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  1. I copied this from FB. I found it amusing and I'm sharing it with no malice, just poking fun of forums.... Q: How many group members does it take to change a light bulb ? 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed. 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently. 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs. 17 purists who use candles and are offended by light bulb discussions. 6 to argue over whether it's 'lightbulb' or 'light bulb'. Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid. 22 to tell THOSE 6 to stop being jerks. 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is 'lamp'. 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that 'light bulb' is perfectly correct. 49 to post memes and gifs (several are of Michael Jackson eating popcorn with the words added, “I’m just here for the comments.”) 19 to post that this page is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page. 11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant here. 24 to discuss the merits of LED/swirly fluorescent light bulbs 44 to claim LED and fluorescent bulbs will kill you. 12 to post F. 8 to ask what F means. 7 to post 'Following' but there's 3 dots at the top right that means you don't have to. 3 to say "can't share" 2 to reply "can't share from a closed group" 36 People to post pics of their own light bulbs. 15 People to post "I can't see S$%^!" and use their own light bulbs. 6 to report the post or PM an admin because someone said "f÷×$" 4 to say "Didn't we go through this already a short time ago?". 13 to say "Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs". 1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert politician of choice) isn't the brightest bulb. This usually takes place within the first three comments. 50 more to get into personal attacks over their political views. 5 admins to ban the light bulb posters who took it all too seriously. 1 late arrival to comment on the original post 6 months later and start it all over again.
    7 points
  2. I need a new camera battery so these are the shop pictures. Online (ebay) purchase; I was watching it and the seller made a reduced-price offer. Guitar delivered less than 24 hours after I clicked, incredibly well packed and padded, double boxed; think it was DPD next day service. Gigbag and COA included. Strung with Elixir nanoweb 10s. 2013 Gibson ES - 139. COA says ESSREBNH1 and serial number. EBony, Nickel Hardware I think but what is ESSR? Electric Spanish.....? Hardware is chrome, burstbuckers. Took it out, tuned, played; raised action and tailpiece at least 2mm, fiddled a bit, after a couple of hours it began to open up. Everything I wanted and expected it to be. No frills; neck is chubby/chunky like a 50s LP. Absolutely no fretwear either - this guitar needs playing! Lower bout is just over 14" (36cm) and depth 2", similar to ES336 or 339 I think. Only mod I am going to do; a black switch tip. An Epiphone 339/Wildkat case fits according to what I've read so far on t'net. Quite rare; after a short run in 2013, Gibson decided not to continue producing this model and I read somewhere that only 7 were imported into the UK originally. I always loved the look of it and the ES body with no f-holes concept, like the 'Lucille'. I saw a sunburst one go on ebay for under £900 (GBP) in early 2019 - couldn't afford it then. Gibson produced mirror black versions of all their electrics in 2013 and I remember posting the picture on this forum; I'll post it again if I find it, along with my own pics of this guitar. HAD to get this one. I've seriously depleted my bank account but I only live once and I'm really enjoying it. Keeper. Best wishes to all! 🎸
    5 points
  3. Not to worry. This may have been the most over-the-top Christmas story I have, but it certainly wasn’t an isolated incident. My family “put the fun back in dysfunctional.” But like the old saying goes: What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger. I was fortunate to have been born with a sense of humor, so I was able to deal with adversity through humor, albeit oftentimes rather dark. It has helped me to maintain my sanity through some trying times. Marine Corps boot camp? Nothing I can’t handle. None of my drill instructors were bigger a$$holes than what I grew up around. Yawn! And in my civilian career, I worked assignments that nobody else wanted, but had to be worked by someone. So guess who ended up with the assignment. I actually adapted and in many ways, thrived because of the weird, disgusting and pathetic activities that I experienced growing up and now had regular exposure to. I was in my element. It actually made me better at what I did because the outrageous things I dealt with on the job were not that far moved from what I dealt with growing up. It’s,all about “comfort zone.” Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt. Following one of the tenants of the Marine Corps: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. I am nothing special, just an average mope who deals with the hand he’s been dealt. And it’s definitely been a wild and interesting ride. For a lot of years early on, I was bitter and pissed off. But that got me nowhere in the long run. You learn to move on. And I know for a fact, from personal and professional experience, that there are a lot of other people out there who have experienced far worse than I have. It’s all relative. And as hard as it can be at times, life goes on.
    4 points
  4. The strap button should never have been moved to the horn. No. And he should not have said he would do it. Or attempted it. Or even considered it.
    4 points
  5. I kept mine in cases for years using the humidipaks. A few years ago I got a room setup where I can control the humidity. I like it a lot better having them available at a whim. I've been downsizing this past year some of these have moved on.
    4 points
  6. I asked a serious question about whether or not this was the way the Sheryl crow was built. Customer service has been great. People like you are the reason I don’t post on here.
    4 points
  7. I guess it is a good thing you didn't buy the heavily aged one. You might end up with a pile of saw dust.
    4 points
  8. We got a new kitty. Female, no name yet. We have three other cats and two dogs. So me and my wife are at the Farmer's Market this morning just before dawn setting up her EZ-Up. She sells figs and baked goods. She's all jammed in between this guy and that lady and we're all shifting our tents around to get set up and the guy is hogging his space really bad. So I ask him to shuffle over a little and the guy's all "Well, I didn't notice!!!!" I told the guy the lines are painted right there on the pavement. He's goes "I'm not intimidated by your behavior. I'm trying to make the most of my morning and you have exssssternal problems that you need to deal with that are getting in the way of you being a good person!"
    3 points
  9. A lovely story. Thanks for sharing it. But, well, replacing those back braces rather than cleaning them up and reinstalling them? And, more importantly, replacing that original maple bridgeplate, which was in repairable condition with a new mahogany bridgeplate the size of Rhode Island? What a shame. 😞 I do hope that this shop keeps the original parts and that someday the guitar and the parts land in the hands of someone like Mark Stutman, TJ Thompson, or Willi Henkes.
    3 points
  10. To me, Christmas is all about family. I have found that as I get older, it's the only thing that really matters.
    3 points
  11. The customer is always right.
    3 points
  12. I sold off a lot of guitars over the past few months. Four were divested this past week alone. All in order to make room for a guitar that I've been lusting for for quite some time. Probably since 1981, when I first picked up Elvis Costello's album Trust out of a sale bin in a record store in Wiesbaden, Germany, back in the day. I admired his quirky song-craft and eccentric guitar playing. I was an avid fan for many albums and many years, from Almost Blue to beyond Spike to Mighty Like The Rose. I listened to When I Was Cruel just the other day. And I always fancied owning a Fender Jazzmaster some day. One like his, or a close facsimile. And so that day came today. The 2021 Fender Player Jazzmaster black-faced CME Limited Edition. I love it. I need to bring the pickups up just a few miles closer to the strings, but congrats to the Chicago Musical Exchange for an otherwise nicely set-up guitar. 😗
    3 points
  13. It’s called TV yellow because it worked well with the tv cameras when television was black and white. A true white guitar would clash with the exposure and make a hot spot on the tv screen apparently…. I’m guessing the hue of tv yellow was the lightest color that wouldn’t do that.
    3 points
  14. Lighten up guys - the OP asked if his guitar was a fake and the forum responded and confirmed - there's nothing to be gained from coming down hard on him - let's adopt a more friendly attitude in the hope that despite owning a non-genuine guitar that a positive Gibson forum experience will inspire him towards a real, genuine Gibson guitar.
    3 points
  15. I'm very aware of what is inside a guitar. I'm just curious what "interesting stuff" is inside this particular series that I'm expected to scour the internet to find a single, unnamed YouTube review to learn about. I'm beginning to remember why I took an eight-year hiatus from this forum.
    3 points
  16. here's a few... Wells Beach Maine sunrise Cape Neddick Maine Evening stroll on the boardwark along Lake Champlain Cape Neddick, sunset. Another one from Cape Neddick just at sunset
    3 points
  17. This AM. Rare Southern California rain last night. Almost finished house. I'll take it as a sign hopefully of good things to come. Here's another. I was sleeping this AM and Vanessa came running in after putting the dogs in the pen screaming get up, get up, grab your camera!! I don't think I have ever seen a complete rainbow in So. California before.
    3 points
  18. It could've been a lot worse. 😬 Okay, I'm gonna shut up now. 😔
    3 points
  19. No way. I just sent my Black Explorer to a Prince in Nigeria, he is going to send me the guitar back along with 3000 dollars next week. rct
    3 points
  20. This is interesting. My dad brought home a new ‘64 LG-1 because my then-8 yo brother wanted to take lessons. I was 7, but I remember my dad’s excitement about getting a student guitar for him. My dad knew zero about guitars when he walked into the music store next to his office. (Kramers, on Milwaukee Avenue in…Niles, IL. The details a kid remembers!) Somebody there most definitely touted it as a “student” guitar. I’ve told this story before, I think, but the February day he brought it home was the day we all learned about crazing. Apparently, he bought the thing on his lunch hour and stored it in the trunk of our car. So when came home at dinner time to impress us all, we gathered around as he opened the case. We oohed and aahed… and within minutes, we heard a quiet snapping and watched little spider-y lines run across the shiney, orange top. My dad’s face went white, and he was sure the guitar was shattered. A few days later, he told us he’d checked with the store and…learned that the damage was cosmetic only. He relayed in great detail the physics behind what we saw and heard that first evening, and then, wiser and a bit subdued, he turned to his four kids and wife and pronounced “The moral of the story is, ‘Never leave a guitar in your trunk in winter.’” Me, I fell in love with it at first sight, and during the 50+ years I played it, I sometimes referred to it as a teacher guitar, because I was the only student in that relationship.
    3 points
  21. easy pick retrieval as well...
    3 points
  22. Almost a year later the 59 style Wilshire is probably my most incredible playing guitar, only needing a few neck tweaks to adjust to its new mountain environment. This long necked monsters thin Medium C neck is very fast and stable enough I could instal a Duesenberg on it. For me the P90 Pros sound so good on the solid mahogany body. The only things I have done is to smooth the edge of the translucent Tortoise Shell style pickguard, added some stiff foam under the bridge pickup to help stabilize it. The CTS pots are great and the Epiphone Deluxe Tuners are still very smooth. It is my lightest and most comfortable player followed by my Blueshawk and SG Classic.
    3 points
  23. Pull the G-string back a bit and you'll be able to insert any amount of money you want.
    3 points
  24. you can put pillows on the wall behind them!! get some fancy ones that match your décor! Trust me man.... your wife will love the look 🤪
    2 points
  25. Thanks for the kind words. She passed back in 2011. Her last 2 years were rather difficult, but she went as peacefully as could be expected, which was a good thing and something for which I was very grateful. In all fairness to the doctors at the time, from what my brother told me, they were very conscientious. (I was living 2000 miles away at the time and getting my information second-hand from him .) Despite their original suspicions, my mother’s diabetes was well controlled. It was not at a serious level, she took only oral meds to control it and there were a lot times when her fasting glucose levels were below 70. So her numbers tended to be on the very low end (many times too low) of the spectrum. It was probably due to that information that they made a point of ordering the tests to confirm that their original suspicions were correct. Plus, anyone who ever met my mother would have never suspected her of being a gunshot victim and that a bullet was the source of the problem. So anyway, their due diligence resulted in an accurate diagnosis. The end results sucked, but at least we were satisfied that everything that could be done, had been done.
    2 points
  26. Actually the square inlays appear on Customs like: LPC, SGC, ES Customs, even some acoutic customs. Customs usually have the split diamond inlay on the headstock. Here's my ES-359 Custom - square inlays - definitely genuine.
    2 points
  27. When it comes to luthiers, the cure for a bad luthier is a good luthier. Which is what Gibson will have when they get a guitar in for repairs. There is really nothing a good luthier can't do and sometimes even better than the original state it was in. Countless stories of high-end guitars getting busted and going to a good luthier and coming out in even better condition than they did leaving the shop and sounding even better for it because you get so much additional expertize. Horn splits happen and are something that can be solved to even become stronger than before. Of course, it all matters on finding the right luthier. It took me three attempts to find one who does super work at a good price. The middle guy was terrible and the first guy I had was capable, but this third guy is a wizard.
    2 points
  28. I'm prepared to argue with a wally all day long. OP seems to have come along with something not only innocent, but interesting too. Seems to have a great attitude as well. Far more humility and patience than me. 💩
    2 points
  29. Here's something I like to hang up from time to time Not that these are case queens, but when not played, generally, these are cased. I have a nice wooden guitar case rack that holds quite a few of cases. I do my best to keep these protected as best I can. Falling off a hanger is the least of my worries though. Sometimes it's just nice to hang these to appreciate them for what they are.
    2 points
  30. I don't understand all the grief the OP is getting. I think you handled it well. I think you got an outcome you deserved. I think you handled yourself on here admirably in the face of some ludicrous opposition. As for the oxymoron thing, you're quite right. Passive aggressive makes perfect sense to literate people <- I even came up with an example. 😜
    2 points
  31. Reminds me of a sign an Uncle of mine who owned a restaurant had hanging in the kitchen.... "Our rules" "Rule number one; The customer is always right." "Rule number two; If the customer is wrong, see rule number one." Whitefang
    2 points
  32. He's probably very good at what he does. but this one here, was just an unfortunate turn of events. There's really not much wood there to anchor a strap pin. But that's hind sight and it's not going to make the outcome any different. Hopefully you do get the funds to just replace it.
    2 points
  33. That’s great, even if it’s the same model.. It’s all new & won’t have any bad karma… You get to create it’s aura……
    2 points
  34. Money makes the world go 'round, and trumps all. So this isn't a new phenomenon, it has just become more commercially institutionalized and efficient in separating the citizens from their money. Did the Magi started shopping for the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, the day after Halloween? Whatcha think? RBSinTo
    2 points
  35. It’s not a fake, that’s a genuine 2017 SJ. Enjoy it!
    2 points
  36. Whilst in no way wishing to infringe on any freedom of speech, I feel that this thread has fulfilled its purpose in answering the OP’s original query and should be considered for closure by a moderator.
    2 points
  37. Phoned the Tax Office to confirm my Gapital Gains Tax had been recieved. Dull huh? Boring? certainly. But... This peace of mind this has brought is massive. Paying tax might be unpleasant (especially the amount I had to pay) but its great to know its confirmed & I no longer owe it. This completes my house sale. I feel I have been working as a clerk for the Estate Agent, Solicitor and Accountant over the last few months (instead of the other way around). They have all been paid too and I now have much needed funds to prop up my pension. My son & his bride moved out of the house & into thier own in March this year. Its meant constant work for me ever since. In fact, its still not over because I have a tip run booked this afternoon to dispose of more stuff from that house. Prior to all this, I lived in that house for 25 years. Took it on when I was first married. So am I back to caring for one house again? Not quite. Cherry's place needs a lot of work. This retirement malarky can be exhausting.
    2 points
  38. Wait; Wrong like a Priest and an altar boy in a hot tub, or like some lesser form of wrong? 🤨
    2 points
  39. Hummingbird on a pickup or pickup on a hummingbird. Pickup a hummingbird while they are going cheep.
    2 points
  40. Today I received one of the rarest Gibsons know: a Banner LG-3. Gibson only shipped 130 of these guitars, 69 in 1942 ad 61 in 1943. This one shipped on September 25, 1942. We only have half an LG-3 in the Banner Registry. Really: http://bannergibsons.com/7113H-2LG-3JamesBurkett.html A young solider bought this guitar shortly before going to the WWII. He obviously left it in the homeland (I have 2 other Banners that soldiers took to WWII, and it shows, in astonishingly beautiful ways). This guitar is as mint as mint gets. Absolutely no fret wear. The vintage Klusons look brand new (though the buttons apparently disintegrated and were replaced). A stunning thing that completes my Banner LG collection. My LG-2, (of the very first batch of Banners, and number 2 in that batch, so the earliest Banner known) is with a friend. When it returns home, I'll record a comparison video. Anyway, some pics:
    2 points
  41. Thanks for all of your responses--especially Whitefang--Obviously I am clueless about the guitar world!! I found a nice Stratosphere to rent from FrontRange Backline--I've been schooled--Thanks!
    2 points
  42. A wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us. I've come to love LGs. As I type this, a 1942 Banner LG-3 is winging its way to me to complete my Banner LG collection. I'll have and LG-1, LG-2, nd LG-3. Yes, I know that nobody else on the planet collects LGs. 🙂 My gain.
    2 points
  43. The guitar is fake aged . . . so isn't there supposed to be bumps and bruises on in, and places where finish is checked and damaged. Isn't that is the whole premise behind these 10k new guitars that are supposes to look like they were thrown around in an Orangutan cage for a several days? Your complaining that the fake aged guitar you paid for looks aged . . . I don't get it. How is QA supposed to know it f-ed up. its supposed to look f-ed up. Next time buy a pristine new one and age it the way most of do with years of play, or a belt sander if you want quicker results.
    2 points
  44. Several reason to never buy an "aged" beat up guitar from the factory.
    2 points
  45. like this If seated I support the guitar over the left knee (as a classical player). I dont use a strap seated.
    2 points
  46. I’m a Melbourne musician who is just about to release my original music after a 20 years since my first single! One of the guitars i used on the recording was a Gibson J45, has a beautiful tone! October 8th is the release date and will be available on all digital platforms. Artist name is THE REVOLATION song title is ‘tumblin in the rough’ you can check out more info on Instagram @the.revolation cheers!
    2 points
  47. I can't claim credit for this photo. It was taken a street over from our house by one of our neighbors and posted on FB. I just screen shotted it and cropped the FB stuff out.
    2 points
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