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If all Gibson acoustics suddenly vapourised ....what would you play ?


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I would turn on my amp, turn it to 11, and play my '52 RI blackguard tele

EA since you are buying I'll take any small body mahogany Martins, a Guild Jumbo and one of these 12 Fret Santa Cruz short scale dreads...and that guy's talent too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1a

That'd be like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa!

Rob, I saw one of these (same period) last week at Ross Teigen's that had a subtle, original SUNBURST finish on the top, sides, back, and neck. Although it was fairly muted due to the all-mahogany construction and fairly large amount of wear on the guitar, it was unusual, to say the least. It was so subtle that it didn't even register with me at first.

Hey Nick, here are some cool examples of what you're referring to. Are you having Ross do some more work for you?

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If Gibsons disappeared, I'd likely grab something from Martin. Likely a guitar from the 28/35 lines. Likewise, I might take a good look at the BlueRidge line. For imports, a lot of them are very impressive............... Fortunately, this is one of those "what if" topics. I really like my Gibsons.

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Hey Nick, here are some cool examples of what you're referring to. Are you having Ross do some more work for you?

120425MartinShade_015.jpg

 

 

The second from the left is the look I'm talking about.

 

Ross is just doing some minor stuff (I hope) on a couple of my guitars, including my SJ and my L-7. He also set up my L-OO a little better for fingerstyle. Took him all of about 5-10 minutes: filed a couple of the nut slots, tweaked the truss rod a couple of times, filed a bit more, and done.

 

He asks you to play the guitar in your style, and bases the set-up on that. Freaks me out a little, as I turned into fumble-fingers when he asked me to play, especially as my finger-picking is in its infancy.

 

Turns out he was a serious archtop guitarist for about 15 years, and loves the L-7.

 

He also has a soft spot for small-bodies, and had his own interpretation of an L-00 that he built a few years ago. Sort of looks like an L-OO that dropped acid. Has the burst of a vintage L-OO, but a body style straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

 

Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, he also had another guitar of his in the shop for a bit of a tweak. It's a solid-body electric in the form of a flamingo, with the headstock shaped like the head and beak of the bird, the neck as the neck, and a roundish body complete with tail. All in bright pink, of course. Exposed zebra-top humbuckers. Unsurprisingly, it belongs to a guy who plays in an island-style band.

 

You never know what you will find in his shop. This time it was a flamingo at one extreme, and a pre-war D-45 at the other. And each gets his complete attention when he is working on it. The guy is a true craftsman.

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I'd noticed that too, seems the typical Gibson fan isn't a Taylor man.....

I know I'm not. I'm doing a show with Rickie Lee Jones in a couple of weeks. It's a fly date so I have to supply all the gear. They ask for a Taylor something or other on the back line list and I want to sub one of my Gibsons in there rather than rent a Taylor. Ugh...

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I know I'm not. I'm doing a show with Rickie Lee Jones in a couple of weeks. It's a fly date so I have to supply all the gear. They ask for a Taylor something or other on the back line list and I want to sub one of my Gibsons in there rather than rent a Taylor. Ugh...

 

Just for fun Photocopy Taylor emblems & tape em on all your Gibsons..

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Well, we would be in trouble without my Gibsons, but I guess I would look at a vintage Martin or perhaps a few Martins to make up for the loss of each Gibson....

 

I have a Godin 5th Ave which is a great little archtop, but still not a Gibson. A lot of people seem happy with Loar archtop copies....

 

 

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Well, I'll bite and be the Taylor man here, since I do have a Taylor 210e that's quite fun. I have no illusions as to its comparison to my Hummingbird, but there's something quick and easy about it.

 

But wait! Having just seen my Hummingbird and all Gibsons everywhere vapourize, I am now desperately needing to fill a part of that dark, heavy cannon-soul the Bird carried for me.

 

So, I will beg for my old Guild D-25M. It was a cannon. And I loved her and lost.

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If they didnt exist, they'd have to be invented, as the number of high end tributes (Kopp Walk, Fairbanks, Greven) and import clones attests. Paul Geremia is out there with a Fairbanks these days.

re those short-scale Martins, as a former owner of a good-quality 00018: lovely guitars but nothing like Gibson's mind-range honk.

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If the other guitars don't work out, one of the catchily titled guitars called the 'Line 6 US version James Tyler Variax 59UP' will be on the list - they promise us to be able to do a passable version of various LPs, Strats, Archies and live sounding acoustics all of them in diff tunings!.

 

 

BUT

 

 

the big seller to me is the ability to play a modelling version of:

 

(a Banjo

 

(b Sitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Gather round Groupies!

 

If you don't believe me watch the video at around 3 mins in:

 

 

 

I know I shouldn't have told you people and then I could have tricked you with my Sitar skills.

 

If the link doesn't work (I have no luck with linx), the guitars are all on the Line 6 site...

 

I personall want the goldtop copy with P90 copies!

 

 

 

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If they didnt exist, they'd have to be invented, as the number of high end tributes (Kopp Walk, Fairbanks, Greven) and import clones attests. Paul Geremia is out there with a Fairbanks these days.

re those short-scale Martins, as a former owner of a good-quality 00018: lovely guitars but nothing like Gibson's mind-range honk.

 

True enough about the midrange. Funny thing about my Blues King: it seems to play the whole midrange field. I can get a nice, smooth warm sound for jazz and, of course, it honks out the blues, too. So many people seem to bash them because they lack overtones or whatevs, but I am quite satisfied with what this weirdly-shaped little guitar does. It was too costly (so much is paid for the name nowadays), but I have to admit it would be really hard to replace it.

 

I have played a Taylor (GC4) that I thought had a surprising amount of dark tone. Felt good. A bit of a difference from the Gibson world, but still good. It really it impressive what Taylor does with necks. Don't usually like their tone, but the GC series seems to be uniquely different from the rest of the brand. Short scale, I guess.

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