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  1. The LP Studio is a good choice. You may need to go up to at least 10's though for your strings, possibly 11's. If you like the CL guitar, offer $650 cash.
  2. I still fail to see the advantage of this guitar over the much less expensive Godin A6 Ultra which is a wonderful guitar.
  3. Tuning that low on a standard guitar can feel a bit sloppy. Have you tried down tuning on your current guitars? If they still feel and sound good to you, I would probably stick with a standard versus baritone guitar and look for a used Schecter or used Gibson LP Studio or maybe a used Gibson SG Standard. No matter what you would benefit from going to your local music store and trying out a bunch of models to see what suits you.
  4. I have heard nothing but good things about this guitar. Also like the small scale.
  5. I poke my head in time in again to see how it's going. Honestly, it seems that activity is actually getting better recently. Around four or five years ago, this place was as dead as a door nail. I just think with all the problems this place had in the past, most members got fed up and left for greener pastures.
  6. I have been a member here longer than most. I remember the days when this forum was so active it was like a big party, especially on the weekends. I don't buy for a second any nonsense about technology killing forums or people not playing guitar anymore. This forum has gone through some very tough times and lost a ton of members. Just poor decisions, poor management, bad coding. This coupled with some bad apples as members. Lot of people got fed up and left. I spend most of my time at AGF when I want to talk about acoustic guitars. I come back here now and again to check in. Honestly, I think activity is improving lately. So maybe that's a good sign. Around four or five years ago, this place was as dead as a door nail.
  7. Thank you!! I will pass along your kind words to Lauren.
  8. Recorded this today with my best friend's 13 year old daughter (lead vocals). Good to see the young kids embracing classic rock and enjoying it. Of course my amp crapped out this morning before I left. Forcing me to play through a 3 watt Roland Micro Cube with a 5" speaker. And I noodled my way (badly) through the solo. But it was more about her singing, so all in all a good time.
  9. Yes absolutely. I used to do room humidification, which I still feel is best but it is a PITA so I switched to case humidification. Music Nomad makes an excellent case humidifier. But a damp sponge in a soap dish with holes drilled in it also works well. Also get yourself an in case hygrometer. The Caliber IV works wonderfully. This way you can tell just how many sponges you will need to keep the case around 50%. I usually rewet the sponges every Sunday. Takes 10 minutes a week. I live in MA so we have the same weather conditions. I humidify from November to around May so like 6 months of the year. Over time, dry conditions will dry out the wood of your guitars and can cause all kinds of problems.
  10. I think it sounds quite beautiful. Lots of projection and harmonics and can sound warm with the right approach. You can really control things based on how hard you dig in. He put a lot of time and effort into perfecting the composition and shape of the pick. I have to say I am really impressed. For acoustic guitars though, it can be a bit overwhelming. Like you really need to experiment with it and use a subtler approach, but it opens up a whole new world of tone.
  11. Phil, he currently only has the one thickness and size, but he makes these by hand individually so I'm sure he could make whatever you want. Or you could just demo his standard model and return if you do not like it. He's a really cool guy and just looking to get some more guitarists trying these. They are very unique, I think you would dig it.
  12. Yeah, the process is pretty labor intensive. I copied it below. But they are still $10 cheaper than Blue Chip picks. I wish I could crank them out cheaply enough to sell them by the bushel for pennies apiece, but the process involves melting and pouring metal by hand, then refining and finishing each one with a seemingly endless array of grinders, sanding sponges, fingernail files (true story), electrochemical etching thingamabobs, three coats of brass lacquer...so you should maybe think of it as a cheap piece of jewelry that you play your guitar with (damn me, I just realized I should make these picks wearable...I'll see what I can do).
  13. He has been at it awhile trying to perfect the process. It is definitely unlike any other pick I have tried. He literally hand makes these in his home and has sold exactly one (yes one) to date through his site. He gave me one of the prototypes for free and I have been using it for several months. I have owned all kinds of picks in my years but have to say this one is definitely unique and pretty awesome. Figured I would give him a plug and help spread the word. His name is Jeremy and he is a heck of a nice guy and also brilliant. He offers free returns if it does not suit your tastes, but trust me when I say it is worth every penny. At the very least, please check out his site. Thanks everyone!! http://www.zincpick.com
  14. Thanks for the advice everyone. The deed has been done. I was able to confirm the body is, in fact, a 3DR which I believe was only made for one year, 1988. Just wanted to confirm prior to listing on ebay.
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