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  1. Troll's gonna troll... "I'm tired of the BS double standard." You're so brave! Such a rebel to speak up! 🤦‍♂️
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  2. No double standard as far as I'm concerned. Dismissing Taylor here because I've never paid any attention to them, but I've paid a lot of attention to Martin in the past & have owned quite a few. I think it's fair to say that there's a common perception by many that Martin's build quality is beyond reproach, and Gibson's is typically sloppy. The truth lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum for both companies, rather than at the extremes. Based on the first pictures posted in this thread, I could not tell exactly what was going on with the fretboard, other than it appears to be very dry, and it seemed that an application of Fret Doctor might even the area out. I've had fretboards (including Brazilian rosewood) that have had odd looking areas & have evened out nicely after being properly treated - thus the suggestion. With the OP's additional pictures, it's pretty clear that there's something abnormal with this small area of the fretboard. If the guitar were mine and I liked the tone & playability enough to want to keep it, I absolutely would be asking for a 15% discount (in fact I've done this in the past with a Gibson I wanted to keep which had an area of orange peel in the finish. I pointed this out to the dealer, was given the discount, and kept the guitar). But we all have to decide what's reasonable for ourselves. I know that if I had bought a brand new Martin Authentic and it needed to have a neck reset after a few years, or had the binding pop off, or had the bridge lift, I'd be so pissed to have to mess with the repair that to my eye it would forever look like a piece of crap & I'd probably sell it. But that's just me & my circumstances, as I'd have to travel multiple times to the big city or ship the guitar. In your case FZ/SP, you've found that Martins work for you, and their your preferred brand of guitar. You're a Martin fanboy when it comes to acoustics, and that's great. I'm a happily satisfied Gibson fanboy because they consistently work best for my style of playing. I participate on this forum because I enjoy sharing information about Gibsons, and learning new info about them. Don't know why you hang out here, but maybe try to dial back the indignation a bit, relax, & enjoy the company. In these many years, that's clearly never been your baseline shtick - but a slightly mellower reboot might add some additional playing days to your life!
    4 points
  3. A few weeks ago, I got my first Les Paul as a surprise gift from my wife! It’s a Gibson Les Paul Special from 2020 and it has proven to be the best guitar I’ve ever played! Not only does it look nice, smell nice and play nice, it sounds amazing as well! To show some of the versatility of this guitar, I recorded this version of Bold as Love, which is an archetypical Strat song. Those of you with keen eyes can perhaps spot a Stratocaster lurking in the background? Would love to hear what you think of this!
    2 points
  4. Those poor saps who bought those incredibly accurate Historic R<fill in the digit> 25 years ago, and every year since. rct
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  5. They have drums in the Angel Chorus ! Good friends stay with us forever.
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  6. Go for the mandolin. We might not know many mandolinists but they are out there. Here is David Grisman: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=David+Grisman&atb=v211-1&iax=videos&ia=videos&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D9WZF1MENtzY and Ry Cooder: I inherited a 12 string version (its called something else I think), which was unplayable. However I have a concert Uke and a couple of violins (used to have a 5 string banjo). Anything fretted can be easily learned. You have a guitar, so you are 3/4s there already.
    2 points
  7. What the f. Does rct know about this?
    2 points
  8. Boyd, That's called Good Customer Service. And in exchange for a 50 cent plastic clip, Peterson will get a lifetime of good publicity. A lesson that has been lost on so many companies today. RBSinTo
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  9. Check out this guy. He replaced his original battery pack with better batteries for his Gibson Robot. The originals have a terrible shelf life and loose power quicker than the metal based batteries mentioned in this article. They also cost around $60 bucks. He describes how he replaced the originals with batts. off the shelf for a better experience. Let me know if anyone else has had a similar experience: http://www.wabbitwanch.net/blog/?p=1130. I'm thinking about going this route with my Ebony, 2009 Les Paul ROBOT.
    1 point
  10. We can agree to disagree, especially regarding your statement of if it was another brand of guitar we'd send it right back since many in this thread said they'd just live with it if it was their guitar, but Seems like you know better than there rest of us. You always appear to have a problem with a lot of members here, always expressing your disapproval of statements made on this form. Makes me wonder why you're even here and very active on this forum. Why even bother to continue to get fed up and upset and constantly fight with people and accuse them of being liars, biased, etc. And dare I say, NOBODY is paying $2,700 for a J45 Standard. That's the retail price, but as we all know you can get them for much less.
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  11. My Epiphone 339 Hardcase arrived last night.. It seems to be a little better made than my last one from 2015...
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  12. I mostly played Les Pauls and Gibson semi-hollows in the bands I was in over the years. But that being said I also almost always had a Strat for certain songs. To me there is a huge difference in the tone of a single coil Strat and a humbucker Les Paul. Most of the bands I played in had two guitar players and we almost always had one of us on a LP and the other on a Strat or Tele, just for the interaction of the different sounds. I never spent a lot on the Fenders I owned, I think they were all MIM. But they were quality instruments that stayed in tune, intonated well and I think you'll find it a useful tool. Looking forward to the NGD photos.
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  13. depends on the sales, and where you buy it. For ex: Strings By Mail 59 smackers. https://www.stringsbymail.com/peterson-strobe-clip-on-tuner-sc-hd-stroboclip-hd-17844.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1pyCBhCtARIsAHaY_5fxSjGuzOiNQZNputitMMgfqNoPMlfgo4-QUU_CUA45x9bO9FS4GSIaAm0GEALw_wcB The Peterson does do a lot. Many different temperaments and the things they call "sweetened" turnings. When the Peterson, or tuners like this, become more of a home run is when setting intonation. That's when the added accuracy comes in to play. A guy with a lot of guitars, may find something like the strobo clip worth the leap. The added size compared to the others is a moot point unless you're going from something really discrete like the D'Addarios, very small foot print but for the most part Impossible to read out side. I have I think 3 Snarks, ?? as well as a few D'Addario soundhole and two or three clip ons. in most situations, those are all gonna do ya just fine. It's really up to the bones you want to part with when making the purchase.
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  15. I can however recall two U2 songs: "Still haven't found...", which is Irish Michael Bolton music, and "Sunday bloody Sunday", which would do well to learn from more advanced music like "The wheels on the bus go round and round".
    1 point
  16. Brad,, have you decided on a body style yet? F body or A body? I have an F style washburn, it has a pickup, which works pretty good actually.
    1 point
  17. Wow, thanks for all the responses. The Peterson certainly seems to be the overwhelming fav, but yeah, that price is a bit much to swallow - but I guess ye gets what ye pays for. The accuracy rating is pretty impressive and it seems like it does a lot of extra "stuff", but it also looks like it's a bit of a beast. I guess larger is better for older eyes, but as long as it doesn't weigh a ton it might be worth it. Thanks again, everyone!
    1 point
  18. A couple folks have asked so, for better or worse, here’s another go at Neil’s classic, Harvest Moon. I think it came out better than the first attempt. J45 tuned down a half step. roger
    1 point
  19. No need to you just did. Guilty as charged. I think it is common knowledge among the guys who have been here a while who I was and now am. I've been here since 2012 or 13. I saw Frank 3 times and Dweez twice. I have his albums and CD's. All the good stuff is tucked away in The Vault that I don't have to keys to. Joe Travers is the vaultmeister. The " been to more of his concerts than he had" line is f-in funny.
    1 point
  20. Lawdy have mercy. I grabbed my 1942 J50 last night to have a go at Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Mosquito Blues" and once again it hit me that this guitar is a poster child build screwups. The bracing looks like it was whittled with a dull pen knife while one of the book matched top pieces was accidentally flip flopped. Yet no matter how many years I have owned it, when I pull the guitar from its case and hit the low end strings I hear a timbre that is more akin to a stand up bass than a guitar and I utter a silent "whoa" and a "thank you" to those ladies who built it. So, if the issue with the guitar is something that can be taken are of under warranty then go for it. But if the sound makes this guitar your "once in a blue moon Gibson" (which mine has been described as) do not lose a second of sleep over it and embrace it as a quirk of that individual build.
    1 point
  21. I have 3 Les Paul's and 4 Strats, all fine guitars.
    1 point
  22. Yeah, but I'm pretty white trash, I don't need no Masterbuilt 10 thousand dollar guitar. rct
    1 point
  23. A good memory about drummers. Me and drummer Bob were playing a private party at an outdoor venue this one time. No bass player available, so I packed a Crate amp that had the option of a bass octaving feature, so we went ahead and played the gig. It was cold as hell outside on that club house veranda, and the host had all these outdoor propane heaters set up. (Actually, my avatar is from that job, so you can see one of the heaters there behind me.) This had to have been 2012 or 2013. Anyway, we played set after set, and though a lot of the crowd stayed inside the clubhouse where the food and wine and beers were, a great number of guests stayed out on the veranda with us, and rocked out. My wife was there, taking photos with her Nikon camera, and enjoying some beverages. (She still drank back then.) We had a lot of people on the dance floor, and a good time was rolling. One friend got up and sang a few songs with us, and the crowd was digging it. At one point, one of the ladies dancing with her hubby and some friends danced her way up to my mic stand, as I sang something she really liked, and she began to shimmy and flirt. And I must confess two things right now; a. She was a stunningly beautiful woman, very sexy and, b. My wife was having none of it. She was off to the side with her camera, and glaring at the shimmying chick with all her might. I laughed like hell and carried on with the performance. Bob and I played a couple more dance-able tunes, and then took a break to enjoy some beers. I hugged my wife and asked her, "So, how did you like that set?" She grumbled, "It was good, but I thought I was going to have to peel that ***** off of you at one point." Bob snickered, and said, “Don’t worry, Beth. She was only coming on to him so she could hook up with the drummer eventually.” I agreed. “Yep. Drummers get all the girls.” Good times. 😑 I sure do miss Bob. He passed away from cancer just three years ago.
    1 point
  24. Sure, skydiving is scary-as-hell, but have you ever been at someone else’s house and the toilet won’t flush?
    1 point
  25. Looks like it might be just an artifact of the open pour structure of rosewood. looks 100% cosmetic based on your review, you may be sorry if you exchange it for one that doesn't have THAT particular flaw. There is no guarantee that the next one won't have something else you'll find, or for what ever reason, just not sound or feel as good. It might be worth a discussion with the dealer, but if everything else is spot on, I might just look beyond it. one thought,, the wood in the close up looks pretty dry. have you an fretboard conditioner? If you've yet to change the strings, maybe it's time to treat the fret board with some Guitar Honey, F1 Fretboard oil, or any one of the myriad of products available conditioning fretboards. Some hydration of the rosewood may make that little blem you have far less noticeable.
    1 point
  26. I’d ignore that. It’s wood. As you play the guitar it will take on more and more of its own beauty marks. Congrats on the new J45, it’s a transcendental instrument.
    1 point
  27. It looks simple enough, My new pedal I got for Christmas I haven't figured out yet. Thanks Sparky.
    1 point
  28. After a few years of reasonable accuracy I got a tc electronic Polytune to replace my Snarks. It's not cheap but it's quick, bright and very accurate. The poly function works well between songs to see how the strings are in tune relative to each other. The "strobe" function is really precise as well. I highly recommend it.
    1 point
  29. Maybe it's time to bury the hatchet? I can't even remember what started you guys bickering.
    1 point
  30. I remember Murph being as cuddly as a cactus. I've been attacked and I just type words back. They are just words. I could care less if people hate my guts, I am sure most do. I'm big boy.
    1 point
  31. Aimee Mann has played J45s pretty much exclusively since around 2000. She had previously played an old J160 that the airlines wrecked.
    1 point
  32. Sean Watkins is best known for using a J-45--a well-worn early 50's model, and more recently a 1946--but like most other artists, his taste in guitars is fairly eclectic.
    1 point
  33. Ryan Bingham uses one, a standard I think. Jeff Bridges used a vintage one in his role as Bad Blake in the movie Crazy Heart. Greg Isakov uses a J50 (The Stable Song). rb
    1 point
  34. The SG gets pride of place, of course, as consider the source. Plus I'm sure it's REALLY nice. Be kind of a shame not to get a Firebird to keep it company, though, and that one wall looks out of place with an odd number and then an even number.
    1 point
  35. I'm suing him, I'm suing you, I'm suing everybody.
    1 point
  36. I think the ones that never owned one, or borrowed one, or the ones that recorded in a studio that didn't have one. Probably a longer list than you think. I don't think Zappa ever used one.
    0 points
  37. Doc, that makes it sound like it was due to his being thin skinned..... he got smacked down by a pack of haters and voted with his feet.
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