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  1. If it bothers you, you should return it. Things that bug you in the beginning will often bug you more as time goes on, especially if you spent big $$$ on it (to your budget) and intend for it to be your main guitar. Make sure you are happy now while you can still return it.
  2. Hey Zombywoof! Nice to see you're still around these parts! I wish I had a better memory for the screen names that I used to enjoy reading. I'm going to hang around a bit more and see who pops up. At some point, I got tired of chasing after the perfect guitar. A local guitar shop that had cool stuff closed down and then a less cool shop opened where no one is really encouraged to check out the inventory. Without a good place to hang out and talk guitars, I lost a major resource for educating myself and putting the knowledge into practice. No amount of reading about guitars can compare to ho
  3. It's been a longtime since I last posted here. Not sure why I wandered off but I did. Hope everyone is doing well. Has Sal from Chatham settled on his forever stable? I remember he was, like so many of us, searching for his Holy Grail. I come today, hoping I'm not breaking any bylaws, to ask what would be a ballpark figure for the value of a 1964 J-45 Cherry Sunburst? It has a new bone saddle, replacing the adj. plastic, and is overall in fine shape. I've been out of the loop for so long that I've no idea what acoustic prices are like these days. If I'm asking something that can't be
  4. With Gibson's less than precise numbering system back in the '60s, it's also possible to be in possession of a '66, '67, '68 or '69 despite what the numbers tell you. As the owner of one such devil -- general consensus here and elsewhere was '66-'68 -- I can say mine is plenty loud, lighter on bass than my '64J45 and OK by me since I like narrow nuts.
  5. Not sure if it's been mentioned but Time Fades Away is available for download at iTunes and for streaming at Spotify. It's not a CD, of course, or even an LP, but it's a way of hearing/owning/renting the music.
  6. I don't know about you, but I ALWAYS buy my lunch from the guy in the men's room.
  7. My local guitar shop is a one-man operation called Stockade Guitars in Kingston, NY. For a small shop, the owner Ted Lawrence, gets lots of cool used guitars through his doors. He recently had a 1965 Gibson Country-Western for $2250 and it flew out the door before I could figure out how to reconfigure my finances to grab it. Now, I walk in and he has a gorgeous '63 L-45 with plastic adj. saddle and swooning cherry burst. His price is good, too, at $3750. The guide I looked at had that price somewhere on the lower end. If I didn't already own a '64 J-45, I'd be tempted. One of the store's
  8. I own a '58 D28 and a 2011 J200. For so many reasons, the D28 is the keeper. But it's a ludicrous comparison to make. However, in terms of new guitars, I've been most impressed with the HD-28. Had I not been in the mood for a Gibson at the time, I would've bought the HD28 in 2012. But I grabbed a beautiful J200. It is quieter than I expected. However, when used with the pickup (Fishman Aura Ellipse) it records well and sounds quite nice. Its size for me is too big to enjoy for more than short periods. I've learned the hard way I prefer little guitars. My advice is to listen to your heart.
  9. For years the only acoustics I owned were my dad's D28 and my 76 d25M and while the D28 was in a class of its own, the Guild had a warmth that made it a joy to play. The low end practically curled when struck. The biggest mistake I ever made was deciding to sell it rather than get its neck reset. I went out and bought a 2008 Gibson Hummingbird that didn't come close in terms of tone or comfort. That led me into a goose chase that I've finally sorta ended. I just need to sell a bunch of guitars to get it where it makes sense to me. I can't play 11 acoustic guitars. And yes to how beautifull
  10. Nothing to add. But Welcome Back. Could you post some links to your music? I discovered your stuff years ago on here and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it!
  11. My issues with the dreaded Tinnitus began at age 12 when I slammed my head into the end of a pointy desktop. I required three stitches and I immediately lost a tremendous amount of hearing in my right ear that was replaced by a constant ringing. Its volume lowered after the first week but was always there. Then in my early 20s, my left ear began giving me trouble. At age 22, in the late fall, I had both low and high tones screaming in my left ear. I would mask it by always having music on and jamming the radio between stations as I slept. I dropped out of student teaching because I couldn'
  12. After reading the criticisms here, I clicked on the link expecting the worst and what I heard was hardly unlistenable. There were a few questionable notes but it only added to the authenticity as far as I'm concerned. Lars, don't listen to the naysayers. So you're not a professional singer. You fingerpick quite nicely and your songs have heart. As a fellow Will Oldham fan, I'm comfortable with the plainly sung.
  13. LG-1s are usually one of the cheapest ways to get a vintage Gibson. They're prettier than the LG-0, which usually run somewhere between $450-$800, and are also ladder-braced. The cheapest entry point I've seen into an X-braced vintage Gibson has been the B25, though keep in mind many of them are 12-string. I like my 6 string model as much as I do my LG3. In fact, maybe more since it's prettier.
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