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Brian Cecil

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  1. When I bought a 335, I bought a figured top. I'd played a variety of 335s over many years, but the best player also turned out to be the most beautiful. That's an unbeatable combination.
  2. I've been using the TI George Benson 12 flats on my Sheraton for over ten years. I completely re-did my set-up when I put them on, but probably just a simple truss-rod adjustment would have been sufficient. I like them so much I've changed to JS10s on all my other guitars (Strats, Teles, ES-335s, etc, except for a Rickenbacker 12-string), and I change to those strings on each new guitar I get. So I guess that pretty much shows how much I personally like them .
  3. I did the same trick with my Sheraton a few years ago, with the same result. The Sherry has a generally darker tone to it than my Gibson 335 does, but there's no muddiness.
  4. Have you considered selling blood? Its much better than selling body parts because its self-replenishing, thus paving the way for more potential income later. And since you have a lot of free time available while the needle's inside you, you can practice singing a song, like "Love Hurts."
  5. I bought a Sheraton II around ten years ago. I kept it stock for a couple of years, then added some thicker-gauge flatwound strings, which required a full re-setup. I lowered the stock pickups quite a lot in the process, and found that eliminated the muddiness. These pups still have a darker tone than several of my other humbucker guitars, but that works well for some music. I still fantasize about changing the stock pups out for a TV Jones in the bridge and a P-90 at the neck, but not for reasons related to poor sound from the stock pups now.
  6. I have no idea why either -- but I'm certainly happy with it! I started using them first on my Sherri because I wanted a less noisy string, since I do a lot sliding. I got the silent sliding, which I wanted, but I had no idea I'd also get the very welcome side benefits of better intonation and much more stable tuning. Add to that the longer service life, which more than offsets the increased cost, and that explains why I have them now on all my electrics (except for my Rickenbacker 12-string -- but when I change strings on it next time, it'll be to TI flats as well).
  7. I use Thomastik-Infeld strings. I use the George Benson 12-gauge on my Sheri, and the Jazz Swing series in either 10 or 11 gauge on my other electrics. In my experience, they are much better than round wounds in terms of staying in tune and providing good intonation. Plus, they last forever.
  8. Its because of stuff like this that I only use wound G strings. And because I really don't like tuning problems in general, I use flatwound strings on my electric guitars.
  9. I have TI George Benson .012 flatwounds on my Epi Sheraton II, and TI Jazz Swing .011 flatwounds on my Gibson 335. In each case, the TI flats replaced D'Addario 110 strings. The Sheraton required a truss rod adjustment to handle the greater tension. The 335 has been fine without an adjustment. The Benson's have heavier gauge D, A, and E strings than their Jazz Swing .012 gauge counterparts. The Juststrings.com website publishes the tension numbers for TI strings, and the Benson's total tension was (as I recall) in the neighborhood of 20-25 pounds greater than the .012 Jazz Swings' tension
  10. I've never regretted buying that guitar, especially when I open the case up and take her out. I'm struck by her beauty every time I play her.
  11. I bought a figured top 335, and I'm happy I did. I'd played a number of LPs and 335s over the years, but the best of them happened to be a figured top I tried a few years ago. The tone and sustain were superb, complimented by the looks. Tone is what makes a guitar, but good looks in this case were icing on the cake.
  12. An ebony Sheraton with those black and gold pickups would look gorgeous! I have more internal conflicts concerning my Sheraton's PUs than any other guitar I own. I have three guitars in the 335 style: a Sheraton with properly-adjusted stock PUs, a Gibson 335 with Gibson '57 PUs, and an Ibanez AS103 with their 58 Super Customs. The Gibson 335 and the Ibanez PUs have great clarity, with a wide range of available sounds. The Sheraton's PUs sound somewhat darker, but their adjustment has eliminated all of their former mudiness, and they work very well for a lower-key jazz approach. Given th
  13. I had a similar problem regarding the serial number as it appeared on the guitar versus the certificate. My dealer called his contact at Gibson, and I got the corrected certificate a few days later through the mail.
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