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  1. One advantage of reading music/charts/TABs is that you can play a song another player gives you....most people I have played with don't read music, but a couple of sidemen types I met not only read music but write out music charts for big bands and stuff! They tend to hand you a 'head' arrangement type chart, the famous chorus/verse parts written in music with chord symbols on the top. (if you know the style of music, you just jump in and 'play the chart'). You can also send these by email etc. Worth learning music! Easy! Everyone thinks you have to learn Beethoven or something ridiculous to learn music, but you can play something very simple and pleasing like a famous song.... BluesKing777.
  2. Yep, simplified! I have a book of 'country hits', a big call, but I was playing away over a period of time and then I noticed - everything is in G! Here are some TAB/riffs online - good for learning certain parts for fun!: https://www.songsterr.com/ https://www.guitar.ch/en/guitars/tabs/tabs.html BluesKing777.
  3. To learn a tune - sheet music, music books, TAB, charts, videos, recordings...whatever it takes sometimes... But live, better to have memorized everything, for example - often, the lights facing me in a band stage were so bright I couldn't even read the song list written in big letters sitting on the floor! I like sitting at home playing through charts and the books/online with the 'As recorded TABs/music'. There are plenty online these days....but never anything you really want, so stump up, sit down and learn it off .....ha!........... the original recording! BluesKing777.
  4. Well, I actually play guitars instead of polishing them....go and see if you can learn a basic C chord, terdtickler. Come up with a few tracks to show us your style instead of hiding with the losers ..... BluesKing777.
  5. Here is a slow blues played in standard tuning with some slide, played on my fantastic National M14 resophonic guitar that I bought in my last all mahogany body guitar craze a number of years back!😁 (For CJB, it has a 1.82" nut!) BluesKing777.
  6. That Waterloo all mahogany 12 fretter you had was a ‘version’ of the vintage Gibson L-0 all mahogany. More chance of getting one of those here than a vintage Gibby, but they are scarce since Covid......Collings are only making a few Waterloos while they catch up on Collings order backlog with less staff..etc, etc. I had the Waterloo 12 and the 14 (all mahogany) in my hands a couple of years ago but didn’t have the cash. It has been a Needful Thing/s ever since. I would be pleased as Punch with a real vintage L-0 mahogany, but chances are slim here! BluesKing777.
  7. I had a quick look through the current models for mahogany tops - none I can see. Gibson are missing out on a craze for hardwood top guitars, budget models AND boutique. The shop here with a range of acoustics cannot keep the Martin 15 series 'hardtops' on the shelves, amazing really - and the 2 local makers sell bucketloads of acoustics made with the local hardwood, 00 and dread and jumbo. The singer songwriter groovers don't seem to be wanting binding or shellfish or plastic. What about 2 new L-00s in all mahogany, tops included - one cheapie African mahogany like my 15 series Martin, but one superduper in ...Sinker Mahogany? Ha Ha! BluesKing777.
  8. My BK is Bubinga wood back and sides (African Rosewood!) and I have no idea why...Ren must have found a stash of it and used it on the BKs. Sorry, no help with the Bluesmaster, but here is a link to an article I was reading on new design 12 fret Lowdens, sorry no Gibsons but George Lowden discusses the theory behind 12 fretters... https://www.guitarworld.com/reviews/lowden-wl-25-and-s-23-12-frets-review BluesKing777.
  9. I wanted the 1 3/4" nut mainly and the cutaway was not high on the list, but.........now I have it, I have been making tentative steps playing up to the 17th fret!!!! Yep, the dusty end is said to be near the 12th fret, so the 17th fret must be pure filth. (played a D shape up 12 frets, then 14th, 15th, 17th!!! - lookout, scary.) 😁 I bought an X years ago, first Martin, solid top/printed back!!! and a barn door pickup being the main reasons at the time, next reason was to leave it in the car a lot when going to jazz guitar lessons. The teacher was a jazzer with a jazzbox and must have wondered wtf is this fancy pants with a Martin - he thought it was a real biz end Martin! The solid top had quite a nice sound and poor fellow was shocked when I told him it was a rosewood print on the back! BluesKing777.
  10. Congratulations CJB! The photo isn't showing.... Is this it? https://www.zzounds.com/item--GIBLS12F BluesKing777.
  11. Thanks! My older one, 000c-15e, bought around 2002? in the gig photo, was all ‘genuine mahogany’ but obviously, they would have used the really nice mahogany for higher end models......so I guess it would have been the same for my old 1944 0-17..... While I was playing my 000c-15e in 2002+, they started to use Sapele for the 15 series, a bit striped in appearance. Since then all kinds of mahoganies have been used, including Sipo - an African mahogany. I read somewhere, no idea if it is true, that the current 15 series are using Sipo for the back and sides and some kind of real mahogany for just the tops, probably plantation grown? So there is a history I have gleaned. But the 15 series was updated to the M series, with thinner tops, finish, bracing, pickups, tuners. My older 000c was heavy, tuners were heavy....it took a real long while to break in the top with my bare finger fingerstyle! The new one above is the same cutaway shape, but lighter - the top is opening up a bit after a week! The nut is 1 3/4” and neck is the MLO. The pickup on the older one was a barn door clacker - the reason I first started investigating Aura preamps. But the new pickup is more modern Fishman VT Enhance NT1, ha ha. Undersaddle with another piezo under on the bridgeplate......for my style, it goes on full to get the percussive bits that miss from undersaddles. I can also turn all that off, just use the undersaddle and run a lead to my Tonedexter file. Still experimenting.... PS, the 000-15M, 00-15M etc, don’t get pickups. They have 1 11/16” nut.......I wanted the 00-15M but wanted the wider nut. Some places order custom model 15 series with wider nut and string spacing (LA Guitar Sales and others). BluesKing777.
  12. You have kept the 000-15sm quiet, JZ! How long have you owned that one - my guess is it is CJB’s fault with his vintage 0-17/00-17 explorations.... They had yours at a shop here for about 5 seconds - they are hot! Great stuff for the money, eh? But I am fulfilling an old promise to get the OM 15........ BluesKing777.
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