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  1. I spotted this 12 string in the hands of Pete Townshend and wondered what model it is, appears to be a custom model, perhaps a Hummingbird or a Dove? Is it a one-off or special edition?
  2. Alan Rogan, guitar tech extraordinaire, vintage guitar collector, connoiseur, fixer of smashed guitars and allround master of the good vibe, passed away on Wednesday night after having been ill for some time. Alan worked as a guitar tech to the stars for 50 years, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Angus Young, Joe Walsh, Tom Petty all benefited from the Rogan magic. He'll be greatly missed by those who knew him and valued him as a friend and cohort, my sympathies go to his family and to the Who crew. I'll always remember all the fun and the laughs I had when I was in his company, so long, old mate, and as you said β€œAt the end, all we can ask is β€˜A life well-lived?'”.
  3. Thanks! I'm curious, what models got the 4 ribbon bridge and why? Was it just build year dependant? It's a 2018 Standard. Thanks! I have a bunch of sets I'm planning to try, I'll add DR Sunbeams to the list. Someone also mentioned coated strings over on AGF, I don't usually go for them, but I think I'll try them on this one. Thanks guys!
  4. Picked up a nice SJ200 Standard lately, and am currently trying out different string brands on the beast. This one is my second J200, previously I had a 1990 J200 Natural. This 'burst is an excellent sounding guitar, what I wanted but never quite managed to get from the '90. I play fingerstyle mostly, haven't used a pick in years, but have been strumming this one and marvelling at the sound. Here's my Gaggle o' Gibsons (AKA Bevy o' Bursts)
  5. Without a better description or even a pic, that's a tough call, when you say the bottom horn is curved down, do you mean like a Spector or B.C. Rich bass body shape? Can't say I'm aware of any Epiphone basses that look like that...
  6. I spent a month on the road with him almost 30 years ago. RIP Ray (& Bob)
  7. If you're looking for old, Guild made some very nice classical guitars in the 1960s, might be easier to find than a Gibson. There are quite a few on sale online right now for very good prices.
  8. I have a 1956 LG-1 (ladder braced). It just grabbed me, I wasn't looking for anything like it at the time, but it just had that immediate dynamic response and a great midrange poke that I found irresistible. I have bigger and louder dreads and jumbos but this style just filled a need, it's comfortable to play with the short scale and has a totally different sound. '50s LG-1 models also cost a lot less than other Gibsons of that era, it has a BRW rosewood bridge with non-adjustable saddle, a good hefty neck with BRW board and a nice sunburst finish. Love it!
  9. Guitar Works in Evanston is worth checking out (1 hour south of Zion on your way to Chicago). Right now they have a nice 1963 J50 for sale: GuitarWorks Inc in Evanston IL There's Midwest Buy & Sell on 6019 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago's north side, they usually have a good selection of older Gibson electrics and sometimes the odd Gibson acoustic: Midwest Buy & Sell Avenue N Guitars in Wicker Park, also on Chicago's north side is a cool store (say Hi to Tim!) I've bought guitars at all these stores, always got good deals .
  10. Conway Savage, organ and piano player for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds passed away last night. He was undergoing treatment following the discovery of a brain tumour. He was 58 years old. I have a lot of great memories from time spent on the NC&TBS touring crew in the early 90's. So long, Conway.
  11. Johnny3j

    NGD

    Thank you Chris, as a kid these were the kind of guitars I lusted after. Recently, the shop where I bought my first guitar, a 1965 Fender Mustang, closed after 87 years in business
  12. Johnny3j

    NGD

    Thanks Bill, its a great playing axe too :) My wife is very good with thinking up special things to make & do, this box is a good example, the images on it are sealed under 9 coats of varnish with a final coat of marine varnish, so very resistant to wear & tear. Thanks for the the compliments, everyone! Steve, she has three sisters, but I got the best one Yes, I've always wondered what the back-story is, an ES137 Classic - but with the Varitone usually only seen on the Custom model. Special order? How would I find out more about how that came to be? BTW, this was also a (birthday) present from my lovely wife!
  13. Johnny3j

    NGD

    Thanks jd, my wife made this recently, she's a Sweetheart & I'm a very lucky guy Thanks guys! Just checked the serial number, looks like it's a 2006. Here's a couple of pix of the top, does it look like a AAAA top to you?
  14. I think it's called the EDS1275, not the ES1275.
  15. Johnny3j

    NGD

    My wife bought me a Les Paul Standard recently (I think its a 2017 but could be a 2018), very pleased with it! My last LP Standard was a 1990 & had EMGs, I never really warmed to it and ended up selling it. Here's the new one with its two siblings :)
  16. Are you talking about the original silver StroboClip or the new black StroboClip HD version, Drathbun? Glad you like your StroboPLUS, btw, that Sweetener you mention is already pre-programmed in your StroboPLUS HD, its called ACU. Since 2005, all of our tuners have featured the James Taylor offsets as a stock factory preset. There's quite a few other Sweetened tunings on the trading post that you can add to your tuner. Here's the background to the James Taylor offsets: About a dozen years ago I got a call from Sammy Sanchez, JT's tech at the time. He wanted to know if it was possible to program a custom Sweetened tuning into JT's stage tuner (a Peterson StroboStomp1). JT had some cent values he wanted to use which made it possible to tune open strings quickly while counteracting the typical string deflection and make it possible, if necessary, to put a capo on without re-tuning. The plan was to program the cent values into the tuner to avoid having to remember which cent offset belonged to which string in the middle of a gig, just tune as normal and have the tuner do the rest. I walked Sammy through the process of entering the cent offsets into the tuner and all was good. A short time later I later met Sammy working a Ben Harper gig and Ben was also using the offsets, I seem to remember Keb'Mo' doing likewise but I could be mistaken, this was back in 2005 or thereabouts. JT was not interested in endorsing gear at the time, but was cool with us making it a stock preset Sweetened Tuning in future tuners, so that's what we did, the preset is called ACOUST or on later tuners - ACU. All of the current Petersons feature this as standard and as far as I know are the only tuners on the market to do so.
  17. This company will supply 47" long strings per special order: http://www.garrygoodman.com/special.htm
  18. That's actually an ES-137 Custom, its a semi solid electric guitar, meaning it has hollow wings but a solid center block. I have an ES-137 Classic, the 137 model is a kind of a mixture of Les Paul, ES-175 & ES-345. Can't really imagine an acoustic guitar replicating its sound (it has quite a few due to the Varitone switch).
  19. Hi Kevin,

    Glad the guitar turned out to be genuine, good on you for not hesitating & snapping it up.

    My wife is a left-handed violinist so I know only too well how hard it is to source high end left-handed instruments [smile] !

    All the best,

    John Norris

    Peterson Strobe Tuners

    www.PetersonTuners.com

  20. I have some job-related experience with this topic. About a dozen years ago I got a call from Sammy Sanchez, James Taylor's tech at the time. He wanted to know if it was possible to program a custom Sweetened tuning into JT's stage tuner (a Peterson StroboStomp). JT had some cent values he wanted to use which made it possible to tune open strings quickly while counteracting the typical string deflection and make it possible, if necessary, to put a capo on without re-tuning. The plan was to program the cent values into the tuner to avoid having to remember which cent offset belonged to which string in the middle of a gig, just tune as normal and have the tuner do the rest. I walked Sammy through the process of entering the cent offsets into the tuner and all was good. A short time later I later met Sammy working a Ben Harper gig and Ben was also using the offsets, I seem to remember Keb'Mo' doing likewise but I could be mistaken, this was back in 2005 or thereabouts. The cent offsets also worked very well when I tried them on my own collection of guitars both with and without capos. Those are some pretty respectable offsets, not just a cent here or there, but deviations of up to 12 cents in size. It's a useful and repeatable tweak IMO, well worth trying before getting surgical. JT was not interested in endorsing gear at the time, but was cool with us making it a stock preset Sweetened Tuning in future tuners, so that's what we did, the preset is called ACU and it's been in all Peterson tuners since 2005. The connection between the JT offsets and Peterson tuners only recently became public knowledge so to my mind Peterson tuners (both hardware and software) are the only tuners which have this feature. The system of Equal temperament never was created with guitars in mind but its a starting point, you won't get sent to jail for veering away from it from time to time to suit a particular situation. IMHO only of course
  21. That's an Ac'cent tailpiece vibrato, made in the 1950s and 1960s, They were originally fitted to some Rickenbacker guitars, but this one looks different. It's probably very rare, I have never seen one like it. The first ones had an "Ac'cent By Paul" logo stamped on the plate. I'm guessing the "Paul" was Paul Barth, who worked at Ric in the late 1950s, but I'm very possibly mistaken.
  22. Johnny3j

    Es 137

    There are three basic ES-137 models - Classic, Custom or Billie Joe Armstrong model. Here's mine, bought by my wife as a birthday gift . It's a little unusual because it's a Classic but has the Varitone circuit which is usually only fitted to the Custom model: Haven't seen one like it since, it's my ideal Gibson electric combo of Les Paul, ES-175 and ES-345 . I say go for it, it's a very versatile & well regarded model and is a lot of guitar for the money.
  23. There is a crucial 1.6 cm difference between 1 meter and 40", just enough to get the string wound on the capstan. Also, strings lighter than .010 tend to be even shorter than the other strings in standard sets, so .009 or .008 gauge strings from a set often fall short for the octave G on 12 string guitars.
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