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  1. I just looked it up at Sweetwater. I’m impressed it has a solid spruce top. The original 60s model had a solid mahogany top although a reissue a few years ago had only a laminated mahogany top. The solid spruce top on the Sweetwater offer is a plus. The only thing I’d question Sweetwater on if I were you, is whether it is a X braced or a ladder braced guitar. The original 60s Caballeros were ladder braced rather than X braced. X braced guitars have a deeper tone and higher volume than ladder braced guitars. As a result, ladder braced guitars have more of a specialty preference than X bodied guitars. I own a couple of ladder braced guitars and I fine with them for the finger style that I play, although the majority of my guitars still are the more popular X braced. I do find, however, that I rarely play the ladder braced ones at gigs or at jams, because they are quieter. But, to play around the house or for pleasure, how bad can it be if it’s a solid spruce top at that price. But, you might want to ask Sweetwater head of time if it’s ladder or X braced as I noticed the Sweetwater description was silent on the type of bracing. Let us know if you end up buying the Spruce top Caballero Artist and what you first hand think of it. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  2. Anyone else seen the Linda Ronstadt doc/movie that’s been airing on CNN at night. Quite a good flick and history. Also some cool stuff about how the Eagles formed and how her band(s) formed. And, of course, her music. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  3. Sounds really good! Always liked that song. A question, though. Seeing the video made me wonder what happened to your blue guitar. (The blue color Hummingbird). Still have it? QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  4. I played a J-15 awhile back that I still keep thinking about. J-15s have walnut back and sides. Sounded quite good to me. Plus, I own a 1936 acoustic NY Epiphone Zenith archtop that has a walnut back and walnut sides. It is by far the best sounding archtop I’ve ever heard. (With that in mind, one can’t consider a walnut back and sides a new thing.) Just my two cents. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  5. Yes, a happy, healthy, and safe new year to all! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  6. Looks like maybe a Silvertone made by Harmony to me. With maybe a replacement bridge and maybe a replacement pickguard. If it has a model number stamped in it that begins with a H, all the more likely. I have a Silvertone made by Harmony in my collection that looks quite similar, without the same bridge or the same pickguard. (Although mine’s pickguard was missing and I replaced it with a white pickguard.) Just a guess because the body and color and headstock look similar to mine. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  7. First, was a Stella. When I was 9. It had a painted on sunburst. I was happy to have my own guitar! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  8. Sal-all the best to you! A happy, healthy, safe holiday and new year and many more! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  9. If you have a Sam Ash Music or Guitar Center close by, you can take out the saddle from the guitar and bring it to one of those and they will help find the one with the correct thickness, but chances are it will need to be filed down in terms of its length or height. By them or you. It might be easier to just call them and ask them to size and do a set up for you with a replacement saddle unless you want to try to experiment/learn how to file a new saddle. It’s actually quite easy. Along those lines what I’ve done is go to Stewart McDonald on the internet and if O am not sure of the correct thickness for a new saddle to fit, is just to buy both the thinner one and the thicker one. And, then use the one that fits. They are not very expensive. Stew-Mac also carries pre-cut saddles, so that makes fitting a new saddle a lot easier. Even if it doesn’t fit like I desire, the pre-cut ones are a lot easier to file down to size. Although, I have also bought the blank saddles in both widths and filed them down to size, too. Once you purchase the correct width, it’s easier to know which one to buy next time you fit a new saddle on a different guitar or if you mess it up. Regarding the extra unused saddle that was the wrong width, I have always just hung in the them for future different guitar saddle replacements. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. Dynamic! Great result, musically and visually! ( Plus, I especially liked that Epiphone Century guitar in there! ) Happy, healthy, safe holiday season! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  11. Enjoyed the clip and the music. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  12. You might want to contact the seller about returning it. Keep us posted. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  13. David-very James McMurtry-like. Very Americana. I like it. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  14. I’ve experienced the same phenomena. I used fingerpicks on my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers. I often switch whatever my 1st finger is doing to the 2nd or whatever the 1st or 2nd finger is doing to the 3rd finger when I am playing longer gigs as a boredom breaker for my amusement. Or, if on the rare occasion a fingerpick on my first falls off, I am always amazed how my second and third finger can just jump right in and seemlessly get me through the song being played. A cool phenomena. Must have to do with brain connections formed from fingerpicking for a longtime. Quite cool! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  15. First thing is to try is probably a different guitar cord, to eliminate or find out if it’s the cord causing the hum. It’s worth a try since the hum seems to change when you are in different areas of the room. If using a different cord doesn’t help, you might want to contact the seller about returning the instrument. Or, you could try calling Epiphone Customer Service first. They are in Nashville, TN. Others may have other suggestions. Keep us posted. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
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