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  1. Hmmm….I see on our local CL that Martin D-28 standard owners are trying to get around $1650, and local J-45 owners (various incarnations of the J-45) are in the $1750 asking range. A new 9 out of 10 Martin D-28 for $1300 is pretty good deal I'd say…..
  2. Here is a trade situation, purely hypothetical, but a similar situation can come up in any trade situation. Let's say, we are trying to work a trade deal. One person has a used Martin 2000 D-28, 9 out of 10 condition. The other has a Gibson 2000 J-15, 9 out of 10 condition. CURRENT new list value for the Martin is $2629. Current new value for the J-15 is $1499. Unknown what "street" value is for the two, but let's just work off the list. Both players like the trade, BUT how to figure out how much CASH one has to throw in to make the trade fair and equitable. How do you guys do it? This scenario is pretty straight forward, but still, has some nuances. It gets more complicated when one guitar is 10 years older than the other.One guitar 7 out of 10 condition, the other 9 out of 10. One guitar has a beat up case, other has a pristine case, etc etc. Trades are often complicated.
  3. Thanks guys.....didn't know of that resource.....this one does have a truss rod!
  4. Hi Guys, can anyone help me with a serial number....the guitar is a 1920's circa Gibson L-3, I'm trying to figure out exact year.....serial number is 82287, any help appreciated! Thanks....by the way, this is a BEATER, so no pics this time.....great plucky sound however.....thanks
  5. This is a very interesting question. I have a Washburn OM size arch top guitar from 1932, called a Collegiate, which is VERY loud, especially with a pic, and can cut through any mix of guitars at a jam. My 1961 00-17 is amazing loud for it's size, but even across the strings, and just good tone. My EARS, tend to gravitate to my J-45 Pure Voice, which has the Adi top which gives the trebles a nice ring, AND has that heavy bass. I think generally, I hear guitars with lots of bass as being louder. Probably a preference developed over years of jamming with Dreadnaughts. I did have a J-200 Jumbo Koa, but despite of it's size, it wasn't as loud as my J-45 Pure Voice. What is YOUR loudest guitar?
  6. How do you know you have GAS? If you enthusiastically talk to non-playing friends about guitars all the time (regardless of their yawns and eye-rolls) You probably have GAS. If you get excited when you see a guitar positioned in the corner of a movie scene . You probably have GAS. If you sit close to the TV when a band is playing trying to work out what make and model they are playing, you probably have GAS. If you have more guitars than your can physically play......you've got GAS If you have some guitars that you haven't played in over six months....You've got GAS IF you don't know the exact number of guitars you have, You've got GAS If you get excited about when someone else buys a guitar in the forum...you've probably got GAS. IF you spend more time scouring forums, Ebay, Craig's List, than you do PLAYING your guitars.....You've probably got GAS. If you are sneaking Guitars into the house so that your wife doesn't see them, .....You've probably got GAS. If you are thinking like this, " You know, I don't have a guitar with (fill in the blank) (Koa, Walnut, Blackwood)......tonewoods on the back and sides yet.....You've got GAS If you already have a hand built custom designed guitar by a world reknowned Luthier, AND you are still looking for another custom designed guitar, You've got GAS If you have some guitars under the bed, in the closet, in the attic AND your music room is full already AND you are still looking for another guitar.....You've got GAS If you explain away all your guitars by saying."I am holding on to these as investments", You've got GAS If the spouse is saying, "honey, please come to bed" and you'd rather sit up and pore over eBay lisitngs.....You probably have GAS. If you find yourself short of breath every time you see a UPS truck.....You probably have GAS. If you've ever caught yourself thinking, "boy, if I wasn't married..."...You probably have GAS. If you have more than one guitar shop on speed-dial... If you're offered an early retirement buyout and don't take it because you haven't got all the guitars you want yet...You probably have GAS. if you haven't got time to play guitar because you're working a second job to pay for guitars...You probably have GAS. if you read any of these and thought, "THAT'S just normal"....You probably have GAS. If you are looking at a wooden table top and you are thinking, "Man, that would make a great back and sides to a guitar"......You probably have GAS. If you have to build an extra wing on your house to accomodate guitar cases.....you probably have Gas If you can't have house guests, because your guest room is filled with guitars......most likely you have GAS. If you own TWO identical guitars, so that you can use a different sets of strings on the same guitars to hear the difference.....you definitely have GAS. If you only buy guitars that all look alike (for example, only ever buying black guitars), so that your wife won't be able to distinguish one from another, missing any new additions......you probably have GAS If the company makes two guitars exactly the same, except with different tone woods on the back and sides, and you want to buy both of them so you can hear the difference between the tone woods, you most likely have GAS. If you have a guitar that is more expensive than your car, you've got GAS! If you had to raise the coverage of your renter's insurance 3 times in the past year because of guitars, you've got GAS!
  7. Stradivari family also made guitars, though in much smaller number, which makes surviving examples even rarer than their counterparts. According to ForgottenGuitar.com, the Stradivari family “produced over 1,000 instruments, of which 960 were violins.” Yet, “a small number of guitars were also crafted, and as of today only one remains playable.” This is that guitar, one of just five surviving examples of guitars made by Antonio Stradivari. In the clip below, baroque concert guitarist Rolf Lislevand plays Santiago de Murcia’s “Tarantela” on the world’s last playable Stradivarius guitar. Named “the Sabionari,” it was made in 1679 and has been restored by luthiers Daniel Sinier, Francoise de Ridder and Lorenzo Frignani.
  8. Hi Guys…..I haven't been scanning Craig's list for a LONG time. But today, made an exception. I am AMAZED by the used prices for Martin and Gibson acoustics that sellers are asking? Am I missing something? Was there a big price rise in their new guitar pricing? Seems strange. They are asking what I would consider on-line new prices for used guitars, with wear, without warranty, etc. Can someone explain this? ….lol…..
  9. Very delightful! Gave me my morning smile!
  10. Well, guys, thanks for the warm welcome back. Good to see some of the old familiar names of players I grew to enjoy and respect over the years......On the guitar acquisition path, I've been pretty good, sold a few, bought a few, but have really settled down from buying for quite some time. I've got MORE than I could ever imagine I would ever have. I pretty much play 3 now, 1933 Martin R-18, 1953 Gibson CF-100, and 1961 Martin 00-17. Pretty much all 00 size all with mahogany B&S......and all UNIQUE sounding. I have been playing once a week at a local cafe for 2 hours on Sunday mornings.....pretty laid back, just acoustic with no amplification. Good way to keep the old standards fresh. Learning to put a lot more feeling into my voice, and embellishing more with the guitar...just enjoying it, that's all. One or two open mica a month to round things out. All in all, as someone said, playing more than surfing these days. I've been learning some of the oldies like, "Please don't talk about me when I'm gone", "Stormy weather", "Ain't misbehaving", and"Tomorrow Night", to mention a few. Love those chord progressions....it is truly my wish that you all are doing well and that music is a big plus in your lives. I will try to drop in more regularly in the future!
  11. I've been away for a while…..what's happening on our beloved forum? I trust everyone is doing well and pluckin' away??? Any news, any gossip….lol…..good to see some familiar names still on the board…Best, Wily
  12. I think Frampton mostly plays blues now…
  13. Like this song or not…..he will go down as one of the best singer song-writers ever! AND, I wouldn't do this song either….to long, too many words….lol….like some Dylan songs…..too much work…lol!
  14. I usually go over a few songs when I go to bed at night…..lately I've been practicing with the lights off. Good practice! I can almost do "Blackbird" now in the dark. I'm often amazed by musicians, who can maintain eye contact with their audience, never looking at their guitar….lol….I guess with cowboy chords that's not too hard….but with a lot of songs I play, I'm up and down the neck….so this is good practice! I haven't mastered the eye contact with audience bit yet….especially if a beautiful woman is locking eyes with me….lol….but I don't have to look down as much!
  15. He can make ANY guitar sound good...lol
  16. A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced Up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized She was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took The seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, “Business trip or pleasure?” She turned, smiled and said, “Business. I’m going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston." He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen Sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs! Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your Business at this convention?” “Lecturer,” she responded. “I use information that I have learned from my Personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.” “Really?” he said. “And what kind of myths are there?” “Well,” she explained, “one popular myth is that African-American men are The most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is That Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Mexican Descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with Absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck.” Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed.. “I’m Sorry,” she said, “I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don’t Even know your name.” “Tonto,” the man said, “Tonto Gonzales, but my friends call me Bubba".
  17. I'm with Hogeye on this……wouldn't this specification be more suited for an Epiphone than a flagship Gibson model? Send Epiphone the Micarta, and have Epiphone send all their Ebony and Rosewood Fretboards and Bridges to Gibson…..
  18. Same as Corian kitchen counter top materials….I had a Martin 00-17 once that had it on the fret board and bridge…it really didn't bother me at all…felt fine, sounded goos…..here is a vid of that guitar I did…
  19. Has Fairbanks considered torrefied tops for this project?
  20. Fairbanks also makes clones of the Roy Smeck…
  21. Bayou….I hear you! If a guitar is good, it is good, signature or not! I guess I object to the high cost of the signature!!!….lol…..Craig's list is a bit of a hobby for me…..and I must say the used "Signature" models, definitely have a lower drop in price than, "standard" models…..just saying….BIG drops….(Aaron Lewis signature model comes to mind…..)
  22. I've had neck resets that changed the sound of a guitar….there is no guarantee that your guitar will sound the same with a different neck…..rather than go through all this to have a guitar that wil not be stock. and probably lose value, why not just get a luthier to build you what you want? Collings makes clones of Martins AND Gibsons….I'm sure a luthier shop could make something suitable….
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