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  1. I have played in the same band for twenty years, we used to play weekly but with health and family commitments sometimes a couple of months go by before we play together again. Certainly we are very rusty and it is usually towards the end of the set that we start to sound anything like we were. I have been recording solo for over ten years, the other day I was asked about a song, Oh! yes said I I remember that I have it recorded somewhere. Sure enough I found the recording I made nine years ago, it sounded good but when I picked up my guitar there was no way I could play that song with either the dexterity or the speed of the recording, time has taken it's toll. So what I'm saying is enjoy it now as nothing lasts for ever.
  2. It may come as a surprise to you but John Mayer has a new album out called Sob Rock. Well the title didn't excite me so I thought no more of it but hearing from a friend that I should give it a try I did, and yes I like it so thought I would share it with fellow members. Some of the tracks are John Mayer meets Mark Knopfler and some John Mayer meets Phil Collins and some John Mayer is still hug up on Katy Perry but having said that there is soul in this album even if it is his. Then of course there is his guitar playing which is wonderful, not only is it clever and tactile it is also musical and sympathetic to the cor of the songs. Mayer is a superb song writer and musician but the enjoyment in this album is there in bucket loads for us all to hear.
  3. Yes sad news the passing of Don Everly. The Everly Brothers were a great duo and a great influence on many bands including The Beatles who strangely enough never covered them. Of the original 50s rock n rollers I think only Jerry Lee Lewis and a couple of The Crickets are still around.
  4. I own one too. Mine is Rosewood with ebony fretboard. I think these are very underrated guitars. They are so like Martins 00028 which have been available since pre WW11 or maybe WW1 It seems to me there is an unexplored market here for Gibson
  5. I am always suspicious of damaged labels so you can't expect to sell it for big money but if it is Matsumoko made it's a nice guitar and if it plays well you have a bargain.
  6. These are different guitars The ES 335 is a semi hollow guitar whilst the Casino is completely hollow. These guitars give different sounds but as to playing the Casino is much lighter. For me if I could get a 70s or 80s Japanese Casino I'd go for it.
  7. Sorry Forthyearspickn what I was meaning is that as our fellow member has a problem with the size of the guitars he should look at a small body guitar as J45 and SJ200 are about the same size. I can't say that the size bothered me during my J45 years but I was introduced to a small body guitar by Doyle Dykes and I was sold.
  8. Well SJ200s are played by many players including the ladies too. If you are used to a J45 you will be good with a SJ200. I played a J45 for years but then I was introduced to small bodied guitars, never looked back.
  9. Mine, the same as Bobouz no cut away. Great guitar.
  10. The BBC here in UK put out Paul's concert in the Park in New York in 1991. It was very good, he was at his best but what was the black guitar he was playing? It looks like a Gibson, could be a J185 but I'm not sure, any ideas ?
  11. So Bob is 80 he has written some songs. Whats your favorite?
  12. I'm not sure about this nostalgia stuff but there's more of it now then ever. Image if in the sixty's the big thing was 1910s music ! However I must admit I have seen a few of the cover bands which I enjoyed but have come away well, slightly sad.
  13. Thanks Bobouz my CJ165 is not cutaway and rosewood back with ebony fretboard and gold hardware. I have played a maple back I like both. As you say a really comfortable guitar to play and a beautiful clear sound. I didn't know that production went on until 2012. I bought mine in US but I have only heard of one here in UK. The thing I find strange is despite the similarity with a Martin 00028 the production life on the Gibson is short where on the Martin over eighty years. It's like Martin making years of D28s and Gibson J 45 just a short run. Perhaps Gibson should look at their marketing program as I think they are not aware of what gem they have hidden away.
  14. Well this is a Gibson forum so I would expect some Gibson bias however as an owner of both makes can I add some points. Re the member buying a 00028EC this has a V shaped neck but the standard model has a neck very similar to a J200 I have a Martin 00028 and a Gibson CJ165 these guitars are almost Identical in size, woods and neck profile the Gibson even having an ebony fretboard unusual for Gibsons but standard on Martins. Even the sound is similar to the fact that I can't tell them apart on recordings. The interesting thing is Gibson made a short run of Cj165 about twenty years ago and no more since. Martin have been making 00028 since 1933.
  15. I would like to see a CJ165 maple back and sides. They are not made at all now don't know why as everyone who owns a CJ165 loves them.
  16. Yes I remember the Ovation years, everyone had one even Paul McCartney, you don't see him or anyone else for that matter with one now! can't say I liked them they would slide off your knee if you were sitting or roll around if you were standing. A pal in my band had one bought it in NY red, nice to look at but not for me. I wonder where they all are now. Guitars like everything go in fashions in the sixty's and seventies in was dreadnoughts now it's back to the guitar shaped guitars like the old days.
  17. Guitars get over rated by who plays them. take the Epiphone Casino John Lennon played a 60s USA made but the Japanese made model is a better guitar at a fraction of the price.
  18. Didn't John Lennon have a J160E !
  19. I have a 70s Ibanez copy. I'm sure you can't tell the difference, apart from the price. As they are no longer made they are pretty hard to find but a wonderful guitar if you can find one.
  20. Nice! haven't heard that song for years, well done Sal.
  21. So sorry to hear of your health issues Jinder. I wish you a speedy recovery.
  22. Well I like it Lars, good song good story, just leave it as it is.
  23. Really nice version Sal, I enjoyed it.
  24. I thing it is interesting and different enough to busk but you did a wonderful job on it anyway.
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