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  1. 5 points
    I haven't been on the Forum for several months but I would like to extend my thanks to Pippy, JDGM, Rab's, Notes Norten and Steve Ford and many others that have helped me in the past and from reading your posts. I never would have had the nerve to work on my Gibson GT S with what it cost, fear of screwing it up but it's 7 years old now since I got it used. This morning after all I learned from you guys and what I've read on the Internet I put new strings on it & noticed the neck had a bow in it. First time I adjusted the truss rod ever. Then I noticed the strings were high and lowered the bridge as low as I could go. I re- tuned it and checked the intonation and it was perfect for the first time. Plugged it in and it sounds great. I think I can set my own guitars up from now on as I never was mechanically guitar minded before. Anyway, thanks to all of you for helping me learn what I have over a few years being on here. Espeacialy Rab's.
  2. 3 points
    Congrats the retirement and new fly fishing abode! As to guitars I would say you deserve a 335. But if you start leaning that way also consider a 336. I like the tone from the mahogany back/sides/center block with maple top so much better than a 335s maple/poplar/maple sandwich and they are way more comfortable to play (just slightly bigger than a LP, but much lighter). The range and quality of tones is just amazing. Everyone that has one will never give it up. I'm not sure if they are currently in production, but look for a used one. If you find one and buy it you'll never regret it.
  3. 3 points
    Post Calamity New Guitars day! I mean for this to be an epic, memorable post. It is long but a cathartic so please bear with. Psychologically I need it. I have been clinically depressed over the last few months. 😫 It's been over a year since November 9th, 2018 when the Woolsey fire destroyed all of my material possessions (except 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pullover shirts, underwear (TMI) and my laptop). Subsequently lost the laptop by leaving it on an airplane. Not making this up. We had a concrete in-law unit that actually survived and it is where I was living until the county flew drones over our property, saw it, and informed us that we have to destroy it before we can build a new house because it wasn't permitted properly. Tried to fight it to no avail. In fact we were told in a meeting with the county supervisors that if we didn't destroy it we would be criminally liable. If we were homeless squatters we'd probably get permission. You'd think that with over 850 rebuilds to be concerned with and it was the only thing that survived on our property, that they would turn a blind eye. Nope. So we were required to get a trailer for me to live on the property legally - my wife lives part time 50 miles away for her work and commutes on the weekend. As I wrote a song about called LA Traffic, 50 miles can take up to 2 1/2 hours to drive one way so I can't share her apartment and can't pay for our burned house mortgage and 2 apartments. She wins and gets the comfortable place. I plan to publish a pretty detailed description of what we've been through at some point. When I get the energy. Free time now is spent here at the Gibson forum - my only social outlet. Now to the reason for the post besides trying to garner sympathy. I lost my collection of guitars except my 1976 Flying V which was at my friend's place in Arkansas. 11 total. Gibson's Fenders and Warmoths. Colleagues that I work with locally and colleagues that I work with through an online forum took up donations of an insane amount of money that was only to be used to get musical equipment. So I have obliged. I have expensive taste. Plus they were extremely generous. I have already posted my one of a kind Gibson Made to Measure Gold Top Les Paul. Here are all of them that I have gotten. Only problem now is storage. I have to store them in my office and a friend's house (keyboards player from Black Squirrel) until our house can be built. Looking at a year. Still waiting for the building permit for the new house. In order to attempt to minimize the jealousy that you will undoubtedly feel, I will first show you my new digs. A 1966 Airstream! Scored it on eBay for 4K and had it shipped from Missouri. Not comfortable at all but is necessary for the next drone fly over. I figure (actually wife figures since she looked into it) that we could sell it at least for double what we paid here in CA to someone who will refurbish it. Refurbished or in great shape these things for up to 30K: The tree is the first image has really come back. It is a California Scrub Oak. Here is was right after the fire exactly a year ago: Here is the Custom LP that I have posted before: Here is a Mod Shop Tele that came this week in Autumn Blaze Metallic (get the irony of the name? Chosen for that reason). 4th generation noiseless, modern C-D profile, locking tuners. Freaking amazing and lightweight too! It's solid and weighs less than the ultramodern chambered Custom LP! No contours though, the only thing I wish they offered besides a bridge with individual intonateable saddles. BTW the mod shop said it would take up to 30 days but they made it in 10. This will be a main axe for sure. Plays like a dream! My CEO asked me a few months ago if I wanted a "special guitar" from Norm's rare guitars. I said "Is the pope Catholic?" He saw a photo of me playing at a conference in Oxford from 2017 (first image here) which I posted here a while back and he showed it to the guy who now works for Gibson at Norm's and bought me this 63 reissue. He knew I loved that rented guitar at the gig (he wasn't there but got a hold of this photo and talked to the other guy in the photo). He had no idea that I love that neck profile (63 RI Thin Tapered) specifically! 8 colleagues including the President of our group got together and got me this Elite. They asked one of my colleagues who is a great guitar player himself what would be a good one to get knowing that buying a guitar for a guitar player is like buying makeup for a woman. He said he knew just the one. He was right. Of course I needed an amp. They said choose it. I choose this Tone King Imperial MKII (BTW an INCREDIBLE amp): Finally the online forum gave me enough to get this acoustic- I sold the J-45 studio, neck was too chunky. 2018 J-45 Standard. So I bid you goodbye until the next time I log in, later today. It's hard to describe how much better I feel after having gone though all of this knowing that my friends and colleagues really rallied the way they did to show they cared and also the great feeling I have playing these amazing instruments. I am writing a song which I will record with them (trying to use all of them) and post it in this thread sometime in the future. Cheers! Phillip
  4. 3 points
    yes apparently, now I will go back to the cave I've been secluded in for the last several years... LOL! "sometimes I'm an idiot.. many of you know that by now.. Some times I am not, but this is not as clear somehow..."
  5. 3 points
    So are you now Little Bill ?
  6. 3 points
    I can offer some good insight here. I looked into this very question on the way toward purchasing an L-00 Studio, as I am extremely picky about neck feel and NOT a fan of low-profile necks. Although there are subtle variations from neck to neck, in general, the Advanced Response neck is indeed noticeably fuller in feel than the traditional Slim Taper neck. The AR necks tend to range in depth from around .86" to .90" at the first fret. The vast majority that I've seen spec'd have been in the .87"-.88" range at 1st fret. My L-00 Studio measures about .877" at the first fret. A nice full feel. An AR neck on one particular Hummingbird Studio I tried was unquestionably fat. That one must have measured around .90". Almost a Banner feel to it. In contrast, typical Slim Taper necks tend to run around .80" to .84" at the first fret (i.e., instruments such as the J45 and L-00 Standards). Closer to the '60s Gibson profile. One thing both neck styles have in common is that they don't get very obviously thicker up through the 9th fret. In that sense, they both have a "slim taper" quality. However, the general feel of the AR necks, and indeed my L-00 Studio as an example, is much fuller than any Slim Taper neck I've ever handled. Also worth mentioning is that the AR neck has a subtle V feel at the first fret that gradually flattens to a C around the 9th fret. The radius is 16" as mentioned earlier. All of this considered, the Advanced Response neck, to me, feels like a hybrid of the late-'50s Gibson rounded profile and the '70s Martin full profile soft V. It is not a huge 1" bat neck but it definitely feels more chunky and full to me than your typical modern low-profile neck...and, for me, that's a really good thing. Gibsons from the late '80s and early '90s often have a similar feel--a fuller C profile. I have a '91 J30 with that profile. It seems to have started to thin out again around the mid-'90s. Two great resources for gauging neck depths are the websites for Wildwood Guitars and The Music Zoo. Both sites routinely post neck-depth specs on instruments. Chicago Music Exchange also posts neck depths on used and vintage instruments. All of these will display commonalities among neck profiles across different brands, models and years. It's a great research tool if you are--again, like me--very picky about neck feel and more a fan of fuller-feeling necks. Hope that helps. -Mike
  7. 3 points
    Thank you, all! Great advice to get away from Guitar Center. I took the guitar to a veteran tech who had the thing playing like butter in no time. I'm in Seattle, where the weather has been going from cold and rainy to warm, clear sunny skies in three-day blocks since the beginning of September, more or less. I'm hoping that the first two adjustments at GC got the goonies out and that this setup has the guitar in good shape for a spell. It sounds as though I shouldn't be too surprised if there is a little more drama along the way what with being a brand-new and thinner instrument, and a volatile winter season looming. I am lucky that the atmosphere in my jam room is fairly stable. Again, I really appreciate all the advice and I had the BEST time rocking out on this guitar today! Regards, Jon
  8. 2 points
    Very nice looking LPs @pauloqs very nice story about you getting your R0 back. Best wishes and many years of enjoyment with your LPs!
  9. 2 points
    well now... that is an unusual and quite cool looking SG.. I like it!
  10. 2 points
    I'm not sure why they didn't hang it up. but I'm glad they didn't. I'm always sending pics of different guitars to my wife and she either ignores me or texts back "NO". 5 years back I sent her a pic of this and she immediately called me saying "omg, thats beautiful, how much ?" it really plays, feels, sounds great. after all this time it hasn't sunk in that its mine.
  11. 2 points
    While doing some research on a new-to-me guitar I recently picked up, for some reason I happened upon an old AGF discussion thread. The topic was Gibson's adjustable bridges, and noted luthier Rick Turner was weighing in hot & heavy. To cut it down to the basics, Turner said he'd changed out bunches of these bridges & they weren't worth one crap, and anyone who thinks they are worth a crap is a moron. Maybe not his exact words, but very close - and it really was quite a rant. With a luthier churning out such forum commentary while foaming at the mouth, it's no wonder many folks will feel free to parrot the bad wrap - whether or not they actually have any experience with these bridges. Now from a luthier's perspective, I totally get that the design is an affront to the basics of ideal guitar construction techniques. Absolutely, installing a bunch of metal hardware on your spruce top (and then maybe even throwing in a plastic bridge as a bonus), on paper seems like one of the dumbest things you could ever do. But a funny thing was created on the way to the nut house - A unique acoustic tone was born. And quite a few folks found that tone totally compelling. Sure, a lot of the adjustable bridges have self-destructed, and if you're a luthier you might shake your head every time another one comes through the door. But guess what? A whole lot of standard-fare bridges from the '60s have given up the ghost, too. They're old guitars. On the other hand, every once in a while you'll run into something like my bone stock '66 Epi FT-45n Cortez. Adorned with that silly plastic bridge, hardware, & adjustable saddle, it all is sitting there intact - exactly as it was when it left Kalamazoo, and structurally stable throughout. Regardless of Gibson's original intent, it also sounds like a million bucks that you won't find on any other street corner.
  12. 2 points
    It's the invasion of the Tuttles!
  13. 2 points
    I would have to think if they didn't, they walk of fame would be a farse..
  14. 2 points
    Hi all, I'm an old (71) player of maybe intermediate skill (if I am kind). I only recently re-engaged with the guitar after many years of playing ukuleles because of arthritis in my hands. Long story short, the arthritis improved and I decided I missed the guitar, So, I started buying guitars trying to find the "right" fit. I'm a small guy, and my wife and I just play at home for fun. I can't handle big dreadnaughts and jumbos. I'm kind of in love with parlor and smaller bodied guitars that can be comfortably played in chairs. I began with a Gretsch which was just too heavy and bulky. Then a Cordoba 3/4 nylon, but I didn't like that style of guitar. Then I purchased a new Taylor 214 GS on a whim, based on trying it in the store. But, it was way too big once at home. I traded that back for a GS Mini, which I am using now. We play pop/rock from 50s to 80s, and I generally try flat picking. Ok, all that out of the way, I really want a brighter "spruce top" tone, and I am drooling for an older Gibson, maybe even vintage. I am however, endlessly confused by the myriad model designations and trying to figure out which are the smaller bodies? So far, I think the L-00, L1 and L2 are the only ones small enough. But there are many, many other designations that I just don't know the size. In the NEW category, I am intrigued with the Parlor Rosewood M. But I've never had a vintage guitar and I am wondering what I am missing? Any advice on small models appreciated!
  15. 1 point
    Well after all these years I finally ended up with a PRS. It's a 2005 Santana SE made in Korea, but still a PRS. I'm not really celebrating the way I acquired it. Maybe you saw in the "gig" thread that my Les Paul got a broken headstock the night before Thanksgiving. Somehow the bass player apparently knocked it over while it was on the stand. I only saw it after it was on the floor. We were very cramped and he was setting up PA when it happened. I did not blame him and told him it wasn't his fault but he felt really bad anyway. Well last night at rehearsal he brought this PRS in and handed it to me saying it's mine. I protested but he insisted I take it. Said he hasn't played it in years anyway. He's a personal friend of Paul Smith and runs sound for his band. I'm sure he can get another PRS for a good price if he really wants. 😎 So I played it at practice and took it home afterward. It actually plays really nice and I love the neck. I was a little surprised that there's no push/pull pots for the pickups. Oh well, the humbuckers sound great. I put new strings on tonight. Have to get used to a floating bridge again. Anyway here it is:
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  17. 1 point
    All in, Nick. We both got lucky and found one, or two in your case. Mine just happens to be a blonde. Lookin' at wealth of J's on the Ryman stage tonight. The concert companion to the Ken Burns doc.
  18. 1 point
    Congrats on your retirement and thank you for your service. I walked out of the Air Force door in 2003 and I have no idea where the time has gone. Retirement number two is already on the horizon. I think the -339 is a good choice.
  19. 1 point
    Funnily, I've been looking at Fenders too. Nut a Japanese one. The 'Fender special run FRS series, It's a walnut Strat. As new but used. Good price too.
  20. 1 point
    My 2016 SG standard with P90's has a chunkier neck, which i dislike, but sounds awesome
  21. 1 point
    tru dat, but it's best to turn that around.. -- We live EVERYDAY, we only DIE once... and those are def heavy guitars, the semi hollow is deceiving. Rock It!!!
  22. 1 point
    Yeah, looks fake.
  23. 1 point
    Congrats man, what a beauty! it was worth it! 😉
  24. 1 point
    "3rd Stone From The Sun" - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  25. 1 point
    I find for all the stick it gets, 'The Final Cut' is actually a bit of an un-appreciated gem. Yes, it's Roger Walters banging the same drum about why his dad had to die and why his school days were so crap but the album has some good lyricism and arrangements on it. 'Paranoid Eyes' in particular is a great track. 'Animals' is probably my favourite Floyd album though. After my Dad died, I inherited his vinyl collection, bought myself a decent turntable and have slowly added to what he left me and I have a much better appreciation of 70's rock now.
  26. 1 point
    What a gift you gave to your brother. That sounds like a very tough thing to do. I would have an extremely difficult time laying still for 5 hours. But I would have done it for my Bro too. Thanks for reflecting on that experience.
  27. 1 point
    Nice to see you around Pipp! Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving dinner, we dont celebrate it here but i agree with SteveFord, we should enjoy every minute we have here, and just be nice to each other! peace!
  28. 1 point
    Very cool. That must be you and your Grandpa in the first picture. I hope you get lots of joy out of that guitar.
  29. 1 point
    In the 70's I had a 60's walnut 335 and a silly need to pay rent made it go bye-bye... It had a trapeze TP and it was THE 335 I have judged all other 335's by since then. Well since I'm no longer 335 deficient I was able to get a dark walnut 339. It's a nice git but not a 335.
  30. 1 point
    could it be cuz they are among the fugliest creations ever hatched on humanity????
  31. 1 point
    In the news of the weird, I am sort of well known for teaching the rules to the world. In the 1980s, my wife and I were hanging out in the mountains where everyone knew the rules, but nobody talked about. Well we gradually figured it out and I wrote an article for the local Atlanta area bluegrass club. Well the article was met with many accolades -- I had found a need! So I submitted it to BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED -- the primary international bluegrass magazine. That was 20 years ago. The article has been translated into 10 languages and republished on every continent but Antarctica -- mostly by bluegrass clubs, etc, If anyone cares, here is the link. BLUEGRASS JAMMING If you know the rules and have one or more of the required skill sets, you can walk up to one or more people and immediately make (often good, some times spectacularly) music with them. I just spent the weekend near Boston doing exactly that. Best, -Tom
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  33. 1 point
    Cool commercial. Not a very believable scenario. But hey, anything is possible. :)
  34. 1 point
    I wonder if some things that Seth initially intended to make it look better ended up having functionality. There is just so many “happy accidents” in the history of guitars, which makes me wonder if something similar happened to the PAF’s design elements that were originally thought as purely cosmetic.
  35. 1 point
    Love sneakin up on you - Bonnie Raitt. The slide part is fun.
  36. 1 point
    Very good. And well done getting photos of the inside- always a bit of a challenge, balancing light, camera (or phone), and hands, to frame a pic that makes sense. Maybe the nature of a Taylor guitar might not make the installation of the PlateMate as noticeable- maybe your next subject will allow that. Btw- that is not terrible wear to really call for the PlateMate- and even if it were, there are options now that do not require the complete replacement of the bridge plate, as was once the usual fix. Let us know what you hear when the Gibson gets it's turn.
  37. 1 point
    I dont know my amps from my ebow
  38. 1 point
    My ES339 has a printed serial number as well, but just numbers, no letters (i dont have a picture right now tho)
  39. 1 point
    Wow thank you so much. This one is a dead ringer for mine down to tone knobs, knurled nut on the switch, machine heads 100% same. Headstock, Mickey mouse ears, bridge. Only thing different the stop tail which must have been replaced for some reason. Was playing it again last night man what a nice playing guitar. I've had a few Gibson ES355's and this thing whole different level in sound and playability. The varitone switch gives so many tones and it really does ring like a bell. Having said that I recently sold an immaculate Joe Pass that I couldn't bond with and had a very sterile tone, or so I thought. The Jazz guy who came around to buy it blew me away with the sound he was getting out of it. The neck is just awesome. Lowest action and the string tension is so soft bends are so easy. Definitely a keeper. Thanks again for your help
  40. 1 point
    I had a cherry burst samick les paul that I actually purchased in Korea in 1988. One of the most awesome guitars that I ever played. I could kick myself that I sold it. I now have an Epiphone Les Paul custom cherry burst. Its ok, but the Samick was blowing everyones mind. You'll like it.
  41. 1 point
    These early post-war guitars are from a great period. The wartime shortages of wood and metal were over. The spruce that went into gliders during the war was available for soundboards, and straight-grain quarter-sawn Honduras mahogany that was used for such things as planking PT boats during the war was once again becoming the sides and backs of Gibsons (and Martins). The folk music boom of the late 50's and beyond had yet to develop, so the demand for guitars was still at rational levels, unlike the 60's and 70's where the goal was purely maximum output. The OP's guitar is a beautiful example from a wonderful time in Gibson's history. I hope he enjoys it for many years. I would call that one a keeper.
  42. 1 point
    I have a 2019 SG-Special. I have made one truss rod adjustment since I purchased it back in September. I like medium action and it stayed that way since. Of all the guitars I’ve owned, I would say the SG is the most delicate by far. I treat it with kid gloves for sure. But it’s one of the best guitars I’ve ever owned.
  43. 1 point
    All good points! For only a small investment in tools, that will pay for themselves in one or two setups, it's worth it. As stated earlier, you may even have the tools on hand. I would recommend investing in a set of good files, especially nut files. Trust me on this one. Once you do a couple setups, you'll wonder why you hadn't learned it earlier.
  44. 1 point
    Congrats, very nice looking guitar - bet there's some magic in there!
  45. 1 point
    All mahogany construction. 1953 Retail Price: $35.00
  46. 1 point
    There's nothing to worry about when you buy from a reputable dealer who allows you to return the guitar if it doesn't suit you. I've bought two that way and have been lucky both times...but felt good, knowing I could have returned them if I wasn't satisfied. Good luck!
  47. 1 point
    Interestingly, the "wear" on your new guitar appears to be much less pronounced than the "wear" Martin showed in the original video touting this aging process on the 1937 D-28 AA. In that version of the "wear", there was buckle rash through the finish on the back, and pickwear through the finish around the soundhole in the front. They also talked about artificially creating lacquer checking, etc. There is a significant downside with that degree of wear that really isn't discussed: you cannot readily use most polishes on finishes that are checked or worn through to the bare wood. Virtuoso for one warns against using their cleaner and polishes on checked lacquer surfaces. When those cleaner/polishes dry, even after you have polished them off, the cleaner and polish penetrate the cracks (or the mechanical crazing from pick impacts, etc), leaving a residue that ultimately dries white and is, as they say, virtually impossible to remove. I learned this the hard way on a 1947 L-7 that I owned a few years ago, where I spent countless hours with naphtha-soaked cotton swabs teasing dried polish out of lacquer checks. It may be that Martin has toned down the "aging" process on current versions of the AA guitars, compared to what was originally envisioned. I like the Authentic series Martins a lot. There are much the same philosophically (and practically) as Gibson's Legend series guitars. In the case of the Martin Authentics, most of the original versions of those guitars are priced impossibly out of reach for most of us. The Authentics offer a chance to grab a little bit of the legend at a more rational price.
  48. 1 point
    Dude!!! We need to go clubbing!!!
  49. 1 point
    I'd argue that there is a subjective side to these sort of things, which I believe are valid. Some people will not like the general idea or concept of a self tuning guitar and that's fine. It is their preference and their prerogative. Personally I find it kind of cool and rather useful. I don't think the quality of the components themselves influences those who are inherently against the notion of using a self tuning guitar and that's perfectly fine. That's not to say I'm in favor of spreading false information. I found it informative when you, OP, debunked the video. It's nice that we got to read what you as an engineer had to say about it. If it weren't for that video being posted some of us wouldn't have the background to scrutinize it in the same way you did. I find that despite the banter and playfulness there wasn't a serious dismissal to your content like I've seen in other places. For instance, in some other unnamed internet location someone wanted help choosing among a list of guitars, one of them a Gibson LP Studio or Faded or Tribute, I can't remember the exact model. I told the person posting the thread that he/she should play the guitars for himself/herself, but if I were the one making the decision I would have gone with the Gibson. Then comes this person to talk about how Gibson is trash and the QC is horrible and repeating all that internet hive mind opinions. Turned out that the person played PRS almost exclusively and had no experience playing the more recent Gibson guitars, say from 2016 on. This happened twice in the same unnamed internet location, just instead of PRS the other person was a fan of ESP/LTD. I don't think the same is happening here. I see people, when being completely serious, saying that they don't like the general idea or concept of a self tuning guitar. Also, just because you are stating something doesn't make it true, so I believe it valid to question and have you address certain aspects. Even if the video posted was as you put it, rubbish, it was important for you to address it. The guy in the video was indeed saying something different from what you were saying so it makes sense the video was posted. Perhaps it's my academic background where whenever you try to publish something that contradicts another paper it is almost inevitable that the other paper will be brought up by a referee or a peer in case you don't cite it. Maybe I'm interpreting things wrong, but that's how I'm reading into the comments. Edit: Also the fact that some people don't even want to give the G-force a go is a win win. People who like it get to buy is cheap in the used market to install it on their other guitars. Conversely, people who don't like it receive something that help finance their replacement tuners. Everybody's happy. Finally I have no problem whatsoever drilling a tiny hole on the headstock of my guitar to install a new tuner. I don't see how that is a problem. It'd be pretty silly if Gibson pre-drilled the tuner holes assuming that everyone was going to hate G-Force to begin with.
  50. 1 point
    Quite. An ES345 without a Varitone is a walk-on-by for me.
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