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  1. Is there some unspoken rule about how happy or fortunate one is allowed to be on this forum? Have I exceeded my quota?
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    Interesting. I wonder what a walnut Hummingbird sounds like?
  3. I plead the Groucho Marx defense: "You're only as old as the woman you feel."...
  4. Yep, philfish, You have been paying attention.
  5. Thanks everyone for your kind wishes. My wife read this thread too and laughed at some of the comments. I think she secretly feels flattered though…:-) Yes, Mountainpicker, wise words. She does indeed gets lots of love and attention. We look after each other. Here's a pic of the happy girl from a spa cruise trip to Tallinn (Estonia) I took her on this summer, so yes, understood. :-) father of pearl: The AJ has a slightly 'V' shaped contour to the neck and becomes thicker quite fast - but it's no baseball bat, still a modern neck. The Hummingbird Vintage is more C-ish withthose new rounded edges falling away from the fretboard. The AJ feels like an OM but sporty and aggressive. It doesn't feel like slope shoulder dread - probably the shorter neck creates that illusion. The fretboard feels like its 1.75 and short scale but the specs say 1.725 and long scale. Go figure.
  6. Old Neil


    Congratulations, Collings make great guitars. I used to own a D1A. Great woods, fit and finish.
  7. Pic added. This was from the store where I did the initial comparison. Still coming to terms with the fact I now have both of them at home.
  8. I posted a while back about buying a new Hummingbird Vintage and posted the pic below from the store where I was weighing it up against a great 12 fret AJ. It was a difficult choice because they have completely different strengths and personalities. I chose the Hummingbird (very happy with it) but the AJ haunted me anyway. When I left the 'bird in for a setup I went to play the AJ and they told me it had been sold. I duly rationalised it away and wished the new owner years of enjoyment even if I knew I probably wouldn't get to see or play another anytime soon, if ever again. At least I got to play and enjoy it at all for a short while. My wife was with me when I went to the store for that final playoff when I chose the Hummingbird. She loved the moody, dark rumble of the AJ too. Anyway, I got home last night and went to get a jacket out of the closet there was a guitar case there. At first I thought it was one of my other guitars just moved out of the way for some reason but when I turned around to ask my wife if she had put it there she was standing behind me smiling. It took a while to sunk in what she had done. As it says on the inside of my wedding ring: "She's a keeper" :-)
  9. Great that you are in the unique position to own and play both. Are their tops braced differently? Which of those two has deeper bass? From your post it seems you have the Dove as the brighter sounding of them.
  10. i need the advice of those more experienced on this one. Cosmetic appearances aside, are they the same build spec.? The Firebird certainly sounds good through a mic as this video shows: Any information is appreciated.
  11. Looks great, congratulations.
  12. Already many good answers here. The Hummingbird Vintage sounds crisp, loud and hollow. The standard version (assuming good examples of both) is slightly milder with a soft blending between notes. Some may prefer that as it is possibly more forgiving of looser strumming.technique. As always 'best/better/worse' are subjective and relative to application, preference, technique etc I just put down my Vintage to write this so yes, I love mine.
  13. Well, at least she's a blonde, so she blends well with the maple... Obviously this is not a 'right' or 'wrong' question but a personal matter of taste. I associate stickers with trashy, beaten up campfire or dive bar gig road guitars, not select ones like this. But if it floats your boat, why not? The duck on the back of that vintage J-200 looks equally aged in with the guitar so it gives it a certain 'story'. I think high end guitars (particularly Gibson ones) are beautiful and ornate enough by themselves. It wouldn't be a deal breaker though if I loved the guitar. I might save the stickers for the case though...
  14. Here Here it is beside the Hummingbird Vintage (I like the unintentional flash artifact in this shot. It looks like they are communicating in some way) : ">
  15. Yes, I am based in Stockholm, Sweden and bought it second hand here. My best guess on the price of a new one is around 12000SEK (around 1300USD). It's quite a fancy model with abalone around the sound hold and border of the top and an ebony overlay on the headstock. The Sitka top is very good quality and the tiger stripe maple is beautiful and well matched. If this had 'Gibson' on the headstock it would run at over $4000. I upgraded the tuners to Waverly nickel butterbeans before I picked it up. They are quite expensive here (like most things) but worth it. The original tuners were the only thing I didn't like. The pickguard is a little unusual but its growing on me and is period correct. Here is a pic of Bob Dylan playing an original:
  16. Thanks. A strange but period accurate pick guard and fantastic sound and playability. Slightly wider neck than the Hummingbird too.
  17. Thanks for taking the time to do that demo - particularly under such well controlled conditions. The only thing I would add to what others have said already is that both guitars would perhaps be perceived as warmer if you strummed them both a little further forward towards the sound hole. Big rosewood dreads that are flat picked for single note runs benefit from picking behind the sound hole but warm, lush strumming tends to benefit from moving the strumming hand a little further forward - particularly with mahogany and maple guitars. Just a thought.
  18. Haha! ;-) You might have conveniently missed this section of the post: " I couldn't quite get it down to just 3 as you would lose one of Gibson's key guitar shapes."
  19. Nice shirt and logo. If he really wanted to cater to the acoustic guitar set he might consider one with 3/4 sleeves. That would solve wear marks on the guitar while avoiding any dangling cuffs inadvertently muffling the picking hand strings. Sure you can just push them up but they usually find a way to slip back down while you are playing...
  20. Without referring to particular years the iconic Gibson trademark models must be (in order of size): L-00 J-45 Hummingbird J-200 Honourable mentions to: Advanced Jumbo, Dove and LG variants The Southern Jumbo was just a slightly dressed up J-45 so I put it under that category. The 185 series was really a subset of the 200 series so perhaps not as 'iconic', although lovely guitars in their own right. The LG's looked like a development of the L-00. The AJ was more Gibson's reaction/response to the Martin D-28 (even though they don't have a lot in common) so less original/iconic perhaps - even if the result was unique and soul stirring. In any case, to the casual observer, it is the same shape as the J-45. The Dove was a strange bird (pardon the pun) and never reached the popularity/icon status of the Hummingbird. Again, not criticizing any of those guitars, just saying they are perhaps less iconic to the public at large. The 4 that did make my list did so because they all are uniquely and recognizably Gibson classics. I couldn't quite get it down to just 3 as you would lose one of Gibson's key guitar shapes.
  21. Four at present for me: J-45 standard, Hummingbird Vintage, Martin HD-28V and Larson Bros. Jumbo. Mind you, that 12 fret AJ is still calling my name (dammit!) (EDIT: Maybe you meant 'Five and counting' Hummingbird Vintage models owned by members of this forum. Doh! ) But hey, guitars are my one concession to materialistic joys. Living compactly in the centre of a city (kids grown up and gone out to take on the world) with great public transport and bicycle lanes means I don't need a car often (rent one when I do). That alone means the cost equivalent a running even a mediocre clunker mobile is about 2-3 top end acoustic guitars per year. And guitars don't pollute and they literally grow on trees! That J-45 Vintage is a wonderful guitar. If my particular J-45 standard (chosen from 6 others including 2 signature models) didn't sound a lot like it anyway I would be all over it. Good choice.
  22. Yes, she is. It's one of the reasons we get on so well. :-)
  23. It has been a ridiculous week on the guitar front. After picking up the Hummingbird Vintage yesterday (that has its own thread) the (other) guitar shop rang to say my tiger-striped maple jumbo from Larson Bros was ready with the Waverly tuners I ordered to replace the only sub-standard part of this guitar. I had compared this particular guitar to two standard Gibson J-200's and 4 custom shop Gibson J-200's from various guitar shops. To my ears at least I kept coming back to this one. The fact that it was a quarter of the price of some of the ones I was considering was a bonus but not a deciding factor. I have owned a standard J-200 in the past and, while I don't regret selling it, (life is too short) I wanted that deep but controlled sound signature now that I am fortunate enough to own several guitars for specific applications instead of buying/selling looking for 'The One' that has to do it all but always seems out of reach or mildly dissatisfying somehow. It's a good'un
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