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Everything posted by OldCowboy

  1. Other than a series of 'beater' guitars over the course of time, one of which I still retain, I own only one 'purchased new'. That's a Guild D-35SB from early 1978. 43 years hence, I still consider it new (until I really think about it) and realize I don't regret anything (decal to pearl for the logo/custom headstock inlay) I did to it within its first couple years. Doubtful to become a classic - although I never considered the matter at the time - and not an instrument netting much financial appreciation from then 'til now - I still enjoy playing it without benefit of remorse. It's a good'n☺ However, my older Gibsons aren't likely to be modified any time soon. At my age, if I were disposed to buy a current production high end Gibson or whatever, it's "let the next guy worry" over any aesthetic mods I'd care to make. That's my attitude and I'm stickin' to it😂
  2. You're correct - the Heritage model doesn't get enough credit. Sorry for the (decade wide😱) typo, and thank you for catching it!
  3. 70's Gibson Heritage - allegedly the last one produced in Kalamazoo.
  4. Gospel, Heritage, and Dove models from the 70's are pretty decent. None of them would scare me too much as an online purchase. Most of the information given so far is spot on - adjustable bridges on J-45's begin to show up around 1955.
  5. OldCowboy


    That's an eye popper! Don't recall ever seeing an expanse of walnut that nice. Enjoy!
  6. I tend to reserve the "beater" designation for a guitar that, should the environment be hostile, won't constitute a serious loss or be difficult to replace. I, too, am a "care and respect" guy, but would rather not subject vintage stuff to camping and the like.
  7. OUTSTANDING! Oops😨 Didn't mean to yell....
  8. I, too, have noticed variations among vintage slope J's. Most I've really liked favor light strings, and those I haven't were usually strung with mediums. I have tried mediums on all my slopes, and found them dull and thuddy, while lights have brought their potential to the foreground. PB lights kind of help me switch back and forth from flat and finger picking without losing the 'right' sound for each. Then, again, I'm not exactly a virtuoso😂
  9. I was friends with Aaron, and he did a lot of work for me over the years. It's good that his guitars are getting some well-deserved appreciation. His F-5 style mandolins were excellent, as well. He shared a fair amount of Gibson/Kalamazoo lore with me, some of which contradicts the company-generated and otherwise written about material that some folks take as gospel. Altogether, he was a fine gentleman, and I miss him a great deal.
  10. Haven't met the 5 or 6 culprits - and I mostly inhabit the Acoustic Forum. Anyhow, if I'm one of 'em, just think of it as being too old to change - back down - or much care.
  11. Why are feathers getting ruffled on this thread? It should be a relatively bland topic. Either way, we can play whatever we prefer assuming it's in our price range - and we don't get paid to influence anyone else.
  12. Seems like both Gibsons and Martins are fine instruments, but each has its own "vibe". Hard to explain objectively, but definitely something I can sense while playing. As far as who plays what, among working singers, the percentage is likely about 50/50. I'd really like to hear from some professionals as to the reason(s) for their preference.
  13. Many install a conventional strap button above the jack plug. Be sure you drill into the end block or you're just putting a hole into your guitar.
  14. I like it when all the slots are cut properly and there's minimal chance of the thing breaking at a crucial moment (the high E slot is my usual culprit). Bone is tops - tusq is even worse than plastic.
  15. Ah, the shame of it😨! I did an upper guard on a '66 J-50 back in the early 1970's. Sacrilege. Lest you judge too harshly, it was a time of joy and (sometimes) unbridled impulse. I still believe Emmy's guitar has great "character".
  16. Dare not let my wife see that pink abomination, or she'd have to own it.
  17. Remember him well. If you'd like to hear another dimension of his talent, check out Duane Eddy Plays Songs of Our Heritage - he plays a nylon string guitar. Jesse Colter was married to him before becoming Waylon Jennings' wife.
  18. My luthier might be able to help. Send a PM if interested.
  19. That's what I wondered - trying to be diplomatic.
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