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    Next time my wife complains about me buying a guitar, I am going to show her this thread...
  2. I use Martin Retro Nickel Monels on mine and they seem to be good so far.
  3. Yes, a luthier will be able to get it setup properly without an issue. He/she will also know what to do with regard to the truss rod. No, it won't damage the guitar; if the neck is too far back bowed or forward bowed, you will get fret buzz but it is simple enough to cure by adjusting the truss rod. Just bear in mind once it is setup, if you ever do decide to change string gauge, either lighter or heavier, it will probably need adjusting to set it up again for the new gauge.
  4. Unless you are planning on emulating Stevie Ray Vaughan, I wouldn't personally recommend going for heavier gauge strings. You will need to adjust your setup, adjust truss rod and things like that as heavier gauge strings are under more tension and therefore change the neck bend. The truss rod will need adjusting to counter this and unless you are confident in what you are doing, it will need someone competent to carry it out. I have never adjusted the truss rod on any of my guitars a) because I don't use any other than Hybrid slinkys and b) I haven't got a clue what I am doing. Not only that but heavier strings will hurt your fingers more at least until you get used to it. The advantages? Well, thicker strings sound better as simply put, there is more metal vibrating over the magnets in the pickups. Not only that, you can downtune heavier gauge strings more easily so if you are into 'dunga, dunga, squee' type music in weird down step tunings, then you will need heavier gauge strings to accommodate this. The afore mentioned SRV used heavier gauge strings than normal but he also tuned half a step or more down.
  5. Yeah, nice but a shame to see it stuck behind plexiglass. Get it played! Edit: By that what I mean is, lots of museums "own" Stradivarius violins but they loan them out to top virtuoso's to play and demonstrate to the general public. I think the same should happen to vintage guitars.
  6. It's only ever going to boil down to personal preference especially when things like look, feel, tonal quality and the like are all such subjective elements and not particularly quantifiable. Anyone that definitively tries to claim any brand is a 'better' guitar than a similar quality brand guitar is lying. Personally, my absolute favourite is my D45 but my Gibsons all have a well-defined place in my collection.
  7. Just seen your edit - d’oh! Yes, the pointy headed electro-acoustic Strat jobbie. It’s at the menders at the moment having a new nut fitted (old one had Araldite glued in it - don’t ask!) but it is the same as this one: https://images.app.goo.gl/QushPvKcexnk6oyH7 My Dad was a paraplegic and being in a wheelchair made holding certain types of guitar shape difficult, specifically bowl backed and larger acoustic models as they slid off his lap too easily. The Kramer is quite shallow bodied so it was easier for him to hold. He never played it electrified, always acoustic. Anyway, it’s been stuck in a case in the cupboard for a few years so I decided I needed to spend a little cash getting it playable again. It also has a nasty dent in the back that happened when we moved house and that needs stabilising.
  8. As an addendum to this, for those of you, like me, who are curious as to what practical difference scale length actually makes, apparently guitars with shorter scale lengths require less tension to bring a string to pitch. This, in turn, makes things like bending strings slightly easier. I tested this theory on both my Fenders and Gibsons and can confirm the Gibsons are ever so slightly easier to bend strings. Not much of a difference, granted and it isn't something I had noticed independently either. If I hadn't been told, I probably wouldn't have noticed but it isn't a negligible difference either, certainly.
  9. Yes, 25.5 inches, Wikipedia reliably informs me. What this actually means in practical terms, I don't know - I'm not enough of a musician to know the difference. Although I know is it plays beautifully and sounds wonderful.
  10. If you can't get to Chatham, I would strongly recommend visiting the Naval Dockyards at Portsmouth where HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose are all parked. Highly interesting viewing!
  11. Reminds me of a video by a band called 'Walk Off The Earth' where all 5 members play on the same guitar.
  12. It's all very 'Sliding Doors' and stems from me buying a Fender Blues Junior a few months ago. I went to the guy's house who was selling it and he happened to have a lovely Nighthawk. "What's that?", I asked him - it looked like a Les Paul-ish but much thinner and with Fender-like slanted pickups and a selector switch. Well, he told me, I had a go on it to demo the amp and later that day when I got home, ended up doing some research into them. Following that, I ended up buying a Nighthawk of my own and once I had that, I then ended up finding out about the similarly shaped Blueshawks so of course, I had to get one of those too and we are where we are now!
  13. Gibson have recently (as in for this year's serial numbers) changed their numbering pattern so if you are trying to date a 2019 guitar then the online serial checkers may not work. I have 2 2019 Gibsons - my Les Paul serial begins 19 so follows the 'old' pattern of first two digits being year whereas my Firebird, which is newer by a couple of months, serial begins 10. I know full well it wasn't made in 2010 but all the online checkers came back with 'not recognised'. In the end, I emailed Gibson support the full serial with photographic evidence and they were able to confirm the serial and indeed told me their numbering system has changed, hence why the online tools don't work.
  14. Is that the Guitar Village in Farnham? I am a Hampshire lad myself and know it well. I still have my Dad's Kramer Ferrington that he bought from there in the early '80's.
  15. Watched rugby, watched football, noodled on the Tele for half an hour or so. Now drinking wine. listening to some of my late father's vinyl collection whilst playing World of Warcraft.
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