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  1. I bought a Breedlove Oregon-made limited run 25th anniversary model of their CE model couple years ago -- great small-bodied OM guitar, especially for finger picking. Myrtlewood back/sides and cedar top. I have martins, Gibsons, Larrivees and it holds its own in the stable. Craftsmanship is flawless.
  2. I own several DI boxes (Venue, countryman, Radial Pro, Radial JDI, Para DI, Radial Deluxe Pre, Fishman Platinum Pro). I also gig out couple times a month so sound is paramount to me. My advice: IF you don't need tone shaping, go with a Radial Pro for $99 -- can't beat it for a straight DI box. IF you need tone shaping, go with a Fishman Platinum Pro.
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    Best wishes Jeremy. Like others, when I needed assistance, you were there. Always appreciated and remembered that. Good people make good organizations. Glad to hear you'll still be around the forum.
  4. I actually traded in my Hummingbird for a Humminbird Pro (cutaway) a few months back. As MP stated -- completely different animals, despite the name similarity. While the Hummingbird is a great guitar, the Hummingbird Pro was more to my liking -- deeper and louder with more of that Gibson thump/growl than the Hummingbird. I do not regret the trade at all.
  5. I bought one a couple months ago and love it. Actually traded my Hummingbird for it. It's a different animal than the regular Hummingbird -- mine has way more low-mid thump to it, rivaling a Martin dread. And I love the thick neck on it.
  6. Been playing gigs for several years and, with all due respect, most people could care less about guitar tone. Plus, my "beater" guitar sounds better plugged in than my SJ-200 or Hummingbird plugged in. Just because it's high end unplugged don't make it high-end sounding plugged in. Give ya an example: Last year I played a small town dive bar just a few miles outside of my city. Was a great night -- place was jumping and fun to play. But toward the end of the night, couple drunk guys looked at each other the wrong way and an all-out brawl started. It eventually spilled out into the street while I was loading my gear out. Yeah no thanks -- I'll leave the J-200 at home for those gigs. Shame on me for that? -- Good by me. Like I said, it depends on where you play. When I play a winery, the good stuff has a better chance to come out.
  7. Like another post stated -- it depends on the environment. For places where I'm close to a rowdy audience, I leave the high end guitars home. If I'm playing on a stage that is away from prying hands, then I may bring one of my Gibsons. That said, my typical gigging guitar is my Alvarez Yairi -- it has the best of both worlds for gigging -- it isn't as valuable of guitar as my higher enders, yet it sounds better than my high enders when plugged in. The built-in pickup system on the Yairi is great. I've been on the lookout for a used Tak pro series due to their pickup system. They are rare around here though.
  8. I play out about 3 times a month at small bars and use a a Fishman Soloamp for my acoustic and electric guitars and two vocals -- since we use 4 inputs I use a small mixer. I typically use another main (QSC K8) for mains on each side of us, but I have used the Soloamp by itself and it works nicely. I initially planned to buy a second QSC main, but the Fishman sounds so good that I haven't had a need to purchase a second QSC main. You can't go wrong with either the Fishman Soloamp or the Bose L1 -- they are great units for what you need.
  9. Ah, so you bought the HP? I must have missed that part -- enjoy! Great guitar when you find the right one. I picked up a used Alvarex Yairi couple years ago and it's nothing too special unplugged, but plugged in it really shines. It has the Alvarez barn door style pickup. My experience with that guitar (still gig with it) taught me that a great pickup can make a performance guitar, even if it is average unplugged. Enjoy your new Hummingbird Pro!
  10. I almost pulled the trigger on a GC Hummingbird Pro a few months back -- it played very nice. I was intrigued by the built-in pickup (Fishman) -- it was the barn door style" and had EQ on it. Normally I don't like the huge footprint of the barn-door pickups, but I was looking at this particular guitar for a performance guitar. I didn't get the trade value I wanted for one of my Martins so I passed on it and ultimately landed a Breedlove Oregon concert guitar and I really enjoy -- although different kind of animal than the Hummingbird Pro. Anyway, if you buy that HP, I'd be interested to know what your impressions are of the built-in pickup system on it. All the best...
  11. No one is sparring. You stated you didn't know the value of the guitar in question so I stated it. The 100 percent markup is more than I thought for sure. Plenty of places to try and sell so no biggie. Also plenty of places to buy gear other than my local GC.
  12. It retailed for $2,400 -- Martin no longer makes this model. A regular D-18 right now retails for $2,300.
  13. Ok, I'll bite. Say they offered $1,200. They resell it for $1,600 (a very good price). $400 profit for the store. I'm certain there's more to it than this because that makes too much sense to me.
  14. They did nothing wrong. But offering $800 for a Martin D-18V -- c'mon, that's laughable. OK -- moving on from this...
  15. Let's not get carried away. I've participated in several forums for years and didn't know their policy. I just assumed they offer me a fair price so they could make some profit off the deal. I've made several trades with my local mom-pop shop and was never low-balled like this. No big deal for me. Just learned of their policy through personal experience. To each their own.
  16. Disagree a bit. A used D-18V goes for closer to $2,000 than $1,600. I see several sites listing in the $1,800-$2,000+ range. But whatever.
  17. Like I mentioned earlier -- they profit two ways (sell of new guitar and evenutal sell of used guitar). The only way it's not a great deal for them is if they think a D-18V would not sell, which I highly doubt. May sell the guitar on my own -- I'm in no rush -- it's a killer guitar in every respect.
  18. Yeah, I just don't get that policy. It tells me: we're not interested in trade-ins. That's fine -- they just lose business. WIth me yesterday, they lost out on the profit of selling a new guitar and the profit from selling a nice used guitar. Business is business -- dumb business is dumb business. The thing that surprises me is I had them offer me a trade on my Reissue J45 last year, and they offered $1,200, which I thought was pretty fair. A Martin D-18V has a higher resale value than a J45. I may go Craigslist at some point -- just wanted to avoid the hassle, and I'm willing to pay less by trading in equipment, but don't insult me by going well beyond lowballing crap.
  19. I rarely go into my local Guitar Center, but yesterday I did. I became smittened with a Gibson Hummingbird Pro (cutaway with built-in fishman preamp). Very nice and I envisioned it as a great gigging guitar with the built-in electronics. I weighed my options -- don't need another guitar without getting rid of one, so I figured I consider a trade. I bring my Martin D-18V to offer for possible trade. The D-18V is a cannon of a guitar -- the used market for one is between $1,600-2,000. I figure if they give me $1,400 I would be enticed to pay the difference and walk out with the Hummingbird Pro -- they make profit from both deals, I get a guitar more suited to me. The young gal looks over my D-18V for awhile, checks used prices. Then comes back with her offer: $800. I thought she was joking. I knew they would give me the lowest possible offer, but that is ridiculous. I realize Guitar Center is not in the business of doing trades per se, but they had an opportunity to make money both ways. I don't get it.
  20. The one guitar I regret not buying in my local shop when it was there.
  21. Depends on your needs. If you gig out and need amplification, then you're going to need a pickup of some sort. If you never need to amplify, then removing all electronics makes sense.
  22. To me, the more options the better. The Anthem (full or SL) gives you more options than the Lyric. If you're playing in various scenarios (band/solo, etc.) you want options. And I've heard the same thing regarding the extra bass. I can tell you with the Anthem there is no shortage of bottom end.
  23. To answer a few of the above questions based on my experience: 1) I haven't notice a volume drop or any change in tone with my unplugged Hummingbird -- that was one concern I had read about -- turned out to be not anything I've noticed. FWIW -- the system does not add a lot of weight, all the components are very lightweight. 2) I installed the full Anthem (tru-mic and the element undersaddle). If you already have an Element UST installed, you have to pull it out and install the full Anthem. The Element UST is the same. 3) I wanted to install the Anthem in my J100 xtra or possibly SJ-200 but the bracing around the soundhole does not allow for the full anthem's preamp to fit very well so I installed in the Hummingbird. Install was simple, especially if you already have the end pin drilled (I did). Baggs recommends a pro install, but I'm comfortable enough installing pickups and this was no problem. There is a mic output trim that is critical to get the best results. Once you set it where you like it, you leave it. Turn the blend control to full mic, then roll it back to add some UST until you hit the sweet spot. I'm satisfied, and I'm picky. I had a K&K mini installed on a D-18V -- did not bond with it. Too midrangy for me. I'm in the minority, I realize as most people love the K&K.
  24. Installed a LR Baggs Anthem pickup system in my Hummingbird over the weekend. It had the factory installed Baggs Element in it previously, but it always sounded thin and quacky to me. Over the years I've tried many different types of pickups -- after dialing in the Anthem system, it is the most natural sounding pickup I've tried. Impressed with it. Did the install myself -- not too difficult.
  25. Hey guys, listed some acoustic gear (pickup and a couple preamps) with fair pricing (I think) over on the Trading Post -- thought of giving you folks first crack as fellow Gibsonites.
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