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  1. btw, I should have mentioned above. I am currently reading the Carlos Santana autobiography, "The Universal Tone. Bringing my story to light". Must reading for any Santana fan.
  2. It is because of Mr. Santana that I am (trying to) learning guitar. I have seen him live 10-20 times and always a memorable, almost spiritual, experience. The last time I saw him was a couple years ago here in Lincoln. I knew it was going to be an unbelievable evening when he started with Toussaint L'Ouverture.
  3. Congrats BDuke. It sounds great. Enjoy it for years.
  4. Well, that I can not argue with!!!!!
  5. kidblast, that is food for thought and I appreciate your taking the time to suggest that. I don't know what strap I had on it. I don't have any strap on it now. But I'm not going to play it anymore. I'm either going to sell it or just stick it in a corner in case my granddaughter continues her interest in playing guitar and wants to try electric. Thanks again.
  6. Post surgically I bought a Casino Coupe because of weight restrictions I was on. It served its purpose very well. I could sit on the edge of my bed and I had a small practice amp on the night stand. And I could drive my wife crazy with my practicing. And I really got to like the P-90's sound. After the two months of the weight restrictions I went back to playing my other guitars. All due respect to the little Casino, I just had other guitars I chose to pick up. This was over a year ago. Then, at some point, I decided to pick up the Casino again. I have no idea why. Just on a fluke and because it sat there looking at me seemingly lonely. I was playing standing and doing that the guitar felt horribly neck heavy. So much so I haven't played it again. Maybe if I played it more I would learn how to compensate. (I was going to sell it. But I have a granddaughter, 10 years old, that just decided she wants to play guitar. I bought her a parlor acoustic to learn. If she continues to show interest and wants to try electric this would be perfect size for her to try. So I'm keeping it possibly for that.) Maybe it was me. If you're considering the Coupe I encourage you to try it in a store and see if you experience the neck diving.
  7. Shockingly, no one has mentioned SKB Cases. When you say "Flight case for it" are you wanting TSA compliant locks? I have the TSA002 and have flown with it, with my Strat, many times without incident. I love it. My Strat is far from my #1 guitar anymore but when I travel it is always my travel companion purely because I have this case. I can travel knowing it is safe. BTW, yes, I always check it. Even if I'm not flying it's the one that goes with me. I throw it in the back seat and where ever I end up going it can get knocked around and I know the hard case is protecting it.
  8. You smart ***! He want's to know more specifically than that! It's an ebony acoustic guitar.
  9. My first response has to be concerts, plural, since there were so many of them in one location, at the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: We ran from Joe Bonamassa, to Eric Gales to Joanne Shaw Taylor to Markus King Band to Kirk Fletcher to so many others I can't remember. Such a great time we're going back in 2018. But if I were forced to choose one "stand alone" concert from 2017 maybe it would be Mike Zito. An awesome guitarist and he puts on a great show. And he is a hell of a nice guy.
  10. All great points, Versatile. Thank you. Especially the one about Johnny Winter. Minis seemed to work for him, didn't they? I'll continue to think on this. I did go to Seymour Duncan's site and they have a lot of educational resources there. Thanks again.
  11. Are they the same size? Will P-90's fit in the opening where the mini's were? I didn't think so. If that is the case I will definitely look at some P90's for it. Thanks for the reply.
  12. I have a 1972 Gibson 325 that I absolutely love playing. It's really a toss up between it and my PRS Pauls for which one I want to grab first. I've had it about a year and despite how much I love the feel I have just never loved the tone. It's ok; maybe just a little thin. It's growing on me but I am half thinking of changing out its mini-humbuckers for something fuller. I'm looking for suggestions. I don't even know enough to know what I can change them out with. Mini-humbuckers are actually single coils as I understand. But they are different size than typical single coils as in a Strat, correct? I don't want to do any routing or modification to the guitar. I don't care about devaluing the guitar; I will never sell it. I just don't want to tear it up. Nor would I. I'm sure if and when I change them I will pay someone to do it. I'm just looking at what my candidates are for different Pups and suggestions. Primarily it is used for blues & blues/rock. And just home use. I'll never gig. Thanks. Btw, I didn't know if this was the correct forum or "Gibson Gear" or "Vintage" or "Gibson Repair Restoration". I'm still not sure if I stuck it in the right place.
  13. And the 1964 Gibson Firebird V sells today. They are estimating it at $200,000 - 300,000 and haven't gotten a bid on it yet.
  14. I almost always watch the Tuesday night Live Lesson with Steve Krenz of Gibson Learn and Master Guitar. Jack Pearson has been a guest on there at least once and it seems that is all he plays is a Squier. He certainly has the resources, I would think, to play whatever he wants. In fact, I would think he would have a signature guitar from somebody. I'll see him on the Bonamass cruise and I'll see what he is playing!
  15. His name is Bob Wood. From another forum I frequent: "It shows an 80-year-old guitarist by the name of Bob Wood performing "Bésame Mucho" on an Epiphone archtop (Looks like a Sheraton to me; someone please feel free to chime in, in the comments). The video was shared yesterday, October 8, by British Audio Service in Nashville, with the header, "This guy rules. Mr. Bob Wood, ladies and gentlemen." Update (October 21): Since then, the original post has garnered about a million views, making Wood something of an internet sensation. To see what all the fuss is about, check out the clip below. "Bésame Mucho" (aka "Kiss me a lot") was written in 1940 by Consuelo Velázquez. It was a staple of the Beatles' early shows at the Cavern and in Hamburg. According to Melanie Wood Moody, one of Bob's nine children, he was signed as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, and performed for 10 years. In the mid-Seventies, he was named Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc. In 2007, he was inducted into The Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame. He has several albums to his name, including Bob Wood Plays It Cool. Inspirational."
  16. But it has free shipping.
  17. So what seems to be the consensus here?
  18. There is no "work thru this problem" with peripheral neuropathy. The best he can hope for, unfortunately, is pain management. And with his predisposition to addiction there with be concern about pain management with opioids. Which will also interfere with possible continuing to play and record. We all wish him the best.
  19. Thanks for ordering from them. I'm ordering a couple more as well.
  20. If anyone is in the market for a new guitar strap I encourage you to at least take a look at Lakota Guitar Straps. They are made from bison so are very comfortable and should last a long time. They seem to be very competitively priced. "You simply have to feel one of our buffalo hide straps in order to appreciate them! These are the softest most comfortable straps you will use. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!" I just ordered two and they are unbelievably soft and comfortable. Perhaps most importantly, the straps are made by residents of the Pine Ridge reservation. Every purchase will in some small way help the poorest, most poverty stricken county in the United States. btw, I have absolutely no connection to Lakota Guitar Straps or financial interest in the business.
  21. Thanks to all of you that responded and I apologize for not thanking you earlier and following up on this. The reason that had me looking for a lighter guitar in the first place, the back problems has had me on the sidelines. So a belated thanks again for your responses and help, all of you. Probably predictably, this was exactly it! I took my guitar to a couple guys that are a lot better players than I that also play (semi)hollow bodies. They both plyed it immediately with no issues. I cinched up the strap a little to get it a little higher and I have now been playing it for a couple days very comfortably.
  22. Please sling all the snide replies you want. I am married. I am used to them. But I am not sure about your reference to not having hands on my guitar. Did I any any time suggest I wasn't going to have a hand on my guitar? I don't think I did. I probably should have stressed more that when I play standing up with my strat, the few times that I have done it, I have done so without any problems. With my new hollow body (with my hands on the guitar) there is this problem, due to the strap holder on the back, that I wasn't prepared for, for the top of the guitar to rock forward. It sounds like I just need to work on using my strumming hand forearm to counteract this tendency. One obvious answer might be, if I don't have the problem with the Strat, why not just use it? I should have probably also mentioned that due to two spinal surgeries last year, and a possible third one in the next few weeks, I need something very light. Hence my purchasing the hollow body. I'm just trying to resolve an issue with it I wasn't prepared for. Thank you for your snide response ;) and suggestions. This is probably the answer. Thank you to you as well.
  23. Believe me I don't mind all the questions. I need to resolve this. But I don't think it is all that curious of a dilemma. I think it is a common occurrence with hollow bodies. I'm just curious how people resolve it. 1) Yes, it's on the 'back of the guitar' right where the neck joins the body. Right where all hollow bodies have the strap button. 2) I'm not sure how this is relevant but with a cable. 3) The cable just drops 4) I am the furthest possible from slender! 5) I have it fairly high. The strap is a Lakota Leathers Strap made from Bison. I am trying to wear the guitar fairly high and I have the rough side towards me. That helps a little but it still "tips". I appreciate the necessity to anchor the screw and a luthier here explained that. I see a lot of jazz guys standing, playing with their hollow bodies. I wonder if they just learn to play that way. Maybe this will force me to play with out seeing the fretboard!
  24. I am absolutely in love with my new Gibson 1972 ES-325. At least I was until I tried playing it standing up. And I didn't know which subforum to post this in. As many hollowbodies and semi-hollow bodies as there are there has to be a real obvious solution to this that I am missing. When I am sitting, playing my new guitar all is right with the world. When I stand up and try and play the top of the guitar falls forward or away from my body. This makes it near impossible for me to play. The reason for this is because the left strap holder is on the back of the guitar as opposed to the left edge as on a solid body. I have only played standing a couple times with my Strat with no problem. So those of you with 335's and other hollow bodies or semi's, how do you keep the top of the guitar from falling forward so you can play it? I have posed this to a couple people and got answers such as: 1) Move the strap holder. I don't want to put another hole in my beautiful new guitar. 2) Hold the top of the guitar back with the forearm of my strumming hand. Probably feasible but it's hard enough for this chubby old guy to try and learn with out worrying about that. 3) Tie the left end of the strap to the headstock. I haven't tried this yet. Maybe a possibility. 4) And I posed this to a guy that I have taken some Skype lessons from and got, "I don't know. I just stand up and play it." This wins for least helpful. Any other suggestions are sincerely appreciated.
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