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  1. I have had my AJ-45 ME a little over a year now, it really improves with playing. It really opened up by the first string change. But continues to improve almost weekly. The looks of the guitar has grown on me including the pick guard. I would like to hear what you think of it in a month or two.
  2. I have noticed several Masterbilts being played in the Indy music circles. And for good reason I thing. I love both of mine. While my stage is not very big, I find they work well on it...
  3. I just pickup a used AJ-500M with the blended system. Mine is working fine a present, being able to blend the two pickups really is a great advantage. Love the system so far, and the built in turner is nice also. I saw a new guitar with what looks like the same setup so I guess they still offer this system?
  4. The OP is a couple years old. But I agree with the masterbilt being fine guitars. I don't know how much better the first five years where, but my 2017 AJ-45ME would be really hard to beat. I liked it when I bought it, but now months down the road I love it. One of my grand kids with one day have it.
  5. http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Acoustic/Electric/Masterbilt-2015-AJ-45ME.aspx AJ-45ME is my favorite so far. If they ever come out with a Masterbilt Hummingbird that might be a solid running up...
  6. "Little Nashville", Brown county is about 20-30 minutes East of Bloomington. Vincennes is a nice little town, you will find some interesting things there. On your way to Louisville you got Marengo Cave. http://www.marengocave.com/ Have a fun and safe visit. Good luck to the team.
  7. I have the Hummingbird Pro and like it, I am thinking about picking up the matching Dove. I played one last week and it was a nice guitar. My youngest grand kids are both under two years old. I figure by the time they are ready to play, the guitars will be aged to perfection...
  8. I agree. My AJ45ME has been fantastic. It just keeps improving. Every Masterbilt I have seen has been great. I don't know what the "early" ones where like, but mine is a 2017 model and I couldn't ask for better. My Martin and Taylor have not been out of the case yet this year. I can't ever see selling this guitar, my kids or grand kids will one day have it.
  9. I live in southern Indiana, don't know how far south and west you are talking, but Bloomington has a couple of nice guitar shops. Its a collage town. Sounds like you won't be too far from Evansville? I have not been to Moore's Music in a lot of years, but they use to be a great place: https://www.mooreguitars.com/ I would agree with going to Louisville, science museum, zoo, Louisville Mega Cavern. https://louisvillemegacavern.com/ Do a search for guitar shops in Louisville. Most of the good mom and pop shops are closed on the Indiana side of the river.
  10. This is exactly why a person needs great beater guitars. But bar gig vs salt air gig, I would think the danger level may be a wash...
  11. Still loving this guitar. I will say it is breaking in nicely and sounding better every week. I liked it when I got it, but the tone has greatly improved with just the few months I have had it. I play weekly at Church and have at least one hour long gig every month. This is the only guitar I am using at the moment. The pick-up system is pretty impressive, but most of my playing is straight acoustic.
  12. BTW: This guitar is the best guitar I have yet to own. If you are on the fence, please try one. It just keep sounding better and better. I didn't see much change with the bridge pin change, but didn't expect to either. I like the neck better than it's true Gibson namesake. I gig a little and play in Church every week, and this is the only guitar I use at the moment.
  13. Two cool stories. Wonder if the OP ever got his up and running.
  14. From Gibson customer service: Thanks for the email. We do not have sizing information for other manufacturer’s bridge pins. However, current Epiphone bridge pins are .203” at the top of the shaft(just below the skirt), and .153” at the tip. Thanks again, and I hope this helps!
  15. If it's anything like my AJ-45ME it's priceless... I bought mine new so I can't help you much. It's like anything, it's worth whatever you can get someone to pay.
  16. I want to change out the plastic bridge pins on my new Masterbilt AJ45ME with bone. I ordered a set, but they don't fit right. I think they may be "presentation" style and I might need "traditional" style? Anyone know for sure? It comes with bone nut and saddle, I don't know why they didn't go ahead with the pins... BTW really love this guitar.
  17. I ended up with the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ45 ME. Your Texan reminds me of it. Mine is breaking in nicely. I hear a lot of good things about that model.
  18. I had to take my first one back for that very issue, it was only a couple weeks old. Mine would eat batteries when it was not plugged in. The replacement has been fine. One thing that is easy to do is screw up when putting the two batteries in, make sure they are both facing the correct way. That mute button can be a tickler too.
  19. I'm not sure where the OP went, but if you will search Youtube for videos on how to adjust your acoustic guitar set-up, you will find a treasure trove of good info. Everything from adjusting the neck to nut and saddle work. Good luck
  20. UPDATE Last night it was really cold (below 10F) and bad out. We had our monthly nursing home gig. It is just the setting I had in mind when I bought the bird. Bad weather, bitter cold just what I didn't want to take my "better" guitars out in. We drove my two door jeep wrangler, the guitar had to sit in its hard case behind the rear seat, not a lot of heat back there. They always have folks ready for us when we get there, so we start playing almost the minute I sit down. I don't have much time for tuning. G sounded OK so I played the first song and then adjusted the tuning after that with the tuner, it needed very little. We do an hour, with some jokes thrown in and lots of banter. Its the longest I have played the Hummingbird in one set and it held up fine. That first tune was all that it took, not bad in this weather. The guitar sounded pretty good, I think the top is loosing-up a bit. Much of the harshness during heavy strumming is gone. In this location I play to a room of about two dozen or so, there is no amp and no mic. Last night I had my son on an acoustic beat box. And three ladies helping with the singing. I did change strings to D'Addario EJ16's and changed the plastic bridge pins out for Graph Tech Tusq last week. Both seemed to help with the acoustic tone. Literately, soon as I opened the case last night I started getting comments on what a beautiful guitar it is. Old folks love bling. lol
  21. Still loving this guitar. Plugged in it has the best sound of any guitar I have used. I like the controls, they have been easy to adjust and needed very little fine tuning to get the tone I wanted. So far I have used it at Church in our PA system, and in two acoustic amps I have. Used the 15W amp I mentioned in the last post for a Christmas Party last week, the guitar sounded great. The turning is effected a little more by temperature changes than I thought it would be. This is not a bad or unusual thing. So far I just tune before I start and I'm good. I have not had any issue with it going out of tune while playing. The guitar sounds really good when finger picked, I am just learning myself. But frets easy and rings out notes clearly. The top is very tight and will take some time to open up. That again is not unexpected, all my current guitars are solid top and they all sound better the longer they are played. I expect the same from this instrument. I did drop to a thinner pick for some of the really heavy strumming I do. I will try and update as time goes by. I plan to keep this guitar for a long time. Its easy to like something when its new, I will try an give an impression after I've had it awhile.
  22. David, I've been married almost 30 years and I still get the "look" when I talk about another guitar! lol I am also low budget, not so much that I can't afford more, just that I won't. I find a lot of amazing guitars being made these days in the budget range. I found the Epiphone Pro series guitars to be very good for the money. I just bought a Hummingbird Pro and am very happy with it. If you don't mind the color, you can get a new black Hummingbird Pro for $100 less. You did good making your guitar more playable. The easier it is to play the more a guy wants to play.
  23. Thanks Kidblast for the reply. The guitar is new, month old. My Martin does the same on this amp. Neither guitar does it in our Church PA system. I tried a better cable, both are pretty new. It helped, but had the same issue. I read a couple of things online, looks like I am not the only one to have this issue. But I saw no good fixes. This weekend I am going to take the amp apart and make sure the ground is good. I also found that I have to have to be holding the guitar when I touch the cord to make the hum stop. If someone else touches it, the hum remains. So I am completing some kind of circuit. One of the online fixes recommended clipping a wire between me and the cable. I'm sure that would work, but there has to be another way.
  24. Mods, I am sorry. I put this in the wrong forum. Please move it if you need to.
  25. It's an Epiphone Studio Acoustic 15C. Not a big amp, but very light weight with a pretty clean sound. There is a hum when I'm plugged in that completely goes away if I hold onto either cable end. Its a new cable but a cheap one, I have another to try tonight. What do I need to look for inside the amp if it goes that far? Or is there a common cure for this ailment?
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