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  1. I'm not a business owner, just a lifelong guitar player who has had a relationship with one local shop for 35 years. The owner of the shop (who I obviously know now quite well and have a great relationship with) dropped Gibson when the onorous inventory demands were placed on him. He's a local shop with everything Henry stated in that article that shop owners should provide. Clean, comfortable, inviting, local town friendly, no pressure, extremely knowledgeable staff and competitive pricing. I remember the day I went into the shop and asked why the Gibson stock was so low, thats when he to
  2. My beloved HBird Artist has an intonation problem (sharp as you go up from the 2nd fret) which seems to be between the 3rd and 7th fret and most noticeable on the lower 3 strings between 3-5 fret. I know many acoustics do suffer from slight intonation issues due to saddle design and string length variances but it is really something I'd like corrected. I honestly didn't notice it until a few months ago and I've had the guitar for 5-6 years. It's always stored in the case, humidified in winter, room de-humidified in summer, very well cared for. THe neck "looks" straight to me but then I'm n
  3. Regarding maple and walnut….I posed a question at AGF regarding what I considered to be an elevated price of another brands maple back and side models vs their mahogany and rw models. The reply i got made perfectly good sense; the fact that we have maple all around us here in north america is precisely why it is more expensive. The cost of sourcing the wood is significantly higher due to north american wages and cost of business. I don't know where they are sourcing the walnut from but with regard to maple, the answer seemed to make sense to me.
  4. After an extended bout of not playing (raising the family and such), when I finally got back into playing regularly I was faced with having only electric guitars…nothing to sit back on the couch with and just play. So I began what would would be a 7-8 year acquisition trend and during that time I was the keeper of some wonderful acoustics. Among the wood and steel would be a few Taylors of various wood configurations, a Washburn, and even a custom built, small luthier shop job that was simply a work of art. Now, not being a working musician and relegated to basement rock star status, it was
  5. If you are referring to the "fretless wonder" factory low, narrow fret wire…I can tell you that my 77 LP Custom does indeed have the low frets.
  6. Serial number is stamped/engraved into the back of the headstock, not gold but finished over black like the rest of the guitar. SN 73537551 . No zeros. I take it this makes it officially a 1977 but before they started using the zero prefix.
  7. Yeah baby, thats it! Good find! Believe it or not, that old Super Six Reverb with six 10s fit perfectly in the trunk of my mom's 1975 4 door Dodge Dart! Wasn't much room for anything else save some patch cords and such, and it was a PITA to get in and out, but it fit. Bought the Super Six as a two year old, used amp for $200 and sold it sometime in the mid 80s for $100.
  8. I believe the Super Reverb combo amp had four 10" speakers with the same head as the twin. I don't know of any Fender combo amps of that era that had four 12s but I wouldn't doubt it. That was back in the days of bigger is always better, just like in the US automobile industry,
  9. Great pics! Wish I had pics of my Fender Super Six Reverb from days gone by. It was basically a Twin Reverb head but in a 6-10 inch speaker cabinet. Speakers were Fender branded Jensens and man that amp rocked but since it was a one piece "combo" amp it wasn't exactly travel friendly.
  10. Right on! Don't get me wrong, I'm as much a digital music, pay as you go per tune junkie as anyone. But when I find an artist I like I will often times fill in the rest of the album, or disc as it is, to gain the entire work rather than just the song, And like you said, often times the more obscure tracks become my favorites just as it was years ago when saving paper route money for that next album. Plenty of good music in all genres still out there…just got to find it. But to denigrate any single genre based on the "modern" artists vs. the "classic" artists seems more a generational
  11. Bingo! It doesn't get more spot on that that statement. You can go write all the deep thinking, socially relevant and statement songs you want…or perhaps create a musical masterpiece that would make Segovia jealous, but in the end, if nobody buys them or no radio stations play them what the heck is the point? Congratulations….you've just become a completely irrelevant "artist" destined to live on the periphery of the music biz. Does anyone really think that the "old" country music was any different? Hank Williams, "Your Cheatin' Heart" ring a bell? Not exactly what I'd call a brilliant
  12. This thread made me go dig out the receipt and I was off by one year. It was December 5, 1977 when my dad and I went to Major Music in Irvington, NJ and ordered the LP Custom in black with a third pickup option. We picked it up on Jan. 4, 1978. So I don't know if that makes it a 1976 or 1978 model? Doesn't much matter…it aint going anywhere! lol Great thread though and especially loved seeing those old ads.
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