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  1. ......if I posted this one previously or not. If so, please disregard. If not............a tune I wrote sometime back that I recently re-discovered.........forgot about somewhere. Civil War stuff. J45V; 3-month old DR Sunbeams, half step down, Kat Eye capo 3; BC TPR50; iMovie with Blue Yeti mic.
  2. In the past I owned a Standard and a Vintage model Hummingbird, the vintage perhaps being the best pure player I've ever laid hands on. So many variations of the same model.........my current Big Sky Texas being a prime example......
  3. Congrats on the new guitar! The finish looks like what I know as "honey burst", same finish that was on the Standard I had some years back (might have been a 2014-15). Don't see any cherry in the photo. And the white label indicates a Standard model..............other versions (Vintage, True Vintage, etc.) sport an orange label. You would do yourself a favor by changing those heavy Grover machine heads out for a set of keystones, also from Grover (screw holes match up nicely). It will lighten the headstock and make the thing feel much better.......but hey, you might be a Rotomatic fan.......what do I know.......... Enjoy the thang!
  4. So many fine players out there, but I do keep coming back to this guy..............Monty Montgomery. So smooth, techincally nearly perfect.......just wow. And, as a side note, for those that wonder what the sound of compression is, the single note passages in this video are heavily compressed, much more than I personally care for but he makes it work for what he does. Hear them 'pop'? Compression. Yes, some may say he's a bit over the top, but his mastery of the instrument cannot be denied.
  5. Wouldn't do much dimensional comparisons between 21st century Gibsons and their ancestors from the 1970s. Climb back out of the rabbit hole while you still can........
  6. Settling into the new digs on the island these days.........a nice cottage-style house built in 1925, four blocks off the seawall............nice. I expect this will get better with another 100 passes, but this is what I got for a couple days effort. J-45; DR Sunbeams half step down, capo at first; BC TPR60; iMovie to Garageband.
  7. Point of reference for Billroy...........................
  8. Not sure what you mean there, Joe. But I do know that necksets vary much more than they should, particularly in instruments built with a lot of hand work. To my thinking, the neckset is the single most important factor in how adjustable a guitars' setup can be. I can think of no reason why a builder wouldn't take extra effort and care in make this joining of the body and neck perfect.......everytime. And yes, Doug, I had ramps cut into the ribbons on my WC long ago. I suppose some would wince at the thought, cutting the pearl, but it's a tool and priority one is playability.
  9. A neck set in the block at a relatively shallow angle is underset..........not too much difference between the plane of the fretboard and the guitar top. This can make a low action setup difficult, if not impossible, depending on the degree of underset. An overset neck has a steeper angle between these two planes. Such geometry allows lots of room at the saddle for action adjustments, up or down. The old straight-edge-on-the-board check demonstrates both quite visually.........easier to understand seeing it than stating it.
  10. A four ribbon bridge requires that the pins be set farther from the saddle, making room for the extra ribbons. This is very obvious in Daves' photo of his 200s. Moving the pins away from the saddle reduces the string break angles. With an overset neck a four ribbon is fine as it allows for a tall saddle, maintaining good angles over the saddle.. An average neck set can be troublesome with a four ribbon bridge. For my eye, a two ribbon looks better anyway, but everyone sees with different eyes.
  11. Nice! 2-ribbon bridge......perfect! I'd still have my Western Classic if I hadn't jumped off the long scale wagon.
  12. With a Sunrise pickup in the both of them........a very good pickup for a rock n' roll band playing acoustic guitars. Long live da Stones!
  13. Seems we Yanks have done quite well over the years with the gear we’ve had. Glad you’re happy with yours, but we’re happy with ours too.
  14. Neil Sargent is very good but quite the cantankerous old soul.......and he's usually stacked up and it takes a bit to get the work done. Dave at Rockin' Robin is a very agreeable fellow and quite good........he works in the shop in the front of the store alone, there are some other techs in another shop toward the back.......I'd go to him. In any case, fear not the drilling of a hole in your precious. It's done everyday and is one of those always successful jobs..........it's really no big deal. I did mine myself in my J-45 V, leaving the stock strap button and placing the pickup jack behind it.......I hate having to open up the hole on a strap to make it fit those big honkin' strap jacks. It's a tool and if you want to make good use of it in a new way (playing amplified) you got to make some adjustments to your tool.
  15. What is your intended use of this setup? Busking? Open mics? House parties? While an open microphone on an acoustic guitar arguably provides the best acoustic tone, unless used under very controlled circumstances they are sadly lacking in efficiency. As noted, it's difficult to get consistent volume from the guitar, it being a moving target, and dialing up the gain to compensate generally results in feedback problems. A mic'ed guitar is very nice for quiet home sessions with a few friends, where there's not a lot of volume required to compete with a noisy room, or in a concert hall where the acoustics are right and there's a system dedicated to delivering top-notch sound. Outside of those situations an open mic on an acoustic guitar is usually a nightmare. Completely impractical for hitting open mic stages as the setup/sound check stuff takes too long and would be frowned upon by other players and the host. Don't mean to rain on your parade but you'll find you're much better off with an on-board pickup of some kind and leave the microphone for the vocals. Been there, done that......too many times.
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