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  1. Nice looking SG - glad you realized a dream. Give those tuning keys a chance. Most of us that have been playing Gibson guitars for decades prefer Grover tuners to the classic looking Kluson that Gibson so often uses. As you say staying in tune is most important.
  2. I'd agree with Kidblast on this one - have a good luthier replace the nut. Really interesting figure on that top πŸ‘
  3. I still have my vinyl collection which started in the sixties, and I have a decent turntable, amp, and speaker system. Not great stuff, but adequate. My question is where can I get a good cartridge and needle for a 45 year old turntable? There have to be some online sellers for that stuff, but I could use a start in the right direction. Thanks.
  4. As to pickup heights I use the Gibson Custom Shop set-up as a starting point. They say "Fret on the last fret of the guitar. Pole pieces should be 3/64" from the bottom of the string". Then go up or down to taste. You may find your bridge pickup is closer than 3/64" now and just going to standard spec will solve your problem.
  5. Not sure yours is really a "Traditional", the features (if they haven't been changed) seem more in line with a Standard. I bought a 2017 LP Standard and the Model was known as a "Les Paul Standard T 2017". But the "T" did NOT mean Traditional. I don't recall what it stood for, but the guitar has Grover locking tuners, Burstbucker Pro pickups, and ultra modern weight relief. It has chrome hardware (not nickel), a Nashville bridge, and all four knobs are push/pull (coil taps, out of phase, and bypass). It came with a pickguard, but no poker chip. Mine was built in 2016 as a 2017 model and serial number starts with 17. The big thing about the "Traditional" models as I recall was that they were not weight relieved at all. So one way to tell what yours is would be to weigh it. Mine weighs about 7.5 pounds. A non-weight relieved model would probably be closer to 9 or 10. Also as I recall the Traditionals said "Traditional" on the truss rod cover, but those are so easily changed it's probably meaningless. Also I think a Traditional would have an ABR-1 bridge, nickel hardware, and no push/pulls. Your photo is too small for me to tell which bridge it has, but I would tend to think you have a 2017 Standard and someone switched from Burstbuckers to '57 classics. The Burstbucker Pros are very clean, bright, and trebly so a switch to '57s would have given it a more traditional LP meaty mid-range tone.
  6. Congratulations sounds like a good guitar and glad you finally realized a dream. We have a saying on this forum "pictures or it didn't happen". Sign up for a free hosting site like Imgr, put some photos on there and then transfer them over here so we can see what your dream guitar looks like πŸ‘
  7. Sounds like it may be a short in the guitar's output jack. Not working at all and then working again with a different amp. Seems like something is loose and works sometimes but cuts out all together at other times.
  8. No, my SJ-200 was a Standard with a vintage sunburst finish. I might have kept it, but the guy I got the Collings from offered such a good trade value I couldn't pass up the deal.
  9. DO IT, DO IT! Richlite is no cause for concern, I have it on a CS 356 and it's great. I don't get the picture immediately above though, looks like someone put a swath of white house paint on the side of the headstock??
  10. I would agree there are certain "wow-factor" guitars. I have been a Taylor fan for many years having bought my first one in 2003 (a 614CE). And while technically it was a good guitar it didn't have much punch when played unplugged. A really expert set-up might have changed that? In 2007 I traded it toward a Taylor Grand Symphony and the larger rosewood body gave it a deeper richer tone than the maple 614. I spent the next 12 years mostly playing electric guitar in bands, but held on to the GS and it served me well when called upon. Then I drank a little too much of the Taylor Kool-Aid and figured a guitar with V class bracing had to be better. Traded the GS for a 814CE with the V braces. They did all they were advertised to do, better intonation, nice volume and sustain but I had the guitar for a year and rarely pulled it out to play it. Traded that one for a SJ-200 and thought I had found the holy grail. Beautiful rich tone, but alas it was one of the "quiet giants" and could not be heard unless plugged in, and the bulky body and chunky neck it had did not make it very comfortable to play. Meanwhile Taylor came out with their new GS body with V bracing and an extra sound port in the cutaway - surely this would be the one, so a call to Sweetwater and a couple days later it was at my house. Much louder than the SJ-200, but not the deep rich tone. Adequate tone, but not "wow-factor". Having been used to Les Pauls since 1970, the low action, short scale, thin neck and light gauge strings gave the Taylor a lot of appeal but somehow I knew I wasn't there yet. So I took a little four hour drive up to a bluegrass shop in North Carolina and (don't shoot me) traded the SJ-200 for a Collings D2HG. I went up there to try a couple guitars with Adirondack tops. One had a mahogany body and was nice but kind of dry sounding. The other was rosewood/adi and was almost too wet sounding. After listening to me play for about 10 minutes the shop owner suggested I try one with a German spruce top and that one fit right between the other two and that is the one I bought. It definitely has the "wow-factor". Plenty loud, deep rich tone with clear defined mids and chiming high frequency response. I still have the Taylor and it sounds pretty good, but compared to the Collings it sounds like a dime store toy. If I had known more about setting up an acoustic over the years I might have been able to make some of my past guitars sound better (especially the SJ-200), but the Collings is set up really well from the factory and has some critical things that I think are important, like bone nut and saddle, ebony pins, bridge and fingerboard. So for now I have found my "wow" guitar and am not looking for anything else, I am just playing and enjoying it.
  11. That's sort of a tough question. All the Hummingbird descriptions on Gibson site just say the profile is: round. My guess would be that they are what we would call C shaped, as opposed to slim taper, or D? I guess if I was considering buying one I would call Sweetwater and talk to my sales rep. They are very helpful and would go get the guitar out of the warehouse, and hold it and see what it feels like, and probably even measure the thickness at various points on the neck if you think that would help.
  12. From the available choices I picked the General Lee, just because I like old muscle. But my true choice would be this:
  13. You should Zig, he carries Collings, Martin, Eastman and Blue Ridge guitars as well as mandolins, banjo's and fiddles. It is out in the middle of no where south of Stanfield. Right now due to the virus issues you have to make an appointment and then you would be the only one in there with the owner, but he will limit you to playing only a couple guitars. Can't spray Lysol on an expensive guitar, but worth the trip if he has something you think you're interested in.
  14. Twang Gang


    For the past year and half I have been trying to find the perfect acoustic for me - I think I found it. Got this in a little shop in North Carolina called "Ron's Pickin' Parlor" and if it wasn't for GPS I doubt I would have found the place. I went in to look at two different guitars with Adirondack tops - tried them both and after playing for 10 minutes or so the shop owner suggested I try a different one with a German (European) spruce top. I bought it. Rosewood body with a nice backstrap It is a Collings D2HG (D for dread, 2 for rosewood, H for herringbone, and G for the German top) Ebony bridge and fingerboard. Waverly tuners. It is a cannon, plenty of headroom to really strum hard it you want, and nice balance of lows, punchy mids, and clear ringing highs. I think my search is over😁
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