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  1. I don't see that the flubber on my 2011 Hummingbird is printed. However, I did have a 2010/11 Martin D-41 ($4,000) that had what has come to be known as the "purple dot-matrix pickguard". You could see it in bright light/sunlight. Is was blasphemy as far as anyone was concerned. I sold it due to some structural problems and replaced it with a '14 D-18 and couldn't be happier. But the purplish dot matrix pickgurd on a $4,000 Martin was complete sacrilege. Now, would I buy a Gibson acoustic guitar knowing it has a flubber on it? Well first of all, the word "flubber" is quite presumptuous. Are people tearing these things off in droves and throwing them in the trash? No. But that aside, I bought mine because it sounded, played and looked great. I never felt like, "man this guitar sounds flubby"... at least not until I read these threads. The "flubber" as it's unfortunately called, eliminates pick scratches and wearing off of the PG graphics. I won't take mine off, it sound incredible. I think people get hung up on this kind of stuff unnecessarily. Otherwise, why'd you buy your guitar in the first place if the tone wasn't right? In my case, the answer is YES! I'd buy another knowing that it had this so-called flubber thing on it. :)
  2. I recall many years ago when I walked into a small new local shop. The owner had various low/medium priced acoustic and electric guitars for sale. I was trying out an acoustic, and he stepped over to ask how I liked it. I told him I wasn't interested in it because one fret buzzed (when only one or two frets buzz, you have an issue with the frets; it's not a setup issue. They always try to say the guitar needs a setup, or perhaps it's a "proud" fret, or high fret. But it almost never is, it's almost always a LOW fret, and that's BAD.) I set the guitar down and began looking at others. He immediately grabbed the guitar and took it up near the register. After looking at the others and eventually deciding to head out, I went past the register where he said thank you and have a nice day. Just then I noticed he was filing the frets on the guitar I'd tried, exactly where I told him it buzzed. I'm quite sure this guy had zero experience with fret leveling, so it was just ridiculous. When you're a retailer and you know how to identify fret issues, you don't start taking files to a guitar like that, you contact the manufacturer for return/repair. You don't just start hacking away like a fool. That's the weirdest thing I've ever seen at a guitar store in my life. Shows you have to be careful and know where you're taking your guitar for repair. The time to be asking the questions you need to ask about fret repair is NOT the day you bring your guitar into the shop. You ask ahead of time to see some examples of the repairman's work, if you're not familiar with them. You expect them to watch how YOU play and ask about your playing style and requirements. You try to glean as much info as you can, then leave and do some home research. Check for any reviews on the Web. This is your guitar, not your Hyundai. You don't hire just any old tire repairman to do fretwork on your beloved guitar. You check around, money is no object, you get the best guy/gal you can find and pay them well, even tip them. You try the guitar out extensively after the repair, before you leave the shop. Don't say, "I'll wait until I get home to test it". You test it there and make sure it's PERFECT. Fretwork and a proper setup should make your guitar play perfectly from low to high - no excuses.
  3. That model was the first tube amp I ever played. My friend and I had a band when we were 16 and rehearsed in a room where an older bunch of guys would rehearse. So we got to use their gear and that amp was the guitar player's amp. He played a Fender Bullet guitar. I remember us digging the amp because it was "a real tube amp", but it didn't have any distortion; it wasn't gonna do Zeppelin and Rush. We eventually took the "Gibson" logo off and put it on some other crappy amp. Nice to see a pic of one in great condition.
  4. I think the biggest problem for Gibson's amps was simply lack of appeal. Gibson are known for their historical guitar designs, not their amps. Anytime someone's got $500 or so to drop on an amp, they're not going to try that unfamiliar Gibson over in the corner when Marshall, Fender, Mesa and about 15 other brand names are vying for the almighty buck. The image I always had in my mind about Gibson amps was little combos you might purchase to go along with your new Les Paul Special back in the 60's. It's just the way I always pictured them.
  5. I bought two after having owned the Polytune 2 pedal. I also have the iPhone app, and both are excellent. The Polytune Clip works tremendously well, I use it in the strobe mode so tuning is very tedious sometimes, but when done right my guitars are in perfect tune. I highly recommend all TC Electronic products, especially the Polytuners.
  6. I think I joined the land of the rich when I signed up here. LOL! I have a few nice Gibsons, but man - some of the guitars and collections many of you have must be valued into the Stratosphere! Nice to see such great instruments.

  7. I have a Hummingbird made in June of 2011, which I bought new not long after that. It has a flubber/gel pickguard, After reading this thread I poked it with a guitar pick under bright light and I can confirm it is indeed gelatinous. I never knew it until now. I admit it's a bit disappointing to realize after more than 4 years that my guitar has a dampening material for a pickguard, but nonetheless I never felt the tone lacked a single thing, and I now noticed the 'guard has no pick scratches. I would gander that even a plastic pickguard would inhibit resonance. But I don't care, the guitar sounds stellar. While I'm on the topic of pickguards, I had a 2010 Martin D-41 that cost $3,999 new, and it had their infamous "purple dot matrix" pickguard: a plastic tortoise shell pickguard that, upon close inspection revealed that the tortoise appearance was merely printed in reddish-purple with a very visible dot matrix pattern. The guard looked normal under indoor lighting, but as soon as it was under bright light or sunshine it looked more purple than reddish brown. There was a lot of screaming, wailing and gnashing of teeth over that at the time. Quite disappointing what guitar making seems to be slowly coming to these days, not to mention the outrageous prices many of them command.
  8. It's absolutely gorgeous, top of the line, but did you really buy a $9,000 mandolin to "learn how to play" it? I'd get me an $800 Eastman, then put the Fern in the case and never touch it again until I made all my mistakes and earned my dues on the cheapie, is what I'd do.
  9. Any fans of Gibson Vintage Reissue electric strings? Just wondering what your opinions are on them. I used to use GHS Boomers for many years on various guitars, but they seem to sound good on my Historics.
  10. To me it sounds like a wolf note, as someone else mentioned. Sometimes just changing the string could help. I've experienced them on guitars, it's not uncommon. I try to use it as a feature as long as it's not a "dead" note. Sometimes you can get cool feedback voicing from it, other times it can bug the heck out of you. Here's an article I found in a quick search. There are YouTube vids on "wolf tone": http://www.sweetwater.com/insync/wolf-tone/ http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/eliminating-wolf-tones (Skip the first two minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k--sLkeqIM4
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