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  1. Thanks again for that. I used it as a blueprint for my Aaron Lewis SJ. It took a lot of the unwanted "zing" away.
  2. Are these really Phosphor Bronzes? Cover says "Bronze Wound" which made me believe they were 80/20 Bronzes.
  3. Wow, that early! Over here in central Europe, I'm dealing with the highest humidity of the year (around 70% in my room in these rainy, foggy autumn days). My luthier told me not to worry too much, though. He said I'd be fine as long as I don't take my guitar to the bathroom and have a shower.
  4. Also, amazing vocal sound, considering this is a dynamic mic. Makes me wonder if I should get one of those SM7s (first video).
  5. Thanks for the suggestions! 80/20 or PB shouldn't make a difference on the (unwound) B and E strings though, right? I've already tried a large variety of strings and kept a "string diary": various Martins, D'Addario, Dean Markley Alchemy, Adamas, Gibson etc. Liked the Eric Clapton strings from Martin (they could use some more low end punch though) and the coated D'Addarios. As it happens, I ordered a single .013 E and a .017 B when I last got me some strings. Gonna try that tonight. Also, I've still got some Optima Gold strings around that I have to try out.
  6. It's quite the opposite. The tinny sound seems to grow weaker if I use strings that are stiffer, with higher string tension. I've played lights (.012) so far, and trying a .011 was a disaster. I should really try medium strings soon, but I was always a little worried if the Aaron Lewis with its light bracing can handle it. However, the new part-mahogany saddle already took a bit of the bite away. And come time I won't be able to hear these high frequencies anyway. ;) BTW: My luthier doesn't see the problem at all. After a while, I just got really obsessive with the frequency, I guess.
  7. I've got this short recording that features the tinny sound. It's basically a very harsh harmonic. The recording was done with the original bone bridge inlay, about a month after I bought the guitar. https://www.box.com/s/kum83yf4fj9xfx3pxx16
  8. Hey everybody, as my own Aaron Lewis SJ turns 1 next week (from the day bought, not built), I thought I'd share some experiences, too. The Aaron Lewis SJ gave me many a sleepless night - both playing and worrying. It's my first Gibson, and my first hi-end acoustic. In my price range (2000-2500 Euros), it was the best guitar I played in three months of testing. There's nothing like that Gibson "thump". The light bracing gives the guitar a fast attack/response like no other. However, after bringing her home and changing the old strings from the store, my SJ suddenly sounded "tinny" on th
  9. What's up with that bridge inlay in that photo? I'm asking because I'm a little unhappy with the hash overtones of the B and Hi-E strings of my Aaron Lewis Southern Jumbo. I'm thinking about replacing the bone bridge inlay with a horn one. In that photo it looks like you've got the best of both worlds there.
  10. I have tried out the G7th for the last couple of days. Feels like it dampens the sound of my guitars considerably, way more than the cheap Dunlop capo I was using before. Moreover, the unpadded metal part at the back of the G7th sometimes comes into contact with the neck of my Aaron Lewis Southen Jumbo. So I think I'll try the Shubb next.
  11. Has anyone ever had problems with capos and nitro finishes?
  12. I had never heard about that kind of device and I'm highly intrigued. I'm also having some squeaking/buzzing problems with the unwound/plain strings of my new Aaron Lewis Southen Jumbo (basically some harsh overtones, as a luthier told me). Could you please listen to the following sound example and tell me if this is the kind of buzzing that might go away after using the Tonerite? http://www.box.net/shared/kum83yf4fj9xfx3pxx16 Thanks a lot! CC
  13. Well, obviously I just bought a Gibson Acoustic, and I like the "American" sound with few mids and booming lows. However, I played a lot of high price American guitars - including Gibsons - that sounded flat and boring. On the other hand, my local master luthier (I live in south west Germany) makes Gibson-style guitars that are so excellent that customers gladly wait for about four years to get theirs. To me, it's not about the place where a guitar is built but about the person that builds it.
  14. For my part, I buy guitars using my ears. Finally got over chosing a guitar by looking at the name on the headstock, so why should I start looking at the "made in"-label instead?
  15. You've got mail. Thanks again for responding so quickly.
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