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  1. Here you open one of the biggest and most mysterious issues in music at all. The relationship between phrase and pause. It would carry too far to dig in, but this must be said : Yes, it's a drag to be thrown out of a groove by a player who can't handle his song. Still a lot of great artists play around with teasing timing (not to be confused with falling off horse). It's thin line walking, , , f.x. I remember listening to the latest Eagles record and finding a bunch of the tracks too well timed. This is a trap. Being immaculately metric drains music out of the music, so to speak, and leaves the listener climbing a scaffold of rigid foreseeable tone-math. Eagles members – some of the finest rock-players on earth – would be the first to acknowledge this, but are busy heeding the call of modern radio reality.


    There is an unexplainable factor to timing, that can be compared to charm. For heavens sake don't analyze, , , for you can't and if you try, it'll soon damp off. Yet some code-words would be skills, luck and if you are in an ensemble, collective intuition.


    GG, I think I know what you mean – bad timing and the trick falls apart. If there's no dove up the sleeve, the illusion bursts to nothing.




    "I ain't Bob Dylan but I never miss a beat – I ain't no philosopher I dance in street"


    Who said that. . . ?

  2. Dear Hall, 60ties freak, great - I'm right behind you. Each Forumite has a quota of pics to click on via the 'Attachments system' in the down left corner. If you already used yours, try Photobucket. An internet stock-facility where you can pile up pictures and send them further by a so called HTML code. Your clue is 2 doors next to the yellow smiley. A little weekend challenge there. . .

  3. Mister Hall - Just read a shady SJ tale. In my world it takes a lot to totally put an old friend aside. There's always some kind of hope and so much a well-skilled luthier can do. But I believe you when you say the flying days are over for this good pal – All Things Must Pass. Maybe the right therapy for you would be to start looking for something else – focus on some long-time dream, find it and get it in house.


    After all there's a hole to fill.


    For some unknown reason – or probably because I'm an SJ man – it would be interesting to see a picture or 2 of your faded servant. A worthy way of showing the senior respect and homage.


  4. It' a huuuuge question and almost impossible to answer. The flok of Birds are so big and varies so much that the real knowers on the topic could/should write a book.


    But, , , I sense you focus on the contemporary versions and with that in mind, I might help you a bit with the following : Our local store has 2 very tempting H-birds available, The Standard and The True Vintage. I been trying them approx. 5 times since May last year and though I like the TV finish better, it must besaid that the Standard is the strongest sounding of the 2. I last touched them a few weeks ago and was told they were giving the same pair of new strings back in the fall - the TV - though so beautiful I feel like eating it - still fell behind. Though thats how it is here, it will not mean others would have the same experience with similar pairs elsewhere. And that's the whole point. I don't know where you live and if you are able to check different shops and stocks, but comparing a long line is the only real way forward. Imagine it would be dissatisfying for you to mail-order one apparently super-ex. without having tasted a broader slice of the serious zone you are about to enter :


    Gibson Hummingbird 6-strings.


    Check bracing and other details on the G-site and consider a discreet hint. That type of guitar is closely connected to and look stunning with the classic tulip-tuners, , , imho - so mixed with the lines above, we have a smaller dilemma here. .

  5. General Patton used it to great effect during the Second World War. Keep pushing, keep attacking, don't give your enemy time to dig in.






    Oouuhh, the wild Mister Patton, , , ! Believe it or not, I went to Belgium to follow his trails in the Ardennes during The B. of Bulge a couple of years ago, carrying fuel for a Sherman in a vintage M3 half-tracker (that Joachim Pieper sure was a severe opponent). Unfortunately we broke down in the woods.

    A bit off theme here, , , apart from my theory that the WW II US-campaigns through Europe might have been first chance for these geographies to hear/see ringing Gibsons ever.


    (Btw only brought my Lee Oskar harp)

  6. Thanks for the welcome everyone, glad to be here. I found a post by a member of this forum that offers a bit more info that the 90th Anniversary Series made in 1984 were not made of the heavy over built/double x braced method used in the Norlin era. Here is a cup and paste section of that post.............. They closed the Kalamazoo plant in 1984. Earlier, they had purchased a place in Nashville where they were building electric guitars. In 1984, they decided to re-spec and reissue the Hummngbird, the Dove, the round shoulder J-45 and the J-200....technically, these were still Norlin era guitars, but the R&D team decided to build the guitars properly anyway, despite corporate whim....and they were built in Nashville, until the Bozeman plant began production............. The one I have is constructed using the single X bracing as noted in the 1984 Gibson ad along with the address listed being Nashville. The Martin D28 I sold was a superb guitar. It had a treble / midrange that would give a banjo's volume a run for its money in a bluegrass acoustic setting but this Hummingbird has those beautiful lows that I have grown to prefer that the D28 just didn't have.


    A fine spotlight on the subject - Thank you.



  7. Only last year, after beginning my 12 month period as acoustic monk, it dawned on me that there is a significant difference between scalloped and nonscalloped bracing. A bit embarrassing to be this late out, I know, but as forumites we have to say things straight. It came with a couple of new guitars in the house and immediately opened my mind. What I then noticed, was my difficulties in expressing this newly discovered difference. My ears could sense it, my hands could feel it, it influenced my touch and overall playing, but I couldn't quite put it into words - and still can't. Well, I wonder, can you ? Is there anyone ready to give it a go. Be abstract, concrete, be dry or ebullient, technical or whimsy, be square, be hippie, but pass a clue about how you perceive it.


    Some have almost scientific thoughts about the inner wood-work and have been down to the smallest detail - others say bracing is the soul of a guitar and more or less should be left in peace. The first group ought to be able to clarify things once and for all. The second might have a point as souls can be very hard to grasp. Still let's hear from you all. . .

  8. I checked after reading this ad and my '84 Hummingbird 90th Anniversary is single x braced.


    Aha, good information. I had a vague idea, don't know why. Now we need an expert to take over and tell us when they stopped making the double-X (I thought 85/86) or if there was a phase when they sent out both.


    I personally carry a minor trauma on the topic as I went through 2 Norlin G.'s in my late teens - without 'inside-knowledge' at all, of course. Had the money, now stood with the big choice and picked a square shouldered J-45 (then a 50 or 55 De Luxe ?) - Wrong turn - though I wanted them to be dream guitars and fought for it, they just didn't work. Drowned in the company of the Bozo, Yamaha and Morris in our acoustic quartet and simply was, , , full of sox (as they say). Not until my younger brother bought a C&W Sheryl Crow in the mid-90ties, things began to change for me. A few years after it had for the G-luthiers themselves, obviously.






  9. Here's a clip of Jackson Browne talking about his Roy Smeck inspired sig guitar at NAMM 2011 press conference.



    I like watching the masters chat away about acoustics. Great piece of film - it somehow reminded me of JT.

    Is he really out of here. . . .



  10. It is a style that is usually called either googie or populuxe. You are correct, it was in response to the interest, back in the 50's and 60's, in the space race and anything like it. Think Seattle Space Needle, Old Holiday Inn signs, LAX airport, The Jetsons and the like. I doubt Presley had the artful talent to create such a faddish design.


    Seattle Space Needle - never heard of that one, but it's right on. Read that it's from 1962 and checked some photos of the interieur. It sure captures that late 50'ties/first60'ties pretty immature, but charming attempt to reach out for 'the great future'. So does the over the top Elvis guard. It would give me the migraine to have it in house, still I admire Presley for casting himself after the project. One thing must be said about you Americans - You have the spirit, guts and ability to just go for a theme, an obvious solution or a new idea, , , and then in a couple of years make the result the state of the art (okay, the guard might be an exception). Over here we tend to consult a panel of ever spooking forfathers for green light and advice, then walk around a big oak-table like longbearded philosophers for months before we even appear on square one.


    TommyK - Do we see a trace of populux in the Gibson Firebird and Explorer ?

  11. I never really gave my guitar names other than the 35, the tele, the 12-string and so on. Things have changed a bit. My homedrawn 12-fret from last year is called Cheyenne and the new 66 C&W had to take the name Butter due to it's deep melting tone and warm natural complexion. My two other 60ties SJ's (sunburst and cherry) might live on as Honey and Juice he he he, , , yes I see it comin'. . .

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