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  1. 6 points
    If I had locked this topic a long time ago, you guys would have complained that you were just having a discussion and I was being too heavy handed.
  2. 6 points
    When you're b!tching about American farmers, be sure you're not doing it with your mouth full...
  3. 5 points
    This came in today from Reverb. It's a 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard gold top. Been wanting a gold top Standard ever since I started playing. This thing is in great condition. Looks pretty much brand new. Don't think it was hardly ever played. Has the 498T/490R combo. Sounds great. Plays great, but think I'm going to have to do a minor setup because there are a couple of frets that buzz some, but that can be knocked out. Anyway, here's a pic.
  4. 4 points
    I think that this may be helpful in terms of resolving this silliness. I feel that almost everyone's critical thinking skills have been destroyed by tribal/team thinking. What has happened to civil, logical discourse and well reasoned disagreement? If this stuff continues then we will surely destroy ourselves and Uncle Nikita will be proven right. Please, let's try to educate ourselves in the Constitution, logic, real compassion and the true responsibilities of freedom. I leave this link as a possible starting point for us all to memorize and use... https://imgur.com/gallery/gJIzBhK Obviously, this applies to all argument, not just that which is for or against a deity. Also, this... https://imgur.com/gallery/tWSTwoI
  5. 4 points
    I think we need a good old WWF cage match and who ever crawls out wins.
  6. 4 points
    The entire coronavirus experience has taught me a lot about the nature of human panic, terror, paranoia, and vindictiveness. And it's been very instructional as well on the topic of governmental over-reach and the impulse for politicians (at all levels, in all nations) to do something, anything, even if it's the wrong thing. In the end, they never really needed to do anything at all, except to issue some health & safety guidance, and then let adult taxpayers and citizens go on about their business. 😐
  7. 4 points
    I am a public school teacher. After two years with the district, I was told my contract was not being renewed for next year. I was pretty cool with that. It was a very tough job. And I didn't feel very safe working there. But I was not looking forward to the dozens of applications and interviews I was going to have to endure. Not fun at all. But last Wed. I had a "virtual interview". Me, the Principal of the school and 4 other teachers along with him. Each at home on a computer. Including myself. I thought the interview went OK. But I wasn't too hopeful. This, after all, was my very first interview after only filling out 5 applications. I was told they would let me know their decision by the end of the week. Well, I got a call yesterday, and the Principal offered me the teaching position! I could not believe it. I accepted. I am still almost in shock. I got a job without putting on a suit and tie, and without even leaving my bedroom. The application was online as well. I was barefoot during the interview. I had jeans on. Who knows what would have happened if I had to actually go there? All I know is.......I am experiencing some positives from this horrible mess. I know so many people are suffering. I see it on TV, continuously. It has been really starting to get me down. I really needed this positive in my life. I thought I would be spending my whole summer looking for a job. I did not know what it was going to be like. Would school even be taking place in California in the fall? I was so freakin' worried. And now I am worry free.......for the time.....until.....maybe.....next...week...? .....any positives for you folks?
  8. 4 points
    I'm shocked at how easily some people have given up their rights and livelihood.
  9. 4 points
    Why does that matter? Because you have already told everyone that you are a physician and therefore what you are saying about our complicated societal condition carries more weight? Getting the guy to admit to being less than an MD will let you put your neck over his since your tail chasing and urinating comments fell a bit flat? Belittling and bullying people who disagree with you wasn't part of my Medical School curriculum. There are better and more effective ways of letting people see your point of view if you have ultimate truth behind you. It's a freaking guitar forum by the way.
  10. 3 points
    In an attempt to lighten the mood in The Lounge, in contrast to 2 or 3 threads (one closed) that discuss the nitty gritty of the Pandemic - I thought one or two or three members might prefer to share some jokes they've come across related to The Shutdown. Or LockDown. Or Shelter In Place. Or Quarantine - whichever you prefer. I'll go first: YOU THINK THINGS ARE BAD NOW ? IN 20 YEARS - THE WORLD WILL BE RUN BY PEOPLE WHO WERE HOMESCHOOLED BY ALCOHOLICS. or I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE REASON MY HOUSE WAS NEVER CLEANED WAS THAT I NEVER HAD THE TIME TO CLEAN IT. NOW I'VE FOUND OUT THAT WASN'T IT.
  11. 3 points
    Here is one of my usual curmudgeon comments. It is commonly believed that only 1935s had a bound fingerboard and AFAIK it did not have a 1 3/4" nut. Here is my 1935 player grade Jumbo -- I use it (a lot) in bluegrass wherever a good D-18 would also work. Let's pick, -Tom
  12. 3 points
    I guess my cage match idea need to go into full effect. You crawl out and you got bragging rights. Stop arguing about this people and go pick up a guitar.
  13. 3 points
    You seriously believe there is a Federal Govt. Lockdown?????????? And the states are NOT doing it?????????????????? No wonder. You are completely wrong, and obviously have not watched any news on any station.
  14. 3 points
    I'm giving up drinking until this is over. Whoops. Wrong punctuation. I'm giving up. Drinking until this is over.
  15. 3 points
    Go annoy the acoustic Gibson guys.
  16. 3 points
    They told us we had to follow the stay at home order to flatten the curve so we don't overwhelm the hospitals. That's done. The curve is at flat as it's gonna get. The hospitals are empty. Time to open all the way. Also, stay at home orders don't seem to work. In NY during the stay at home order, 66% of new cases were from people saying at home. Those were either retirees, previously unemployed or newly unemployed. 18% were nursing home patients. Only 16% were from essential workers (including high risk health care workers). Staying at home increased your risk. The lock downs don't work. There is evidence now that there was an event in Wuhan in early October. That's probably when it really started. Wuhan is a international city of 11 million with lots of travel in and out. By the time we issued stay at home orders it was way too late. All just a waist of time.
  17. 3 points
    You are 10000% correct. Time to go back to work. Sadly, we are fighting many who thrive and make lots of money on “gloom and doom.” So many of the people spreading the fear are in very high-paying jobs and they get their paychecks even if they don’t go to work. These people are not stuck at home and facing the financial problems that people who depend on the economy for their jobs and family security. They preach “We are all in this together.” That’s bullshit! They are not “us.” We are all on the same stormy ocean, but we are in very different boats. If the entire world economy goes into total collapse, the people pushing the fear will still have their jobs.........lWe cannot sit at home for months and expect all these millions of jobs to still be there. We cannot expect hundreds-of-thousands of small businesses that survive on a month-to-month basis to survive, If people don’t get back to work, things will be far worse than what people are worried and complaining about now. We cannot buy-into the fear. We cannot hide in our homes waiting for a vaccine that is perhaps years away. Look at the flu vaccine—-it all depends on if the flu you come in contact with is the same kind of flu as the vaccine......For myself, I believe that in my country (USA) and others, things have begun to open and people are eager get going again. Once things are opened-up, I don’t think people will accept being locked at home again. Just my view.........Meanwhile, guitars help keep us mellow.
  18. 3 points
    The weirdest experience at a concert for me was 6 years ago at a Cheap Trick show at a local casino . After the show , I was in the washroom washing my hands when I heard someone behind me say " That was a great show tonight " Thinking a member of Cheap Trick was in there . I turned around and saw a guy standing there (not a band member) I looked at the guy at the sink beside me and he looked puzzled also . Then the guy behind me says " You guys sounded really good tonight " . I looked at him again and asked "Are you talking to me" ? He says yes and repeats the compliment . I told him I wasn't in the band , and he replies "That wasn't you up on stage" ? I say no and he bolts out . The other guy and me got a chuckle out of it . I meet up with my wife and she wanted to have a beer before we went home so I tell her what happened and we go into one of the bars in the casino . I sit down at a table and she goes the bar to grab the drinks. Then a young girl comes up to me and says " You're the bass player in Cheap Trick right" ? I said " What is this , some kind of joke"? She says no and sounded all hurt so I tell her she's the second person that thought I was in the band . I had a hard time convincing her I wasn't but she finally left. My wife comes with the drinks and tells me another girl at the bar (who was sitting at the table beside us) also getting drinks asked her if I was in Cheap Trick . My wife told her " yeah but keep it quiet" . So I'm sitting there and notice the people at the next table kept looking over and smiling and taking pictures of each other, making sure to get me in the background . I wasn't feeling comfortable with this so I told my wife "Lets get out of here". As we're leaving a guy from that table comes over to me , extends his hand and says " I just want to say you guys put on a good show tonight " . I just said "Thanks man" , shook his hand and we left.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    I'm thinking of sitting in an alley with a bottle of rotgut wine, yelling at strangers. Just for the social interaction.
  21. 3 points
    A man flying in a hot air balloon suddenly realizes he’s lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below.He lowers the balloon further and shouts to get directions, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?" The man below says: "Yes. You're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.""You must work in Information Technology," says the balloonist. "I do" replies the man. "How did you know?""Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but It's of no use to anyone." The man below replies, "You must work in management." "I do," replies the balloonist, "But how'd you know?" "Well", says the man, "you don’t know where you are or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault."
  22. 3 points
    If we could get Hillary, Obama, or Epstein in those articles we'd have a goldmine on our hands. rct
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    See, that's the thing. As there are more and more test, the death rate will continue to drop. Meaning your odds of DYING go way down. WAY DOWN... That's why a lot of the "Bozo's" are acting normal. It's because they are not afraid of getting it. They know they'll get over it and be fine. That's me. Not afraid. As bad as it's been in NYC and stuff, it's simply not killing large masses of people here in the Heartland. There's not a single death from it in my County, and we have a County with zero cases. Yet those people are told to cower in there houses. It's stupid.
  25. 3 points
    It was a fairly productive, virus-free practice this afternoon. All mic stands were rubbed down with alcohol, and I had a little bit of alcohol myself. My neighbor David came over and filled in on bass, allowing Stacey to move over to drums. Good times. 🙂
  26. 3 points
    You can always quit eating. Go ahead. I dare ya...
  27. 3 points
    Me belittling and bulling people who disagree with me? What are you smoking man? I'm the one who has disagreed with the "mainstream" and the angry bullying has been directed toward me for doing so. Whether you want to admit it or not, people here have been very angry and bitter towards me about this. He mentioned that he worked in health care in an attempt to give himself added credibility in this discussion. He brought it up, not me. I don't think he has any background in medicine or science. That is being deceptive. That is a lie.
  28. 3 points
    And the only solution you see to that is shutting down the entire economy?? Are you out of your mind? People can find ways to deal with it. Will things have to change? Of course. Can it be done without shutting down the entire economy and confining people to their homes? Of course. We have spent at least 6-7 trillion dollars on this so far. There are lots of people out of work right now that would love to have jobs taking care of kids after school. Maybe those kids in your example would have to stay with the parents in PR. Nah, that would never work. They shouldn't have to sacrifice anything. Just shut down the world instead. That's ridiculous.
  29. 2 points
    Lucky passed away on the 17th, few knew of him, but those that did were in for a treat, his dad was a bluesman, owned a club in Buffalo NY, when Lucky was 5, Willie Dixon heard him play, and took him under his wing. He played with Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Winton Marsalis. No word on his cause of death but I suspect Covid19. He was 55.
  30. 2 points
    Turned out excellent,used lard in the mix.
  31. 2 points
    She sounds like a keeper!! My wife is pretty knowledgeable about my gear and tone after all these years. I bought my first Gibson back in 2010. I wasn't planning on buying anything at the time, but my buddy was driving hours away to buy a Gretsch so my girlfriend (now wife) tagged along. Ahh to be young with no responsibilities to be able to take road trips at the drop of a hat. Anyway, I have always dreamed about J45s since I was young. I would take my Musicians Friend catalog to school, hide it in the book we were reading, and circle guitars. Always a J45, even though I had never played one or even been in the same room as one. So while he is trying out Gretsches we wandering around the store. I took a J45 standard off the wall and strummed a simple E chord and was blown away. Just floored. I look at her and she says "Buy it." This was a LOT of money for us at the time, but not to mention I was supposed to be using that money for an engagement ring/wedding, but she really wanted me to have that guitar. I played a few other high end acoustics in the room for reference, but none compared so we left with it. To this day it is still her favorite of any guitar I own. I have been able to play a lot of J45s since then, and while they are all usually good, there seems to be something special about this one...
  32. 2 points
    As a Young Boy - The first Really cool Guitar I saw in a Local music store - was a 1965 Gibson J-45 Red with the adjustable bridge and Gibson logo on the pickguard. The store owner wouldn't let me touch it. But 55 years later I still have that memory of the most Beautiful Guitar I ever saw... Many Happy years with your new Gibson.
  33. 2 points
    This thread has decreased my productivity at work dramatically. The past two days I have been looking at 60's Original J-50s (and vintage ones) on the internet instead of working as well as thinking of selling my Les Paul Goldtop and Martin... GAS is a dangerous thing.
  34. 2 points
    This is just great.
  35. 2 points
    Its called a stand up bass. That lady is my hero.
  36. 2 points
    He is a comedian, ease up. I have not seen anyone taking him seriously , and you shouldn't. Just have a laugh, if you don't find it funny ignore it.
  37. 2 points
    There is no Federal Lockdown. It is under control of the governors of each state. Fifty different variations.
  38. 2 points
    It is when you don't know what the hell you're doing!
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    I was once in a quest like yours. Years ago I played a '38 AJ in CA and fell in love with it, didn't have the courage to buy it then and someone else bought it a day later (rumour is that it was Joe Bonamassa), years later another one popped up in NY, I flew there, played it and bought it straight away. It has been my beloved instrument for years. The projection of the guitar, how hard you can hit it without it choking, the crisp sound with not too many overtones to overwhelm. Bone crushers, but they sound equally good when played gently with fingers. A versatile, dynamic instrument that wins against any J-45 or D-28 in these two categories IMHO. I tried many AJs in the time between the two . Resprayed late 30s ones. The 90s made in Montana reissues including a series Gibson made for Yamato (Japan). I played Luthier's Choice Brazilian Rosewood ones as well a number of 2000s and 2010s reissues. I haven't played the new Acoustic Custom Shop AJs as there aren't many of them in the market yet and guitar shops aren't open around where I live anyway. I am slightly wary of baked tops, true that they sound better than a brand new non-baked top but how will they age (if they age at all)? Nobody knows. Out of all of above, the ones with Ren Fergusson's signature that were made in the 90s are the closest you can get to the originals' mojo. I still have one of those which holds its own against my '38. A fine instrument. My experience in order of what I like 90s Ren Fergusons Mid 90s to early 2000s AJ (no fullerplast) Late 2000s and early 2010s (they don't sound as good as the above but they also haven't aged as much) early 90s (fullerplast) Luthier's choice (overpriced and not special at all)
  41. 2 points
    When I was in high school there were some "teen clubs" in the suburbs of Chicago (no alcohol for sale) and I went there before I even had a driver's license probably about 1965. I'm not sure which band was the first I saw, but we saw The Who, The Yardbirds, and the local Chicago bands that had recording contracts played at them as well like The Buckinghams and The Cryan Shames (Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice). Weirdest might have been Vanilla Fudge or Steppenwolf at a place called The Barn in Algonquin Illinois (was literally an old barn). They had spray painted the inside of the barn in flat black paint and had black lights everywhere. For like 50 cents you could buy little bottles of day glow paint and the crowd decorated the walls the first night they opened with whatever you wanted to paint on the walls. I was a straight jock at the time, still in high school, and there were a lot of people trippin' on LSD and my date and I had no idea what they would do next. We enjoyed the band if not the audience. First song might have "This Could Be The Last Time" by Jagger/Richards.
  42. 2 points
    DOCTOR: "it looks like you're pregnant" WOMAN: "I'm pregnant?" DOCTOR: "no, it just looks like you are"
  43. 2 points
    Why was Dumbo sad? He felt irrelephant.
  44. 2 points
    It's funny that we would disagree on this one. To me, the far more scary physician is the one who thinks they know it all or that they've seen it all. The one who is so confident they fail to consider all possibilities. The one who accepts dogma. You don't have to be a doctor for long to realize that medicine is constantly changing and there is always something you have't seen before or defies what you thought you knew. Text books are one thing. Real life is something else.
  45. 2 points
    It depends on what you define as "old." It is really not matter of better or worse but just different. For some the magic lies in Gibsons built in the 1930s and 1940s. Others find the heavier built Gibsons of the 1950s possess that magic. Still others prefer the slim necks of the 1960s. And many find a Bozeman-made guitar will cause them to mutter a silent "Whoa" whenever they open the case.. And more than a few like them all. Think of how boring it would be if we all liked the same thing.
  46. 2 points
    Dyslexic atheists don't believe in dog.
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    My oldest boy plays, so he will get it all. My other boy gets the porn.
  49. 2 points
    What's the weather like in Sweden right now?
  50. 2 points
    I'm glad things are startng to open-up. That means music stores and coffee houses are on the way too. If someone wants to wear a mask or even stay home, I'm all for them. But I'm going-out and enjoying things. I'm already around people at stores who are within the 6-foot range....and who enforces it anyway? Try going to Wal Mart or a grocery store. .........I simply don't believe a news media that only reports the negative and has an agenda of hating one man, no matter what he does. Every single day, it attacks him. They don't even stop for 24hrs. It's every single day. Everything is wrong if he says it or does it......I'm for my country, my president (whatever party he happens to be), my family, my friends.....and Gibson guitars. Guitars are a big part of my life situation. They soothe a lot of trouble spots. Sadly, they can't make haters stop hating. But, guitars work for me, because I don't hate. I can disagree with someone and not hate them.
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