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About YerDugliness

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  1. I have mod'd almost every guitar I've owned for almost all of my life...here is what I think: If you feel your guitar's tone is lacking, the first thing to change from plastic to bone is the saddle...just be aware that your bridge must be firmly attached to the soundboard...and you will notice a greater difference if your soundboard is solid wood than if it is a laminate product. There will also be a difference in tonal inprovement depending on whether your guitar is rather new and the cells are still full of cytoplasm, or if the guitar has some age on it and the wood has had a chance to "
  2. I noticed that Epi makes an "Elitist" version of the Texan. This was surprising to me b/c I thought all of the Elitist offerings by Epi were electric guitars, didn't know they made any acoustic Elitist guitars. ...you'd better have deep pockets, though...I looked at the price....OUCH!!! It's kind of like trying to by a McLaren...if you have to ask about the price, it's too much. Still...I'd like to hear one. I already own one $4,000 acoustic guitar, not sure I need a second. Cheers! Dugly B)
  3. Just remembered something interesting about the guy I mentioned. His name was ******* Joplin...he said Janis Joplin was his 3rd cousin. Not surprisingly, he had a zillion stories about her...sounded like she might have been a bit rowdy (says he with tongue squarely pressed against cheek). Cheers! Enjoy that axe! Dugly
  4. A participant in the monthly Pearl, TX bluegrass jams played a 6-string guitar marked "Epiphone by Gibson". It was an incredibly well made guitar, played easily and sounded great! You are a lucky individual, indeed, to have acquired one! Cheers!! Dugly
  5. Great choice!!! Dings? I don't see no steenkin' dings!!! I like it more than I wanted to. At first all I bought were dreads and then I started moving to less sizable interests and forgot all about GASing for large ones. Sure do like that slope-shouldered look, though. NS=Natural Satin? Not a fan of pickguards, either...but it can be quite easily removed. Did I mention how much i sure do like that slope shouldered shape? Hmmmmmm.... Cheers!! Dugly
  6. Sounds like you may have run across an AJ500RC and/or an AJ500RCE. They sound like similar guitars...maybe one with a cutaway/pickup combo, the other strictly acoustic...but they aren't. Diffences arise in tonewoods, with the AJ500RC having a cedar soundboard and the newer AJ500RCE having spruce, IIRC. Both use Indian Rosewood for sides & backs. Large differences arise between them regarding the neck...the AJ500RC neck joins the body at the 12th fret and the AJ500RCE joins at the 14th fret...and the heads are quite different, with the AJ500RC having a "slot-head" and the AJ500R
  7. While I like my Planet Waves humidifier, I have found it much easier to just set the butt of my guitar on the toilet lid, with the guitar leaning back against the tank (sometimes I use a floor stand on the toilet's lid to make it more stable), while I take a steamy shower. I close the door to the bathroom and when I'm done showering I leave the guitar in the bathroom to absorb as much of the humidity in the air as it will. Whenever possible I leave the guitar in the bathroom for an extended period of time...over-night if possible, or at least 8 hours, just to allow it to humidify. I've never h
  8. If I had to guess I'd say Sitka Spruce...it's not only plentiful, there's a ready supply growing right here in the U.S.A....in our upper northwestern states. Here is what AGF had to say (hard to tell if there was a consistent consensus): http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154613 Cheers! Dugly
  9. For the most part, manufacturers put model and/or serial numbers on the guitar in places other than a paper label...the paper labels are known to get "lost" now and then. The most common place to find the model and/or serial number is on the neck-block, a block of wood inside the body at the place where the neck joins the body of the guitar. Try shining a flashlight into the body of the guitar and look up towards the neck joint...there should be something there. If not, we're going to need photographs. Most of us use an online photo-hosting website to store our photos...post the "IMG" code
  10. I own a Breedlove 000 Revival...custom shop order with master grade redwood ssoundboard, ziricote sides and back, koa bindings, and a full "grupo" (to use a bicycling term) of West African Hard Ivory for nut/saddle/bridge/endpin and strap button. It is a true piece of visual art. Yes, it was as expensive as many, if not most, Gibsons, but it was a retirement present to myself when I retired after 32 years in public education. It's hard to play, but I think I can remedy that by going to lighter gauge strings. I think the factory setup needs some fine tuning, too. It has an incredibl
  11. Google JLD bridge doctor, they have a screw attach model and a brass pin model. They are a device designed to keep the soundboard from "lifting" at the bridge from string tension. Does it look familiar to what you found inside the body of your guitar? Cheers!! Dugly
  12. I'm a bit confused, folks...but maybe not? Is it possible there is NO AJ-54me? I searched, but found no info on that model...but, then, Epiphone does discontinue models rather regularly (when I joined this forum Elitist electrics and my AJ500RC models were available...now most, if not all, are discontinued). Was the AJ54me a previously available model, or did somehow the label misprint with "45" digits transposed? Just curious... Thanks! Dugly
  13. DAMN, those look HOT!!! My first guitar was an f-holed archtop. It was given to me, and for good reason...the neck needed to be reset so badly it would not stay in tune beyond the 5th fret. I must have given it away because I no longer own it, but for the life of me I can't remember where it went. I looked on Sweetwater...they are mid-priced, verging on affordable...and they gave me GAS with their cool vintage look and great sound (being juiced up at the factory is an added plus). Cheers to Epiphone for this series!!! Dugly
  14. I am fortunate to have one of the Masterbilt AJ500RC's. This guitar puts my expensive, custom made Breedlove and all my other steel-string guitars to shame, it's not only the best (IMHO, of course) tonewood combination (cedar soundboard/rosewood sides and back) and is of all solid wood construction, but the width of the fretboard and the scale are absolutely perfect for me. The sound is very well defined and it plays much louder than would be expected; the only problem it has (and all cedar topped guitars have this problem) is that when driven hard the sound tends to get a bit "muddy"...thank
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