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  1. So I've had my new Gibson J-45 walnut special edition for a few months. Loving this guitar. The only problem is since the weather got real col I have fret buzz/dead frets on the top E for a few frets until I get to the body. I've tried giving the truss rod a little tweak but nothing's helping. I'm keeping it humidified, but I'm wondering if it's that or something else. Any thoughts?
  2. Thanks! I played it in E, which I believe is a step down for the original. It's a great song and harder to play than it might seem at first. The chord patterns are almost random at times, but I love the way it's composed.
  3. I made a new YT channel to put up some of my music and other stuff. Here's the first recording I made with the new guitar.
  4. Awesome!. Thanks. It has Grovers, which I prefer/ Every J-45 I've played in a store has been good, but not great. This one was great right out of the box. quote name='duluthdan' timestamp='1542733118' post='1963496'] Subscribed ! Need a new phone and will get that 10R thanks ! What tuners are on that beauty ? Every J-15 I have ever played sounded great but the look was always a bit tepid. Your guitar is stunning ! A worthy acquisition indeed !!!
  5. The Gibson in the background is a 2016 SG with P90s.
  6. Yeah, that’s me. Wow. Didn’t expect anyone to figure that out. I’m hoping to record some today and I’ll post a link.
  7. I think I found my holy grail guitar today. Backstory: I’ve been a working musician for 30+ years but I’ve recently had some success with tech videos on YouTube. I promised myself I would buy myself a great guitar if I ever made real money with my creative stuff. Well, as of today, I did. I’d been shopping around for a while, thinking about a Martin d-18 or d-28 or a J-45. I couldn’t find anything I really loved but this morning I was looking through the mail and saw the Gibson had released a GC exclusive J-45 Walnut just yesterday. I looked online and my store had it in stock so I went to check it out. No one know what I was talking about, so I had to explain 3 times before they found it in the back, still in it’s shipping box. I was the first to play the thing. Looks great, smells great, plays amazing. I walked out an hour later with the guitar and I’m still pinching myself. I didn’t think I’d like the honey burst finish but it looks a lot better in person. As I was checking out the manager told me that this guitar was a limited edition to the point that that GC would not be getting another one. It’s a beautiful, special guitar but not so fancy that I feel like it isn’t a J-45. I couldn’t be happier, until the sticker shock sinks in.
  8. Mostly I'm thinking about the Epi because I need to be cheap. Trying to be responsible and I'm having a hard time. This is a great guitar. All things being equal I think getting this guitar for $649 is a steal, but it's still more money than I planned on spending. I actually just ordered an Epi G-400 Pro from Sweetwater. I'm going to shoot them out and see how they both feel.
  9. Been shopping around for new inspiration. I'm working on a new record and my main guitar, a Strat Delux from 2014, does have a humbucker, it doesn't have the meat of a Gibson. I've gone through a couple Les Pauls over the years and liked them, but there just wasn't the magic. I've always liked SGs when I noodled around on them in the store and so over the past couple days I've been in the local GC (well, 45 minutes away) trying out a few. I first thought I wanted a 2017 SG faded. The prices right now are incredible and it was down to $699, but that was just a little rich for me as I'm trying to get rid of some stuff to pay for some stuff, but the GAS was upon me. Alas, the GC dude couldn't get PayPal to work on their machines, so I had to wait. Meanwhile, they also had this 2016 SG Special HP high on the wall marked Clearance. It has the GForce tuners on it and it seems no one in the store knew how to use it or even how to charge the battery. It was dead. I looked at it day one and it was horribly out of tune, the tuners were dead, and when I turned the knobs it made a grinding sound that didn't seem right, so I put it back. The GForce thing seemed interesting and I haven't been paying too much attention to Gibson since I bought my last LP, so I had no idea what they were all about. The Dude didn't know anything about it. He was of the opinion that the thing only tuned to standard tuning. So, the GAS still upon me I went back yesterday. I still was thinking about the Faded, but really I was leaning more toward an Epiphone Standard LP. Played a couple and they were nicer than I thought. I liked the ProBuckers more than I thought I would, so then I grabbed the Special HP, asked the new Dude to go to the back and get the stuff that came with the guitar so I could charge the battery for the tuner. Meanwhile, knowing I wasn't breaking anything by tuning it myself I tuned it up. Immediately I loved the mini humbuckers. Still a lot of bite but more ring and more clarity. I play more country influenced rock, I guess, and while crunch is important, so is something a little less Angus Young. I went back and forth between the Epi LP and a few other guitars but kept coming back to the Special HP. The tuners make me nervous. I have perfect pitch and any slight deviation bugs the **** out of me. I got the battery charged a little and tried it and it worked, but with less than a full charge, it seemed not perfectly functioning. The guitar was marked at $729, clearance. Definitely didn't want to go there. So I asked what the best they could do was. They said that cost included the bag as well (bag, really?). I said I don't want the bag. Much backroom talking ensued and they came back and said $649 without the bag. The only problem was, as a clearance item, it's non-returnable, so I got them to give me two weeks to try it. Brought it home last night, fully charged the battery and then played around a little. I don't like it as much with the onboard Logic amp sims, but I just use those for fun or something weird. After a while, I found something that worked and I put down a couple ideas. It was giving me something to work with, stayed in tune relatively well, and the GForce worked OK. Of course, this morning I'm having a little buyer's remorse. I do need to put together some money and just sold a guitar to get most of the way there, but now I bought another, albeit cheaper, guitar. I A/Bd between the Strat humbucker and the minis some this morning and there's a definite difference. And a good one. But enough to set myself back in the hole again?It's a great guitar but I work the GForce will give me fits, although when it works it's a time saver. I can tune a guitar without a tuner, however, so if it acts wonky I'll just get pissed. I know I can take it off and put on regular tuners, but why pay for something just to ditch it? Especially when I need $. It's like I need an operation or anything, but I need the cash to pay an editor who's working on a book I wrote. Anyway, this is longer than I intended. Just thought I'd tell the story. Thanks for reading and tell me what you'd do in my position. It's a lovely guitar, but I was toying with the idea of getting an Epiphone G400 and putting a '59 in the neck and calling it a day.
  10. I play classical as well and I go to the nail salon for acrylic gel nails. Better than anything.
  11. Yeah, I always meant to, but I don't have a set up guy trust here and I didn't trust myself monkeying around with a guitar in that price range, so I never got it done.
  12. First, a little back story: A few years ago I really wanted a J-45. I drove for a couple hours each way around Iowa to try and find one, but I just didn't fall in love with any of them. Along the way, I did find a 2005 Advanced Jumbo that sounded great in the store and ultimately I brought it home. Fast forward a few years and the AJ has been OK, but I never fell in love with it the way I hoped. It was a little bit of a bear to play, and I just never got around to getting the action dealt with because, well, life is short. I gigged with it and honestly I felt a little ostentatious every time I brought it out. It was a little too flashy for me. So it hung on the wall, rarely played. Over that time, I mostly played my $160 Alvarez classical. I have been learning classical, so I had an excuse, but still... On Sunday I needed to go to GC. There's not a GC in my town, I have to drive about 45 minutes up the highway, so I often throw things I might trade in the car with me when I go. GC was having a 15% off trade in deal, so I threw the AJ in the back, just in case. I'd read about the J-15 a little. I knew it was same scale, etc, as the J-45 with different tone woods. I figured I'd play the one they had there just to see what it was like. I knew from the moment I picked it up it felt special. Light--a lot lighter than the AJ--the action was just about perfect and the first G chord rang out the way I hear G chords in my mind. So I put it back on the wall. I got down the J-45 they had (which they've had for years, as far as I know). It's a dog. It sounded like *****. Put it back right away. Tried a Hummingbird Pro they had used. Uck. Tried a couple other guitars for flavor. Nothing special. I picked up the J-15 again. Wow. So I went out to the car and I got the AJ. I put the two guitars side by side and played them back and forth. I liked just about everything about the J15 better than the AJ. Feel, playablity, even sound. So I did it. I traded the AJ for the J-15. Yes, I lost $$ by not selling the AJ, but I sell a lot of stuff on ebay and I lose money as often as I make money and it's often a huge PITA. I also know that every Gibson is a snowflake. It's not just the model number, it's the individual guitar and if that one got away, the next one might not be the one. I got a guitar that I think I'm going to love, one that just felt right to me as soon as I picked it up. That might be worth a little loss. Maybe not. I have a little buyer's remorse, but that's soothed a little every time I pick up the J-15.
  13. Man, I wish it would have made you want to check out my stuff, but c'est la vie.
  14. thanks everyone. it was great fun to do it. perhaps more on the way.
  15. I've been a huge Uncle Tupelo fan for 20 years. If you folks don't know them, you should check it out. I was feeling like playing this morning, so I did a quick cover of one of my favorite songs of theirs. http://soundcloud.com/jasontlewis/still-be-around This was me and my 2005 AJ and me singing. Recording chain was AT 4040 into MBox 3 pre and SM7B into Presonus Eureka. Recorded into ProTools.
  16. I used to have a SWR California Blonde. It was pretty great, but it weighed a ton. Sold it before I left NYC. I recently bought an Acoustic AG30 for $169. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I really think it's fine. Since I have a novel that has music as well, I usually do a set that has me reading and playing and I could be in a coffee shop, club, bookstore, whatever. So I wanted something small that would take a mic and the guitar. The bose or Fishman towers would be great, but not worth the output of $$ right now. I want to make some money and I still have to pay off my AJ. I did a show a couple weeks ago with the AG30/M1A/AJ combo and the results were pretty fantastic. The thing you have to remember about amps like this is that they are not really like a Twin or a Vox or anything. They are about clean gain, not color and personality. THe AG30 really did the job as an onstage monitor/DI feeder. If I were to take it on tour, I'd want two. These cheaper amps from China suffer for cheap materials everywhere but the guts. If you're looking for a reasonable amp for light gigging/practice, I'd check it out.
  17. Man, the Cedar Rapids GC had a use non-pup JB and I didn't get to it before the Hollywood GC called to take it from them. I literally drove there to buy it a few hours after they took it off the wall. I even made them call the Hollywood store to see if I could buy it out from under the guy who was getting it from the, but he had money down on it, so no deal. How much were they asking for it? $2800. <sad face>
  18. Yeah, I've read a few reviews of folks having trouble with this pup and I don't know why it would happen. Mine's rockin' One thing to remember is the pole pieces are adjustable and from guitar to guitar will need to be futzed with. I need to dial down the low E pole on mine. I'm gonna dial it in tonight or tomorrow in prep for Sunday's gig. Can't wait. Now if I could just get my back straightened out. Woke up this AM all out of whack.
  19. I got my AJ back today from getting the endpin installed for the Baggs M1A I bought. The whole install cost me $18!!!! So I came home and plugged it into my Acoustic AG30 (not the best amp, I know but I got it for $160 and it sounds pretty decent. Pretty great actually. At least comparable to my SWR Cali Blonde from years gone by and a fraction of the cost.). Very impressed with the M1A. Natural sounding at first listen, like the guitar only louder, as they say. I could play as I would normally play and not feel as though I was losing any subtly or that I had to force a tone from the guitar. So I putzed around with it for a while and then I decided to pull out my '97 Martin D-15, which I've had since it was new and had a Fishman Natural I Active installed when I bought it. I've loved this guitar ever since I got it, but haven't played it much in the last couple years. I wanted to see how the Natural I stacked up to the M1A. In short, it didn't. For many years I have gotten compliment after compliment about how great the Martin sounds plugged in. i've toured the US and UK and soundmen everywhere have praised that guitar and pickup combo . The M1A/AJ combo blew it away. The Fishman sounded 2 dimensional. Just flat. I couldn't even hear the light but effective reverb and delay I'd had sweetening the Gibson/M1A combo. It was like driving a Saab 9-3 and then driving a Corolla; neither are bad cars, but the Corolla suffers greatly when compared to a much better designed, more powerful vehicle. Of course, they are totally different pickup systems. One is a piezo (Fishman), and one is a soundhole humbucker (M1A) but technological differences aside, what matters is sound and the M1A won going away. Wow. I can't wait for the couple gigs I have this coming week. If the M1A and the AJ respond as well in a live setting as they did in a really laid back comparison, I've really found the holy grail of my acoustic tone.
  20. So much of this conversation is exactly why I choose not to know anything about what most of you are talking about. I find that I enjoy life and music a lot more since I unplugged from that BS. I just try to listen and respond.
  21. And I didn't realize before you were talking about endorsement deals. Another thing I don't know or care about.
  22. I guess I don't understand where Adele comes into this conversation. She's pretty great too.
  23. Eh, I dunno. I don't really want to know anything about her. I'm just going off what I saw in these two isolated incidents. I said she was talented. Didn't called her an artist. Need to see more of a long-term body of work for that to hold true. It surprises me that anyone thinks of her as a cover girl or having sex appeal. She's not that attractive when considered in that way.
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