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  1. 3 points
    I posted this over in the Acoustic section yesterday, but I know some of you are afraid to go there 😱 Came in yesterday from Sweetwater and I'm lovin' it. I have a rosewood/spruce dread so thought I would give this iconic mahogany body a try and it is great. This will probably become #1 as the short scale and neck profile are so comfortable. Wish I'd bought one 30 years ago, but then of course I would have thought something else would be better. Flawless work from Bozeman, paperwork indicates it's a custom shop guitar, but website doesn't seem to agree? Regardless it's great, it is what they refer to as "Hummingbird Original" and has Baggs VTC pickup which works very well. While it is an undersaddle which can have drawbacks, they built in a compressor and I think they got it right - sounds very accurate plugged in.
  2. 3 points
    A quick search yielded this - Gibson Custom Les Paul 1957 Reissue 1 Pickup with Wraparound Bridge It's no longer available, and no telling when the page originally appeared - but looks like the same R-7 If you look at the pics on the page you'll see the serial# is very similar. It might've been a MF exclusive. OVERVIEW A plain top, single pickup and simple bridge make this an unmuffled tone-machine The Gibson Custom Les Paul 1957 Reissue 1 Pickup with Wraparound Bridge may have a modest set of features, but the tone that it produces will inspire you to play better. There's something to be said for having just one pickup in the right position and a single volume and tone control at your disposal. With this 1957 Les Paul Reissue you're getting the most pure tone that its combination of mahogany and maple can produce. Now all of the tonal variations and sonic nuances are coming from your fingertips and your playing technique. No more switching between pickup configurations, nor tweaking tone-draining circuitry to modify your sound. It's down to you. Similar to driving a well-tuned old sportscar, you'll discover how to get the most from this unique guitar the more time you spend with it. With its comfortable, '50s-shaped neck, slightly reduced weight and well-balanced body, this humble Les Paul will lead you to new sonic territories as it under-promises, yet over-delivers. Did we mention that it also looks super cool? Includes case. FEATURES Mahogany back with plain maple top Creme body binding '57 Les Paul neck profile with rosewood fingerboard MOP trapezoid position markers Short tenon 24.75" scale, nylon nut Aged Acrylic inlays and cream binding Reissue bridge pickup with volume and tone Wraparound bridge and reissue tuning machines Nickel hardware Vintage switch tip and truss cover Includes case
  3. 3 points
    Sounds just like my wife before the new Hearing Aids, Lol.
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  5. 3 points
    People that call other people racist that are not racist,because they're so stupid they don't the meaning of the word racist.
  6. 3 points
    Mineral oil. That's what they make all the fretboard oils from. $1.98 for 10 lifetimes' supply - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Mineral-Oil-Lubricant-Laxative-16oz-Count-1/44807472
  7. 3 points
    The fact is no one knows all the answers really. If we did we wouldn’t be dealing with a mess. It’s a novel virus and science is a tool that can be refined over time. Science is about facts. It can be disproven - agreed. But all I can say is that I believe it’s safe to believe that this virus has the potential to cause a lot of harm and it can spread by us collaborating like business as usual. I’m no scientist or expert on this stuff, but it’s scary to think about what it can do to diminish our livelihood and or lives. And you’re right it’s something that has been heavily politicized and really shouldn’t be. Again don’t have answers to how to end this nightmare but I believe that masks and distancing are our best defenses at this point in time being we have no vaccine. Treatments may have improved but what tool do you have other than statistics or whatever to know the efficacy of them? I don’t believe you just want to give up and get it... maybe some do, but that’s not me. What’s more troubling than the solution is the lack of unity to fight together to be one all facing the same problem. That’s what a country is all about IMHO. We rise and fall together but we’re together and fought the good fight. We share our hopes and fears together to actually love our neighbor. I know what I’m saying can be taken as a grain of salt, but I’m happy to share my hopes and fears with whom I can and this place being my audience. I love my country and never want it to break down. I do want to persevere and give us the happiness of a future for our loved ones. Nothing IMHO is more American than speaking from the heart and unifying for the betterment of the world billions of is share together. It’s saddens me we are so divided and can’t send a positive message to all of us. I don’t want to be red or blue. We are the red, white, and blue. But I appreciate your sharing and hope for your happiness and prosperity American to American and all those abroad that our our friends and allies. Very idyllic yes, but no one can change how I feel and what I hope for. haha and I don’t really hate people, it was a joke. I have a good life and hope to give one to my future - our future. Peace and happiness my friend.
  8. 3 points
    Honestly I’m lost for words on much of this business. It seems like people just started losing their minds. Such a hostile environment for conversation even. It’s like there’s no truth, those with the loudest voice chooses how to project reality onto others. Unfortunately I don’t like those today that have the loudest voices where I live. I’ve lived here for decades - all my life raised and born, I served this place, and I just cannot stand it. “Well just get out then” crap can retort to what I just said, but part of me loves my homeland and I just worry that there’s going to be a miserable future for my children. That’s really it. Not about me, the future of those I love the most. I don’t even want my kids to go to school because the threat of getting a potentially deadly or debilitating virus is there which could directly affect them or me (who needs to take care of them) or someone else. To deny this is lunacy plain and simple. I’m not an a-hole because I wear a mask and social distance. I’m doing it for the betterment of the people and ourselves in the process. And to be attacked for this... to be ridiculed... what have we come to I ask myself. This pandemic what was the last straw that broke the camel’s back for me aside from all the other idiotic garbage that has come about - from where I live. I hate that we can’t unite to fight this problem and the numbers clearly show it. I know I’m not entirely alone in this. Everyone has their challenges in this mess so there’s my sob story. I just deal with this crap best I can with my family. We have our health and each other so it could be worse. Been sheltering basically since mid March of this year of course. Do it because it’s the right thing to do the way I believe it. But you know, “Freedom! Liberty!” SMH.
  9. 2 points
    I was perusing Peach Guitars (uk) site yesterday, and was surprised at how many guitars are now being offered with ebony fingerboards. I am very partial to ebony FBs for purely practical reasons, so am always on the look out for them. Last time I checked, most ebony types were still endangered species. I was used to seeing them used by mainly smaller builders. But there are at least 13 brands (including Gretch, Schecter, Ibanez etc.) with at least 32 models. I say 'at least' because the Peach search filter does not find all their ebony FB guitars. eg: It shows the Gibson LP Modern but not the Gibson LP Custom. These are some big companies. Maybe its still a smaller range of models, but it looks a significant increase to me. This link doesn't show a date, but a reply was 11 months ago. https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/ebony-dark-outlook-dark-woods/ This one is 2018 showing Taylors Cameroon sawmill https://www.taylorguitars.com/ebonyproject/
  10. 2 points
    I think the most important thing that came out of that whole stupid CITES mess was the use of words, they did fix that. If the only way they could accomplish that was to bust somebody hard for diddling around with wood, well then it was a good thing. When I was a kid a guitar was made of Mahogany. Or Rosewood. Alder. Ash. Whatever. After the great renaisance of Guitars As Consumer Goods of the early 90's, the ever downward spiral of Price Point retail caused a need for ever cheaper to put together guitars. So wood that we would never have considered buying as guitar players started to appear. African Mahogany. East African Black Mahogany. West African Red Mahogany. Central American Mahogany. Mexican Mahogany, Mexican Rosewood, Peruvian Rosewood. And on and on. These woods have names. Nato, Siris, Ovankgol, Cocobolo, Limba, Padauk, Pau Ferro, Bubinga, Basswood, Granadillo, Ziricote, etc. But nobody wanted to use those words because guitar players are a notoriously fickle, traditional, standard, Do It Like We Did Yesterday group of people. My early 2000's expensive Taylor was made of, at the time, African Mahogany. I had it a year, gigged it a few months, put it in the case, traded it as soon as I could. The body felt like, and when you knocked on it, sounded like plastic. Today they sell the same guitar, and other companies use the same wood, it is Ovangkol. If they had put that name on it back then I probably would have passed. Today I am much older and wiser and that doesn't bother me at all, I'm just not a big fan of Taylors. So if they used the CITES crap to tidy up the Slim Shady use of words to tell the consumer what the guitar was made of, that's a good thing. We see these words all the time now, I've been looking at a Martin made of Siris. Cheap. Well, for them it is. But that was the whole point back then, cheaper to get, more plentiful, but not named the way we want. So they dinked around with names until they(probably) got in trouble for it. All of them did, not just Gibson or Fender. You can do a lot in the name of marketing, including nearly lie about what the material is. When I was a kid a guitar was wood or it was plywood. What do we have today? "Mahogany composite", "Layered", "Fine Veneer". That's the word games used because for some reason if you don't call it plywood it isn't plywood. But...it is. Koa is something I'd never pay for, so Martin realizes that about a lot of guitar players and is making Koa Fine Veneer. I'm fine with that, and I'm fine with Koa Plywood, I'd still buy it if it was a good guitar. Which brings me out of breath to what I should have said in my first post. You can put all the Ebony you want on a brick, it's still a brick. My two Ebony boarded guitars are just fantastic, well put together, great sounding guitars no matter what the board is made of. The ebony doesn't make them great any more than just having a rosewood board or (god forbid) richlite by any name would make them bricks, the guitar is the sum of the parts. I'm exhausted. rct
  11. 2 points
    Your tastes change and you learn what's good and what isn't. What hasn't really changed for me is what I am looking for in all the music I listen to. And I can't put that into words. But God bless Jimi Hendrix who changed my life and who died 50 years ago today.
  12. 2 points
    I have to confess, I only read half-way through the OP. I've felt most people, myself included, developed their appreciation (love if your lucky) for music in their 'formative years. You start out with basic simple nursery rhyme types. Then old, traditional ballads like 'You Are My Sunshine". But the epiphany occurs in your teens when you are exposed to 'popular music'. And whatever is current - molds your taste. Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Beatles, etc. I shudder to think there are millions of people who think Rap is music.
  13. 2 points
    I got into bands harder between 12-25 or so. Every now and then I'll stumble onto something I really get into nowadays, but nowhere near as often. Part of it is formative years and part of it is I just don't have as much free time as a supposed adult.
  14. 2 points
    Great subject; but its wide & deep. Yes, I constantly measure my taste in music now against what it was when I was 16. Some of it has not changed. Most of it has. For example. I recall as a teenager asking to listen to Dr. Johns Gris-Gris album in a record store. I heard side one in a booth there. I was just curious about it. But I didn’t get it or like it. I couldn’t take the voice or the girlie choir arrangements. 50 years later I have all Dr. John’s albums. At 16 (1970) my favourite bands were King Crimson & Pink Floyd. I loved Ummagumma, Saucerful of Secrets, Court of the Crimson King and Lizard. I managed to get to see both Crimson & Floyd live back then too. I don’t listen to Floyd or Crimson anymore. I was trying to learn guitar too, so guitar focused rock was becoming important. I already liked Jethro Tull, but I also was getting into Taste, Blodwyn Pig and Spirit. I don’t listen to Tull anymore. I rarely listen to Rory (Taste) or Mick (Blodwyn). But I still love Spirit. TODAY: My favourite artists are Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Widespread Panic & God Street Wine. I know without doubt that at 16 I would have not much liked these and would have certainly hated Ry. It took me many years to fully appreciate Ry Cooder. I liked little bits and pieces of what he did, but a vast part of his output eluded me. That’s an important thing. I have now caught up. Back to being 16. I listened to music actively. If I didn’t understand any music, I saw it as a challenge. Somehow I just knew there was value in certain music that I just ‘didn’t get’. I would deliberately expose myself to more or that music and try to be open to it. That’s how I got into Ry, That’s how I got into Bert Jansch, Miles Davis, JS Bach, Grateful Dead and Mothers of Invention. I had to work at it to appreciate it. It was not only worth it, but looking back, essential. There was other music I investigated that were dead ends. I bought albums and went to shows but ultimately dropped like hot bricks and never looked back. These were Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, T2, Elton John, BOC, Camel and Curved Air. Later, certain artists I would take one listen to, and think, ok I get it but… no thanks. These would include most ‘theatrical’ artists and many heavy bands. So I have zero interest in Metalica, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, KISS or Aerosmith. Heard it all before. The music that has remained constant from then until now is JS Bach, Dvorak, John Coltrane, Bert Jansch, Grateful Dead, Spirit, Charles Mingus and a few more. The pleasure I used to have looking forward to a new LP by Pink Floyd, Rory Gallagher, Hendrix, Pentangle or Traffic is still something I miss. They were exciting times. BTW, I know many here are great fans or some artists I have dismissed. Its not intended as a challenge. Its merely a difference in taste, and there’s no accounting for that.
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  16. 2 points
    Yes and no... Im a teen of the 80s so when I did get in to rock it was AC/DC (thunderstruck), Metallica and Guns N Roses... Those bands I still listen to selectively. Metallica only the Black album and before and AC/DC I generally listen to the Bon Scott era more than anything (Powerage is still awesome) .. GnR is something I listen to very occasionally but thats always mainly been about Slash and Izzy for me... BUT at that time I was also listening to Skid Row, Motley Crew etc.. Never listen to that any more.. My first ever gig was Skid Row 🙂 I guess at the time I was young and probably angry at something and wanted music that mirrored my moods or whatever.. and there was plenty of it back then. There probably were a few more generic hair bands but I cant really think of them now.. Ohhh W.A.S.P. anyone know or remember them? It was only a few years after I got into the 60s/70s stuff and Blues etc.. Which is my favourite, But I still like the odd mosh out now and then 😄
  17. 2 points
    Teen years? Coitanly it does. Back then it was Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Beatles, Stones, Johnny Winter, T. Rex, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Blue Oyster Cult, Frank Zappa, all sorts of stuff that I still listen to. I'm with you on the Dead and had a couple of Deadhead girlfriends. They just noodle away and it doesn't go anywhere that I could see but each to their own.
  18. 2 points
    time and place definitely made an impression. I was a big ACDC fan, but in my +50 yrs don't find myself wanting to put them on, but I have found myself trying to acoustify some of there stuff. i could ramble on, but will leave it at that. Well maybe a little more - George Thouroghgood reminds me of good times back in the day, and I love riffing out to 'bad to the bone'. But that's not the only stuff i listen to and try and do, but it is the stuff that makes me smile with memories, but there's lots of stuff i did not listen to then and love now, ramble
  19. 2 points
    Finally got my '77 LP Standard up and running and it plays like it's 1977 all over again! I changed all the hardware to black, even all the various screws. New tuners, strap buttons, bridge and end piece, nut, knobs, pickup mounting rings, etc., set up and intonated and ready to rock.
  20. 2 points
    Yep. I was called same thing here a few years back for suggesting the US bought too much stuff from China. That was before the word had been re-defined. And when people didn’t think there was a problem with our dependency on Communist China. And the icing on the cake was the person who labeled me was not even from the US or Canada. Took me a few months to calm down.
  21. 2 points
    hello, I think I join the conversation a bit late .. but yes , once I saw the shadow under the sticker .. you can read some text in the external border. Clear indication of sunburn on paper with different colors I don't think there is any solution, as the external layer of paint is burnt. You can't burn just the little circle without covering the whole guitar and leave the sticker area in the sun. If anything , you have a very exclusive model 😆 sunburn Explorer Lee Malia. Exclusive paint job by the sun over the years. I am surprised how good the rest of the instrument is , considering the slow cooking. Just play your guitar and have fun with it.
  22. 2 points
    Sometimes I can’t even play as good as me.
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  24. 2 points
    I feel like I'm the only one around here who's getting real gigs. I'm not trying to rub it in. Actually had three gigs in a row this week. Played the golf course Thursday, acoustic gig Friday and then tonight at Baltimore Yacht Club. As you probably can guess, it was on the water. It was windy and already the temperature is dropping. We were a little chilly. But it was an awesome night. There's a long time local newscaster who is a friend of the band, and he has been trying to get us to play the club for awhile now. We had a gig booked for July 3rd but that got canceled due to Corona virus. So we played a private party tonight and it went great. They booked us for some more dates on the spot. Some of the members wanted me to hang out and party some more on their boat after the gig, but I thought that wasn't the best idea. Tempting as it was. Here is a view of the scenery and stage.
  25. 1 point
    New addition to the household. Mom is finally happy again. and here's a dog photo bombing a selfie.
  26. 1 point
    Hey guys how have you been?! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here but I had to check in to share my excitement because I pulled the trigger on a 59 reissue “burst” from Wildwood last night. Here’s one of the pics from Wildwood
  27. 1 point
    i have a Telecaster with an Ebony board and a Martin with an Ebony board. Both stupid expensive man do they feel nice. rct
  28. 1 point
    He was very young when he went. Wish I could play his Star Spangled Banner.
  29. 1 point
    Beautiful! Enjoy it! Congratulations! I've always felt that the Hummingbird was made for tulip tuners.
  30. 1 point
    Not a huge buyer of CD's but if something interestong comes around I will get it. It has a DVD (with I think the night filmed is a different night than the songs that are original live album), and two CD with I guess from a whole concert from the 4 or 5 days of shows they did. 5 of the songs on the DVD has sound or film track issues, which are the bonus tracks.
  31. 1 point
    That was in my post Flubber, Hmm of 9/1 about two pages back. ALD323, laid out the procedure he used there, and I then followed it. Just opened the case this morning on Quilt Hummingbird and guard is still down tight. So, that's almost three weeks so far! If you want to do it yourself with the original guard, the formula for success is there in detail. I thank ALD323 again.
  32. 1 point
    Looks like every now and then some good news sneaks onto the internet. Ford donating Gibsons to Vets with PTSD. https://www.foxnews.com/auto/country-luke-combs-ford-guitars-vets-ptsd
  33. 1 point
    What's a man called if he looks at a naked women and doesn't turn his head away? Would that be NORMAL? Lol
  34. 1 point
    Well that explains a few things. 😂
  35. 1 point
    ironically you are protesting again.
  36. 1 point
    No if it was Nazi Germany we'd round them up,put in box cars,gas them,cremate them and fertilize the cabbage with their ashes.
  37. 1 point
    Yeah, just saw this commercial. I have a feeling that Pete Seeger, wherever he is, is screaming in a primal, disbelieving way.... Associating "Hard Times in the Mill" with affording a shiny new Volvo is really tone deaf in the midst of the current health and economic crisis. Sheesh
  38. 1 point
    I would have grabbed my Raging Judge with 6 rounds of Winchester PDX .410 gage 3" shells. 4 - .41 caliber discs followed by 16 BB's in each one. Haha. I'll let garter snakes go but not those monsters if they're on the property.
  39. 1 point
    I'd rather sashay my way thru Alright Now on yours. rct
  40. 1 point
    Fun Fact: Mid 50's Leo made his very first attempt, against his own will but at the advice of George, to job out some of the metal work, like stamping out Strat/Tele bridges. They only did a couple hundred at most, really crappy bridge plates, poor fit, poor sizing. This coincided with the string thru attempt on Telecasters, so some of them as well. These guitars are hens teeth, really hard to find and super duper worth money if you come across one that didn't have the bridge changed out free of charge by Leo himself. Fun Fact Part Deux: In 2013 I spent half my Fender tour carrying around this 32 pound block that Leo used for bridges, his very own stamp block that he tooled. I was over the moon. Tour guy was very happy to have made someone else very happy. rct
  41. 1 point
    I hear ya. Equating being irresponsible to being free is no fair to those of us who don't want to get sick. Do false equivalences on your own time, geniuses.
  42. 1 point
    Well, I could take a picture of my wife holding my guitar, then put THAT in the frame. Then it'd be my 2 favorite things in the world in 1 picture 🙂
  43. 1 point
    The sport comment, Me either. But; If the card board cutouts, as you say were of your favorite movie star actresses, Well? I might watch a game or two!! Lol Oh and Ban any guy cutouts also.
  44. 1 point
    It reminds me of the first Steinbergers and The Talking Heads. Terrifying times for a guitar player like me! I'm glad you are cut of your cloth and can hack that, I hope it serves you as you want it to. I agree, it would be awesome to walk in and plug into the PA. rct
  45. 1 point
    Where's that confounded bridge?
  46. 1 point
    Now I find that funny. If I was in charge I'd just use a single 'polite applause' sample for everything. And the cardboard cutouts would have to be of naked people. You may have guessed I'm not much into sport.
  47. 1 point
    It looks like it ought to have a little 'give' in it where the detached profile separates from the body. The neck join looks suitable for upstairs access. How do you rate those acoustic sounds? (I have a Variax. Those are just 'ok')
  48. 1 point
    I'll be happy to edit anyone's post. You can email me the link to the thread or give me the subject line or whatever. Doesn't matter how, just as long as you convey what you'd like done. Something else to consider with tinypic and similar. I've had photos in the past that were assigned a URL and I would use that to insert it into a post. Then if I were to delete that pic from tinypic (for example), tinypic would then reassign that same URL to someone ELSE'S pic. And now THEIR pic shows up. Could be embarrassing. Feel free to email me directly at ksdaddy@yahoo.com or PM me through the forum. Either way, give me the details of what you want fixed or deleted and I will do it. S
  49. 1 point
    Last dance with Mary Jane one more time to kill the pain...
  50. 1 point
    What if they didn't just happen to have the same NOS model lying around. Would they scrounge up a ran over Firebird X for you?
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