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Irish

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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 caliber of the mics or recording techniques being used. Nice entertainment and often fun to watch, but I certainly wouldn't buy a higher-level instrument based on the way it sounds under these unknown and/or questionable circumstances. Thanks for sharing, nonetheless.
  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 instead. But why should the customer have to substitute the model they want with something that's a second choice simply because they don't want to pay extra for a PU they either don't want or won't use?
  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. )
  16. Sounds familiar, fortyearspickin. Can't say it was about the girls for me either -- when I first started. Although, I'd be lying if I said that didn't cross my mind by the time I was playing in a band in high school.
  17. Probably would be guilty of this myself, but it seems I very rarely, if ever, run onto any kind of bargains on quality instruments anymore. More power to those of you who do. In fact, my experience in recent years has pretty much been only encountering instruments with overly inflated pricetags.
  18. Well, when I was still a pre-teen (the early '60s sometime, don't recall exactly) my Mom insisted that I learn to play a musical instrument. Dad had been a Big Band slide trombonist at one time and Mom always had an incredible singing voice, but sadly never had the confidence to perform with it. Nonetheless, she was leaning toward piano for me, in which I had no interest, so I deflected the piano by indicating I might be interested in learning the guitar. Took lessons for a year or so which bored the crap out of me (single noting "She'll be coming Around the Mountain etc. etc.). In fact, looking back, I suspected the teacher (an accordion player, IIRC, who owned a small music store) was only a few pages ahead of me in the guitar book. I put it away for about a year until I ran across a fellow Little League'er who played the guitar. He was playing all kinds of stuff from the radio and it was cool. Got the guitar back out, learned some things from him. And thus started the lifelong musical journey of self-discovery.
  19. Cool guitar and neat track. Sadly, only listening on the computer with crappy stock speakers, it's impossible to fully appreciate the tonal qualities of the instrument. I'm sure however, it's a dandy. Something about the all-hog Martins, especially the non-dreads, that really sound good to my ear.
  20. Congrats on a very cool guitar. Like you, I have played a lot of other people's Martins over the years, but none ever "spoke to me" enough to want to own it until a couple of years ago. I picked up an all-hog OM-15 Custom and have not once been sorry. It's been a great addition to the stable. Hope you enjoy this one half as much as I do.
  21. I have Studio One, but prefer using my old standby Cool Edit Pro (which I believe is the forerunner to Adobe Audition). It's not the most advanced, but is very full-featured for my needs and extremely stable. My songwriting partner has ProTools and Logic, but seems to prefer working with Logic.
  22. If that's the case, she's not the right one. Politely scrap the duo and look for someone else. It may take some time, but it'll likely be well worth it in the end. Gigging is tough enough without having to worry about someone who doesn't take it as seriously as you do. For the vast majority of players it has to be about the pure, unadulterated enjoyment and personal satisfaction of it, 'cause most folks will never get rich doing it no matter how talented they may be. And that's my $.02 worth. Good luck.
  23. Happy to oblige. Mine's from Artrea Parish in County Derry. Also Dad's side.
  24. Thanks, Jerry,....I think. I hope not, 'cause the board would become a huge waste of time if it is. Was beginning to fear there were pheromones attaching themselves to my posts that were attracting anii ...or is it recti? (not sure those are words, but if not, they oughta be).
  25. DRC wrote: I agree that's the trickiest part. I've done it myself -- VERY carefully, I might add. But anymore, I generally have my tech/luthier do the drilling and I take it from there. It's a small cost and the results are always perfect and worry-free.
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