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About thegreatgumbino

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  1. Ditto what Tom said above 62burst. 1) Tuning down to D standard helped me become comfortable with my voice and learn to sing more easily. 2) Capo'ing up allows me to easily play with others. 3) I use the heavier .13's to get as close to standard tuning string tension as I can while tuning a full step lower. 4) Some of my guitars seem to have better tone to my ears when tuned down a step or two. My Gibsons all sound good at a whole step down. My McPherson Touring likes to be a half step down. 5) This article convinced me to try D standard tuning in the first place: http://web.archive.org/web/20160313104011/https://theguitarshow.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/the-case-for-d-standard-guitar-tuning/
  2. Virtuoso cleaner and polish would be what I try for the smudge. As for the strings, I’d recommend trying Martin Retro Medium gauge .13’s. I used them on my J50 when I had it. I also tune D-D, and currently use these strings on my J45 Vintage and J200. Great strings, but be sure to give them some good break in time. IMO, they sound like crap when first installed. Once they break in, they have a wonderful fundamental/woody tone. Your nut probaly has enough clearance to use these without issue. I typically install them on my new guitars without modification and play them that way for a while before having them setup for them. I do however adjust the truss rod if needed. It’s a simple process and nothing to be fearful of.
  3. Another good one gone. I've always heard deaths like this come in three's. First Jerry Jeff Walker. Wonder who will be next. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/billy-joe-shaver-songwriter-dead-obituary-1082610/
  4. Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. “He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other healthissues,” Davis said Saturday. https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/jerry-jeff-walker-texas-singer-songwriter-dies-78-73806084
  5. I like the looks of the Acoustic Strap Secure that PatriotsBiker linked to earlier in the thread. Shame it's not in production any longer. I've had good luck with this one if you have an output jack & aren't using it. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NCA718C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. Killer sound. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Pena’s version is excellent as are both his albums. There’s also a fascinating documentary called Genghis Blues about his Tuvan throat singing journey. Highly recommended.
  8. Excellent, Sal. I loved it.
  9. Great job on the mix. Sounds really good to me. Definitely fitting for the times.
  10. Very nice, Sal. Thanks for sharing. You've got a nice TV there! What are you using for recording nowadays?
  11. Great song and perfect selection for the occasion. Haven't thought about that one in a long time. Your dove sounds awesome. I have yet to play one and was never drawn to the aesthetics of them. That said, after falling in love with J200 maple sound, I really want to try one out.
  12. Kudos on an awesome job. Thinking about adding all the overdubs makes my head spin. I look forward to hearing more of your originals as you get your albums put together.
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