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The body's the same stuff, just has F holes stamped out of it.

My 335 is a light guitar but that Lucille is a bit much.  Big neck, too.

If one pops up at a decent price and I have the dough I'll probably get one.  I really wish they had kept the VariTone on the new ones, I don't buy that part about people not wanting the Tone Suck Device was such an ICONIC feature.

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What's with all the hostility? Can't you be a card-carrying liberal without constantly putting people down with your perceived moral superiority? I'm seriously interested. Because it's a pattern

I finally revised my "collage" family photo to include a Gretsch I bought a couple months ago, haha.  

I did this today. I'll call it light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not grimacing, my neck is just old.    

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8 hours ago, SteveFord said:

The body's the same stuff, just has F holes stamped out of it.

My 335 is a light guitar but that Lucille is a bit much.  Big neck, too.

If one pops up at a decent price and I have the dough I'll probably get one.  I really wish they had kept the VariTone on the new ones, I don't buy that part about people not wanting the Tone Suck Device was such an ICONIC feature.

I just looked at the specs and other than F holes, the neck on a 345 is hog. So it must be the maple neck, lack of F holes, the tone sucking Varitone, and the extra jack that increases the weight. And yes when I had my King it was a heavy beast.

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I should have bought a Lucille way back when I had the chance. Deb told me for my Birthday, I could get any guitar in the store.  Dietze had a new Gibson Lucille in black hanging on the wall. I played it and then played most of the other ones they had hanging and couldn't get over a Gretsch Streamliner I played. Still have that one. 

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9 hours ago, SteveFord said:

There's still time to get that Lucille.

Yep!  Actually I could if I wanted to bad enough, But I just got a new SUV recently in Dec. so I'll hold off awhile.  See how this year goes for awhile first.  I just sent a hearing aid back for a new one. I think when I fell in the basement hitting the back of my head & the right one popped out, it did something. It goes on and off a lot. 

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Watched my fellow Americans misbehave drunkenly on the news today, fed some critters, worked and thought about maybe getting a big box delivered  right into my grubby mitts.

Do I chintz out and get something affordable or hold off and spring for something stupidly overpriced?  I'm thinking chintz out and wait for something to just pop up unexpectedly.

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The sticky neck kept coming back on that Firebird VII and I could feel a little bump on it so it looks like they went a little heavy on the clear.  Tonight I rubbed some 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper together to cut it a bit, lightly wet sanded it , took some 0000 steel wool and lightly buffed the back of the neck a few times and then spent some time buffing it with Novus #2 Fine Scratch Remover.

It looks like that finally did the trick.  That bump is gone and after an hour of playing  it the back of the neck is still slippery like it's supposed to be.

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Planted 4  seedlings in back yard.  Texas species of Madrone Trees.  Almost impossible to transplant from a pot.  If they get just a little too much water they die.  And of course, if they dry out before their roots get down below the surface soil they die.   I've planted dozens over the past 20 years.  Half survived. Until we got a once in a year heavy rainstorm.  Seven years ago - one  made it.  We then moved, and I gambled and took it with us.  It was 2 feet tall- my best effort at the time, 7 years ago.  It died.  I just feared the new home owner would kill it with a weedwacker or think it was a weed.   So - these  will be my last effort.  They grow naturally 20 miles north of here in The Hill Country, but they're so neat - I keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.  Sort of like how I play the guitar. 

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Happily avoided a divorce, that's a win.  After much carrying on the wife is simply going to take a 3 week vacation to visit her son.  

This pandemic has been hard on everyone, I'm sure the attornies and therapists are booked solid.

Other than that, worked 12 hours, shoveled snow three times (trudgin' across the tundra, mile after mile) and decided that I should probably buy a guitar in the near future.  

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1 hour ago, SteveFord said:

Happily avoided a divorce, that's a win.  After much carrying on the wife is simply going to take a 3 week vacation to visit her son.  

This pandemic has been hard on everyone, I'm sure the attornies and therapists are booked solid.

Other than that, worked 12 hours, shoveled snow three times (trudgin' across the tundra, mile after mile) and decided that I should probably buy a guitar in the near future.  

Damn. You need a guitar after that ordeal. Watch out for that yellow snow right there where the Huskies go. 
Do reptiles pee yellow?

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Si', Senor Pepper, it was a bit of an ordeal with a moving truck and all sorts of crazy stuff.  I'm going to get something really good as a reward for mental anguish and may make that my final purchase.  Time to quit screwing around as life will be getting back to "normal" soon, I hope.

There are two last models I have my eye on, we'll see.  Maybe even throw an acoustic in there for three of a perfect pair (to coin a phrase).

Actually, reptiles have clear, mostly odorless urine and snakes also pass urates which look like big Mallomars.  

TIme to go to work and it's still snowing.  YAY, snow shoveling.

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At work. Just got out of our morning Teams daily tag up meeting. I have more meeting now (and I am clearly not important enough to be a meeting guy) than before this Chinese Bat McNugget Flu. Thanks Microsoft Teams for bringing us closer together.

I thought you were not interested in another one with a big hole in it Steve?

One one two many schizophrenic tendencies

You can now make a offer on the Sheik Yerbouti guitar. Shocked that one didn't go first at 25 large.

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That J-40 left a real favorable impression on me so who knows.  It would have to be in the $1700-1900 range, though.  Last time I looked they were around twice that which is too rich for my blood.

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10 minutes ago, SteveFord said:

That J-40 left a real favorable impression on me so who knows.  It would have to be in the $1700-1900 range, though.  Last time I looked they were around twice that which is too rich for my blood.

Yeah they are stupid high priced even used. I've only seen one in person and it was at a shop getting worked on.

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Wife had melanoma removed from shoulder yesterday. Took out a quarter pounder sized hunk of skin and flesh. Stiches on two levels.  So, I'll be helping her when it's time to do dressing changes and make sure she takes her tylenol and antibiotic scrip.   I had the same thing done 6 weeks ago on my back.  We pound into our kids heads to use sunscreen all the time - especially when they're out on the lake where the reflections are magnified.  Our generation didn't have 'sunscreen'.  We often used baby oil mixed with iodine.   Dermatologist told us to be sure to use sunscreen with titanium oxide in it.   Sort of like clown paint when you put it on.  But I'd rather look like a rodeo clown than a bbq sandwich. 

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It sounds like an HD-28V but in a smaller package and a thinner neck.

I recall a tour guide saying Martin's biggest competition is the used Martin market and due to the sheer volume of counterfeiting they did some sort of weird thing with "the guitar's DNA" so they could read it at the factory.  I would guess a chip or something similar.

A guide on a later tour then said Martin slipped to #2 in the acoustic market with Gibson being in the top slot.  I'd imagine that would include Epiphone in the totals.

One will pop up sooner or later.  There's a strong Martin contingent in PA so I'll contact one of my buddies here when I'm ready.  This is such a strange time with low production and so many of us stuck at home.

Right now it's finish up the electrics.  

 

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13 minutes ago, fortyearspickn said:

Wife had melanoma removed from shoulder yesterday. Took out a quarter pounder sized hunk of skin and flesh. Stiches on two levels.  So, I'll be helping her when it's time to do dressing changes and make sure she takes her tylenol and antibiotic scrip.   I had the same thing done 6 weeks ago on my back.  We pound into our kids heads to use sunscreen all the time - especially when they're out on the lake where the reflections are magnified.  Our generation didn't have 'sunscreen'.  We often used baby oil mixed with iodine.   Dermatologist told us to be sure to use sunscreen with titanium oxide in it.   Sort of like clown paint when you put it on.  But I'd rather look like a rodeo clown than a bbq sandwich. 

My wife had a small chunk cut off her leg several years back. Her father had it to and ultimately took his life.  He grew up in Florida and was always at the beach back before he was in the Army and went to Nam I am sure he was not using sunscreen.

Hope your wife doesn't have to get any more removed and the surgeon got it all.

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1 minute ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

My wife had a small chunk cut off her leg several years back. Her father had it to and ultimately took his life.  He grew up in Florida and was always at the beach back before he was in the Army and went to Nam I am sure he was not using sunscreen.

Hope your wife doesn't have to get any more removed and the surgeon got it all.

Yeah.  Wife grew up in Miami.  Very sorry about your father in law.  Hope your wife has found peace.   Millions of photos of young men going shirtless in Nam.  We get old, our egos don't accept it when we look in the mirror or start getting bad medical news.  Hard to accept reality.  As the song says  "the whiskey isn't working anymore".  

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1 minute ago, fortyearspickn said:

Yeah.  Wife grew up in Miami. 

I think my father in law grew up in Hollywood. Not the one with swimmin' pools and movie stars though.

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Got up early, went for a swim, and delivered groceries to my brother (who has covid, and is in house quarantine). 

Went in and flew a day and instrument training flight with a young Army Captain, and then went back out for a night flight to complete some tasks with him. 

Gorgeous view from the aircraft, right after sun-set. 

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3 minutes ago, sparquelito said:

Got up early, went for a swim, and delivered groceries to my brother (who has covid, and is in house quarantine). 

Went in and flew a day and instrument training flight with a young Army Captain, and then went back out for a night flight to complete some tasks with him. 

Gorgeous view from the aircraft, right after sun-set. 

🙂

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Damn. You live large.

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