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  1. My chronological age is 58, my treadmill tests put my heart at about 45, my head tells me I'm in my 20's and my football knee shows me what it will be like when I'm 92.
  2. +1 A couple of years ago I had problems getting on to their website to renew my subscription, so I called the number listed at the front of their publication. Jason answered and we talked for a couple of minutes about guitars, how I become a subscriber, the weather in Seattle compared to my farm in eastern Wa., and he invited me to drive over and attend one of their FBJ get togethers if I ever get a chance. It was like we were old friends! He took care of my subscription, had his tech guy look into why the website wouldn't let me in and sent a nice thank you email. BTW, I've been a subscriber since the beginning and have all of the issues (1-26) neatly displayed in a bookcase. I've read every issue from cover to cover and several times over! The best publication for content and print quality that I subscribe to and I highly recommend it to others. www.fretboardjournal.com
  3. 2 acoustics and 1 electric........ 1996 J-100xtra (mahogany and spruce) 2008 J-45 2006 R8 Les Paul
  4. I wish I was more of a nerd like Bill Gates or Bob Taylor and with all due respect, Ren is gone. Because I have a few Taylor guitars, I get the Wood & Steel magazine from them. In the "Ask Bob" section of 2012 Winter edition there is a quote from Bob I'd like to share. The question was from a player who had recently had rotator cuff surgery and could only play a narrow guitar, preferably with nylon strings. Bob explained that they only made the T-5 and only with steel strings,and that probably wasn't what the player would like at all. He then went on and said this....."My friend Robert Godin makes some very nice guitars that would suit your needs. You should look at Godin." This is what a guitar nerd does and over the years I have seen other examples in W&S of Taylor giving props to and recommendations for other builders. Plus, the sales staff at the music store in Spokane where I've bought my Gibsons, a Taylor and a Martin have told me about Bob Taylor stopping in to say hi when he was in town visiting his folks. They also just recently told me about Gibson dropping them as a dealer because they didn't meet the business model. These guys used to have a wall of Gibsons to choose from, now they have expanded their choice of Taylor and Martin guitars. So let's see, Hmmm......a guitar nerd who knows wood like the back of his hand and travels the world finding it, is an innovator who likes to make videos of what he's doing with the guitars he loves to build, praises other peoples guitars and even encourages people to consider the purchase of those instruments when they fit the player's needs better than a Taylor offering, who along with his partner Kurt Listug is growing his business and dealership network and enjoys meeting the folks that actually sell the guitars with his name on the headstock that make the growth possible.................OR, a business wonk who has left a lot of Gibson lovers like myself with Guitar Center as our only local dealer. Here in the Northwest USA, Gibson has only 15 dealers remaining in the whole state of Washington with 8 of them Guitar Center or Best Buy, only 1 dealer is left in Idaho (GC in Boise) and in Montana the home of the Gibson Acoustic division, Music Villa in Bozeman and a dealer in Missoula are left, no one in Great Falls, Billings or Kalispell....... A search on this forum will bring up a lot of questions and concerns about buying online, the tone from a Taylor guitar, and the Guitar Center sales staff and how they take care of the instruments on their walls. Before long, only a few options may be left for those of us wanting to buy a Gibson guitar.......be willing to drive 300 miles to find a dealer who will have guitars to play, buy online without playing, or.......either learn to love Guitar Center or Taylor tone. JuanCarlosVejar, thanks for posting the video, sorry I went off topic.
  5. Well into my 50's and I have to admit to owning 3 Taylors, as well as 3 Martins and 2 Gibsons. I play them all and enjoy what each one has to offer. Now take what follows as just the observation of some ol' 50 something guy who likes having friends (about the same age) over for some good food, a few beers and playing music. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the M-36 Martin......when friends drop by it's usually their favorite too and they always want to play it and few want to put it down. My J-100 is the one that everyone wants to try and they all comment on it's great tone, but most people don't play it for very long because of it's size. The Taylors are always the ones that surprise folks the most for the way they play and the tone. A typical comment goes something like....."wow, this guitar is so clean sounding". This is especially true when people play the 814ce. They are also the most comfortable to play over a long evening. When just one guitar is being played, the J-45 is very popular, plus it's the coolest looking guitar of the bunch. When we play together, the Gibsons tend to go back into their cases and the Martins and Taylors are played because they sound darned good together. Last Christmas when our kids who are in their 20's were home for the holidays and could join the fun, they grabbed the Fenders in the thin cases!! Visiting guitars include Takamine, Yamaha, Larrivee and Ovation and good friendship and music comes out of every one of them.
  6. I was doing a little googling earlier today and saw the guitar doodles and thought it was a nice tribute to Les. One of my great regrets in life was to have never seen Les perform live, although I have a nice collection of albums, CDs and DVDs of his music. The summer that he died, I was harvesting one helluva crop of wheat that was increasing in value each day and I told my wife that we were going to use the extra income from the crop and go to NYC and the Iridium and see the great man perform before he died. I had regretted never seeing Chet Atkins play live before his death and wasn't going to miss a chance to see Les. And then right in the middle of harvest I hear the radio announcement that Les had passed...........I was in shock for days. So I decided that I would do whatever I needed to do to see Tommy Emmanuel, the last member of the guitar trinity IMHO, play live before I missed any chance to see him.......................so on Tuesday the 14th my wife and I will be spending the evening of our 31st wedding anniversary sitting down front enjoying the virtuosity of the "the CGP Guitar Wizard from Oz"!!!! Happy Birthday Les, God Bless Chet, and Godspeed to Tommy on June 14th @ The Bing!!!
  7. Grain farmer. Primarily wheat, barley and dry peas but over the past 29 years, I've also raised lentils, canola, sunflowers, hay, cattle and hogs. Before that I was a high school vo-ag teacher.
  8. It sounds like Gibson is going to do the right thing for you and I think this is a case where they really deserve credit for looking out for the customer. If you take a look at the warranty that came with the guitar it's very clear about what repairs/replacements Gibson will cover. The section "This Warranty is Subject to the Following Limitations" reads as follows..... #7 Normal wear and tear (i.e. worn frets, worn machine heads, worn plating, string replacement, scratched pickguards, or damages to or discoloration of the instrument finish for any reason). #10 Cracking, discoloration or damage of any sort to the finish or plating for any reason. They have no obligation to do anything, but Roger and the Bozeman crew have chosen to take care of the tuners. Gibson takes a lot of hits on the internet, some are deserved, but a lot really aren't. Based on their warranty obligation, this could have been a hit that wasn't deserved, but instead it's become a problem being solved. And it's a positive outcome that needs to be acknowledged!
  9. At the risk of repeating myself........the next forum is already in place. It's got everything but us. I'm not convinced that it ever will, but if the day should come that this forum is no longer available then we can go to gibson-talk.com. It's been in place for awhile and has lots of potential for growth, kind of reminds me of this forum several years ago when I first began looking around here. Gibson-talk.com
  10. Off the beaten path down on the Palouse about half way between Pullman and Spokane.
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