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  1. If there is but one thing the forums can count on it is both (i) your perfect timing to come out of the woodwork to rise your ire against that particular luthier as well as (ii) your ludicrous ideas on woodworking devoid of any rationale, real-world application or the repair job at hand. And yet your sprouting nonsense fails to even entertain. (Though saying that made me remember that at one point you suggested that in order to better fit a heel to a dove tail was to wet it instead of using carbon paper, which made everyone have a good time who has ever used, or watched someone use, an actual chisel.) That guitar finishes is the field that is the farthest away from Jerry's forte is hardly a point of surprise or contention.
  2. At a converted USD 8,543.99 (from Australian dollars) the price seems in line with the secondary market (even though the model has overall little collectibility). It's also a consignment piece. The coloration of the guitar is a little strange (or perhaps the colors of the photo are off), as those models usually don't go full tobacco on you over time, even though they can take on a darker hue of sorts. Who knows how the thing was handled or stored! If it was refinished, which I doubt, they got the Gibson burst right, though.
  3. Whether cracking in the binding can be fixed and how expensive it is going to be depends on the extent of the damage. If all else fails, the entire binding can be completely replaced if your pocket is big enough.
  4. I have yet to hear a True Vintage that disappoints. Nice recording.
  5. I'm not so sure there is a great difference between brands, but there is definitely a great difference between acoustic string types, from phosphor bronze, coated and uncoated, to nickel bronze, to silk and steel.
  6. It doesn't look like the 120th anniversary series ever received fret nibs. So you bought old stock from 2014 in the end? I find that pretty remarkable given how old the guitar now is. If you want to learn how to inspect and set up your guitar yourself and better understand your instrument, I recommend Erlewine's book How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great! for starters. Of course a professional setup by a competent luthier or guitar tech is highly valuable especially in the beginning.
  7. Glen Campbell and his incredible hybrid picking are gentle on my mind whenever this technique is being mentioned.
  8. I find with Jerry that he is an excellent woodworker, great mandolin builder, and a competent jack of all trades as a repair guy. However, some repair jobs, especially those requiring very specialized tools and skill sets (finish and restoration work, work on specific models), are best left to those who specialized in that particular brand of instruments, repair type, or field that is at issue. But those guys are hard to find and don't necessarily take on the job. Any luthier that keeps the camera rolling as uncut as Jerry does is under intense scrutiny. Frankly, I would probably not return to my local luthiers were I to review the video footage of their repairs. Repairing guitars is the most difficult field to get right because it is so wide, requires an extremely wide array of skills, jigs, and tools, and you are always working under tight restrictions (time and/or money) — oftentimes much more so than when "solely" building stringed instrument. That being said, I would probably not bring my Gibson or Ovation guitars in to Jerry for repair work. Nonetheless, I find those videos above to be very instructional. It is not every day that you see a botched bridge plate made of plywood causing deformation in the top, that that the problem was correctly identified as such and then painstakingly fixed. Bridge plates, being at the very center of the construction and tightly glued as such, are a pain, and sometimes outright impossible, to remove with access only through the soundhole and without causing major damage.
  9. Another one: Ruins (1972) “Ruins” is Steve’s commentary on the Vietnam War. In an interview at the time, he said, “It’s as close as I’ll ever get to Vietnam — I won’t even say the word, I had to imagine London, and in my mind I saw Oxford Street and the whole of my childhood, ’cause I’m trying to imagine when everything I know has been torn down.” The fingerpicking pattern gets more and more violent the harsher the scenes of decay and destruction get. In a more recent performance Steve’s introduction of the song to the audience (“it’s more of a downer”) remains very much the same.
  10. I have the Scarlett 2i4 (2nd gen) — it's a fine device especially in conjunction with Reaver. However, for home recordings, I have recently switched back to an all-in-one, hassle-free tape recorder (Sony PCM-D100).
  11. The trend continues, new tab incoming: Daytime (1978) During their stay in France, Alun and Steve spent a lot of time on the lyrics of the song. In many ways “Daytime” continues the musical and lyrical theme that “Where Do the Children Play” started, and both songs were even played together as a medley during Steve’s last appearance at the YEAR OF THE CHILD CONCERT in November 1979. What makes the song so experimental from a production standpoint is that Paul Samwell-Smith and Steve sang one note at a time for this putting them on different loops so as to mimic the basic principle of a mellotron.
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