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Dave F

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  1. I had a few cheapies that I had no feelings for and sold off so I'm currently looking for a beater that I can take anywhere. I've got my eyes locally on a Takamine 430SS NOS that has a few shop worn issues. They have it down to $785 but their warehouse sale is coming up next month. If I can get them down to $500, it'll be my new beater.
  2. I've had the opposite up to now. My J200 I bought back in March has bellied up over the summer and I'm waiting for it to come down. My house has been staying between 50 - 65% over this summer. All of my acoustics seem to react to the humidity that way except for my Martins. It doesn't phase them. I put a whole house humidifier in last season and it kept the house between 40-50% over the winter (I told my wife I did it for her comfort, she's doesn't understand guitars). I may have to add a dehumidifier to my guitar room. I don't know how to put a spin on that to make my wife believe it's for her benefit. I've read that it takes a few seasons for an acoustic to settle down so I'm going to let the J200 age and play it when it's in good shape. Maybe it'll get to my favorite status in a few years. I did try keeping it in the case, but that didn't seem to help. I guess Martin must do something different with their woods.
  3. I agree with you. I recently bought a new J-200 locally for 3K. I've been shopping and looking around for 3 years. 3 years ago I could have gotten a new one for $2400 while mint used ones were going for 1800-2100 and players guitars as you describe were going for 1500-1800. Today - 3K new, 2400 fairly new mint and 1800 for a beater, I mean player. I'm really surprised they're going up in this economy. I've bought a few used guitars off Ebay from supposing top rated sellers. I was a little disappointed, not enough to send them back, but still disappointed. After my experiences I would rather get a used one from GC and fight with them over the price unless an unbelievable deal popped up. If you do buy off Ebay, be sure to get it a few hundred below what they're going for in case you don't like it. I personally preferred paying the extra for a new one if it's within 20%.
  4. Overpriced is why I bought mine used. I had to adjust the neck and work the saddle to my preference but it's one of my favorites. It's about 12 years old and has opened up real nice. As far as prices going up, I think everyone has. I was seriously thinking about a J200 a couple years ago and could have got a new one for about $2400. I finally decided to do it this years and had to pay $3k while the MAP was around $3900. Wish I didn't hesitate a couple years ago. Seems like all the Martin signature models are overpriced and do not hold their value.
  5. He put one on at my local guitar shop about a year ago. Definitely worth it. Besides the goofy videos, this guy has written a gazillion instructional books. Here's a sampling http://elderly.com/search/elderly?terms=greg+koch
  6. M's hidden price is currently $2,736, just recently went up plus just went up about a year ago. I've bought from him in the past also. Great to deal with, I wish he carried Gibson. I recently found a decent one 10 yrs old on ebay for $1800. Love it. The 000-28EC value falls too much, so I did not want to buy a new one.
  7. You seem like a honest guy & I believe you but we still need to see it.
  8. I also thought the Colosi pins added to the great look
  9. Within the last year, Radio Shack still sold the ones you're describing. This is the desktop version. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103597 I saw the smaller pocket size one in the store
  10. Just in. roadhog96 has been disqualified. He's not holding an LP '68. The competition continues.
  11. looks like the loudest competion over
  12. Here's a couple shots of my J200. I liked this burst. It did not get too dark and the color went out toward the edges further.
  13. I'm partial to the SJ, that's why I bought one earlier this year. I was getting too many natural finishes and liked this finish. I really do not care for the Martin 'burst. I think all the Gibson 'burst look better than the Martins.
  14. I bought my '05 Gibson Country Gentleman in '07 as NOS. I went in the store and played it several times over those two years. Saved a about nine hundred dollars for the wait From the same store, I bought my '08 Martin D28 Elvis Presley in '11 as NOS. Again I played it a few times in the store over that time. I saved over a thousand dollars waiting on this one.
  15. Noticed he didn't go up the frets on the Gibson, must need set up a little better. Mine aren't quite as nice looking or have the fancier woods, but I have a D41 Special and J200. They defintely have different sounds and both have their places with me. It'd be hard to choose between them. Straight out balanced sound, I would have to go to my 000-28.
  16. When I first saw this, the body reminded me of my 1970 Ovation. But after further review, I think my Ovation looks more like a Gibson than this one. I bought this in '70 when I couldn't afford a Gibson.
  17. This buyer has 5 of these on EBay. Sounds too good to be true. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-J-200-Standard-Acoustic-Electric-VIntage-Sunburst-/110947227962?pt=Guitar&hash=item19d4f8593a
  18. I may still have the receipt if it helps ya'.
  19. I agree. Just bought my J200 this past March for $3000 out the door. Good used ones go for about $2400.
  20. I bought a new 2008 '68 LP RI @ GC in 2008 for $2800. If i wanted to sell it, I'd be lucky to get $2400. Hope that helps your decision. If you really like it you may be able to take it back & renegotiate.
  21. That's why I like looking. They're very pricey. He does put one on EBay every now and then. There's been a few I probably would have traded my entire lot for.
  22. I like looking at http://www.garysguitars.com/ stock. He has some real beauties. He has a great reputation locally and got a little national attention as being the favorite hangout of Peter Framptom when he's around the Cincinnati area. Peter's had a home here for quite a few years but I think he recently moved.
  23. Song sounded great! I also have a J200 and get about the same sound I heard you play. I have a few Martins and they seem to sound a little stronger and mellower on the treble end. The best overall sound I get is from the D41 Special that has the forward bracing. There's definitely a difference. My wife is not a musical instrument person, but whenever I play the D41 she comments on how much better it sounds.
  24. Lefty Frizzell’s Bigsby/Gibson SJ-200 I'm showin' my age http://www.retrofret.com/Press/Bigsby_SJ-200_8.htm
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