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  1. A/B comparisons are always enlightening, John. Thank you for the ear/eye candy, and showing off the best example of a case queen many of us have ever encountered, You've made me miss my LG2, akin to BK's reaction. I joked with him that I was sending you a set of medium Santa Cruz strings to hasten the opening up of that top. Your string choice explanation made sense, though. By lights, I assume 12-54 or similar. Couldn't be 11's, could it? LG x-brace balance still stands out nicely. That new string tone is a good showcase for the LG3, but suddenly I'm a little more OK with the 'old and dead' voice. In between the two sounds somewhere is likely the sweet mid range spot that will surely come with consistent play time, or maybe when the new strings calm down a little. I think I have a tin ear for new strings, especially PBs. The guitar is so new, so mint and well built, I believe there will be a play-in period, so get busy while you're in your prime!! Hey, do you know any T-Rex riffs?
  2. Have fun, brutha! Me, I'm hoping they lock us down again this winter, so I can go back into my 'Walden Pond-ish' seclusion. I have a big renovation job up near the north end of Otsego Lake, which I'll milk for the entire winter, and only travel/work on sunny days to keep my fret hand usable. This will eventually freeze over, and be dotted with ice-fishing shacks.
  3. Brutally true more than occasionally. We all like to sound wise, smart, or grateful.
  4. Not specifically with FE, but there's a noticeable downturn in general quality conscientiousness and control, pretty much everywhere. This mutha's breaking down, so we'll have to anticipate and adjust.
  5. Nice one, Buc. Thanks for the information.
  6. It's a Greven, Zom, color chosen to complement the RW fretboard.
  7. Me too, John, as soon as my new one arrived. I'd suggest you don't do it yourself, WSman, if you haven't been there/done that. This vintage sample from Reverb is pretty much the only original, non-cheezy looking one out there. https://reverb.com/item/25832027-gibson-j-35-sunburst-1941 Here's the one I had made for my '36 L00...
  8. Likely no effect on tone with a big 'ol broken in J. Taylor will send pattern/color choices. To my eye, a guard looks right on a guitar in the color tone closest to the fingerboard and bridge color
  9. Opinion, I hate the batwing, considering it one of Gibson's dumb ideas, along with decorative guards, weird bridges, and ladder bracing. I feel loading up the top with an oversized piece of plastic subdues tone, yet on a big workhorse like that it wouldn't matter. My move would be to get hold of Taylor at Holter Pickguards and have him make the correct size/shape guard, but avoid the modern cheezy looking firestripe. I like the color of your ill-fitting tort guard. Too bad it's off kilter. Spend the bucks if you can. You'll be looking at it forever. Taylor's run $50-70, but they're elegant and beveled.
  10. Smooth, clean, and sexy. No, not you! The song. I've had a personal 8PM curfew for 10 yrs. It keeps the riffraff away. Good to hear from you. It's been a while. I was wondering. Dave
  11. Very gracious of you, John. Not ready to be kicked off just yet, and with your help... Mine were '53(?) and '56ers. I only flat pick too, kind of percussive on a lot of songs, so I guess I always look for a bit of 'thump'. Though the guitars aren't built the same, I had put Thom-Infelds on my 'restored' '36 L00, which is bright and barky since long ago some fool sanded off the burst, in order to quiet it a little. The change softened the tone sufficiently, but the bass E sounded muted. I use the nickel bronze strings on other guitars, so I tried a spare used E, and was happy with the bold bass it brought up. I love that you presented it with 'old and dead' strings. Now we'll get the full spectrum. Always look forward to your posts, pics and historical info. Dave
  12. Such a beauty! Thanks for sharing, John. I let both of my old LG2s go, perceiving a lackluster bass E string, and must say I also hear it in this sweet guitar, though it's nicely balanced in your playing. They are sturdily built small bods. Have you mentioned what strings you have on there in the clip? I know it's blasphemous, but have you thought of throwing on a low E nickel bronze string to hear what happens? Might be harsh, but I'd be curious. This comment will surely get me banned from the forum. G'bye all.
  13. Yep, and higher shipping prices have kicked in. I just trimmed my herd by three, apparently with lucky timing, as two went across the country. An unpredictable side-effect...I'm playing fewer guitars a lot more. I think I've fine-tuned what suits my style and songs I dig playing. Time to lay low for a while, though it's a buyers market on Reverb.
  14. Wait! That's cheating! Lip-synching guitars? I woulda' loved to hear those two guitars playing together, but that's the studio cut. I think Mellencamp has my old 000-18, and Springsteen's guitar looks small for a J. Is it an LG2?
  15. One of the most important aspects of the 'geometry' of tone, is a snug, maximum contact saddle. Also, the strings pushing your saddle forward will eventually cause either a cracked or lifting bridge.
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