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  1. Thanks for all the remarks and observations about your own experiences with the J-185, they do help to establish a context to think about the guitar, and sorry to be silent for so long, but I still haven't had a chance to play the J-185 in question (or any other one). The trade option fell through when the J-185's owner realized, understandably enough, that to trade any of the 3 nice guitars he was trying to sell would defeat his original aim of having 3 less guitars, rather than only 2 less and one different one. As long as it was a trade, he was willing to meet 1/2 way between wher
  2. Thanks very much for your replies: at least of couple people mention the comfort of the J-185's body shape and that too is a big reason I'm interested in and really look forward to trying it out. And the bass note clarity, and the recognizably Gibson-esque sound but with additional elements of precision, and the distinct characteristics of maple, all those things you guys mentioned... I love Lucinda Williams's cover of "Return of the Grievous Angel," and like to do my own much inferior version of it, and always associate it (like certain other songs) with a J-45, but those songs can
  3. I've had and enjoyed playing my Gibson Custom Shop J-45 Granadillo (2016, with the rosewood fingerboard & ebony headstock instead of the granadillo board and headstock of 2015) since I bought it new 4 years ago. But there's the possibility of what would be a straight up trade for a 2015 Gibson Custom Shop J-185 True Vintage Red Spruce that's got me intrigued--at least intrigued enough to think about making the train trip to try it out (I've lived in Italy for over a decade but will be moving back to North America in July). The maple back and sides and Red Spruce would be a big change
  4. I suspect our readings of Animal Farm might differ, too, and that's just fine. No comment on the hens.... I foolishly took the bait, I admit it, but if you look at the first comments that yanked this thread out of its original path it was the same old comments that are made every time Springsteen is mentioned in any thread in any context. I should have just let them go, I know that.
  5. Writes the guy whose broad-minded light-hearted contribution to the discussion was that musicians should just "SHUT UP AND SING"... It's also "just life" that some musicians and other entertainers talk about politics, or even sing about them. While some just sing about themes that grate on some people as being from an "implicitly political" angle. I don't see that anyone commenting on this thread from any perspective has been "running and hiding" or finds it impossible to imagine that not everyone agrees with them. Just the opposite, I'd say. Given the the fact this thread start
  6. Okay, to return closer to the original post: double pick guards: some people love the way they look, some hate it; some think they ruin tone/sound, some don't worry about it (or at least not apart from each specific guitar). But aside from lefties (guitarists, not political parties) who in a world of so many guitars for right-handers might be happy to see an easy conversion come their way, does anyone actually find the double pick guard useful? Do you have a double pick guard guitar that's been protected from marks you make on your other guitars? Or do you have a guitar that you wi
  7. Honestly, I wasn't thinking specifically of your post when I wrote that part, though because I started off quoting your post I'd see how you'd think that. I'm sorry about that. The acid reflux was more generally about the comments sections of, say Youtube, and newspapers, where people just let 'em rip (even if the connection to the subject is tenuous). Didn't actually see much bile in your comment, and the only question I'd have had about it specifically was when did Babs, the cast of Hamilton and Pence start playing Gibsons? If that were true, whatever else one might say about them at least t
  8. Luckily for you there are some countries in the world where this "policy" of yours is actually law--and there's generally no line for citizenship to them if you'd like to apply. Unluckily for the rest of us, a dismaying number of Western politicians are starting to express admiration for such blatantly authoritarian, anti-democracy regimes. All of us have very selective memories about what we consider offensive statements by performers. As a lurker here for years I've noticed that a mention of someone like Springsteen is sure to evoke indignant responses from a predictable group
  9. Totally agree with your description of the guitar, I've had one since last spring--which means that I also have some serious pick guard placement envy. And if you like its sound now, of course just wait till you play it more; it just keeps getting better. Also agree that the case is perfect for it: solidly made and worth getting instead of some other option. Congrats.
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