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MissouriPicker last won the day on November 4 2019

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    playing with the grandkids, grilling, N scale model railroad, music......I play a lot of different places in the KC area. Pizza parlors, coffee shops, bars, libraries, farmers markets, parks...anywhere they won't arrest me. I write a lot of my on material, but also do many cover songs. And I really like Gibsons and Martins.

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  1. Never had an issue with the flubberguard on my Hummingbird. It’s about 16 years old. I’m not a hard strummer and the guard likely doesn’t get a lot of “wear & tear.” I’m almost 100% fingerpicking. My pick guard on my 2015-16 Southern Jumbo was a little raised at one corner when I got it. It’s just the typical plastic you see on guitar pick guards. I put a smear of Gorilla Glue on a razor blade and gently slid it under the edge. Seems fine since then. Personally, I like the flubberguard. It holds the design and lasts a long time. Just my view.
  2. Yep, get a setup for "you." Even brand new guitars need them. Then keep your guitar in a good humidity setting when not in use and in all probability it will be years, perhaps many years before you need another setup.
  3. I think that over the decades I have developed my own style of finger-picking, I suspect a lot of us have done the same thing. No formal lessons, only books and watching, getting advice from others are what we've learned from. For me, it seems like everytime i've found something I really wanted to play, there happened to be some pain-in-the-butt picking cycle or timing pattern that got in my way, so I'd persist and end-up doing it my own way. Not the way the book shows, but in a way that works for me. Nothing I do would make Chet Atkins and Roy Clark look down in amazement, but it works for me. I couldn't begin to write it down in tabulature, because there's not set way that I play it. There are different pick-up notes, hammer-ons and other nuances each time. I know the melody I'm after and I know where a lot of slides can be used. I just do what I'm feeling at the time. I've finally gotten pretty good at keeping a steady bass going with my thumb and I usually add that to whatever else I'm doing. I don't know what it's called. It just comes natural to me. I use a thumbpick and usually two fingers. Sometimes I pick a bass run with my thumb and othertimes I use my fingers. Kind of all depends on where my fingers are placed on the strings at the time. Don't know what it's all called. Just know that it works for me and if I don't feel like singing to the chords, I can play an instrumental version of the song..........It's kind of like John Prine said when asked about his guitar playing (and I paraphrase)---he said his mistakes and faults became his technique. '
  4. Blaze Foley's story is an interesting one. Haven't seen the movie, but I've read quite-a-bit about him. He really was kind of a gentle giant, a big guy. Very talented writer, especially when writing about everyday circumstances that we all find ourselves facing. He was known and respected by several of the best songwriters around. He didn't do any big tours, etc.. It was more like the stuff Townes, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker did before they became well-known. He was more of a guy who played in bars, pool halls, at birthday parties. He was homeless at times and slept in the bars he'd help sweep-out or he'd sleep on a pool table. Some so-called legends haven't had a fraction of his hard times,. yet they're revered as people who had it tough. His life seems to have been a pretty sad journey. My favorite song of his is Clay Pigeons. Over the years I've often thought that he was the guy in the song: someone trying to start over.....Heard about this movie several months ago, but then it kind of dropped-off my radar. I definitely want to see it. Thanks for bringing it up.......There not a great deal on YouTube about him, but there are a handful of his performances at smaller venues.
  5. I really, really like that, Sal. The guitar has a strong folksy tone to it and you sound good. Guitars all sound different and this one definitely strong in the meds to my ears. I like it a lot.
  6. Lots of sweet Gibson models, but I’d suggest one of the J45s or a Hummingbird. Get a good setup on the guitar and have a blast. Lots of folks don’t want to spend the money on a setup after spending so much on a guitar, but the setup is damn important. Just because a guitar cost a lot of money doesn’t mean it’s easy and comfortable for everyone to play. A Gibson acoustic with a setup that “you” like is a butt-kicker of a guitar.....Just my view. doesn’t make me right and someone else wrong.
  7. I've got this pickup in my J100. For a passive pickup it has a very strong signal. If you need to do some EQing you'll need a DI box/etc. I really like this pickup.
  8. Yeah, I think "Mystic" sounds good to the advertising department....lol.....Seriously though, the name did catch my attention, so the catch phrase worked....lol..... and the design and figuring of the wood is really pretty cool. Of course, unless I turn the guitar around and play it backwards, no one can see it. Like lots of folks I've often sold/traded guitars that at one time were "keepers," but I suspect this Southern Jumbo truly is a "keeper." I'm kind of at a point where I don't have to sell a good guitar to get another guitar. A J200 is likely at the top of my hit list, but we'll see.
  9. I've got a "mystic" rosewood Southern Jumbo. I think it's a 2016 (I think). Really a sweet instrument. As easy-on-the-fingers as an electric. Don't know that the word "mystic" has anything to do with anything, but I love the sound and feel of the guitar. Always wanted an SJ and literally all the SJs I read about were hogs and often said to be basically a J45 with bling. Then, along comes this SJ that is made of rosewood....Hell, I don't know. All I know is that's it's one-hell-of-a guitar...........Also got a short scale, koa AJ....lol....go figure.
  10. The little Jewish kid with a guitar and harmonica right in the midst of The British Invasion, The Beach Boys, psycodelic music, and a gigantic cultural movement----he found his niche and the rest is history. Love him and his music or hate them, Dylan stays "true" to who he is.
  11. I've got a J100 that is walnut. Real killer of a guitar. As stated above, walnut is different. My J100 has good volume, but I don't know that I'd call it a "loud" guitar----although I'm sure someone who is great at playing with a pick could get a lot of sound from it. I think the bass has a great thump to it and I think the meds and highs are strong, but the sustain is not a great as maple, rosewood, and koa. I like the guitar a lot and I play it a lot. It truly has it's own sound and it sounds as good as it looks.
  12. I've always been drawn to Gibsons and Martins. Mainly Gibsons, but I see a lot of the same qualities in both---tradition, history, quality, the legends that play them, and simply the attribute of them being what a guitar is expected to be. I've owned other brands. Had a Taylor (although I didn't wear a toga when I played it....lol) and a couple of Breedloves. Nice guitars, but not me. Just don't think they fit me and the songs I like to play and write (and my songs are part of who I am and what I want to project). Had a few Epiphones and some cheaper guitars that are/were okay, but I just jack-around at home with them. I just always come back to my Gibsons. To me, Taylors are the girl you meet in church. She's pretty as hell, polite, pristine, and your mom and dad will love her. You take her to the best places......Gibsons and Martins are the girl you meet in a bar. She plays pool with the bikers. She can cuss like a truck driver. She's pretty, but in a "been there, done that" kind of way. She's a fan of Janis, Cash, and Dylan. She speaks her mind and if you can't handle that, it's your problem. She is who she is and she makes no apoligies for it. And if you want to date her, she's happy with some Jim Beam and a sofa.
  13. Never been a big fan of her "bubblegum" music. No doubt, a lot of that's a generational thing. There's a video of her singing "As Tears Go By" with The Stones and to my ears she is horrible. However, I've also heard her on a couple of actual folk-style songs and without a rock band behind her and I really enjoyed hearing her. This NPR performance is also good. I like the personable and songwriter type venue. In this video, she's very easy to relate-to. I liked it. Kind of gets you away from all the bull and hype and you get to see/hear the person.
  14. Glad you found a J45 that fits you. I hope you enjoy it for many years. There's a reason that the J45 is one a legend. ...........J45s are easily among the most playable guitars in the world. Guitars are a very personal thing and it's important (if you're really in to guitars) that the guitar feels like an extension of who you are as a person. I suspect that most J45 owners consider their guitar to be just that: part of who they are.
  15. I think the only maple guitar I've ever owned is my Dove. I literally always play softly with just my fingers and this song is straight into a mic about 3-4ft away. Maple is truly a special tonewood. To me, my Dove adjusts to whatever style or volume I need and either loud or soft the bass rings on and on.
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