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  1. 6 points
    Bohemian Rhapsody just won't go away. I'm sick of it. I was there the first time in the 70's. Then Wayne's World dug it back up. Then the last movie dug it up again. Pour some concrete on it...
  2. 6 points
    Yes, I know, I have already posted about this in the 'Blueshawk Club' thread but I felt I had to share my experience today in a new thread. I was fiddling with my Marshall DSL15C, basically just knob twiddling really, trying to get to that sweet spot without perforating my eardrums or aggravating my neighbours. Well, anyway, today must have been one of those days when everything cosmically aligns and turns out perfectly. The amp settings seemed to be spot on and the Blueshawk really sang. It was unbelievable, such a great tone. I'm not a good guitar player, far from it, but even with my lumpen hands of clay, it just sounded so, so sweet! I still cannot get over the tone that comes out of this thing! Anyway, sorry for raving, just wanted to share! As an aside, I also gave it a quick wipe-down, a set of new Hybrid Slinkys and a pic in the sun: Whoever owned this guitar prior to me really took care of it - just the most superficial of dings and blemishes and only very light evidence of fingerboard wear. I don't think it was used much, certainly not gigged, unless the guy (or gal!) had a feather touch anyway. I suspect it spent most of its time hanging or on a stand. It's weird - my Blueshawk and my Nighthawk, despite being roughly the same age, are like the yin and yang of guitars; the Nighthawk looks every one of its 26 years - it has been well-played, well-used and shows it whereas the Blueshawk, well, as you can see, it's nearly factory fresh bar the odd mark here and there.
  3. 6 points
    I brought home a new 2019 Original Collection SG Special from Bailey Brothers in Birmingham last night. A big shout out to my guitar guru-salesman Erskine Milton! This is a beautiful guitar, flawless, and a tone machine. I was quite surprised how versatile this guitar is. Rock, Blues, Jazz and Chickin' pickin' this SG will deliver. Lite weight but not as lite as I had imagined. Balanced very nicely and the neck is heaven. Gibson is having a banner year in 2019. They have gone back to making guitars that made Gibson a legend.
  4. 5 points
    What did I do wrong? During the past 4 years I've spent roughly $10,000 on Gibson guitars. I think I posted pictures of every Gibson I bought - I was making sure what I was buying an authentic Gibson. (they were all used guitars). So, yeah, anyway, about the -2 reputation: Did I offend people or something? I can't imagine what that would have been. =/
  5. 5 points
    You may think making fun of one of the last Les Paul signatures is funny, but that is just plain disrespectful. Not the least funny.
  6. 5 points
    Just received this guitar and love it...love to hear about and see pics of other Original Collection guitars!
  7. 5 points
    So that's what turns my underwear yellow!!!
  8. 4 points
    Thanks, everyone! I also got this a couple of days later. It's a wine red '98 Epiphone Les Paul Standard. So, two new guitar days, haha.
  9. 4 points
    they are still among the coolest of the cool guitars to play. Massive fret access, light, but still hit like a sledgehammer when you need them too. I never thought I'd like SGs as much as I do,, all I had to do was try one and the lights went on... "YEA! I GET IT!
  10. 4 points
    Cool We’re excited to share our newest Song Around The World, “The Weight,” featuring musicians performing together across 5 continents. Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays. Special thanks to our partner Cambria® for helping to make this possible and to Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr and all the musicians for joining us in celebrating 50 years of this classic song.
  11. 4 points
    Here's my 2009 R8. Killer guitar. Nice big neck, 9 pounds 2 ounces. Actually found the original owner of this guitar on this site, but he hasn't been here since 2013 lol.
  12. 4 points
    It would still be MUCH better than what's being offered as "fresh" today.
  13. 4 points
    Around 1977 I had a 3 piece band playing in a very old club in Apache Jct. Az. ( East Mesa/Phoenix) I had played that same very popular club for a year or so with a very hot and popular Country band, but this was a Rock act. The place was packed, big established place and we were well received. I got a note on a napkin saying we were sounding good, but we were playing too many songs in the same key. It was signed Jerry Garcia. I had never heard the name Jerry Garcia, didn't know who he was. I mean, I had HEARD of the Grateful Dead, but at 19 I was into Skynyrd, Eagles, ZZ Topp, Foghat, Joe Walsh, you know. Didn't know the name, and didn't recognize him either. I took offense and announced to the crowd that Jerry Garcia was going to sit in and play a song, took off my guitar and waved him up. Nobody in the crowd knew who he was either, he got up and played something with my bass player and drummer. Whatever it was didn't work very well and when he was done he left. It was well over another year before I realized who it was, and decades before I realized the genius and passion for acoustic music of Jerry Garcia. However, I never forgot the advice and to this day will rarely play 2 songs back to back in the same key, and took great care on projects to avoid it as well. No. I didn't have enough sense to save the napkin. ( however, I own a 1962 Double Cut Twin Pickup Gibson Melody Maker that was once played by Jerry Garcia )
  14. 4 points
    Woo hoo!! Here's the replacement. And look at that neck joint! Nice!! Neck's straight. Sounds pretty good so far... Oh, wait, there's a speck of glue on that fret, lol.
  15. 4 points
    Thank you all so much for the kind replies. Her memorial was at the Armuchee Bluegrass Festival -- a place we both loved. Here are the videos of the musical part of the celebration. https://vimeo.com/showcase/6034122 There is a 32 RB-3 Gibson banjo and our 35 Jumbo Gibson guitar there, as well as an old Kay bass, a 46 D-28, and up front Aina Jo's 39 S-51 five string Kay bass and her late 50 MWard (Kay) guitar she learned on and played for me the night I met her in 1967. [For those who like such trivia, that bass was the main instrument of Mike Fuller (Fuller's Vintage Guitars) for many years. Aina Jo liked it better than the near identical one she already had, so she left her older one in Texas and brought this one back to Georgia.] I love all the odd threads of our musical lives. Best, -Tom
  16. 3 points
    With all the goofy Social media uproar over NOTHING, ( ever notice there's always a contingent of the disgruntled in search of their latest END OF THE WORLD outcry), I'd like to present this image I came across. This guitar looks awesome. Yes I agree bring the price back a bit so that people like Joker & me can find within reach but upon first sight. Kind of hate the internet though and would never buy a guitar over it. I must've played 25 414-ce's until i found the one that sounded the best. People who say things like all Les Pauls of same year sound the same or all Taylors have the same sound ( some even take it across models) are full of it. There's differences between any two hanging side by side in your local guitar superstore. But she's a looker and I felt deserved a post so others may get a good look. Love the white back, you never see that. Come on G, bring the number down a few, so people can make it work, otherwise folks will look elsewhere. It's tricky we know.
  17. 3 points
    Picked this up from Reverb Monday and it came in today. It's a 2001 Epiphone Nuclear Extreme Les Paul. Always thought these were super cool. Getting ready to put new strings on it and play it.
  18. 3 points
    The give a suggestion that someone has unsuccessfully tried after someone posts about their solution guy.
  19. 3 points
    Would have better tone. Just sayin'. Steve was real fast and stuff, but this thing never did sound that great.
  20. 3 points
    Man I dig my new SG. It's a tone machine, beautiful fit and finish, and balanced just right. I may have found "Oscar." my Oscar, and there lies the problem. Why would I ever want a new guitar.
  21. 3 points
    That was very nice. Just think how good they might be if only they could afford a second guitar!
  22. 3 points
    Chicago Dogs hold the tomato! I like regular dogs as well with mustart or with chili sauce a good coney dog and Skyline dogs as well. Now I am gonna have to have a dog today. I too love avocado's but I dont believe I have ever had one on a hot dog. have had them on a burger.
  23. 3 points
    I flew into Hickam a few times while doing runs into Japan. I went nude... That's why I assumed mihcmac...
  24. 3 points
    Ha! Life is good, the world is going to crap but we have our guitars. Rock on!!
  25. 3 points
    That is spooky!!! I never play guitar along with it. But I long to sing along, especially after a couple of beers.
  26. 3 points
    I hate Chinese hackers!
  27. 3 points
    There are many fine non Chibson's, Fakenbackers etc. Guitars coming from China.. Particularly some very fine Epiphones.. I've read that CITES has been lifted so we may see the return of more Rosewood... I wonder if there's a possibility of even some usable Brazilian Rosewood from the tragic Fire... That would be about the only positive thing to come out of that...
  28. 3 points
    Wow! This has become quite a shitestorm! I can't believe, FredO, that you have resorted to name calling! I don't care what your beef with Gibson is but, Pippy is a reasonable, well spoken, and often very humorous fellow. Your response has made me wish that I could downvote each of your posts more than once! I, too, am a bit sensitive to criticism but, I still attempt to construct a well reasoned riposte when challenged. Perhaps a few photos and a humble request for help will do the trick. There are a lot of very knowledgeable folks on this forum and I don't think that there is an inordinate number of "fanboys" present. Please reconsider your response: we could all use a bit less Sturm und Drang!
  29. 3 points
    My secret weapon is preparation and practice. Well prior to a gig, I do a lot of individual practice on the guitar, and I run thru every song that we might even perform on my guitar, the day prior to each full band practice. I play them all, using my pedal rig and the amps I intend to lug to that next gig. I play standing up to the mic, thru the music room PA. I sing as I play, no matter whether I have the lead or the harmonies on this song or that. Everything is set up precisely the way I plan to set it up on stage. I practice my pedal settings and transitions from rhythm to lead solo sections, and back. I run thru every single song we intend to play, or might even play, from beginning to end. I evaluate the chord/lyrics sheets, to make sure that every quirk and variation is red-inked and understandable on the music stand there. Then, when I get the band together for a full-on band practice, I am not the weak link. I'm ready, and I'm able to help everyone else out without fiddling and adjusting and correcting my own mistakes. As a band, we practice our timing, our transition from one song to the next, and we really practice our vocal harmonies so that they are fluid, instinctive, and beautiful. We mainly practice that old bar-band thing of "wait, how are we going to end this song exactly??" Sometimes it's a slow-down to a sublime finish, and sometimes it's a hard-stop. But we all have to look each other in the eye, and vow to remember how each song will finish. In a lot of cases, with upbeat dance-oriented songs, we practice (and discuss) how we will stretch out any given song when the audience is really digging it, and when people are on the dance floor. (When a crowd is dancing, you naturally want to keep them on the dance floor, and enjoying the moment. This is how you get invited back to play more gigs there, again and again.) In that vein, we practice the hip-pocket, danceable songs that we can instantly transition to on the fly, and play and sing without fiddling with the chord/lyric sheets. Some songs you can play and sing in your sleep. You want to be able to roll right into those, one after the other. Oh, and after band practice, I clean up everything, and I wipe the guitars and basses down with Finger Ease and guitar polish. I fix any connections or bits of kit that might've malfunctioned during band practice. I throw out bad cables, and I repair what is repairable. May was well fix it now, and not wait until the day of the load-in and sound check. Okay, I'm gonna shut up now. 😞
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    I think your fretting (no pun intended) over the wood grain. To me, that's what makes wood like this amazing, how nature spins these cool shapes and patterns. The 50s Standard comes with a AA maple top which is not as fancy as the reissues and such. I just purchased the same guitar and I love it and I'm sure you will too.
  32. 3 points
    Looks like he gave you a decent case too! As Murph said - a great guitar - which may turn out to be your passport to a whole new world of enjoyment. That guitar will be a perfect match for you until you become a cork-sniffer that can tell the difference in sound between Brazilian Spruce and Madagascar Maple and play well enough to want to upgrade accordingly! Number One suggestion I'd have would be for you to Google-up a couple of "How to care for a guitar" articles. They will advise you about keeping it in a range of 40% - 60% humidity, avoid drastic temperature changes, etc. That wood on the top is very thin - not like a piece of plywood you keep in your garage! #2 would be, as already noted, bring it to a place that has a guitar tech, like Guitar Center (or a more experienced, qualified guitar luthier), to find out if your guitar is playable. You do not want to try learning on an instrument that is slightly out of alignment and which will discourage you, possibly permanently. You'll get some sore fingers in the first months - but light strings and a correctly set-up guitar will minimize that. G'Luck !
  33. 3 points
    You seem to be basing this on Les Paul's contribution to the electric guitar, but in reality, his contribution was simply one of many. Charlie Christian did more than anyone to initially bring the electric guitar to the forefront of the musical world (in terms of actually playing the instrument in a big band setting) in the late '30s and early '40s. At the time, Les Paul was a darn good guitar player who was trying to develop his own unique sound, and later built his "log" guitar on the Epiphone premisis, and then recorded with it. Paul Bigsby built a guitar for Merle Travis that looked like a solid-body LP with a Fender-ish headstock (but it actually had hollow wings). Leo Fender saw that (but said he didn't) & then built his first solid body. Gibson then jumped on the bandwagon & wanted Les Paul as an endorser, so they struck a deal, but Les actually contributed very little to the design of the Gibson LP. It's somewhat of a long & winding road, and while Les Paul played a significant part, he was just one of many who made important and lasting contributions during this period of major development. The Greatest Guitarist question is somewhat similar. There's a very long line of contributors to guitar playing that have made a lasting impact, and from which others have learned or been infuenced. I don't believe anyone's yet mentioned Chet Atkins (inspired by Merle Travis), Michael Bloomfield, Lightnin' Hopkins, and so many others. Trying to say one, or even a handful, is the "greatest" is rather pointless when you consider different playing styles, genres, and periods in history along the guitar continuum. But if I were indeed forced to name one person, the one guitarist whose contribution I value over all the others, and who I listen to today more than anyone else, it's the guy Les Paul spent years trying to emulate: Django Reinhardt.
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    Now THAT is what I call a Les Paul!!! congrats!
  36. 3 points
    Les Paul never seems to be on the lists and he was a great player. If people looked at his work they'd see that Bing Crosby hired him and for such a clean sound he was fast. Plus he probably gave more to modern music than anyone. If you have to ask, research him. He was no fool and constantly tried to improve equipment all his life, right up til the end. A guitarists guitarist. Notice that his P90's are different here in this clip.
  37. 3 points
    Hey everyone! I’ve been playing music since I was 15. I started on guitar, but for the past 20 years have been playing bass due to the need for solid bassists in the area. Recently, I started a solo project and needed to start playing guitar again, and I have been having so much fun with it. I just purchased a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Standard 50’s model and it is wonderful. I also have a 1952 ES125 that my father left me. I love writing music and really enjoy doing it with these two great guitars. I look forward to checking out some of the cool guitars on the forum and learning more about Gibson.
  38. 3 points
    It's Vladimir Putin messing with our upvote - downvote systems! He's trying to influence out leadership board!
  39. 3 points
    Twang Gang mention I didn't do a NGD post, however I did post a pic here and there in other threads. Here's my new Standard 50s Heritage Cherry. I included a pic with the new strap-on. I'm really digging this guitar. I can really tell the difference between it and my 2013 Standard. Biggest difference is the weight and the neck. I have no complaints other than I do not like Burstbuckers. I usually swap them out with 57 Classics, but this time I'm going to put in Duncan's Whole "Lotta Humbucker" instead. .
  40. 3 points
    wow.... I will want to know how much his Knight acoustic (Lot 5) fetched...🤯 I welcome the fact he's donating to climate change. It's urgent and we have to try and do something about it - whatever the reason for it.
  41. 3 points
    He's donating the money to a climate change charity??? Of all the worthwhile charities out there, he picks this? WTH? He might as well pick a random politician out of a hat and hand him a wad of cash. I'm not a denier, as it's easy to see that the climate is changing, the reason being debatable, but all of the money circulating around this issue is little more than wealth redistribution. Damn it, Gilmour. I thought that someone in such an anti-establishment band like Pink Floyd would be aware of this.
  42. 3 points
    if you'd like, I'd like it if you find the time to take a look at my YouTube channel, there are many Mister Atkins covers.
  43. 3 points
    Very sorry for your loss, Tom. It's wonderful that you had such a great partner in life with whom to share mutual interests and passions, and that you complimented each other's strengths. I'm sure you will think of her every time you pick up one of the beautiful vintage instruments you both treasured. When you strike a chord, you will feel her embrace. Take care. Red 333
  44. 2 points
    I hope I didn't wake anybody up.
  45. 2 points
    The new "Original" collection Junior is as good as they come. You needn't look any furter.
  46. 2 points
    only if the only way you listen to music is on PC.... Here's a crazy notion... --- some people still have CD players in their cars and homes,,,, believe it or not... it's twue.. screw it bill, just bring your guitar to their house, and sing for them........ wth?? right?
  47. 2 points
    That's what she said!!
  48. 2 points
    I'm too stubborn to use any of that. I'll stick with a tube amp, tuner, wah & delay.
  49. 2 points
    “A Song for You,” on my J100xtra. “Take me down to your dance floor...”
  50. 2 points
    Those are some sweet Lesters, here is some pics of mine and it looks EXACTLY like your guys! These pics are from Wildwood...
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