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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
    Earlier this year I tried the best guitar I ever played, a 60th Anniversary R9 in Southern Fade. I felt very familiar to me even when I first played it. I’ve played other R9s before, but never had the type of immediate bond with any other guitar, my R0 (G0) was the closest. I decided to not let the R9 go. So as a result, I traded in several of my guitars, including my R0. I recently ordered a used guitar from the shop and when I went to pick it up, I saw a used R0 that looked pretty similar to mine. I asked if I could check the serial number and lo and behold, it was my R0. I told the manager my story and he offered to sell it back to me for the same price they bought it from me. I couldn’t believe it. I had to ask him if he was sure about it as it had been several months. So I returned the used BFG with P-90s, sold them a Gibson USA Les Paul Standard and some cash to get my R0 back. The flames on it like to play hide and seek. Some angles makes the top look very plain, but other angles is flame festival. This guitars love the spotlight because every picture I take brings out all its flame. Here it is with a bonus picture with my R9. As you can see, I have a type. And here is what I traded for it It’s a Standard 50s which wad just phenomenal, but it wasn’t getting played because the R9 was even better. The neck on that Standard 50s measured and felt very close to my R9.
  3. 2 points
    Here is a song I have been messing with for quite some time. It's about constantly fighting for the important things in life, and never taking them for granted during the short time we are given. It has got a couple of attempts at a few firsts for me, like alternating rhyming lines, two time signatures, and an attempt at some more powerful vocals on the chorus, and even some heavy drums too 😀 It's a very odd song... THE NORTHERN STAR VERSE 1 the hour glass is broken and time falls to the floor too many words unspoken while I'm trapped behind closed doors no the sand won't pull back it covers all I've forsaken maybe it's the effort I lack or the wrong road I've taken CHORUS so throw away the maps and keys to where we are pack our bags boys and catch the Northern...the Northern Star. VERSE 2 our new town shall be unknown and our street without a name pure seeds will be sown for our love to remain I wanna make it up to you for the time lost between the most beautiful two boys I have ever seen CHORUS so throw away the maps and keys to where we are pack our bags boys and catch the Northern...the Northern Star. Lars
  4. 2 points
    They're definitely great guitars and if you have the opportunity, try as many as you can even if they're a friends guitar that's not for sale. Knowing what to look for was very difficult. I've went through a few (maybe not as many as Sal 🙂 ) before I found a keeper. As far as J45's (and versions) here's what I went through and maybe I'm not done two modern J45 standards - both gone J45 Custom RW - gone 1954 J50 - gone J45 True Vintage - gone original 1940's Banner J45 - gone Kris Kristofferson SJ - still have Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Deuce - stil have J45 Legend The Legend won out over all the others, I look at the other two I have as artist signed collectables.
  5. 2 points
    Tony P on my favorite guitar J-45 on Acoustic Tuesday
  6. 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!
  7. 2 points
    There's a new Guitar Denter opening in JCY in 2020. https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Business/2019/07/26/Johnson-City-Guitar-Center-to-open-on-Peoples-Street-in-2020.html
  8. 2 points
    well now... that is an unusual and quite cool looking SG.. I like it!
  9. 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:
  10. 1 point
    Going well......! "Highway 28" - Better Days (Paul Butterfield)
  11. 1 point
    Hi all. Just ordered for Christmas a new ES 339, Vintage Sunburst. Very excited! My question is, Anything in particular I need to look out for? I have other guitars, I'm half decent at set ups but I have never had a semi-hollow until now. Many thanks, and all the best for the hols!!
  12. 1 point
    I picked up my guitar from Brothers Music this week... Love it. Action is where I like it. Finally just recorded this because it was easy.... bare fingers. I may have recoded this on the forum a year back with a different guitar. Don't know! I first recorded just a few noodling tracks going through some riffs, but it was boring. Frankly I play guitar and Sing... so this is how I use the guitar naturally. How do I keep this home at my next gig? When I know it is there... ready to be taken out? Awww Takamine is safer bet.
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    Thanks for the advice everyone. You'll probably be seeing my " Les Paul headstock repair" thread sometime in 2020 😎
  15. 1 point
    If you have any toddlers in the house, they like to stuff things into the f-holes.
  16. 1 point
    I've never even seen this colour before. Its a beaut. Not only the cream PG but the gold/chrome mix shows it off properly. Congrats
  17. 1 point
    That is purty! my question is, if Gibson can put that out that upgraded SG Standard (which is a modern version) for $1599, with the HP titanium steel case, why in the world couldn't they included the standard brown tolex case with the regular SG Standard for the $1499 that they are asked for it with the padded soft case?? This makes NO sense whts so ever! We all asked why not just charge a few more buck and include the hard case. Better yet, why not charge $1599 for Modern SG Standard and included that steel case. It still cheaper for them than the rose colored SG Standard package above. Think about it, the Rose Gold SG Standard is the same exact model as the Modern SG Standard except for paint color, white plastics, gold plated tuners and top tail bolts, all of which actually actually add to cost over the regular SG Standard. This is just plain crazy! Gibson has lost it... well me from buying any new SG Standards anyways, lol If the brown tolex hard cases come back to the basic SG Standard, I will buy again. I would have bought the 2019/Modern SG Standard in cherry and one of CME special builds they sell for my collection if they would have included that factory brown hard case 🙂
  18. 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.
  19. 1 point
    Kids, don’t let this happen to your guitar at home! With such a chewed up bridgeplate, it’s a worst case scenario situation when coupled with the plastic bridge. The ball ends will be pulling almost directly on the spruce top, and could easily cause the top to develop a crack south of the pin holes. Hope it got fixed!
  20. 1 point
    https://imgur.com/a/Oc8KlXx https://imgur.com/a/M8Glo4s In case the above links do not show up.
  21. 1 point
    My wife and I quit in the '90s. Both after25+years of tobacco. We were sharing 2 1/2+ cartons a week at the time. Cigs in Anchorage are somewhere North of $10.50/pack now! And I can run all the way around the block without stopping!!!!
  22. 1 point
    Great story! And those are beautiful les pauls.
  23. 1 point
    To be very honest, I wasn’t expecting a great album, but seeing that The Who and the Beatles could do no wrong in my book I bought it. Since Friday evening I have listened to the album 9 times. Townshend has sprinkled elements from Tommy, Quadrophenia, Who’s Next, Who are You. His power chords are fantastic, the synthesizers are reminiscent- especially on a few songs, Roger sings with passion and the rhythm section is impressive. One song in particular Danny and my Ponies reminds me of the song Village Idiot by Van Morrison. Street Song is impressive, yet sad, in the fact Townshend is saying this is it, we are saying this is our street song and to say so long. The album evokes strong emotion, I was but 11 years old when I discovered The Who and the song My Generation and followed the group till present. This is perhaps their last album, they are old men, and I’m not a young man myself, a lot of this album deals with growing old. So this is really their swan song. Where does the time go?
  24. 1 point
    Unless you're in a one J-45 town, that price would not necessarily be considered insanely good from a private seller. Might just go for less. The ADJ sound is not for everyone- make sure you have your ears on when visiting. . . . and your nut falls into the realm of what Gibsons can have, coming out of Bozeman. There are cleaner ones, but this one is most likely just fine.
  25. 1 point
    Wow ... that is quite a statement. To me, the Who's last great album was "Who Are You?" A lot of people disagree with "Who Are You?" even being good, but not me -- I have always loved that album. However, I always thought their very best work was "Quadrophenia", followed by "Who's Next". The world could use a great another great album by the Who ... because it has certainly been a while. Looking forward to hearing it...
  26. 1 point
    I was just typing that song in, - you beat me by seconds. So I'll go with "1-2-3" Len Berry Notes
  27. 1 point
    All the best Sal - you can do it! And I loved the Robert Johnson! NCB
  28. 1 point
    Hey Rabs, the first gig you played.😃
  29. 1 point
    Ideally, string height (action) should take into account your playing style- if you're a heavy strummin' rhythm sort of guy, or a finger-picker, then you want the action on the high side. If you're into note-by-note melodies halfway up the fingerboard and beyond, lower action is better. Don't be afraid to adjust the bridge height yourself- you can't really break anything. If you want a good starting point, put a capo on the first fret and raise/lower the bridge until you get 4/64ths inch (about the thickness of a quarter) at the 12th fret for the treble E string, and 5/64ths (just a wee-bit thicker than a quarter) for the low E (measuring from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of each string). If anything buzzes at those settings, then take it to a luthier. 99% of guitars should be able to handle those settings without buzzing.
  30. 1 point
    Would be a change in both regards + and -.. on the plus, it will probably be a bit more resonant as the strings will have more room to move when played. on the minus, it won't play as easily as it does with lower action. As is the case with ALL guitars, getting the action set to what "you" like is a balancing act that is determined by a players preference/touch and the guitars capability to support that setting. (things like high frets, truss rod response, how the slots in the nut are cut/regulated, all key ingredients into how the action can be set.) What works for me, might not work at all for you, proper setups are crucial and it's a bit different for every one. Find a good/reputable setup tech, who would be able to take it beyond what your teacher can do. Trust me when I say, some setup techs are head and shoulders above others. So finding a real good one is always a great thing to have on hand.
  31. 1 point
    First off, my condolences for your loss. That had to be a very difficult time for you. AFAIK custom shop serial numbers don't follow the standard Gibson Serial Number formula. Your best shot, if no one here can help, (and my guess is someone can) is to email or call Customer Service. They will be your best source for answers if nothing comes along here. best wishes, /kb
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    Wow, major congrats, Navy! That's some big changes in a very short time. We're prepping our Wild West house to get it sold so we can fund a major remodel of our place in north Idaho. Not sure where we're going to live in the meantime. :^/
  35. 1 point
    I love my 339, this guitar has become a part of my family!!
  36. 1 point
    Yeah, looks fake.
  37. 1 point
    Yes, but this has nothing to do with Gibsons & Epiphones being built today. When Gibson bought what was left of the original Epiphone company in 1957, they decided to create their own in-house competitive line. Starting in 1958 (and initially using up the parts procured from the Epi purchase), they began producing Epiphones in their Kalamazoo factory. Sometimes these were exact clones of Gibson models (except for the headstock & pickguard), but there also were unique models that significantly parted ways with Gibson's own offerings. Build quality of the two lines was identical. In 1970, the arrangement ended, as Gibson decided to have Epiphones produced in pacific rim countries. The first of these was Japan, then Korea, and now primarily China and Indonesia (some models are still occasionally made in Japan & Korea). The fact remains that thornev's "335 expert" is completely off base, and I would consider suspect any information he puts out.
  38. 1 point
    ohh yes!! 😍 that is one beautiful ES335
  39. 1 point
    All credit too you for that mate, well done that man👍
  40. 1 point
    I'll slant this another way & thank Gibson for making this community possible.
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point
    Sounds like a great family thanksgiving you had there. If you don't mind me asking, what stuff did you give him?
  43. 1 point
    You are a good brother, rct. 😑
  44. 1 point
    And are we all stuffed (like a turkey)? Happy thanksgiving!
  45. 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!
  46. 1 point
    I'm thankful for my wife and my 2019, one of a kind, Gibson Gold Top Custom with a 60's profile thin tapered neck and custombucker pickups. And I am extra thankful that as a teenager I taught myself how to play guitar with the goal in mind of one day getting la......well you know.
  47. 1 point
    I'm thankful for this gift of music, and the privilege and ability to deliver it to audiences. And for the day job, which keeps the bills paid. 😕
  48. 1 point
    I'm thankful I can make a living doing music and nothing but music I'm thankful for the most wonderful lady in the world agreeing to marry me 41 years ago I'm thankful my wife is also a great singer and a damn good guitarist and synth player so we can gig together I'm thankful we both have excellent health (without that you have nothing) I'm thankful for my audience in both my duo, The Sophisticats and my Band-in-a-Box aftermarket business, Norton Music I could go on and on, these are just the highlights. Insights and incites by Notes
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    Love sneakin up on you - Bonnie Raitt. The slide part is fun.
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