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  1. 15 hours ago, Salfromchatham said:

    I loved the sound of that same guitar when I played it in shops… 

    Let me just share a story though. Almost three years back I bought a used J45 TV from a guy online. When it arrived the action was ok, but it buzzed on some higher frets. If the action  was raised, it was hard and tight low down. I was frustrated. I don’t have tools to measure neck relief, but I realized visually that the neck had too much bow.

    I took it to a fantastic luthier, and they said the prior owner played with different saddles and the truss rod too much. My luthier first corrected the neck angle. Pretty straight. Then he cut a new saddle. Taller. Corrected nut slots. Filed a fret. Boom. Magic guitar that is a joy to play… effortless.

    sometimes we on guitar forums read too much and think we can fix things that better craftsman should do. I am guilty of that at times, but less so nowadays. Take yours to “your guy” and let him mess with it.

    my luthier has told me he had to expensively fix more broken truss rods and DIY stuff from idiots like me… I believe him. And he is t drumming up work; he has long wait times for work.

    Wise words!  A good repair guy is usually the best answer.   Unless you’ve got the skills, knowledge, and tools a lot of repairs belong in the hands of a pro.   I can change strings, slightly tweak a truss rod, and glue-down a pick guard, but beyond that I’m better off having it done by a pro.  I suspect that in most situations, a good setup will help make an “okay” guitar a great guitar that you enjoy playing.

  2. What the hell is this world coming to?  Yesterday evening, I’m in my underwear, relaxing in a recliner, eating Doritos, drinking a can of beer, and watching Duck Dynasty and damn Walmart calls the cops!

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  3. 2 hours ago, DanvillRob said:

    I have all my charts on my iPad and iPhone (and computer), but I rarely use them, (last time was when I was in the French Alps and the hotel we stayed had a guitar in the lounge).

    Yeah, those lounges with a guitar are cool.  We just got back from The Wisconsin Dels and they had a large common area in the resort we stayed at (Wilderness Resort).  They had an Alvarez there that wasn’t bad and a small sound system.  It’s easy to sound good when you play just five songs that you actually do well…..lol…People think your better than you really are…..At least that’s how it worked for me….lol…lIt was fun.

  4. You did the right thing getting the Standard.  As already suggested, get the one your heart and mind are aimed at.  It’s worth the time and money.  Otherwise, you’ll likely be disappointed.  Most high-dollar instruments ( like Gibson, Martin, Taylor, etc), unless the guitar is a real and obvious  clunker are at least good guitars to begin with.  Then, when purchased by someone who bonds with them, they become great guitars.  All of my Gibsons are great guitars, as far as I’m concerned.  A guitar is a real personal instrument.  If it feels like an extension of who you are it’s likely a great guitar for you.  ……Good luck with your J45 and welcome to the forum.

  5. We had a great time today at my son and daughter-in-law’s house.  Lots of family and friends.   35-40 people.   Three of us played some songs, had lots of ice tea and a couple beers, and mountains of food..  Literally everyone was wearing something patriotic, which I found pretty cool.   The 4th and Christmas are my favorite holidays. ……For me, this is truly an awesome place to live.

  6. On 6/13/2021 at 11:16 AM, fortyearspickn said:

    Gibson also use to make a  "Hummingbird Pro"  marketed exclusively by/for Guitar Center,  which was no more like a hummingbird than a duck is.   The old Epi H'Bird was nowhere close in sound or feel, just an Asian Copy.  I don't know about the 'new and improved version'  but I doubt it would be comparable to the real thing.   Different wood, body depth - Gibson can call them  Hummingbird pro or studio or wannabe,  but you'll always feel short changed.  My suggestion.  Scour the internet for a used one.    G'Luck.  

    Exactly!  Lots of pretenders to the throne, but only one queen.

  7. I think it’s the natural grain in the wood.  Looks pretty cool to me.  It’s solid wood, not some perfectly layered and contoured, man-made material.   If you like it, keep it!  If not, send it back and try another.   I hope you eat the guitar you need.

  8. Had to serve on a jury three times.  Two of them were pretty boring, but ended after a couple days.  The 3rd was a Murder trial and that was pretty damn intense and interesting.  We were locked-down for six days.  Actually, it was a learning experience.

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  9. I’ve got a J200 Mystic Rosewood and a Southern Jumbo Mystic Rosewood.   I’ve never heard of the 2000 series and don’t know what it brings to the party that other Gibsons don’t.  I have no doubt that they’re likely sweet guitars.  My guitars are sweet guitars, very-easy-to-play, and they sound good.  I bought them because I wanted them and could afford them.   I have no idea if what’s called mystic rosewood has any difference in sound from rosewood.  It doesn’t matter to me either way.  If I like the guitar, I just like it.  I’ve certainly bought my share of guitars based on brand and the trappings that come with particular models, but I don’t understand what makes a J2000, etc. different or more costly.  I’m certainly not critiquing someone’s reasons for wanting one——those reasons also apply to me.

  10. Good words, Buc, and good to hear from you!  .........We were out at my mom and dad’s gravesite yesterday.  I went by there about 6 weeks ago for a few minutes and left picture frame that encased a list of things my dad did during WWII.  Midway, Battle of The Coral Sea, and how he had his eardrum blown-out.  I figured with the rain and wind we’ve had that it would be washed-away.  Anyway, it was there along with a approx 5 ft tall flag pole with a small US flag and someone had put a rock on the picture frame to hold it in place with a note in a plastic sandwich bag.   The note said, “Thank you, Sir, for your service!”  I find that very cool and gratifying.  My dad was so damn proud of his service and we buried him wearing his Navy hat.  That generation is shrinking everyday.  We could sure use their strength, integrity, and determination now.

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  11. 8 hours ago, Dave F said:

    First song of his that I remember is ‘I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry ‘ which introduced a new generation of rock and roll kids to the song writings of Hank Williams. 

    Exactly!  That’s pretty much what did it for me.  I’d heard of Hank, but hadn’t paid much notice with The British Invasion and Beach Boys,etc.  >.........  BJ Thomas had his demons and he fought them well.  Like many of his contemporaries in music, he paid the price that wealth and fame can demand.  RIP!

  12. 1 minute ago, RBSinTo said:

    It's all relative.

    My father-in-law died in 1978 at the age of 56. I was 30, and thought that he was "pretty old". Not one foot in the grave, but hovering over it.

    Skip to 2021 when I'm 73, and I realize that he was just a kid. 


    Yeah, 56 seems pretty young from here.  Some people get robbed of a lot of years.  There’s not a great deal of logic to it most of the time.  Here one moment and then gone.  I’ve never found an answer that makes any sense to the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

  13. I’ll be 74 at the end of June.  Feeling pretty damn good.   My wife and I do lots of stuff together and we stay real active.  We walk a lot and whatever arthritis I have seems to be pretty mild.  We took our family to Disney World last month and according to our IPhones we averaged walking over 8 miles per day for 5 days.  Last February we got one of those Chuck Norris Total Gyms.  It’s GREAT, especially for us older dudes......  I keep working on songs and playing guitar.  Two of my three indoor gigs are now back.....keep working on my model railroad and running trains while I inadequately play guitar.  We’re going to Branson for our granddaughters’ s softball tournament in about three weeks.  Then to Phoenix in August and back to Florida in October.   This month I’m retired for nine years and I’m busier than I’ve ever been.........I think I’ve finally learned not to put a time limit on everything.  I don’t feel so much stress or pressure to get something done.  I just do it.  It’s a lot more enjoyable without the stress/pressure.  It’s also helps to have a wife who constantly encourages me to do things.

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