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  1. Chris Smither is a national treasure. Not so much Dylan's nonsensical ramblings IMO. Many and better examples of Smither's work on the Tube. Check out "Origin of Species."
  2. I settled on BC TD-45 and I like it fine for acoustic playing when I play with a pick. The Dunlop Primetones and Ultex 1.5 are tied for a close second and serve nicely if I don't have my BC.
  3. Gibson makes J-45s, and everything else, out of everything but salami and they call them by name, so I would say a koa or maple AJ is still an AJ. And Martin does build custom shop D-28s out of all kinds of body woods and they don't stray far from the name. I have a fairly unusual AJ called a luthiers choice, which features Adirondack top, hide glue top and body construction, and a bigger neck, along with the long scale and forward-shifted (advanced) bracing. It's a fantastic and versatile instrument, as I believe AJs tend to be all around. I don't like the stupid pointy fretboard inlays, but I can't see them when I play, so it's a small issue. I can't imagine being dissatisfied with an AJ, unless it just came out wrong.
  4. I have an AJ Luthier's Choice with Adi top, Adi braces attached with hide glue and a 1 7/8" nut, 2 5/16" string spacing, cut-through bone saddle, etc. At the risk of sounding like an "internet weirdo," I was able to play 5 versions of the AJ at the Gibson 5-star dealer where I bought it. Some had Adi and some Sitka, but this was the one that came home with me because of it's excellence in finger picking, as well as the usual strumming/flat picking uses. The guitar is very dynamically responsive and the wide spacing allows plenty of space for fingers. It also has a Baggs Anthem pickup in it. I recently had a new saddle made and a complete setup and this guitar went straight to the top of the list. It's easy to dismiss wood differences as marketing snake oil, but they are different. Not always better or worse, but different. Now if you want to talk about hide glue...[/size][/size]
  5. had not one, but two Hummingbird Standards with a sizzle type of buzz in the two plain strings. It happened with open and fretted notes. I stretched and loosened and tightened the strings, changed strings and gauge, but it never completely went away. I replaced the saddle with another Tusq saddle that fit the slot tighter. The sound would decrease for a while or the pitch might change a little, but there it remained. I no longer own a Hummingbird. Too bad.
  6. No kiddin'. Guess it's been too long since I partook cuz I did not know that. I feel so--unfreaky... . Of course, in my day we didn't worry what time it was.
  7. Well, I wouldn't buy it, but I wouldn't buy their other "art" guitars either. It's not what I look for in an instrument. That said, obviously somebody buys these cowboy guitars and Louvin Bros guitars and the like, so I have to assume the Martin marketers know what they're doing. I guess they're like baseball cards or something--celebrating American cultural icons. Weed is an important topic these days in legal, economic and political circles. It is legal in a few places, and apparently this artwork is a serious creation. So, why not make it a guitar. It makes more sense to me than a $150,000 watch-themed waste of good wood that no one will play. The only thing I don't get is the numeric designation. What is 420 all about?
  8. This would be a good place to start a farm, what with all the manure flying around. A longer scale guitar has higher tension on the strings, full stop. It's not debatable. Having said that, however, it's not the only factor, and maybe not even the most significant factor that determines playability. Neck profile (includes depth, shape, width, etc,) along with nut width, bridge spacing, fretboard radius, string gauge and type--and how you hold the instrument--all play into playability. IMO, much too much is made of scale length. If you have trouble stretching your fingers or if you like to bend strings, a shorter scale length can help. A little. Usually, not always. In theory, you should also get a slightly warmer, softer tone with a shorter scale length. The longer scale length should provide a crisper, louder tone, but again, there are other factors. So play the guitar you like. The other stuff is just static unless you really know what your'e doing with acoustical physics.
  9. I worked in a guitar store in the mid 70s and we sold a lot of Guild. The D-25 that was current then was hog top, arched back and gold logo like the one shown. One of the top values in the store at $219. I thought they were great and was only deterred by the dark cherry finish, which I didn't care for.
  10. I played an Iron Mountain in a store and liked it a lot. It didn't have the Luthiers Choice wide nut, however. I've got one of those and that neck is about all I can handle.
  11. Very different beasts, as others have said. The straight-braced D-28 is a classic Swiss Army knife of guitars. It excels at accompaniment or soloing, with pick or fingers or just about anything else you throw at it. Very balanced and quite loud. I agree the first vid doesn't do it justice in any way. It sounds dead like a J-45 with really old strings. Not at all a Martin tone. The J-200 is cool looking and I've always wanted one, but I've never found one with much tone to it. I've heard it called the Whispering Giant and I think that's a good description. A good strummer for backing vocals, but that's about it. I've always wanted to like them though, so I recently bought a J-100 Walnut, which is much louder and has a distinctive tone of its own. A lot cheaper too.
  12. Gibsons do seem to like their own brand of strings--the Masterbilt lights that they say come on them. For one thing, those strings seem closer to mediums to me- You might also try Martin 4150 Medium Lights or Martin Retro mediums. Both should beef up the low end of the EQ and both play like a low tension medium, which works pretty well for me.
  13. This sounds familiar. I bought the Dove after deliberating a couple days--and that was a couple days after I bought a J-100 Walnut. Really a nice selection of Gibsons at good prices. I wanted to like the vintage Hbird, but like the vintage J-45s I've played, I couldn't connect with it. Besides, I just sold a MC Bird earlier this year. I really like the two I bought, but the Dove might be going back, simply because I don't need it and I could use the money to fund an ES335. Really like it though...
  14. Hi I'm Ned, currently residing in South TX, USA. I admire Gibson guitars sometimes and wonder at the strange things Gibson does. Will I find enlightenment here? Hmmmm.
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