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  1. I'm now a firm believer in the dirty strings theory (or science). This Thursday will be 1 year with the same set of strings on my J-45, and I've really grown fond of the sound. They are NOT dead sounding, but nice. I'm a music major and play guitar every day. Since day 1, I've been using the GHS fast fret product to clean the strings. Maybe not EVERY time I play, but most times I play. BUT I've never really wiped them down after using it. A couple days ago, I finally decided to use a terry cloth towel to wipe the stings down after using the fast fret. The towel didn't show any signs of dirt/filth, but the strings suddenly sounded and felt brand new. The string squeak that faded after the first few weeks of playing was suddenly back along with more top end. I guess the fast fret made sure the strings didn't get TOO dirty, but it didn't really clean them out like the terry cloth. I'm hoping to make a video comparing them to a video when they were first put on. Not sure there will be much of a difference now..... really amazed.
  2. Well, i can trade you my J-45 WITH COA for yours 🙂 heck, i'll even pick it up local
  3. Thanks so much. I actually ended up re-recording it as I forgot my intro (required for class), and I wasn't super happy with the vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFIrX-8us6E
  4. Well, I could take a picture of my wife holding my guitar, then put THAT in the frame. Then it'd be my 2 favorite things in the world in 1 picture 🙂
  5. My acoustic version of "The Way You Look Tonight" with my J-45 The Way You Look Tonight
  6. I see where you guys are going with it and agree with those sentiments. I'm thinking more along the lines of how can it be re-purposed, like maybe taking out the COA and using it as a Gibson branded picture frame?
  7. LOL, sorry for that. I'll see if I can update the title 🙂 COA: Certificate Of Authenticity CME: Chicago Music Exchange
  8. Earlier this year I requested a COA for my "1942 J-45 Legend" I had purchased from CME last August. Vincent in customer service was super great in getting one to me. However, they sent me the wrong one the first time, so now I have this extra COA for a "1942 J-45 Banner" with serial # 12699052 hanging out in a drawer LOL What should I do with this? I'm sure people would buy it, but I don't want to contribute to any forgeries/scams. By chance, does anyone in this forum own that guitar?
  9. I know this is an old thread, but Vincent helped me earlier this year as well! My "1942 J-45 Legend" didn't come with a COA, and he was able to get one sent out to me.
  10. So, i really like the retros now!!! Here's some strumming 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A_UFJcyevI
  11. Put up a short video with the Martin Retros on . Probably not much difference right after the change, but we shall see how these age...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNrnKkHjhfg
  12. Wow, what an awesome guitar! Sweet Cheeks, eh? Def jealous of that bold grain!
  13. Yeah, i was surprised to see the thin finish on the Vintage. How do you like yours?
  14. Ahh, i didn't know either of those things. Now it makes more sense why they looked so contrasted. you'd be seeing bare wood through the "clear" part where here you're seeing the bursted finish.
  15. LOL, thanks. i think that was a i'm camping with a bunch of kids and keep dropping picks. Problem solved instantly. It also works really really well 🙂 And just to clarify, i don't plan on drawing on, sticking picks into, nor attaching stickers to this Gibson 🙂 My wife would absolutely kill me LOL She's actually excited about this guitar for me. She's not crazy about the pickguard. Before we even bought it she's like "how much does a pickguard cost?" LOL, But once i started telling her about how this one looks nicer (in my opinion) than the ones on the original Legends, so took a different stance.
  16. You know, "energetic" is probably the right word. That makes it positive 🙂
  17. I really do appreciate the people who like to keep their guitars as new looking as possible, i'm just not that guy. That being said, i played for a few minutes last night, and when i finished playing, my wife said "don't some people wipe down their guitars after playing?" I ended up wiping it down (i've never really done that before), and it felt kinda nice. I'm sure it won't become a habit, but we shall see. Here's my other 2 acoustics: This 1992 seagull has been my "Camp / beater" guitar since 2002. this was 9 years ago. Not surprising with a satin finish on a cedar topped guitar. It always had intonation issues, so it could never be a stage guitar. Neck has been broken in 3 different places, braces re-glued, the saddle re-routed (it was int he wrong spot from the factory), and it's been a real trooper. this was a month ago: It's now on "loan" to the son of a co-worker. This is my Martin OMC-16WE after 14 years as #1. Needs new frets and probably a new truss rod (nut is stripped, but i also think it's at the end of its adjustment). I'll probably give it to a friend if they want it.
  18. Yeah, that's what's on this one currently. Carl recommended the 13's, and i may go that route, but thought i'd try the 12s first. I do a LOT of fingerpicking, so the 13's may be a bit much for me LOL
  19. Yeah, honestly, i love the look of a worn-in guitar. My seagull almost has a hole worn through the top, and i finally started wearing through the lacquer on my Martin a couple years ago. This one will probably look more worn more quickly due to the thin nitro. It really is SUPER thin. Question: The case is nice, but i can see it's going to get messed up real quick...... There are no feet on the side, so if you set it down, you either have to set it down flat or chance scratching the Tolex. Any suggestions? I may just put a couple layers of Gaffe tape down in those spots as a padding. That or figure out how to install some feet on it. Better yet, once i get a Mono bag for it, leave the case at home 🙂
  20. Well, it happened!!!!! I bought it and am (now) super happy with it. For the details/pics, skip below the starred line. For real-life crap and transparency, read on lol Got to CME around 11:30 Saturday. It ended up being a super stressful experience.. Not a fun day, despite buying a new guitar. Long story short, it occurred to me that my (new) bank may have a daily limit for our debit cards. I was right and the limit was $300...... so i had to hand the guitars back over and spend a WHILE on the phone with our bank (who can't do limit increases on the weekend), Visa, and local Credit Unions trying to figure out a solution. In the end, CME just sent a PayPal invoice to me and i was able to pay it all that way. Man, i could've done without that. Secondly, the strings on the guitar were SUPER corroded and worn out, which i anticipated. The guitar sounded dull/lifeless as opposed to the last time where it was loud/lively. CME was super nice and put a new set of their shop-strings on (i think some kind of D'Addario PB). After the new strings were on, the guitar was so bright/brash, i almost didn't buy it. I knew they would dull-down, but didn't want to make the purchase hoping the guitar would get better. After talking with Carl Kammin, he recommended that i try the Martin Retros and assured me that the guitar would be a good one. Between Carl and Alex Latus (the main rep i worked with the last couple of months) I ended up buying the guitar and the Lyric pickup (not installed yet) knowing i would have a 30-day trial period. When i got home, i played for just a few minutes (see somewhat muffled video below), then put on the Retros on. Boy......I hated them. They sounded ok, but the rough feel and excessive string squeak were pretty off-putting. I was pretty discouraged, and decided to call it a day. Before putting the guitar up, i decided to use "Fast-Fret" on the strings, hoping that it would make a difference the next day. Not sure if it was that or if i just needed to let me ears rest some, but when i started playing Sunday afternoon, i really started liking the guitar more and more. The fast-fret helped the string squeak and playability, and everything just sounded a little better......until...... I noticed that something sounded off. I checked and the low E string was showing almost 20cents sharp at the 3rd fret, so my G chord was out of tune. I checked and sure enough every fret on the low E string was super sharp despite the tuner saying the open E was spot on. What.The.Crap.........turns out, my tuner is junk lol also, when playing the strings at a normal intensity, the initial attack is sharper than if you just pick it softly for tuning. Once i started tuning by playing the note hard, everything was fine and in tune. At that point i was satisfied and finally decided i was going to for sure keep the guitar. Then i decided to play and sing and REALLY try it out. I can be somewhat.....intense with my strumming when singing and sure enough i put a pretty nice scratch i the finish on the first song. LOL I guess it's mine for sure now 🙂 I emailed Alex to let him know i'd be keeping the guitar and that i would schedule a day to come get the pickup installed. Took it to work today to show my co-workers and it sounded glorious from the moment i took it out of the case. Honestly best sound thus far. So, without further adieu.... ********************************************************************** The aforementioned scratch..... Can't really see it from this angle I like this tiger stripe better than the old ones. Less contrast-y Video with the D'Addarios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzDxdkf7Y8 For those who asked, here's what the inside looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUpXn4TiWM And the scratch.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv2Frqq37Mk
  21. Well, just to follow up on this, i ended up buying the Legend and am very happy with it. Check it out in my NGD post. As far as the Banner.......man......that thing is awesome. .....i almost bought it. In the end my rational kicked in and the reasons i had for not buying it still existed. No (real) case, it'll need new frets soon, overpriced, what other issues lurk in there?, etc. But if someone is looking fro that sound....geez, it's there in spades and sounds/plays great!!!!!
  22. LOL, if you come to CME tomorrow, you can play it 🙂
  23. LOL you and me both. I typically hate dreads due to size, but i'm finally learning what i like and what i need are usually two different things. That why i sold all my strats and bought a Les Paul. Much happier with the sound 90% of the time. Now i won't be trying to magically squeeze a dreadnought out of a Martin OM lol
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