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  1. 2 points
    Soo... I no longer buy old guitars. I know longer buy old guitars. I ... But in the first decade of the 21th century -- at the twilight of my guitar acquisition period -- I became interested in Gibson's RW Js from the mid 30s to the early 40s. They were rare instruments -- RSRGs and AJs were all that seemed to be known in the 20th century. Later the really early (42-43) SJ RWs were documented and ultimately I acquired all three. And I proved (to myself but everyone who plays them agrees) that they were at least a good as the prewar herringbones when it comes to bluegrass rhythm. Since I love to play rhythm in bluegrass bands, this is important to me (and indeed many others as well.) Old D-28s now go for up to $150K. I wrote all this up for my blog about 5 years ago. https://vintageacousticinsruments.blogspot.com/ I thought I was done -- I mean I had all three. Well, (as you may know) starting in 1940 Gibson replaced the AJ with the J-55 -- a mahogany J that only lasted a couple of years (about 400 guitars). I was not really interested in a J-55 because it seemed to me it was too close in time and design to the early (mahogany) banner SJ and banner J-45 I already had. And J-55s were rare -- so rare that they are not even noted in the Vintage Guitar Price Guide. But then I went to SPBGMA (early Feb this year) and found a 1940 J-55 on display. Not just any J-55 but a RW J-55. HUH! THERE IS NO SUCH THING! But there it was. Well that might be another of the rare group of early Gibson RW Js that I have come to admire so much for their power and tone -- an essentially (maybe totally) undocumented model. Quite possibly the only one. Well I had my 44 D-28 with me for jamming purposes, so I did not have to imagine how they compared. Like the others, it is clearly in the same class as the prewar herringbones -- like the AJs Gary Burnette dubbed "bone crushers." So eventually a deal was made and it will be here in a week or two. Of course, I cannot take it out and play bluegrass -- I have not left my house in 4 weeks. So I guess I will have to be satisfied with pealing the paint off the walls for awhile.😀 Also, J-55 are kind of goofy looking -- some even had a mustache bridge. Mine doesn't -- but the other bridge is also sort of goofy. Let's pick, -Tom
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    If it helps, I can't afford the shipping on W&W straps here either, Merciful Evans. Now, that said, my neighbor lady has offered to give me some straps by an outfit she calls 'S&M'. I don't know if they are a company that is trying to compete with W&W, but she seems quite mad for them. 🤔
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    I don't live by many of these rules. 1. Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. 2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. 3. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. 4. All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. 5. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest. 6. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end. 7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven. 8. Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. 9. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. 10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
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    As of Friday Maryland had 6,968 confirmed cases and 171 deaths. 33 deaths overnight. My part of the county is considered a hot-spot. But the shootings and stabbings in Baltimore continue unabated.
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    This bass has a very high output when the switch is set to “HI”. You can barely hear it without a transformer chord when set to “LOW”. Something is wrong. I’ll attach a shot of the control plate & maybe you can see it anything is missing, like the internal transformer. Without it, the bass wouldn’t work in a standard amp.
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    I'm using "a boon to my banjo" as a euphemism for the solitary vice from now on.
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    He looks like my Aunt Gina
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    Some info in this thread:
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    King Crimson - "Discipline" Moody Blues - "In Search Of The Lost Chord" Stevie Wonder - "Hotter Than July" Steve Winwood - 1st solo LP and "Arc Of A Diver" Jack Bruce - "Songs For A Tailor" Allman Bros - "Brothers and Sisters" Larry Coryell - "Spaces" and "Fairyland" I still have "Alamo Bay" and "Blue City" on LP - used to have 'em all up to and including "Crossroads" on LP and "Johnny Handsome" on CD. I haven't heard "Trespass". And the Soundtracks box omits "The Border" - released on MCA - which is Cooder, Dickinson, Hiatt, Keltner et al in excelsis.....a great album in its own right. He never released any of the incidental music from "Southern Comfort" until a short segment turned up on the 2CD anthology assembled by his son Joachim some years ago. I have about 3 mins of it - probably the same segment - on an old cassette somewhere, which I recorded off BBC Radio London back in the day. The Border - Jack Nicholson in his prime, very good film; a Texas border patrolman vs immigrant smugglers. 1981! Paris, Texas - great beginning but after that - what a crap movie. Long Riders was good but all a bit too neat, tidy and well-mannered I thought. How did they stay so clean? By the end I was glad Stacy Keach got shot as he was so boring! Crossroads - you had to see it...a good laugh, very silly and pure Hollywood. Arlen Roth felt he never got enough credit for his contribution. Southern Comfort - well acted, unpleasant and unbelievable. Are they really that stupid? The other famous film he contributed to is (of course) "Performance", much earlier and a classic. He does not discuss his collaboration with the Stones. "Mambo Sinuendo" with Manuel Galban is one of Cooder's very best and most musically successful projects IMO. The US govt. fined him for recording in Cuba with Cubans.
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    I think things are going to be fine around here. Another few weeks and we'll be through the worst of it. I just pruned a bunch of our fig trees and they look like they'll be pretty healthy this year. I still have 3 amp repairs that are just about finished and a custom build to work on. No repairs coming in but that's fine. Things will get back to normal. Here's some Fender Pro Juniors - one of them is converted to 6V6 output tubes -
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    Great, Sal. Love the harmony!
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    I have a Deering Goodtime. Made In U.S.A. I don't mess with it much, but should. I dig a banjo when it's done right. the lower tension sound is cool. After I got the resonator, it very much took the back seat. And I still tinker with the old 1933 Gibson mandolin also.
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    Grateful Dead - From the Mars Hotel, Bob Dylan first album - Bob Dylan
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    John had a great career and many fans. He was respected in every genre, and by all writers. He made it past three score plus 10. He did what he loved for a living, so he never worked a day in his life. I'll not mourn his death, I'll celebrate his life.
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    KLUSON Revolution tuners are awesome, they are light weight (perfect for the Gibson SG), nice vintage design, 1:19 high ratio, smooth tuning keys and very stable. A locking version is available too but not necessary imho.
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    Holy crap, Cougar. That's not a cabin. That's an empire...! My cabin is 12 x 20 with a 12 x 8 porch. No water, no power. It is a great escape, though. 4 wheelers and campfires. And this stuff....
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