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Everything posted by thegreatgumbino

  1. I haven't made the trip, but I did email with the shop. They sent me a list of their NOS Gibsons. Not sure about posting it here, but I can share privately with anyone that's interested. They have a couple rare items available at decent prices.
  2. I spent 3 hours at Fuller's last Friday. They have a large selection of great sounding Gibson acoustics on the walls, but I went specifically to play the J185's. I'm gassing for for one, but have been unable to find one that did it for me. That said, I don't have cash in hand to purchase one and would have to sell misc gear/stuff to make the purchase. There were two nice J185's, but neither really made me want to buy them. My Gibson stable is currently a SJ200, J45 Vintage and an Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird. I've always wanted a Hummingbird and tried many, but never found one that screamed buy me. The closest I've come was one of the Sheryl Crow Country Western Supreme models I played at Fuller's last year. It was excellent, but the pick guard and red back/sides didn't do it for me. My Epiphone IBG is a great guitar which currently tickles my fancy for one (A-B'd against the Gibsons that were available in GC when I purchased it and it won out). That said, I spent a lot of time playing a 2021 Gibson Hummingbird 1960's at Fuller's this trip. Amazing guitar! $4,900 out the door price tag, and I tried to justify spending the money on it. Worked through all the things I could sell to get close. Tried to talk myself into just buying it knowing I'd regret it if I didn't. In the end I walked out empty handed and have gone back and forth about making it happen. Ultimately, $5k is just too much for me to drop at this point in my life. My IBG Bird isn't close to the Bird I played, but it scratches the itch for a fraction of the price and is a fun guitar to play. I really liked the 1950's J45 burst too as the thicker necks do it for me. The surprise of the trip were the two Epiphone Frontiers they had. Fantastic guitars! I fully expected to not like them, but they were beautiful and both played/sounded amazing and were much lighter than anticipated. Not a fan of the look and don't want to own one, but man they were fun. In a nutshell, Gibson is making some great guitars right now, and Fullers has a whole gaggle of them.
  3. This was excellent. Thank you for sharing. It brought back a lot of childhood memories for me.
  4. Agree 100%. You have them on. Wait it out for a bit and see what they’re really capable of. I have a ToneRight used solely for wearing in the Retro’s after string changes. I’ve used them exclusively on my maple and mahogany guitars the last 5 years or so.
  5. Darn. How much did you sell it for? I love the chunky necks and have been lusting after a Legend. I wish they had square shoulder and jumbo options with chunky necks.
  6. Congratulations! I've always wanted to try one of the maple "Hummingbirds". I'd love to hear a comparison recording of your two.
  7. Sorry to hear they don't carry that model any longer. Are you limited to the J45 or could you try to get them to do a red Dove or red Orianthi model J200? https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCXCJ237/Orianthi-SJ-200/Cherry https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCXCJ237/Orianthi-SJ-200/Cherry
  8. Chicago Music Exchange. He most likely purchased through CME and had them handle the RMA for him.
  9. I worked with both my local repair shop / dealer and Gibson Montana on my issue. More info about my experience is available here: As far as I know, Gibson employees don't typically read/reply on the forum. Many years ago I recall there being one that did. Give them a call tomorrow, speak with your point of contact, express your concerns and draw to the red finish. Give them the chance to make it right. Hope it all works out for you.
  10. Sorry to hear of your troubles. I went through a similarly frustrating situation, but Gibson took care of me and then some. I have to believe they will make things right. You don't mention when you finally took receipt of the guitar or if you reached out to your contact at Gibson who handled your RMA. Did you give them a chance to make it right?
  11. I wouldn’t let it stop you from playing it. Just case it when you’re done. No need to torture yourself unnecessarily. I’ve had good results with with the humidipaks and have them in all my cases, though I leave my guitars on hangars. I only use the humidified cases when winter hits and the heater drops the humidity drastically.
  12. Sorry to hear about your friend, Sal. That’s rough. Sure does sound like the gig from hell.
  13. That's a great idea, Lars. Could be a good way for your to find your groove too, Sal. Knowing you have one that you're excited about playing and comfortable with may help ease the pain of playing Skynyrd. 😜
  14. Great job, Sal. What a gift to give your friends, and one that will last much longer than any material item. What was your recording setup for this one? Straight into the iPad? Sorry to hear about your D15!
  15. Beautiful. Love the pic with the Union Jack. Hope it brings you many hours of enjoyment.
  16. Honestly, I've had this set on for almost a year. 😬 😂 I love the Retros on my mahogany and maple guitars. I've used them exclusively for the last 5 years or so, but I wasn't a fan of them on my rosewood OM or a walnut backed dread I used to own. The Epiphone IBG Hummingbird is the first mahogany guitar I've owned they don't sound good on.
  17. Thanks, Uncle Fester. I appreciated the kind words. Love the VW in your pic. Very cool.
  18. I own a IBG Epiphone Hummingbird. I posted my thoughts and NGD pics in this thread. I think it's a great guitar. I've always wanted a Gibson Hummingbird, but haven't played one that knocked my socks off. I a-b'd this IBG Bird against a Gibson in the store, preferred the sound of the IBG and took it home. I own a SJ200 and a J45 Vintage in addition to the IBG bird. Does it compare with those? No, but it's a fun guitar. Sometimes you need something that's not as expensive & doesn't have to be babied for knocking around. This IBG Bird fits that bill for me. Do I wish it was a Gibson Hummingbird TV/Vintage? Definitely. Can I afford one of those right now, definitely not.
  19. Ditto! I've experienced first hand the tuner creating a fingerprint in the nitro. Please don't make that mistake. It hurts!
  20. Thanks, Em7. It has Martin Retro mediums on it.
  21. Beautiful burst! Congratulations. I had a warranty issue a few years ago and Gibson more than took care of me as well. Made me a die hard Gibson fan for life. I hope yours brings many years of enjoyment.
  22. Thanks, Bozz! I still miss that SCSJ, but the J45 Vintage is a far better instrument. I especially love the fat neck on the Vintage. Wish my SJ200 had a neck like that.
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