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  1. Thanks Dave for posting that - shed a lot of light on the differences. But tone is up to each of our ears. When Elixir first produced a phosphor bronze string they sent me a set and asked me to try them and let them know what I thought. I put them on my Taylor and didn't like the tone as it seemed too bright to me compared to the 80/20s I'd been using. The above article says they should be the opposite. But it also says best on smaller bodied guitars which mine was not. Thanks again for the info.
  2. I am getting confused. I bought a SJ-200 a couple months ago. It had been in the store for a long time and the strings weren't in very good shape. Salesperson said they would give me a new set and put them on before I took it home. They recommended D'Addario 80/20 Bronze (diamond drawn 80/20 bronze alloy according to the package), but I didn't care for the tone. Bought a set of Gibson Masterbuilt 80/20 Bronze (copper/zinc alloy according to the package) and liked the tone much better. I had used Elixirs for many years on a couple different Taylor guitars that I owned and they worked well with those guitars. The first one I had was maple with spruce top, and the second one was rosewood with spruce top and they sounded good on both. So while I like these Gibson Masterbuilts I am currently using, when they wear out I may try Elixirs on this Gibson and see how they sound to me. So after 57 years of playing guitar can someone educate me on what is meant by PB vs. 80/20? The Gibson strings that are called "80/20 bronze wound" don't mention bronze at all in their own description.
  3. Good job finding a solution that wasn't all that complicated 👍
  4. Not sure if the Historic Spec rings will match your binding or not, I suppose you could order a set and if they didn't match up very well just return them. Can you post a photo of this 336? Never seen one with P-90s installed.
  5. Sorry, I never followed Epiphone that closely and was not aware of the older headstocks that they are apparently going back to. And wasn't aware that the price points were about the same as Gibson back in the day. The only Epi I ever owned was a used acoustic I picked up in a trade in the mid 80s and it was made overseas. Pretty good guitar for the price, but the neck had been shimmed a few times and I traded it off as it would not intonate properly. Hopefully these revisions to the design will invigorate the brand and will stop people ignorant of the brand (like me) from thinking they just make low-end guitars.
  6. I don't quite get it. The Epiphone headstock was to me what set the guitar apart (in appearance) from the Gibson guitars, so I don't see the big deal about making the headstocks look a little more like a Gibson, but not the same. As to the Texan being built in Bozeman I'm sure it will be a quality guitar, but the Andertons vid suggest it will have a Gibson Bozeman like price tag. As Epiphone was always the less expensive alternative to Gibson I don't see the point of that either - just buy a real Gibson. But as mentioned they can do whatever they want so if it makes the Epiphone brand more popular that's great. As to the "Inspired by Gibson" slogan that seems the most ridiculous to me as isn't that what Epiphones have been for many many years?
  7. Very nice - love that walnut finish and the wood grain showing through. Enjoy 😮
  8. A couple years ago I went to an Eleven Rack I run right to the PA and I don't need an amplifier at all. It has about 25 amplifier models in it, and 15 speaker cabinet models and you can pair any two you like together. It has 9 different microphone models and you can even set them in different places (straight on, angles etc.) and then it has I think 14 different effects you can chain together in any sequence. It takes quite a while to learn how to get the sounds you want, but once past the learning curve I've found it can do all that I want it to. It is a digital system however and as such has limitations. IE, with a regular tube amp you can be running clean at say volume level 7 on your guitar. Crank your guitar to 10 and you can overdrive the pre-amp and get a distorted sound, something many of us have been doing for 40+ years. With the digital system, you can pick a clean tone, but when you go from 7 to 10 on your guitar volume, it just gets louder. Since there are no tubes to overdrive it doesn't get distorted. So this sort of limits you to one tone during a song, clean, dirty or in between, but you can't alter it by just changing your guitar setting. So if you wanted to go from clean to dirty during a song you need to set up two "rigs" or programs, and switch from one to the other with a pedal. So like I said it's not perfect, but it is very versatile.
  9. I was first exposed to coated strings when I bought a Taylor acoustic guitar and it had elixir coated strings on it. They lasted a really long time, so I tried a set for electric and was equally impressed. The coated varieties usually cost 2 to 3 times as much as a regular set of strings, but will last about 6 times longer so I think they are a good value, if that is a consideration. But how the strings sound is to me the most important thing. The Elixir strings (acoustic and electric) are what I consider very bright sounding, which I don't mind. But if "bright" is not what you're looking for then I would stay away from them.
  10. Your 2019 Standard 50s model should be pretty close to what an R8 would feel and sound like. So you'd be giving up two really nice guitars for one that may be just slightly better than what you have. I'd say keep what you have.
  11. You should get along with the 339 neck, it is a slim taper, not a fat chunky 50s style like you have on the Gary Moore.
  12. I had one that was a 2001 or 2002 model if I recall, in perfect condition and sold it about a year and half ago for $3600.
  13. Local ad in newspapers still work - I sold my 336 that way, and only local people see the ad. I also sold my '66 Chevelle through Facebook Marketplace last summer. Met at a local Chevy dealer and he brought cash.
  14. I'd say my 356 is the most versatile. It can go from jazzy on the neck pickup, to very Les Paul like in any position, and with the center block feedback is not a problem. It can be pretty twangy on the bridge pickup, but would never be mistaken for a Tele. My 2017 LP Standard comes in a close second for versatility, with Burstbucker Pros, coil split, and phase reversal. I think versatility is probably more a function of the player and not the guitar. The last thing my band did was record a CD and I used two different acoustics, two different LPs, the 356, and my Strat. But when you listen to the CD you probably couldn't tell which guitar I was using as my tone and attack are a function of how I play. 356 on the left, LP Standard on the right. The one in the middle ain't so versatile, but it's a lot of fun to play.
  15. I use Virtuoso on all my guitars. Cleaner first (if really sweaty, grimey) then the polish to finish it off. Softest cotton cloth you can find. Safe for nitro finishes.
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