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  1. Gibson large triangular heavy works for me And the cheap Stagg equivalent Thalia make some really nice wooden picks....1.4mm.....and exceedingly good capo's to boot.... For ukulele and banjo though Felt and leather is the way to go.....:blink: V
  2. Big thirsty Americana is quite rare on UK roads....although various auto shows have a loyal following Cruisers, Harleys etc have a staunch fan club and frequent meets and ride-outs.... I have recently come to appreciate the longevity and practicality of the Ford 'F' trucks.....really enjoying the latest incarnation.... Our wonderful 'Wheeler Dealers' tv programme has gone stateside in the last year or so It's a bloke thing I read 'Hot Rod Magazine' as a child..... Also read 'Mad Magazine'...…:blink: V
  3. Looks like a very well produced educational series...… Apologies but Chez V is left a bit cold by this particular track for some reason.... Notwithstanding some remarkable musicianship from all members Including the very special vocal skills of Jon Anderson Rick Wakeman has a great sense of humour and has made some fantastic varied music over the years 2nd apology for reminding some folks that the 'prog rock' excesses of the likes of Yes ushered in the 'punk' backlash of the late 70's..... But Wonderous Stories is one of my favourite songs And my bandmate digs Yes to bits..... V
  4. Tone and handling are very much a personal thing.....:blink: For moi the Firebird always wins for it's original off-the-wall looks and beauty of construction.... LP's are somewhat ubiquitous.....but satisfy huge numbers of players and are an industry standard.... As mentioned, a Nighthawk is a wonderful thing....and if it is the 'great' 3 P/U version....can supply Firebird, LP and Strat/Tele tones in one superb package..... Enjoy the chase...… V
  5. A terrific piece of entertainment...… Big respect to James Corden for making it happen...… V
  6. A big 'thankyou' for sharing some songwriting ideas and thoughts...… Some people purport to have 'written a song in 15 mins'...…:blink: Others, like perhaps Johnny Mercer and Burt Bacharach.....rewrite and refine over a longer period....even years..... There are books by people like Jimmy Webb and Pat Pattison.... ABBA have shown the world the infinite possibilities of writing accessible songs in their 'second language'..... The beauty of music is found in it's complexity.....and it's simplicity...… V
  7. I don't know much about Gibson acoustics.....many people regard them as the 'bees' knees'...…. The J160e was an interesting choice for the Beatles and perhaps proves the point that 'tone is in the fingers'..... The magnetic P/U with nickel strings is not to everyone's taste, but was probably the best electro-acoustic available at the time.... additional external mic'ing would broaden the palette somewhat... IMO the Stones have produced some 'strong' and effective acoustic sounds over the years, which millions dig The Beatles, again IMO, have produced a broader range of acoustic sounds to suit their more sophisticated harmonies and perhaps reflect George Martin's heightened sensibilities.... V
  8. Quite a lot of 5 string banjo music is played in open tunings like 'G'...… V
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    England

    Davey Johnstone...… Long time member of Elton John's band Is favoured with the nickname Shaggis…… V
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    England

    MacDonald's...…… Sounds Scottish to me.....:blink: V
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    England

    Just joshing folks...… That Globe Theatre is something else.....also Shakespeare's birthplace and heritage centre in and around Stratford upon Avon are de rigueur for visitors to the UK Curry was invented by British soldiers when India was part of the British Empire.....to mask the taste of rotten meat...…:blink: Forgot to mention Haggis..... I enjoy Cajun cuisine and American style thin crust pizza..... V
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    England

    Time to correct some major ignorance and dis-information..... British food is great..... Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Fish 'n Chips Shepherd's Pie Ploughman's Lunch Boiled Beef 'n Carrots Cockles Whelks Mussels Cornish Pasty Bacon and Eggs Eccles Cakes And.....to cap it all....what with Great Britain being the premier multi-cultural place on earth..... All the cuisines of the world are represented at top level in most cities..... V
  13. I like Taylors a lot.....started with a 300 series 12 string then got a 200 series nylon stringer and added in a T5.... They don't suit everybody, but are very popular on the open mic and general acoustic circuit...... Also got a Guild F-130R.....low end MIC but superb VFM and sounds..... V
  14. It looks like a winner J....... Several objective reviews on U-Tube Might be enough to assist in deciding whether to invest.....:blink: Things like robust switches become important for live work.... Enjoy the Chase......!! V
  15. Because of this I will be having toasted cheddar slices with baked beans later today...... V
  16. Personal 'Mick Ronson moment' is the piano on Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day'....... A great guy to have around when top quality arranging and session playing was required..... V
  17. Well worth the effort..... It opens up all those performing opportunities, casual amongst friends and paid gigs..... Start with easy 2 and 3 chord songs.....eg.....Wild Thing, Peggy Sue, Jambalaya, Glad All Over...... Practice solo and/or with friends..... Enjoy Big time..... V
  18. Agreeing with sentiments expressed thus far..... It is rare to find a forum where diverse opinions can be expressed and discussed.... Wide age range and varying life and work experiences..... Welcoming non-Gibson comparisons and recommendations... Also......personal Gibson purchasing experience has been enjoyable with no quality issues Always shopped where there are knowledgeable staff with top customer care attitudes.....some small outlets, some large chain stores, some internet stores with well-earned reputations..... Wishing Gibson all the best in continuing to manufacture and supply products of character and quality..... V
  19. ABBA.......what a fantastic talented group......:blink: It appears there are two new songs......would love to see an album's worth..... Benny is a 'true gentleman'.......he knows how to play the accordion But chooses not to...... V
  20. The Godin 5th Avenue is a little deeper.... IMO a fine 'modern' take on the acoustic archtop theme Very popular on the acoustic circuit and well priced.... V
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    NGD

    Much love for Ovations hereon.....for good reasons..... A bold 're-invention' of the acoustic guitar in the late 60's....with some high level users like Glen Campbell, Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading and later on Brian May..... Their current offerings MIK are IMO great VFM, play well and look terrific : the onboard electronics including compressor are genuinely usable Ovation have always been strong in 12 strings.....their current deep bowl contoured back Legend is comfortable and sounds excellent I also use light gauge nickels on a deep bowl 6 string.....9-42....for easy fingerstyle..... The lightest brass/bronze 12 strings I can find are 9-46 V
  22. It is IMO entirely appropriate to mention, at this juncture...... The vocal issues guaranteed to occur When using Helium......:blink: V
  23. An interesting and slightly outrageous piece of news..... Never heard of either new player or been hugely into Crowded' or Petty bands..... One assumes Buckingham has enough money to never really need to work again So the hard won luxury of not wanting to be bothered can come to the fore Good luck to all involved.....the catalogue is probably powerful enough to sell out all the world's stadia Be interesting to hear audience feedback in due course.... Rock on.....!! But with tight vocal harmonies and not too loud please...... V
  24. There have been discussions about capo's enhancing guitar tone.... After initial scepticism I'm coming round to thinking that yes they can...... My premium Thalia capo, IMO partly due to it's heavy weight, does seem to improve sustain somewhat.... It is also very shiny and has a splendid abalone shell insert V
  25. I'm a big fan of John Scofield.....he has an individual take on tone and it's creation..... Playing ES335 and similar Ibanez semi's he now appears to do most work on a Tele.....:blink: Regarding ES335 vs ES339.....body weight will IMO dictate the final answer.... Another approach would be to add just a whiff of chorus to thicken up the sound without that annoying swirling sound many guitarists end up with Either from a pedal, pedal board or Roland JC type amp..... My recently departed Fender Deluxe VM amp had a nice chorus built in..... V
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