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About Hydra26

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  1. Personally, I do like the walnut stringer on the J-15. As DenverSteve says, it gives it character. The maple on it's own is a bit light and the grain isn't super prominent so it would almost look cheaper to me if they hadn't fancied it up like that. Now, if they had say mismatched the grain in the neck so one side runs perpendicular to the other, yeah that'd look super cheap and thrown together, but it's not, at least on mine.
  2. My Dove is a 5 piece neck. Flamed maple with two darker wood stringers. Not sure what kind of wood.
  3. Hydra26

    New J-15

    Wow, that is a killer back. Mine doesn't have anywhere near that pronounced of a color variation.
  4. I've been away a long time. OP, I've had one for about a year and a half, I think. I like it. My other acoustic is a Dove. I'd say the Dove is more even and "sweet" sounding whereas the J-15 seems much more scooped and assertive sounding to my ears with emphasis on the low end. Not better or worse, just very different. And that's fine, I'd hate to spend that kind of money and everything's the same. I don't have a J-45 for comparison. I ended up sanding the saddle down on mine. It was playable just fine but I thought I'd try to get it lower and it turned out, I could lower it substantially. It's right at that point now where if I get careless with humidification the high register chokes out, but man is it nice to play. I was floored at how affordable it was given it was a domestic manufacture guitar made of solid woods with a gloss lacquer finish, not to mention how powerful it sounds and how well it sustains. Thumbs up in my humble book. And yeah, IIRC, the theme with this guitar was all North American woods, so spruce top, maple neck, walnut everything else.
  5. Wish I had the coordination to dance. I'd totally do it. These days the signals my brai sends to my various limbs don't always end up at the receiving stations in hi-fi. Hate to say it but it affects my playing too, which sucks because unlike dancing, I used to actually be able to play halfway decent ;) Then I see a clip of someone like Lindsey Stirling performing and I think, son, you just ain't trying hard enough, haha.
  6. Cool, I bought a 2 pickup version with a dodgy trem for my dad last year. Original case and everything. It definitely has a sort of charm to it. (Probably because I wasn't around when they had that cheap import stigma to them, so to me it's just an old cheap guitar). I'm not really a fan of the zero fret. Maybe I've just never had a guitar where it was done right. My primary experience with it was on a Voyage Air acoustic and I thought it made the open notes sound too tinny. Didn't really play with the teisco very much before handing it to my dad. He plays but not very much. I mainly bought it as something to take him back to when he was growing up. For the holidays I got him a 60's tribute LP, which wiped me out but completely blew his mind so it was worth it.
  7. Hydra26

    Faded/Gothic V

    veeman would have a better idea on the pickguards, I think. Knobs, I usually just get off ebay as needed. For cases, I really like these, they are actually rigid, not flimsy like a gig bag, but very very lightweight and the backpack straps make carrying the guitar a breeze. http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?id=523&c=82&o=&s=75
  8. I've probably posted a couple of these in other areas. My latest photo is a study in VSB Next is my collection of oddballs/pointies taken right after I moved into my hosue and still had the floor space to lay them out.. And lastly, a snap I took of a neat table a friend found me.
  9. Hydra26

    NGD LP Sig T

    Just a parting shot. I think Gibby's look best in certain colors. My latest has joined some of the others.
  10. Congrats and welcome to the club. I have to agree, if you have the budget, go for it. There's a lot worse thinngs you can do with your hard-earned money. It is a bit of an addiction, but it (usually) doesn't hurt anyone. And the other piece of wisdom I saw in this thread is, if you want it and you can afford it, get it. If you don't, you'll end up doing 82 different, maybe cheaper things getting there and just cost yourself more money. If you do it outright, you know up front whether it was right or not. If you like it, win, if not, sell it off.
  11. Fantastic! I got one in that color at the beginning of the year. They don't really come with much of anything in the way of case candy. Just the normal paperwork and a truss rod wrench. As stated, they were repalced wiht the 2013 standards, which I like better for a number of features, but I'm not in a rush to buy another as this discontinuation allowed me to pick up a second 2012 SG at a nice price at the end of the year. Congrats on your find.
  12. Hydra26

    NGD first Gibson

    Congrats, crust! Now gush about it a little! How do you like how it sounds? Feels? Comparison to anything else? That is, IF you can set it down for a second to type, hahaha.
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