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  1. With open G with an A string tuned down to G, buzz is present and quite awful. When E string is tuned down to D, buzz is sometimes present though not always. When 1st string is tuned to E, no problems would occur. When 5th string is tuned to A, no problems either. If the lower string is the actual cause of that buzz (and you're right on that basis for sure), what should i do in order to remediate to this damned thing? Being kept in mind that my V-shaped neck set up is not supposedly fitted to Medium strings tension. Thanks for your post docr my Friend; much appreciated.
  2. Hello, I need some help from my fellow guitar players that use this forum just like i use to do. Recently, i noticed quite an uncommon problem when playing one of my guitars in open G tuning: there's an important buzz on the A string when i play this string open. This strange phenomenon never happens on any other string played either open string or not. I mean it's really a buzz of a kind, nothing to do with sympathy resonance. The strings i use are Martin light gauge "Eric Clapton's choice", and what i hereby did my best to describe occurs even when brand new strings are used. Besides and that's not a bad joke, that damned thing happens with my Martin D28 only; needless to say that such a thing didn't ever happen with my Gibson Hummingbird by the way. Can anyone help me, please? Either a good piece of advice or an explanation would be much appreciated. Thanks very's for your time. God bless you!
  3. Hi Folks, "Does the perfect guitar simply exist?" That's quite a question, one would tell! Strange thing really: everyone knows that: scientists on the one hand and objective knowledge on the other hand would confirm that such a thing as the perfect guitar simply don't exist, i suppose. This is the very reason why - and i'm the minority perhaps - i think quite on the opposite the perfect guitar just does exist. So which is it or who is she, would some people certainly ask? My answer is: the perfect guitar certainly would differ from this player to that player, that's almost obvious. Nevertheless, i still believe that the perfect guitar is that guitar you are love strucked with, still and always, from the very first day you met until this very day and tomorrow; this is that special guitar is missed all day long when you just cannot either see her or play her because a working day is to be done and at the time you're not at home... So you think of her all day long and you miss her all the time & when you're back home at last, you're tired because it was a long day & your work was demanding; nevertheless you try to sit down a couple of minutes and have a rest, and although that you hardly can breathe, you open the case and at last you can see your guitar again and you try to play and then true life starts again for you at last: that guitar not only is a real beauty but you just can't believe the sounds she delivers although that's not the first time you can hear the sound and you play on and on until you're completely exhausted and both your hands hurt a great deal. Don't you agree? So being supposed you can agree with my words, please express yourselves and tell me which one is your perfect guitar and why. From my part, the perfect guitar is the Hummingbird. I play a 2017 HB as my fellow colleagues using this forum can guess according to those topics i've initiated before on this website. She truly is a beauty and "she sounds like an organ", my wife says frequently. Shades, nuances, a mighty powerful mellow sound and unexpected timbers in spite of a great volume makes the HB quite an addictive guitar. Just to say that people are wrong when they tell you that nothing in this world can be perfect. On the other hand, what about people who didn't yet find their own perfect guitar, would one ask me by any chance? I suggest this: when you want to find something special, just don't look after it & sooner or later you sure will find it much unexpectedly: although that might sound paradoxical to human reason, the fact is human heart knows it's perfectly true. Thanks for reading. Peace!
  4. Thanks a lot for this topic. Nothing special to be told here am afraid, except Emmylou Harris definetely is my favorite singer. Let us just remember about gems such as "Songbird", "Pancho and Lefty", "Red Dirt Girl", "Prayer in Open D" and alike: her voice made of silk & satin, her guitar playing as clear as crystal. "Blue Bird" is one of my all time favorite albums, i must admit. Quite a great lady, in every respect. Thanks for the music. Peace!
  5. Just to tell this forum has been very much helpful to me. Many thanks to the contributors.
  6. Hi everyone, Glad to join the family. I play a 2017 Hummingbird Heritage Cherry Sunburst. As regarding strings, I use Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphore Bronze Wound Light Gauge 12-53 The picks i use are mainly Jim Dunlop 1mm Nylon Standard, Jim Dunlop Tortex 1mm & Gibson Nylon Standard 1mm This is definetely the very best guitar ever.
  7. Hi Fellows, Please accept my contribution. My favourite acoustic guitar players are following: 1 - Keith Richards: He knows how to make a Gibson Hummingbird sound properly & he just plays like no one else. A kind person & a smart man: he likes History and nothing compares his knowledge regarding history of the blues as well. Truly a great man & the greatest acoustic player ever. God bless him. 2 - Tony Rice: A terrific guitar player. When he plays "Church St. Blues" written by N. Blake, it sounds like Heaven on earth. 3 - Clarence White: Just do hear him play "Farther Along" & his famous Instrumentals issued on Sierra label and you sure would be able to understand what i mean. He died when he was 29 (killed by a drunken driver while loading equipment following a gig) : what a pity. R.I.P. 4 - Eric Clapton: His nickname as evryone knows is "God" for a long time: totally accurate! 4 - David Gilmour: When he plays acoustic guitar, a whole orchestra is actually sounding from the rosette: Geez what a sound, i hardly can believe this. Stupendous! Thanks for reading this. All the best.
  8. Hi everyone! What is exactly a great acoustic guitar? According to you, what could make an acoustic guitar great? The sound of course (there's no objective definition of what a great sound is supposed to mean, that's a personal matter, would one reply to me: is that obvious? i wonder. What about finish, varnish, bracings and other criteria? The opinions and points of vue coming from my fellow colleagues as guitar players and gibson acoustic aficionados would be extremely helpful to me and certainly to anyone ineterested in this, but also to anyoneis looking for a guitar they want to buy by any chance. Therefore my friends, express yourselves & the more post i get from all of you & the better i would feel! With thanks & best wishes. Peace.
  9. Sorry Anna,

    Thanks for your message but the fact is i am married, i love my wife & to be perfectly honest with you SHE is all the world to me.

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  11. Congrats on your purchase Roy! Drathbun is right: the most important matter in this is when a guitar sings to you & a Hummingbird certainly sings a great deal. I hope you're as happy with your 2018 HB as i am with my 2017 HB. As i wrote before on those Gibson forums, the Hummingbird is the Queen of them all. Enjoy any day you have the opportunity to play this beauty because the sound will be better and better i promise. All the best.
  12. I use Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Lights 12-53 on my Hummingbird & Dean Markley Blue Steel Med Ligtht 12-54 on my Martin D28.
  13. Hi John, I use Gibson Masterbuilt Premium 12-53 Lights on my Hummingbird. This certainly is what i would recommend: the sound is great & this is the perfect gauge one could use on a Hummingbird IMHO. Besides, those strings can last a real long time and they're not much expensive. Being assumed you live in the US, to find them would not be difficult; being supposed you live outside the US, you could find them quite easily on the Thomann website at reasonable prices. Best wishes from France.
  14. Congrats on your purchase, Mike: i can feel your enthusiasm & understand it. The fact is the HD35 volume is just terrific: a great big sound. On the one hand, this certainly is due to the 1/4" scalloped braces which would accentuate the treble, but on the other hand the three-piece back plays an important part in the whole thing as well because it would enhance the bass. The guys from Martin started to make three-piece backs at the time because they had to face important economical problems and criticisms sometimes have been made as regarding the visual aspect of it, but the fact is that those backs proved to have a genuine consequence regarding the sound, the evidence is that nowadays D35 & HD35 models are highly praised by Martin aficionados. I believe that one could be real hard-pressed before they find a guitar able to sound louder than a Martin HD35, to put it in the mildest words, but although its volume is big, one must keep in mind that's not all: the tone is powerful but definetely warm and clear as well. I do have a D28 i bought in June 1997 & i really love it, but my love struck remains my 2017 Hummingbird i bought last year. Best wishes.
  15. Yes, thanks for posting the video, JC and thanks to you Bozz for your post as well. May i expose my opinion on that basis, please. As regarding the video first: the video certainly is interesting, i mean it: it can give you either a clue or an idea regarding the difference between two brands. The fact is that sooner or later, the whole thing would look approximate and not much relevant. The most important thing is to try those guitars for yourself in order to get a proper idea regarding them, because the individual player is the last judge in the end. To look at a video and to try a guitar for yourself is as different as a comparison between a 10 x 15 centimeters postcard of Mona Lisa vs. the original painting made by Leonardo when you have the opportunity to look at it once at the "Musee du Louvre" in Paris, and so to speak. Being kept in mind that each guitar remains an individual guitar as well and two Dove's could sound quite differently although the guitar model remains the same. As regarding the comparison between Dove & HB, the both guitars are very much different and am not quite sure that they'd have to be compared given their differences are quite a few. Once i tried a Dove and i was looking for a terrific experience and the one i played on this special occasion didn't sound that much, i was quite disappointed. Regarding the Hummingbird,she's the Queen of them all, as i previously wrote on this website.
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