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  1. Gibson would not only build you a leftie upon request but any style with either a tenor or plectrum neck.
  2. The venerable Kay K1160. These and the Harmony Stella defined "entry level". If you were on a really tight budget you could snag the Old Kraftsman version of this model in the Spiegel catalog for around $10.
  3. It looks like Gibson is using a reverse kerfing in these models rather than the traditional triangular lining. This style of lining adds stiffness. This combined with the plastic rim around the sound port may be Gibson's way of strengthening the sides. Normally with sound ports you will see something like a laminate patch used to ensure structural stability. By the way how many tone bars does your WM45 have? Only reason I am asking is I owned a WM-00 and it only had one tone bar. Definitely a WTF moment. Apparently though the WM45 is the only one of the four models in that line Bozeman made in any kind of numbers. I have yet to actually see a WM-185 in the flesh.
  4. Mine have all gone bye bye. The only electric I still own is a double neck Supro Comet lap steel. Has those amazing "strings through" pickups.
  5. Nope. It was essentially an el cheapo Tele with the better quality CS pickups. It was just one of a short run which I happened upon while at Mass Street Music.
  6. I have owned two Martins (a 1970 D-18 and 1956 00-18) but only one Gibson electric which was a mid-1960s Firebird. But I also own a Harmony H40 which has a Gibson P13 pickup underneath the fingerboard extension. Not sure if that counts or not. Now if you are talking Fender I have owned four - a 1958 Tele, 1960 Esquire, 1967 Strat, and a 1990s MIM Tele which was a special run with a Custom Shop Twisted Tele and Broadcaster pickup.
  7. At one time a student guitar was generally defined by a smaller size and similar smaller price tag. An entry level guitar was all about the price tag. But yeah price is generally responsive to a connection between the builder and "quality". Guild used to market their D25 which was their lowest priced dread as teacher recommended but a "Guild all the way." But the other thing to consider is while you paid $130 for a LG1 in '64 a top of the line Silvertone 633 (a Harmony Sovereign H1260 with a brownburst) would run you $55.
  8. I do not give a fig about body wood. Way too many things that go into making sound come out of a guitar of which the lumber used for the body is only a very small part. Personally I would like to see a return to birch bodies. Since the 1970s though for whatever reason it has been instilled in brains that maple was better. Then again, I do not have a clue how plentiful something like baltic birch is these days.
  9. Gibson never touted the LG1 as a student guitar. Nor did I hear it called such. Gibson described it simply in terms of it being a top value at its low price. That would appear to be the same marketing pitch as that being used with the New Generation Line. The LG-0 which sold for for about 3/4 of what the LG1 went for though was described as a top seller favored by students. Even this, however, sold for almost five times more than a Harmony Stella which was pretty much the ultimate beginner's guitar.
  10. Given that the Levis guy who got the job seemed to be more interested in yoga pants than jeans I posed the question of how long would it be until we saw new lines of slim body guitars. Hey, I was only joking.
  11. Geezer rock? Is that younger guys playing moldie oldies or older guys playing what they grew up listening to? I go both ways. The tune I am currently working on is a WWII period pop song "Coming in on a Wing & a Prayer." I sure as hell was not around to hum that one when it was getting airplay. But I also finally came up with a fingerpicked version of the Stones "Honky Tonk Woman" which I am happy with. I did take a break once. But was for 15 or so years. Somewhere along the way playing music just stopped being fun so I walked away. When I re-emerged nothing tight or precise about it. It took a bit for the muscle memory to kick back in. Once that happened though it was off to the races. No more bands though - just backing or sitting in with others. But since then it has become a matter of changing the way I approach a guitar as my fingers will no longer easily do what they once did. Kind of when you tell a doctor it hurts when I do this and they respond with then don't do that.
  12. I have my slope shoulder jumbo (6 and 12 string) , super jumbo, and smaller body Gibson bases covered. What is missing is a square shoulder model. But I am also stuck in a place where I want Old School bracing but not an Old School neck carve. So for the time being I will do what I do best when it comes to guitars which is nothing.
  13. I do not have much to remember any of it. I have no ideas were the tapes we made are. About the only thing is some footage of a local band festival shot in May 1967. The reason that exists is a friend's father worked for a news station and he used it on a story about garage bands. One of my favorite blast from the past stories remains the Doughboys. These guys originally came together in New Jersey in 1965 disbanding in late-1968. In 2000 the wife of one of the members put together a surprise reunion as a birthday present. The show went over so well they continued to perform. One of their songs was later named the Coolest Song in the World by Little Steven's Underground Garage.
  14. More than a few of us who joined our first band in the wake of the Beatles performance on he Sullivan Show can relate to that song.. That was fun and I thank you. Were you in that band? My first thought looking at the pictures was those guys must have been mighty well heeled in the mid-1960s wearing suits and playing Fenders through Vox amps. I remember being in Manny's Music on 48th Street, NYC and watching those Vox Super Beatle amps come up on the freight elevator with my mouth hanging open in awe. But at that time we had not yet graduated from acoustics with Dearmond pickups slapped across the soundhole with two guitars often plugged into the same amp. My first amp was a used Ampeg Portaflex.
  15. If I recall you already has asked about blending a specific signal chain. Personally, I would just go with a Gibson equipped with a Varitone "switch." But yeah, it can be done. Here is a guy who combines a soundhole pickup, under the saddle pickup and a microphone inside the guitar. Here is a another who really goes over the top.
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