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  1. Well even after checking old posts, old links, and actually making two requests from Gibson/Epiphone.......the end result, "no Manual" -Anyone have a manual? -Specifically I am wanting to hook up the output from a Line 6 POD to the clean channel on the amp. I can see that channel 2 is actually the clean channel option. Now the question is 1) do I just run the out put from the POD to the guitar input of the amp? (sounds very weak and poor sound quality), or 2) Do I run the output from the POD to the rear FX loop send-return? Or whatever suggestion you may have. Been too many years since I was on the forum, and finally remember my PW and User Best Regards Don
  2. Any stock or "near stock" saddle replacement for Epiphone Masterbilt DR500 M. Doesn’t matter if it’s bone or Tusq. 72mmx8mmx3mm 14” radius I noted that the fretboard radius is 14” by the printed specs for the guitar, and honestly not many 14” radius saddle choices around. I have used Bob Colosi before and he does superb work, but is a bit pricey at 28 bills plus 7 ship. I have spoken with stewmac/allparts and no available precut. They have 14” radius saddles but only at 70 mm length. If I could find something close at that radius to sand down, other than a blank (I am not good at building an appropriate saddle). My local luthier is closed due to the plague but I would guess that it would be 75, since he would have to fit and set up . Wondering what anyone has used previously on a DR500 Masterbilt Thanks
  3. Well true, but I left out that the necks are bowed to the point that on the first five frets or so you can't get a complete note on any string. I noticed that although each had a truss rod cover, the actual truss rod nut was in the sound hole at the base of the neck. If they were at least decent fake players they might be worth a couple hundred, but I passed. They are new no doubt, but the machine heads functioned pretty poorly. Better as a wall hanger in a club maybe. That amount of money would be better invested in a new Epi Dove or EJ200, or a used Masterbilt, IMHO. Hello to you as well. I always enjoyed the folks here and when the moon is blue I drop in. Law Enforcement? When on earth did I disclose that on the forum, or did I arrest you at one time . LOL. The wife says that even though I am retired that I still act too much like I am checking someone out during normal social interactions. So now I have no choice but to open an investigation on her.
  4. Hello All, Hope the New Year finds all of you in good spirits. I wanted to pass this information and photos along concerning a couple fake Gibsons (J-200 and a Dove), at a local Pawn Shop. This pawn company has over 10 stores in my town. But to their credit they are mostly an honest group of merchants. Just before Christmas I came across this J-200. It was labeled as a Gibson with a price under 400 bucks. I told one of the staff there that it was clearly a fake and he was very pleasant and said that they had a person that made the rounds of their shops, and would take appropriate action after it was inspected. I conveyed my concern that it shouldn't even be displayed for sale unless it was authenticated, to prevent an unsuspecting person from thinking they were buying a Gibson. Today I stopped in to see if it was still there and was pleased to see they had added in pen, " Replica", above the Gibson title. Now, along with the J-200 they had added a Gibson Dove. The label did say Replica. So that's fair. I asked where they were getting these and was told "a person came in and sold them both to them. Funny the Dove was not there before. But I decided to post these pictures for those that never came across fake Gibsons, and I'll add my two cents about fakes. Regardless of the appearance, as soon as you pick one of these up it screams "fake". The feel of the neck, the fake "Grover" machines, the inlays, the playability, and the labels confirm any suspicions of what you are dealing with. No stamped serial number or Made in the USA, and in the case of the Dove, I removed the battery cover to discover "no preamp wires to the bridge even". The headstock logos were not simply painted on and so could not be scraped with a fingernail, but appeared have a lacquer cover over a reflective type pearl paint or even fake inlay, that made it look like MOP when turned back and forth in the light. So buyer beware. If you are unsure find someone who knows Gibson before you shell out your money. I think this post would be a good opportunity for members to share their stories and their wisdom concerning Fakes............That reminds me does anyone remember that web store from India that had a whole catalog of "Givsons"? http://www.shopius.in/givson
  5. Wow I just marvel at what those guitars and that super reverb amp would be worth today? What guitar are you holding and what is that amp behind you, if you remember?
  6. Oh these are great pics.......feel free to contribute. Don't worry about what family, friends and others think. Here you are stars.
  7. Oh these are great pics.......feel free to contribute. Don't worry about what family, friends and others think. Here you are stars.
  8. Hello all. I joined the forum in about 2008 or so, but I am no longer an active posting member. I just wanted to pop in and look around and say Hi. The place still has great conversations and ideas and opinions. . And this, well this is just a fun post to give you a break from the serious Gibson business. And yes you need bone pins, bone saddles and the best of the best strings. I recalled a thread started in 2011 "Post your Old Band picture or your Old Self picture ". The responses on the thread showed us a time when we were young, played the music, and our creativity seemed boundless. And of course, our fashion sense was unequaled....we thought. How wonderful to see faces of people that were feeling pretty confident and cool and bewildered and happy about their music, and just having fun. Great to see the promising Gibson Forum stars, from as early as 1953 through the 60's,70's,80's, 90's, 2000's. Some brooding rebels course, but most showed the faces of happy music makers. I hope many of the past and recent members will get a kick out of it, and I encourage the revival of a similar thread if you so desire. Best wishes and greetings to all. 'Get your ya ya's out' DonCarlos These were the two posts, from the Gibson and Epiphone forums. Gibson forum post: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/69376-post-your-old-band-picture-or-your-old-self-picture/page__hl__%2Bshow+%2Bus+%2Byour+%2Bearly+%2Bband+%2Bor+%2Bperformance+%2Bpictures Epiphone forum post: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/69192-post-your-old-band-picture-or-your-old-self-picture/
  9. I would have given a "blanket" endorsement of any Korean made guitar over Chinese, but after picking up a Chinese made Masterbilt, I am impressed indeed. The Chinese know how to make guitars and it's all about quality assurance and following the design to the letter. Bravo China
  10. Enjoyed that and enjoyed particularly the other two links you added, Nice to hear talent again.
  11. Saw and old post where you put Gotoh tuners in your casino. I hae that exact guitar without the bigsby. i would really like to put those exact tuners in mine. Can you please tell me exactly where you got them? i cannot find those anywhere on the net.

    thank you in advance.


  12. Doing two tasks at once, such as singing and playing the guitar just takes a bit of practice and determination, and no doubt you will accomplish that in time. Once you get it down, you will forget you had the problem to begin with. The last time I tried to incorporate an added task while playing the guitar ended in a well remembered failure. At the time I had been repeatedly watching an SRV tape for several weeks, trying to learn some things. One day, that inner brilliant light bulb came on, and I had a genius idea. I decided why not kill two birds with one stone and decided to practice some SRV riffs, (while plugged in), and while walking on my treadmill. Impending disaster some would think (except me.........just a brilliant idea, one of my best). About 20 minutes into it, I fumbled my pick and instinctively turned to grab at it and was immediately flung off the treadmill. Brilliant idea, eh? I still have a neck nick on the back of the strat. that reminds to not play the guitar while on things that are moving. Thank goodness I learned that before I started playing a J45 (the damage would have been less forgiving).
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