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  1. 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.
    3 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Historically, Christmas has been a time of the year when terrible things have happened over multiple years. I won’t bore everyone with a list, but I do generally mention one specific incident: Christmas Eve 1974. I hear my parents arguing (nothing new there), then what was obviously a gunshot, then my mother screaming and a few minutes later, EMS and the police arriving at our front door. My dumba$$ old man had accidentally shot my mother in the leg (she survived). I guess in his pathetic mind he wasn’t sure what to give to the woman who had everything, so he decided on a bullet. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but when you really want to send a message of true love, a .22 caliber lead bullet is sure to impress. And since this was a time when body armor was not readily available, Santa skipped our house that night due to safety concerns. But hey, I got to share a holiday story that could not be equaled by my friends or classmates. Ho! Ho! Freaking Ho! Anyway, over the years things at Christmas did change when our grandkids were younger. My wife and I enjoyed making a serious effort to make Christmas special for them. But my grand-daughter is in college and my grandson is a sophomore in high school so the season is not the same.
    2 points
  7. The acoustic room in any good store better be humidity controlled.
    2 points
  8. I guess you haven't heard about TV yellow before.
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. It’s not a fake, that’s a genuine 2017 SJ. Enjoy it!
    2 points
  11. 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
  12. For 10k Jim Isray can have them all.
    2 points
  13. It’s definitely not a genuine Gibson, but hey-it wasn’t exactly expensive, looks cool (most audience members would presume it was the real deal) and it sounds pleasing…reads like a winner to me. Enjoy it in good health 🙂
    2 points
  14. Well guys here’s the result, in short words. virtuoso did remove all of the “cloudiness” that was sitting on top of the lacquer, remember that the compressed air “liquid” fell on the guitar as a blob of liquid, as a drop of water that “splashed” leaving a circle with little “tentacles” around it. Virtuoso has made this invisible in terms of no white colouration is visible, however unfortunately to me, this “liquid” out of the compressed air can did “corrode” or “eat” a bit of the clear coat, so while you can’t feel it with your fingers or can’t even really see it at all, if you angle the guitar on the light you will see it there, but as an indentation and not a stain. The crackling that was accidentally caused with the compressed air can was of course, not able to be removed.
    2 points
  15. 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
  16. Well welcome to the forum Mr Guru, the people who you have called wrong have earned their credibility, so if you wish to point the wrong finger at anyone in here, you need to provide credible proof and start earning your reputation.
    2 points
  17. Wait; Wrong like a Priest and an altar boy in a hot tub, or like some lesser form of wrong? 🤨
    2 points
  18. I'm making a cap for the Player Port out of 5/4 Teak. I just have to get it finish sanded into an airtight fit. The teak, unfinished, is almost exactly the same color as the Walnut. I may cut a coutour to fit the body's curve, but I think I'm going to send it to Nichols Inlay to have something inlayed into the cap. I already have a Nichols Truss rod Cover with a Grateful Dead Steal Your Face inlayed into it. I think I'll have something Similar done with the cap, maybe a Dead skleton. Anyway, this G-45 is a good sounding guitar, and my other Gibson is an Advanced Jumbo. Just wanted to let You know that the Port can be neutralized with a little work. I'm putting an LR BAGGS M1A into the guitar, so I wanted to make sure that I could use the pickup without any weirdness from the Player Port. This guitar, although plain, is a very well fitted Gibson. I'm getting pretty old, sonI may cut back to just the G-45 within a few years, and i think it will be all I need. I'm very happy with the sound of this guitar.
    2 points
  19. Computer wisdom from Whitefang… good lord
    2 points
  20. Nothing. Got talked into drink and I won't do that again anytime soon.
    2 points
  21. I guess at this point I'm just looking for advice on how to deal with this. since you're askin,, how's bout... 1: get yer money back 2: buy a new Gibson that hasn't been "artificially aged" 3: move on with your life I don't get this "aged" stuff, I really don't.. I mean how the heck do you know what's intended as part of the aging process, or.... what's not??? is there a rule book? a guide to "artificially aged" guitars?? again, I don't get it......... I never will..
    2 points
  22. 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
  23. Well, that is a cheap fix.
    1 point
  24. It was handled well on your part, I'd have been upset about it too, I'd like to think I'd have been rational about it as well. I've had a few dealings with repair people in the past, stuff happens.. I've gone back to discuss the matter and they've usually tried to make it right. Cooler heads prevail.
    1 point
  25. If a Guitar I own has bad karma it doesn’t inspire to want to play it. I don’t get upset if I sell or trade it.. It can start a new life with someone else who will make great Music with it… There are no shortage of Guitars I’d like to own.. I’m sure I can always find a new or used GREAT Guitar to replace it.. I’m sure you can too.. Best of luck to you…
    1 point
  26. Gibsons tend to be setup with approximately .022uf or .047uf capacitors wether they are small Wafer, Fat, Oil or 8umblebees You could get a bag of them from an electronic store and experiment. Note that when they are setup in the traditional way to the tone pot (between one terminal and ground on the tone pot) , when tone is on 10 they are not doing anything until you start to crank the tone down a bit.
    1 point
  27. Hello my Gibson friends. While I LOVE this guitar, the luthier just offered to buy it at full price - $2200. He said he "f***** up big time" and doesn't want me to have to deal with it. He actually offered me the $2400 that I mentioned initially. Um... What just happened? Tbh, it's the last thing I was expecting. He's coming by tomorrow to give me the money and pick up the guitar. I'm sad that it will go, but as for erasing the last week of frustration, it goes a hell of a long way. Hey, it's not about the money. Not for me. If Gibson charged me $500 or $600 or $800 to fix it, I'd have no problem paying it - even if it's out of my pocket. The whole thing is more complex than that. If you're reading this, then guitars are not just another object to you and you understand. I'm upset that I don't get to keep the guitar, but this brings it down to a "normal" level of upset, like if it arrived with a broken headstock. Frustrating, but straightforward. And since just waiting is the worst part of this for me, this solves that. Nobody really "won" - whatever went down when that guitar was there, I have no idea - he's upset too, and that's pretty refreshing. Not that I want him to be upset, but in these times... you know what I mean. The guy has been in business for over 10 years. I've seen his custom guitars and they're beautiful. I don't get it, and I'm going to do something I never do well. I'm going to let it go 🤣. The offer is completely fair. I think the only way the outcome could have been better is if I just never gave the guitar to anybody. But under the circumstances, I'm surprisingly relieved and pleased.
    1 point
  28. Yeah, many is the time the mood struck me, but by the time I unsnapped the case clips, and flipped up the lid, it had passed. Now I know why. Wall hangers. Gotta get me some right away. Maybe I should also install an express elevator in case I'm on the main floor when the mood strikes. Otherwise it could disappear by the time I climb the stairs to the second floor where the Guitar Shrine ( or as my wife calls it, the bedroom) is. RBSinTo
    1 point
  29. I THINK the best way to go about this is to send it to Gibson Repair & Restoration to bring it back to new and then have him pay the bill. That seems to be the most fair way to go about it. As long as it's not like $2k to repair. There are other "luthiers" out there, but as dramatic as this sounds, the experience traumatized me - I think it has to do with how absolutely unexpected this was and also that it's not a short path to getting it resolved.
    1 point
  30. Chris, It must be terribly depressing to live in a world where this is your prevailing philosophy. Yes, these are difficult times for any number of reasons, but to lose all faith in people must be truly soul crushing. My condolences. RBSinTo
    1 point
  31. Hi Mantastic, I still maintain you should approach the guy with a request for a new guitar. Start from a strong stance then you both can accept that he pay to have the guitar restored.. Everybody wins. Keep your spirits up, you'll get thru this, a lot of people here behind you.
    1 point
  32. spending time with our people instead of spending money on them, that would be my wish.....
    1 point
  33. And now The Stones are not playing Brown Sugar cause ya know . . . it has bad lyrics. Yes its about slavery and black p-ussy (its sung in 3rd person), but I don't think The Stoned invented slavery or had any . . . its just a song. Mick I'm sure had his share of Brown Sugar though.
    1 point
  34. It's a shame we in the USA have degenerated from a reasonably civilized nation to a barbarian one. In a civilized country we actually like being nice to one another. I blame FOX and right plus MSNBC and left for manipulating the population with the tried and true methods of fear and anger. A divided nation is easy to rule, and while we are fighting among ourselves, the plutocrats are laughing all the way to the bank. I see the problem, but don't know how to fix it. The guy's proper response would have been to apologize and move to his side of the line. That would have been the civilized way to act. Insights and incites by Notes ♫
    1 point
  35. My sister-in-law had 'barn cats' and they seemed to be fodder for the coyotes, (Bend, OR). She named them #1, #2, #3, etc. I think she finally gave up on replacing the cats when she was naming them #11 & #12.
    1 point
  36. A Jazzmaster without the wacky pickup controls no one uses? that's different. And quite nice looking. Enjoy.
    1 point
  37. VERY nice. Congrats, I bet she really sings. a full report of how it sounds please.
    1 point
  38. Gibson Custom Shop Limited ES-335 Traditional Pro with Tapped Zebras (Iced Tea) https://www.gak.co.uk/en/gibson-custom-shop-limited-es-335-traditional-pro-with-tapped-zebras-iced-tea/79243
    1 point
  39. Yessir. Considering that I was up to 21 guitars at one point earlier this year, I'm happy to be settling in at 13 total, as of today's arrival of the Jazzmaster. (Three acoustic/electrics, one solid body electric bass, one ukulele, one hollowbody electric, and seven solid-body electric six string guitars. ) It's still a daft and vexing addiction, but I feel like I'm making progress in reeling it in. 😬
    1 point
  40. tell ya what,, go count the threads here on fakes,, go on, give it a shot... if you collect them all and send to gibson customer support, don't hold your breath waiting for any one there to give sh-t there's plenty of places to learn about spotting these, if people too careless or lazy to confirm a purchase,, that's on them.
    1 point
  41. if the authenticity is fully disclosed. in this case, it was then really no harm, no foul.. the seller was up front, they buyer bought what he knew was not authentic. That he's now trying to figure out the origin? well that is on him. It's clearly a fake, and a bad one at that. If it plays like a 300 dollar guitar and sounds like a 300 dollar guitar, then that's what it is. The name on the headstock at this point is entirely irrelevant.
    1 point
  42. I played it today. It had a great balanced tone, and I like non-ornate guitars. I think it was overpriced though. I’m glad I got to play it. By the way, I also played a Taylor AD17. In theory it’s $200 more, but in the wild it’s the same price. CME seems to be selling stock as used for the same price. Anyways the AD17 is also made in America, non-ornate, but actually beautiful. Seriously. And it sounded great. I know what I would have walked out with. by the way Russos will have my MartinD15 for about a month. It will be primed, set up, with a K&K installed… and my oldest guitar will then again join its J45TV brother.
    1 point
  43. great question, considering he was mentioned what "may be a likely" scenario.. guess we got a newbie feelin his oats!
    1 point
  44. Thanks sparquelito. The Burst Buckers are a lower output pickup than I'm used to, but they have a decent well rounded sound, that seemed a little muddy for my tastes. I'm playing through a smaller Mesa Boogie F30, and going directly in the BBs were just not doing it for me in keeping the low end tight, and getting some good high end. I ended up swapping out the bridge pickup, which is what I use the most, with a Seymour Nazgul, which is perfect in that guitar. Reminds me of Gibson Explorers with 500Ts that I have played in the past. I've also managed to acquire an Epiphone Korina Explorer, looks like a 98 from a pawn shop via Reverb. It arrives tomorrow, and though it has been modified and has some dents I can hardly wait. Be well, happy playing.
    1 point
  45. Played my 3rd gig in a row tonight. It was with the acoustic duo. There's a local chain of bar/restaurants called Ram's Head. We've played regularly at a few of the other locations, but tonight was the first time at this particular one right outside of Annapolis in a town called Crownsville. Interesting thing tonight, was the county fair grounds are just down the road and the annual Renaissance Festival is going on there. The place was packed with people coming from that in their full period attire. It was a great night and we met some really cool people and they loved our music. Got some tips and drinks bought for us. On the drive home my buddy and I talked on our phones the whole way. Reflecting how lucky we are to do this. With a very few exceptions, all the people we meet and connections we make are great. The management and staff where we play, the patrons at the venues and even other bands and musicians who play the same places. And we make a few Dollars doing it. What more could we ask for? 🙂
    1 point
  46. I've been jonesing for a new Overdrive/Distortion pedal for awhile. After weeks of browsing the online sites I somehow missed this VOX Valvenergy Series pedals until a few days ago. I was intrigued with them. Especially the CAB Mode that seems like it will be good for when I run straight into the PA. The Copperhead supposedly gives that British Stack (PLEXI) sound. When I saw a brand new one on eBay for less than the other online retailers and it also included a 10' guitar cable and 2 jumper cables I couldn't resist. Hooked it up today and it works and sounds as advertised. Can't wait to try it at a gig. I'll use it in Standard Mode with the full band and CAB Mode for acoustic gigs.
    1 point
  47. Usual swim this a.m. And I made one of the world's greatest fried bacon sandwiches today. I know because I ate it. Hot.
    1 point
  48. I follow your definition and remember the video well. A lot of Bird there, , , as if I'm not too off this was before the bass began to bloom. Regarding the Herco, then try not to hold it too tight. The nectar of course comes from the box, but it has to be groomed forward with attention and care. It's a series of factors combined right around the special nature of these guitars. And as we know some of them have more than others. Let me hear what you get out of it in case you find a Flex 50.
    1 point
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