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  1. The room humidity has remaining more or less the same: around 40%. The Tonerite seems really interesting! This is the first time I've heard about it - will definitely look into it.
  2. Hi all, I have a 1967 Gibson Hummingbird. I got it a couple of months ago and played it every day. Previously, it had seen no play for years, and I noticed the tone got better and better the more I played it. Then, I had a break from playing for 1-2 weeks. To my surprise, after the break the guitar didn't sound as good as I remembered. It sounded stiffer and more muffled, and the overtones just don't sound as good. Can a week of not playing a guitar really make a difference in how an acoustic guitar sounds? If so, why is this? Or is this a case of my ears tuning in to the tone of the guitar and that my ears get used to the tone the more I play (and if I don't play, the ears cannot hear the nuances as well)? oh, I should mention that when I got the guitar I had a luthier install a fixed bridge onto it, which also explains the sound intially getting better with playing.
  3. Ah, of course! Thanks for the reminder. Quess I will have to reconsider...
  4. So separate necks do sometimes come up for sale...cool. I have a 1967 Hummingbird, which interestingly has a long scale neck. I am toying with the idea of getting it a short scale neck when I inevitably face a neck reset.
  5. Hi all, What is a good place to find replacement parts for vintage Gibson acoustics? I mean fundamenta parts like necks? Can vintage necks be found anywhere, or do they always come with the body? ;-) Thanks!
  6. I am still and continually experimenting on how to make the long-scale 1967 Hummingbird in this thread sound the best it can...what an interesting quest! Here's what I've found out so far: THE EFFECT OF A LONG SCALE: I think this is as expected: the tone is somewhat tight and focused, as opposed to the rounder and looser tone of a short scale Hummingbird (I haven't tried a short scale, but that's what I've read). The bass and trebles are forward-sounding and focused, and full chords stay nicely intact. For fingerstyle, a short scale might suit better, as the notes pop out a bit too boldly and loudly with the long scale - short scale might sound more relaxed. STRINGS: I got the most balanced tone with the basic D'addario EJ16 strings. With these strings, nothing really stands-out EQ-wise, and that's great with this guitar. Maybe a tad more bass would be nice, though. The runner-up strings are the Thomastik Spectrums with their woody and fundamental and warm tone...if only they had more sustain. BRIDGE PINS: This really has an effect! I tried replacing the original plastic pins with bone and ebony pins. Bone pins (together with the installed bone saddle) accentuate the sound of the long scale even more: sound becomes even more focused and tight. I didn't really care for this. But ebony pins are just great for this guitar: they tame the forward-nature of the tone a little bit, just shaving off some of the highest highs, and make the basses sound less tight. It feels like they affect the feel and attack too: the tones don't stand out so brightly and fast, which I really dig. So far so good! But what next?
  7. Well, I am happy that this thread with the scale length discussion now has common interest to all Gibson fans :-) Maybe we can all learn something here (to me it's basically all new stuff, as I am new to vintage Gibsons). Getting back to the original title of this topic and Tim Christensen's super 1967 Hummingbird: can your tired and old, but more experienced eyes recognize if his Hummingbird is short or long scale? Here's a pretty good look at it (some neck closeups at around 2mins): By the way, for once the Hummingbird doesn't sound so brilliant here! haha!
  8. You mean this site? There's some info on wavering Gibson scale lengths over the years due to changing production equipment: http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Fretting/Scale_Length_Explained.html
  9. Haha, vivid image! I quess it's me in the bar...how can it be short scale? Did I measure it wrong?
  10. Here's some photos showing the 25.5" (or a little less) scale. Did I measure it correctly (see photos for ruler placement)?
  11. There she is! Wow, that's great detective work E-minor7! :-) How did you find out the exact photo of my guitar on the net?
  12. Yep, the adjustable bridge was changed to a fixed one by my luthier,
  13. I measured the scale again and this time it came right down to 12.75" at the middle of twelfth fret, so it really is long scale at 25.5". It's puzzling that the information on when the long scale models were produced is so scarce. What other models came with a long scale at that time? Dove was mentioned, but any others?
  14. Do you mean all 1967 Hummingbirds are long scale? Surely not?
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