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    CJ165 or J165?

    I've always liked the looks of Gibson's compact jumbo CJ165. I notice a guy on reverb selling one who says: Well, my research shows that despite sellers advertising them as J165's, the labels on 2007 and 2008 guitars show "CJ165." (If sellers would show a pic of the label more often, I'd have more to go on. I couldn't find a 2006 that showed the label clearly.) The 2007 I saw is maple-backed, and the 2008 is rosewood-backed, but both labels show CJ165. (It might have been nice if Gibson differentiated them!) Then later, at which point it's hard to say, at least in 2012 I see a label with just "J165," and that's with rosewood. Why the change? It's still a CJ, right? I'm happy with my 17" lower bout Guild jumbos, but if I hit the powerball, I'll be in the market for a CJ165. Important to me would be the ebony fingerboard, which apparently only appears on early models. When did they switch to rosewood fingerboards? Did they make both ebony and rosewood fingerboards during the same year? Anyway, I want one.
  2. I didn't notice this before. My FT160 is from early 70s I figure, still in essentially mint condition. My brother carried it back from Hong Kong. They're probably only worth a couple hundred bucks, but as the newbie above mentions, they have a remarkably great sound! Since I now have two jumbo Guild 12-strings and a Gibson Songwriter 12, the FT160 doesn't get much play, but it's just not worth selling. A great travel/campfire guitar!
  3. Man, you've got that positioned right. Mix of guitar and voice just right! I always dreamt of busking back in the 60s, Donovan my hero....
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    John Prine

    I heard a great tribute this morning on NPR by Scott Simon. Here's the text. Worth a read!
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    Humans are social creatures. "Ethical rules... were not originally invented by some enlightened human lawgiver. They go deep into our evolutionary past. They were with our ancestral line from a time before we were human." - Sagan
  6. Great, Sal. Love the harmony!
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    I was surprised to learn that single-celled life-forms persisted alone in the earth's biosphere for about 3 billion years before the first multi-celled creatures began their ascent. That's 2/3 of the entire time this planet has existed!
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    Or read The Mind's Sky by Timothy Ferris...
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    I don't think there'll be any such judgment.
  10. That's a great front porch vid, by the way!
  11. I just got back from the market. The paper products aisle was the only one bare. Everything else was there. I wasn't getting meat, though, since Mrs. Cougar made a Costco run a week or so ago and - as usual - got a BUNCH of various meats. Haha! That's the spirit!
  12. I feel the same way every time I take it out of its case, which is often!
  13. I drove from Salt Lake City to Dana Point to acquire my 2002 Guild JF30-12 that was made in Corona when Fender owned Guild. (Well, I was going to visit family in SoCal anyway, but still...) I wonder if the seller picked it out himself from the Corona plant. He chose well - gorgeous burst, ebony fretboard, silky top... And he must not have played it much since it was (and still is) in near mint condition. There's nothing like a jumbo Guild 12-string!
  14. Here's some good graphs - cases and deaths and more, pick country, pick what state, you can toggle between log scale and linear scale.... It's got pretty much everything.
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