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Jerry K

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  1. I played a 12 fret 200 at Music Villa a few years ago. Beautiful sound. Wish I had bought it.
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_65mGmw54jc
  3. Nice to see people digging their guitars. Where's that popcorn?
  4. It's not an under-saddle transducer? Part of my object in removing pickups is getting that out, necessitating a new saddle, all of which would take me more than 30 minutes, I think.
  5. +1 on the electronics. I just dropped off a 165 to get all that pulled out, among other things. I really wonder how many buyers actually end up using that? The end plugs often become loose and is harder to put a strap on, the wires inside get loose, the battery is a pita... It's probably a selling point. I have no use for those things. If they dropped the pickups and lowered the price it would be even better.
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9aVOVuV6c CJ-165 rosewood
  7. 'The Christmas Song' Dbmaj7 Ebm7 Fm7 Gbmaj7 Fm7 Ebm7 Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Dbma7 Abm7 Db7b9 Gbmaj7 Gbm7 B9 B7 Jack Frost nipping at your nose Dbmaj7 B7 Bbm7 Gm7 C7b9 Yuletide carols being sung by a choir Fmaj7 F#m7 B7b9 Emaj7 C#m7 Ebm9 Ab13 And folks dressed up like Eskimos.......everybody Dbmaj7 Ebm7 Fm7 Gbmaj7 Fm7 Ebm7 knows a turkey and some mistletoe Dbmaj7 Abm7 Db7b9 Gbmaj7 Gbm7 B9 Help to make the season bright Dbmaj7 B7 Bbm7 Gm7 C7b9 Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Fm7 E7 Ebm7 Ab13 Dbma7 Will find it hard to sleep tonight A#m7 Am7 Abm7 Db7b9 Gbmaj7 Gdim They know that Santa's on his way Abm7 Db7b9 Gbmaj7 Gb13 He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh Gb+ Gbm7 B7 Emaj7 E7 And every mother's child is gonna spy Eb Ab+ To see if reindeer really know how to fly Dbmaj7 Ebm7 Fm7 Gbmaj7 Fm7 Ebm7 And so I'm offering this simple phrase Dbmaj7 Abm7 Db7b9 Gbmaj7 Gbm7 B7 To kids from one to ninety-two Dbmaj7 B7 Bbm7 Gm7 C7b9 Although it's been said many times, many ways Fm7 Bbm7 Ebm9 Ab13 Db6 Merry Christmas to you Unfortunately the bulletin board software does not preserve the relationship between chord and lyric too well but that is what I was playing. The interesting thing in this tune is the seeming chromatic movement in the area: " a choir, and folks dressed up like Eskimos". There are two II-V progressions, one starting from Gm7 and the next begins a half step down from that.
  8. Thank you Buc. I very much admire your work on both guitar and uke. Here's something I have been playing recently. I didn't use to like this tune; renditions I heard in the 60's were overwrought or syrupy and didn't move me. Recently I heard a version of this by Scott Bakula accompanying himself on piano and liked it so here, modeled somewhat after Bakula's piano comping, is my guitar version on a 165. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XK9-B8lfSM
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxeLWnH6aV4
  10. Totally agree. Anyone who has been there knows it. The thing is there are too many variables here. String heights can go all over the place due to humidity alone, even if the setup was absolutely perfect at the factory. What matters is neck angle, not action, on a received instrument. And no measured parameters mean anything unless you control for humidity.
  11. Oh wow, you checked out over a dozen Gibsons and Taylors! Was this all at one store? That is not much of a sample, you know. People on AGF and other spots will insist that Gibson quality control on action (and other issues) is inconsistent. Actually it is pretty consistent. I know that from checking out hundreds of guitars and spending time at the factory and Music Villa. As long as the neck angle is good, it does not matter what the action is when you receive the guitar and it is better to get it a little high. Action is easily adjusted, especially when you are going lower.
  12. The standard factory setup puts the action at an ok height, a tiny bit higher than I usually use. But that is on the factory floor in Bozeman or at nearby Music Villa. Once a guitar is shipped somewhere else the setup can and often does change for a variety of reasons, mainly humidity but some of it is the wood and glue structure settling into a stable position. It's hard to be certain what has happened to a guitar once it leaves the factory. It may have been stored at a less than optimum humidity. Sometimes people muck around with them or change the string gauge, etc. In the end the guitar is a dynamic equilibrium of forces and bracing and glue and humidity such that action may settle at a slightly different spot than it was at the factory, once it has sat in your home environment for a few weeks. That's why we have luthiers. A decent setup can turn a balky, muffled guitar into an effortlessly played tone monster. Don't skip the setup.
  13. The factory set up is sort of medium action. This is because it is easy to lower action by sanding the bottom of the saddle but to make it higher is more trouble: you need to shim it or use a new saddle. So it's better to start a little on the high side and carefully take it down to where you want it. Action is affected by many things, so no one can really tell you what is going on with your new guitar without seeing it up close. The best thing to do is take it to a luthier and get a professional setup based upon the type of playing you like to do. A luthier can also evaluate neck set, intonation and frets and other potential issues and this will help you decide if you want to keep the guitar.
  14. Thanks Bayou Bengal and Dan. I used a Kodak Zi8 standalone. Just a tiny camera the size of an iphone. It is ok and yet I feel it doesn't reveal much sense of depth, a stereo sense of the room. (The room is not terribly good either, might be able use a small room...) I sometimes feed the output from a Sony PCM M-10 into it, which is better, but still somehow lacking. I think I am going set up a couple mic stands with some condenser mics I have and feed into either a Zoom or a Tascam I have and I suppose route the audio to the Kodak Zi8 again or perhaps sync up audio and video later.
  15. Saturday night on a 185. Come on, sing along. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNQh74tMK4c Edit: Actually I had been planning to record a more complete treatment of this tune, with some different elements. Saturday night, slightly inebriated, I decided the time had come to record so I dragged out the tripod and the video camera and got that set up and then proceeded to do some checks for distance of the camera - it's a very simple unit and a lot depends on how close the mic is to the sound. After I made two or three checks I kicked back for a minute to refresh the spirit and somehow or other by the time I thought about resuming recording the inspiration was gone. So what I had was the sound checks, one above. Here's another one, which may be a bit more representative of the 185's sound. Mojo-jojo or somebody was asking about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfxqLj1NAw
  16. Nice little jam there. I like the voicing you have chosen, sort of the opposite of what you usually expect with guitar and mandolin, with the mandolin doing the chords this time and guitar leads.
  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08qY4OLZKo
  18. One thing you would think they could easily do is put out some t-shirts with a selection of the Gibson acoustic logos, headstock and otherwise. Something simple like Martin's logo t-shirt. It's hard for corporate to dislike a shirt that has nothing but the logo of a division on it, you would think? I know, it's complicated.
  19. At the 1833 shop you can get a Martin shirt for $15 Why oh why is it so hard to coax Gibson acoustic into letting us advertise for them? There is almost nothing available unless you go to the homecoming, and what is out there aside from the homecoming is typically busy, tacky, and expensive. My two cents.
  20. CJ-165 Maple, just now on an iphone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnlE_Iwbs0
  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S69bimJDdhE
  22. Playing around with a Nick Lucas Special reissue today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps70iipRVMU
  23. I was playing around with this last night. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in a 1960 film about a retired business magnate going to college, titled "High Times" (that name might not have been chosen just a few short years later). I know, I need a young woman to do the singing, preferably looking a bit like Michelle Pfeiffer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Ah8V4iVAI
  24. One of the strengths of the various incarnations of Gibson acoustic has been its willingness to experiment and innovate. That's not to say I'm going to rush out and exchange rubles for everything they ever tried, but... Quite a few good designers have played with building a laminate for the back, such as the Selmer-Maccaferri gypsy guitars.
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