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  1. 4 points
    It would still be MUCH better than what's being offered as "fresh" today.
  2. 4 points
    You can't throw a rock and not hit somebody who does something with a guitar or keys or DJ equipment. Lots do it for tips or for what they think is exposure, we call that gratis. The space is full, way full, full of people willing to go out on Thursday night and play two hours for diners and take home 30 dollars in tips. Getting decent gigs that will result in decent exposure that will result in moving even a few more records than a handful is becoming nearly impossible. Costs are too high, return is too low. Beatles existed in what would be a competition vacuum compared to today. They grubbed around in underground rock clubs and humped it the old fashioned way, like everybody else did back then. The more you worked the better your chances. That just isn't true today. If your uncle does taxes or some side legal work for one of the few distribution chains left you have a chance no matter how hard you suck. Nearly every pop/rock/country "star" today is either related to the industry or had parents willing to take three mortgages, move to Nashville, and spend two years haranguing producers to get Taylor Swift signed to something. Anything. That's how it works now. There is no flopping on your cousin's couch while you wait for the big break. It's a weird business, a strange world, has been for a long time now. Yes, I know, there are the exceptions, the "genius"es we get every six months or so, I get that. They flash and usually vanish because the market is never interested in your last record or your next one. rct
  3. 4 points
    Hi all, making this post to share my latest acquisition here. I had to sell a few things to get myself some funds towards this bad boy and I am really happy that I did. I have to say that hands down, this is the nicest playing and sounding guitar I have ever played... I've heard people saying that CS Gibson R9s are definitely an expensive investment, but they also claimed that they are well worth every penny. Love the soft VOS finish on it, the aged HW, Custombucker tone... And the top speaks for itself. Anyhow, glad to share my pics here. Enjoy!
  4. 4 points
    Gibson or Fender into - 1. Fender tweed type amp, or 2. Fender Blackface/Silverface. Lots of good amps are derived from those designs. I'm not big on modern Marshall amps. the old 1959's and JTM45's are nice for what they do but the new amps, the DSL/TSL's and those amps, are thin and fizzy, Hard to work on. They tend to have cranky owners too, lol. Gibson basically never made good amps. There were a few, but they also made some really bad amps. Fender just totally kicked Gibson's butt in the amp department. Nobody did anything as well as Fender did amps. I just work on tube amps, so I've grown to dislike modelling amps and distortion pedals and heavy effects, cause they're so compressed and flat. Playing with effects makes it hard to develop a intuitive connection between your fingers and your ears.
  5. 4 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. 4 points
    Woo hoo!! Here's the replacement. And look at that neck joint! Nice!! Neck's straight. Sounds pretty good so far... Oh, wait, there's a speck of glue on that fret, lol.
  7. 4 points
    Hi everyone, on November 9th, 2018, I lost 11 guitars including 5 Gibsons (SG Custom, LP Standard Gold Top, J-200 5 star quilt, J-45 Acacia, and a hummingbird 12 string) in what is now known as the Woolsey fire which claimed ~800 homes in the Malibu area. Unbeknownst to me a group of colleagues of mine got together and took up a guitar fund and donated it to Guitar Center so I could (would have to) use it for guitar replacement. I have always wanted a Les Paul Custom with my specs so I went through the Made To Measure program and did just that. The colleagues came from an Online forum that I started in 2003 called OCAD (One Case A Day and has to do with diagnosis of musculoskeletal disease). Here is the OCAD guitar! Modern Axcess Gold Top with Custom trim and chrome hardware (with stop tailpiece). Custombuckers with coil splitting 60's thin profile neck
  8. 4 points
    folks The recent spam bomb has been eradicated. Thanks for reporting.... I just realized I can moderate and effectively deal with spam through my smart phone, which I couldn't do on the old forum setup.
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    I thought this was about the McDonalds $1 menu.
  11. 3 points
    And all of a sudden, here's this Mark Agnesi video of him grinding out some serious riffage on an SG and I'm like "Oh, hey Mark, duh, uh, sorry for making fun of your jacket. 😬" He just kept riffing away on the video and like five minutes later I bought this. He said "This is the guitar you're looking for." I said "This is the guitar I'm looking for."
  12. 3 points
    Looks like he gave you a decent case too! As Murph said - a great guitar - which may turn out to be your passport to a whole new world of enjoyment. That guitar will be a perfect match for you until you become a cork-sniffer that can tell the difference in sound between Brazilian Spruce and Madagascar Maple and play well enough to want to upgrade accordingly! Number One suggestion I'd have would be for you to Google-up a couple of "How to care for a guitar" articles. They will advise you about keeping it in a range of 40% - 60% humidity, avoid drastic temperature changes, etc. That wood on the top is very thin - not like a piece of plywood you keep in your garage! #2 would be, as already noted, bring it to a place that has a guitar tech, like Guitar Center (or a more experienced, qualified guitar luthier), to find out if your guitar is playable. You do not want to try learning on an instrument that is slightly out of alignment and which will discourage you, possibly permanently. You'll get some sore fingers in the first months - but light strings and a correctly set-up guitar will minimize that. G'Luck !
  13. 3 points
    Well, I had a brief fascination with Telecasters but I've decided they're not for me. So I'm getting rid of those and getting this: Now I just have to wait 4-6 months for the build.
  14. 3 points
    You seem to be basing this on Les Paul's contribution to the electric guitar, but in reality, his contribution was simply one of many. Charlie Christian did more than anyone to initially bring the electric guitar to the forefront of the musical world (in terms of actually playing the instrument in a big band setting) in the late '30s and early '40s. At the time, Les Paul was a darn good guitar player who was trying to develop his own unique sound, and later built his "log" guitar on the Epiphone premisis, and then recorded with it. Paul Bigsby built a guitar for Merle Travis that looked like a solid-body LP with a Fender-ish headstock (but it actually had hollow wings). Leo Fender saw that (but said he didn't) & then built his first solid body. Gibson then jumped on the bandwagon & wanted Les Paul as an endorser, so they struck a deal, but Les actually contributed very little to the design of the Gibson LP. It's somewhat of a long & winding road, and while Les Paul played a significant part, he was just one of many who made important and lasting contributions during this period of major development. The Greatest Guitarist question is somewhat similar. There's a very long line of contributors to guitar playing that have made a lasting impact, and from which others have learned or been infuenced. I don't believe anyone's yet mentioned Chet Atkins (inspired by Merle Travis), Michael Bloomfield, Lightnin' Hopkins, and so many others. Trying to say one, or even a handful, is the "greatest" is rather pointless when you consider different playing styles, genres, and periods in history along the guitar continuum. But if I were indeed forced to name one person, the one guitarist whose contribution I value over all the others, and who I listen to today more than anyone else, it's the guy Les Paul spent years trying to emulate: Django Reinhardt.
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    A 335 with a skinny neck and a pair of fluffy dice hanging off the headstock. With an pull-out ashtray on it somewhere. I don't smoke, I just want the ashtray. I don't want a two piece back. I want a one piece or zero piece back.
  17. 3 points
    Forget it. I want animal parts or the deal's off.
  18. 3 points
    Now THAT is what I call a Les Paul!!! congrats!
  19. 3 points
    Mr. Sulu called and left you a message: Oh My. rct
  20. 3 points
    Picked this up a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, very very happy with it - straight out of the box, the action is super low, pretty much the slinkiest guitar I have ever played. Johnny Winter (one of my guitar heros) used to play one of these; maybe some of that magic will rub off? Who knows but hopefully this means a return to form for Gibson! You don't see many people playing these (certainly not over here in the UK anyway - don't know if they are more popular in the States?) and that appealed to me - I like to stray from the beaten path. It was a toss-up for me between getting one of these or a Flying V but in the end, the Johnny Winter connection and the beuatiful tobacco burst finish, especially on the back of the neck, sealed the deal for me.
  21. 3 points
    But they added additional florescent lights at work, I don't get it.
  22. 3 points
    Les Paul never seems to be on the lists and he was a great player. If people looked at his work they'd see that Bing Crosby hired him and for such a clean sound he was fast. Plus he probably gave more to modern music than anyone. If you have to ask, research him. He was no fool and constantly tried to improve equipment all his life, right up til the end. A guitarists guitarist. Notice that his P90's are different here in this clip.
  23. 3 points
    The only good chiselers are in Management, lol! 🤣 That's my best joke of the week! I got more coming...
  24. 3 points
    Hey everyone! I’ve been playing music since I was 15. I started on guitar, but for the past 20 years have been playing bass due to the need for solid bassists in the area. Recently, I started a solo project and needed to start playing guitar again, and I have been having so much fun with it. I just purchased a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Standard 50’s model and it is wonderful. I also have a 1952 ES125 that my father left me. I love writing music and really enjoy doing it with these two great guitars. I look forward to checking out some of the cool guitars on the forum and learning more about Gibson.
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    God damnit, now I'm going to buy an SG! Congrats!!!
  27. 3 points
    SGs, once you fall for one of them, you aint getting back up. That one looks delicious!
  28. 3 points
    It's Vladimir Putin messing with our upvote - downvote systems! He's trying to influence out leadership board!
  29. 3 points
    With the old forum, I would get a notification that so-and-so wanted to join, and I could use my discretion as to whether to let them join or not. It wasn’t perfect but I bet all of you remember a period of a year or two where there was almost no spam. The new forum does not have that feature. I just wiped out a half dozen members and with that, several hundred posts disappeared. I’ll try to keep up but the administrators need to close this loophole and let me be the gatekeeper I need to be.
  30. 3 points
    I assume you never seen New Jersey.
  31. 3 points
    IMO, the clear answer -- particularly as compared to the Martin D-28 -- is the Advanced Jumbo. The were introduced in 1936, and made until 1940 -- only two were made in the last year. They are rosewood guitars -- rare for Gibson -- and for many years people thought the were Brazilian because of verbiage in the Gibson catalog that talked about "rosewood from Brazil" -- but the wood had a characteristic look different from the BRW on the Martins. The other thought was it would was another species of RW from Brazil -- Amazon RW. Eventually it was tested and found to be Indian -- all the Gibson RW used for the back and sides from c. 1934-1943 was that species, although fingerboards and bridges were BRW. The other main candidate I think -- although it does that fit my music interests -- is the Super Jumbo 200. Introduced in 1938 with RW back and sides, later models were built using mahogany and maple. It is the RW SJ-200s that command a kings ransom. The popularity of the banners is a more recent thing, and historically they never had the interest of the 30s guitars. The main reason was they were never on average as powerful as the older models -- the RW SJ may have been and exception and mine is. The power requirement comes from the days before universal sound reinforcement (1940-50s). There are a lot of banners and they are quirky guitars with a cool history, but their primary impact is from foreign and modern markets -- they were never highly regarded by the non-urban acoustic genres. The L-2 is another interesting suggestion. Historically they were sort of grouped in with L-0, L-00, and L-1, but they were only made around 1931-32. The first ones were mahogany, but then a few BRW ones were built. Many of the latter had trapeze setups, but a few had pin bridges. Many of the trapeze models have been converted to pin bridges. These were transition instruments, and like the Martin of a similar period, their tone is unique and very (IME) beautiful. Here are my late wife and my golden era Gibsons Front row -- 1926 L-1, 1938 HG-00, 1937 L-Century, 1936 Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe, 1935 Roy Smeck Radio Grande, 1931 L-1, 1934 L-00 3/4 Back row -- 1935 Jumbo, 1936 Advanced Jumbo, 1936 Jumbo 35 (Trojan) Here are some banners Front row -- 1943 J-45, 1943 SJ, 1943 SJ (RW), 1944 J-45, 1953 J-45 Back row -- 1942 LG-1, 1946 LG-2 Let's pick, -Tom
  32. 2 points
    Took a boat trip up, then down, the river Thames last weekend. My niece's wedding party. Interesting to the forum because we went past this: David Gilmour's old houseboat/studio. It is actually called "Astoria" and there is even a Wiki entry for it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astoria_(recording_studio) Not sure whether he still uses or owns it. Sorry about the thread title, couldn't think of anything better....🦃
  33. 2 points
    No man, I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time. We did the recording on Friday and Saturday overnights, literally 12 and 14 hours at a time over a few weekends. All of the players had day jobs. To close up our Six Degrees of Separation Navy Vet, my day job was at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. You mighta known me as just another filthy Yardbird! rct
  34. 2 points
    In 1982 or so Billy Paul's comeback record was recorded in Mantua NJ. We have dinner sometimes right across the street from that building. I played on all of the demos, they kept four of them as they were and put them on the record. He was a very nice man, living in near squalor over in Blackwood. He sat in an easy chair with a giant can of Iron City and crooned out Me and Mrs. It was awesome. The record was so good they actually succeeded at giving a few away, he left the country for a few years. lolz rct
  35. 2 points
    Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats possibly my favourite ever pop song. Its been covered a number of times but never equaled.
  36. 2 points
    It’s like having the kid brother that thinks it’s his duty to make a wise crack at every conversation. You learn to ignore him and go on.
  37. 2 points
    Curious, lets say he found this 3 years from now, would the life time warranty cover this? It is a physical defect.
  38. 2 points
    They will have to run that one over with a steam shovel too. rct
  39. 2 points
    I had a Peavey Classic VT 50 4x10 combo for several years, with the footswitch. Great amp, wish I still had it; darker than a Fender but wonderful tones.
  40. 2 points
    It was obviously just a flood of spam posts. Happy to see that the moderators have cleaned it up - nice job! 😎
  41. 2 points
    We've been busy, and the season is a bit late this year, but yesterday we got out to one of our favorite spots. It was a beautiful day.
  42. 2 points
    I guess we razzed him so much that he took the sale down!!! Or Gibson filed a lawsuit for destruction of an American Icon!!
  43. 2 points
    a normal small adjustment got you to a fab guitar- play it now and worry about a luthier in a few years IF needed...
  44. 2 points
    Well it’s in “very good” condition
  45. 2 points
    That to me looks like a thin film of new guitar protective plastic film covering of the pickguard of which the stickers were attached also, so as to not be directly attached to the pick-guard. Why not just start peeling the plastic off with your fingernails from where it’s already a bit opened...I can’t imagine any knife that could scratch the actual pick-guard would be needed to do that. If it tore that easy from removing the stickers it can’t be part of the pick-guard as the pick-guard needs to be a material that can handle heavy abuse from strumming with a pick, and would not be something that easily tears like the photo shows when stickers were removed. However, my suggestion is if you are really worried that it’s not just a new guitar protective plastic film over the pick-guard, simply call Epiphone’s Customer Service in Nashville to double check. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  46. 2 points
    Wow, drama on the doorstep! I walk early every morning. A couple of days a week its a shore walk at Portchester. I regularly take pictures of the same locale and its always different. This is from a couple of days ago. It was at about 7.30am as evidenced by the long shadows
  47. 2 points
    Ah man, I can't beat that... However, there's a drunk asswhole in every crowd. I've seen videos of Angus Young getting heckled and got a beer tossed in his face. When I gigged, I played bass or rhythm and I would turn it down on the songs I was really sucked at. My wife complains to this day that I play the same "crap" over and over, I guess it's because I play the blues. Most of us here are play for our own enjoyment, isn't that what matters the most?
  48. 2 points
    Thanks guys. Things are looking up. Running water restored 2 days ago, new LP today! Now I can go home, play it and take a shower all in the same building! 😎
  49. 2 points
    I did not know that. Probably bad, I expect selling precentages to increase, since its so much lower than Ebay. I hate it when people start getting greedy (or maybe I’m getting greedy for not wanting to give them more of my money🧐)
  50. 2 points
    I can understand Gibson wanting to protect their designs. who wouldn't. and if they have the legal right to, then why not ? one thing that drives me crazy is some of the videos on Youtube with guys bashing Gibson's quality & craftsmanship. alright, some slip through but part of me feels like it's a witch hunt, or a feeding frenzy. people piling onto the the bandwagon to bash Gibson. I love my Gibson's. they're my "go to's". I'll be buying them til the day I drop.
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