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  • Birthday 01/14/1976

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  1. Your nanny and her guitar have a lot in common. Both are exceptionally classy and deserve to be cherished always.
  2. I've got a 50s style J-50 and I love it. However, I much prefer a natural top to a burst. I know there are great J-45s out there but I had my heart set on a J-50. Do you feel that way (in reverse), or are you more flexible than I was? Here is mine.
  3. I do think that the slope-shouldered Gibson J-50 / J-45 / Southern Jumbo / Country Western has enormous merit. I think it would complement the sound of your other guitars. You might enjoy the woody tone and note decay. Above all, it is reliable - the quintessential acoustic. It is the go-to guitar of many of the kind of artists you like, and is both a strummer and a picker. A great many musicians would choose it if they could only have one guitar. I find a lot of guitars quite uncomfortable, especially for my hands (I have short fingers but big palms), but my J-50 fits like a glove and the Gibson Jumbo in its various forms is famously comfortable. I appreciate that you want a vintage guitar, but will just say that the modern versions built to 1950s and 1960s specifications are very good.
  4. Although I have been in love with the look, neck size, scale length, history, and general vibe of a Gibson Jumbo for years, I wasn't able to afford one until lockdown (and no travel costs or social life) last year left me more flush than normal. I had done a LOT of research to find a cheaper alternative in the meantime. (And that took in potential alternatives that were not cheaper.) Other brands can compare on most of the qualities in the paragraph above, but I could never find anything that had the right tone and note decay. Then when I did finally have the money, I nearly bought a Martin HD28V. They're great. And Yamaha do inexpensive guitars with a lovely tone. Epiphones bear some tonal resemblance to Gibsons, as well as inevitably looking like them. But only a Gibson is (good enough and) a Gibson. Honestly I'm surprised I can hear the difference. In the past I wished I couldn't. But it really, really is A Thing. There is a warmth and fullness to a Gibson that is unique. It may not be everyone's favourite tone, but it's mine. (I'm also increasingly convinced that only a Stratocaster sounds like a Stratocaster - if you're talking clean, glassy tones - but I may be wrong about that.)
  5. Got into him just because he played a Gibson J-50! His name kept coming up when I was researching that guitar...and I'm mighty glad it did. He's wonderful.
  6. Bert Jansch liked dead strings. He could play pretty sporty...
  7. Great news, Jinder. It's certainly not my place to speak on behalf of the forum, but you know we are all thinking of you, right?
  8. I'm a huge James Taylor fan. I once told a musician friend that "As far as I'm concerned, Paul McCartney is the bloke who played bass on Carolina In My Mind." Fortunately he loves JT too and he grinned broadly.
  9. I think he did and that this might be his one that James Taylor is playing in this video.
  10. Thanks so much for posting this, E-minor7. I bought a J-50 last year in no small part because my love for James Taylor made me fall in love with them. Before I could afford it I did a LOT of research trying to find a different guitar that sounded like a Gibson Jumbo. They don't exist. I'm so glad the luthier was able to rescue the JT one! I like my batwing pickguard but they do look great without. I'm all but certain that JT has only owned one J-50, by the way.
  11. It may be bad form to reply to an old thread - but I know it can also be bad form to start a new one on the same topic... ...I've tried various fingerpicks and thumbpicks. I want to like them as I would like the option of a louder and different sound, but I can't take to them. I actually get some comfort from reading much more experienced and far better guitarists than me say the same. One thing that hasn't come up on this thread is fake nails. Always an option, and utilised by James Taylor.
  12. I've always been happy with my J-50, but it sounds loads better since I switched from light strings to mediums. And if you happen to tune down, that is even more likely.
  13. I got hold of some medium gauge coated Gibson strings. I think they sound great. Thanks.
  14. I'd like a really special National guitar and also a Dobro. The former metal and the latter wood, as per what they are most famous for.
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