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  1. Hey, Just for fun I am going to start posting some how to videos on Youtube about how to play and sing with your guitar for beginners and intermediate players. I have spent a lot of years making all the mistakes and want to help others by posting and showing some of the "Ahh-Haa" lessons I have learned. In this one I am playing my Gibson J-35 that I love! Please if you have a chance watch it and let me know what you think? This one is the first in a four part series I plan on uploading in the next couple weeks. Ep 1 Singing basic guitar scales Ep 2 Moving and singing
  2. Why does everyone feel the need to apologize when they get a great new guitar that makes them happy, but .... oh no.... it's not a Gibson? I love my Gibson Acoustics... and my Martins! It is just the guitar that speaks to you right now... and for a long time that earns a place in your heart. Love them all! In the end.... it is what, how, where, and with who you play and make memories with that matters. (By the way... beautiful guitar) please make many, many memories with it!
  3. Been such a long time since I have been to the old Gibby Forum. I changed jobs about 9 years ago and simply haven't had time like I used to to chat on the forums. Good to see my pinned post about Strings - Nut - Saddle - Pins - They are essential to TONE! is still there!! wow!! I'm still playing and wanted to share my version of Doc Watson - Greenville Trestle. Please like and subscribe my YouTube channel ...I'm am trying to get a few subscribers since I am trying to record and post more these days. Sorry about the thumbnail for the video...that was the best option YouTube gave me...
  4. +1 on these....so clean, simple and an elegant solution. Along with being very inexpensive. I have these on all my guitars and much prefer the balance of the instrument with the strap going to the headstock, the guitar just hangs better.
  5. Thanks so much for watching! Yes that is the Ditson 111 and it is a real cannon which seems to contradict the 12 fret slot head look. This is by far the best guitar I have ever played and while sweet and smooth it is really loud also. I don't really play live...only acoustic with a few friends so I haven't used this set up as a stage set up. I am really happy with it for recording...has a fairly natural sound.
  6. I have been working on recording lately. I used to mic the guitar, plug the guitar into the recorder and use a vocal mic all up close to the source. Lately though I have been trying for more natural sounding recordings with more openness and space. So I have switched to just a large condenser mic up head high for vocal and one lower for guitar, both about 2 feet away from the source. I am liking the results better. Less control of bleed and volumes so it needs to be set up right up front. Oh well here is "The Train Carrying Jimmie Rogers Home". It is a Greg Brown song I learned from my fri
  7. I swapped out the pickup on my CJ165 with a K&K. I am very happy. K&K pups sound very natural. I wouldn't suggest putting 2 different pups in an acoustic guitar unless it was a designed dual system. The pre amp needs for the K&K depends on your amp and how it sounds. Try it without and see if you are happy.... if not there are tons of pre amps available. I use a Baggs para DI box and love the sound.
  8. Just my suggestion but I have a Fishman Loudbox 100 and never really cared for the sound. UNTIL I recently got an LR Baggs Para DI.....Now I can't believe how good it sounds. Set the amp to neutral and use the DI box to get the sound I want. Can't recommend a good DI box enough.
  9. Yes....for one guitar hand winding is fine....some of us have "a few" guitars and the hand stress when changing strings on a few guitars in an afternoon can hurt. I unfortunately did put a couple circles on a guitar before putting some dense foam into the winder so it was the right depth. Live and learn... but hey there are instruments not museum pieces. The more you use them the more banged up they get.
  10. Strings are like dogs to me...and I like middle age dogs the best Brand new strings are like puppies...sharp teeth, no manners and loud. Old strings are like ancient hound dogs...sleepy, lazy and don't bother to come when called. But dogs that have been around a while are in the prime of life, loyal and the best of companions! Sorry cat people.....only strings that I am playing sound like cats getting a bath.... :o
  11. I have been using these for a couple years and they are pretty secure...I get them for about $5 a piece and they are easy and quick to take the strap on / off and since they are plastic they won't drain your PUP battery. strap jack Elderly has them also: Elderly Instruments
  12. I have gotten a chance to play OWF's L-20 (it was a few years ago but from what I remember) compared to my CJ-165 the L-20 has a bit more bass because it has a deeper body. It also has an older more woody tone while my CJ has a slightly more modern tone. Wily's L-20 sounds like a Gibson from the 30's or 40's to my ear. I would assume these newer re-issues would also have that sort of sound.
  13. That picture is from frets.com page in the string changing section. It's a picture that has always cracked me up. They say it was really brought in like that by a customer. Definitely a total fail.
  14. Yah....good advice ...here is what happened the other nite...I was HAMMERED and decided to put on some new strings...
  15. Chord and lyric sheets are a crutch, but without them in front of me I am more nervous and forget things more often. It is something I am working on. I have really only been playing for about 6 years so I don't have those songs I have played for 20+ years. How long did it take for y'all to get away from needing sheets in front of you? I currently make it a point to only look when I have to....and that is getting to be less often, but it feels like I will never get away from needing the security blanket.
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