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  1. My first Gibson was a tobacco sunburst, Firebird electric (non-reverse) purchased new in 1966. My first Gibson acoustic was a J-45 purchased new about '71-'72.
  2. I have K&K minis on several guitars and have been very pleased with them in every case. Typically play straight into a standard DI with no problems. I use an Orchid Electronics (British)preamp when needed, but that has been very rare.
  3. I have K&Ks on 3 of my guitars. Very happy with them. Natural sound, lots of gain even un-preamped, no holes or barndoors in my guitars. I'd recommend them.
  4. Yep. Add a nice sunburst finish and nix the ..... Baggs PU... and I'd say this is a real winner. As I'm increasingly interested in smaller-than-dread bodied guitars these days, wouldn't mind having one of these (so equipped) at all. In fact, there's an idea. Dump the Baggs and use that $$ to apply the sunburst finish. Voila!
  5. Congrats, WMB. Looks like a real keeper. And that old warhorse is a dandy, too. I'm partial to the K&K Minis myself for performance. Let us know how you like it on your new 45.
  6. Nice job, man. Thanks for sharing it.
  7. Congrats. The most important thing is that you have found a system that satisfies your needs and ears. Everyone's tastes are different and many, I'm sure, may have preferences for something else, but if it works for you that's all that matters, really.
  8. I bought it new from the place (Gibson dealer) where I had my first music store job while in college. Pretty certain it was bought in '72 as I recall, but absolutely no later than summer '73.
  9. Might as well contribute. Edit: Not sure how I got a thumbnail, but hey...
  10. Unfortunately, to my ear they both sound a tad on the thin side, even for a smaller body. But that's the problem with these "sound tests" and the reason I don't usually put much faith in them: Generally you have no idea what microphone is being used, where it's placed, whether it's EQ'd and etc. Add in that most folks will be listening to it on relatively cheap computer or bookshelf speakers and not studio reference quality monitors. So, IMHO, it's very hard to tell much of anything about a guitar's actual sound by listening to these tests-- too many variables and no way to know the ca
  11. No, I get it. It's just that everyone may not have a friend like you who's willing to absorb a chunk of the extra costs. I just believe many folks would be better served if the PUs were an option, not standard, on so many Gibson models. Even with your kind assistance, he'd still pay up front for a PU he doesn't want and then pay again to have the one he prefers. Only ones who win that one are the factory and whoever they have a PU deal with -- and the customer takes it in the shorts. But, hey, it's all opinion.
  12. Sir: I don't think that was his point. Why: Pay extra for the factory PU. Then pay extra to have it removed. Then pay extra to buy the one you want. Then pay extra to have it installed. I mean, why be rational when you can waste money? After all, it grows on trees.
  13. I've used metal finger picks and a plastic or nylon thumb for years, but generally just on certain guitars and in certain circumstances. They have a nice bright sound and cut through well especially when playing with others who are flat-picking or strumming. I use primarily the old Nationals or Dunlops, and occasionally can find them in various gauges which helps when fitting them for best position and comfort. Rarely use them when playing alone.
  14. Personally, I'd rather see Gibson offer all their standard acoustics sans pickup but with a reasonably priced upcharge if folks want to add it as an option. * Many folks don't need/want a pickup. No reason they should pay for one. * Other folks may not prefer the one the factory has chosen. No reason they should pay for one they don't like or will just have to replace. * For those folks who want a pickup and like the factory choice, then they should be able to have it as an option. Some have sugested that there are Gibson models w/o pickup and one should simply buy one of them inste
  15. Congrats on a super acquisition. Have been thinking about these myself, though it'll be hopeless to try to find one in my area to audition. Anyway, great looking guitar -- right size, right shape, cool Gibby burst, good descriptive review. What's not to like? (Well, other than the pickup. )
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