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  1. I have inherited a steel guitar from my brother many years ago and have since asked many people if they could provide me with any details about it. It is very unique and does not have any numbers or branding on it anywhere. It has a beautiful, beach engraving on each side, mother of pearl (I think) and abalone inlay and a gorgeous neck. It's a beautiful piece and I would love to have more information on it. Could you possibly give me any information or a contact of someone who can?


    I have more pictures that will not fit on this post.


    Thank you!




    Dual humbuckers in adjustable rings on a resonator? Those, plus the ABR-style bridge, block inlays and modern sealed tuners all point to an inexpensive Asian build. It's certainly not old.

  2. If I am not mistaken, the neck pickup in the Nighthawk is pretty much the same in the Firebird???


    They are different sizes, the Bill Lawrence-designed neck pickup (Gibson designates both this and the slanted humbucker as M-Series) of the Nighthawk being the smaller of the two. If you want to install a Firebird pickup, you'll have to plug/re-drill the pickup ring hole locations on your guitar top. The Firebird pickup itself is also too wide for the Nighthawk ring.


    I learned all of this wanting to renew neck pickup rings and covers, as I tend to wear the gold plating off my guitars. I love the M-series pickups.


    - Marc (owner of several Nighthawks and a '90 Firebird V)

  3. My mother remembered every word, despite the original song being from 1936, she loved this version, courtesy of the Quebe Sisters and Norm's. Some of you music aficionado may remember this oldie but goodie. Btw, anyone know what that cool Gibson archtop is?


    Sorry, can't I.D. the guitar, but what a great performance!

  4. What sounds 'just so-so' and doesn't floor you is probably the Holy Grail for someone else. There have been plenty of times I've heard someone rave about a guitar's tone or an amplified sound and I've thought to myself "I don't get it."


    I've quit trying to describe or qualify what sounds good and what doesn't, because each of us has our own perception of what that is - I believe good players can pick up just about anything and make interesting use of whatever sound they can get out of it.


    But back to your question - no, I personally don't believe there are any 'magician technicians' that can transform guitars; players do the transforming.

  5. Trying to imagine Keith with his nose buried in NME, getting the latest scoop on The Brothers Gibb - "Wot? Maurice has bought himself ANOTHER houndstooth jacket?? Whatever for??"


    edited: I guess Keith didn't read Tiger Beat. [blush]

  6. Here is some copied & pasted info from a site describing the Moh's Scale of Hardness; based on this, it appears Silver would be a poor choice for fret material -



    The Moh’s Scale of Hardness ranks minerals, materials, metals and Gemstones on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the best and the most durable… Diamond is a 10.


    Gold and Silver on the other hand are only a 2.5 – 3 on the Moh’s Scale. They are fairly easy to work with (Jewelers love it) because they are so malleable. But, this also makes them bend, wear down and break easily. Not good! Especially since it’s holding in your Diamonds and Gems.


    This is why most Jewelry found on the market is mixed with other Alloys that help strengthen the Metal.


    14k Gold is 14 parts Gold and 10 parts Alloy. 10k Gold is 10 parts Gold and 14 parts Alloy. Even Platinum isn’t exactly pure. It’s 99.5% pure…


    Base Metals and Alloys


    Base Metals are a mix of various Metals that are used for Alloys. They are usually made up of small percentages of Metals like Nickel, Silver, Copper and Zinc.


    Almost all Metals used in Jewelry are mixed with some Alloys to make them stronger and easier to work with.


    Some Metals, like White Gold, are then Rhodium Plated (Durable White Metal) that makes it even more durable and whiter at the same time.


    Take a look below and see the various metals like Platinum, Palladium, Titanium, Tungsten, Brass, Steel, Copper, Gold and Silver to see how they stack up to each other in terms of hardness.


    Keep in mind, this chart shows how strong the Metals are in their Pure State… Which means, when they are mixed with stronger Alloys, they will actually be much more durable. (Tungsten Carbide is already mixed)


    The Metals Scale of Hardness



    Lead – 1.5

    Tin – 1.5

    Zinc – 2.5

    Gold – 2.5 – 3

    Silver – 2.5 – 3

    Aluminum – 2.5 – 3

    Copper – 3

    Brass – 3

    Bronze – 3

    Nickel – 4

    Platinum – 4 – 4.5

    Steel – 4 – 4.5

    Iron – 4.5

    Palladium – 4.75

    Rhodium – 6

    Titanium – 6

    Hardened Steel – 7 – 8

    Tungsten – 7.5

    Tungsten Carbide – 8.5 – 9

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