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MissouriPicker last won the day on March 23 2017

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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. LOL..........shows you how out-of-touch I am..........Didn't know or notice the "terrified" tops were called "Vintage." Another J200 model. Soon they'll have as many J200 models as there are J45 models.....What happens if you spend all that money on a Vintage and then some dude with a lowly Standard J200 blows your doors off?.....lol
  2. They both sound real good, but I'm not real big on vintage guitars. I don't hear anything in the Vintage that makes me say "Wow!" when compared to the TV. To me, vintage guitars are no more than old guitars, aside from the financial value that the collectors/sellers attach to them with the aid of our sentimental feelings for tradition. Assuming the vintage costs at least as much as the new one, I'd definitely choose the new one. However, if the new one was around six grand and the vintage was no more than 1000 or so, I might get the vintage.
  3. I'd bet it's arthritis. I get similar twinges every-now-and-then. Then sometimes I get this pain starting at the base of my thumb and it extends out towards my wrist. Doesn't go up my thumb. Goes across toward the wrist.............Looks like Sal found the cure......lol........
  4. Like a few others in here, I've got 50+ years of callouses. I used to file them a little bit, but that was decades ago,..,..,,lol.,,.....Nowadays, I don't pay much attention to them unless one of them is starting to catch on a string every-once-in-a-while. Then, I just kind of gnaw at it and get the rough part off. Quick, simple.....and it works....and you go right on to the next song......
  5. I'm literally always sitting-down when I play, so it's not an issue for me. However, if I were standing, I've be very concerned with the strap slipping-off the guitars. As mentioned, Fender has some washers that seem to work fine and there are some other enhancements that make the strap pretty secure.
  6. Yep, Lars, that kind of how it goes.....lol..........In an interview many moons ago (1994) when Johnny Cash was performing in Glastonbury, he was asked about all the young people who were emulating him. He said he was flattered at all the attention the young people were giving him again, but stressed "Everybody wants to be somebody, but you've got to be who you've got to be," And Lars, you've got to be and of course will be "you." However the song or riff turns-out, it's going to be "you." That's what's so cool about writing songs lyrics and the music to go with the words. It's "us." It's who "we" are. We can all be influenced (thank God!) by our musical heroes, but no matter what, we're still going to write and play like who we are. I can't be Cash or Dylan, etc. All I can do is try to be the best version of "me" with the influence I got from them............All the advice on remembering and saving our ideas is good and very helpful. Wish I was disciplined enough to follow it, but it's tough to teach this proverbial "old dog new tricks." I've got a catalog or maybe it's an encyclopedia of partially-finished songs, poems, short stories, axioms, cute little ideas I thought of myself, and jokes that I glance at every-now-and-then. Sometimes I find added inspiration to a recent idea. Sometimes it gives fresh inspiration to an old idea. Sometimes it does nothing. Whatever it does, I'm just having fun. Keep writing, old friend. It's real good therapy.
  7. It's kind of a mixed bag for me. Certainly, I want the tone, but I also appreciate a guitar that looks good. Fortunately, the guitars that tend to call my name and sound good to me also look pretty sweet: Gibson dreads, Hummingbirds, and super jumbos. The rest of the guitar world doesn't get a lot of my attention. Some great-sounding Martins and Taylors out there (to name just a couple), but they all tend to have a very generic look to them, so I rarely take a serious listen. If Gibsons hadn't always been so unique looking and sounding, I'd likely have ended-up playing lots of different guitars. No doubt I could likely find some guitars of other brands that sound as sweet as Gibsons, but the problem for me is that they wouldn't be Gibsons. Just my view. Doesn't make me right and someone else wrong.
  8. You've got to love The Stones. Ronnie Wood is the youngest member and he's 72......and he's the newest Stone---only been with them about 45 years. And they are rockin' harder than ever. When all the other great and legendary names have faded-away, "The Stones" will still be part of the planet's culture. Nothing against The Beatles, Beach Boys, etc., or my personal favorites, Cash and Dylan, BUT, The Stones are incredible.
  9. Like many of you in this forum, I need another guitar like I need another hole in my head. But, we all know that's there's always room for one more. For several months I've spent a lot of time dwelling over AJs. Then, over the last couple months I've spent a lot of my "thinking" time looking at videos and reading about J200's. I think I've settled on looking for a J200. I just love the big Gibsons. Nothing small about an AJ, but the super jumbos are the biggest of the big. My J100 is so damn easy-to-play. I think a J200 is what I'm going to be looking for in the not-too-distant future. Might be a Standard, maybe a TV. So long as it's Maple and it calls my name, it'll work...........Anyway, been watching a lot videos of folks playing J200s. Here's something easy-on-the-eyes and the ears. Ain't that a sweet guitar?
  10. I like Lilly and her guitar. She's a pretty big fan of Gibsons..........Different kind of songwriter. Follows rules "if" they fit the song she's writing. Otherwise, she writes it as she feels it. She's a recovering alcoholic and tends to face life head-on. Much like her father, John Hiatt. Those that write the "manufactured" songs of today's country music should take a close look at this gal and forget the "Beach Boy harmonies" (that only The Beach Boys could sing) and forget all this hick hop crap.
  11. Goodman was a great talent. Of those who know about him (and there are not that many), he's known primarily as a super songwriter, but both Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson who knew him very well and often took him on-tour with their roadshows, said that he was so good that they would rather not be the act that followed him on-stage.
  12. Had a good day. My wife, me, our kids and grand kids took my dad (96 years old) to Texas Road House to eat. Had a great time. Tomorrow, my wife leaves for Branson, Mo. for six days with our daughter and her family for my grand daughter's softball tournament. I'd go, but me and my wife (I've got a real good one) are the primary caregivers for my dad. He lives four houses up-the-street and is independent as all hell, but we still watch over him like hawks. Anyway, he's a "tough old bird" like so many of his generation and we don't mind helping him. So, I'll watch TV with him this week during the day. Then when he goes to bed, I'll come back home to play guitar and run my n scale trains until the wee hours of the morning.......I do a lot of *****ing and complaining at times, but most of it is bullcrap. I'm a lucky guy.
  13. Yeah, great song.....and you "do it justice." Nice strong beat. Just the kind of song that friends play and sing together. I'm a life-long fan of trains and the songs about them and this is one of my top favorites. Lots of big names did their own renditions of it...............even little and unknown names did it. Great coffeehouse song. I did this several trips-around-the-sun ago.
  14. Thanks for re-posting this song, Doug. A very worthwhile trip back down "memory lane." I suspect that a lot of fathers and their grown kids can identify with this.
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