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  1. Very nice! Very soothing vocal and excellent guitar work. I'm no longer a Gibson guy (sold the J-35) but I check back here on occasion and always enjoy your musicianship. DC
  2. When all else fails, take it to a good tech. DC
  3. It seems we went through this before with another forum member and it turned out to be the endpin jack. However, rattles we hear in one area can be the result of something elsewhere. Loose tuners, loose pickup wiring vibrating against the top, a bad string, truss rod/nut, loose bracing, 'back-buzz' (which will drive you nuts), etc. Locating rattles/buzzing can often be like locating a vehicle electrical problem and requires taking it step-by-step, ruling out possible culprits one-by-one. Good luck in locating the problem and getting it taken care of. I hope it's a simple fix. DC
  4. Over the years regarding tuning, I've discovered I have to learn each guitar's quirks and personality in order to optimize tuning. No guitar is the same and as a result I have to tune each one just a bit differently but nearly always very slightly detune the high E & B a couple cents. And it's even more critical for me since I play in DADGAD and the high strings are tuned lower to begin with. On one guitar, I'll tune using octaves; on another I'll use both octaves and 5ths; on another I'll use harmonics to achieve the most accurate tuning for THAT guitar. I've not had any tuning issues wit
  5. Congrats! I'm still looking for that 'one' J-45 standard, but as you point out, they can vary quite a bit from guitar to guitar and I've yet to find a really good one locally. But I keep looking. Enjoy that new J-45! DC
  6. DRC

    Guitar Stinks

    First thing I suggest is to call the guy who applied the oil and see what he used...and what he suggests regarding the smell. Like others here, I've not had an odor issue with lemon oil. I've been a repair tech for many years, as well as a gunsmith working with exotic woods and various finishes, and I'm not a fan of using anything on a fretboard unless it's extremely dry, or for purely aesthetic reasons to darken a rosewood board, in which case I personally use Fret Doctor or Roche-Thomas Fingerboard Oil very sparingly. In your case, using naptha as suggested won't hurt anything and worth
  7. Your biggest limitation is the Bose L1. Second is the piezo pickup currently installed in the L-130. My suggestion would be to dump whatever UST pickup is currently in the L-130 and install a K&K. Get a good preamp with bass/mid/treble control (I use the K&K preamps), run it between the guitar and the Bose, and you should get a much better, more natural sound that you'll have some control over. Next, I'd upgrade from the Bose to something with more versatility. Good luck! DC
  8. Uhh....that's Paddy O'Furniture I'm Irish... DC
  9. And then there was Django Reinhardt. It's only over when it's over. We'll see. Bono/U2 fan or not, I wish him well and a quick recovery. DC
  10. I have a nice sound system hooked to my computer, and I don't think the audio has been processed to any great extent, if any. I'm a Collings fan, but from what I'm hearing, I think my Wechter 000 slot head 12 fret sounds a little better, especially the mids and high E string. DC
  11. Hmmmm... I don't get any 'ping', twang, or otherwise on my J-35, even tuned to DADGAD and with aggressive strumming. Very solid tone. I do, however, get a twang/ping sound on the high A (DADGAD) with my Guild F-130R until it's fretted at the 5th fret and above. Thankfully, none of my other guitars have this issue. I've tried various things on the F-130R... different saddles, pins, strings, etc, but nothing really helps. It's such an otherwise good sounding guitar I just work around it, but find myself playing my other guitars more...particularly the OM-16 and J-35. DC
  12. I have a great sound system attached to my computer and it sounds balanced with good low end to me....just as my guitars with K&Ks sound. Nice job, Mark and good vocals. DC
  13. Well, Ryan, you don't want a new bridge! I was referring to a new saddle that's placed in the bridge. The bridge itself is attached to the top, while the bridge plate is the piece of wood inside the guitar glued directly to the top under the bridge that protects the top from string ball end damage. The K&K transducers are attached to this wood plate and there needs to be enough space between the peg holes and front of the wood plate to properly accommodate the transducers. Ideally, the transducers should be equally positioned directly under the saddle slot. A good tech can quickly determin
  14. Not only is it possible, but it will sound MUCH better. I'm not familiar with the L-130 bridge plate, but make sure there's enough room on the plate for the three K&K transducers without them hanging over the front edge. Also, when the Fishman UST is removed from the saddle slot, you'll most likely need to install a new saddle in order to maintain the current action/string height. You can use a shim, but to me, it's always best to not have anything sitting between the saddle and bottom of the saddle slot as a variable to possibly affect tone. As a passive pickup, the K&K produces a
  15. Before you do anything, try a different brand of string. Sounds crazy, but not all unwound strings are the same. I've experienced the same twang/ping with certain brands of strings, including D'Addario, switched strings and no more twang. I've also found particular guitars to be more prone to producing 'twang' than others. I play in DADGAD and my Guild F-130R in particular has a slight inherent twang on the second string no matter what brand of string, while my other guitars are fine. DC
  16. POWER GigRac (by Soundcraft) 1000w portable stereo 8-ch powered mixer with 7-band EQs and 12-segment bar graphs for mains and monitors, phantom power, amazing sounding selection of 10 effects, 3-band EQ on all channels. So portable, I can carry it over my shoulder. Incredible powered mixer. SPEAKERS Mains: 2 JBL MR825 (2-way cabinets with 15" and horn w/3 position switch to change horn attenuation) Monitors: 2 Mackie C200 10" cabinets I also have a set of lightweight Peavey PR12 12" cabinets for smaller gigs and times when I don't feel like lugging the JBLs. MICROPHONES Vocals: Au
  17. I've not seen J-35 fakes, but there are definitely J-45 fakes out there. Is the one you're considering an older original J-35 or the newer reissue? DC
  18. One of the local shops is a Furch dealer and I've played several, both dreads and OMs. From my experience, they're excellent sounding guitars favoring bass response, lightly built...much like the new J series Gibsons. I would have purchased one, except the shop owner had issues with the bridges beginning to lift on a couple new Furch's, as well as a developing top crack on one. So I've stayed away. But I was impressed with the tone. I haven't spoken to the shop owner in a while, so I need to contact him and see if he's still a Furch dealer and if so, if he's had any more issues. DC
  19. Rest at ease. It's Photoshopped. Maybe the creator's variation on Van Gogh's "Blue Guitar" ....only an actual blue guitar. :) This one's for real... based on Van Gogh's "Starry Night" http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/luna-guitars-safari-starry-night-3-4-size-travel-acoustic-guitar?source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=COrW46-L-MECFYZm7Aod7F4AQg&kwid=productads-plaid^57304324387-sku^430521000000000@ADL4MF-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^53736456387 DC
  20. Turbo mandolin.... I love it! Yes, it's a fun instrument to play and adds a lot to the Celtic sound. DC
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