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  1. A talent gone way too soon. He was a powerful writer, and his picking style was engaging. I was intrigued by the fact that for the past few years, he played what some would (wrongfully) consider "lower-end" Asian instruments, like Loars or Recording Kings. I mean, here's a guy who could play anything he wanted, or just borrow a vintage guitar from his dad's stash. I read an interview where he was asked about that, and he said that early in his career, when he played pricier guitars, he got tired of people coming up to him after gigs and saying they wanted to learn guitar and what kind of a guitar did he have and he'd tell them it was a $2,000 guitar or whatever it cost and he'd see their faces drop. So he started playing smaller-bodied Loars and Recording Kings, which are a lot more affordable. Given his playing style, the guitars really worked for him. He also was big on using the Baggs M1 pickup.
  2. WONDERFUL job. Always loved that song and you certainly did it justice.
  3. Listened to "Settle Down." Wow. Good stuff and you're really doing some great work these days. Damn that *%#€$!! pandemic but it spurred you to create some powerful music.
  4. Congrats on the guitar. I’ve heard of folks sticking their names out of view inside the guitar as a means of identification in case the guitar is ever stolen. But “so it is”?? String-wise, go with mediums. J-45s really need mediums to get the top vibrating.
  5. Beautiful guitar! Would love to hear it....
  6. The first ding is always the hardest.... Frank Ford on steaming out dents: http://frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Finish/SteamOut/steamout1.html Go ahead and get it fixed by a competent repairperson. Keep in mind it’ll be in the shop awhile; a nitro repair takes forever to cure.
  7. Not those pins in particular, but I’ve got two guitars with ebony pins (from StewMac) and really like them.
  8. Played Bill’s main Texan (he had a spare) once in the green room of the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis back in the ‘90s. Sweet guitar and he knew how to get the most out of it.
  9. As others have noted, yes, use the Humidipak. The important thing in extreme wet or dry environments is to check the guitar DAILY. You need to stay on top of the situation. I lived in Kuwait for five years, and it could alternate between very dry (it is desert, after all) AND wet since the Arab Gulf was only a couple of miles away.
  10. Keep it in the original case and if you go to a gig, use the Mono M80 if you want something easy to carry. That said, I hate gig bags; they are a guitar repairman's best friend. For day-to-day storage, the original case will give you better control of humidity. And if you don't have one, buy a hygrometer so you can monitor the RH. It is important to remember that too much humidity can do just as much (albeit different) damage as too little.
  11. Make this the guitar you want to own TODAY and don’t worry about resale value two decades hence.
  12. Fine job! Has a real "snaky" feel to it so, yeah, it's outlaw country. Some good writing. Keep it up!
  13. Living abroad since 2014, it has been awhile since I've cruised pawn shops looking for deals. My recollection was that if the guitar said "Gibson" or "Martin" on the headstock, pawnbrokers would bump the price way over what the guitar was actually worth. When I lived, worked and traveled in Texas in the 1980s and early '90s, I'd always work time in my schedule to check out the local pawn shops when I was in the oil patch of West Texas. When the oil industry was going great guns, roughnecks often bought guitars and since they were rolling in cash, they'd buy good ones. Then when the industry tanked, the guitars were the first things they'd pawn. I never found a deal that I couldn't pass up.
  14. Congrats! Dying to hear your initial impressions.
  15. Yeah, a $750 price tag is probably going to be a non-starter on a Gibson acoustic. If you find one that cheap, it probably has problems. What is it about a Gibson that you are after? If you're looking for that short-scale slope-shoulder sound on a budget, check out a Farida OT-62 ($512 at Elderly) or the Guild DS-240 ($499 at Elderly). Both are Asian-made, but they have gotten good reviews. I own a Farida OT-22 -- their take on the Gibson LG-2 -- and it is a stunning guitar for the money. I know everybody is different, but I think the search for "an acoustic that plays as good as an electric" is a fool's errand. They are different animals and they are meant to be. Basically, I think you're saying you want something with super-low action and a thin neck. Those are not necessarily good attributes for an acoustic. Taylor has probably been the best at marketing to that segment of the playing public, but I've only ever played one or two Taylors that did anything for me. Granted, it is a matter of personal style and taste, but Taylors always struck me as acoustic guitars for people who don't like acoustic guitars. (And, yes, I know some great people play them....) Good luck....
  16. I'm thinking of doing an EP of original murder ballads of the Texas Panhandle once it is safe to go out and studios in Nicosia re-open. Years ago, I lived in Amarillo for a couple of years (although it seemed longer...) and the Panhandle is a fascinating area and chock-full of stories. I've got nine songs so far, and will probably cull the list down to six for an EP. This song is called, "J.D. and Abel." It is a major revamp/rewrite of an earlier murder ballad I wrote. This version adds new verses and characters, changes the locale, etc., and contains only six or seven lines that even remotely resemble the song I started with. I'd say, "Hope you like it" but it feels weird to say that about a murder ballad.... J.D. and Abel © 2020 by David Hanners J.D. did time for burglary down at Preston Smith Granting early parole worst thing they coulda did Come out with no prospects and a bad attitude Ready to take it out on someone; anyone would do Some men are just born evil, been that way since Cain Abel Sanchez was a good man, pharmacist by trade J.D. walked in with an itchy finger on a snubnose .38 Wanted drugs and money, Abel wanted no part J.D.’s in no mood to argue, shot him through the heart Some men are just born evil, been that way since Cain J.D. grabbed three bottles of Oxy, $20 from the till Never gave Abel a second thought, doubt he ever will Cops eventually caught him, got snitched on by a pal Who got jammed up on a felony; J.D. was his ticket out Some men are just born evil, been that way since Cain He turned down a deal that woulda spared his life Rolled the dice but a snake-eye jury condemned him to die Lawyers talk of justice, families talk of pain The state’s closing argument sealed J.D.’s fate Some men are just born evil, been that way since Cain His name was J.D. Cain, pure evil what he done Born in Plainview, Texas, 1981 Final hour drew near, no appeal on which to wait Drugs flowed at 6 p.m. declared dead at 6:08 Some men are just born evil, been that way since Cain
  17. Most of my rewriting efforts of late have been focused on shortening songs, getting out extraneous words, lines or even verses, getting to the story faster, etc. Sometimes, though, you have to go in the opposite direction. The story needs fleshing out a bit more, or something needs to be added. Such was the case with "Guymon, OK." I decided that at four verses, it needed another verse. The new one is tucked in between what was the second and third verses, and it goes: The sheriff brought Tammy in for questioning, there were some things he wanted to know But her alibi was airtight so he had to let her go As she walked out she wore the widest Cheshire grin The sheriff knew, and she did, too: A smile is not evidence
  18. Had the UST removed from my J-35 last year and haven't regretted it one bit. The guitar just sounds better without it. Feels lighter and more responsive. Before that, I had replaced the stock (and ill-fitting) Tusq saddle with a Bob Colosi offering and that was a great improvement, too.
  19. I've seen photos of him with various J-200s, and even a J-45: https://mobile.twitter.com/yusufcatstevens/status/1139575109767839744
  20. For being a “fanboy” site, I’ve certainly learned a lot about Gibsons past and present and gotten a lot of helpful advice here....
  21. Thanks for the kind words. Things are relatively calm in Cyprus. Just waiting for it to be safe to open up again and get out and play. I feel bad for gigging musicians who are losing income. I hope all is well with you, too. These are perilous times....
  22. I'm using a chunk of my social-distancing time to go back and re-examine, re-edit, re-write -- and, in some cases, toss out entirely -- old songs I've never been fully satisfied with. "Guymon, OK" is one of the songs that got a review. I wrote the song in 2002 or 2003. My wife at the time was visiting her sister in Oklahoma and I was missing her, and I thought, "I'll write a song about Oklahoma." Then I thought, "Hey, there's a whole Broadway musical about that, and they even called it Oklahoma!" At the paper I worked at, I sat next to our religion writer, and he had a book on his desk about sex in the Bible. I asked him if I could borrow it, and it was a pretty good and informative read. I was particularly interested in the story of Tamar and Judah told in Genesis 38. It is an involved tale which I won't retell here, but it is really weird (even for Biblical sex) and the book, written by an academic, made the point that the story really had no point. So I decided to tell the story (or at least use it as a launching pad) and placed it in Guymon, a city in the Oklahoma Panhandle. My protagonists are a waitress named Tammy and a rodeo rider from Amarillo named Irv. In the rewrite, I was trying to channel some Ray Wylie Hubbard....
  23. Thanks, all. I just started recording my videos in the spare bedroom since my wife is now teaching at home. This way, I don’t disturb her. I’ve been wanting to watch “The Highwaymen,” too, but we haven’t yet. The events in the song take place a few months before Clyde and Bonnie met their end. The posse in Iowa captured Buck and Blanche, but Clyde and Bonnie and an accomplice named W.D. Jones got away.
  24. He could do "Galveston" the way Jimmy Webb wrote it -- slowed w-a-y down. It really turns it into a different song. There are some videos on YouTube of Webb doing it. In one he talks about how Campbell took his anti-war song and sped it up, but I think Webb made a lot of money off it so he didn't complain too loudly. I've got a song about the Galveston hurricane Buc could cover if he wants. And there's always, "Wasn't That A Mighty Storm." I actually rode out a hurricane on Galveston once. Got stuck in an elevator for 8 hours.
  25. Thanks. I should maybe give it a different title. "Blanche" was kind of a working title and I never got around to changing it. Blanche was kind of the odd-man (or woman) out of the Barrow-Parker Gang. Clyde and Bonnie were out-and-out psychopaths. Buck had a lawless streak and was a killer. Blanche was, by all accounts, just a normal woman who loved her man and then found herself in over her head. There's no evidence she ever even held a gun.
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