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    Its probably seems odd that we Brits should be glad about it too, but we are. Happy Holiday! https://authordylanhearn.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/5-reasons-why-the-british-should-celebrate-4th-july-redux/
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    I 'm Spartacus
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    I tried a guitar,one that has caused a great controversy all over message boards everywhere. The guitar i looked at? A Zager Zad80ce, about a 1700 dollar git, wasnt meaning to, i was looking at an old laminated rosewood Gibson Blue Ridge. But, honestly, the Zager was better in every single regard. The controversy stems from the fact that Zager kind of claims to make their guitars in usa, but theyre actually made in Indonesia and finally assembled in America, so made in the usa? Meh, not really. However, i did still want to at least try the guitar to see if it is the total piece of crap some people say or does it make some decent sounds? Well, first impressions was , oh, this is a tiny body! like a 00, so then i figured, i pray its not boxy sounding, most small gits sound like tiny boxes lol. To my surprise, it did not! Not only that but WOW this thing boomed! Like a killer Martin kind of boom. After playing it only about 3 chords in it was painfully obvious this was VASTLY SUPERIOR to my Taylor 214ce deluxe with rosewood back n sides. I mean, not even close, this reminded me of a Martin 000-28. Now, i am certain the brand snobs and country snobs will reply how this git is trash because its not usa made blah blah blah, but i dont think anyone who has actually played the Zad80 can say it does not sound good, it sounds like a 3500 git to me, its boomy with tons of lovely bass, its amazing to think this was only 1700?? It also felt very light, im not sure how good the construction is on these, it felt like it was fragile to be honest. But, the cedar top and rosewood back really resonated well, this was a stage ready instrument 100%. Moral of the story? Well, ive been posting on the Gibson forums 10 years and the best advice ive ever received from the old timers was, forget other peoples reviews, go try the guitars out in person for yourself. You may find that an Epiphone or Zagar or Breedlove plays betters for you than a super expensive be all end all brand. Far too many people on all these message boards get caught up in other people's opinion and not their own. Oh and get this, i bought an epiphone hummingbird last year, it had more sustain than 3 Gibson acoustics i played right next to, those being a j-45, j-15 and dove. So, yea, i still love Gibson, my favorites are dove and j-45s but i keep my mind open to others brands. Did i buy the Zager? Well, no, but would i trade for one? If it sang like the first one? Yes, and ive owned 55 guitars in my 50 years so id certainly acquire one if the opportunity presented itself.
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    Read a book about Townes Van Zandt - apparently he often used that song to warm up before performances. It was one of my favorites - learned from a book I wore out by Alan Lomax "The Folk Songs of North America" - because it was more ... musical? than Tom Dulah. The Kingston Trio's version was the song that got me interested in the guitar. In our family - music may be genetic, but it skips every other generation. Great performance. Good Times !
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    My test came back negative - YAY! It must have been my wife's cooking that was doing me in.
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    Albert defiantly got the Blues in his fingers and I think all of the Three Kings are excellent, I really love his V...
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    It is genetic, and I can prove it. My story is actually similar. My father was in a string band in the NC mountains (near Asheville) while in HS in the 1930s. But when he graduated HS, he gave that all up -- I really never knew he could play guitar, harmonica and jew's harp while I was still at home in Florida. Even though I (tried) played guitar and harmonica at the time -- Buddy Holly and the Kingston Trio -- he never said a word . I spent most of the 60s in Boston getting educated and I met and married a wonderful "folk singer" -- think PPM, Joan Baez, etc. Mountain music was only in my life in its really mild folk revival form. But then I moved to Atlanta after the folk revival died and was induced to play "bluegrass" by one of my students -- we were terrible. But my wife and I found our way into the Georgia Mountains and it blew us away! The folk revival narrative was that traditional music was dying away and college students were saving it. But it had not gone anywhere -- still hasn't. And they all spoke in the dialect of my youth -- my kids use to kid me that my accent changed at the entrance to a bluegrass festival. The wonderful thing about bluegrass is that -- if you can play and you know the rules -- you can walk up to people you never met and make music: sometimes great music. My wife took up the bass fiddle and high lonesome harmony singing and sort of became a queen of the parking lot -- where most of the music is played. She is I believe the only woman born in Manhattan ever inducted into the Atlanta Country Hall of Fame. My fourth cousin -- Larry Barnwell -- plays bluegrass, and he ran the original Gibson mandolin division in Bozeman for years -- before he jumped to M****, where he was sales manager for the western half of the US. He still lives in Bozeman. And my daughter is part of a high lonesome duo called Dead Girl Songs. Like I say, it is clearly genetic. Here is a video of a jam show (no practice) we did in Nova Scotia in 2011 that includes all the pieces -- the 1935 Gibson Jumbo under discussion, my late wife on bass, jamming, Dead Girl Songs, and both a 1944 Gibson J-45 (banner) and a 1937 D-18. Like I said -- it must be genetic. Grandson Let's pick, -Tom
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    Tone is wearing the pick guard from a 1963 ES-345 around your neck on a gold chain.
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    What is next the Slash Double-neck or the Chuck Berry ES-350T?
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    The case says: esn uosqib Hmmm...
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    Indeed it is, a 2012. Somebody stuck Seymour Duncans in it so I figured this would be the perfect candidate for some black Gibson P90s. A little set up, new strings and a LOT of lemon oil and it plays like buttah (as they say).
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    I hear the Biden campaign has hired Ozzy to translate Biden's rambling .....
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    Freakin' wanker! Never ever heard of RJD. She's hilarious. Wonder what she would say about Bruce Dickinson?
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