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  1. Hello everyone, My name is dem00n. The number of posts on the left may imply that I was once an extremely active poster on these forums. I'm at an odd mood, I felt it was important to come back and make a thread, even if it doesn't really matter to anyone but me. I'm simply here to say, that these forums have shaped the very individual I am today. On December 27th, 2008 I joined this place at thirteen years old, I didn't even own a Gibson. I learned more here then I ever did in middle school or high school. I raised hell, made friends with a bunch of old dudes and spread my opinions like wild fire. It was home for a number of years. I tapered off around 2013, as I entered my undergraduate studies, occasionally coming back to the familiarity of this place, just to feel good. I may have spent more time on here then I did ever playing my guitar. I never was that good, but I enjoyed playing. One of my dreams is to released an album, just one - don't even need to play live or nothing.... However, I can truly pinpoint how this place changed my life. It was in these forums that I discovered the DIY effect pedal scene. It was the electronics that led me into Electrical Engineering, then leading to Mechatronics Engineering, which is what I ended up graduating in. After a quick stint in a national lab, I went for a PhD in Electrical Engineering, focusing on biomedical applications. I'm still completing my PhD, I'm almost done! 😫 This place means a lot to me, and I'm sure if you're reading this, this place means a lot to you as well. I know I won't be active here ever again, because I simply don't play as I used to and to be perfectly honest, my interests have changed. I still own my 59' ES-125T and my Melody Maker. At least my grammar has approved since 2008, or maybe it hasn't. Oh...and EMG pickups still suck, this is a constant truth. I love you all, even if I don't know who you are.
    8 points
  2. 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
  3. So I have been looking for a maple bodied dreadnought with a short scale fingerboard, and they are rare as hen's teeth. But my buddies at Sweetwater must have known what I was jonesing for as they commissioned a Sweetwater exclusive Hummingbird with a maple body, and the usual 'Bird 24.75 inch scale. For some reason they decided to have it painted (stained?) in what they call Viper Blue and I would much rather see a quilted maple in a natural finish so you could see the wood but was more concerned about how it would sound than what color it was. I think Gibson has a tendency to paint colors over wood that doesn't have great grain patterns - but apparently this is what Sweetwater wanted so it's what they got. I have no idea how many of them were made. But it arrived today and I love it. Very crisp maple tone (without being too bright or trebly), even balance between strings. Has a Gibson rounded C neck, 12 inch radius, rosewood board and the short scale. All of which are feature I like most, so it fits in my hand very comfortably and feels familiar. And the color looks a lot better in person than in photos - the neck looks painted black in photos, but it's really the dark blue as well. Unlike my "original" Hummingbird it has Grover rotomatic tuners and a plain truss rod cover, same Baggs VTC pickup.
    7 points
  4. In Case of Emergency - Break Glass !
    7 points
  5. An amusing little video:
    7 points
  6. In advance of my 50th birthday on the 14th of March, my amazing wife has got me this amazing 61 SG Reissue with sideways vibrola. This has joined my 2015 Les Paul Traditional and 2003 ES-355 to form the holiest of Trinity’s.
    7 points
  7. I put up a whole wall of boards with hundred year old nail holes so a few more won't matter much
    7 points
  8. I normally do not like posting my New Guitar Days. However, I'm really excited about this one! Brand new Fender Strat Professional ll, Dark Knight from Wildwood. This is the best Strat I have ever owned, let alone ever played. If you've never tried out one of these yet, gotta get yourself to a music store soon!
    6 points
  9. The older I get, the more questions and doubts I have. For me, seeing these musical heroes die just brings reality home to us as we fly along as if we’ll live forever (especially when they are part of our own generation). I’m sorry they’re gone, but their problems on this planet are over. Life is for the living and it’s the living who will mourn their deaths. As stated by others, RIP is a form of respect. If you think about it, we say it for ourselves so no one thinks bad of us. Beyond that, who the hell knows? All religious texts were written by humans. Not by God or “a” god. Whatever we worship today is hardly any different than the mythological gods of the Romans or Greeks. The difference is that societies (through wars, famines, technology, morals, and the evolution of humans) change and so do gods they believe in. The same God that lets one little kid survive cancer and allows another to die from it is doing exactly what the Roman and Egyptian gods did centuries ago, yet we provide “our” god with attributes that make him/her the real and better god. ……I believe we go somewhere after we leave this life, but I doubt it has anything to do with any religion. Wherever it is, I hope my family members, Charlie Watts, Cash, Patsy Cline, Audey Murphy, Dean Martin, John Kennedy, Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and many others that served as a positive example for me are all there…..Just my view on things. Doesn’t make me right and someone else wrong…….Meanwhile——God Bless all of you.
    6 points
  10. +1 on this- your son isn't going to love it because you kept it in a case and it's in great shape- he'll love it because it will remind him of you playing it and the music and times shared together. See this thread for an example of how this ends up happening. Everyone gets mad at themselves when they make the first ding in something expensive but after that the honest wear becomes a badge of honor. they're instruments meant to be played.
    6 points
  11. Yup, she had been talking about putting together a band for about two years and they had their first practice last night in our basement. Five pieces with three ladies and two guys. My kiddo is playing bass and will also join in on uke and percussion. Seemed like there was more laughing and eating pizza than playing though. I do not, however, like most of the music the kids are listening to. So it is official. I have become my father.
    6 points
  12. This past weekend we got booked into one of our favorite local joints on Saturday 5th, 8 to midnightish. Like old times. Except new owner, trying to figure out what bands he wants in there this summer. And he added a pool table. Sunday 5th, 3pm - 7pm out on the deck at a joint on the bay. It's a good one, we like playing that place, she is setting up her schedule for the summer, we'll get a few more out this one. YaY. rct
    6 points
  13. Here is your question answered. Come to your own conclusion.
    6 points
  14. 6 points
  15. thank you very much for your beneficial comment. Every forum needs a conceited, big-headed person like you that ridicules people for not knowing stuff they literally havent dealt with before.
    6 points
  16. A few weeks ago, I got my first Les Paul as a surprise gift from my wife! It’s a Gibson Les Paul Special from 2020 and it has proven to be the best guitar I’ve ever played! Not only does it look nice, smell nice and play nice, it sounds amazing as well! To show some of the versatility of this guitar, I recorded this version of Bold as Love, which is an archetypical Strat song. Those of you with keen eyes can perhaps spot a Stratocaster lurking in the background? Would love to hear what you think of this!
    6 points
  17. This has been a rough pandemic on a lot of different level for everyone still above ground. I've wanted one of these since I bumped into a guy carrying a 335-ish case when I was in my early 20s and I asked if I could see what was inside it. For surviving nearly a year (mostly) trapped indoors with my wife, I decided what the hell, bite the bullet and do it SO it should be here next week. In the meantime, here's what will be on the UPS truck soon, a 2008 ES-345 with the coveted ToneSuck Device, stereo and slim neck.
    6 points
  18. Troll's gonna troll... "I'm tired of the BS double standard." You're so brave! Such a rebel to speak up! 🤦‍♂️
    6 points
  19. 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
  20. I think it may be due to the lack of punctuation that may have confused things.
    5 points
  21. Zero humor and the agony of political persecution all in one thread about a pop song with big chords in it. And folks wonder why other folks just don't bother any longer. lolz rct
    5 points
  22. nabbed this one at lunch today. 2019 Les Paul Standard Bourbonburst. gonna be a nice weekend
    5 points
  23. After 20+ years, I finally got tired of setting up guitars and basses on the Kitchen Island, and decided to try and build a bench for my guitar loft. So after a trip to Home Depot last Friday for some lumber, wood screws, and sand paper, I spent the weekend building it. Now that I've got it assembled, the wife is taking over to stain and poly it. Hopefully I can move it up to the loft next weekend!
    5 points
  24. Some of the worlds greatest minds are clashing for the title but who will be victorious?! Coming in on the left we have BBP with monetized intellect and fluency in the language of the common man On the right we have Whitefang the grammatical fanatical. His writing may be flawed but he has a heart of gold. Although retired as an autoworker, he has dedicated his free time to correcting people on a guitar forum. Both super cool, smart guys. WHO WILL REIGN SUPREME????
    5 points
  25. Some brains never achieve that goal.
    5 points
  26. ending pollution and stopping school shootings should make ALL of us participate in these efforts or at least NOT INSULT THOSE WHO TRY
    5 points
  27. Yeah, but.......he missed a lot of things. They should have at least shown a dis-assembled P90 so we could see the parts. He says almost nothing about usage during the 1st 30 years from when it was invented. All jazz guitarists of the era recorded with P90 guitars (including Les Paul of course), also Scotty Moore with Elvis, T-Bone Walker, Chuck, B.B., and in the 60s Townshend, Clapton and the Beatles who had Epi Casinos . That's missing a LOT of important P90 history. The clean tone of a P90 is where its unique quality starts. It has a particular zing and more harmonic content than a humbucker though it is slightly 'thinner'. It was found later on that humbuckers actually suppress or cancel not only the hum, but some harmonics as well. Steve Jones recorded with a HB-equipped LP Custom according to many sources. At 8.19 in the video the camera shows a fuzz pedal, and at 10 mins in he says he approximated Gilmour's "Another Brick" solo tone using an Axe effects III which is a digital amp/fx modeller. Using those obscures the P90 sound quite a bit too IMO. And he didn't mention the hum either.....how can you talk about distorted P90s without mentioning the hum? It was the reason the humbucker was invented! But these are merely typical guitar player geek moans......I love my P90s (and 94s).
    5 points
  28. Rock stars when they were young..
    5 points
  29. I have ebony pins on all my acoustics (7). Not sure if they sound better, but to me they look better than plastic (too me least). Here is a bunch of guitars all with ebony pins. The 41 has been traded for a HD-28V. The HD-28V, D-35 and 00-18 are not in the pic.
    5 points
  30. Geez Sparky - whatever the bet was...you earned it!
    5 points
  31. In 1970 my father worked for the company that provided lacquer for Gibson. Because of my Dad's company's connections at Gibson, he was able to get a Hummingbird at "cost" for me for my 19th birthday. It was the most memorable birthday of my life, and I was duly thrilled to have my first quality guitar! Unfortunately, the guitar was subsequently severely damaged in an airline baggage compartment mishap less than 6 months after I got it. The top was broken in half with corresponding structural damage to bracing, neck joint and more. Fortunately at the time, a luthier was able to do repairs that made it playable, and it became my main acoustic guitar for the next 35 years. But about 15 years ago the repairs that had been effected so many years before began to degrade to the point that it became unplayable (braces coming loose, neck twisting, top sinking, etc). My local guitar repair guys told me it was beyond their ability to repair, and so it had remained hanging on the wall unplayed for the last decade and a half and I had pretty much accepted that it would remain that way.This past year I became aware that luthier Ross Teigen, who I had met in the 1980s and whose services I had utilized when I lived in south Florida, had moved his shop to north-central Florida close to where I've been living for the past 20 years. I contacted Ross and asked if he would be willing to to do the necessary restoration work on my Hummingbird. Much to my delight he agreed, and mentioned that he remembered doing some repair work on the guitar many years before. So off to Ross went the Hummingbird along with my hopes for a miracle. After a little more than a month Ross completed his amazing work, and I have what I can only describe as a miracle: a completely rejuvenated guitar! Ross performed a comprehensive overhaul: working on braces, binding, neck (reset), bridge, pick guard, and I don't know what all else. What I do know is that it plays, looks and feels like a brand new guitar with a vintage Gibson Hummingbird voice and vibe. Mr. Teigen says the guitar should be good now for about 30 more years before I'll need to bring it back in for a refresh (since I'll be 100 years old then I'm sure I'll be needing a "refresh" more than the guitar at that point ). I am grateful to Ross for his superb work in bringing this special guitar back to life for me!
    5 points
  32. Many years ago I met up with a buddy and we did the Philadelphia Guitar Show. I spent hours trudging around the place and actually bumped into my old SG Standard I had as a kid (I would know that guitar anywhere). I didn't have the $1700 the seller wanted so averted my eyes and plodded on in misery, boo hoo. The one other guitar that made me stop dead in my tracks was a figured, natural finish ES-335. It was just WOW! I didn't have the $3000 or whatever it was so just went home. This year it has just been work, buy the guitars I always wanted and try and avoid the diseased humans lurching around all over the place. There's just so many of them, I think they make them here at night in secret. I never forgot that beautiful 335 and next week is the second shot so that means life will return to semi-normal for me. I'll still be working like crazy but can also get out and about some without being so worried about some fat woman sneezing on me. I finished off the COVID Collection with a figured, natural finish 2017 ES-335. It should be here next week.
    5 points
  33. Well, it has arrived! Had a couple issues to resolve - tuner on back was loose and a tiny pickup bushing for middle pickup was popped out - but all is resolved. And thanks UPS, the box had a gaping hole in it. Luckily it was packed good enough where it withstood those clowns booting it around their trucks and warehouses. Setup was a**, but I expect this, haha! Truss rod was literally cranked so tight that it made the neck nearly 100% straight. Well, when you're buying a used guitar that's 26 years old, you better know a thing or two I guess. Either way, Music Zoo was super cool and partially refunded me for the troubles... Can't complain there. Overall, the truss rod works and I now have relief. Frets look great, electronics have no fukkery going on - i.e. original, untouched. So wasn't a bad endeavor. Anyhow, here's the pics after it was polished up and string change, etc. Sounds like a Hawk! Enjoy!
    5 points
  34. ...You start to feel naked without your mask. Whitefang
    5 points
  35. Don't waste your time arguing with this guy. He's just here to complain and agitate people and he's always gotta have the last word. Yo can't win. He's apparently always right and knows way better than you or me on anything. I'm still waiting for him to start complaining again about why there isn't more Martin content on a Gibson forum.
    5 points
  36. Our last official gig was December 2019. In 2020...nothing apart from some rehearsals - sometimes with a few people there, sometimes just us, couple new songs...that's it. Well, today is a glorious sunny Saturday here in our corner of the blessed Covid-less land of Oz and this afternoon we will be playing our bass players birthday at his house in the rainforest to hopefully 20 people, maybe more - nothing too amazing about that, but for the first time in more than a year we are breaking out the big guns - half stacks for both guitars, full stack for bass, big kit for drummer, whatever amount of PA we can muster. Going to be loud! And we have at least one other band opening for us with a set - our old bass player is in it and they also do original rock and we haven't seen them play - that will be fun, I haven't seen another live band in quite a while. So, somewhere in this world today a bit of normality will be returning to some lives - keep the faith, good people...we'll all get there.
    5 points
  37. Last month I asked reddit for advice on choosing between a Martin HD28 or Gibson Hummingbird for my first guitar. In the end the Hummingbird stole my heart (though the Martin will definitely come, just down the road). Went to GC and took home a Standard Hummingbird from 2019 that has a very nice tone and feels like a monster when I reach around the body to strum. The action is insanely high, but I played most everyday for at least an hour (or until I swear and curse, whichever comes later). There was just one thing though: that cherry sunburst finish 🤔. So after a couple of weeks of going back and forth I decided to exchange it for a different version - this time with a finish I actually like. As luck would have it the guitar was already on clearance and reduced by 15%, not to mention it immediately struck me as more comfortable to play thanks to a lower action and smaller nut width. The tone was warmer and more mellow than the Standard hummingbird, but tbh the strings were in need of a change so the tech replaced them with Elixir 80/20 Bronze, too. Oh, and I can't forget about the hummingbird pickguard which is etched into the guard so it has a more pleasant tactile quality. Last, but in no way least, the finish is significantly nicer and more subtle than the bright red and orange Standard. I just got it back from the luthier yesterday and the action is soooo low!! No buzzing or humming strings until about 3 hours of play and even then it was because my finger tips started hurting from learning the A and D chords.
    5 points
  38. I finally revised my "collage" family photo to include a Gretsch I bought a couple months ago, haha.
    5 points
  39. New Same Guitar Day, HooRay!!!! Had this one a few years now, said when I brought it home I would do this. This is a2017 Mexican Strat, it was some limited thingy at GC. It was stupid on sale and I had a bag of mics to trade so I basically brought it home for nothing. It started life HSS. For about a day, it got a set of Duncan Stacks in it. Before: After: Pair of Duncan Saturday Night Specials. Nice pickups! That was fun. rct
    5 points
  40. My one cardinal rule, and I broke it today. Some background; I'm that bone-stock guy. I like all my guitars all-original. I never modify them. When others guys went down the road of constant mods and upgrades in search of that Holy Grail tone, I was the one who always said, "Leave it be." "Bone-stock is the best." Or, "Why did you buy it if the thing didn't play right and sound good in the first place?" And then so, a few weeks ago, I was comparing the humbucking sounds that I was getting out of a variety of my guitars, in relation to carrying one of them over to a band practice at our girl singer's loft. Lo and behold, I found that my pristine 2017 Gibson (S Series) Firebird Zero sounded louder, better, and more bold than my beat-up, scuffed 2017 Gibson (also S Series) Les Paul Custom Studio. I mean, with the volume and tone settings identical, and the pickups adjusted to precisely the same height relative to the strings, the Les Paul just sounded weak by comparison. What gives? Both guitars were equipped with nearly-identical 'Double Slugs' Pickups. DS-A5 Rhythm and DS-A5+ Lead humbuckers in the Les Paul. Alnico V magnets. DS-C Rhythm and DS-C+ Lead humbuckers in the Firebird. Ceramic magnets. So, on an impulse, I ordered a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers. Pearly Gates for the neck pickup, and Dimebucker for the bridge position. And this very mornings, I soldered and heat-shrinked the new pickup wires into a pair of Gibson-style Quick-Connect adapters. (I wanted to be able to plug-and-play with either set of pickups, as opposed to hard-wiring them in there.) No good reason for that, it just seemed like soldering them in would be a waste of the Quick-Connect wiring system. Installed them with very little fuss, and put on a new set of Ernie Ball Turbo Slinky 9.5 to 46's. Tuned up, stretched the strings in, tuned up again, and I plugged in and rocked out in the music room. I must confess, this is an enormous improvement. I really like how this beat-up, ugly guitar sounds now. Lord forgive me my trespasses, and please deliver me from evil. Amen. 🙁
    5 points
  41. No, no, and no. Please, if you are going to start stinking up threads that have nothing to do with this stuff, please at least educate yourself about how these things actually work(ed)(s). It only makes you look like a whack freak conspiracy nut when you just wander around nowhere near any "facts". They are a thing these days. rct
    5 points
  42. I could give a flying fig about what others think of my guitars. Just flash them to peace sign and advise them to stop drinking too deeply of the Tone Wood Kool Aid. It ain't about the lumber you are holding in your hands It is about making music. And the day that I do not have as much of a blast and get as much enjoyment from playing my Harmony Stella as I do one of my Gibsons is the day I will hang it up. Because I will have forgotten what it is all about.
    5 points
  43. quality will allways hold or increase in value. To bad it wasnt 0 007...
    5 points
  44. hey Ron did you know Yoda had a last name? Layheehwho... (plz don't unfriend me man....)
    5 points
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