hamilton...you, sir, are one hell of a driver!
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    Cab, I hope this wasn't your last visit. I found the tone of your post a little worrying, it sounds like maybe you should seek professional help to get you out of this dark place. I also question whether isolating yourself from groups who might be able too give you support at this time is a good idea. Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best of luck. Regards, Ian
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    That' amazing! I would have thought it'd been earlier. It must be big to allow modern autos to get to speed! And Hell, I have trouble finding my car at Wal Mart on occasion!
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    I had to look it up, but it was Caesars Palace between 1981 - 84. I've been to Caesars Palace but I've no recollection of the car park, it must be big though. Bit of a bugger trying to find where you parked๐Ÿ™‚
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    Really? I had no idea! What time period was that?
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    Don't forget in years gone by they held Grand Prix on a hotel car park in Las Vegas๐Ÿ˜€
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    It was awesome around here when there was the Indy 500, Brickyard 400, F1, and MotoGP bike racing. Now the bikes and F1 are gone. There is a rumor that since Penske bought the Speedway, he wants to get F1 back at Indy.
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    That's cool! I'd like to live in a place where I could go to some Indy or F1 races... One of the things that I love about F1 is that it's not more American. European road racing is my favorite driving. I think Americans would eventually come around if given enough time. I've never been into the oval thing, though I can appreciate the endurance factor needed to keep a car running at or near full speed for that length of time.
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    That's all about to change in 2021, as the "new" owners want to limit teams budgets. The cars will be several seconds a lap slower, a huge difference in an F1 car. Liberty are changing F1 from a European sport to something more like an American model in a bid to capture the US market.
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    My brother is a part time spotter on an IndyCar team, he only does this for the Indy 500. He worked with Robert Wickens last year, and former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson this year. That same team will build a car for Fernando Alonso this year, so he might be spotting for him.
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    I'd love to meet him...he seems like a genuinely nice fellow. Actually, I'd like to meet any of those guys. They're all such good drivers; even if they're not blessed with the greatest rides. But yeah, it looks like Mercedes and Ferrari as far as the eye can see! They both have such seemingly unlimited amounts of money for R & D.
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    I have a Martin HD 28 VTS- Torrefied top. It's a wonderful guitar, not too boomy like a lot of HD 28s, but more depth than a D 28,
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    I'm ill informed on a constant basis. Part of me wants Lewis to tie or break Schumi's record, part of me doesn't. I believe he can do it though, that Benz has been almost unstoppable for a few years now, and I don't see things changing soon. He was in Atlanta a few days ago.
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    I bet if I had it, I'd sound every bit as unlike PG as he does.
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    As usual, I've proven to be ill informed! Thanks for the correction! It does not, however, change the sentiment of my post which was to congratulate a fine driver and wish him luck in the future.
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    Also Kirk Hammett has it now and he don`t sound like PG either.
  30. 1 point
    You are barking up the wrong tree. Gary Moore played 'Greeny' for decades and never sounded like PG. An R9 and PG Throbaks (I've played just such an instrument) plugged into an Orange set up is as good a place to start as any, I suppose, but (to state the bleeding obvious) 95 % of PG's tone came from himself and, FWIW, about 90% of that was from his right hand picking technique. Play about with guitars, pickups and amps to your heart's content. Practice more on technique. Best of luck in your quest. P.
  31. 1 point
    To even suggest this,... 1st thought is, you need to look for a "new expert" cuz that one is not very good... and for comparisons, go try some of each, then come back...
  32. 1 point
    Neat Guitar! And my opinion is as long as you own a Gibson you can post photos of others that you also love.
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    Interestingly, the "wear" on your new guitar appears to be much less pronounced than the "wear" Martin showed in the original video touting this aging process on the 1937 D-28 AA. In that version of the "wear", there was buckle rash through the finish on the back, and pickwear through the finish around the soundhole in the front. They also talked about artificially creating lacquer checking, etc. There is a significant downside with that degree of wear that really isn't discussed: you cannot readily use most polishes on finishes that are checked or worn through to the bare wood. Virtuoso for one warns against using their cleaner and polishes on checked lacquer surfaces. When those cleaner/polishes dry, even after you have polished them off, the cleaner and polish penetrate the cracks (or the mechanical crazing from pick impacts, etc), leaving a residue that ultimately dries white and is, as they say, virtually impossible to remove. I learned this the hard way on a 1947 L-7 that I owned a few years ago, where I spent countless hours with naphtha-soaked cotton swabs teasing dried polish out of lacquer checks. It may be that Martin has toned down the "aging" process on current versions of the AA guitars, compared to what was originally envisioned. I like the Authentic series Martins a lot. There are much the same philosophically (and practically) as Gibson's Legend series guitars. In the case of the Martin Authentics, most of the original versions of those guitars are priced impossibly out of reach for most of us. The Authentics offer a chance to grab a little bit of the legend at a more rational price.
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    Very nice 28. Donโ€™t usually go for the aged/worn thing, but this particular model model looks tastefully/subtly aged/worn. I really like the look. And non-Gibson brands get posted, so no worries there. Congrats and enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    You cant please everybody. As well as Gibson haters there are snobs who will look down on Epiphones. So don't concern yourself with the predilections of others. You know you made the right choice. If you really feel you need to justify this choice to others, just tell the truth. The Gibson has enabled you to express your musicality better than the Epi did. Nobody can argue with that. Enjoy your 335.
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    Congrats, man. That looks like a great guitar!
  38. 1 point
    Gibson has had great Guitars overall for years. There were some years where Players thought Epi's were better built. I don't know that to be true.. Although some Epi's are great. Sometimes, I think it comes down to envy & jealousy.. These days People think if you own something expensive you're pretentious & trying to show off.. it's weird & sad people are that way.. Having great Guitars, Cars etc. is really knowing the difference between excellence & mediocrity... Congratulations to you for not settling on the latter..
  39. 1 point
    MILFS here we come!!!!!๐Ÿ˜
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    lol, we should ! if women could read my mind 99% of them would be completely disgusted. BUT ! that 1% ...
  41. 1 point
    Dude!!! We need to go clubbing!!!
  42. 1 point
    i prefer guitars & women to be indecent ...
  43. 1 point
    I think your expert needs to brush up his guitar knowledge, Gibson's and Epiphones aren't even made on the same Continent! Gibson's are all made in Nashville (with the exception of the acoustics, they're made in Montana) Epiphones are made in Qingdao, Shandong, China.
  44. 1 point
    In the past year (ever since Gibson "bankruptcy" thing) hit the news its like a lot Gibson bashers just came outta nowhere. I mean, we all have different tastes and there is no need to bash another guitar brand, but oh well, most of them i think they just do it to go along with the trend, its like when your 14 and want to be cool so you have to agree with everything the other say to be cool haha..that's how i see it anyways Im glad you were able to gift yourself such a fine guitar for your 30th bday! the important thing is that you like it and play it and it seems you cherish it ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    Hi Bryzdogg, and welcome to the forum. I know exactly what your saying, although I haven't experienced "in person" but the internet is full of Gibson knockers, it seems as though it's an internet pastime! Not wanting to criticise Epiphone's (they build very good value for money instruments) but there is a reason they are Gibson's cheaper brand, there's no way an Epiphone 335 is going to have the same quality of materials as a Gibson one. It's probably just jealousy.
  46. 1 point
    The most important part of the burst myth that always gets ignored: The player's that picked them up and made them sound good!
  47. 1 point
    Quite. An ES345 without a Varitone is a walk-on-by for me.
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    Apparently, but what's the point? A ES-335 with different inlays? Thanks John
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    I've been dealing with a 335 expert who primarily sells Gibson 3x5 guitars. He knows people at Gibson. He told me that Epiphone and Gibson are made by the same people at the same factory. If that is true, I doubt there is that much of a difference between Gibsons and Epiphones. Maybe some of the parts in Epiphones are less expensive and hence the cheaper price tag. But I've played many many guitars and basses and this I know - there are great Gibsons and crap Gibsons and there are great unknowns and crap unknowns. It comes down to how you feel about the instrument. In good hands any instrument can sound great. If it feels good and sounds good, then it's for you, regardless of the name on it. I would and have paid premiums for guitars just because I loved playing them. And it doesn't take long to know. I know after 5 minutes and if I'm still rockin' out on the instrument after 30 minutes. Thorne
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