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  1. While in Bethlehem, PA where we had travelled for a wedding, my wife and I were hanging out downtown with some friends. One of them pointed out a storefront to me that we both got a kick out of. The name of the place was Guth’s — I think it was something like a clothing store, shoe store, etc.. The reason it struck us a funny is because my last name is Guthrie and to us Guth’s sounded like just the right name for me and my tavern were I ever to own one. “Hey Guth, set me up with another...” While Guth’s Corner Tap never came to be, I hung on to the handle and have been using it online, here and elsewhere, for longer than I can remember.
  2. To me a holy grail is not only about subjective performance (to which most all of us are drawn) but also about rarity. Holy Grail (courtesy of Merriam-Webster): something that you want very much but that is very hard to get or achieve For me this rules out all of the better sellers in the Gibson lineup.
  3. I won’t make any guesses as to the transition, but if this performance is any indication I’d say that Buc is feeling right at home in the new digs. Very nice!
  4. The answer that immediately comes to mind for me would be an Advanced Jumbo from the original run. That would not be my personal choice as far as a holy grail Gibson acoustic goes (I personally prefer mahogany guitars) but I’ve seen the original AJ noted for this distinction so many times now I suppose that it is just sort of tattooed on my brain. My personal favorite Gibson acoustic as far as pure tone goes has long been Russ Barenberg’s banner-era maple J-45 (perhaps the most mahogany-like maple guitar I have ever heard). I believe that particular guitar even has laminated back & sides. The reality is that Russ is much more responsible for that particular tone than the guitar itself, but I just like that pairing. The most memorable Gibson I have ever encountered personally was back in the 90’s when I was on the hunt for a 30’s L-00. It was a 13 fret model that had undergone a left-hand conversion at some point in it’s life. That ruled it out for a purchase by me. But that guitar simply stunned me even just based on the crude noodling I was able to pull off with it. I continue to hold steady with my 2008 J-45 TV as the last guitar I’ll likely part with so I guess maybe that’s my personal holy grail Gibson. Unfortunately, it is my own tone that comes across most clearly regardless of what guitar I happen to be playing.
  5. Well I lasted just one night (simply an open mic spot at that) for each year that you gigged with your buddy, lol. My instrumental tunes aren’t the sort of thing that demand attention let alone capture the hearts of an audience. Not a big deal really as I only chose to perform in front of a group of people in order to confront my discomfort over such an experience. I was truly curious as to whether or not I could even remember how to play the guitar while up on a stage. Aside from that I’ve always had periods of time where I’ve just stopped playing “. Maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months or even longer. But I eventually always seem to find my way back to noodling around with a guitar simply for the stress relief that it brings. The past few years I’ve dealt with a personal crisis that has impacted more than just my guitar playing. In addition, my nails that have worn like iron my entire life and were such a big part of my tone and playing style just began to fall apart (literally). I’ve now managed to put my personal issues to rest for the most part and even my nails have started to return to health. But I’ve been rather slow to re-enter the world of guitar playing. There is no particular reason for this, that’s just how it goes sometimes. No point putting any more pressure on myself I suppose. Good luck in figuring out what is the right move for you going forward.
  6. I wanted to thank Gibcaster000 for resurrecting this thread. Having spent a decent chunk of my life in Texas I count myself fortunate to have seen most of these artists many times. I even have tucked away in a box somewhere a very small piece of art that Townes and Guy drew for my wife and I while sitting at the bar in Gruene Hall. Yet somehow in all of this time I had never heard of Heartworn Highways until this very thread popped up. I've been watching clips from the film out on YouTube as a result and will eventually try to locate the documentary in it's entirety.
  7. From living in a sea of boxes to living by the sea, sounds like you already have a new song in the making to go along with the new chapter in your life. I'm glad to know that the guitars will be accompanying you (as well as the wife and all the other stuff of course). I hope to be around here on the forum to enjoy a video of your first performance on the new front porch. Enjoy!
  8. I had the exact same feeling when it came to my maple AJ when I first played it. But I tend to run mediums on almost every guitar I've ever owned with the exception of the smaller-bodied guitars. I also seemingly have the action set a bit higher on my guitars than many people do as I tend to dig in a bit more than maybe I should at times with my right hand when I'm fingerpicking and the extra action helps with that. As noted above I acquired my maple AJ over seven years ago and I have been running mediums on the guitar ever since taking ownership without issue. (I'm using mediums on my rosewood AJ as well. I understand that maple as a tonewood isn't for everyone. But I've found that for me this guitar provides a unique voice as compared to any other guitar I've ever owned and at times that can be a nice motivation for changing things up a bit. I hope that you end up enjoying yours.
  9. I own 2 Advanced Jumbos and they both have 1 3/4” nut widths. One was from a Custom Shop run of maple AJ’s built in 2007. The other as far as I’m aware is a standard issue Rosewood AJ built in 2008.
  10. Thanks 'burst. Funny I was just thinking about Nick yesterday as I so often do since we have a photo of him hanging up in our house. Man I miss that dog.
  11. Hello Buc, I love the sound of a good mahogany slope-shouldered Gibson and still have my J45. So versatile with a great woody tone. I find these guitars especially appropriate when paired with a gifted singer songwriter like yourself. I've been reminded of this a few times recently when attending the shows of a couple of musicians that I really enjoy: Jeffrey Foucault who plays an incredible sounding old J45 and Slaid Cleaves who I just saw last week playing his tried and true J-50. Interestingly, I first met Slaid back in the 90's and told him how much I enjoyed his music and that I really liked his guitar. He informed me that it used to be his Dad's guitar which I thought was incredibly cool. As you might imagine I was glad to learn last week that he and that guitar are still together after all this time. I hope that you and your best buddy enjoy a long musical partnership together as well. All the best, Guth p.s. I just discovered the message you left for me some three years go. A very belated thank you for the note. Sadly the video that you linked to was no longer available. I will say that I'm really happy to learn that you are still making music with a guitar in your hands.
  12. Hello Jinder, It's been a few years since I last stepped (virtual) foot in this place. Not sure if you'll remember this (or me), but I landed a maple AJ a bit over seven years ago. I still have that guitar and I haven't bought or traded for another guitar since. I bring this up because when I wrote about the guitar here on the forum you made some comments in your post on that thread that seem worth repeating at this point in time. I'm glad to learn that the stars were in alignment when you landed a maple AJ of your own. All the best, Guth
  13. I was playing my Maple AJ earlier today and was reminded of this forum. So I figured I'd check out what was happening with this place. That's when I found this thread. I can see that things haven't changed all that much around here since I last checked in. I really dig my Gibson acoustics, but I often seemed to run against the grain around here. I'm one of those guys that only found favor with a small percentage of the Gibsons that I played (and I got my hands on a lot of them over the years). That was just my experience. If others didn't happen to experience the same exasperating search to find their respective Gibsons that I did, then more power to them. Maybe I was just looking for something a bit different out of a guitar than many others here. Incredibly, it's now been something like a couple of years since I last stepped foot in a guitar shop. Therefore I can't comment on the current state of quality when it comes to Gibson acoustics. I will say this though: as prices go up for most any given product, then so too do the expectations (and the criticisms) of those interested spending their money on whatever that product might happen to be. Gibson guitars are no different. Given the prices of guitars today, I'm glad that I acquired mine when I did. I doubt that the guitars I own have increased much in value over the past few years, which is fine. I bought them simply to play and enjoy them. In that regard they are doing a great job. Any criticisms that I (or anyone else for that matter) have had of Gibson acoustics over the years in no way puts a damper on that for me.
  14. Hey EA, Funny post, and entertaining thread. I'm coming up on almost 2 years without buying/selling/trading any guitars. The last guitar I acquired was the Custom Shop BIrdseye Maple AJ that I traded my Collings OM2H away for. I now find myself more than content with the guitars that I own and I've found that I've been spending more time playing and creating music and less time on internet guitar forums worrying about what I don't have. I'm enjoying one of the best creative periods that I've experienced in a while. In the past few months I've even played live in front of other people a couple of times now after never doing so in the 35+ years that I've been noodling around with guitars. Contrary to many here, I think focusing so much about what guitar I wanted next was really getting in the way of my music and creativity. I still occasionally think about selling off my Custom AJ or my Martin 00018GE as they just aren't get played as much as my J-45 or AJRI. But I do still enjoy them and I actually worry about destroying the balance that I've managed to achieve the last couple of years. I personally am in no hurry to rejoin that merry-go-round of feeling the desire to acquire yet another guitar. Not preaching by any means. This is just what has been working out for me. In spite of your lack of GAS, I hope that you find yourself otherwise musically satisfied. All the best, Guth
  15. I'm not adverse to adirondack, and it appears on other guitars that I own/have owned. But for whatever reason the Gibsons that most appeal to my ears have always sported Sitka tops.
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