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  1. I'm 2-1 acosutic/electric. A 00018, a National Vinatge Steel and a frankenStrat. In the last decade, I had a J35 and a J45, so maybe make that 4-1. Lust objects (subject to change) are a D28 and a Tele. Just not jonsing for a Gibson right now. Once you get into the Martin spectrum, it's hard to step back (akin to the difference between a Jazzmaster and a Tele or a humbucker vs a P90). Speaking of electrics, I think Teles pair up well with Martin dreads and OMs, in terms of feel and response. Les Pauls and 00028s, dark sound. An acoustic counterpart to a strat is harder for me to peg. I used to think J45, although the scale is different, but recently I was listening to Knopfler's Alechemy thought: strat=classical. Check the lines in Love over Gold then listen to Sultans, both ahve a skittering quality. In his hands, anyway. Cheers.
  2. Hah! Glad to know you are still in there pitching, Guth (guess I should say picking). Believe it, I hunted high and lo find that clip.
  3. Anyone care to comment how the tone of an AJ works for you as a solo performer: vocal accompaniment, singer-songwriter, blues picking, Americana, small group. Ive been playing a lot of Stratocaster of late, gotten used to the long scale and finding that my 000 feels cramped capoed up the neck.
  4. A guy in my high school circle had a J50. It stood out in a good way. Then you'd see them in the hands of the Fabs, Stones, Dylan. But it wanst til some years later that I got a late 60s j45. Carried that one for a long time. A D28 was my first good guitar, tho. I never took to it, even tho I was listening to CSNY and Flatt & Scruggs by then. You'd think a guy would learn. Hey Sal. Talk about J200's. That picture of Dylan with on the cover of Nashville Skyline says to me exactly what you are talking about. Petty with his Dove in the late 70s ...
  5. Ive played retros on a J35 1937 reissue, 00018 Golden Era and an OM28 new std (shop model). Cant say enough good things about em. You might miss the pbs ring at first but once you get the clarity of the retros, you just might like them. Btw here's a video of Toby Walker with a J35, J100 and an AJ, but Im not sure what strings he's got on there.
  6. "investigate this option" --- Im on that.
  7. Not an overspray--here's what he did. He sanded the discolored (thumb size ) are to bare wood, then resprayed with vinyl sealer and nitrocellulose finish. That was authorized. Because the colors still didnt match up, he wet sanded (scuffed) the whole top to a satin sheen, then wet sanded to a matte finish.
  8. 62Burst--its a natural. Some good thoughts here, appreciate all who have chimed in.
  9. From the look of it, I'd say de-gloss and sprayed matte. He offered to re-spray gloss, but I dont see any advantage in that because its no longer the original finish. Plus, to do that he has to take off the bridge and pickguard, will prob tie it up for months to come (he's had it since last May). Not to mention it is my only flattop.
  10. Thanks Nick. Its a 00018 Golden Era. Models in very good condition go from 2.2-2.8k. There was no ambiguity. Re-glue to bridge, touch up the stain, dress the frets. He knew I was prepping it for re-sale. Only dont have that in writing. I do have a text chain, asking not to spend much time on the stain if it was a losing battle. I also asked for pics, no reply. I dropped by his studio and say the spot, said dont worry about it. Next think I know, its done and in matte.
  11. I dont want to hurt him per se but I do want recompense. Any merit in the idea of offering him the opportunity to buy it as a way of avoiding court.
  12. New Hampshire. Why do you ask?
  13. Hey, guys. I took my Martin golden era to a repair guy I had done previous work with to fix the bridge which was coming unglued. Previous owner had done a quick fix, leaving a grey stain under the bridge. Repair guy couldt sand out the grey or tint it, so without asking me, he took the gloss off the top and made it a matte finish. On an effin' high end Martin. he has totally killed the re-sale value. Even if he puts a gloss back on it, its a refin. Any advice on recourse? Guy is an independent contractor, no money, so Id be suing an empty pocket. Nor do I wish to drag this into court. But ethically I feel like he owes me the value of the guitar.
  14. Jinder. How about a direct box to a PA? The Baggs Venue is a fantastic box for that purpose. Good tone shaping ability without losing the basic sound of the guitar. Never was happy with acoustic direct to an amp sound. This thing just kills it, both indoor and outdoor venues. The boost button for solos is a godsend.
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