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About Nic

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  1. Sounds like you got a great price. I have an ES-336 which is a little older and just bit different and I love it.
  2. The fingerboards on the Midtown Guitars are a phenolic plastic. It says so in the specifications. A dealer that sells a line of guitars that competes directly with GIbson told me the same thing about parts built in Asia. I didn't think much of it.
  3. In 1969 or 1970 I went to an Emerson Lake and Palmer concert in a pretty small venue in Detroit. The back up band was a completely unknown band named YES. Needless to say they were international superstars by the end of that tour.
  4. Nic

    ES 175 Questions

    thanks for all the information. I'm a little surprised there is so much negativity about GIbson on the Gibson site. I think the 175 type is the right guitar but I think I will look at the Heritage 575.
  5. I'm searching for a jazz guitar and have a few questions about the ES 175. Are the current models of equal quality as the older vintage models? Are there any years that I should steer away from? I thought they were mahogany bodies with laminated maple tops but the current Gibson specs indicate they are laminated maple bodies and laminated maple tops, is this accurate and is this different than older models? Am I correct in assuming that if I want to spend around $3,000 a ES 175 is a good option. Note that I don't want a really large guitar. Your help is greatly appreciated.
  6. I was at Elderly Music a few months ago and came across a Florentine. I didn't know what it was but the sound was incredible. Wish I had the dough for it.
  7. Hey, I'm from Detroit and I'm nice, sort of.
  8. I found this ad on our local Craig's List. Not sure what this guy is thinking. He's trying to sell a 2006 Epiphone Elitist 12 string Riviera for $300 more than he paid for it. http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/msg/1995175540.html
  9. I believe that you can have any guitar plecked. If you buy an older guitar just take to a "Plecker". I just bought a 2009 LP and it is plecked. It's nice but I'm not sure I'd notice.
  10. Tommy Emanuel, Somewhere Over the Rainbow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ubVGiyAhkY
  11. What's the cost of a Custom compared to a Standard?
  12. A couple months ago I saw a Chris Issac concert. It was by far the best concert I've ever been to. Is Issac country? I don't know, the line is pretty blurry, but I think he considers himself county. Here's another interesting tidbit. Of all the American Idol winners, Carrie Underwood, who went country, is by far the biggest.
  13. When I owned Epiphones they were just short of being a pretty good guitar. For me it was always the pick-ups. I think in general, we feel that EPi's are just one or two parts away from being a Gibson. Now that I have a Gibson and a very nice Telecaster, I have found that I'm very happy with them exactly as produced. Also, as mentioned, tinkering with guitars is a whole other hobby, so is forum cruising. Along with playing a guitar, these all may be related hobbies, but different people have different interests.
  14. About 6 months ago I started playing a Gibson Johnny A through a Fender Princeton 65 Reissue amp, with just a tweak of reverb. The tone is deep ballsy and clear. I'll play some intricate chord melody stuff with my fingers and then move on to playing some blues with a pick without touching a single knob. I've completely lost any desire for any new equipment. For awhile it will just be a matter of improving the player.
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