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About jgwoods

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  1. I've just made my choices, retired, selling the house, going small. I'm keeping my Martin Graphite II as a beater, go anywhere, let anyone play it guitar. The other is coming UPS as I write: a Redline Parlor with Sycamore sides and back, Carpathian top. My last Gibson left here about a year ago, traded for a mandolin. I miss that fine J185TV.
  2. Not if you say "it's a Burgess".
  3. For me the guitar is my number 3 instrument as I primarily play clawhammer banjo first, and mandolin second. I play fiddle too but keep it home. I don't mind the jokes but they are almost always the same ones, lacking originality, a pointless exercise of monkey see monkey do piling on. Then the banjo player drowns you out...and why not?
  4. You ain't seen nothing until you've seen the Dreaded Banjo Orchestra at Johnny Ds in Somerville MA.
  5. Hmmm, I "assume" long neck scale is 32" like the current Deering offering. I did look around a bit and see 34" mentioned. My collection includes 25 to 27 and on the rare occasions when I restring I must have 10 inches to spare. Perhaps that is not enough to get a few windings around the far posts . Used to play long neck, but civil war style and strung with gut. Fresh humore, always funny.
  6. I've played clawhammer banjo for more than 40 years. All the strings I have used are plenty long to work on a long neck- GHS, D'Addario, John Pearse, all long enough. I am not a sensitive guy, not easily offended, but until you come up with new, funny banjo joke you just mark yourself as a moron by repeating the same old boring jokes everyone knows. Nuff sed.
  7. I would coat the bare wood with Bullseye clear shellac thinned by alcohol. It will seal the bare wood and do no harm. shellac works as a base coat for everything. It will keep away any water damage and lock things together enough that you won't make moe sawdust.
  8. Along with whatever good he may have done, Gibsons have been known as inconsistent and overpriced during the Ren era. Guilds on the other hand are known to be consistent and underpriced. I wish Ren Ferguson and Guild well. I hope Gibson improves their consistency to match the other well respected American guitar makers, but I think Henry J will have to leave before that happens.
  9. I stuck with 1 11/16" nuts largely because I really like the bridge spacing that goes with it- 2 1/8". the usual match with 1 3/4" nut is 2 1/4" at the bridge and I find that too wide for flatpicking. Now comes the new Martin spec 1 3/4 at thenut, 2 3/16 at the bridge and I bet that will work just fine. I gotta find one to try out. Good move Martin!
  10. I'm guessing here but your talk of upgrades and icons doesn't match up with an HB pro, fine guitars though they may be. I also suspect you really aren't looking for a lifetime guitar. You may upgrade or change models later to suit the times. You can play guitars at the $2k level, or you can play at the $4k level and upwards to who knows where. One thing about buying a nice 'bird like http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/products/11321044.php?CategoryID=89&n=23 is that you get a lot more back on a sale or trade so, if you want an icon, and if you can afford to make the leap, go for a really nice model that fills you with joy every time you pick it up. From there on out if you decide to trade you can get another guitar in the $4k range without spending any more than you do trading in the $2k range, so I've found. In my case I bought a $4400 mandolin. It was more than twice what I had ever paid for an instrument. It was fabulous and I loved it dearly, until I didn't. I put it up for sale and got $4800, surprised the heck out of me but it was really nice and the guy really wanted it so I sold it and moved on. I don't think it would have happened with a $2k mandolin. Enjoy the hunt.
  11. If your shoulder problem is making you part with a lifetime friend guitar then I don't see how another deep body guitar will work. I had a J-185 and sold it because of the reach over the deep body. I kept my Guild GSR F-40 because it has the shallower body and it plays wonderfully. There are times I regret selling the Gibby but the Guild is a real player and doesn't leave me with a sore shoulder for playing it .
  12. The striped fretboard is common to Madagascar Rosewood. My J-185 had it in spades. While Madagascar rosewood was supposed to be special and rare, and as such very desirable, I found the stripe kind of ugly and wished for a more consistent color like "common" rosewood which has all the good qualities needed for fingerboards without the oddball stripes. Gibson used Madagascar on the TV line as a mark of distinction. I doubt it contributes to the sound at all. later Madagascar became part of the problems with the Lacey Act.
  13. I find the OM size to be just a bit too small to have the power and bass I like, while the D sizes with their deep bodies bother my shoulder. To me the best all arounder is the Grand Orchestra size, aka Martin OOOO or M size. they have a 16" lower bout with 4" depth. Bigger than the OM and a great do it all instrument. mine is a Guild GSR F 40 but a Martin M36 would do it too. As formGibson, well I sold my all around J185 as it was a deep body and bothered my shoulder a bit, but I wish I had it back. it was a great combinTion with the big body and short scale, but the short scale robbed some of the power I need sometimes.
  14. Yes, I play a 1917 Gibson A4 mandolin for many years now and I have been playing claw hammer banjo on a 1904 Fairbanks Regent, since 1970.
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