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  2. last date of thread he resurrected...2008...but it isn't...
  3. Thanks Dad, but if I wanted an SG (which I don't) I'd just make one.
  4. interestng..I thought the Gamblers had more cards on them?
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  6. probably my SG...bought it on a whim basically because the guy who owned it sold it to me dead cheap...it was not in great shape, needs a lot of work [new nut, refin, p-u replacement]. That was 20 years ago...and aside from a set-up, I have done nothing to it. It has a DiMarzio SD in the bridge, which I really find too dark for soloing, and a DiMarzio PAF at the neck, which I am much more partial to, but the neck diving and the appearance keep me from gigging with it...I should sell it...or fix it up...just..haven't..after 20 years. It is sad, because I was able to get the action perfect, but it and my resonater get the least work out... Freeman, wanna trade that Martin 12 for an SG?😉
  7. Yes, my first guitar, still have it and still play it. Did the sawn off neck reset a few years ago, took it on a road trip this summer. I've built two other 12 strings to try to resolve the things I don't like about the Martin. I play them a lot Probably off topic since they are all acoustics. As far as my electrics, I have the three that I need to cover all the bases and play all three of them.
  8. Two different times I had to have a12 string The first developed a crack, it was repaired under warranty then quickly sold The second was fun for a few weeks then put it a case under the bed and forgotten. Eventually I traded it for an amp
  9. I played air guitar with 8 tracks
  10. Two Martin dreadnaughts. A million years ago I thought I needed a Martin. Then I thought I needed a Martin 12 string. Then I discovered that I don't like dreadnaughts. They sit in the basement waiting for me to do something with them. Some day I will The cheap little plywood Yamie I play frequently. The bimmer I sold last year...
  11. Jackson Dinky I thought, as you do, that it would change the way I played. But instead I just felt 50 years too old for it.
  12. Centre Stage: '97 Fender Tele "1962 reissue Custom" -- often called the '94 Anniversary "Saudi" (:idk:) & Marshall Origin5 tube amp.

    Mainline: 1905 Vega parlor (hog), '78 S. Yairi 726 (hog), '19 Gnome Blues Custom (EIR/T13? redwood), '08 Larrivée OM-O3R (EIR), '05 Larrivée 0M-03 Custom (bear claw/hog), '13 Kronbauer TDK 285 MJ Custom (koa), '94 Froggy Bottom Custom (koa) dread'

    Back Corner: 60's Stella Harmony (plywood), '84 K Yairi AR377

    Not Shown: '79 Epi Genesis, '08 Seagull Artist Studio Burst (EIR & 'flame/bear claw' spruce)

  13. We all have go to guitars, but what about the other end of the scale Mine is a 1971 Yamaha G240 classical guitar Had to have it but never play it Why ,because I can’t plug it in. Not really, just don’t like the short fat neck
  14. Got a reply back from Neil Harpe (he was helpful when I built my long scale 12 string a few years back). He says it is a 1932 Oscar Schmidt model #5066-G, sold new for twenty bucks (notice that you can get a dozen of them for $90). When you think about a $20 guitar at the height of the Depression that would be a pretty high end instrument. Mine is in remarkably good condition for a 90 year old instrument. It needs a neck reset (which I can do but will put off for a while) and the bridge plate is pretty chewed up, action is a mile high but its a killer slide guitar.
  15. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT -- my favorite Sinatra swing tune (yours too?)
  16. Thank you so much Gardo.
  17. I have a 2007 J-41 Custom. It is a very rare Martin. You almost never see the J-41's come up for sale on any forums, and this one is even more rare in that it is a Custom. The headstock does not have the typical CF Martin logo, but rather a scroll logo. I saw it at the shop of a luthier I know and it was missing the bridge and strings. I asked, "what is the deal with that one?". The luthier told me that he was commissioned to build a 14-fret for another customer, and he was asked to replace the bridge on the J-4 it and it was for sale. The luthier told me it did not really need a bridge replacement, but was doing it anyway. I ended up contacting the owner and picked up the cost of the repairs and bought it from the owner for a great deal. The guitar was previously owned by a professional musician (don't know who), and it was all dinged to hell. While the luthier had it, I also commissioned him to work his wonderful magic on the finish. He had it for 9 months making 15 passes with nitrocellulose lacquer applied with a pipette, and wet sanded and buffed in between. Only one egregious ding was still evident. I am a firm believer, unlike a friend of mine who believes the wear is part of the character, that I want my instruments to not only sound and play well, but also to look good too. I think that also increased its value. I bought a Hiscox case for it, the best case for the $ there is IMO. So for the guitar. I have never heard in my life a guitar that sounded so good as this one. The jumbo body gives it terrific bass response. It has piano like tone, harmonic overtones, and sustain for days. Having been played as much as it apparently was, really opened it up, and while still having only minimal fret wear not worthy of doing a re-fret. I additionally had my luthier friend install an LR Baggs Element system that has both the under-bridge piezo as well as the microphone pickup system with volume and tone controls inside the sound hole. It sounds like heaven plugged or unplugged. The rosewood B&Ss gives it its incredible tone and sustain. I have owned maybe 50 guitars over the years, and this one is a treasure for life. Only my widow will be able to sell it. At the time I had a BTO Custom Shop Taylor Dread I also bought off CL, from the original owner for less than half-price. That was a $6K guitar and had very unique one-of-a-kind ornate appointments. A beautiful dread with luscious rosewood and spruce top and the expressions electronics in mint condition. Well, I could not really justify having two high end acoustic guitars, so off to CL it went, where it was used to score a high end Gibson Custom Shop hollow body electric (and high end mandolin to boot!). If you see one of these jumbos come up for sale, pull the trigger, especially the ornate 41 version. You will not regret it. Best guitar I ever heard and played.
  18. I have a 2007 J-41 Custom. It is a very rare Martin. You almost never see the J-41's come up for sale on any forums, and this one is even more rare in that it is a Custom. The headstock does not have the typical CF Martin logo, but rather a scroll logo. I saw it at the shop of a luthier I know and it was missing the bridge and strings. I asked, "what is the deal with that one?". The luthier told me that he was commissioned to build a 14-fret for another customer, and he was asked to replace the bridge on the J-4 it and it was for sale. The luthier told me it did not really need a bridge replacement, but was doing it anyway. I ended up contacting the owner and picked up the cost of the repairs and bought it from the owner for a great deal. The guitar was previously owned by a professional musician (don't know who), and it was all dinged to hell. While the luthier had it, I also commissioned him to work his wonderful magic on the finish. He had it for 9 months making 15 passes with nitrocellulose lacquer applied with a pipette, and wet sanded and buffed in between. Only one egregious ding was still evident. I am a firm believer, unlike a friend of mine who believes the wear is part of the character, that I want my instruments to not only sound and play well, but also to look good too. I think that also increased its value. I bought a Hiscox case for it, the best case for the $ there is IMO. So for the guitar. I have never heard in my life a guitar that sounded so good as this one. The jumbo body gives it terrific bass response. It has piano like tone, harmonic overtones, and sustain for days. Having been played as much as it apparently was, really opened it up, and while still having only minimal fret wear not worthy of doing a re-fret. I additionally had my luthier friend install an LR Baggs Element system that has both the under-bridge piezo as well as the microphone pickup system with volume and tone controls inside the sound hole. It sounds like heaven plugged or unplugged. The rosewood B&Ss gives it its incredible tone and sustain. I have owned maybe 50 guitars over the years, and this one is a treasure for life. Only my widow will be able to sell it. At the time I had a BTO Custom Shop Taylor Dread I also bought off CL, from the original owner for less than half-price. That was a $6K guitar and had very unique one-of-a-kind ornate appointments. A beautiful dread with luscious rosewood and spruce top and the expressions electronics in mint condition. Well, I could not really justify having two high end acoustic guitars, so off to CL it went, where it was used to score a high end Gibson Custom Shop hollow body electric (and high end mandolin to boot!). If you see one of these jumbos come up for sale, pull the trigger, especially the ornate 41 version. You will not regret it. Best guitar I ever heard and played.
  19. That sounds great, but by the time you get to Step 3 (above) I'm already done. I can take my right hand, type 1 to a few letters and I'm done until the end of the song when hit Enter. 2 seconds unless it's one of those songs that start with blue or love. Then it might take 3 to 4 seconds. If I want "September Song" I type S E and my hand is back on the sax, wind synth, or guitar. Plus some of my songs are not words and chords but music notation. Different tools for different uses I suppose. Notes
  20. Imo it's an Ashbury. Gremlin Musical Instruments might have info on the model (disco'd?) I think they're said to be handcrafted in UK 'exclusively'.
  21. Neal

    NOGD

    Hey...Stella. Classic Gambler, 1930-32 . ...sorry for the “take me to Havana, or I’ll blow up the plane”.
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