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  1. Shifts in temperature or humidity cause the top to move, hence there will be times when cracks are more prevalent and open. The crack doesn't appear to go very deep into the top wood, as if a solid object cut the top ripping it at an angle or something. It is difficult to tell what the appropriate fix is without hands-on review of the trauma. A competent luthier is recommended for way too many reasons to elaborate on here.
  2. The second Hummingbird sounds phenomenal (perhaps a saddle conversion or an entirely different one). There is much style but little substance as usual to the song, though.
  3. He's just playing along the record and we're not actually hearing the Hummingbird?
  4. That figuring in the top wood, perfectly evenly spread out, is a sight to behold. And the classic blue Epiphone label brings back memories. That's one hell of a review, thanks.
  5. Les Paul Standard with an asymmetrical neck and an American Fender Stratocaster. I'd love to get my hands on an ES, though, these days.
  6. Given the same scale length, tuning and string properties, the tension of the new Gibson strings would be comparable to, if not the same as, their D'Addario counterpart. You can use their calculator here for whatever scientific project you are tackling. Personally, I don't see the use.
  7. I tried to clean up that guitar tab some more in hope it will serve you better.
  8. I started this guitar tab in 2006 but must have quickly given up (the intro and bridge parts are difficult to figure out) realizing it went way over my head. Fourteen years later and I managed somehow. Life doesn't seem so bad. Best played on a J-180/185, J-45 or L-00. Heaven / Where True Love Goes (2006) The intro and outro of “Heaven” are pure acoustic heaven and played by Steve on a classical guitar no less; the middle part is very upbeat. For this song, Steve took inspiration from the “Heaven” part of his “Foreigner Suite”, a set of songs more firmly coupled together than he might think and touring through a variety of musical genres. The intimate chords Steve used for this piece (transcribed here as played by Steve on guitar) are quite rare to see for this stringed instrument in standard tuning and definitely take some getting used to when playing (cf. fingering at bottom).
  9. I know of no luthiers in the Detroit area. In the end the dogged headstock ear would have to be filed down flat, a new piece of grain-matched mahogany be grafted onto the headstock ear and color/finish-matched to the rest, and ultimately aged. The blending of old and new material can be a very challenging task for it to look natural on old guitars. The luthier would have to be firm in his knowledge on Gibson finishes as well. Neither a cheap nor particularly easy fix even though one might think so.
  10. Jedzep summed it up quite nicely. So turn that saddle around if you will to have it in the correct orientation.
  11. Not physically no, so the latter is the case. Admittedly, not even Cat Stevens has been to Katmandu despite singing about it (after having read a Rolling Stones article on the place).
  12. When browsing the web for replacement tuners for my J-180's Kluson-style Grovers, which didn't turn very well under tension (oiling didn't help), I stumbled upon these Kluson Supreme 3+3 tuning keys (single ring, double line), with their higher gear ratio of 18:1. The exterior is made to vintage specs and drop right in if you have had Kluson-style tuners on your instrument before. The keystone buttons have more of a yellow hue to them (instead of the Grovers' greenish shine), and swirling pearl pattern on the buttons is more present which I like. The keys turn very smoothly and you can tune up very precisely due to the higher-than-normal gear ratio. Very high quality, very happy.
  13. From the little information to go on, to me, this looks like a B-25 of some sort in Cherry Sunburst. The finish here doesn't look stripped, not sure though. Some of them had a headstock just like this without the usual black veneer. The top has a clearly visible crack along the upper edge of the pickguard.
  14. I guess there are worse things to do for warming you through the night than cuddling up to ya old D-41 (as burdensome as it may be). I just can't for the life of me see a single shred of beauty in the Martin design that looks but old, antiquated, German-esque to me. Clearly, I'm in the majority and you will have to kowtow to my superior opinion and destroy all your Martin guitars at once.
  15. I know you feel butthurt now, but it is what it is. What is, is.
  16. Martin guitars couldn't be more unappealing to me, visually, in terms of design and sound.
  17. A touchup marker like those by StewMac https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/materials-and-supplies/finishing-supplies/colors-and-tints-and-stains/colortone-touch-up-marker.html work well here.
  18. As opposted to a single-action truss rod (employed in all Gibson guitars), a dual-action truss rod allows you to correct a backbow as well (in addition to an underbow). If the rod is made out of titanium instead of steel, there might be a weight benefit to it, as dual rods are heavier by nature (two truss rods working in parallel). Most modern-day Fender electric guitars feature dual-action truss rods, and they work as intended. I have never seen a Gibson guitar suffer from a backbow so I figure they don't need one; I also do love me a lightweight neck and guitar. Fender dual-action truss rod
  19. True and to the point. As with any vintage instrument, it always feels like a gamble for the one lucky drop of THE instrument that may, or may not, exist somewhere or only in one's imagination. The hunt may be fulfilling, for a time, in and of itself, but once the instrument materializes at your door step you will most certainly be in for a first disappointment. There are exceptions of course, but even if your luthier is skilled enough to straighten the instrument out, it involves considerable time and monetary effort, and you will be rolling the dice again on the final result, to fulfill the expectations you built up for so long during the hunt. Out of these reasons I will gladly stick to the modern Gibson Custom Shop and be more than content doing so with the results.
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