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About rustystrings

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    Acoustic guitars, songwriting, fixed-gear road cycling over dirt roads

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  1. This is a clip from the unreleased pilot of "The Square On Air," a local cable show that focused on regional music and musicians in the upstate and lakelands of South Carolina. And if you have the time, there's also the episode that actually ran - there are four performances in it.
  2. And there is a lot of truth in the above statement. If you want more of a jazz or blues or old-time string band sound, the LG-1 might be the ticket - but it will NOT sound anything like the J-45. I know that when I started playing all the books steered everyone towards not just x-brace, but MARTIN DREADNOUGHT X-braced guitars. Same with the music stores. There was a certain bluegrass bias that I saw a lot of when I started playing, and I would have been a lot happier had I discovered LG-2s earlier in life, or listened to more styles of music that would have prepared me to enjoy LG-1s and o
  3. If this is about buying a vintage guitar, with the focus on vintage, the J-45 will cost more; the LG-2 will cost a little less, but accent on the little, because over the last 10-15 years their value has gone up. It is fair to consider those two guitars as essentially siblings - the J-45 has the jumbo body while the LG-2 is a grand concert guitar in width and depth. They use essentially the same neck and similar bracing patterns, depending on the year. They do not SOUND the same however, especially when you are playing them. The J-45 has a lot more presence and a lot more focus on the low
  4. If you widen the net to go back to c.2000, you get a couple more LG-2 variants, and I'll get to them as I go along ... Between my schedule and my location I haven't been able to go out and try any of them, but I have read everything I can find online about them and have pored over many, many YouTube videos, Soundcloud recordings, etc. The Americana and the new 1942 Banner both feature Adirondack red spruce - and I am a heretic and still wonder if Gibson really used Adirondack red back then, or if they used the readily available Michigan white spruce that was right at their doorstep. I'm
  5. Not live, but intimate studio recordings that are the top of the heap for me - Baden Powell, Baden Plays Vinicius - https://music.apple.com/ca/album/baden-plays-vinícius/977399394 - this is either the last or next to last recording he did, an instrumental last run through music he composed for Vinicius de Moraes lyrics c.1966. Baden's voice, which had been getting frailer, is absent here. It's just him and a very close-miked Anibal Crespo classical guitar, and he'll rip your heart right out with the emotional twists he gets out of it. Listen to this through headphones. "Valsa Sem Nom
  6. Really lovely, heartfelt rendition! Thank you, and thank you for playing the LG-1 - my introduction to Gibson acoustics was my best friend's early '50s LG-1 that his mother had bought while a student at Mercer University. Whenever I hear one, I flash back to Macon in the late 70s - thank you for that, too!
  7. I had one of the round hole variants that was full of additional holes when it arrived - someone had chopped out a hole for a pickup and fitted volume and tone pots, and then had a big chunk broken out of the side where an output jack was fitted. I had it patched and repaired and refretted. It's one of exactly TWO guitars out of the hundreds I have owned that I still regret letting go of. It had the most incredible percussive WHOMP, straddling a line between a conventional archtop and a J-45. I remember using it to accompany a singer, without amplification, in an old cinema converted to a
  8. It DID go well and was fun! The actual musical performances start about 14 minutes or so in - be advised that for some reason the volume seems very low to my ears! Anyway, here's the link to the actual show!
  9. I switched over to John Pearse Pure Nickels in 2014 and never looked back. The best recording of these strings I have would either be this livestream I did back in April using a Tascam iM2X mic through my iPhone, or the actual guitar playing parts on the Square on Air episode I did in July - for that, skip ahead about 17 minutes or so, or just scroll past the interview bits for the other songs. The guitar is an '05 J-45 Historic Collection, played in my usual brutalist bareknuckle fashion ...
  10. There's always Ray Wylie Hubbard as an example of the great second act in life - though I keep reminding myself that one of my very favorite albums ever is Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell's 1966 Os Afro Sambas. Vinicius was in his 50s when they cut that one. Breaking away from the pop music world's adoration of adolescence and the youth culture is incredibly liberating, at least for me. I played a 6 songwriter guitar pull last night that was done as a livestream, and my stuff was ... different. There was a rocker, a pop songwriter girl, an indie rocker and two country singer/song
  11. I am honored to get to share the stage of the historic Abbeville Opera House with five of South Carolina's best rising songwriters this Wednesday (1/27/21) at 7:30 p.m. EST in a livestream hosted by Hometown Hodges. Here's the link, and I hope you can make it and enjoy the show!
  12. I had a rattle for a while with my '05 J-45. It turned out to be a loose white plastic button on the stock Kluson style tuners, which drove me nuts until I tugged on it and it popped loose. A little Krazy Glue and 10 seconds of pressure and it's been perfect ever since.
  13. I'm a sucker for John Pearse Pure Nickel .012-.054s and would recommend those highly. Slightly less tension than the comparable Phosphor Bronze, and they don't hype or color the sound the way some other strings do. They work wonders on my J-45 and I wouldn't hesitate to run them on a smaller guitar in good condition.
  14. All of the LGs, B-25 and the F-25 have the same scale length with the exception of the LG-2 3/4, which is a completely different beast. The F-25 is an oddball in part because it was built according to folk revival recommendations that one start out with nylon strings and then go to steel. It also is closer to the original conception of these guitars, which are all descendants of the GS (gut string) classical guitars of the immediate pre-WWII period. They're true grand concert guitars, the equivalent of a classical guitar or a Martin 00. I have a great weakness for the LG-2; of the l
  15. The ONLY guitar out of the hundreds I have owned and let go of that I still miss to this day was a 1960 LG-2. The LG-2AE is a special guitar, even if it does look like an LG-2 with a prewar headstock, and every one I have heard I have liked. They remain at the top of my list of guitars I would like to buy to accompany my beloved J-45, possibly even ahead of the newer, more expensive ones brought out this year.
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