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  1. And you don't see the irony here when ill-informed professional performers load up on huge amounts of water despite their bodies not being dehydrated and drinking them ad nauseam unable to combat a dry throat? Makes me crack up each time I see it.
  2. To answer your question, apparently, yes, it is possible. Not sure what you think you're seeing here.
  3. Gibson never discontinued their M2M program. I'm surprised you didn't go with the "V" shaped neck; it fits those guitars quite well.
  4. A new guitar tab: Roadsinger (2009) Part of a much darker album, “Roadsinger” is a Western and country song at its core written in the purest of keys (C major), with various guitar hooks scattered throughout, making it perfect for a finger/strum-style technique such as Cat’s.
  5. There are no swap-out parts for this. Gibson's experiment to use plastic bridges on some of their acoustic guitars failed anyway and quickly came to an end. It resulted in warped and unseated plastic bridges, poor coupling, and hence poor tone. The best course of action is to make a new custom bridge, perhaps slightly oversized, out of dark rosewood to match the Brazilian fretboard, to strip the lacquer underneath (for plastic bridges were only screwed on), properly glue it surface-to-surface, and route a saddle slot. This way the vintage look (on this entry-level guitar) is kept in tact
  6. I have yet to see that limited model in person. With its autumn burst finish, this anniversary model bears some resemblance to the J-45 Deluxe. But the Lutz spruce top and quilted mahogany back and sides certainly make it worth having in my books. The custom headstock anniverary logo and gold Grover open tuners are also worth noting.
  7. That's going to be a tough search...
  8. Summer is almost upon us. It's getting hot and dry out there, and so is your throat when inhaling between phrases during singing. Though counterintuitive, avoid drinking any water, tea, or alcoholic beverages. Here are the top three things to really help you out (in this order): 1. Pineapple juice (one glass alone carries you through a whole set) 2. Strawberry juice 3. Honey (raw, not mixed in tea or something)
  9. Add a lifting bridge to your list of issues.
  10. I've already seen some on Reverb. Some of the Gibson stock photos on their site are also incorrect, as they show prototypes rather than the actual product.
  11. I'd take any deal leading to a J-185/180. The only downside is you don't need another guitar after that.
  12. Any kind of repair work impacts the resale value if it's badly done or otherwise bothersome or noticable to the buyer. What kind of strong woodworking glue is used (be it hide glue, fish glue, or aliphatic resin glue like Titebond) is almost irrelevant as long as the glue-up job is done professionally and right.
  13. A new guitar tab and something a little different: The Wind East and West (2007 version) This song first debuted in 2006 in Abu Dhabi on national television in a much different form, with Arabic-English verses and a much more complex song structure including a chorus section. But perhaps the most famous reincarnation of the song is a medley with “The Wind” as opener for Yusuf’s Cafe Session concert in 2007, with a hauntingly beautiful vocal performance by Yusuf. The song is also meant as direct follow-up to “The Wind,” and to be understood in its most symbolic reading, with the wind
  14. Sure thing; size-wise you're already big ways in the big guitar category with those two. Sound-wise is a whole different horse, though, given that Gibson guitars are heavily mid-ranged focused unlike Martin.
  15. Whether you can handle bigger guitars really depends on your overall build, arm length, and, to an extend, technique (mostly arm and hand posture). I would argue that if you can handle a J-45, you should be good with a J-200 as well. I much prefer more compact jumbo guitars like the J-185/180, but I would never kick a J-200 off the bed's edge, either.
  16. It's as difficult as always for any retailer outside the US to get ahold of Gibson re: availability (they are extremely busy), but we'll get there eventually. I'd love to have at least one guitar more permanently tuned to Open E.
  17. A new guitar tab: Moonstone (1967) The classical influences in this almost Middle Eastern fiction, which is similar to the tale of Aladdin’s lamp, are felt the clearest in the intro. Cat was having fun with lyrics and storylines at the time. That he lived right around the corner of the British Museum certainly had some influence here. The song is very upbeat and has the prescribed Decca Big Band sound new for the time, but Cat’s composition and, to an extend, the song structure are actually more complex beneath the surface. The key change in the second chorus heightens suspense, and
  18. You're probably right. It's just that Gibson's vintage sunburst is insanely good-looking on those slope-shoulder models. I've inquired with the dealer who in turn gets in touch with Gibson how long the waiting time would turn out to be. I would probably not be unhappy with antique natural either (I do prefer J-200s in that color).
  19. Thinking about picking one up. A blonde one (antique natural finish) is available here but I'm really unsure about the color. The top looks superb, very evenly grained. Vintage sunburst is a much safer bet since I am into that color scheme, but I'm not sure I can get one here (as a lefty) in the foreseeable future.
  20. How to relic an acoustic? If anyone could answer that question, they surely wouldn't—or at least not here—but start their own business doing it considering that how to relic an electric is still in its infancy, making an awful lot of money already, and the very few that can relic don't always succeed.
  21. I can tell you the cause of that: someone somewhere played that guitar with his keys still in his pocket causing the impression in the lacquer and wood.
  22. Beautiful guitar, though a cutaway is not my thing. Look out for the usual suspects when buying used. Not much more to say than that. Very comfortable body shape. These 185EC usually go for less than they are worth.
  23. Not a crack. It's an impression in the lacquer.
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