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  1. 8 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. =/
  2. 6 points
    I didn't even watch the videos and I know I'm not using the wrong gauge. rct
  3. 6 points
    Got the first iteration of the rebuild plans. I think it is great!😁 My wife said she is willing to negotiate.
  4. 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...
  5. 5 points
    Hoped y’all had a great holiday season and now that it’s all but over I thought I should treat myself to another Les Paul... and in this case a 2009 Traditional. It comes loaded with Sigil Chicago 68 Set and of course I’ll change out the bridge to a Faber ABR and an aluminum tailpiece. Funny thin is this guitar has been sold a few times on Reverb at different points during its life... so see the images.... I hope to have it in my hands by Thursday.
  6. 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.
  7. 5 points
    So that's what turns my underwear yellow!!!
  8. 4 points
    Cleared snow, brought in firewood, and stared longingly at an old Martin on Reverb. I ended up changing out strings to occupy hands that were hell bent on making an offer or just buying it outright. Cooler heads prevailed. I go through this every so often.
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    this one seems to cover a lot of sonic territory. that said,, and I may get flogged for this.. but I believe that any guitar can be the Right Tool if it's in the right hands.
  11. 4 points
    Just because I’m home on this New Year’s day ...and still in the midst of this love affair
  12. 4 points
    First: Junior HIGH dance at Monongahela Jr HIGH, with my band Astra, '75. Most Memorable: 1977 with a band I was fairly new in, Summerwind* **. A young lady I had been sweet on in school was there, Deptford Skating Rink. In our two classes together I would bum a pencil from her and she would bum a smoke from me. We were really good friends. I took her home that night. We've been married 39 years now. Next Most Memorable: 1984 - 1987, every single time I took a guitar out in the fine nation of Bermuda. My band was Blade, we were the band on the Naval Air Station. I was civilian and had a two foot long pony tail, the rest were Squids. Two guitars, keys, bass, drums, singer. We had a ball always. Rehearsed at base theater, probably 300 seats, 50 foot wide stage 5 feet off the floor. We played any weekend we wanted at Enlisted Men's Club, once a month at Officers Club. Played any party any division was having on the beach out at Coopers Island. When I wasn't with them I was at marathon blues jams at White Horse Tavern in Devonshire(I think I remember that right), or rocking with some locals at 40 Thieves, or Brit Night at Rum Runners. Met and played with so many people from all over Europe, still communicate with some to this day. It was a glorious time and place to be 25 and in a band. Really memorable days and nights were the big ones with several bands, flatbeds at festivals and at Deptford Day for quite a few years running. King Theater in Gloucester NJ. D1ck Lees and Bogeys, Galaxy, Dr. Jekyll's High Times. Three Pines Inn! Great times at the big ones, 500 people, 3000 people. Big ones here in recent years on the beach in Atlantic City, they were and are a blast every time no matter who. Wildwood NJ, Penalty Box and a couple other places. Best Recording: 1982 with Billy Paul. That was great. Can't even explain it. The record went nowhere, he was a mess but MAN I learned a whole lot. rct *A full fifteen years later, walking on the boardwalk in Ocean City, a young lady walked straight up to me, stuck her index finger in my chest and said "You are Ron from Summerwind and you are (Mrs Name)". I was speechless, a rarity. Mrs said "Yes, he is and Yes, we are!". That was strange. **In 2002 we were on one of our younger days marathon trips to Disney World, in the fall. The time was called New Jersey days because NJ schools were out for a week and it seemed everybody went to Disney World. We were sitting at a table out back at Wilderness Lodge and had decided to just sit tonight, have dinner, couple drinks, retire late and sleep late tomorrow. A table across the way kept looking at us and finally a guy got up and came over and said "Yer that guitar player guy with Gene and Billy from Deptford". This was a full 25 years after Summerwind. Crazy talk ensued, lots of cocktails. That was most bizarre moment. I AM LUCKY MAN.
  13. 4 points
    Congrats the retirement and new fly fishing abode! As to guitars I would say you deserve a 335. But if you start leaning that way also consider a 336. I like the tone from the mahogany back/sides/center block with maple top so much better than a 335s maple/poplar/maple sandwich and they are way more comfortable to play (just slightly bigger than a LP, but much lighter). The range and quality of tones is just amazing. Everyone that has one will never give it up. I'm not sure if they are currently in production, but look for a used one. If you find one and buy it you'll never regret it.
  14. 4 points
    Jinder may be hesitant to post his video on the forum, but I'm not. Very impressive IMHO!
  15. 4 points
    Here's Vader with the catnip -
  16. 4 points
    I think I saw one of your films back in the 80s.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 3 points
    So this happened the other day. Electromatic G5422.. never had a Gretsch before. So far, I like it. Came with.. I think.. 11s, plays good but I think I want to try 10s..
  22. 3 points
    I got to play last night with a guy - Wallace Coleman - who played for a guy - Robert Jr. Lockwood - who played with Robert Johnson. 😁
  23. 3 points
    I play my guitars and don't analyze every nuance of them to the n'th degree. I like it, it sounds good, I buy it. It's that simple.
  24. 3 points
    I took the advice of the majority and didn't do the deal. I still have my LP Standard and Custom, I just added the red one to the arsenal.
  25. 3 points
    If you are good enough, and follow the rules, you won't need a day job. I've had two real jobs in my life to see what normal was all about and found normal to be soooooo overrated. Phone man for a while (back when phones had wires) and Cable TV Field Engineer. During these gigs, I still played music on the weekend. I could have made more money if I stayed in the electronics industry, but I'm living a very happy life, and that's worth more than the money. I have enough to live on, the mortgage is paid, I take mostly foreign vacations every year, and other than car payments I'm debt free. I am not a corporate wage slave doing the weekly grind. I get up in the morning, go to bed at night, and in between, do what I want to do. In other words, I'm successful and I'm free. There is more than one definition of success. Notes
  26. 3 points
    This one: Custombucker coil splitting pickups. Pretty much runs the gamut of humbucker and single coil possibilities. Very versatile.
  27. 3 points
    A married couple was in a terrible accident where the woman's face was severely burned. The doctor told the husband that they couldn't graft any skin from her body because she was too skinny. So the husband offered to donate some of his own skin. However, the only skin on his body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from his buttocks. The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and requested that the doctor also honor their secret. After all, this was a very delicate matter. After the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at the woman's new beauty. She looked more beautiful than she ever had before! All her friends and relatives just went on and on about her youthful beauty! One day, she was alone with her husband, and she was overcome with emotion at his sacrifice. She said, "Dear, I just want to thank you for everything you did for me. There is no way I could ever repay you." "My darling," he replied, "I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek."
  28. 3 points
    Very best of luck to you. I hope you don't lose anything. I completely agree that property is of lesser importance than precious lives. Still a gigantic pain if you do lose your property and I sincerely hope you don't.
  29. 3 points
    Post Calamity New Guitars day! I mean for this to be an epic, memorable post. It is long but a cathartic so please bear with. Psychologically I need it. I have been clinically depressed over the last few months. 😫 It's been over a year since November 9th, 2018 when the Woolsey fire destroyed all of my material possessions (except 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pullover shirts, underwear (TMI) and my laptop). Subsequently lost the laptop by leaving it on an airplane. Not making this up. We had a concrete in-law unit that actually survived and it is where I was living until the county flew drones over our property, saw it, and informed us that we have to destroy it before we can build a new house because it wasn't permitted properly. Tried to fight it to no avail. In fact we were told in a meeting with the county supervisors that if we didn't destroy it we would be criminally liable. If we were homeless squatters we'd probably get permission. You'd think that with over 850 rebuilds to be concerned with and it was the only thing that survived on our property, that they would turn a blind eye. Nope. So we were required to get a trailer for me to live on the property legally - my wife lives part time 50 miles away for her work and commutes on the weekend. As I wrote a song about called LA Traffic, 50 miles can take up to 2 1/2 hours to drive one way so I can't share her apartment and can't pay for our burned house mortgage and 2 apartments. She wins and gets the comfortable place. I plan to publish a pretty detailed description of what we've been through at some point. When I get the energy. Free time now is spent here at the Gibson forum - my only social outlet. Now to the reason for the post besides trying to garner sympathy. I lost my collection of guitars except my 1976 Flying V which was at my friend's place in Arkansas. 11 total. Gibson's Fenders and Warmoths. Colleagues that I work with locally and colleagues that I work with through an online forum took up donations of an insane amount of money that was only to be used to get musical equipment. So I have obliged. I have expensive taste. Plus they were extremely generous. I have already posted my one of a kind Gibson Made to Measure Gold Top Les Paul. Here are all of them that I have gotten. Only problem now is storage. I have to store them in my office and a friend's house (keyboards player from Black Squirrel) until our house can be built. Looking at a year. Still waiting for the building permit for the new house. In order to attempt to minimize the jealousy that you will undoubtedly feel, I will first show you my new digs. A 1966 Airstream! Scored it on eBay for 4K and had it shipped from Missouri. Not comfortable at all but is necessary for the next drone fly over. I figure (actually wife figures since she looked into it) that we could sell it at least for double what we paid here in CA to someone who will refurbish it. Refurbished or in great shape these things for up to 30K: The tree is the first image has really come back. It is a California Scrub Oak. Here is was right after the fire exactly a year ago: Here is the Custom LP that I have posted before: Here is a Mod Shop Tele that came this week in Autumn Blaze Metallic (get the irony of the name? Chosen for that reason). 4th generation noiseless, modern C-D profile, locking tuners. Freaking amazing and lightweight too! It's solid and weighs less than the ultramodern chambered Custom LP! No contours though, the only thing I wish they offered besides a bridge with individual intonateable saddles. BTW the mod shop said it would take up to 30 days but they made it in 10. This will be a main axe for sure. Plays like a dream! My CEO asked me a few months ago if I wanted a "special guitar" from Norm's rare guitars. I said "Is the pope Catholic?" He saw a photo of me playing at a conference in Oxford from 2017 (first image here) which I posted here a while back and he showed it to the guy who now works for Gibson at Norm's and bought me this 63 reissue. He knew I loved that rented guitar at the gig (he wasn't there but got a hold of this photo and talked to the other guy in the photo). He had no idea that I love that neck profile (63 RI Thin Tapered) specifically! 8 colleagues including the President of our group got together and got me this Elite. They asked one of my colleagues who is a great guitar player himself what would be a good one to get knowing that buying a guitar for a guitar player is like buying makeup for a woman. He said he knew just the one. He was right. Of course I needed an amp. They said choose it. I choose this Tone King Imperial MKII (BTW an INCREDIBLE amp): Finally the online forum gave me enough to get this acoustic- I sold the J-45 studio, neck was too chunky. 2018 J-45 Standard. So I bid you goodbye until the next time I log in, later today. It's hard to describe how much better I feel after having gone though all of this knowing that my friends and colleagues really rallied the way they did to show they cared and also the great feeling I have playing these amazing instruments. I am writing a song which I will record with them (trying to use all of them) and post it in this thread sometime in the future. Cheers! Phillip
  30. 3 points
    yes apparently, now I will go back to the cave I've been secluded in for the last several years... LOL! "sometimes I'm an idiot.. many of you know that by now.. Some times I am not, but this is not as clear somehow..."
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    I can offer some good insight here. I looked into this very question on the way toward purchasing an L-00 Studio, as I am extremely picky about neck feel and NOT a fan of low-profile necks. Although there are subtle variations from neck to neck, in general, the Advanced Response neck is indeed noticeably fuller in feel than the traditional Slim Taper neck. The AR necks tend to range in depth from around .86" to .90" at the first fret. The vast majority that I've seen spec'd have been in the .87"-.88" range at 1st fret. My L-00 Studio measures about .877" at the first fret. A nice full feel. An AR neck on one particular Hummingbird Studio I tried was unquestionably fat. That one must have measured around .90". Almost a Banner feel to it. In contrast, typical Slim Taper necks tend to run around .80" to .84" at the first fret (i.e., instruments such as the J45 and L-00 Standards). Closer to the '60s Gibson profile. One thing both neck styles have in common is that they don't get very obviously thicker up through the 9th fret. In that sense, they both have a "slim taper" quality. However, the general feel of the AR necks, and indeed my L-00 Studio as an example, is much fuller than any Slim Taper neck I've ever handled. Also worth mentioning is that the AR neck has a subtle V feel at the first fret that gradually flattens to a C around the 9th fret. The radius is 16" as mentioned earlier. All of this considered, the Advanced Response neck, to me, feels like a hybrid of the late-'50s Gibson rounded profile and the '70s Martin full profile soft V. It is not a huge 1" bat neck but it definitely feels more chunky and full to me than your typical modern low-profile neck...and, for me, that's a really good thing. Gibsons from the late '80s and early '90s often have a similar feel--a fuller C profile. I have a '91 J30 with that profile. It seems to have started to thin out again around the mid-'90s. Two great resources for gauging neck depths are the websites for Wildwood Guitars and The Music Zoo. Both sites routinely post neck-depth specs on instruments. Chicago Music Exchange also posts neck depths on used and vintage instruments. All of these will display commonalities among neck profiles across different brands, models and years. It's a great research tool if you are--again, like me--very picky about neck feel and more a fan of fuller-feeling necks. Hope that helps. -Mike
  33. 3 points
    Thank you, all! Great advice to get away from Guitar Center. I took the guitar to a veteran tech who had the thing playing like butter in no time. I'm in Seattle, where the weather has been going from cold and rainy to warm, clear sunny skies in three-day blocks since the beginning of September, more or less. I'm hoping that the first two adjustments at GC got the goonies out and that this setup has the guitar in good shape for a spell. It sounds as though I shouldn't be too surprised if there is a little more drama along the way what with being a brand-new and thinner instrument, and a volatile winter season looming. I am lucky that the atmosphere in my jam room is fairly stable. Again, I really appreciate all the advice and I had the BEST time rocking out on this guitar today! Regards, Jon
  34. 3 points
    Dude!!! We need to go clubbing!!!
  35. 3 points
    I think your example looks awesome.! It's happened naturally and by doing so the outcome IMHO is more acceptable. If Peter was to come out and state that his checking happened natural, I would scratch my head, just doesn't look right.
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  38. 3 points
    They saw that almost all the saddles were wrong and they decided to put a new bridge and do it all over again. The important thing is the guitar has perfect intonation now.
  39. 3 points
    Personally... - I would not trust a smart phone app to intonate a guitar. suggestions for tuners depends on what you want to invest. Peterson makes some of the most accurate standalone and headstock mountable tuners on the market. But they aint cheap. Also the TC Electronics PolyTune, or Boss TU3 would do the job.
  40. 3 points
    Would have better tone. Just sayin'. Steve was real fast and stuff, but this thing never did sound that great.
  41. 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.
  42. 3 points
    I flew into Hickam a few times while doing runs into Japan. I went nude... That's why I assumed mihcmac...
  43. 3 points
    Ha! Life is good, the world is going to crap but we have our guitars. Rock on!!
  44. 3 points
    That is spooky!!! I never play guitar along with it. But I long to sing along, especially after a couple of beers.
  45. 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...
  46. 3 points
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 3 points
    It's Vladimir Putin messing with our upvote - downvote systems! He's trying to influence out leadership board!
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