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Everything posted by Stubee

  1. I used to use the next higher gauge on the E string on one guitar and it works very well.
  2. To your question per “are they a concern”, to me they are not if you’re not looking for a pristine collector guitar. I’m my book they are less of an issue than dryness cracks in other areas, or impact cracks in the side. They don’t “stand out” like the others might, eh? I’d not let seam separation keep me from buying a guitar that grabbed me. I don’t think it’s such a deduction in value as other cracks, all else being equal.
  3. Yeah. Looking at it again, I agree that’s the main area of concern.
  4. I had two ‘65 Hummingbirds, plus a later one. They can be very nice guitars. The best Hummingbird I ever played, and should have bought, was a ‘63 that looked like it had been dragged behind a half ton down a gravel road for a couple days, so looks don’t mean much to me when it comes to old Gibsons. The only real issue with early Hummingbirds to me is top sink, where the bridge rotates down inward above the bridge. From that pic I can’t tell if it has that, and the whole thing looks too cockeyed to tell much from the photo angle. I’d have to see that guitar and play it before giving up on it. I’m not sure at all that there’s evidence of a slipped neck block etc; the picture is too poor to say definitively.,
  5. From what you describe I’d look for a 1950s SJ or SJN/Country Western.
  6. I don’t know. I played two original AJs extensively before finally deciding to get a reissue. I think it sounds pretty close to what a new AJ might have sounded like, but in any case it was a tone that I wanted. I’ve played a number of AJRIs, and all were good but some are better than others. I’m not sure I’d shell out big $$ for a version that might have cool woods but may not sound a cent better than a plain old AJRI.
  7. A 2003 AJRI has been my main flattop since I bought it new. It sounded great new, still sounds great. Roars when you want, sings sweetly if you throttle back. I’ve had about three dozen flattops, including many vintage Gibsons, and the AJRI is probably my favorite all around axe.
  8. I don’t think a heavier bridge would help at all as far as bridge lift; a function of surface area more than weight, if I catch your question right. If you mean footprint or surface area, more area to glue might be less prone to let go, but I wouldn’t bank on it much. I’ve seen plenty of large footprint bridges come unglued. I’d just stick with that nice bridge. My AJRI has done well with one for 15 years of MI heating seasons, with just a minor bit of attention to humidity. I believe the best way to fix is remove & reglue, but that doesn’t appear very loose. If it’s secure elsewhere a bit injected under it & clamped might work. On storage: I’ve left a guitar in a heated Mi cottage thru a winter with no problems, but had another one go bad, so it’s partly fate. To not tempt it so much, you could try a couple of in-case humidifiers instead of one. Like a soundhole + one of the little plastic ‘cans’ in the case?
  9. I ran D'Addario mediums on my AJ for about 10-11 years, and it sounded great. Switched to D'Addario lights and it sounds just as good. I use the EXPs now, but the plain old PB D'Addarios sounded a bit better. I was playing my AJ just last night and thinking what I always do: "Man, what a great guitar". Hope you sort yours out.
  10. A plain old Sitka/RW AJRI has been my main acoustic for nearly 15 years. I've owned a truckload of old Gibson dreads, and the AJRI is up there with the best. You will have a good guitar there; enjoy!
  11. I love old Southern Jumbos though it's been awhile since I owned one. That's a pretty guitar.
  12. I agree with others: no guarantee that a banner will be better (or as good as) that '48. I'd go back & play it again.
  13. We listened to the first one and agree: that's a lot of progress. As my wife said "there's now a rhythm in his voice that is going along with the guitar". She doesn't play but is my biggest critic! You'll continue to work on pitch, everyone does, but you now have a more 'dynamic' vocal to work with while you do.
  14. For a gig I prefer to stand for electric or acoustic. My back isn't pristine but I can do a 2-hour set wearing a 7# guitar with no real problem. Some posture stuff between songs + a tall stool to lean back on as needed help. I do sing better standing. At home I stand with electric but often sit with acoustic while the TV is on.
  15. I like it for a quick song recording. I just set my phone on something that positions it for good balance between guitar & voice and get good results.
  16. Nice! I love performing that song, one of my favorites.
  17. He was a flawed man like all of us but pretty much owned up to it & carried on. I knew it was coming but it bothers me still. RIP.
  18. Nice guitar and Rainbow Guitars is a pretty good shop.
  19. My wife and I have listened to a lot of your songs over time here and we both think you've improved; you have more dynamic vocal range now vs vocals that were closer to monotone in some earlier songs. Your guitar sounds pretty darned good, as always. It might help to take some vocal training if possible, but with or without just keep on playing and enjoy it.
  20. When I saw him with Guy Clark he played a J-200, but who knows who's guitar it was? I thought it was his old guitar.
  21. I played one some years back and it was a very raw and powerful guitar.
  22. It shouldn't change relief at all when lowering the saddle. Sounds like a guitar just 'settling in'. I also adjust truss rods and though I don't do it often I've cranked on dozens of guitars, even added washers, lubed and done other things to get things right. It's part of owning a guitar to me, you just need some knowledge & a bit of care.
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